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Jean Pierre Rheau has come from nearly dying to studying ministry at Christian Leaders Institute – an online free Bible college where Jean has deepened his knowledge of the Gospel.
Read about Jean’s story of discovering CLI – an online free Bible college below:
My name is Jean Pierre Rheau of Kissimmee, Florida. I’ve been married to my wife Sonia for thirty-eight years and raised our four children Samuel, Marvin, Sophia and Sabine. They are all grown up and we have four grandchildren – Jamel and Asia from Samuel, Jordyn and Jenesis from Sophia.
I started traveling as a crew member on a cruise ship. I visited the Caribbean, West Indies, North America, South America, Central America, and Alaska. I immigrated to the USA in 1980, to Providence, Rhode Island. I joined the Church of God and served as Deacon, Pastor, Council and Lay coordinator. My brother, Bishop Jean Gerard and I, co-signed for the building of Anthony Avenue Church of God, now Elmwood Avenue Church of God. I moved to Florida in 1997 and served on the same level under the leadership of Bishop Jean Denis of Kissimmee Church of God for fifteen years.
I originated from Haiti. I was born and brought up in a Christian home and I did not experience anything in the world because my parents who raised eleven of us taught us to know just the Lord; we only had one option, it was to go to Catholic school. Therefore, it was mandatory to participate in their Mass, sing in their choir, and thereafter go to Church with our parents.
At a very young age, knowing my Bible, with the help of my mother who went to Bible Seminary and my uncle who was the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God, always put me in a heated argument with my fellow pupils when gathering with the Priest in Catechism class.
At the age of twelve, I had the chickenpox. My mother forced me to take a shower after school and as a remedy, she mixed yucca starch with alcohol and blew it on my skin on a cold December evening; I caught a very severe cold and when I got to school, they took me to the clinic and I was diagnosed with pneumonia. I was transported the next day to the closest General Hospital in town. The doctor said it was not even necessary to put me on an antibiotic because I had fluid in my lung and he told my father that I was going to die. They discharged me late in that same evening from the hospital with a pair of white pants and a white long sleeve shirt for my burial.
My father who is now one hundred and two years old was so disturbed by that very bad news. He could not find any ground transportation, so he embarked on a sailboat from the city to cross the bay to the village where we lived. I arrived home, almost at midnight, on my father’s back. He gave the news to my mother and bad news travels fast; it was desolation in the whole village.
Early in the morning, the elders of the church gathered and started praying, with the laying on of hands. I was fed every day with watercress, goat meat, and coffee with cream of dry coconut. God gave me a vision showing that He puts oil in my lamp to preach. In a matter of weeks, I started to gain weight and did not feel any cold symptoms. My father was working as a steward with the school department and the Nuns inquired all the time about when I was going to die. One day my father said that he is going to take me to the clinic and they will see for themselves if I am going to live or die. He did so, and then when I got there, they were overjoyed to see that I was alive and well. All tests were negative…
At the age of thirteen, I committed my life to the Lord and was baptized. I was serving in many different church ministries and different levels, but being brought up in a Pentecostal Church of God, I never choose to go to Bible School, because if you don’t speak in other tongues you are not going to get ordained. I was delighted to meet my friend Rony Samson who introduce me to Christian Leaders Institute and who is also a student. I enjoy the genuine Bible-based Christian instructions they offer, the open door opportunity for even third world countries.
For me especially, it was a package with a precious gift from heaven. The Lord has entrusted me with a fiduciary position and sent me to make disciples for His kingdom. I ask God for a double portion for all donors and sponsors. With your prayers and the help of the Holy Spirit, I have committed myself to remain loyal in His service.
God has placed me in a new area for the past four years, working under the leadership of Bishop Rene Pierrot, where I preach, teach in Sunday School and Bible Study and play the organ. I have many challenges time-wise because I also work full-time to support my family. But as the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9: 16: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.”
May the Lord bless you all and keeps you always.
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