- The Adventist Church in Haiti is left reeling after the assassination of the nation’s president last week.
- Many denominational employees who usually work at the church’s union office in Port-au-Prince are currently working remotely.
- The Adventist hospital and university in the country continue to operate.
12 July 2021 | An Inter-American Division news story (edited to reflect an updated timeline of events) – Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Haiti continue to appeal to church members to pray for God’s protection and peace in the streets in the wake of the assassination of Haiti’s president last week.
“Everything now is moving very slowly throughout our country because people don’t know what will happen next,” said Pastor Pierre Caporal, president of the church in Haiti. “Everyone is scared, and most of downtown Port-au-Prince is hard to reach.” Caporal, who has been working remotely from his home in Carrefour, said many of the leaders and church employees who do not live close to the church’s union office and conferences in downtown Port-au-Prince remain working remotely as well.
Pastor Caporal, who, with his team of leaders at the union office, oversees the work of the church throughout its four conferences and missions, with more than 487,000 members in 1,129 churches and congregations, said the life of the church and its mission means a lot to members across the country.
The Adventist Hospital and Adventist University in Diquini, Carrefour, continues to operate safely, church leaders said.
“We continue to encourage our members to be safe, to pray earnestly, and help one another as they see the needs around them,” said Caporal. “We want to continue sharing with others in these trying times.”
“Evangelism is still very much an important part of our mission even in the midst of the challenges,” Caporal added. He appeals to the rest of the world church to pray on behalf of Haiti. “We ask for God to stabilize the situation, strengthen the faith of members, and motivate them to keep involved in the mission of sharing hope in every circumstance.”