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A missionary endeavor
in St. Raphael, Haiti,
Who we are:
We are the Bower family, serving as missionaries in Haiti.
We live in Walondry, St. Raphael, on the Maranatha Campus.
The Maranatha Campus is home to several missionary families and is also home to a variety of ministries which include a church, seminary, primary school, ladies college, and medical clinic.
What we do:
Our work, or ministry as we call it, includes both religious and social endeavors. The religious work is our ultimate goal and purpose for our presence in Haiti. But, the social part of our ministries is a natural result of our love for the Haitian people and our desire to show them the love of Jesus in us. The column at the left has a complete list of the ministries we have started or are involved in.
Our Objective and what we believe:
We moved to Haiti in 1999 to work in a Bible seminary that had been started by missionary Evan Shaffer. Our objective was to effectively tell people about Jesus the Christ and to teach the Bible. Our purpose in doing so, was to help people understand what the Bible asks us to do if we want to go to heaven, ...
and to help those who are already saved understand what the Bible teaches us to do so that we can mature in our faith and please God with our lives.
Religion is often biased, contolling, and organized to make money. Jesus himself was critical of religion in that respect. Jesus used more than harsh words with the money pandering "church leaders and pastors."
So, it's important to note that God doesn't want you to be religious, but he wants to establish a personal relationship with you. He wants to know you personally, because He loves you and cares about you. That's what the Bible is all about. There are harsh realities in the Bible, which make it hard to read and accept, just like there are the harsh realities of Haiti like starvation and voodoo satan worhip, which make it a hard place to live. The worlds a tough place and life is hard. But truth is truth. The Bible gives us the truth while giving us a light at the end of the tunnel.
Here is the truth the Bible gives us: People do what's wrong, we all sin. Nobody's perfect !
But, the harsh reality of you and I not being perfect is that, to get to heaven we have to be perfect.
God is perfect and just and always obeys the law. He has to uphold the law.
Because God is just and must punish sin, and we sin; He must condenm us to hell just like the law says. But, there's the light at the end of the tunnel. God is just and has to do what's right, but he loves and has found a way to be just and to save us from ourselves at the same time. Don't you understand? God wants us to go to heaven, he made heaven for us. But we chose and choose sin instead. What's easier: to do what's right or do what everyone else does?, to be honest on your taxes or cheat on your taxes? Sin carries consequences, the paycheck for sin is hell. We all deserve it. No one deserves heaven - that's the harsh reality of the Bible. But the light at the end of the tunnel is this ...
The name of Jesus is important. Jesus is God turned man ! God became man with the express purpose to give his life to pay the penalty of your sin and mine.
Each one of us has a debt that has to be paid, it's a sin debt with God. The important thing is that Jesus already paid the debt. Faith is how the credit gets transfered to your account. Faith is what it takes for Jesus to pardon your sin.
But, faith is more than just simple believing. Faith is a lifechanging decision to place your life in God's hands, for Him to control as he will.
That means if you trust in Jesus, you will want to do what the Bible says and obey him. Have you made a decision to trust Christ? If you have't, do it today. You can pray a simple prayer like this ...
Dear God, I recognize I am a sinner and deserve to go to hell. Please forgive me and come into my life; make me your child and help me to live a holy life. In Jesus name, Amen.
If you prayed this prayer, feel free to email us and let us know. We would like to pray for you and encourage you in your new found faith.
Statement of Faith (What we believe)Haiti Information
Haiti Information - External Links Demographics of Haiti - Wikipedia
Haiti - Wikipedia
CIA - The World Factbook
Haiti Flag and national anthem
Haiti national anthem
Creole Bible mp3 download
Creole Bible text download
French Bible E-Sword modules
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.