Members of the Beracah Haitian Church in Bradenton, Fla., have a reason to rejoice. The members recently had a special mortgage burning ceremony on Friday, April 5, 2019. Nicolas Louis, Haitian coordinator, and Gregory O. Mack, president of Southeastern Conference, represented the Conference for the ceremony. After a powerful sermon by Louis, Mack led the charge, applauding the members for their commitment to ministry as they continue to advance Heaven’s cause.
According to one of the founding members of the church, the journey was not easy. Beracah was the first Seventh- day Adventist French church in Bradenton. Its birth goes back to August 1998, when a Haitian Seventh-day Adventist church member, Judith Fostin, decided to open her home to host a branch Sabbath School with only eight members.
As the group developed, they decided it was time to find a larger place. After several moves, they settled in a storefront plaza, which was a former night club. There they worshiped with about 10-20 members. As the church continued to mature, they needed to move again. After much prayer and searching, the Lord led Gerald Joseph to a Baptist church. The Baptist members were looking to sell their property, which included a parsonage adjacent to the church building. In January 2005, along with the support of four other church members, the new Beracah Church was purchased. It is now located at 2212 8th Avenue E, in Bradenton. The purchase price was only $320.000. Beracah members proclaim, “To God be the glory!”
Southeastern | June 2019