Jean Arnold Guy, “Pastor Arnold”, grew up as just one of the little boys in the village of Neply. While most boys in the village had dreams of being soccer players or great businessman, Arnold always knew that he wanted to be a pastor. This dream has been the driving force of his life.
After graduating high school, he began working for a local ministry as an office director and was able to help many churches within that organization. For many years he also worked with pastors to provide food and supplies to the schools sponsored by that organization. One of his many responsibilities was to translate for American teams when they came in to assist the ministry. That is how I first met Arnold. He was literally the first Haitian man I had ever met. Because of our mutual love of the gospel, a good joke, and a good political conversation – both Haitian and American; we immediately formed a friendship that has lasted for over 15 years.
After the earthquake of 2010, I and our ministry “A Door to Hope” left Neply and began working in several other areas of Haiti. Though for a short stent Arnold continued to work with us, he began to feel a calling to attend seminary. Through the generosity of our sponsors, ADTH was able to provide for Arnold‘s tuition and family needs during that time. After graduation Arnold and I, to a certain extent, lost track of one another except for updates from mutual friends. It was in this manner that I learned that Arnold had begun a church in the village of La Saline. While preaching in the area during seminary, God led Arnold to an area where he believes he was instructed to begin a ministry for the needs of the village.
It wasn’t until the church was fully functioning in a makeshift building that Pastor Arnold’s church plant was brought to our attention. To reach this amazing community for Christ, ADTH is partnering with Pastor Arnold; Miracia, his wife of 17 years; and their three children: Billy, Elena, and Ariel. He has big dreams of seeing his people grow spiritually.
Though the church is growing numerically, he fears that it will only grow so much until the church owns the land where the temporary building resides. “To many Haitians everything is temporary and people won’t get involved in a church until they see that it is truly planted in the area. Things just come and go too much for people to trust.“
ADTH plans to help this congregation buy the land and build the church the village desperately needs to begin this important work. Will you or your church consider and pray about helping us reach this community for Christ? If you would like more information, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or me personally at email@example.com.