10 Questions with Madam Prophet

Marie Denise Bithe, known as Madam Prophet because of her late husband’s name, has worked for Jesus in Haiti Ministries since January 2010. She cleans the desks at Grace Emmanuel School, distributes lunches to staff each day, and helps in the kindergarten classrooms.

Madam Prophet has been a faithful member of Victory Bible Church for over a dozen years and a prayer warrior for the ministry of JiHM. If you spend a minute in her presence, you can sense the joy of the Lord.

It is our joy to let you get to know her a little better through the interview below.

Where did you grow up? What was your family like?

I was born and grew up in Lascahobas, Haiti. I’ve never known an easy life. I was born into a family with 4 kids, 3 girls and 1 boy. It wasn’t easy for me because my mom passed away and I had to go live with my grandpa when I was 12. When my grandpa died, I stayed with my godmother until I was married.

What was your education like?

I never had the opportunity to go to school when I was little. When I was living with my godmother, I had the task of taking her children to school at a Catholic school, waiting for them all day, and then bringing them back home after school. While I waited in the school yard, one of the nuns taught me how to bake cakes and cookies. They even let me graduate because of how well I learned that skill.

Madam Prophet still uses her training to make cookies that she sells during recess to students at Grace Emmanuel School.

How did you come to know Jesus, and how do you walk in His Spirit each day?

During the time I spent with my grandpa, I went to a Catholic church. But unfortunately one evening, I had a very bad experience and since then decided I wouldn’t stay in the Catholic church. Later I made the decision to accept Jesus. I am someone who is very sensitive to my relationship with God’s Holy Spirit. Because of that, I always want to live in peace with everyone so I don’t grieve the Spirit.

What do you hope for your children’s future?

The biggest hope I have for the future of my 9 kids is to see all of them accept Jesus. And to see them succeed in their lives.

What’s the best and worst part of your job at Grace Emmanuel School?

I like everything I do, but there are some things that are more exhausting than others. I think I like best the times I clean the desks, because sometimes the other staff members share little jokes with me. The most difficult part is walking and carrying lunches to every staff member. It’s a good work but walking tires me.

What’s your favorite song to sing at Victory Bible Church?

I like to sing #36 in the Creole hymn book. It says,

“My Shepherd is a King of Love,
His goodness never runs out.
If He is my Savior
I’ll never lack a thing.”

What verse is an encouragement to you right now?

Psalm 46 is my favorite chapter, but verses 1-4 especially.

“God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging. 
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.”

Madam Prophet at Grace Emmanuel School’s first graduation in 2017.

What’s one prayer that God has answered in your life?

One of the biggest prayers God has answered for me is that I always ask Him to give me health and life. And He always gives me life again no matter how sick I sometimes feel.

How can we be praying for you?

Help me to pray to always stay in God’s presence, for Him to continue to use me. Pray for my kids and pray for Haiti.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

May God pour His grace on you in abundance.

Encouraged by Madam Prophet’s faithful work? Send a note to encourage her.

Wendy Pierre began working for JiHM in 2019 as the sponsorship assistant. She currently serves as a liaison for the students of Grace Emmanuel School and assists with communications. Wendy lives in Minotrie with her mom, brother, and sister.