Rev. Patrick Villier and his wife, the Rev. Francoise Villier, the founders of CONASPEH, will speak at First Churches at 4:30 pm on Sunday, September 25, followed by a pot-luck supper. CONASPEH, the National Council of Spiritual Churches of Haiti, is an umbrella organization of eight thousand Protestant churches in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. First Churches has had a partnership with CONASPEH since 2005. CONASPEH operates a K-13 school, a nursing school, and a seminary and recently began a vocational training school and a college. CONASPEH also supports other schools and programs run by its member churches.
Rev. Patrick Villier is a charismatic leader who preached at First Churches over a decade ago. The Villiers will talk about the progress CONASPEH has made as well as the problems their organization faces, amidst the turmoil that so often characterizes their poverty-stricken, besieged land. The Villiers understand the importance of education in a country where the government can only afford to support public schools for ten percent of the school-age population.
CONASPEH has been an important mission effort of First Churches since 2005. Members of First Churches have visited CONASPEH in Port-au-Prince to see first-hand what they are accomplishing and to offer our support. Last year First Churches raised $4,253 for student scholarships at CONASPEH.
The Villiers talk is open to all. Everyone is encouraged to come and learn about Haiti and the work of CONASPEH, contribute to the scholarship fund, and bring a dish for the potluck following the talk. For more information, call First Churches at 584-9392.