The Work Begins
In January 1888, Daniel T. Bourdeau and his wife from Vermont, turned their attention to working among the French-speaking people in America, beginning with New Orleans (Bourdeau, 1888). As far as is known, Bourdeau and his brother, A. C. Bourdeau, were the first of French descent to have accepted the Seventh-day Adventist faith. They spent many years in evangelism among the French-speaking people (Encyclopedia, 1976).
Ebenezer Temple Franco-Haitian SDA Company Organized in 2014
For many years dedicated men and women have continued taking the gospel to the French/Haitian Community in Greater New Orleans. Many people have assisted with this, such as Pastor Derek Howell and the Marrero Church, and Pastors Glenn Farinola and E. J. Collins from New Orleans First church. Pastor Libny Dubreuze came and shepherded this small flock for a time and under his leadership this group was organized as a company on May 10, 2014 (Dye, 2019).
Ebenezer Temple Franco-Haitian SDA Church Organized in 2019
Pastor Virgo Belizaire was installed in March 2017, and with his vision, leadership, and three evangelistic series, the company has grown to standing room only on many Sabbaths. Twenty-four new members have been baptized over the past several months. Because of that growth, Ebenezer Temple Franco-Haitian church was organized as a full-fledged church on Sabbath, March 23, 2019 (Dye, 2019).
A New Church in 2019
The congregation had outgrown its church building and it was not located in an area conducive to growth. The congregation began raising funds to buy a lovely church building that was being sold as soon as possible. The Ebenezer Temple Franco-Haitian church purchased the New Living Way church on November 20, 2019. Inauguration Day for their new church was December 21, 2019. “This church will make history in the Seventh-Day Adventist Haitian community because it will be the first Seventh-Day Adventist Haitian church in the entire state of Louisiana” (Belizaire, 2019).
(1976). Bourdeau, Daniel T. Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Washington D. C.: Review and Herald, p. 177.
Belizaire, Marjorie. (2019, Oct. 4). Bldg. fund for the only Haitian SDA Church in LA. Retrieved from Gofundme.com.
Bourdeau, Daniel T. (1888, Jan. 3). Review and Herald, p. 12.
Dye Sr., Richard C. (2019, Mar. 27). Monday Morning Memo, p. 1.