Due to civil unrest on the Haitian side of the border, our partners there advised us not to come at this time and we were therefore unable to train the about 35 pastors with whom we work in Haiti. Instead, we focused on the 40 pastors and leaders that work in and around El Cercado, Dominican Republic. We were also blessed to have a brother from Port-au-Prince who attended the previous training in Haiti travel to the DR to join this one.
Guest post by Cris Garrido:
The trip was a great blessing. We were able to deliver more than 50 hours of training to the different groups along the week and made books available for them to have as a reference once we left. Given the foundation we were able to build on from previous training sessions, the teaching was especially rich as we focused on “Basic Christian Doctrines” and “Worship as a Means for Personal Sanctification.”
It was especially wonderful to hear how the previous trainings have impacted the students’ lives and ministries. Even more rewarding still, was the fact that we see growing critical thinking within the group. We see how many of the students are gradually moving away from a passive listener’s position, where they accepted anything that they would be told at face value without discerning its value or contrasting with what Scriptures reveal. We had very interesting group discussions, where many made important contributions and asked difficult questions. Some even testified to having had their understanding enlightened with regards to heresies they had embraced and taught in their congregations, or to having preached a shallow gospel that did not conform to the Bible.
I was also blessed to have several pastors approach me, seeking individualized counsel for specific situations they are facing. I was able to encourage and pray with them and to point them to principles in the Bible that could shed some light on how they should proceed.
We would like to take a scheduled trip early in the spring to work exclusively with the team of pastors in Haiti so that we can love on and encourage them and to help catch them up on the training schedule. Please pray for and consider partnering with us to make this possible. Our next regularly scheduled trip to work with both groups is in late May 2014. Please pray for all those who have been taught and all those God is calling to serve.