Honoring the life and ministry of Pastor Moise VavalJulie Smith
We received sad news on Tuesday, January 11. Our good friend, ministry partner, and brother in Christ, Pastor Moise Vaval, died in a car accident in southern Haiti.
We first met Moise through Jimmy Dodd more than 17 years ago. Smart, smooth, unafraid, and unashamed of the Gospel, Moise lived to please the Lord, not men. His life soon began to shape the lens through which Mike Fox, Joe Knittig, Adrien Lewis, I, and many others viewed Haiti. With all its challenges, Haiti is a beautiful country with capable, caring local leaders. Our work together was a mutual commitment, standing as equals at the foot of the Cross.
God’s blessing was evident. Homes built. Churches planted. Schools opened. Orphaned and abandoned children welcomed into God’s church family, and much, much more. Moise’s ministry impact went well beyond his relationship with The Global Orphan Project. Moise spoke three languages. He preached in multiple countries, wrote several books. His faith was well established, even well-documented in an award-winning 60 Minutes feature. Tens of thousands upon thousands of people, most of whom the world had left behind, heard and saw the Good News of Jesus Christ in and through the life of Moise Vaval.
More than the work accomplished or the publicity Moise received, these last few days we’ve talked about the time our families spent in the Vaval’s home, and they in ours. Our children played together. We ate great food. Sang beautiful songs. Prayed as if God Himself was in the room (He was), and we laughed, sometimes until we lost our breath. Moise had a great laugh and a great smile!
A powerful preacher. A respected, global ministry leader. A trusted friend. A faithful husband. A loving father. Survived by his wife, Francoise, and three of their children: Kristie, Sara, and Moise Jr. Reunited with his fourth child, Jean-Marc, who went to be with the Lord twelve years ago.
We are committed to supporting the Vaval family and will have more to share about that soon. For now, we grieve with Francoise and her children. We pray for peace to sustain and strengthen. We thank God for Moise, for the privilege of being his friends, and we celebrate the victory and life that Moise now experiences with Jesus Christ.
We love you, brother! We miss you. We will see you again, soon.
– Your Global Orphan Project Family