Sunday, May 20, 2018

Layhill Community Church Trains Its Leaders. April 27-28, 2018

Truth Connect taught a two day Leadership Training Conference (LTC) near  America’s capital city, Washington D.C. Pastor Rich and Dr. Jennifer Edwards hosted the LTC at Layhill Community Church where they have been ministering for the past ten years. Rich and Jenn know the value of investing in church leadership and therefore they invited two other churches to join Layhill for the LTC. These included a Spanish speaking church and an Indian Telugu Church. The Edward’s vision to improve their own church’s leadership also benefited other local churches. The LTC lessons contrasted the leadership methods and styles of King Saul and King David. The group also learned John C. Maxwell’s, 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. 

Dr. Jennifer and Pastor Rich Edwards

Layhill Community Church hosted the two day Leadership Training Conference. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs & Religion Welcomes Truth Connect, April 6, 2018

Truth Connect had a unique opportunity to meet with a highly placed official in the Haitian government.  Mr. Antonio Rodrigue, Chancellor and Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs & Religion, met with Pastor Cherelus Exanté, Pastor Terry Beatty and Dr. Donald Schreier in his Port au Prince office on April 6, 2018.  Pastor Cherelus became friends with Mr. Rodrigue while he served as the Haitian Ambassador to the Bahamas.  Mr. Rodrigue expressed his appreciation to Pastor Cherelus for his work in Haiti.  He also expressed appreciation for the work Truth Connect is doing to encourage and equip Haitian church leaders.  Dr. Schreier gave Mr. Rodrigue a gift of three books on leadership by John C. Maxwell.  The meeting concluded with the three ministers praying God's blessings and guidance over Mr. Rodrigue.  (See a brief bio on Mr. Rodrigue following the pictures.)


Mr. Antonio Rodrigue,  Dr. Donald Schreier

Pastor Cherelus Exanté,  Mr. Antonio Rodrigue,  Dr. Donald Schreier

Pastor Terry Beatty, Mr. Antonio Rodrigue, Pastor Cherelus Exanté

Mr. Antonio Rodrigue's Bio:
He began his career in Haiti as a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then in Switzerland as Consul General of the Republic of Haiti in Geneva. He was also Minister Counselor, Chargé d'Affaires ai, to the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in France in the 1980s, to the Permanent Mission of Haiti to the UN, in New York, where he remained for nearly 10 years, before being transferred to the Embassy of Haiti in Venezuela in 1999, as Minister Counselor, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.  In 2001, Antonio Rodrigue was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Haiti to the Kingdom of Spain. He was also Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.  He was recently appointed to Brussels, Belgium, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the European Union (EU) and to the Kingdom of Belgium (2015), before returning to Spain for the second time, at the head of the Haitian Diplomatic Mission, at the end of 2016.  Since 20 March 2017, Antonio Rodrigue has become the new Chancellor of Haiti, in the Government of Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant.

Port de Paix, Haiti Evangelistic Crusade, April 8 - 15, 2018

Truth Connect was in Port de Paix, Haiti for a Leadership Training Conference (LTC) in April, 2018 (see previous post).  Pastor Cherelus Exanté, the founder and president of New Haitian Mission Baptist Church Association (NHMBCA), sponsored both the LTC and an outdoor evangelistic crusade for the city.  Each evening Pastor Exanté, churches from NHMBCA, missionaries from Mission Discovery and Truth Connect participated in the community outreach.  Local churches provided adult and youth choirs that generated plenty of energy and enthusiasm.  Pastor Cherelus, Pastor Terry Beatty, Pastor Ray Labatte and Dr. Donald Schreier were the preachers for the week.  Each service ended with an invitation to believe and receive Jesus Christ as God's gift of love for salvation from sin & death, healing & hope.  God saved, healed and restored many through faith in Jesus Christ.  To God be the glory!

Port de Paix, Haiti.  People begin to gather for the evangelistic outreach. NHMB church groups wore similar shirts to show unity.  April 8, 2018.

Local church choir sings for the audience.

Dr. Don preaching and brother Gabe interpreting.

Pastor Exanté gives an invitation at the end of the preaching and leads the people in prayers for salvation, repentance, healing and hope through faith in Jesus Christ.

Port de Paix, Haiti Leadership Training Conference April 2018

Truth Connect was in Port de Paix, Haiti to train church leaders April 9-12, 2018.  Pastor Cherelus Exanté was the conference organizer and host.  He is the president and founder of New Haitian Mission Baptist Church Association (NHMBCA) which has churches and schools in Haiti, Bahamas and the USA.  Pastor Terry Beatty, Macedonia Baptist Church, N.C. shared the teaching duties with Dr. Donald Schreier for the 4 day Leadership Training Conference (LTC). The theme of the LTC focused on leadership principles of Israel's shepherd-kings.  On the final day of the LTC 62 certificates of achievement were awarded to conference participants.

Port de Paix, Haiti Leadership Training Conference, April 9-12, 2018

Dr. Donald Schreier,  Pastor Cherelus Exanté,  Pastor Terry Beatty






Friday, February 16, 2018

Truth Connect Serves In Cap-Haitien, Haiti ~ January 2018

Truth Connect was in Cap Haitien, Haiti in January 2018 to serve the Haitian church and a team of American missionaries. Cap-Haitien is located on the north-east coast of Haiti about a 90 minutes from the border with the Dominican Republic.



Pastor Aleonce Bazile hosted the HOLD the children (Htc) mission team of 25 lead by Rich Rohde, Htc Director.  The mission team came from Port St. Lucie, FL and Silver Spring, MD.  The nucleus of this team has been visiting and investing in this Htc school for the past ten years.  Even though their trip is “short-term” their relationships with the community and children is “long-term.”  Gary & Dawn Stannis spearhead the team from Port St. Lucie and have a strong bond with the children and families in Cap Haitien.  Each year Gary & Dawn bring new mission team members to see what Htc is doing.  Many on the mission team are Htc sponsors and enjoy visiting with their sponsor children.  This particular Htc school in Limonade has blossomed over the years.  There are now over 300 children in the school. Pastor Bazile intends to add another grade to the school in order to accommodate the growth.  

Mission Discovery / HOLD the children mission team in Cap-Haitian, Haiti. 1/18
   
(Left to Right)  Don Schreier, Gary Stannis, Pastor Bazile, Rich Rohde

Children attending "HOLD the children" school in Limonade, Haiti.

 The actual school facility is growing too.  It began as a one room church & school ten years ago, but boasts over 15 rooms including a kitchen, offices, boys and girls restrooms, library and classrooms.  The building is still under construction and the mission teams help when they visit.  Another blessing to the school is the professional training of the teachers.  Scott & Kim Smith from Port St. Lucie provide annual teachers’ training seminars.  The Smith’s raise funds to buy supplies and books for the school and then personally go to Cap Haitien to teach the teachers.  

Children wash hands in preparation to eat lunch.

"HOLD the children" lunch being prepared for hundreds of school children.

After lunch, the clean-up begins.

Pastor Bazile continues to add classrooms to the school as God provides funding.



Monday, November 20, 2017

Bahamas Leadership Training Conference ~ November 2017

Truth Connect was in Nassau, Bahamas November 14-18, 2017 for a Leadership Training Conference (LTC).  Dr. & Mrs. Cherelus Exanté hosted the LTC at the New Haitian Mission Baptist Church.  Conference attendees came from four local Haitian churches as well as seminary students from the school Dr. Cherelus oversees.  The average attendance was well over 100 participants each day.  The conference theme focused on leadership do's & don'ts learned from Kings Saul & David. The conference finished on a very high note and there is great anticipation for next year's LTC. God is doing a wonderful work through Dr. & Mrs. Cherelus! Please keep them in your prayers.

Dr. Exanté & Mrs. Ann Cherelus, LTC Host & Hostess

The LTC averaged over 100 leaders at each session.

The ladies choir from a visiting church.

Exanté & Don have been friends since 1993 and have worked together in the Bahamas, the USA and Haiti. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Kampala, Uganda Leadership Training Conference, October 2017

Truth Connect was in Africa for three weeks to teach three Leadership Training Conferences (LTCs) in October, 2017. The first two LTCs were hosted in Kenya (see previous two posts). The third LTC was hosted by Pastor William Bukenya and the Zana Presbyterian Church, located a few kilometers south of Uganda's capital city of Kampala.  The two day LTC was attended by approximately 100 leaders, some from as far away as South Sudan.  Dr. Don Schreier and Mr. Ron Braley, founder of Finding Discipleship, Inc. were the conference teachers.  Pastor William also serves as co-director of Raising Up Hope for Uganda, or RUHU. Truth Connect toured RUHU's orphanages, schools, and slum ministry.  Patrick Ssenyonyo, is the founder of RUHU and was himself an orphaned street kid living on the dangerous streets of Kampala. His story is amazing and can be found on RUHU's web page at www.raisinguphopeforuganda.org.  I would encourage you to visit their web site and, if possible visit RUHU in Kampala.  RUHU is a worth ministry for you to support in prayer and financially.

William Bukenya,  Don Schreier,  Patrick Ssenyonyo

Host site for the Kampala LTC.

Don teaching leadership with his Kigali interpreter.

Mr. Ron Braley teaching discipleship principles at Kampala LTC.


Don Schreier,   Pastor Mulla,  Pastor William.  Pastor Mulla is from South Sudan and is the shepherd of dozens of Sudanese refugees who have fled their country due to civil war and famine. It was a privilege to meet this man of God and learn his story.

Zana Presbyterian Church ~ Truth Connect LTC #3, Kampala Uganda, October 2017

All LTC participants receive a Certificate of Achievement ~ it is highly prized!

We visited one of RUHU's schools.

Don teaching RUHU children the principle of sowing and reaping. Whatever seeds you sow in your heart, truth or lies, will bear fruit.  Scripture teaches, "from root to fruit" so be careful what you let into your mind and heart.  Each person is responsible for their own thinking and choices.

Ron teaching the children.

While visiting the slum children, Don sat in RUHU's halfway house and asked the children about their dreams.  Look at how excited they were to tell their story.  Notice that the children have books and pencils ~ they are doing their homework.  RUHU is helping these street children move from the streets to the halfway house to, hopefully an orphanage and school.  The work of RUHU is so impressive and worthy of our prayers and support.