It’s the 5th day of camp. Many students are playing soccer and basketball at Lycee Antenor Firmin early in the morning. As we started the music for Song & Dance, we see students getting excited. Even passer-bys stop and look on. In the middle of the crowd, there was one man singing along with our young students. He said he was Charles Joseph Daniel, the representative of Lycee Antenor Firmin and chief of school affairs.
“From what I can see, IYF is the biggest organization for youths. When the missionary approached me to host IYF English Camp, he asked if we could supply meals to the students. He told me IYF could provide English education and the Gospel, but not food. I could tell he knew the students were quite poor. Hopefully, next year, I can support this project with as much water, food and supplies as I can. I hope IYF conveys their purpose so they can receive support from other organizations. I was very impressed that you wait for students with music because they enjoy the Academy. It helps them forget about their problems and circumstances.”
Daniel added, “Please keep doing this even though it’s hard and people may frown upon you because God will help this English Camp for sure.”
We heard Lycee was a renowned high school, so we made a visit to introduce IYF English Camp. It was a challenge to meet the principal. After deciding to our camp in six schools, we made one last trip to Lycee and were finally able to meet the principal. He heard our presentation and said yes after five minutes. That same day, he submitted all the necessary documents to the education department in order to have IYF English Camp at his school. God has worked wonderfully to allow us another camp venue.
Everyone is happy at IYF English Camp because the Word of God is alive here. Many participants not only learn English, they receive salvation.
“I gained a lot of things through IYF English Camp. From the Gospel Class, I realized there were a lot of things I was wrong about. I thought I had sin, so, I felt sad because when I saw how bad I was, I didn’t know how to make it go away. But as I listened to the Word, I realized Jesus died on the cross and He took all my sin away at that very moment. I believe I was made clean with the blood of Jesus.”
– Elie Dubrevil (21, Man, Participant of the 2013 IYF English Camp in Haiti)
The Gospel is continually being preached to young Haitian people at IYF English Camp. They accept it quickly because they seek God in the midst of their circumstances with a pure heart. It turns out that with the Gospel, Haiti is one of the happiest countries in the world.