Haiti’s rebels surge; evangelistic work interrupted.

By February 24, 2004

Haiti (MNN)–Rebels overran Haiti’s second-largest city, Cap Haitien, on Sunday.

Their advance pressures politicians negotiating a U.S.-backed international peace plan that leaves Aristide as president but forces him to share power with his rivals.

Even as the turmoil spreads throughout the Caribbean nation, there are believers in place trying to continue their ministry. However, the Bible League’s Tim DeVries says the unrest makes work erratic. “Things are a little bit more difficult. We can’t get through to certain areas of the country; we have to be a lot more careful. No trainings are happening at night. We need to make sure that our staff are safe, we can’t go out as much. But, on the other hand, our ministry has grown. People are searching for God.”

DeVries says their teams are responding to the need. “Pray for encouragement for the believers, that they will continue to see this as an opportunity to reach out to people with God’s message of hope…and that they will remain strong and safe as they talk with neighbors, who can’t go out and do other things, and maybe have an opportunity to share God’s word a little bit more.”

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