And the work of HTC is revealing that Haiti is developing the capacity to change itself for the better...
June 4, 2022
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Transformation is defined in the dictionary as "an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed." One of its synonyms is "metamorphosis" which is defined as "a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances."
Both words describe our most recent 29 graduates. On June 4th, 2022, the world witnessed the expression of true change and metamorphosis. 14 young ladies and 15 young men stood proud as they testified of God’s transformative grace in their lives.
Through this program, God showed them a new way. Instead of a life of gangs, drugs, alcohol, trafficking, and violence, they now have a new identity in Christ, plans for a future they never dreamed possible, and a commitment to serve others.
It is not an easy feat for these young men and women to stand before strangers and estranged family members and share their deepest, darkest experiences. The fear of being judged is real, but the knowledge that they are seen, known and loved—new creations in Christ—brings hope and healing. He who has begun a good work in each of them is still working, and will continue until that work is complete.
Their future is a bright and full of hope. As these graduates go forward, they do so as leaders in their communities, their families, and ultimately, in their nation—one that desperately needs them.
Haitian Development Director
Ten Year Anniversary
The 10th anniversary of Haiti Teen Challenge and Rendezvous’ 5th anniversary weekend is easily described as Holy Spirit led. The collaborative servant spirit of not only the staff and church leadership, but also the gratefulness exuded from HTC grads crowned the event. The Haitians gave God the glory in humbling ways.
Over 150 graduates participated in a block party/expo after RVC’s service on Sunday. They showed off their life-skills in furniture making, handmade soap, painting, some very delicious Haitian fried food, jewelry, and coupons for car engine work. I asked Edner about what he saw as outcomes: a) For many of the grads, it is a great introduction back into the community, b) the graduates are adding value as they re-enter their neighborhoods, c) helps boost self-esteem of the graduates and show them their worth, d) the event was a beacon of hope for the community during a time of deep national insecurities, e) and finally, it was great exposure for the restoring methods of HTC. They presented the need: there is a 2 year waiting list for entry into the Teen Challenge program. Their heart is to expand.
Pastor Julio is building a leadership team at Rendezvous. Three pastors were ordained on Sunday along with 37 baptisms to help the work. The service was joyful and celebrated God’s faithfulness. During a time when many churches have diminished or even closed their doors, RVC is standing as a hub for a larger network of churches. They are leading the way in Haiti for Christ and it’s evident to the people of Haiti. Julio was interviewed by several major TV and radio stations.
George Kenworthy, Chief Development Officer
As we tune into the daily news, there seems to be a growing number of giants appearing. In 1 Samuel 17 the Bible tells us that as the Israelites battled their enemy every day, the giant Goliath would stir up fear. His size, his threats, and the possibility of losing everything they loved terrified them.
But with one small stone Goliath was brought down. David knew where victory would come from and he proclaimed, “I come against you in the name of the Almighty God!”
As we pray and fast together with our brothers and sisters in Haiti today, let our prayers be stones against anxiety, fear, sickness, violence and disorder. Let us pray against darkness and for the power of the gospel to transform the lives of those that are broken and without hope.
Please also join us in praying for:
Philippians 4:4-7 says,
“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again; REJOICE! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The LORD IS NEAR. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace that passes all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ.”
Blessings, Vicki Jefferis