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The Cassange Story - Part 2 - The Community Center

The Cassange Story - Part 2 - The Community Center

“When we arrived in Cassange, the youth had no purpose. They fought each other and spent much of their time living in the streets. They had nowhere to go. Some would start school and then had to stop either because they didn’t have means, or they just didn’t care. There was no church for them to go to or Christian people to take them in. When my family came to Cassange, we started to speak to them about Jesus. We would invite them to our house to spend time with us and experience a Godly environment. We would talk to them about Jesus and teach them. There were no positive activities for youth in the community. The only things for them to be involved in were voodoo practices and voodoo parties called raras. There was also a place known as “Café” where they would go to find sexual activity, drugs, and alcohol. 

We saw how the youth were living. We wanted to show them a different way. We wanted to be an example to them of what a Godly family looks like. We would invite them into our house to spend time with us. To eat with us. For us to speak with them and share with them. 

 As we spent time with them, many started to come to the know Jesus. 

However, these youth were too old for our elementary school. We wanted to help them. We were able to get many of them places in school and encouraged them to finish their education. Their lives started to change. They left behind voodoo. They stepped away from their sexual immorality and violent practices. They started to come to know Jesus and serve him and come to the church. 

As we continued to disciple them. We started to place some of these youth in positions of leadership in the church and community. Many of these youth have now grown up and serve on Mission E4’s staff. They are married, have stable families, and are working to teach and train others under them.”   

Pastor Bazile Gumps


“I am one of those who benefited. I was one of the youths that was abandoned and overlooked. I didn’t have parents who would support me. When I met pastor Bazile, and saw how he helped others, it helped me so much. He discipled me and the woman who is now my wife. They invited me into their home to teach me and help take care of me. I am now married, have a family, and have children of my own. I am now a leader in my community. We have a church that my wife and I oversee in another area now. A very similar area to where I grew up. I am now able to help these children. Our presence in this area allows us to sit with them, spend time with them at their houses. We have now seen people in this other community come to Jesus. There is so much progress being made.” 

 Jean Roody  

 

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