*** How will you Respond to Pastor Claude Houde's Appeal? ***

Already more than 1000 Christians have committed themselves to support the project and more than half of the needed amount has been promised. This is truly wonderful! Some have promised 10 Euros and others, 10,000! The Bible states: “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor. 9:7  Thank you to each one of these donors, for I know that much effort and sacrifice have been made, but they were made with joy! I am moved when I read the commentaries on the page Together, Let’s Buy Top Chrétien’s Offices!

More and more people understand that this is not just a real estate project. This goes much further: it’s a spiritual challenge! We want to be able to receive new team members, and thus, be able to receive more souls with the Gospel. We want to be able to develop new services on Top Chrétien.

This has been an extraordinary week! Decisions for Jesus by the thousands and, in particular, the son of one of our Top Chrétien team members who gave his life to Jesus on one of our websites, ConnaitreDieu.com! Imagine the joy of this father who found his son who was lost! This father is our treasurer and his son’s decision occurred the very same day that he wrote the letter of intention to the owner stating that we wanted to buy his property! At the same moment that our treasurer was making this very important step of faith, God saved his son. Thank you, Lord!

You see, this son is a living illustration of why we want to buy these offices: so that other sons and daughters will come back to their heavenly Father.

I would like to invite you to watch this video of Pastor Claude Houde of New Life Church in Longueuil. Thank you to him as well as to every pastor, church, or Christian who has added or would like to add his brick to the building.

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How to make a donation? Go to this page, click on donate to the right, fill in the amount, and complete the form. If you prefer to send a check, the address is indicated.

*** Haiti: Let's Help the Churches! ***

Many Haitian brothers and sisters are encouraged by the actions of Christians.

Here is what Elodie, a young Haitian student, 22 years old, wrote to us in the Top Blog:

“I thank God because I am still alive! Thank you, Lord! My parents are well. That day, January 12, 2010, I was not in class because my professor was absent. If I had been in class that day, it is possible that I would no longer be here since my school was destroyed and the dean died. I don’t have news from all of my friends, but I hope they and their families are well. It warms my heart to see so many prayers for Haiti. We need them for people are still under the debris. Everywhere many are dead and one feels so powerless. Let’s pray that there are no epidemics; this is what everyone is saying since already the odor of the dead in the streets is more and more terrible. We do not sleep in our homes. Everyone sleeps in the streets because we are afraid of a new tremor. Many people and children are traumatized especially due to the loss of parents and close friends. It is terrible. I am 22 years old and I would never have believed that one day I would experience something like this. May God bless you, my friends, and know that at any moment we can die. Always be ready and tell your families how much you love them.”

:: SUPPORT THE CHURCHES IN HAITI ::

Thank you to all those who acted: by prayer, gifts, encouraging words, and even serving right in Haiti. I invite you to read this excellent article in TopHumanitarian that reports on news of the efforts of some Christians.

A statement by Wess Stafford, Director of Compassion International, particularly caught my attention in this article: “Local churches: they are an incredible force. I can assure you that local churches are truly committed in the rescue efforts. Who knows his neighbor’s needs better that the one who lives next to him? And who will remain there when the media no longer talk about Haiti?”

Who will remain? The local churches. Therefore, let’s help them.

This is the call that our friend, Pastor Claude Houde, wanted to send out from Quebec:

“You see, for me, Haiti is my adopted country, my family, where we work for God and his people whom we love so much and who, today, try to rise up again and survive, in mourning, in famine, in chaos, and in violence. We are on the telephone with them every day until late at night. The churches that we have helped build for 15 years, where thousands were meeting, are destroyed, as well as the Theological Institute for the French-speaking world, where dozens of students were in training for the ministry. We have lost students, collaborators, friends, and many members of our churches must now take care of the orphans.

A friend and collaborator for 20 years now presides over five services on Sunday in a park; his church has cracks and is dangerous. He organizes and directs funerals every day, but he knows that he is not alone and that the Body of Christ is going to help him to nourish, care for, and rebuild his family, his people, his church, and his country.

Your gifts save lives, give back courage to our brothers and sisters of Haiti, lift up the people of God and a nation, one person at a time. Thank you to continue praying and giving for Haiti.”

Let’s not slack up on our actions. Let’s help our Haitian brothers and sisters. After our emergency help, let’s support as best as possible the churches in Haiti. If it is your desire, send in your gifts to TopChretien and we will send them in their entirety. In the name of our brothers and sisters in Haiti, heartfelt thanks to you.

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See Pastor Claude Houde’s message on TopTv: How can the earthquake become transformation?