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When I was a teenager, our family went on a cruise which stopped in the Dominican Republic. This nation is on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti. This was the first time I witnessed abject poverty first hand. Our ship was surrounded by men in little boats who would dive for coins tossed off the ship, emerging with them clenched in their teeth.
Our sight seeing caravan was surrounded and chased by women, men and children begging for money, dressed in old clothes and looking far too thin. We were told, way back then, that the average annual income was $60/year. Today, decades later, the average annual income is $350.
I was both shocked and overwhelmed since I had never seen such poverty. I wanted to escape back to the ship but we were scheduled for a stop at a nice hotel for lunch. I was wandering around the pool area and saw George Hamilton, known for his permanent deep tan, sunning (of course!) We had been warned not to drink the water except at the hotel dining room. Apparently, that wasn't safe either because I contracted amoebic dysentery and was deathly sick for the remainder of the cruise.
The people were friendly and the island was beautiful in spite of the poverty. Years later I still remember the sights, sounds and people from that trip. Four years ago, I remember watching the aftermath of the earthquake which struck Haiti in 2010. That is the timeframe of the events described in this post.
Over the weekend, while in church, Yvonne's face popped into my mind. I couldn't stop thinking about her. It dawned on me that the post we wrote about Yvonne a few years ago, takes on new relevance with the recent revelations at Mars Hill. While not as shocking as the William Wallace utterances, it does provide a light into Driscoll's view on women.
This video leads me to think of Driscoll as a man who uses women to achieve his selfish goals. He is then is willing to spit them out when they deviate in the slightest from his self centered ministry. In my opinion, his wife Grace has been used in a similar fashion. Also, James MacDonald and Wayne Grudem don't come out looking so good in these events either. That is no a surprise because their secondary theology and their mutually beneficial friendships matter far more than a "non-celebrity," uppity, female missionary. Thankfully, God sees things differently.
In order to prove that Driscoll, along with his buddy, James MacDonald, made this trip, you can refer to this video.
Uploaded on Feb 2, 2011
Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle talks about returning to Port-au-Prince on the one-year anniversary of the quake.Driscoll returned with Churches Helping Churches, a group he co-founded with Pastor James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel in the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.
As some of you may remember, it was very difficult to visit Haiti due to the collapsed infrastructure. Thankfully, Driscoll arranged to get carted around by a wonderful woman who has spent her life (close to 30 years) as a missionary to the people of Haiti. If you look closely, you will see Yvonne's husband on the stage at around the 1:15 mark of this video made by Driscoll, featuring Driscoll front and center to show his *concern* for the people of Haiti. The work of the missionaries isn't even mentioned. However, he did say "Woe to you who are rich." I guess he meant richer than him.
It is the opinion of TWW that Mark Driscoll shamefully used Yvonne Trimble to get his face on another video. He looks *compassionate* yet never breaks a sweat. He spent a few hours using Yvonne's hospitality, along with her ability to draw a crowd, made his video and got the heck out of there. He then dropped her like a hot potato because she occasionally preaches. I sure hope the money that he raised for Haiti actually went to the poor of Haiti and not to benefit another Seattle satellite location. These days, who knows?
Meantime, Mark Driscoll, after "woeing the rich," is hanging out in his million dollar "woe is me" pad and patting himself on the back for being gospel™ pure.
Yvonne and Joel Trimble
Haiti for Christ (link)
One of our readers made the following comment that, in my estimation sums up Mark Driscoll.
MD sounds so cool with his tattoos, t-shirts, and beer but he is more legalistic than your grandma who thinks beer is of the devil.”(Robin)
Yvonne Melchionne Trimble, from the mission group Haiti For Christ wrote TWW to share a personal experience with Mark Driscoll. In my estimation, her startling experience sums up the problem with Driscoll and radical complementarians who, in this instance, prove that secondary theology trumps love (and even the care for the poor.)
Here is Yvonne's testimony-(her words in italics)
My husband and I are missionary evangelists and have lived in Haiti since 1975. Two of our four children and one of our nine grandchildren were born there. We host Haiti’s most popular TV show that features the beauty of Haiti with a gospel message. Currently we are aired in 13 US Haitian markets and over 100 TV stations in Haiti. We do not pay for airtime as our content is in such demand.
Over 2 million Haitians, all age groups and economic strata, view our show http://www.youtube.com/telelouange (Ed.note: Watch this video-really well done. We were unable to embed it.)
Driscoll travels in style and comes and goes on his timetable.
We came in contact with Mark Driscoll shortly after the quake. I had posted a comment on an Act 29 blog. Mark Driscoll via Acts 29 contributed to the one year anniversary which we organized and hosted. 100K Haitians answered our call to worship in front of the ruined Palais Nationale. Driscoll arrived in a private plane. I picked him up and he wanted to leave when the crowd was peaking. I sent a Haitian driver to take him back to the airport as I was not leaving the outpouring of God’s Spirit.( Ed. Note: just as the event was peaking, Driscoll wanted to leave, forcing Yvonne to find him transportation-not an easy feat.)
Driscoll abruptly drops contact with Yvonne after promising support when he found out she preaches to a small gathering.
Not long after that, Driscoll flew us to Orlando since he told us that he wanted us to head up their Acts 29 mission work in Haiti because they (Driscoll and Acts 29)had no experienced missionaries. Right before we were “signed on” to their 400 supporting churches, something we really could use. I said,
“Wait I preach. I planted an English worship service in my living room for missionaries and business people.”
That brought a icy response from Grudem (who was present in Orlando) Mark’s right hand man, and it was the last we heard from them.
Driscoll stated dramatically at the Orlando event that “cessationism is heretical”. My understanding of MD’s brash, offensive, shock jock approach to the gospel is this. Mark thinks he is a prophet! And he thinks that is how prophets speak, abrupt, shocking statements of his interpretation of the scripture. Mark wants so badly to promote Piper’s theology that “cessationism is heretical” which I do believe; that he will go to any unscriptural extent to make an impression, be it good or bad. Poor Mark he thinks he is God’s anointed one when all that is required of him is to walk humbly and love justice.
Maybe God protected Yvonne from getting involved with Driscoll?
“They needed us in Haiti but when they realized we were egalitarian they dropped us like a hot potato! We were crushed: innocent and in need of the fellowship and financial support. I do believe God made the separation for our sakes as well as His. Christ has always been our source and we will not compromise on an issue to gain support no matter how badly we need it. At the time I said, “I may never preach again; but if He tells me to speak I must be available to obey.” There is no higher call than to obey the voice of my God. I will not let Mark Driscoll or Acts 29 stop me. Worthy is the Lamb.”
Protest Mark Driscoll's treatment of Yvonne by donating to Haiti for Christ
Oh, if any of you have a dime to spare, please think about Haiti for Christ. Just think of it this way. You will support God’s work and make a statement about Mark Driscoll at the same time! Link