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Stephen Plasterer

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I was raised in a Christian home and taught the Bible from a young age.  I prayed a prayer with my Dad to accept Christ when I was young, and I participated in church and read my Bible every day, though unbaptized.  As I grew up I had doubts about my salvation and would review the Gospel often to see if I had missed something.  I knew that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23 and I knew that "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans 6:23 so I understood that I am a sinner and deserve to die for my sin.  I knew that "...Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).  So Christ paid the death penalty that I deserved.  I wasn't sure why the resurrection was so important but I knew that I needed to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved (Acts 16:31) and I thought I did, but I didn't have peace.  When I was sixteen I read the story of an evangelist who was doing an evangelistic meeting at a church and after the meeting the pastor's wife stayed and wanted to talk to him.  The pastor's wife told the evangelist that she had been a hypocrite all her married life.  She was not a Christian when they married and now she had been pretending for many years, playing the role of the pastor's wife.  Now she wanted to stop living in hypocrisy and have a real relationship with Christ.  After so many years of pretending though, she wasn't sure how to proceed.  She seemed to understand the Gospel but kept second guessing herself.  The evangelist asked her about her marriage.  "When you got married," he asked "you were asked if you will take this man as your lawfully wedded husband.  What was your response?  Did you say: 'I'm not sure'? or 'Maybe someday'? or 'that would be a great thing to do'?"  "No" she replied, "I just said 'I do'".  "Were you married then?" the evangelist asked.  "Of course!" she said.  "Well, you need to say 'I do' to the Lord Jesus Christ" he told her. 

That story caused me to realize that "believing in the Lord Jesus Christ" was not just believing that the facts are true, but trusting Him.  I trusted Him and knew immediately that I was His child.  I have never had a doubt again.  I decided to get baptized soon after.  I had been too embarrassed to get baptized before, and later I realized that I was rebellious and didn't want God to run my life.  I knew I was a hypocrite, even though outwardly I did the same things as other Christians.  That was what made me embarrassed to get baptized.  Once I trusted Christ genuinely I was not embarrassed anymore and was proud to be baptized.  I realized the importance of the resurrection too!  Christ gives new life!!  After that, I had a desire to share the Gospel with others which after several years of working and career training led me to New Tribes Bible Institute where I was challenged with the need for missionaries for un-reached places.  After graduation my church sent me to Haiti to get a taste of missions and I ended up staying.  That brings me up to today.  I am helping with maintenance at the Baptist Haiti Mission where I am privileged to disciple a team of about 30 Haitian employees which I supervise.  There are more than 350 churches that have been established in the 70+ years the mission has been in Haiti, and I serve at our main campus near Kenscoff which includes a conference center that can host more than 300 people.  It also includes an 80-bed hospital, public park, workshops (where many of the church buildings were prefabricated in the early days), gardens, museum, guest houses, and self-help store where we encourage Haitian industry by buying items from Haitian craftsmen and selling them to tourists and online. 

The mission also has a camp on the coast and another training center that is being built in the Northwest so that people from that end of the country won't have to travel all the way to our main campus to attend Summer Bible Institute and other events at our conference center.  Most of the churches run primary schools so that their kids can at least read the Bible.  Our main campus has an office where we help to coordinate curriculum, teacher training, child sponsorship, and government paperwork requirements for the schools.  There are also clinics in remote areas which are coordinated from an office on our main campus.  Anyway, my team and I help keep everything running smoothly.   Thanks for reading.  I look forward to meeting you if you come to Haiti!