Debby, who was in Haiti recently (February 2014), wrote a wonderful description of Gilbert in a post about her trip on her blog. It captures him so well, I thought I would share it here:
[He is…] a man who serves God like none I’ve ever experienced before. Pastor Gilbert is our host when we go to Haiti. He has an SUV and two cell phones. Every day as we traveled back and forth to the villages with him, we had traveling companions with us. He would be giving a ride to this or that person. Drop them off at their work corner. Get them down the road a ways. Taking them along on his journeys so he could talk to them and instruct them. Bringing them along to experience the small villages. Delivering a bit of food or some supplies. Constantly taking or making calls (presumably to arrange these pick ups and drop offs, and fielding other requests.) Providing a word of wisdom or encouragement. And if they happened to still be in the car when he arrived home, ALWAYS, a big plate of rice and beans for them before they returned to their own home. His life is God’s life.
Pastor Gilbert performing baptisms in the river at Desca
And in his own words:
I was born in Jacmel, south-east in the country of Haiti. I grew up working with my father on the farm while going to school. We were very fortunate to be able to go to school due to a church that started a private school mainly for the Christian parents’ children at that time. God bless! I finished primary school, then went to secondary school 24 kilometers away from home which was a very great deal for children in my neighborhood.
I grew up in a Christian family, [I’ve] always believed in God; I never can think of the moment I accepted the Lord. I know everyday I love the Lord more and more. At the age of 20 year old, I got baptized (our church then did instruct us to get baptized whenever we want). Three years later, my pastor called me, saying: The Holy Spirit told me to send you to a Bible school. I did not know anything about Bible school. Anyway, I went and graduated after 4 years. To make stories short, since then I am serving in churches in and around my home town. I am now married and have 6 girls; the 3rd one got married last year. They all live in the USA.
After a critical incident, I moved to Port au Prince to find jobs; I did help in the growth of a church where I found an American who introduced me to a church in Indiana that helped me to go to college in the USA. I did and came back to Haiti to start a little mission called Ambassadors for Christ in Haiti. I always worked with another mission to make myself a salary. After 10 years of the church in the City, I felt the call to extend the evangelism program, then I made plan to start 10 churches so we could get more people involve in the Kingdom. I stopped on the way since it cost too much for traveling; Carrefour Church
was then established in 1996.
Pastor Gilbert and his beautiful wife Ligette enjoying a rare day off at the beach