The apostle Paul was wholeheartedly committed to the advancement of the Gospel. Since his encounter with the Lord on the Damascus road, every act of his life was a step in that direction. Christ stood then at the center of his life and of his ministry. He was wholeheartedly committed to embrace and fulfill the agenda of Jesus Christ as clearly proclaimed: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4: 18-19).
The advancement of the Gospel through COGIC Haiti must be grounded in this original agenda established by our Lord. In the current context of Haitian reality at the dawn of the twenty-first century, this agenda can be fulfilled through the inspiring guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT to bring about reconstruction, evangelisation, education and excellence.
The Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Haiti is currently facing very serious problems. The 7.0 earthquake of January 12, 2010 severely affected our Church causing the death of 103 people and the destruction or damage of 46 churches. At every level, the current pass word in Haiti is RECONSTRUCTION.
With God’s help, we must engage in the work of reconstruction following the example of the Jewish people upon coming from captivity. “They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God” (Haggai 1: 14).
However, this work must begin with the rebuilding of lives. COGIC-Haiti must be rekindled with the Spirit entrusted to Zerubbabel in the face of the challenges he confronted in the task of rebuilding long ago, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty (Zech. 4:6).
Such a strategy calls for bringing together the superintendents, pastors, church mothers and all workers to embrace a common vision for rebuilding consistent with God’s will for the Church. For “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127: 1). Only by this Spirit of unity and revival will the church be empowered to pursue effective planning and action of rebuilding.
The next step is to find the resources for reconstruction. Two sources are being explored:
- Local effort is essential. It will come in various forms:
- Determine the work to be done (repair or complete rebuilding)
- Assessment the state of local assets
- Identify workers that can contribute to reconstruction
- Marshall all energies and available resources to do what can be done.
- We rely on COGIC INTERNATIONAL to help us in the reconstruction effort. Their support is invaluable. .
Evangelization is the primary engine that keeps the church on the move. After the resurrection, Jesus entrusted his disciples with the important task of evangelization. “…Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28: 19).
After 82 years of ministry, COGIC has been able to proclaim the good news in 5 of the 10 geographical departments of the republic. The vision is to seek to plant COGIC churches in all 10 departments. To reach such a goal, it will take:
- A strategic Planning with the Superintendents and pastors
- Setting up an national Evangelistic Committee
- Setting up a local Evangelistic Committee for each district
- Find the resources for evangelistic campaigns
It is remarkable to notice how Jesus sets the tone and demonstrated the importance of reading at the beginning of his ministry. He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read (Luke 4: 16).
Illiteracy is major problem in Haiti. In 2009, the United Nations Development Programme, ranked Haiti with a literacy rate of 62.1 percent as the 155th out of a list of 180 countries. It is my vision to:
- Equip all COGIC Haiti members with literacy skills
- Build a Bible Institute to train pastors and future church leaders
- establish schools for the education of COGIC Haiti youth
- Renovate the Charles Mason’s primary school
“…Just as you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving” (2 Cor. 8: 7).
- It is important for the advancement of the Gospel to establish and practice a culture of excellence in ministry. Excellence in ministry seeks to:
- Build the COGIC HAITI on the foundation of 2 Corinthians 8: 7
- Seek good training for COGIC ministerial staff
- Encourage good administrative practices and record keeping
- Maintain high level visibility through a solid media ministry
SHORT TERM OBJECTIVES
- Set UP evangelistic teams to spread the good news of the Gospel
- Renovate and restructure the Charles Mason School
- Repair the Belvin building to start up a Bible School
- Establish new literacy centers to promote reading and writing skills
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD (Luke 1: 37)
Now I want you to know, brothers that what has
Happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. Phil. 1: 12
LEON D. PAMPHILE, Ph.D.
Bishop Church of God in Christ of Haiti