Gospel-Centered Community Development in Haiti (GCCD)
It has been a year since HarvestCall started its new community development program! We have really enjoyed mentoring and working closely with Pastor Peterson Benjamin who is contracted as the administrator. He is a faithful and motivated young MEBSH pastor with a heart for teaching and training. Pastor Peterson handles the material translations, scheduling and leading trainings, visits, follow-up and reports.
The Truth Centered Transformation program (tctprogram.org) has ten training modules that are spread over five years and the training includes the entire church. First the pastors are taught the material, then they in turn teach their congregations. The ten trainings cover many life applications from evangelism to money management and stewardship, agronomy practices to church and family relationships. The churches have the opportunity to learn and pray together to come out of poverty, whether spiritually or materially, with no financial assistance provided. At this time, 25 churches have started the training and several are ready for Module 3.
The program directly confronts some of these lies Satan feeds to the poor:
• We were born poor and we will die poor.
• We are so poor that we don’t need to give. Other people should give to us.
• God only cares about spiritual things.
• Work is a heavy burden. It is good to work as little as possible.
• We can’t change our lives without finances from someone else.
• Some people are better than other people. We are not important.
• The gospel only affects our spiritual lives.
After each training the churches decide on an Act of Love that they must do together. Some have started outreaches into their communities for the first time, visiting the sick and helping with medical needs. Some have taken food to local prisons and several have put their money together for various outcomes. In any case they are now thinking of their neighbors and it makes quite an impact within and without the church. We are hearing good reports and some have come to Christ because of it.
The committee in the U.S. was finally able come see the initial progress first-hand. They enjoyed a meet and greet session with many pastors, and then we drove them to visit some of the pastors at their church location to learn more about their individual challenges and opportunities.
With special thanks to many friends in Ohio, we have been able to assist Madam Yadley in totally restoring her home (she lives on the second floor with her three children)! She was so happy and thankful to God that she had a huge celebration with all her family and neighbors!
After teaching in Bonne Fin for two years, Trinity packed up the school as the remaining missionaries at the hospital will be leaving by the end of the year. She moved back to Ohio as we returned in June.
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10