Andrénies story

My name is Andrénie Louis. I live in Nazon, a small community in Delmas, a commune in the west department

of Haiti. I am retailer, I have five children; but the fifth died in the earthquake in 2012.

At this time, my family and I hadn’t accepted Jesus as our Savior yet. On Tuesday January 12, 2012, in the afternoon, I was getting everything ready for cooking and …….suddenly at 16:53 local time the house started shaking……in a flash the house collapsed on one of my children and me. My child died. I lost everything. After that I had a lot of pain. I wept every day, I felt hopeless and lonely. I spent many days wearing the same clothes. Because I faced too many difficulties, sometimes I asked myself why God kept me alive and I became hypertensive.

My family and I moved to the property of the Nazarene church of Nazon, Central district, and lived in shelters for three months. There we found Christian people, the pastor and his wife. They were like counselors for us. Also, they really helped us with basins, water, soaps, towels, toothbrushes, combs, carpets, etc. That showed us how they are sharing their heart with us. This is the reason why I have been personally attracted not only to how they helped us with supplies from NCM, but also to their fellowship. That brought relief to my family and me.

We spent more than one year experiencing the Christian lifestyle. Even after three months when we moved to a tent (built with carpet that they gave me) near to the church property, they kept counseling me, helping me with supplies time to time. That made us aware that they really made a great difference, because as Nazarene Christians they didn’t only talk to my family and me about Jesus; but they acted. That help us a lot to see Jesus through their compassion and any supplies my family and I got from NCM. This is the reason why one of my children, Samantha, and I became Nazarene Christians – I will keep on praying for the rest of the family to become Christian; because I know that God has a plan for each of them.

Since Samantha and I accepted Jesus as our Savior, day after day we feel life goes better than before. Even if sometimes we face some difficulties, in any circumstance we realize that God gives us strength to stand. Now there is hope for the family, that makes us happy. We are not afraid about the future, because Jesus is our comforter.

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