Moody Employee Making an Impact Part 3
Phil Brown partners with SMI Haiti to build churches and bring encouragement to believers and children in Haiti.
Building churches, serving children, distributing food and encouraging his daughters in their walk of faith, are just some of the ways Phil Brown, instructional designer for Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning, spent five days in Haiti.
This trip was made possible through a special ministry benefit Moody Global Ministries offers to their employees. This benefit provides five consecutive days off each year, for up to 10 employees to take part in a short-term mission trip.
Brown, who is an instructional designer for MBIDL, resides with his family in the Appalachian foothills of Southeast Tennessee. He was joined on his trip to Haiti with two of his six children, daughters Lili (17) and Annie (14).
They took this trip with their home church, First Baptist in Cleveland, Tenn., who partnered with SMI Haiti. SMI Haiti, a missions group based in Ind., whose mission is to “join together with others of like-mind to fulfill the Lord’s commission to care for His children” provides assistance in practical ways to those in great need in the land of Haiti. This includes construction projects, youth and women’s ministry, health clinics, dental, and food and clothing programs.
The first town they visited was Kamitan. The church in Kamitan started under a mango tree and had since moved to meeting in a tent. Brown and their team helped build the foundation and framing walls for their first church building.
The Tent that the church service is currently being held in Kamitan.
Brown, his daughters, and the team also began work on the lower half of the walls for a women’s center. The women’s center will sit directly next to the church and be a place for the church to serve the women in need in the community.
Men of Kamitan working with Phil’s team to start the foundation for the church and women’s center.
In addition, Brown and his daughters visited the town of Cepres. While there the team from SMI helped paint the local church and school building. Even as Brown’s team painted and worked on the church, church services and school sessions continued to take place.
Concluding their service in Haiti, Brown and his team served in the town of Gonaives, which is a small village where sea salt harvesters live next to the salt flats. Brown was able to harvest sea salt with the people while he was serving. The missions team also handed out food and clothing for the people and children living there, and were able to gather with a group of believers to pray with those they were able to serve.
Christians gather together to pray for the teams safe journey home.
Phil Brown was able to come alongside the community and harvest salt with the villagers.
"We are encouraged by the ministry efforts of our employees around the world,” said Debbie Zelinski, vice president of Human Resources at Moody Global Ministries. “They are being the hands and feet of Christ while encouraging believers in the Word and sharing the gospel with the lost. Phil’s work in Haiti is a wonderful example of that and we pray the Lord will bless and multiply the work he and the team performed in hurricane recovery efforts and sharing Christ with non-believers.”
If Brown can raise enough money on his own he hopes to return to Gonaives in order to put a much needed roof on the church building. The roof was caving in, had large holes in it and was in need of repairs.
Church in Gonaives that needs a new roof.
“I am grateful to Moody for an unforgettable opportunity to go along with my daughters to minister and share God’s love with so many people in Haiti,” Brown said, “The people of Haiti were deeply appreciative of the ministry that we shared with them and I look forward that relationship continuing in the future.”
Additional Moody Employees Making an Impact stories will be shared via Moody’s news web page in the coming months.
- Moody Employee on Making an Impact Part 1: Ricardo Brown, first of 10 employees to serve on a missions trip in 2017 through Moody’s Innovative Ministry Benefit.
- Moody Employee Making an Impact Part 2: Harrison Gunter helping provide a safe learning environment for Indian Bible College students.