NAME: Brenda Lewis
AGE: (Optional) 72 years
PROFESSION: Retired accountant
WHERE DO YOU LIVE? (City and State) Evansville, Indiana
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON A MISSION TRIP BEFORE? No
IF, YES, WHERE?
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT MISSIONS OF LOVE? Bishop Darrell Cook, Senior Pastor Bethesda Ministries, Int’l., Evansville, Indiana.
WAS THIS YOUR FIRST TRIP TO HAITI? Yes
HOW MANY DAYS WAS YOUR TRIP? From October 29, 2015 to November 9, 2015. Ten days.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS HAD A DESIRE TO DO MISSION WORK? Yes. My first mission trip was the culmination of my deep desire to go to the foreign field and teach the Word of God when I was sixteen years old. Now fifty-six years later, I realized the dream of a foreign missionary.
WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR MISSIONS OF LOVE TRIP? To share the gospel of Jesus Christ during a Women’s Conference.
WHERE YOU ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WENT TO DO?
Yes. Pastor Tanya Cook, retired director Pat Duarte, Evangelist Brenda Lewis and Sis Kori Hinton spoke at the Women’s Conference, This was my first time teaching with an interpreter. It gave me great joy of proclaiming the Word of God to women eager to hear. Some, possibility have never heard the Gospel before. The women were elated over the beautiful scarfs that were given to them.
WERE YOU ABLE TO EXPERIENCE HAITI OUTSIDE OF THE MOL COMPOUND? (e.i. Go to church, market, or neighboring villages, ride a tap-tap or moto bike, etc.) IF YES, PLEASE GIVE SOME DETAILS.
Yes. We attended Bethesda Tabernacle Haiti for a revival service. Also, the pastor’s wife of Bethesda -Haiti, hosted a special celebration for Pastor Tanya Cook on her birthday. The program and the food were outstanding and Pastor Cook was simply delighted.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE HAITIAN FOOD/CULTURE? I was impressed with the sincerity of the people I met and their anointed worship. The food was well prepared and delicious thanks to Blaud Mondesir and his staff.
WAS THERE ONE PERSON/EXPERIENCE THAT REALLY TOUCHED YOUR HEART, IF SO, WOULD YOU PLEASE SHARE? 1) The worship service at Tabernacle Bethesda Haiti was awesome. I appreciated the exuberant music and singing although I could not understand the words. The Spirit of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 2) The Ordination service was held at Bethesda-Haiti where several evangelists, pastors, bishops were ordained. 3)Bethesda-Haiti Tabernacle has a FM radio station called the Holy Ghost that broadcasts the Word of God to many in unserved areas. 4) The baptism where a former voodoo priestess was baptized and came out of the water speaking in tongues.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RETURN TO HAITI SOME DAY? (Please explain why/why not?) Yes, yes. I look forward to returning with great expectation. In whatever capacity I can serve, I would be grateful.
DID YOU STAY THE NIGHT ANYWHERE ELSE BESIDES THE MOL COMPOUND DURING YOUR TRIP?
IF YES, WHERE DID YOU STAY? Yes. On our return trip home we stayed at a bed and breakfast in Port au Prince.
HOW MANY NIGHTS? WAS IT COMING IN OR GOING OUT OF THE COUNTRY? After (36 hours) of boarding the plane in Evansville, Indiana, two transfers and about seven (7) hours’ drive over rough terrain in a SUV we arrived at the Missions of Love Compound.
HOW WERE THE ACCOMMODATIONS? WOULD YOU STAY THERE AGAIN? Yes. The accommodations were very comfortable.
ANY COMMENTS FROM THERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? I enjoyed the fellowship with the other ladies. My heart was pricked because of the dire living conditions of many families in Haiti. While there are many services (medical, dental and optical safe water) being provided to residents In Jolivert by Missions of Love, the need is great particularly in evangelism. I desire is to work with the Adult Literacy Program by raising funds for bibles and program supplies. Also, I hope to help with obtaining clothing and shoes for those in need. Please pray for God’s blessings as I pursue these challenges.