Haiti 2014: A Step into the Unknown

Haiti is a country characterised by voodoo, corruption, poverty & natural disaster. However, God is at work –  people’s lives are being radically changed by the gospel and God is calling individuals to serve Him.  One aspect of my work with OMS is my involvement in theological education.  As a result, an invitation was extended to me to teach an intensive course at Emmaus Bible College in Cap Haitian, northern Haiti.
Following a long journey from London to Miami, then on to Port–au–Prince, I eventually, after 2 days of travelling, arrived at Cap Haitian, and was met by Matt Ayers, Principal of EBS.  I was taken to the EBS compound and met Phil & Emily Heckman who were to be my hosts for 2 weeks.
The course I taught was: ‘Biblical Foundations of Mission’.  Sixteen eager 1st year BTh students awaited me in the classroom, and what a great experience – often a teacher learns more than he teaches; what a privilege it is to serve the Lord and His people!
This trip was particularly good as my brother, Tim, an optician, and good friend, Nigel, took a travelling ‘SPECSAVERS’ clinic to the OMS Bethesda Medical facility.  This was a great help to people desperate for healthcare, in a country where medical costs can be astronomical!  170 eye tests were performed in 4 days, with 150 pairs of specs distributed.  We are grateful to SPECSAVERS UK for donating essential optical equipment for the clinic, and to all those in South Wales who donated 300 pairs of specs for us to take to Haiti!
People in Haiti, both nationals and missionaries alike, live in difficult conditions, often without the basic necessities of life.  The average wage is $1.50 per day, with many people eating 1 meal every 3 days.  However, God is very gracious and the gospel is spreading.  People’s lives are being transformed, churches are being planted and practical help is being offered to a desperate society.
We had a good trip, no encounters with snakes, tarantulas, rats or witch doctors. More importantly, we met people who love the Lord and are endeavouring to serve Him, despite the inconveniences Haiti can throw at them.
Please continue to pray and support me in the work of Theological education.  If you are interested in knowing more or partnering with me, please contact me via HQ in Manchester.
Thanks in advance for your support
Chris Palmer
Regional Director Wales & West.

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