All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord! Psalm 22:27
Église Presbytérienne Réformée d’Haiti
Our mission in Haiti is to plant and nurture reformed Presbyterian churches so that they are self-sustaining, self-governing, and self-propagating.
We are primarily a ministry of the Word that depends on the ordinary means of God's grace: prayer, preaching of the Word, and use of the sacraments - baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Means of Grace
We labor to disciple every individual in the congregation - men, women and children - but the emphasis of our strategy is to shepherd Haitian men so that they grow in godliness in all areas of their lives. As these men submit every area of their lives to the Lordship of Christ, we pray that some will become qualified deacons and teaching or ruling elders. The expectation is that future teaching elders (pastors) will be fully supported by the local congregations.
In the course of this daily process of preaching, teaching and discipleship, we pray that married men will begin to love their own wives as Christ loves the church. Wives will begin to respect their husbands. Parents will begin to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. That children will begin to obey their parents in the Lord. That single men and women will begin to live lives of purity and service to the Lord. That families will begin tithing to the church, showing hospitality, witnessing to their neighbors, and being diligent in all manner of good deeds.
We pray that in time a young church plant will grow into a mature church that is self-sustaining, self-governing, and self-propagating. The mature church will sustain itself through the tithes of its members. It will govern itself through its elders. It will propagate itself through the sending out of ordained men from its midst to repeat this same process. As more churches are planted and nurtured we may see the day when the first reformed Presbyterian denomination in Haiti is established. At the moment, we are considering calling it the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Haiti (RPCH), or in the French language of Haiti, Église Presbytérienne Réformée d’Haiti (EPRH).
"Christ in you, the hope of glory! Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ."
• OCTAVIUS DELFILS
Rev. Delfils is Haitian and an MDiv graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He was ordained in
2007 by Calvary Presbytery (PCA) as a missionary evangelist to Haiti.
• BENJAMIN HOPP
Rev. Hopp is Canadian and an MDiv graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He was ordained in 2003 by the Presbytery of the Dakotas (OPC) to serve as pastor of the congregation of Bethlehem Reformed Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Freeman, SD, and then in 2007 was called by the Committee on Foreign Missions of the OPC and installed by the Presbytery of the South (OPC) to be a missionary evangelist to Haiti.
Rev. Delfils and Rev. Hopp have worked closely, albeit informally, together from the time Rev. Hopp arrived in Haiti in 2007. Following the crisis of 2010, the Lord brought them even closer together, especially around the fledgling congregation in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. This church came to be known as the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Delmas (RPC Delmas), or in the French language of Haiti, Église Presbytérienne Réformée de Delmas (EPR Delmas). As the Lord knitted these two men together in His providence, it seemed good to us to encourage a more formal partnership. In 2013, a cooperative agreement between Calvary Presbytery (PCA) and the OPC Committee on Foreign Missions was signed in order to formalize the working partnership between the Delfils and Hopp families. The agreement officially join these two families together on the same team - the OPC Mission Team in Haiti. We are glad for this development because it maintains the ecclesiastical oversight of these men by their respective presbyteries while it also enhances their unity, mutuality, and accountability in regard to their vision, decision-making, and action on the field. Allow us to quickly clarify that while the Delfils family will be part of the OPC Mission Team in Haiti, the Delfils family is still the ecclesiastical and financial responsibility of Calvary Presbytery (PCA). The OPC Committee on Foreign Missions working through the mission team in Haiti of which both the Delfils and Hopp families are members will provide field-level oversight for the team, but the ecclesiastical oversight and financial support of the Delfils family remains with the PCA by way of Calvary Presbytery and Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church.
Rev. Delfils and Rev. Hopp are working together in church plants located both on the island of La Gonave and in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.The OPC has been working on the island of La Gonave since 2002. This remote, rural island is located in the harbor of Port-au-Prince and is home to over 100,000 people. It takes an hour and a half to reach the island by ferry. The work on La Gonave began with five congregations and has expanded to seven. Attendance at the services of these churches in the mountains of La Gonave averages between 30 and 70 people. The church at Dolgace is led by Pastor Lexene Leveille while the other six churches have men who are elders-in-training. These men teach and lead worship for the congregations from week to week. The training of men for the ministry is done through seminars held four or five times per year on the island. While currently doing an Old Testament survey, Rev. Hopp and Rev. Delfils have also taught on the Westminster Shorter Catechism and other topics including worship and tithing.
Since the Hopp family lives about an hour up the northern coast of Port-au-Prince harbor from Port-au-Prince, Rev. Hopp spends most of his time with the churches on La Gonave, but he does come into Port-au-Prince at least twice a month to preach on the Lord's Day at the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Delmas (RPC Delmas), or in the French language of Haiti, Eglise Presbytérienne Réformée de Delmas (EPR Delmas). We have leased a house in the Delmas neighborhood for the Delfils family so Rev. Delfils spends most of his time with the families that attend RPC Delmas, but he does travel with Rev. Hopp to La Gonave to assist with preaching, teaching, interpreting, and dealing with various church matters. The congregation of RPC Delmas in Port-au-Prince meets under a large tent located on part of a property that is leased for the primary use of Adoration Christian Centre (ACC). Most of the adults do not have a steady job, and very few of those with a job have a monthly salary. Most of them are selling goods in the local market in order to get by. However, we see signs of hope. The congregation is already learning to tithe on their modest incomes. In addition, there is a high percentage of youth and children coming to the church. These young people are getting a good education and being exposed to the Reformed faith. Rev. Hopp and Rev. Delfils offer the congregation a full menu of preaching, teaching and discipleship.
We are delighted to mention our friend and co-laborer in the faith, Mr. Randy Lodder, whose presence in Haiti as Director of the Adoration Christian Centre (ACC) has been such a tremendous support in regard to addressing the many physical needs of the church in Haiti. Mr. Lodder is a Canadian with a background in the Canadian Reformed Churches. He and his wife, Karen, live up the street from the Delfils family and have attended RPC Delmas with their young children since arriving in Haiti in 2007. In fact, the Lodders even transferred their membership from Canada to RPC Delmas and had their children baptized there! ACC is a ministry of deed that seeks to complement the spiritual emphasis of the local church. ACC is a K-12 school that provides a quality education for the local Delmas neighborhood. They offer the school's services especially to single mothers - the poorest of the poor in Haiti. As a ministry under the umbrella of Word & Deed, ACC seeks to support the local church by providing diaconal relief in such a way that fosters grassroots responsibility. Needless to say, this work is a tremendous support and complement to Rev. Delfils and Rev. Hopp. ACC provides Rev. Delfils an additional in-road to the community of Delmas. In some ways, Rev. Delfils acts as a kind of "campus chaplain" for the school. This allows many opportunities for Rev. Delfils to build friendships with the staff, parents, and students of ACC on the basis of the Gospel. In addition, Rev. Delfils makes himself known to the parents of the community when he speaks at school assemblies and other community gatherings. We are very thankful for the way God has providentially aligned RPC Delmas with Adoration Christian Centre. Check out their website at www.adoration.net.
Rev. Hausler is American and an MDiv graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in CA. He was ordained in 1990 by the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) to serve churches in Miami, FL, and then in North Naples, FL. In 1998, he accepted a call to be a church-planting pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Ada, Michigan. In 2013, Rev. Hausler accepted a call from the Presbytery of the South (OPC) to return to Florida as a church planter in East Naples, which has a high population of Haitian immigrants. His call also includes a part-time position assisting the mission work being done on the field by Rev. Delfils and Rev. Hopp. He travels to Haiti four times each year to assist in teaching and leadership training, as well as to assist the mission with translating materials into Haitian Creole.
• Eric Hausler
Praying for RPC Haiti
SPECIAL AREAS OF LABOR
• LEADERSHIP TRAINING
• YOUTH & CHILDREN
• TRANSLATION WORK
"Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one." 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3
Please pray that the Lord would raise up those willing to provide much needed financial support for this ministry:
• Monthly commitments from individuals and churches to support our basic, on-going expenses.
• One-time donations to refresh our reserve for occasional expenditures such as translation projects, publishing costs, truck repairs (or replacement), furlough needs for Rev. Delfils, long-term planning, etc.
If you are interested in giving to this ministry, please make checks payable to:
Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church
2519 Woodruff Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29681
On the memo line, please write: Reformed Presbyterian Church in Haiti
Please call the church office of WRPC at (864) 297-5257 if you have any questions.
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• A THIRST FOR LEARNING ON LA GONAVE
• SURVIVING THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI
The eagerness to learn was, as always, palpable in the joyful
faces of these men who treasure the opportunity to get training
in the Word of God.. . .
Twenty-four hours before the earthquake in Haiti (which occurred on January 12), missionary Ben Hopp and I walked the city streets of Port-au-Prince together. I found it a most exhilarating experience. French and Creole swirled about me. Spirited Haitians crowded the congested city streets selling their goods. And tasty Haitian food enticed us into a local eatery. . .
I nearly ran over a man on the way to Port-au-Prince the other day. It was a clear day, and the newly paved highway was dry. The traffic was moving fast as usual as I came over the hill. And there in the middle of the road was a man staggering around. . .
• IS THERE HOPE FOR HAITI?
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord! Psalm 22:27
Église Presbytérienne Réformée d’Haiti