The Church of God in Christ Mennonite had contact with the country of Haiti through disaster relief work following Hurricane Flora in 1963. The first missionaries were sent to the Petionville area in 1966 to begin the work of establishing the Église de Dieu en Christ Mennonite, Haiti (Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Haiti). Soon after this, efforts were made in Jacmel and the Bainet area which led to the development of four congregations. Later, contacts were made in the area of Jeremie where continuing work produced three churches. Meanwhile, through the years various congregations of believers have formed east and north of Port-au-Prince with more recent outreaches as far north as Thomassique, Hinche, and Desarmes. In 1987 there were 14 self-governing congregations scattered over central and southern Haiti with a membership of approximately 330. In 2003 there were 10 congregations with 467 members.
Members are unified by annual fellowship meetings (general conferences) and leaders meetings hosted by various congregations upon approval by the conference body. Leaders, ministers, and deacons are chosen by the local congregations and are financially self-supporting.
In 1990 the Church of God in Christ Mennonite in Canada and the United States maintained a mission staff of five to seven families to assist the developing Haitian churches and to continue evangelizing. All work was undertaken with mutual cooperation between Mission Mennonite, which represents the Church in Canada and the United States, and the Church of God in Christ Mennonite of Haiti. One missionary served as director of humanitarian aid projects. These included tuberculosis treatment clinics, nutrition centers for undernourished children and various community development work.
Mennonite World Handbook Supplement. Strasbourg, France, and Lombard, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1984: 77
Mennonite World Conference website.
Cite This Article
Nightingale, Lloyd. "Église de Dieu en Christ Mennonite, Haiti." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1990. Web. 26 Jun 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=%C3%89glise_de_Dieu_en_Christ_Mennonite,_Haiti&oldid=56176.
Nightingale, Lloyd. (1990). Église de Dieu en Christ Mennonite, Haiti. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 June 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=%C3%89glise_de_Dieu_en_Christ_Mennonite,_Haiti&oldid=56176.
©1996-2016 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.