By the time the sun set that day, half a million Haitians living in Port
Six Years Later…
Many Hands Head Chaplain, Pastor Lumanès Auguste, was visiting for the first time as he approached the gate and called out a greeting. The home, barely a shack, housed a family of six.
Since that day, the Joseph family has witnessed the power and grace of God
The family once stayed in a shelter of sticks and tarps, living off of Elince’s meager earnings from working in strangers’ fields. Now they have a safe concrete-block home through Many Hands’ Safe Homes Program. Elince tends his own small garden and Jusleine sells produce in the town market. Once sickness hovered over the family like a cloud. Medicines and voodoo rituals could not heal them. After accepting Jesus and renouncing their old practices, their health was restored! All four of the children are healthy and currently attend a local school.
Elince and Jusleine continued to be discipled by the Many Hands chaplains even as they started attending a nearby church. The couple knew that living together outside of marriage did not honor God but they couldn’t afford the wedding ceremony and celebrations customary in Haiti. On December 31st, 2017, God provided the means for twenty newly converted couples to be legally married on the Many Hands campus. Elince often recalls the beautiful blessing that ceremony was for him and his wife. “If I could relive that one day, I would.”
“When asked why he would walk this path, he answered, “Jesus is good for me so I want to share Him with others.”
In the spring of 2018, Elince joined the Leadership Development program. There he will continue to grow as an individual, learn to minister to the people around him, and practice servant-hearted leadership. Elince has already started putting this knowledge to use, following Pastor Lumanès’ example in evangelism. When asked why he would walk this path, he answered, “Jesus is good for me so I want to share Him with others.”
Elince knows without a doubt that God protected his family from death that day the earthquake shook Port au Prince so they might have a chance to one day know Jesus. In the two years since Pastor Lumanès came to share the Gospel with his family, God has transformed Elince’s life, his family, and his marriage. Elince says God pulled him and his family from a bad road. “We’re not going back there. We can only go forward.”