A New Year in Haiti!
It seems strange to be writing a letter in January when the sun is shining and it’s 85 degrees outside—one of the many odd moments that come with living in Haiti. Since the beginning of August, we have been enjoying getting to know a new place, new jobs, new friends, and a new culture. It has been an exciting time, and we have been richly blessed.
Just a couple weeks after we arrived, Robbie dove into his work as the Bible teacher for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. He started the semester in all of the classes with series of student presentations about 40 of the most critical stories in the Old and New Testaments. As the students presented their stories, Robbie tied them together and showed the students how they connected with the larger story of God’s plan of redemption. Even the students who have grown up in church were amazed at the connections, and told him that much of what he said was new to them. Even in these few short months, many students have grown deeper in their relationship with Christ. Both of us have recently started to lead discipleship groups with high school students, and we are praying that God will use those groups to draw the students into a closer relationship with him.
Irene has also been busy at work as the school’s Guidance Counselor. Part of this role is to help the seniors with their college application process. Most students at QCS study in the US or Canada, and she’s enjoyed helping them discern God’s call for the next step in their life. Many of the students have dreams of returning to Haiti after college, in order to serve in missions or in other organizations—it is truly humbling to realize that we are, in fact, helping to shape the future leaders of Haiti. Another part of Irene’s work is to provide counseling to children and their families. As in the US, many of the children at this school suffer emotionally in many ways—divorce, post-traumatic stress, separation from parents, grief and loss, and child mistreatment. Being able to walk with people through the counseling process has always been a sacred experience for Irene, and it is a blessing for her to be able to serve this community in that way.
These last few months have been full of many other joys and blessings. Living on campus with about 15 other teachers has been a precious and fun experience of Christian community, with frequent worship nights, volleyball games, dinners, and weekend trips. We have also been trying to learn more about Haitian culture, and have started to take more formal Creole classes (Robbie too!). Haiti, for all of its problems, is a beautiful country with many wonderful people, and we have loved starting to get to know it. Both of us have been writing about our reflections and experiences, and you’re welcome to read them on our blogs at www.irenepruitt.com and www.robbiepruitt.blogspot.com.
We are so grateful for your prayers for us over the last several months. We also think about and pray for you often, and ask the Lord to bless you, protect you, and provide for all of your needs.
Irene and Robbie
- That God would draw us both closer to Himself and continue to transform our lives through His love and power.
- That all of the students at Quisqueya would come to know God’s saving grace and forgiveness.
- That the Holy Spirit would use Robbie’s teaching to shine truth and light into the students’ lives.
- That God would give Irene wisdom in her interactions with students and their families.
Now that we have a clearer picture of our expenses while living here, it has become clear that we need to raise financial support to supplement the partial salaries that the school provides. In order to cover our bills, we need to raise $1000 per month. Would you prayerfully consider supporting our ministry?
You can find a link to our contact and support information page here.