Many of you are aware that we have a team going to Haiti from July 8-20. We will be doing our best to blog daily from Haiti, but it will depend on our ability to get a good internet connection at the local internet cafe. You can follow us here. Our team leaves Louisville on Friday at 6:30am. Please pray for safe travels to Port-au-Prince. We will overnight there and then head to Plaisance on Saturday.
Here is some info on the trip:
Plaisance is a city of around 50,000 people in the Northern hill region of Haiti (19° 36′ 0″ North, 72° 28′ 0″ West). It is located between five and six hours from Port-au-Prince. The city is marked by extreme poverty and limited health care. While the people throughout Haiti are resilient and unrelenting, like many cities in Haiti there are still thousands of people trapped in great spiritual darkness.
Antioch Church is partnering locally with Walnut Street Baptist Church and also with New Jerusalem Baptist Church in New Jersey. New Jerusalem is a Haitian congregation that was the home church of Luckner Jean-Marie before he came to Louisville. Luckner, who is originally from Haiti, is one of our five Elder/Pastors at Antioch. This has given us an even closer heart for the people and needs of Haiti. New Jerusalem has been making trips back to Haiti for about a decade and focuses on helping to develop local communities and churches for the sake of the gospel. It is our privilege to join up with them. Luckner and his son, Lucas, along with Chris Meredith will also be on the trip.
This trip to Plaisance will include, bible clubs for children, medical outreach, biblical counseling, and relationship building in the community. Our prayer is that many would hear the simple message of the Gospel and follow Christ. While we are confident that God can use us to effect the lives of the people in Plaisance, we are equally confident that our lives will be changed as we see God at work. I am asking God to do a great work in our hearts, helping us to realize what a world of need we live in and how powerful the Gospel really is to bring life.