After arriving in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas, in January, we immediately started Sunday services with a 9:00 a.m. meeting in English and a 10:30 a.m. meeting in Haitian Creole. Then at 5:00 p.m., we have a combined Creole-English service.
Theresa and I reside in an apartment on the church grounds. We brought in several hundred pounds of personal effects on January 21 through Missionary Flights International, but we have been able to acquire most of our furniture in Abaco.
Naturally, we ordered Gospel tracts in English and Creole for distribution. We also were able to have two 4X6 banners constructed on the property near the street, designating the times of the services.
Soul winning is more challenging in the Bahamas than in Haiti. “. . . the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” (Romans 10:12) The need is the same in Haiti as it is in any country, but unlike Haiti, we have found that poverty, crime, voodoo, and illiteracy do not pose as severe of a problem where we serve now. An unskilled laborer makes $12.00 an hour on the island, so the love of money seems to take precedence over a relationship with Jesus, especially for a Haitian man who came from a country where he was doing well to make $12.00 a day.
But the best part is yet to come: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) I don’t have to change the message. We believe God, and He will enable us with the task, even though there have been a few “bumps in the road.”
My wife has had a few health concerns, and we have temporarily had to seek medical testing and treatment in Florida, which is only about an hour’s flight from Abaco. The work continues while we are away, and we look forward to being back very soon.
Thank you for reading our letter, and thank you for your interest in world missions.
Keith and Theresa Baker