Joseph Zintseme Missionary Trip 01/20 to 01/31, 2018
Haiti and its destiny is the theme I will be debating during this mission trip to Haiti.
I have been passionate about Haiti ever since I visited it for the first time in 2003, where I observed and reading more about the country and its history.
The Haitian Revolution of 1791 saw the liberation of all African slaves in the entire island (Dominican Republic of today included). This included free and former slave owners, planters, etc. who were invited by the revolutionary leader, the new Governor General of the island Toussaint Louverture, to remain in the country and dwell together with their fellow Blacks who had previously been slaves. They wrote new laws abolishing slavery in any form in the island and invited planters and other business owners to employ people for wages.
However, Toussaint continued to pay allegiance to the Republic of France, refusing to declare Haiti’s independence. At that time Haiti was the richest colony in the Americas, fueling the French economy.
Unfortunately, Toussaint was deceived and betrayed by French military officers and was sent to France, where he was imprisoned in dungeons until dying of cold and starvation. Napoleon was successfully conquering Europe at the time. Haiti, being free, no longer fueled the French economy. Napoleon then attempted to re-enslave Haitians by dispatching his brother-in-law, Leclerc, with 30,000 of the best military elite.
Jean Jacques Dessalines, former lieutenant to Toussaint Louverture, rose to lead the battle against Leclerc’s troops for this second war of freedom. Dessalines was a notorious and unstoppable warrior who fought rigorously. One of his generals, Capois Lamort, became instrumental in the victory which was fought with such bravery that the French commander stopped the battle to send soldiers to carry a message to Capois congratulating him for covering himself with such glory before resuming the battle. With the help of nature a strong rain came down, favoring the Haitians. The French commander capitulated and surrendered on November 18, 1883, and Haitians again won the battle for their freedom. The following year, 1884, Jean Jacques Dessalines declared Haiti’s independence from France.
The Haitian people successfully defeated France, England and Spain – all major colonial powers dominating Europe. However, the rest of the Caribbean islands still held Africans under slavery, as well as Latin America and the United States of American, which had become a major slave holding entity. But the news of the African slaves defeating these tremendous powers and freeing themselves from the bondage of slavery sent chills into the spine of the nations around the world. Who would dare engage in diplomatic, politic and commercial exchanges with such neighboring countries? The Haitians managed to sustain themselves and built a strong economy, making their new country self-sufficient.
This brief historical background is to help see the resilient, strong, determined Haitian people who were both lovers of and fighters for freedom.
What has happened to Haiti so that it has become socially and economically where it is today? That will be the object of my next update on Haiti and it is the main reason for this mission trip.
My friend and traveling companion, Maula Jean Marie, is a local pastor who oversees a school and an orphanage in addition to the church. I would love to take along another young Haitian so he can be imparted during this time of ministry. Your financial contribution could make it possible.
We plan to take our message of reconciliation, healing and affirmation to the following cities: Gonaives where Haitians declared their independence, Cap Haitian the former capital, Port Au Prince the current capital, and Jacmel and Mole St. Nicolas where Christopher Columbus first landed in the Americas. Your partnership in this mission is very crucial to the manifestation of the Kingdom of God among Haitians. Together, we can see Haitians emerge into their God-given destiny.
Your financial support can be directed to University of the Nations, Kona 75-5851 Kailua Kona 96740# 256. Please do not write on your check memo. Instead, on a separate note, indicate that it is for the mission to support Acct. # 5784 on your check memo.
Or, a direct deposit to our bank account: SunTrust Bank, 4307 Williamsburg Rd. Richmond, VA 23231, Acct# 1000032370099; routing# 051000020.
Zintseme Family, 2001 Newman Rd. Richmond, VA 23231