Update Report on Expansion to Belize, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic
Recently, Ric Hesse, CCI North American Regional Director, visited Belize, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. Regional Directors oversee ministry in multiple countries. Currently, CCI has three Regional Directors: Ric Hesse (North American & Caribbean), Dr. Kit Putrakul (SE Asia), and John Redshaw (South Pacific). We are praying for three additional Regional Directors over East Asia (China, Mongolia, Japan, Koreas, Taiwan), Malay World (Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia), and Sub-Indian Continent (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh). Here is a report from his trip.
The purpose of this trip was to conduct a Teacher Training Workshop (TTW) for church pastors and ministry leaders in Belize. Through the TTW, we train and equip qualified trainers in effective use of the BTCP curriculum. The host ministry was Bridge the Gap Ministries (BTG) which conducts vocational training and discipleship to young men and women. The TTW was conducted on Jun 6-7 with 5 men from the area. John Vandermark, a contact through classes in New Zealand (great networking!), had invited the head of a local Bible College, a local pastor who leads two churches, a church elder, and a co-laborer who lives at the BTG campus and ministers to Spanish speaking people in the area.
During this trip, Ric was also able to get a sense of the need for discipleship and pastoral training ministry in this area which is primarily low income families struggling to live day-to-day. Many are faithful believers, but have very limited access to means foradditional spiritual or Biblical training outside their local church. Pray for the trained teachers as they implement the training in their ministries.
Visit to Haiti
The purpose of this trip was to conduct a Teacher Training Workshop in Port au Prince, to firm up administrative duties with CCI Haiti staff, and to begin the process of establishing a recognized not for profit entity in Haiti. We had a TTW with 21 participants in Port-au-Prince. Ric, Pastor Doret, Pastor Calixte, and Pastor Castille led this TTW. Our goal is to see our national brethren leading ministry in their country. We are trusting God for it!
Expansion to the Dominican Republic
The purpose of this trip was to conduct a TTW among the Haitian people living in this part of the Dominican Republic. Pastor Benjamin has been working in this part of the DR for several years and has a good relationship with many of the Haitian pastors and several of the Spanish speaking pastors. The TTW was conducted in English, Creole, and Spanish! Two of the men are planning to start classes soon with another partner in the area starting two classes this fall.
We are grateful for the work God is using Ric to do in these countries. He is an important leader with CCI. Ric & Bev currently have $1,500 in committed personal support. Please pray for the remaining $2,000 per month they need to be fully supported.