Our second full day of working and witnessing has concluded in Gros-Morne, Haiti — with our team of 20.
The 3 educators from Olivet Nazarene University and 1 student completed their training of local parochial school teachers today. The teachers have been learning how to better teach their students how to effectively teach French reading skills to their students. The 120+ school teachers received their Certificates of Participation. It was as though they were completing their college degree — they were so happy. For the balance of the week the ONU crew will be observing and working with teachers in their classrooms. While this is a pilot program, the ONU educators want to see follow-up and more opportunities to teach teachers how to teach reading skills to their students. See attached photo with the teachers all showing their certificates.
Our District Superintendent, Dr. David Nixon and Pastor Pascal Permis, also completed their leadership training of 80+ pastors from the surrounding area. They concluded the training with a special and meaningful recommitment of the pastors’ call and baptism — through a symbolic baptism (see attached photo). All of the pastors took a short break for a group photo with Dr. Nixon and Pastor Permis in front of the Gros-Morne Church.
Our “electrical” crew pulled several more hundred feet of wire today — in their process to completely rewire the guest house and district center where we are staying.
It’s not all work. Len Turner and Pastor Brett Massey (Port Charlotte) and teenager Daniel Cupp (Palm Beach Gardens Northlake Blvd.) played a short game of soccer with some of the Haitian young men. The goofy look on the attached photo is my fault — I asked them to pose doing something crazy — and they did!
Tonight we reflected on the journey that Southern Florida has taken with God’s guidance to the Gros-Morne church and Pastor Paul Zamor and wife Annecesse. It is amazing to see all that God is doing in this community and through this church. We sincerely appreciate the strong support from our churches throughout Southern Florida (and beyond) for all that has happened here.
Your prayers for the team are sincerely appreciated.
Dennis Moore, District NM President
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