From the Rubble a New Church Rises…Again!
Approximately an hour’s drive from the Glory Glory Center is the town of Rosier. It’s a rural town in the hills overlooking the western coast of Haiti. It’s a town we visit frequently on our visits, as that’s where Pastor Samuel’s cousin Pastor Daniel leads a church. The church at Rosier has welcomed Mariners teams with open arms, and we consider their congregation our second Haiti church family. Which is why it was so devastating to learn, back in October 2016, that the church building we were helping them to construct to replace their tiny shelter was reduced to rubble by Hurricane Matthew.
The church, which had been adopted by the Men’s Ministry at Mariners Church, was just weeks away from dedication when the devastating hurricane roared through. But, though it came as a blow to the congregation, it didn’t stop them from worshipping their God. From the debris, they gathered enough building material to rebuild their original tiny church, and crowds continued to gather outside every Sunday when the space inside was full.
In September 2019, Mariners’ new senior pastor, Eric Geiger, visited Daniel’s church in Rosier, and he was touched by the people’s generosity and amazed by their perseverance and their commitment to the Lord. Then and there, he committed to helping them rebuild the church once again. Though rebuilding has been slowed dramatically by Covid (which shut down much of the country for months), it continues today, and we have photos to show you. At this rate, we’re confident the people of Rosier will have their church back in no time!