Bible League meets with Haiti’s President

By May 14, 2004

Haiti (MNN) — Evangelical leaders met with Haiti’s news president. The Bible League’s Director of Haiti Ministry and other evangelical leaders met for a time of prayer at the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince.

Bible League’s Latin America Director Tim DeVries says, “They were able to sit down and talk about some of the concerns with the church, pray with them. He actually received the Bible as well. So, we’re very excited about the opportunities that might bring for a little bit more openness for the church to work and the church to grow.”

This meeting comes after recent waves of violence following the resignation of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide. The civil unrest led to the evacuation of many missionaries, but the Bible League was minimally affected. DeVries says every building surrounding their office was burned or looted, but the office was untouched.

However, the country’s uncertainty has had a positive impact on the church. DeVries says, “We have seen a tremendous increase in our ministry and getting people into small group Bible studies and doing evangelism. The church has been awaken to reaching people for Christ. We have actually doubled the results of our ministry in the last few months.”

DeVries says while the struggles in the country have been difficult, the most recent violence was good for outreach. “Because of all the difficulties people had to stay at home, they were much more open to having Bible studies in their home. Churches concentrated again on doing what you can do, which is gather together in Bible study and sharing the Gospel with you neighbors and those that are close by,” he says.

All of last year they had 40,000 people go through Bibles studies. Just since September they’ve had 60,000 attend and many are turning to Christ.

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