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A Letter to SermonAudio From a Missionary to Haiti

Here at SermonAudio, we love receiving emails and letters. But every so often, we receive something that deserves a little extra attention. Recently, we received an email from a missionary to Haiti that was a tremendous encouragement to us. We want to share it with you, below. And keep reading..

Good Morning

My name is Tony Jones and I am from Peterborough Ontario Canada. I have been a full time Missionary here in Grand Goave Haiti for the last 7 years. Being a missionary that very rarely goes back home there were 2 things that I really missed. Number 1 was the fellowship with my Brothers and Sisters from my home church back in Peterborough. Number 2 was the "Hearing of the Word" and being fed spiritually through it. Not knowing the language upon arriving and then knowing the language but hearing very little truth from the churches lead me to hunger for some great preaching.

You need to know the spiritual condition of Haiti to understand this more. 70% of all pastors in Haiti DO NOT know the Lord, most churches are nothing more than what I call "Halleluiah disco's." People ask me what the spiritual condition of the people are in Haiti. I tell it this way, Haiti is 50% Catholicism, 50% Evangelical and 100% voodoo. So to get fed spiritually is very difficult here.

One day I was corresponding with a friend telling him about this problem and he said to me, do you listen to SermonAudio? Now I am not a tech kind of guy, I had only ever had 1 computer and never a cell phone in my life. I really didn't know what was on the internet, I only sent emails and that was it. He told me how to find your website and I started to download sermons.

The first week I listened to about 3 sermons, second week 8 sermons and the 3rd week 2 sermons a day. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of the preaching and teaching I was hearing. Guys I couldn't get enough, I would go to the mountains where I do most of my work and could hardly wait to get back to hear the Word. Tears would come to my eyes when I would listen to a sermon that touched me. The first one that did this was "10 Shekels and a Shirt" by Paris Reidhead. He went through some of the same things I have gone through here in Haiti and this sermon really strengthened me.

Now it's 2014 and I have listened to well over 1000 sermons. I am now married with 2 boys so I don't get to listen as much as I use to. But I can tell you I am still getting fed daily by the beautiful preaching from the Godly men I am hearing on SermonAudio. Don't ever think that you are not making an impact for the kingdom. Guys if my friend had not told me about you, who knows I may have gone back home. I just downloaded another 30 sermons so I better go listen Ha!

Thanks so much for all you do
Lord Bless
Tony Jones

Editor's note: But wait, it gets even better. We, here at SermonAudio, were grateful for the email we received. But we were even more amazed as we began to learn of our brother's work in Haiti and how God is using him in a powerful way to help spread the Gospel. Today, he has helped to establish orphanages, medical clinics, churches, and schools with a no-nonsense, clear Gospel presentation. And one of the most fascinating ways he is supporting the mission work is by selling coffee! Read an excerpt from his own biography below:

During one of my treks up the mountain, we met a woman who had sacks of bean tied to her donkey, or as I call them “Haitian Hummers.” I asked her what the beans were, and she told me they were coffee. Now I drank coffee, but I didn't know a good bean from a bad bean, so I bought about 5 lbs from her and sent them to a friend in Canada who knew about coffee. Shortly after, he got back to me and said the coffee was delicious. He asked me how much I could send him and that he would buy it all! Soon we were selling green bean and roasting coffee that I bought directly from the families whose children go to our school! Profits from the coffee sales go towards paying the teachers.

Today we support 26 teachers in 5 schools allowing over 1,000 children to hear the gospel daily! There are still some 50 teachers from other mountain schools that I want to support, I feel like they are waiting for the gospel and a paycheck. Living here in Haiti I am confronted daily with hungry men, women and children. I felt a real burden to do something about this. Many organizations come here and give things away to the Haitians; they have turned Haitians into beggars. A Haitian will receive a bag of white rice from a group; but what that group doesn't’t know is that most Haitians will not eat just white rice. They need to buy beans, spices, cooking oil, charcoal so in most cases they end up just selling it for very little money to buy already cooked food.

Read much more of his biography or buy the coffee for yourself directly online by clicking here..

Editor's Note: We have already bought a number of coffee bags ourselves and we can attest that it is so far the best and freshest coffee we've ever had the privilege to enjoy! What a way to support the right kind of mission work!


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Olde Folderal | Isles of Langerhans  Find all comments by Olde Folderal
Parole's comments remind me that there are always 2 sides to any story.

Speaking on the issue of raising money for teachers by selling coffee, it reminds me of the books William Easterly and Hernando de Soto have written on the issues of economic development.
The latter first pointed out that other countries do not have the complex legal system by which we in the USA sell real estate, establish commercial contracts, etc. Therefore, money invested in those places easily 'disappears' (frequently into overseas accounts, and Grand Cayman Island with its secret bank accounts is not far from Haiti). Easterly has found many other mistakes taken by development agencies.
Chile had an earthquake when Haiti had one, and yet their buildings did not suffer the same result-why? It was from the lack of reliable building codes and their proper enforcement.
Then, as to Haiti being "100% voodoo" and comparing that to the USA--just ask yourself--does your local newspaper have a horoscope column? I even heard the very late D. James Kennedy preach a sermon, "The Gospel in the Zodiac"

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News Item6/16/14 10:11 AM
pennned  Find all comments by pennned
Pastor Parole, I agree with what you are saying. Thank you for posting your thoughts and reminding us to not be arrogant in ministry and that as Apostle Paul, Christ today still anoints the humble of heart to teach the gospel. You are right that there are many false teachers in the US and Canada. What I am hearing is that Romans 1 is now hate speech in Canada, so perhaps God will deal with the proud of heart in His own ways.
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News Item6/16/14 3:39 AM
Parole de Transformation | Haiti  Find all comments by Parole de Transformation
OC, I agree with you in part, because not just a “few teachers”, but many have benefited from missionary work and your reaction is what I was expecting. Mr; Jones’ 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 “Full Holy Ghost power”, it may have been misused and taken out of context, but the Apostle Paul felt that’s all he needed, and that's what every preacher needs “And 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 Spirit’s power,so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 CO 2:1-5)
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News Item6/15/14 8:53 PM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
Well "Parole", I think that the few teachers who benefited from missionary would disagree. And, "full of the Holy Ghost power" is so misused and taken out of context...sadly, mostly for those who think that They are the key characters. The credit all goes to the Lord. Even His Spirit points to the work of Jesus and not to Himself. Your tone, "Parole", seems a little off kilter.
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News Item6/13/14 11:01 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Parole de Transformation wrote:
..unless they come with full Holy Ghost power and a heart for the Haitian people
Aha! A joy to read those words!
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News Item6/13/14 10:57 AM
Parole de Transformation | Haiti  Find all comments by Parole de Transformation
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
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News Item6/12/14 6:54 PM
Parole de Transformation | Haiti  Find all comments by Parole de Transformation
I have read with careful consideration the letter written by “Missionary” 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 “Missionary” Jones where he got his numbers about the percentage of pastors who do not know the Lord. It is true that that many Haitian “pastors” do not know the Lord; so my question is: ‘Did he have a scientific survey taken to know it’s 70%, or is this number an estimate from the few pastors he knows from Grand Goave”. 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 “Halleluiah discos” in Haiti? Absolutely. But I have seen quite a few in the US and even on Christian TV. “Missionary” 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.
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News Item6/10/14 7:51 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
As they said, in the Army--when I was in it anyway, you're going to a combat zone, so you will get combat pay. I assume Mr. Jones has to receive other rewards, but still face dangers. This Nebraskan apparently picked up this disease while traveling in Haiti. http://www.klkntv.com/story/25731342/first-nebraska-case-of-mosquito-borne-virus-reported.
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News Item6/2/14 11:11 AM
Thornside  Find all comments by Thornside
Praise the Lord for His ministry.
The "coffee bean" one in Haiti.
And the Church at SermonAudio.

God bless all concerned.

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

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News Item6/2/14 7:35 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Way to go, sermon audio and Tony Jones.
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