We celebrate the 22 Haitians whose lives have been changed by God and followed the Lord in believer’s baptism. There was one person I was particularly thrilled to see take this step of public profession of their faith.

Her name is Rose Guerline Joseph, from Tom Gateau, Haiti. She came from the mountains with her mother and her local pastor to be baptized. Pastor Johnny and Janet Hunt have sponsored her ever since she started school. She began school with red hair due to malnourishment. The construction of the Tom Gateau church and school where Rose attends was difficult, as we had to bring water up the mountain to mix concrete for the foundation.

 Rose was part of the 22 believers who followed in water baptism. We rejoice knowing lives have been changed for eternity.

Rose was part of the 22 believers who followed in water baptism. We rejoice knowing lives have been changed for eternity.

 Hosted at our church in Concrab, Haiti, the baptism festival was a beautiful time of worship.

Hosted at our church in Concrab, Haiti, the baptism festival was a beautiful time of worship.

When we face a challenge in our work, we need to see the long-term purpose and calling. This baptism festival was a historic day, and reminds me how the local church is the greatest force for good.

 With a marching band leading the way, we walked to the ocean for the water baptism.

With a marching band leading the way, we walked to the ocean for the water baptism.

We must stay faithful to see lives changed, no matter the challenges. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) Rose is a new Christian leader on the rise, and eventually plans to study nursing. ~Tim DeTellis

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