International Missionary Fellowship - Lespwa (The Hope)

Truly becoming a believer in Jesus changes a person. The Bible says in II Corinthians 5:17 that if anyone is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation. A new creation has new desires, new behavior, new focus, hope beyond the here and now. We get a confident hope, a hope that does not disappoint, an eternal hope that changes how we view the everyday, a hope that gives us purpose, a hope that we want to share.

Haiti is not barren soil where the Gospel has never been preached. Evangelists have been coming to Haiti for 100 years. There is no shortage of churches. There is no shortage of folks calling themselves pastor, no shortage of folks calling themselves Christian. There is a shortage of Christian behavior. Jesus said that by their fruit you will know them.


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.
- Romans 15:13a




If the goal of sharing the message of the saving grace of Jesus Christ is for lives to be changed, for folks to become that "new creation," then we think that a different approach is needed. Folks need to hear the message that singing real loud and raising your hands real high and shouting praises on Sunday morning means little if the everyday life does not reflect new life in Christ.

It is our belief that the most effective people to share the saving message of Christ with the Haitians are Haitians. We want to do all we can to facilitate this without getting in the way and without giving the impression that there is some material gain obtainable from the deliverer of the message. It is imperative that they realize that though new life in Christ begins now, with a changed life now, it is a gift that gives hope eternal. We only muddy the waters if we offer any incentive beyond the pure message.

There is a film produced by Mars Hill Productions called The Hope, Lespwa in Haitian Creole. Using film clips and Haitian narrators Lespwa tells God's Story, beginning with creation and continuing through the resurrection and beyond, with amazing clarity and completeness. We encourage you to become familiar with the film.

We have a portable setup which allows us to go anywhere, indoors or out, and show the film on a big screen. We have shown it to crowds of 75 and crowds of 300. There is a local lay pastor, Ascilio, who works with us and is the face of this effort. Ascilio makes all the contacts related to scheduling the showing of Lespwa; he speaks before and after the showing of the film. Lespwa does a fine job in the presentation of the Gospel. Ascilio reinforces this and reminds the viewers that we are not promised tomorrow here on this earth. Most importantly, he is available every day should folks have questions or desire to make a decision for Christ.

In doing this we are not looking for numbers to report. Don't misunderstand, we surely believe that the salvation of Christ is the most important thing that can happen to a person. We feel that in presenting the Gospel in this unemotional way that precludes ulterior motives gives folks the information we call the message of salvation that can penetrate their hearts, bringing them to a saving knowledge that is genuine and spontaneous. We will leave the number counting to God.

Our first Haitian-led study using The Hope materials was recently completed. We are so encouraged by the attendance and the interaction that took place during the several months that these good folks went through this in depth study. This 170-page study goes into great detail, and our desire is that it will bring a maturity that influences not only the lives of those in attendance but the folks that they come in contact with every day. We pray for life change to become contagious. Join us, won't you?

FROM MARS HILL PRODUCTIONS,
MAKERS OF LESPWA

Many people view the Bible as a treasure chest. They believe that the chest is full of truth and revelation, but they see little connection or continuity among its contents. Yet, from the first page of the Bible to the last, there is a powerful story that weaves through the text like a scarlet thread. It is a story of forgiveness, freedom, and fulfillment. It is the story of what God has done so that people might know Him personally.

Imagine that you have a little over an hour to trace this story from its beginning to its end, through the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The HOPE was prayerfully designed to accomplish that very purpose. But The HOPE can also be viewed in sections or chapters over a period of days, weeks, or months, thus allowing viewers to consider, study, or discuss this incredible story as it unfolds.

Ultimately, The HOPE was created to give viewers a desire to explore the Bible, and to discover the One who claims to be its author.

Lespwa News

Where has the movie been shown? How are folks responding? Read stories and see photos of recent Lespwa events.

Lespwa Ministry Needs

Status: 50% funded
$25 / showing
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