HUG’s Pastor Maxeau Antoine, HUG-a-Child’s Ginette Christian, and HUG board member Barbara Spence all met in July to attend CELEBRATE RECOVERY East Coast Summit 17 in Tennessee. This is the ministry’s intentions: “The 12 Steps with accompanying Scriptures and the 8 Principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship; bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ. The 12 Steps and the 8 Principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless Biblical teaching.”
Guests came to learn how to implement Celebrate Recovery through curriculum in local churches and communities.
Shared Pastor Maxeau, “It was a blessing to see how people are free to give testimonies about their lives in the past and how God changed them and now they are ministering in many ways to other people. I think it is a good way to share the gospel about what God has been done in our lives. Testimonies challenge people to accept Jesus and motivate them and also allow others to know that God can change everybody whatever their situation. It is also good to let others know that only God is the solution for struggle and problems. If we try to solve problem and struggle by ourselves, we will add more on what we had and things can be worst. But we all need to be ready to evangelize the world and let them know that whoever they are and whatever the situation they are dealing, they can be recovered and Jesus is waiting for them.”
After the summit, Barbara Spence says she ordered materials and plans to facilitate commencement of a Celebrate Recovery program at her local church in North Carolina and to include program teachings in the annual Haiti Women’s Conferences and children’s VBS programs in Haiti.
Ginette will use skills she learned during the summit to “walk with Jesus Christ and to help lead the HUG-a-Child girls into healing and identity in Christ.” Pastor Maxeau plans to share what he learned with other Haitian pastors so that they can implement teaching with church members.
The Lord is working in Haiti to grow, challenge, encourage, and motivate His people.