Ministry and Family Update
At Quisqueya Christian School, we are finishing up the first semester of classes and preparing for final exams, before we head back to the US to spend time with friends and family for Christmas break. This semester has been wonderful in many ways—too many to list in a short letter, though we’ll try to share some highlights. Robbie continues to teach high school Bible, lead a discipleship group, counsel, speak in chapel, and develop leaders around him.
One exciting new aspect of Robbie’s work this semester has been coordinating some professional development opportunities for fellow teachers. This November, he was able to bring an education conference to Quisqueya Christian School. By streaming the conference to the school, the whole teaching staff was able to participate and learn from multiple speakers about various topics in Christian education, without having to take on the additional time and expense of travel to a conference in the US. The school also served the larger community by opening the conference up to educators from other schools as well as homeschooling teachers. It was a wonderful time of equipping and training for educators in Haiti.
Robbie has also been plugging away at his own continuing education by pursuing his Master’s Degree at Columbia International University, with an expected graduation in December of 2015. This Spring, he is planning to go on a 2-week long CIU Israel Study Tour, which will also fulfill another one of his class requirements. Visiting the Holy Land has been a dream of Robbie’s for many years, and it is so exciting to see it coming to fruition, while also putting him one step closer to his degree. We hope and pray that this trip will be beneficial not only to Robbie personally, but also to all of his future students, as he adds a whole new dimension to his Biblical knowledge, which he will then be able to pass on.
Irene has continued to focus most of her time on her primary ministry of nurturing Grace and supporting Robbie. Grace is continuing to grow, thrive, and utterly delight us. She is an active 1 ½ year old, who loves to dance, play with children and puppies, give kisses and hugs, and explore her world. She is becoming quite talkative lately, learning lots of new words all the time. Some fun recent ones have been “monkeys,” “boogie woogie,” and “stomp stomp,” each of which she uses primarily to request her favorite songs. (Can you guess what they are? Answer below.)
Irene has also been volunteering her time to counsel a small handful of students and teachers, and to lead a discipleship group of very sweet 7th grade girls. She has enjoyed partnering with Robbie to offer some pre-marital counseling, as well.
- For safe travel, rest, and rejuvenation as we travel home to Virginia to see family this Christmas break.
- For Robbie’s students, that they would continue to grow in their faith under his teaching.
- For committed monthly supporters of our ministry, as we are below our needed support budget.
- For Robbie as goes on the Israel Study Tour in March, that it would be a time of wonderful learning and growth.
- For Haiti and safety for all of us living here. (There have been demonstrations and they are expected to increase in intensity into next year.)
- For Irene and Grace as they learn and play at home, and especially for deeper friendships in this very transient missionary community, where people come and go quickly.
End of the Year Giving
If you would like to give a special end of the year donation for our ministry in Haiti, we appreciate that very much. You may also want to begin supporting our work monthly and we welcome and need that support as well. We continue to count on supporters of our work, and we need committed monthly donors. We are currently running a deficit of $1,200 per month in committed monthly contributions. All donations are tax deductible through Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE). If you would like to financially partner with our work of Bible teaching, discipleship and counseling in Haiti, please visit:
We appreciate your partnership in our ministry!
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
May God bless you during this season of Advent and Christmas, and into the New Year. May you continue to be strengthened and encouraged in your faith. May you know, even more deeply, the reality of Immanuel, God with us.
Robbie, Irene and Grace
P.S.—Did you guess Grace’s favorite songs? “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” a Polish version of the Hokey Pokey called “Boogie Woogie,” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” J