The passionate trainees have become passionate trainers.
Haitian Christian Foundation Chairman Tim Mastenbrook shared an exciting perspective on the Lord’s work in Haiti after traveling to Haiti for the graduation at the Center for Biblical Training:
“The Graduation was another outstanding occasion – no question. However, that’s not what stood out for me from this trip. I saw trainees being trainers. This aspect of our mission had not stood out to me before, and I got excited about the future of the church. Let me explain.
When at Limbe, listening to Pierre Delamare talk about Philton, when at Ranquitte listening to Francio talk about Guy, when at Plain du Nord listening to Solius talk about Cherfils, when at Cadouche listening to Fonrose talk about a 2019 candidate he will submit for CBT training – all these and more really struck me as to the impact of the HCF – and its timeframe. They talk passionately about their mentors and those who will follow them. They are passionate about what they have been taught, and are passionate about it continuing into the extended future of their congregations. Previously, my thoughts had dwelt on graduation to graduation, how many congregations had been started, etc. These are “short-term” benefits for which that I praise God. What struck me this trip is the generational impact we are having.
Pierre realizes he is coming to the end of his preaching days, so he is committed to empowering Philton to take over. Francio saw Guy’s days come to an end, and took up the responsibilities in extremely difficult circumstances. Solius had no intention of becoming the preacher in a worldwide voodoo center, but when Cherfils asked him to, he bravely did so. Fonrose has already announced to the Cadouche congregation who he is now grooming to go to the CBT in 2019 and take over for him there when the day comes. In essentially every congregation of our graduates, they are training other leaders to support them in spreading the true gospel and become future leaders.
The passionate trainees have become passionate trainers. The sound biblical doctrine of the CBT has replaced weak and erroneous doctrine beyond the scope of my previous thoughts. The truth is being told – and is being entrenched for generations to come. Our mission is to train men to spread the gospel across their nation. Indeed we see that happening. What had not stuck me previously is that it has gone well beyond our 60-some graduates; it has also empowered them to train many, many more to do the same, both now and far into the future.”
CBT graduates and church leaders are not only sending men to the CBT to be trained, but they are each taking the responsibility to train and mentor even more men to preach and serve. The Lord’s church in Haiti is growing rapidly. We are so thankful that our Haitian brethren have hearts to continue training men to serve the Lord!