Thursday, 16 January 2014

The First Christadelphian Haitian Conference

The First Christadelphian Haitian Conference

John PopleThe ecclesia in Carrefour, Haiti has flourished since the catastrophic earthquake in 2010. The tireless work of Brother Esmath Sainval has engaged the local community in different ways:
  • Through the establishment of a primary school in conjunction with Meal-a-Day of the Americas
  • Through the creation of a neighborhood youth group
  • By hosting a day long presentation for over 120 ministers and religious leaders of local churches
The purpose of that presentation was to encourage them to critically look at their doctrines in light of Bible teaching. All of these activities have heightened local interest and led this past September to the inaugural Christadelphian Bible Conference on the island. Although this Conference was primarily geared towards the ecclesia in Haiti, invitations were also extended to interested friends and associates. Brethren John Pople and Bruce Parker presented a number of adult classes assisted by a cohort of energetic brothers and sisters from North America: Matt Drabenstott, Janine Finlay, Rachel Johnson, Lori Rayner, Maggie Schlageter; coordinated by Bro Steve Johnson.

Such projects rely on outside funding because of the limited resources of resident local brethren. Everything from meals and transportation to advertising circulars and chairs needed to be purchased. Estimated costs of $6,000 were initially covered by a WCF underwriting guarantee and subsequently defrayed by earmarked donations. 
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