Etienne Prophete, 81, who co-founded Haitian Christian Mission in 1974 with his wife, Betty, died Friday, Feb. 5. Over the years, the mission has started nearly 60 churches totaling more than 10,000 members. Many of the churches also have schools that serve a total of more than 13,000 children daily.
Prophete was a 1974 graduate of Ozark Christian College, which awarded him with the Seth Wilson Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2006.
“Since he came to Ozark and returned to his native land, no missionary leader has cast a longer shadow of Christ-honoring influence in Haiti,” said former OCC president Ken Idleman.
Veteran Christian minister John Caldwell, who attended college with Prophete, called him “a wonderful man of God.” Current OCC president Matt Proctor said, “Etienne was one of my kingdom heroes.”
On the history page at HCM’s website, Prophete wrote: “We presented our plan for the mission in Haiti before the elders of Park Plaza Christian Church in Joplin, Missouri, at our ordination in 1974. We were dreaming, but God was serious. Today we are astonished at what God is doing!”
In addition to churches and schools, HCM also established a small hospital and a school of translation and interpretation.
“We are forever grateful for his vision that has made HCM what it is today,” Haitian Christian Mission wrote on the ministry’s Facebook page. “We pray we can carry out his vision like he would want.”
A memorial will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday at Haitian Christian Church of Palm Beach, Fla. It will be open to the public, with COVID-19 protocols in place. Learn more online.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Haitian Christian Mission; those monies will be used toward projects funded through the Etienne and Betty Prophete Evangelism Endowment.