Pastor Lavaud didn’t choose to go to Bible school and take the path of being a pastor on his own, it was a friend’s insistence that he would come with him that gained him the education that led him through moments leading to starting a church.
“I knew too much about pastors in Haiti to want to be a pastor, but God put me into it. He gave me two truths to prove it to me. One of my friends, a former school mate, was working for World Vision as a project director, and in 1997 they wanted him to go to Bible school but he said, ‘I’m not going without Lavaud.’ So the World Vision boss came to me and said, ‘You are going to school.’ Then all of a sudden I saw me going to school. The other thing is I used to be a Sunday school teacher and supervisor, and established a Bible study at the school. After 6 months, five of the students chose the Lord and I said, ‘Ok, you can go to any church.’ And they said, ‘No, you need to start a church.’ So I started the church in the year 2000 with those five, and now we have about 500 in the church. Those are the two proofs God wanted me to be a pastor,” Pastor Lavaud shared.
Some of pastor’s defining moments as a believer involved watching the lives of his schoolmates disintegrate in front of him. To him, “nothing is more important than drawing people to God. It helps my personal life, too. If you keep with the word, there is nothing you cannot do. I had three school mates of mine that were living the high life and they were taking drugs. They looked like crazy people at night. And I said, ‘God, take my worldly life and give me spiritual life,’ because if I was of the world and with my friends, I would be drawn to those bad things.”
Those choices led him to align himself so deeply with God’s word that it continues to be rooted in his daily life.
“Isaiah 41:10 says do not be dismayed and it is telling me right now that God will never forsake me and God is always with me and that I do not have to fear. The other verse for me right now is Psalm 3:5, I sleep and I wake up because my God is watching over me. This isn’t only for the kids, but for my church and all other people. I think of the other people as my other church, because God has me share with all,” Pastor said.
When talking about the kids in his care, Pastor will even go as far as expressing his dislike for children’s homes to house kids. His first desire is for them to be with their own families, but circumstances don’t always allow for that option. While they are in his care, he cannot help but also lead them to deeper knowledge of the character of God and how his word directs their lives.
“The hope I have for the kids is for them to know God. The earthquake left too many parentless and the hope is to give them a better tomorrow and for them to follow what the Bible says. It is the will of God that will make you a new person that is my hope,” Pastor said.
The Lord has led GO Project to support the leadership of Pastor Lavaud as he cares for economic and social orphans at his village in Hinche north of Port-au-Prince. At GO Project, individuals or communities can contribute to life care and education costs of the orphans on a monthly basis or through long-term support of the pastors.