On July 7, the president of Haiti was assassinated. Businesses closed for days as protesters and looters took over the streets. As of today, officials have detained 20 people connected to the assassination; but they suspect at least 28 were involved.
For a country already experiencing political turmoil and still reeling from the global pandemic, the murder of Jovenel Moïse was another blow to the nation’s stability.
“There is much confusion and many rumors related to the assassination of the president,” says Bilda, the National Director of Bible League Haiti. “There is still violence and unrest in the country. As a result, many people fear for their safety.”
Bible League Haiti has been reaching out to Project Philip Bible study leaders and Bible League-trained church planters, encouraging them to continue their ministry work. Haitians need the Gospel now more than ever.
“It is a time to pray. These situations happen all over the world, and for us, it is an opportunity to pray,” Bilda says. “I’m not in a panic—I trust that God has control of things. My part is to pray. When I pray, God provides me a plan of action.”
“We know that God is in control, and we rejoice in that,” he says.
Many of the churches Bible League serves have seen their ministries grow in the last few months. Because of the ongoing unrest around the country, people are searching for hope in Jesus. More people are attending churches and Project Philip Bible studies, and those who are active in church are growing closer to the Lord.
“Those who attend churches experience a great need to get closer to God. They are encouraged to share God with others,” Bilda says.
Thankfully, the violence over the last few days has not shut down the churches. Most remain open and carry out everyday activities; if violence occurs near the church, they will close until the threat passes.
As the dust settles from the horrific assassination, Bilda asks for prayers.
“We know that God is in control, and we rejoice in that. We ask you to join us in our prayers. May God continue to cover us with His peace and bring hope to those who need it most,” he says.
“Pray for our partners, pastors, leaders, church members, evangelical organizations involved in Bible League programs, and for our staff and their families who are still in shock. The situation in the country has affected and impacted our personal, family, and ministerial life.”