Harvest House
As AFDC concludes projects in Creve we are prayerfully looking to our future ministry in Haiti. This can be overwhelming because there continue to be needs everywhere. These needs are immediate, long-term, and eternal. Physical needs are the most obvious immediate needs. They include food, clothing, and medical care. Needs such as education and job training are the more long term needs and more difficult to achieve. The most important are the spiritual needs. The Haitians, like all of us, need a saving and growing relationship with Jesus Christ. AFDC has worked to meet all these needs. We have able to do some more successfully than others. We want to learn from our successes and failures as we do ministry in Haiti in the future. The thought of trying to meet all these needs is a monumental task. We cannot do it without God’s wisdom and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. God NEVER fails to surprise me! He has definitely done this with Harvest House. A little over 2 years ago, one of our translators, Cholet Beaubriant, came to us and said that he had some property near Port-au-Prince and he was going to build AFDC a house. In fact he had already started the process. Cholet has worked with AFDC for a long time and has become an integral part of our ministry in Haiti. He knows that our resources are limited and already stretched. He did not ask us for anything. He just started building. In June of 2016, a small team travelled to Haiti to investigate some ministry opportunities. Cholet, as usual, translated for our team and facilitated our transportation. From the moment we arrived, he could not wait to show us the property and the foundation of the house. We were amazed at what he had been able to accomplish using only his own resources. Cholet was determined to complete this house. He was on a mission. In March of this year, two of us travelled to Port-au-Prince to attend a conference for non-profit organizations working in Haiti. While we were there, we got to see the progress that Cholet had made on the house. The house is nearing completion and is amazing. It has been built with love. Cholet has used his time, energy, and money to build a house for someone else. We had to ask him why. He pointed toward Heaven as he said that God told him to build it. Nothing else could explain the love and effort with which he tackled this project. AFDC was now faced with a dilemma. What do we do with this house? How can we be good stewards of this wonderful gift? While we were there in March, God seemed to answer that question. There is a great need to help the young Haitians that have grown up in orphanages. By law, they are required to leave, their home, at the age of 18. They have no place to go and most have yet to graduate from high school. If they have graduated, they do not have the skills needed to get a job. They are left alone and homeless. We are praying that Harvest House can be a place to change that situation. We hope to offer them hope and a chance at a future. They would have a home, an opportunity to complete school, a chance to train for a job, and most importantly learn more about what it means to be in a loving and growing relationship with Jesus Christ. One of the areas that often gets neglected in ministry, is discipleship. It requires building relationships and investing in others. It is critical if we want to see others grow in their relationship with Christ. This has been difficult to do when we are there for such short periods of time. Harvest House will give us the opportunity to change that. We are still in the planning stages. This is a great opportunity and God keeps opening doors for us to take the next step. This is not a project we can do alone. We need help. It will take money to get the Harvest House Project up and running. We ask that you prayerfully consider investing in this great opportunity. It could change someone’s life-not just for today or tomorrow, but for eternity. We used Matthew 9:37 name the home that Cholet built. “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” The name conveys what we would like to see happen in this wonderful house. We want the opportunity to train laborers for the harvest.