Our first Sunday morning church service starts at 9:00 and is conducted in English because English is the official language in the Bahamas. At 10:30, we have our second morning service, which is conducted in Haitian Creole, since a large number of Haitians live in our area. Then between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m., we have an English/Creole-mixed service, where we sing both the English and Creole verses of songs and preach in English with a Creole translator. Our Junior Church meets from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.; it is conducted in English. Most of the children who attend are Haitian but speak English fluently.
Our teenage ministry meets on Friday evenings between 5:30 and 7:00, with a meal, games, and preaching, mostly in English. Surprisingly, our teen outreach has equaled our Sunday services for attendance, averaging 30-plus for the past 5 weeks. At our most recent meeting on April 28, 4 young people trusted Christ as their Saviour.
As I mentioned in our last letter, personal evangelism is a challenge here, but whether it is door-to-door contacts or just randomly meeting people on the street, we stay with our Biblical objective of winning the lost.
One of the biggest services of the year in San Raphael, Haiti, happens annually in May. The Fet Mwason marks their harvest festival and includes a procession of offering fruits and vegetables, a meal feeding hundreds of people, special preaching, and a baptismal service. Thankfully, we were able to send funds to help cover the cost of this important time of evangelism, revival, and thanksgiving.
Thank you so much for your continued support. We thank the Lord for you.
Keith and Theresa Baker