Pastor Kinston – Coconut Leaf Church
In 1999 I, Rosemond Louissaint, a native of Haiti, went on a mission trip to Haiti. I was interpreting for Missionary Lillie Broadfoot during this mission trip. There were forty-five pastors present. Pastor Kinston told me that among the forty-five Pastors there, his church was in the worst condition. He told me that where they worship God, people pass and laugh at them when praying and singing because of the condition of their church. At times the congregants would duck down because they felt so bad about the condition of the church. Nevertheless, they loved God so much they kept on worshipping Him. I agreed to visit his church on next Tuesday, but the Holy Spirit told me to go the same day. I knew that I had to follow the holy spirit’s move and go today. Pastor Kinston’s church in Ennery, Haiti, was simply a church made of coconut leaves. When I visited Pastor Kinston’s church, I said to myself, “God’s house should never look like this.” I called for Pastor Kinston’s family, we held hands, and prayed for God to bless them. At the time, I did not promise anything to them, I simply prayed for God’s blessings on them. On Tuesday of the next week, I returned to Pastor Kinston’s church and brought food for sixty-five families.
Before I left Haiti, I said to myself, I would never go back there, I would only go there when I wanted to go, but the Lord dealt with me when I came back to Vallejo. God kept dealing with me to go back and help Pastor Kinston and the people in Ennery, Haiti. I asked God, “How can I do this when I do not have any money?” God spoke to me and said, “To those you speak to will give you the money.” I asked God, “Who would believe me?” God spoke to me again and took me back to how he brought me to America. He let me remember all that He had done for me. I then told God, “If you say so, I have nothing to lose.” Although I was excited, afterwards I was afraid and wondered what have I gotten myself into. I began to share with another minister what God wanted me to do he agreed and would pray for me. My wife and I presented a proposal for a Haiti Mission at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to Pastor Flowers. He agreed and the church voted to have a Haiti Mission Ministry.