Arisnel Mesidor

Église communautaire de la Rivière Rouge (ECRR)
Pastor

I was fortunate to be born and raised in a Christian family. As a result, I started attending church very early in my life. Though I did not have a choice because my parents used to take me to church with them, I remember that I enjoyed it. At the age of 13, I became a junior soldier in my home church of The Salvation Army. This means, as a youth, I formally accepted Jesus-Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I wouldn't say that a specific or special occasion prompted that decision. It was rather part of the culture of the church that when they are old enough, youth take this step in their faith. Since then, I have been growing more and more in my faith and becoming more and more involved in the life of the local church in a variety of ways. I believe I am saved because the Bible tells me that if I believe in Jesus Christ, the only son of God, I have everlasting life (John 3:16; Mark 16:16). My journey with God has been an amazing one. Very early in my Christian life, I sensed his call to serve him as a leader in the local church. God has also given me many opportunities to do that. Every time I look back in my life to recall where I come from and where I have been, it becomes obvious that God's hand has been leading from day 1, though I have not always recognized it. One major event that happened in my life and that makes me convinced that God has a plan for me and toward which he has been leading me is my coming to Canada. When I was in Haiti, my plans were to make a career in education. I knew I would always be active in the local church, but I would not study theology or become a pastor. In regard to studying theology, I wanted to, but the opportunities to do that were not there. I could have easily become a Salvation Army officer, but I did not feel very attracted to that. But somehow, God intervened and changed the course of my life completely. Through a one-year scholarship from the Salvation Army I came to Winnipeg in 2004. And today, ten years later, I can't help but recognize that the wise man is right when he says, "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails" (Prov. 19:21, NIV). What started 10 years ago still continues today. Every day God shows me new things he wants to do in my life. These experiences have taught me to relax and watch what God is doing.