Flying into Jeremie was a treat. I love flying, and small planes and gravel landing strips are, for me, one of the best adventures in life. The real treat was meeting Pastor Casamajore Clerece and his wife and ‘family’. Never have I seen a pastor do so much with so little, without any sense of lack or need. Just an undying faith that God is his provider, and everything they have, or need, comes from Him.
Pastor Casamajore has a church of well over 100 meeting in a ‘building’ made of sticks and tarps. A couple of wires provide two light bulbs from the generator they bought with the funds they received from the Foursquare Relief Fund. It was such a blessing for Pastor to bring his church into the age of electricity. They’re all so excited and proud.
We spent the first day concluding the purchase of property that will house his church, orphanage, and school.
They are scheduled to lose their current ‘facility’ at the end of June. This house of 4 rooms is home to 47 kids and 7 adults, sleeping 15 to a room on floor mats. It’s crowded, yet filled with the joy of the Lord. The home is so orderly and peaceful that it seems strange in the context of such poverty, but it is obvious that God is here, and that His blessing and anointing are on this pastor and his wife .We bought the property out of relief funds and left the church and orphanage with a storehouse full of rice, beans, corn, spaghetti, oil, milk, and other essentials. It was just another normal day, for them, of God’s faithful provision. They expressed their thanks to us, but I could tell their gratitude and trust was directed to their Heavenly Father, who has never left or forsaken them.
In a town of donkeys and motorbikes, Pastor does an amazing job of shepherding his flock, walking miles or taking a mototaxi to make sure everyone is cared and prayed for. Although there was not much earthquake damage here, the damage done by centuries of oppression and poverty is seen everywhere. Their future is bright as we schedule teams to help them with the next steps of building a new church and orphanage/school.
The lighthouse they have become to their community is the rising light of God’s love that Foursquare is becoming in this nation of Haiti. Remember to pray for Jeremie, give – Dollar for Dollar – that’s one Haitian dollar raised by them matched with a US dollar given by you – that’s a 700% increase to them!, and GO! Come and help, bring your team, and your heart will be forever changed!
Foursquare Haiti Relief Director