Reaching the Heart of Haiti
The success of the program paired with the passion of the EBS community for reaching the unchurched of Haiti (EBS Faculty Member Jean Junior Cinéas was the primary individual responsible for cultivating this passion within the EBS community through leading individual church plants and teaching Missiology at EBS) resulted in the EBS Rector’s vision for organizing an official program within the greater EBS ministry that would help facilitate the effectiveness as well as the extended reach of the program. That official program is Reaching the Heart of Haiti.
On September 14, 2015, EBS Rector, Matthew I. Ayars, officially announced the launching of Reaching the Heart of Haiti during a EBS Chapel Service.
The goal for the 2015–2016 academic year (ending May 2016) is to plant a minimum of 5 discipleship groups comprising 8 members per group in unreached ares of Haiti (probably the north).
As detailed in section 3.2 The Content, the opening section of the program (What it Means to be a Christ-Follower) is geared for the evangelization of individual group members. This opening section meets the mandate for the individual to not only hear but also understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. Interwoven within the evangelism piece of that section is the call to discipleship as evangelism and discipleship are inseparable.
Once the firm foundation has been set for individuals to hear and understand the gospel, the program moves the individual forward in understanding the essentials of being a faithful Christ-follower by touching on angelology and demonology, dealing with temptation and sin, God’s design for the family and home, practical ecclesiology, and faithfulness as a believer.
Upon completing the program, once again, each individual will have not only heard and understood the gospel, but also wil have had formation on the essentials of being a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.
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