The community of Cassamajor is ingrained in Pastor Renaud since he was a child growing up there. He went to school and seminary when he started the church in early 2007, and then began housing children by September of that same year.
“I was not a pastor before I started the church. I never wanted to be a pastor. I don’t know how it happened. It was one of my nightmares to be a pastor. In Haiti, not just Haiti, in the world, pastors are not seen with good eyes. Whenever someone sees a pastor they see a businessman or a stickler. I want people to see me as a father, because my ambition is to help them to heaven.”
His ambition to be a father figure also overlaps into the classroom as he weekly makes sacrifices for the education of 9th graders who will soon be taking government tests to continue their education. For a pastor who is already very busy, this further emphasizes his commitment to education the kids in his care. He is also continuing his own education as well in Cayes while taking classes at the law school and university of agriculture.
“If I do not help the kids today, tomorrow they will be gangsters and bad for the community and the other kids as well. They will destroy Haiti. Some kids could not go to school before I had the school, and now they are attending school. Some of the kids had never heard about the Gospel before, and now they know the Gospel. The Gospel and my faith in God keep me inspired to keep doing what I am doing. When you are working with people, they may not understand what you are doing, but God will always reward you for what you are doing.”
With 170 kids in his care at the village, and a school that is educating 253 primary students and 119 secondary students, Pastor has a lot that weighs on him daily from not only the kids in his care, but also his congregation and community. He is greatly encouraged by friends who pray for him, and remind him of the sovereignty of Jesus.
“I had a friend who shared a text message with me, he told me to not look forward, because there are so many things that may discourage you if you look forward. And do not look back, because there are so many bad things you already left. Do not look right and do not look left. On your right there are pitiful things and on the left are the same things. So I cannot look forward. I cannot look backward. I cannot look left or right. The only way I can look is up, and stare at Jesus. I am not afraid of anything, because whatever the storm is, God is with me and I have nothing to be afraid of. That’s what I believe,” he shared.
The Lord has led GO Project to support the leadership of Pastor Renaud as he cares for economic and social orphans at his village in Cassamajor outside the city of Cayes. 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.