From the Desk of Missionary Lynette Francios
Haiti Mission Trip 2015
4am Church Service – The first memory I have of attending a house church is in Haiti!! Wow, this house church has been holding church service at 4am for 5 days a week, for the past 28 years. The experience was both exhilarating and eye opening at the same time.
It’s dark in Haiti at 4am, really dark. There are no street lights in Haiti and the unfortunately there was no full moon to light the way. So we are walking down the street, about ½ mile, in the pitch dark with flash lights or lights from our cell phones at 4am in the morning. Add to that, there is a female community leader, shouting on a bullhorn, “Soldiers of the Lord, wake up”. As we are walking, people are joining our group as we head to the church. Once we get there, some were seated on wooden benches outside in the dirt filled front yard, and the rest were seated amongst okra stalks growing in the garden. The overflow crowd, stood outside the doorway of the gated wall.
I was seated next to the doorway. I kept looking at the doorway, pondering an escape plan should anything go down in the dark of the night, in a country called Haiti. I kept looking at Pastor O, he was nodding and at peace, mom was okay, and my son was close by, so I settled myself and enjoyed the experience. The message was taught in Creole and translated into English.