Pray for Kihomi Ngwemi and Nzunga Mabudiga, training leaders and bringing help to the people of Haiti.May 2, 2012
Kihomi and Nzunga serve as a vital link between International Ministries and the Haitian Baptist Convention. Nzunga teaches theology at the Christian University of Northern Haiti, trains assistant professors in teaching and writing books, administers a scholarship program, and visits and preaches in churches. He also administers the "Kids for Kids" goat project that provides needed school and personal supplies for children and university students. Kihomi works with families in the areas of counseling, family planning, and women's health issues. She also coordinates and advises the women's association of the Haitian Baptist Convention, representing women of all the Baptist denominations of Haiti at international conferences.
They write: The mission field is a complex situation where we meet all kind of challenges. Sometimes it is hard to tell what to do in Haiti or to limit ourselves from all that is needed to be done. That’s why we are in Haiti to rejoice and to cry with our Haitian brothers and sisters.
Last week we buried Abel Grimard, a good friend in Limbe. Here is a short story around his life that has moved us to tears. One poor lady, and we mean poor by all the definitions of the world, lived by helping clean the gardens of our dear and good friend, Mr. Abel Grimard. Unfortunately, Mr. Abel died on Monday April 2 and the funeral was set for Wednesday April 11. This poor lady was crying for her boss who was dead and she could not attend his funeral because she had no shoes.
Mrs. Abel Grimard shared the situation of the lady with Pastor Kihomi who took 4 pair of shoes to have the poor lady try on. The next day when Kihomi checked with the lady, the poor lady has shared some with other women who wanted also to attend the funeral but did not have good looking shoes. Most of those who attended the funerals are the people who were cleaning his gardens. Although he paid them very small money, he was also giving them whatever they could get in the garden (the harvest) to feed their families.
In the Haitian culture no matter how poor one is, he/she has to have a nice pair of shoes, nice looking clothes for church services, weddings and funerals. No one is encouraged to expose his/her poverty in public.
We have learned from the lady’s action how Mr. Grimard has impacted those he was helping, the poorest of the poor. With his faith in Christ and a big heart for other people, he has, through his life, preached to people around him God’s word… “LOVE” one another.
A poor lady sharing the shoes she was given with other poor ladies challenges all of us with the question: How much and when do we have ENOUGH in this world we all live in to start sharing?
• Please be praying for us as we try to help those who are in need of assistance.