Haiti (MNN) – Would you believe pastors and Christian leaders from the northwest region of Haiti have to make regular treks as long as two days to receive training through Baptist Haiti Mission (BHM)?
The pastors are dedicated and willing, but now BHM is doing something to meet the need. Construction is underway for a mission housing area and a new conference center for pastors and their families in the northwest region of Haiti.
Ron Sparks with BHM explains the need. “Here in the United States, one of the main concerns in the churches is keeping church leadership faithful to the Word of God. You can imagine how much greater a concern that is in a country like Haiti where there is so much false religion and wrong teaching. So we hold those conferences for the pastors to come in, but for them to travel two days is a big commitment and a waste of resources.”
BHM missionaries Kyrk and Deborah Baker will move into the housing for full-time ministry hopefully by November. Northwestern Haiti is one of the poorest areas of the nation, which is extreme considering Haiti is the second most-impoverished nation in the world.
As mission teams are helping with construction, there is an immediate need.
“One of the things that they still need very badly is a cistern,” says Sparks. “It’s a very poor area up there, and it’s an area that doesn’t get much rain. So to build the cisterns to collect and store the rain water is an essential part of being able to have a presence up there.”
The new conference center and mission housing will also create more efficient outreach to the 350 churches and schools in the area. Ultimately BHM hopes to advance their spread of the Gospel.
According to Sparks, “We had about 2,000 Haitian children [who] accepted Christ and made a profession of faith just within the last couple of months, and that was a very exciting thing to see happen. But now we need teachers and strong Christian testimonies from the Haitian people themselves to help mentor and disciple these kids so they can grow in their faith.”
Another missionary couple for BHM’s beach camp ministry in Haiti is also waiting on home improvements. The beach camp outreach was given a lot of needed focus for improvement over the summer, but the missionary couple’s onsite living was neglected. BHM hopes to also meet that need as soon as funds are available.
Sparks asks for intercession. “We pray for funds needed for building homes for the missionaries, for patience in waiting on God’s perfect will to be laid out, and that God would continue to lead and direct as would bring honor to Him in this very poor area of the world.”
The northwest dormitory construction has already exhausted BHM’s available funds. They are in desperate need of support. The entire housing project will cost $50,000. Stage One for the new conference center will require $100,000.
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