Pray for Ketly and Vital Pierre working in the East Coast of the Dominican Republic to strengthen local churches and encourage existing churches to plant new ones and disciple new members.
One way they do this is by leading and coordinating seminars and workshops. Through these sessions, pastors and leaders of local congregations learn how to start and strengthen a broad range of outreach ministries in their communities. The Pierres also serve as a link with volunteer groups, matching them with local ministries according to where they would be the most effective, and encourage and facilitate Haitian mission work both within the D.R. and abroad.
They write – Imagine leaving your home to live in another country where you don’t know the language and you are considered a second-class citizen with no rights or privileges. Because of economic reasons, many Haitians make this difficult choice, moving to the Dominican Republic (D.R.) to serve in the hospitality industry, as a cane cutter or construction worker earning very low wages.
One such young man is Ronald Jean, who goes by the nickname, Kulilku. He is 28 and has been in the D.R. for 6 years. God brought him into Ketly and Vital’s life through their Discipleship Class, which he has been attending for two years at Beraca Baptist Church in La Romana, pastored by Elza Phanord. Kuliku is a musician who has been singing and playing music since he was a child. He was also previously involved in radio work.
When he uses his musical gifts, the presence of Jesus flows forth in such a way that lives are touched and offered hope. It’s truly a work of the Holy Spirit and inspired by God. He is closer to the Lord when he is doing this, and God touches lives through this calling.
Last year God gave to Ketly and Vital the gift of 3 hours of evening radio time every night of the week. This radio time is one-way God can touch the hearts of people in a significant way. Providentially, God sent Kuliku to minister in Creole to Haitians who live in the bateys. Through Kuliku and this new open door, they will hear the Word of God applied to their lives along with Christian songs in Creole, their heart language.
Through the discipleship class, God has shown Kuliku the gifts and knowledge that He has given him as well as the call and plan that God has for his life. This includes a radio ministry. In addition, he sings and plays piano, guitar and bass.
As a radio producer, he will bless his listeners, and it would be a blessing for him also since he is recently married and this will provide income for him and his new wife. In addition to the radio and music ministry, Kuliku serves in the Community Center ministering to Haitians and teaching music.