Rev. Wilbins Maginet
Pastor Maginet graduated from ITEP (Institute Theologie Evangelique Primitive) in Jeremie, Haiti. He was ordained in 2017 after 3 years as the Licensed Pastor of the church in Bonbon, which he founded in response to a vision given to him earlier in his career. A native of Jeremie, he has been married to Meladie since 2003. They have two daughters. Today, his church is regularly attended by approximately 130 adults and children in the remote area of Bonbon, Grand’ans known as Ti_Plain. Before his calling to ministry, Pastor Wilbins worked for the UN as a translator. In addition to his church duties, he serves the Police Nationale de Haiti as the Jeremie Police Chaplain. He has extensive experience translating for visiting missionary groups from America.
Church Leadership TEAM
The congregation is served by a church board,
Gary Bourdeau, Deacon; Pascale Bazard, Treasurer; Fleurence Jeudy; Peterson Gustav, Sunday School Superintendent; Pastor Jean Dernier Dor; and Guerson Fortine(runs the generator). The church musician is Noucheky Alexandre, keyboard, and guitar. The congregation is currently seeking a drum set.
Bonbon is an area made up of smaller communities that stretch throughout the westernmost jungles of Haiti, where the mountains come down to the seaside. It is 6 miles west of the city of Jeremie, but the condition of the road makes it an hour’s journey. Its name means "candy" in English. It was so named because historically, French ships put in to the cove to procure "clairin", a homemade rum which has been a local specialty for many years, and today is distilled to be extremely potent. The inhabitants live in houses constructed of poles, covered either in vegetation, concrete block, or corrugated metal sheeting. There are no doors or windows, no water, no electricity, and no roads. The community is connected by a series of footpaths that stretch up into the surrounding hillsides. Food, educational and medical resources are unavailable to most residents due to the costs of transportation and the extreme poverty of the area. Children eat 4 meals a week, on the average. There are no immunizations against childhood disease. Education in the Ville de Bonbon (a 3 mile walk) is unaffordable to most children. These subsistence farmers and fishermen have relied for generations on a simple faith in voodoo for their will to survive. The church is seeking to change all that.