French and Creole books helping the Haitian Church
In our last post, we shared news from our experiences at the Unleash Converge Pastor’s Conference January 29-31. In a variety of venues, we shared conversations with passionate people who were looking for tools to help them accomplish the tasks God has given them. A few of those conversations were especially memorable.
Slems is a pastor from southern Florida. When we first met, he asked a number of questions about what we were doing in West Africa. We assumed, then, that he was West African by birth. As we talked and found out where he was living, we asked if he had any contact with the Haitian community there. We told him that we had one of our books translated into Haitian Creole and would give him some if he thought they would be helpful. When we mentioned Haiti, he laughed aloud. “That’s my home,” he said. “That’s my language.”
Slems was born in Haiti. His father had been a voodoo priest, as had his grandfather. He was to have inherited that role. He had moved to south Florida a number of years ago and found work as a professional chef. He had also come to know Jesus. He became so burdened for the people around him that he began to invite them into his home to share Jesus with them. That house gathering soon became a church. That church has now grown to about 80 believers and still growing. He was thrilled to receive the material and especially excited to have Simple Truths in both French and Haitian Creole. He planned to immediately introduce the material on his “live Facebook ministry” and podcast. He will also return to Haiti soon, where he hopes to use the books to share with people in his own family.
One of our desires at Clear and Simple Media is to put tools into the hands of grass-roots church planters to help them disciple new believers. It is quite satisfying when we see that desire being fulfilled again and again.