Lucner Jean Pierre
Marie... Nerline, Anjuola, Jean Pierre
- To build a new church
- Pray for the kids in our nutrition center
- Pray for my family
He may have grown up in a non-Christian home, but looking back Lucner can see that God had it in His plan for him to know Jesus. He grew up in Phaeton, Haiti with his two brothers and four sisters. As a kid he always liked visiting the Christian church, but his parents were Catholic and didn’t approve of him going. When he was 25 years old and some friends invited him to attend, however, he not only went, but his heart was stirred and he accepted Christ. Soon he was working at the church, attending bible studies and growing in his faith. Eight years later, he was asked to become the pastor of that same church.
Twenty-four years after answering the call, he still faithfully serves as pastor of the church. About 70 people from the small village of Phaeton attend Sunday services, daily bible studies and/or during their “Prayer at Noon” which meets Monday through Saturday.
The challenges in Phaeton are many as the people there live in extreme poverty. Although G.O. is working to change this, currently the village has no running water (only a well at the edge of town), and no electricity. There is no school to accommodate the older kids so in order to receive an education those who can leave Phaeton at 3:00 a.m. and walk for four hours to a school in Terrier Ruge. Lucner adds that although many more of the women in Phaeton desire to become Christians, so often they don’t feel they can change their lifestyle of prostitution because they are in such need of what little money it brings them.
Lucner and his church strive to meet as many needs as possible in Phaeton. On Saturdays at the church 125-150 children are fed a hot meal and, Monday through Friday, up to 25 children ages three to six attend school in the church building. Although these programs are a help to the community, Lucner has dreams of doing more. For example, one dream is to provide transportation to the students attending school in Terrier Ruge. He would also like to feed more kids, and bring water and electricity to Phaeton. People, understandably, want their basic needs of food, shoes, etc. met and then, the hope is, they will then listen to spiritual truths and come to Christ.
Lucner serves in Phaeton with his wife Marie. Together they have two children, Nerline (21) and Anjuola (17). They have also taken in and raised four nephews, one who still lives with them in Phaeton.