“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14,16 ESV
Meet Jean Jacques, more commonly known as JJ around Mission of Hope. He’s been involved at Mission of Hope for almost two decades. JJ lives in the village of Source Matelas and serves as the Church Advancement Director at Mission of Hope, leading the team of Village Champions and fostering relationships with local pastors as they serve their communities. Before having the role of Church Advancement Director, JJ served in the HaitiOne nutrition program for many years, faithfully delivering nutritious meals to schools and orphanages across Haiti and pursuing the vision of life transformation for every man, woman, and child in Haiti.
JJ understands the biblical call of loving and serving his neighbors—near and far. Recently, JJ had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Turks and Caicos (TCI), meeting with the local pastors and serving the kids in the area. Reflecting on his time in TCI, JJ said,
“We went out to meet with local pastors in TCI and explain to them the vision of working through the local church—like we do in Haiti. My favorite part was meeting with the pastors. They asked questions and wanted to know more about Mission of Hope and the philosophy of how we work through the local church. I also loved the Kids’ Club. It was a great opportunity to encourage the kids and tell them about Jesus!” – JJ
JJ knows Jesus’ call in Acts 1:8b (ESV) “…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” In a very real and tangible way, JJ knows his Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria—the local villages, the nation of Haiti, and the world. He knows the same Gospel that has transformed his life, his family, and his community is the very same Gospel that has the power to transform the nation of Haiti and every other nation.
JJ’s understanding of knowing, loving, and being the Church is an incredible example of how a personal relationship and love for God leads to a love for His Church and ultimately—a love for the world.