Know Grow Serve
First row: from left to right: Naomie, Nathanael, sister Rose, Noshon, Me. Germain, Evangelist Liberisse, Elder Moise, Elder Dominique, brother Samuel, brother Dumas, Elder Marcel
I was called to pastoral ministry in June 2005 while serving as Sunday School secretary at Eglise Baptiste du Calvaire led by Rev. Dr. Jean St-Ulmé in Silver Spring, Maryland. One year later, God called my wife sister Luriane D. Raymond to ministry as well. I began a personal prayer life in October 2007 and decided to wait upon the Lord as in Psalm 27:16 "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. In addition, "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40: 29-31" . I started a pastoral ministry study in the fall of 2009 and completed my training in the Spring of 2014. Later that spring, while I was praying and waiting for the Lord to lead us, He showed us the geographic area where He wants us to serve. On May 10, 2014, God spoke into my heart while I was in prayer to go to the City of Fredericksburg Stafford/Spotsylvania Counties in Virginia. Everything happened at the Wal-Mart of Central Park Mall exactly the same way God told me. I met a Haitian man as The Lord told me and I prayed with him in the parking lot. My wife and I began to travel to Fredericksburg every second and fourth Saturday of the month.
On Saturday, February 7, 2015, with the help of Pastor Matthew Guentner of Epic Life Church, a group of missionaries led by Pastor Eddy P. Raymond and his wife Luriane Raymond supported by Elders Marcel Jean, Moise Ulysse, Alphonse Dominique, Evangelist Liberisse Dorcely, and assisted by brothers Samuel Point du Jour, Dumas Raymond, Daniel Dorcely, and the family of Dr. Woody Dorcely, held the first corporate prayer in the chapel of Fredericksburg Bible Institute on 4430 Lee Hill School Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408 with 15 people. At the end of the service, retired Haitian justice Maitre Alexis Germain gave his life to Jesus Christ as his personal savior.
Later that year, as we were getting ready to move to Fredericksburg, my family met a young Haitian woman at the High-Point Wal-Mart. A few weeks later, on May 18th we met her husband. On that day, we had our first prayer with a Fredericksburg resident in their own apartment. After the prayer was over and not knowing the reason we were moving to the area, the sister prophesied by saying "All we need now is a place to start a Haitian church here in Fredericksburg".
After we moved to the area in July 2015, we continued with the prayer at her place. Following Pastor Raymond 40 days of prayer, the Lord instructed him to extend the payer to other people. Thus, on Saturday, September 12, 2015, we started an evening prayer service and bible study with 38 people in attendance (20 missionaries from Silver Spring, MD, and 18 local). We continued the prayer service at the Bible Institute every Saturday evening. Although attendance fluctuates, there is a core group of about 17 people who regularly attend the prayer. The Lord begins to move as other people join the group. As a result, on Sunday, November 1, 2015, Good Shepherd Haitian Alliance Church officially begins a worship service at Lafayette Upper Elementary School at 3 Learning Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22701, with 44 people in attendance. We still continue to do so at the same address. We are praying one day that the Lord will take us to the next level, which will be our launching celebration service.
Second Row: From left to right: brother Daniel, Pastor Raymond, sister Luriane, brother Woody