|Who is Parenn? by
Anne Dieudonne Pierre-Louis
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It is always a joy to talk about Parenn.
everybody knows about parenn. Only those of my generation
really know about him. I grew up with a man everybody called parenn.
Adults and children used used the same endearing name to call him. Only
became older did I really know that parenn was my grandpa.
His Role in the Family
His is the patriarch. He was among the handful of people in the area who knew how to read. He lived in a large estate upon which were scattered many houses. That estate was like a village whose houses belonged to his children. He had 7 boys and 7 girls. Even though he fathered these children with more than one woman I only knew one these women and everybody called her Tant. Not too far away was another estate that belonged to his brother Défense.
His Salvation Experience and that of His Children
Parenn was a veteran of the Cacos war. He fought at Grand Rivière du Nord where he got injured. He was shot in the leg. While he was recovering at the hospital some European missionaries who were evangelizing handed out tracts to all the injured soldiers. He carefully read his tract and when he got well he was discharged.
returning home he gathered all his children. He told them: "from this
that day forward we
will all serve the Jesus to whom the tract referred." We will no
serve Satan, he told them. Some of his children agreed with him but
some did not.
Around the same time and for the first time a plane flew by the area.
children heard the plane they thought it was Jesus coming back. All
who had not received Christ ran to Parenn in fear to received Christ
because they were afraid of what they saw in the air.
It was how the
remainder of Parenn’s Children surrendered to Jesus.
Evangelization and Education
Parenn decreed that everybody had to fear God and everybody had to learn how to read. He sent three of his children to Cap Haitian to become preachers and teachers. Everybody learned to read so they could read the Bible. He taught a sentence to all his children and grand children. They would repeat that sentence upon going to bed at night and upon waking up in the morning. In the morning they would say : “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, good morning mom, good morning dad.”
At night they would say: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, good night mom, good night dad.”
After their meals they would say: “Thank you God, thank you mom, thank you dad.”
Parenn grew in years. One morning he told some of his children: “I don’t think I was I can make it through the day.” He asked them to sing and pray for him. As they were singing he asked them “where is this bright light coming from?” They replied “we don’t see any light!” He then asked them “How abouth these angels, don’t you see them either?” they replied “We have seen no angels.” As they kept singing his passed on.His vision focused on three main areas: the fear of God, education, and family unity.