A Message from Craig Sulentic, President of Haiti Teen Challenge
Psalm 96, one of my favorites, portrays the image of a restored earth at peace with the Creator. In this state man is at peace with God, himself, his neighbor and the environment. Indeed even the trees sing for joy when the true order is restored.
On occasion, the Lord entrusts us mortals with a glimpse into that glorious state. Several weeks ago, it was my joy to join in the celebration of HTC's 7th graduation class. The change taking place in the in the lives of these young men and in the nation is truly amazing. My role, as a visitor, with dozens of trips over the past six years affords me a unique perspective. Often on my pre earthquake visits I would say within myself "if this is not hell you can sure see it from here". A barren, brown, desolate landfill of a place with a heavy cloud of oppression hanging over the country and its inhabitants.
The change in the nation transcends the obvious changes in better roads, more orderly processes, cleaner neighborhoods, improved economic conditions and increased private investments. The transformation is much deeper at a level human hope... even the landscape seems greener as if the Lord himself is reviving the nation so that the trees sing for joy.
The Lord is raising the poor nation of Haiti to be a witness to the world for His glory.
We at Haiti Teen Challenge cherish our role in the transformation and the promise of the harvest to come. We marvel at the humble beginning of this ministry when we borrowed a 1986 Jeep to make calls on partners. The Lord has been so good to bring together the right people at the right time to serve students of hope. We heard with our ears the testimonies of young Haitians in brokenness telling others "I was blind but now I see". We sensed the power of the Holy Spirit as repentant captives were set free. Yes the Lord has transformed hopeless, homeless, lost, poor and angry young men into new creations preaching the gospel of Christ in their communities.
One such community is Borlosse. A blight in Port au Prince of crime and poverty. Twenty of our students call this home. And so Youbens, Jackson and Jonny, graduates of the program have energized the community with the gospel of Jesus and an appeal to the responsibility through the HTC Impact Club. Because of their efforts the community now has a well lit basketball court, soccer field, community center and showers. They are making the neighborhood a cleaner and safer place. Other business leaders from The Diesel Institute, Maxima, Haytrak, Universal Motors and Eko Depot have given solid testimony of how Haiti Teen Challenge students are honest, disciplined, hard working and responsible. They are lights in the market Place.
Another reason to celebrate is the launch of the Women's Center. The Lord provided the resources and assembled a staff of women under the leadership of Suzette Volcy to address the needs of young women. The Center opened in November and we are already hearing reports of incredible healing in the lives of women who have been objects of use through prostitution.
Thank You on behalf of Haiti Teen Challenge for your faithful support and prayers; we are looking forward with excitement to 2016 as He directs our steps and vision through the Leadership of Julio Volcy and His team.
May the Lord richly bless you as a fellow laborer in this Ministry of Hope,