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.

(Top left) church service included a ceremony to officially induct members of Brigade. (Top Right) The church was packed with members of the Program (Bottom Left) especially as they sang to the congregation. (Bottom Right) A lot of the members served important tasks to display discipline
(Top left) Church service included a ceremony to officially induct members of Brigade. (Top Right) The church was packed with members of the program (Bottom Left) especially as they sang to the congregation. (Bottom Right) A lot of the members served important tasks to display discipline

 

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.

(Left) The Brigade students practice their drills led by Pastor Pierre and Clerice Attis before leaving NVM. (Right) Cleric Attis himself, in the midst of the march
(Left) The Brigade students practice their drills led by Pastor Pierre and Clerice Attis before leaving NVM. (Right) Cleric Attis himself, in the midst of the march

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.

(Left) Flag bearers led the march through Chambrun. (Right) It was a pretty hot day, so NVM brought some water for the hard workers!
(Left) Flag bearers led the march through Chambrun. (Right) It was a pretty hot day, so NVM brought some water for these hard workers!

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!

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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.

This was one of the crazier parts of the march, where the thin dirt road was filled with hundreds of people!
This was one of the crazier parts of the march, when the thin dirt road was filled with hundreds of people!

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.

The Grace Medical Team that has been here for the week joined in after the march ended!
The Grace Medical Team that has been here for the week joined us after the march ended!

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.

Whitney (uniformed left) and his brother Fadson (uniformed right) were joined by their family during and after the march
Whitney (uniformed left) and his brother Fadson (uniformed right) were joined by their brothers and mother after the march

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!

These are some of my friends from Chambrun told me they wanted to join Brigade next year!
These are some of my friends from Chambrun who told me they wanted to join Brigade next year!  I’m excited for them, too!

 

 

 

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