Communities in Kansas City, in Marchand-Dessalines (Haiti), and our families grieve the departure of a humble servant of Christ. On Friday, December 24th, 2021, Augustin Josué Pierre commonly referred to as Frère Jo went to be with His Lord and Savior forevermore. Frère Jo entered in a car, ready to head to a daughter's residence to celebrate Christmas 2021 with his family. There in the car, he rendered his last breath at 95 years old. Frère Jo was born on February 28th, 1926, in Dondon, Haiti. He migrated to the United States in 2007 to be with his children.
He left St Michel-de-l’Attalaye at the beginning of the 1930s to attend school in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord and got to live with his uncle François Xavier Pierre and his family. He developed lifelong friendships with his cousins. He later returned to St Michel-de-l’Attalaye and worked with his father for several years before attending Bible School in La Pointe-des-Palmistes, Haiti. At the Bible School’s request, he spent some years in Port-de-Paix and in L’Ile-de-La-Tortue (Turtle Island) working to establish Christian communities. He developed a passion for winning souls for Christ by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone. He presented the Gospel to his attending physicians, nurses, and health clinic workers even with a present language barrier. His big grin and smile can disarm any reluctant listener. In the 1950’s he moved to Cap-Haitian and soon was called by Pastor Aleker Phanord to visit a newly planted church in Dessalines, explore the region, and consider working with him in the field. In 1955, he moved to Marchand-Dessalines and served multiple communities in the back of the countryside in Ginepailler, Bas-Cabeuil, and the mountains of Cahos that produce the best coffee of Haiti. He married his wife in 1961 and had four children. In 1988 as he was leading his local Christian Community in Marchand-Dessalines, he started to work at Claire-Heureuse Hospital as a chaplain until the death of his wife in 1999. He then began a new chapter in Port-au-Prince besides Pastor Guillaume Cangasse that lasted 8 years. During that time, he traveled all over the Southern Peninsula of Haiti to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Frère Jo dedicated his life to serving his Lord by serving others. The Lord was faithful to him until the end.
Frère Jo is survived by his siblings, Lidiane, Lucienne, Luzanne Pierre-Damord, Claude Pierre, Edith Pierre, his four children, Marie-Roselaine Pierre-Mathias and her husband Jean-Leopaul Mathias; Marie-Mause Pierre-Morinville and her husband Wesner Morinville; his son, Jean-Willy and his wife Anne DePierre; his daughter, Marie-Josiane Pierre-Pierre and her husband David Franck Pierre; his grandchildren, Schecania, Matthania, Hananeel, Samantha, Christine, Joanne, Jean-Sébastien, Jodanayah, and numerous nieces and nephews as well as a very large extended family.
Frère Jo was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Rose-Anne S. Pierre; his brothers, Justin, Christian, Maurice, Festius; his sisters, Elide, Christine, and Anne Pierre. The family of Frère Jo would like to express its sincere gratitude to every family and friend who has expressed their condolences and outstanding support to his children during this season. May God Continue pouring out His blessings on your lives and your families.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022, 10:30am at First Baptist Church of Shawnee. Interment Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 am at the church. Service conducted by Watkins Heritage Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website.
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