What’s happening in 2021? A lot! Beginning in May 2021, we began to give full attention to developing financial partnerships with churches and individual believers. In July, we had the privilege of training around 200 church leaders in two cities in Haiti, and we are beginning preparations for our training conferences in Feb/March 2022. Interested in serving with us at a future training conference? Review the dates below then CLICK HERE.
May 2021-February 2022 – Full-time financial partnership development
Ken ended his time as interim pastor of First Baptist Church of Bad Axe on April 18, 2021. Between training conferences in Haiti, we are devoting the next several months to building a base of financial support for PPI. Our desire is for PPI to be fully funded by January 2022, enabling us to lead the ministry full-time. CLICK HERE for more info on this step in developing PPI.
June 24-28, 2021 – Pastors Training in Atlanta, GA.
Yes, Atlanta! In June, Ken participated in training for 44 Haitian-American pastors led by my friend, Chuck Ballard. Chuck is the Executive Director of African Pastoral Training (APT) Ministries. We had opportunities to network with Haitian pastors, and also to connect with representatives of Dallas Seminary’s Department of International Missions. Win-win!
July 14-30, 2021 – Pastors Training in Ouanaminthe AND Cap Haitien, Haiti (Team fee – $2100 FULL)
The Lord opened the way for us to offer TWO training conferences in July for over 200 Haitian church leaders using the Thompson Chain Reference Bible. We led Course 1 – The Message and the Messenger in Ouanaminthe and then Course 2 – Our Powerful Gospel in Cap Haitien. Our team also had opportunities to participate in an English language class for young adults, a Bible college class, and two Haitian church services. We learned to wash clothes with our feet and taste-tested (then bought) some very good Haitian chocolate!
August 9-13, 2021 – PPI presentations/conversations in Mid-South
In August, Pastor Esau and Ken traveled to Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Glasgow (Kentucky) to meet with potential ministry and support partners. Along the way, Esau tutored Ken in Creole. He is a very good teacher! We had good conversations with Haitian-American pastors, American church and Christian business leaders.
August 15, 22, Sept 12 and 26 – Present PPI in Michigan churches
Please pray for these opportunities to introduce churches to PPI’s vision and work among church leaders in Haiti. Pray also that we will be a blessing to these churches and their leaders!
September 14-21 – PPI presentations/conversations in New Jersey
Ken will travel to North Jersey, where we pastored for 7 years, to meet with church leaders there. Pray for safe travels and conversations that are fruitful for the Lord’s mission.
October 19 – Present PPI at the annual meeting of the Liberty Baptist Association, Glasgow, KY
Ken has been invited to present PPI at the annual meeting of the Liberty Baptist Association, a regional association of 35 Southern Baptist churches.
Nov 15-19, 2021 – Evangelical Theological Society, 73rd Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, Texas.
Ken has been a member of ETS for over 20 years. He has often attended regional and annual conferences of the ETS to be sharpened and challenged in God’s Word and current issues in the church. He has presented papers in ETS conference workshops. This year’s theme, “Wealth and Poverty,” is especially relevant to PPI’s mission of encouraging, training and resourcing church leaders in poor countries. While there, Ken also will meet with Dr. Michael Ortiz of Dallas Theological Seminary to explore accreditation of PPI courses.
Feb 21-March 5, 2022 – Pastors Training in Gonaives and possibly Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Team fee – TBD)
In Feb 2021, we made the painful decision to postpone our training conference in Gonaives because of the new CDC international travel guidelines. Read more HERE. As the Lord enables us, we will go to this new city in Feb/March 2022 and possibly Port au Prince to lead pastors training. Hear a Haitian pastor talk about our training. CLICK HERE to help provide Bibles and other ministry resource for these next training conferences.
March 7-11, 2022 – Participate in World Evangelization Conference at Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
Ken has been invited to participate in Dallas Seminary’s week-long World Evangelization Conference. He will lead workshops and breakfast conversations with seminary students as well as “exhibit” PPI’s ministry and course materials. Ken said, “The Lord shaped my life through conversations with mission leaders while a student at Dallas Seminary. I’m honored now to be “one of those guys” who can give back. I want to challenge students to focus on making disciples of all nations, no matter where and how they serve the Lord. And I look forward to conversations with many other mission leaders that week.”
July/August 2022 – Pastors Training in Northeast Haiti (specific dates and team fee – TBD)
As the Lord enables us, we will offer THREE pastors training conferences in northeast Haiti in July/August 2022. We will also continue to mentor members of our Haitian coordination team to lead all aspects of PPI training.