Category : Caribbean
I want to be able to share with you the ministry of Mission to the World (MTW) in the Caribbean without detracting from the ministry in Belize. So, this will be the first of a mid-month update to share with you the ministries that we give oversight to throughout the Caribbean.
What exactly are we responsible for? Garry continues as the country director for Belize but has passed on the daily in-country responsibilities to Mike Cosner who is the Belize Team Leader. Garry also leads the advisory council for the Caribbean ministries which meets monthly to review the ministries of the Caribbean and give Garry wisdom and input as he leads and develops the Caribbean region for MTW.
The Caribbean ministries consist of the following:
Cuba: Richard and Robyn Crane are MTW’s point persons for ministry in Cuba. Richard, Robyn and others have been traveling to Cuba over the past 10 years to lead seminars and training for national pastors which has seen a denomination be revitalized through the teaching of grace. Richard completed a two-year program to train 47 Christian family counselors from local churches. He recently began a new round of classes with 34 students, however this time some of the former students are teaching classes with Richard’s assistance.
Dominican Republic: Omar and Jennifer Cedeño arrive in the Dominican Republic last July. Jennifer is teaching 1st graders at Santiago Christian School and Omar is working with high school boys. The school has a cross-section of Christian and non-Christian students. Evangelism and discipleship are key aspects of their ministry. Omar is also working with reformed pastors as we plan to assist in theological education and church-planting.
Haiti: Esaie and Natacha Etienne head up MTW’s ministry in Haiti. Three churches have been started and in Docine village 300 students attend a Christian primary school. Several short-term medical teams assist in the church planting effort each year. Docine is a voodoo stronghold and there was no school in the village. Pastor Francouer says that before the school existed he would hear the children singing voodoo songs in the village, now he hears them singing “Jesus loves me this I know.” Anita and I have had the privilege of being speakers for the summer family retreat for the churches in Haiti several times.
Puerto Rico: MTW missionaries, Joe and Beverly Fitzpatrick, have had exciting opportunities as Joe’s ministry includes theological education. A local pastor of a prosperity gospel church began reading RC Sproul books and was convicted of teaching a false gospel. When he announced that he would no longer teach the prosperity gospel a large number of people left the church. He asked Joe to teach his church staff reformed theology on Saturday mornings. They opened the classes to the congregation and now over 100 people attend a 2-3 hour training each Saturday morning.
Next month we will share more of the MTW Caribbean ministries with you. Please be in prayer for countries and ministers mentioned above. Ask God to build His Church in the Caribbean.
Garry & Anita Chambers