Brigade Program Marches Through Chambrun
The Brigade march that occurs on an annual basis was held yesterday on Sunday, 8 June. Pictures do just as well as words do in describing this fantastic event, so you’ll get a great glimpse from both angles.
In reality, the event kicked off bright and early at 9 AM, when church service at Nehemiah Vision Ministries began. Members of the Brigade program were presented, as the pictures above indicate, yellow or maroon scarves as well as pink cords, each displaying a different ceremonial honor that they had been awarded.
After the church service, Brigade practiced for two more hours in preparation for the march (they’re intense!). At around 3 PM, the students, led by Clerice Atiss and other Brigade leaders, marched off the NVM campus and into the neighboring village, Chambrun.
Since a majority of the Brigade students are from Chambrun, they were promptly joined by brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and friends in the community. Their company was very well received!
The incredible thing about this march was that hundreds of members of the community joined the walk through the village for its entirety. To be sure, the march took more than two hours, so the community involvement was a blessing! Villagers and family members marched and danced during the event and had a chance to see what kind of leaders NVM is training.
After the march concluded, the marchers returned back to the NVM campus and continued to enjoy the evening. For close to an hour, the Brigade students hung around and celebrated with family and friends, playing foutból and basketball or continuing to commune with loved ones.
This was a family friendly event, and the interest and excitement even from those not affiliated with NVM showed what a spectacular honor for Haiti it was.
And when discussing family, it is important to remember when Jesus claimed that those who were doing the work of God were his brothers and sisters and mothers (Mark 3.34). The Christ-like values demonstrated by these students and leaders will have a tremendous impact on Haiti’s future and show that Brigade is an enormous family, indeed! Your prayers for these future leaders continue to bring hope for Chambrun, NVM, and the rest of the Haiti!