OC, I agree with you in part, because not just a âfew teachersâ, but many have benefited from missionary work and your reaction is what I was expecting. Mr; Jonesâ letter is assuming that the thousands of missionaries who have been coming to Haiti for over a century have all done nothing; and if I was a missionary, I would feel offended. I replied based on his letter that nothing has been done and that the country is still 100% voodoo, which is not true. In his letter, he just passed a judgment on all missionaries who have come to Haiti and I expected a missionary who has been in Haiti would reply to tell their success stories about lives changed. As for the âFull Holy Ghost powerâ, it may have been misused and taken out of context, but the Apostle Paul felt thatâs all he needed, and that's what every preacher needs âAnd so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom ... For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spiritâs power,so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on Godâs power.â (1 CO 2:1-5)
If I was Mr. Jones, I would question my presence in Haiti. I would go to God to find out why my preaching has no power. This said, is it difficult for a pastor to get fed spiritually in Haiti? Yes, it is for people like Mr. Jones and me. Not because 70% do not know the Lord, but because we have been privileged with an education that gives us access to the best Christian writers, we have heard the best preachers that North America has to offer, preachers who can speak to our souls as well as our minds. And this may not be as easy to find in Haiti as in North America. And most Haitian pastors are not as educated as what we are used to, but they are preaching the same gospel: Christ died for our sins and rose for our justification, and one day He is coming back for his people, Haitians, Canadians, Americans and whatever country they may be from, whether they were well educated or not. I also use SermonAudio for spiritual feeding, so I have nothing against Mr. Jones using it for spiritual feeding. And if Mr. Jones still thinks that Haiti is 100% voodoo, and that his usefulness has been to sell coffee to pay a few teachers, I believe he should go home and advise others not to come unless they come with full Holy Ghost power and a heart for the Haitian people
I have read with careful consideration the letter written by âMissionaryâ Tony Jones about the spiritual condition of Haiti and I wonder if he has reread it. First of all, let me say that I am a Haitian pastor living in Haiti. First, I would like to ask âMissionaryâ Jones where he got his numbers about the percentage of pastors who do not know the Lord. It is true that that many Haitian âpastorsâ do not know the Lord; so my question is: âDid he have a scientific survey taken to know itâs 70%, or is this number an estimate from the few pastors he knows from Grand Goaveâ. Haiti does not have the monopoly on pastors who do not know the Lord. They exist in Canada, in the US and I believe in every country. Do we have âHalleluiah discosâ in Haiti? Absolutely. But I have seen quite a few in the US and even on Christian TV. âMissionaryâ Jones states that Haiti is 100% voodoo. I guess then that all the missionaries who have been coming to Haiti for over 100 years, including Mr. Jones, have all failed. And all the money, millions of dollars, they have collected for missionary work have been wasted. The churches they built were built on voodoo. They never touched anyone with their preaching.