Rev. Sandra Gourdet
Global Ministries’ missionary serving in Haiti.
READ: John 6:1-15
The name “Andrew” was intentionally chosen for the Theological Seminary under the auspices of the National Spiritual Council of Haitian churches to emphasize its mission of uncovering and nurturing the gifts brought by pastors and students. The miracle of Andrew Seminary has been in planting seeds in the minds of a few pastors who in turn have contributed to the transformation of the lives of thousands. As minds become aware of the possibilities for a better life here on this earth through education, the despair and poverty are transformed to hope and prosperity. Andrew played no small role in the miracle of feeding the five thousand. Andrew Theological Seminary stands as a living symbol of how the five thousand can still be fed today.
First Christian Church
Visit to Haiti April 1-8, 2005
Early in 2004, the world watched on TV the events unfolding, which led to the ouster of Jean Bertrand Aristide, the first democratic elected president of Haiti. One year later, except for a mention here or there, the screens have turned away from this struggling country. The numerous problems faced by the people have increased their misery since the controversial ouster, and yet they maintain their will to live and to survive.Read more
I remember that day many years ago – a day that ended as being one of the most memorable and life-changing days in my life. It was my first trip to Daniel’s home in rural Haiti. We got up very early so that we could get to the bus station in time for the first bus and good seats. It was to be a long journey on a hot July day and we wanted good seats. I was excited; Daniel was anxious and I soon learned why. We arrived shortly after the “front seats” had been taken. The bus was a huge truck transformed into a bright, colorful, covered “passenger” bus. Each bus had a name – the Good Shepherd, Christ is Able, the Eternal and many other religious dictums, scriptures or proverbs. The name of our bus was Exodus 33 v 14.Read more