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.