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The Cassange Story - Part 3 - Outreach

The Cassange Story - Part 3 - Outreach

We shared last month how Pastor and Madam Bazile opened their home to the youth in the community. As these youth came to know Christ and grow in their maturity, they wanted to share what they received with others. Their lives had been transformed and they wanted to see the same happen for others. They were excited to learn that their lives could have purpose and meaning. 

The youth started to go out into the village of Cassange with Pastor and Madam Bazile to do evangelism. They would pray with people in their homes. They shared about God’s love and his forgiveness. Adults started to commit their lives to following Jesus. The church in Cassange continued to grow. 

The local voodoo priests were not happy to see the church grow. They sent people to throw stones at the Bazile family and the young disciples. However, this just cause them to press closer to the Lord in prayer. This persecution drove the young people closer to the Lord and increased their reliance on him. They learned how to love those who persecuted them and how to pray for them and their families. God continued to move in the village, and they saw people turn from voodoo and come to serve Christ. The power of darkness that Satan had over this village started to subside as God’s light shined through these young believers. 

The discipleship and mentorship from the Bazile’s did not stop with simple Bible teachings. Pastor and Madam Bazile got involved in helping many of the young people finish their schooling. They did additional tutoring with them. Madam Bazile took many of the young ladies and taught them how to cook, what it means to be a mom, and how to care for others. Madam Bazile being a nurse herself, taught the girls basic hygiene and personal care that no one else had taken the time to do. 

The real excitement watching this all take place from a distance was when the youth transitioned from being mere “recipients” of this mentorship and care and started to do the same thing with others. These young people started to tutor other kids in the neighborhood. They started additional church services inviting others from the community. They started to teach others the same things that were taught to them. 

After doing this within their own village for a couple years, the youth decided that it was not enough. They wanted to see this expand to other surrounding villages. The youth eventually went to the village of Baussan (a location that Mission E4 now runs a church and school today). The youth group literally moved into the village center for a month. They took rotations sleeping on the ground with blankets while others prayed through the entire night. They spent their days sharing about the Lord and praying with anyone who would receive it. They were touched by the fact that the children in this village had no school and were not eating or being cared for like the children now were in Cassange. 

Rather than just seeing a need, they took it upon themselves to start a school. The youth, some of whom were older siblings of the original 70 children in our Cassange school, decided that they would tutor, teach, and feed 70 children in the village of Baussan. They lacked the funding to do everything they would have liked, but they didn’t lack the passion. One day when a short-term team was visiting Haiti. Pastor Bazile asked Scott Long and Lynn Duquett to take a walk to see what the youth were doing in Baussan. Pastor Bazile knew that these children needed sponsors in order to receive all of the benefits such as a full meal each day at school, medical care, their own schoolbooks, etc. 

Most of the children were covered with scabies, they were malnourished, and lethargic. The youth were doing all they could to serve these children. The passion of these young people was amazing. It was so exciting for Scott and Lynn to tell them that we would partner with them in running this school that they started. It was beautiful to see the way that we were able to provide opportunities for people here in the states to sponsor these children and allow people to partner in this amazing work that was started by a group of youth who wanted to help their neighboring community!  

 These are some of the faces of the original youth group!

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