As of September 2014, Educating Generations for Christ is no longer working with Eben-Ezer Mission or the Christian University of Haiti because of serious unresolved issues with their leader, Michel Morisett. While teaching at U.C.H. in 2014, things came to a head, at which time our ministry felt that we could no longer support the leadership. We do not desire to raise the specific issues here on this social media format because we have chosen to leave it in the hands of the heavenly Father to deal with. However, until such a time as there are serious changes in the leadership and the way that the mission and university are run, we cannot support the mission and we cannot recommend others working with them. Finally, we love and appreciate the many wonderful students and people living and working at the mission. We developed loving relationships with these precious brothers and sisters and hold them close to our hearts to this day. Our prayer is that these precious saints will be set free to live in the liberty of the Spirit and grow up into spiritual maturity, for Christ has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love, power, and a self-control.
Greetings from the Friberg family in Gonaives, Haiti. The spring semester has just ended at the Universite Christienne Haiti and most of the students have headed home for their summer break. The last few weeks were busy for Josiah with exams, grading, and wrapping things up for the year. Josiah had a good solid semester of intense discipleship with the second year students. Josiah taught the Christian Philosophy of Education class and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom course (using Paul Jehle’s GoYe Therefore Vol. 1 book and materials), as well as the Bible Study Methods & Hermeneutics class. The students also took courses on Marriage and Family and on Health and Development with Brizard Valcin and Dr. Claire.
Each student enthusiastically received an English Study Bible donated by friends of the ministry. One of their favorite activities was doing “Sword Drills” with their new Bibles. They really dug into the books of James and Titus, made timelines and outlines, did quite a few word studies using the Bible, concordance, Vine’s dictionary, and the 1828 Webster Dictionary. They learned how to interpret and apply Scripture through the 4R’s of the Principle Approach, which are researching, reasoning, recording, and relating.
We’ve enjoyed getting to know many of the students over the past few months. Our favorite times with them aside from teaching in the classroom are the personal times that we have with them over lunch in our home. We have 4 students join us each day for the main meal of the day. The lunchtime is not only a practical way to reach out and provide sustenance for their physical needs, but it gives us the chance to bond with them. We learn about their families, their homes, and their
dreams and aspirations. Sometimes we sing hymns in Creole, practice Creole and English after lunch is through, and throw in a game or two. One of the funniest games we play is Simon Says in English for them and then in Creole for us. It is entertaining and it really does help with vocabulary. Many of the students really want to improve their English skills and we really want to improve our Creole, so it has been a great time and beneficial for all of us.
School is also out of session for the elementary and high schools. Some of the kids in the school live at the Children’s Home that is part of Mission Eben-Ezer. Brenda, Caydia, and Judah have begun holding art classes for these precious kids. Art gives
the kids a chance to learn new skills, gain confidence in their abilities, and to express themselves creatively. We were all created as unique individuals with a unique design and purpose, and it’s a beautiful way to instill this principle in their hearts. We’ve only just begun, but it already has been a joy to teach them, to watch them enjoy the process, and to see them realize that they each have a creative spirit. We make sure to have each child put their name on their own work of art. We also hang up their pictures on the walls of their home which brings color, beauty, and a personal touch to their surroundings. After putting them up, we’ve seen some of them wandering up and down the hall admiring everybody’s artwork.
Josiah is also training the Eben-Ezer school teachers this summer. They will gather together for further practical training in Principle Approach. They will be
learning Biblical principles to teach from in every subject. Currently there are 40 + teachers at the schools which reach over 700 students over the year. The training is important to reinforce principles they’ve already been taught and to expand the understanding of a truly Biblical education and worldview.
We want to thank all of you who donated funds for us to obtain our visas. Praise God, we received all the funding needed. We are still in the process of gathering the final paperwork to submit our application. We hope to have the visas within the next month or so.
Educating and training multiple connected generations for Christ is our God-given vision for Haiti. We have been called to shape, sharpen, and mentor the next several generations and then to help aim them in the right direction to make the maximum impact for the Kingdom of God and to destroy the works of the enemy in the process. Our mission statement is “Educating Generations for Christ!”
This is the family ministry of Josiah & Brenda Friberg, in unison with our spiritual “arrows,” Caydia and Judah. We live in Gonaives, Haiti, and partner with Eben-Ezer Mission and the Christian University of Haiti. If you would like to support our multi-generational spiritual and educational ministry, please contact us by email.
Missionary support level for the Friberg family living in Haiti:
Current Level as of Aug. 2014 – $ 875 / month Target Level – $ 1,500 / month
PLANTING THE SEED OF GOD’S WORD IN MANY HEARTS IN HAITI
Let me begin by declaring the wonderful works of God that took place this last week here in Haiti. The purpose of the conference and the reason I felt led by God to assist the leaders with putting together a teaching team was to impart God’s Spirit and life to these hungry and needy Haitian pastors through the ministry of the Word and through prayer and personal ministry. Thankfully, God had a lot of people praying for our team and for the pastors and leaders who attended. I am overjoyed in my spirit with how God’s Spirit moved in the lives of all who participated, as well as how He blessed, challenged, and inspired those of us on the teaching team (David White, David Sweat, & myself).
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God was preached for three solid days, and we know that His Word will not return void, but will bring about the purpose for which it was sent. The people received with open hearts the many messages that were taught, and God’s Spirit was moving to connect each message with the next in a providential pattern of foundations and principles. I was so privileged and blessed to be able to teach about disicipleship and the Kingdom of God, as well as how to live and walk in the Spirit and how to be a spiritual man. David Sweat taught the principles of stewardship, forgiveness, and faith in God. And David White laid a good foundation of faith and how to hear the voice of God, as well as some other related topics. All in all, the preaching and teaching accomplished the purposes that God had in orchestrating this conference. The pastors and leaders went home greatly encouraged, spiritually uplifted and challenged, strengthened in their faith and in their relationship with God, and better trained and equipped to fulfill the call of God on their lives and ministries. In the evenings, the conference was opened up to the public and members of the church that was hosting the conference, and the place was packed out. On the last evening, we handed out certificates of completion to each of the pastors and leaders who attended the conference. The people received us with open hearts and even prayed for us on the last day. My spirit rejoices in all that God’s Spirit did in the hearts and lives of those who attended.
In addition, each of the team members received multiple blessings and enlarged vision for reaching Haiti with the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. During our two day trip up to Cape Haitian, God orchestrated in his sovereign way to have us meet a true “father of the faith” named Tony Paul. In fact, we were blessed to be able to spend the night in his beautiful mission guest house where we each got a shower, a good night’s sleep, and several wonderful meals. In addition to their generous hospitality, we enjoyed some dear fellowship in the Spirit with Tony and his wife and daughter.
The biggest blessing we each received was to sit at his feet and hear him share his powerful testimony of how God saved him out of a life of Voodoo, poverty, sickness, despair, and hopelessness, as well as how God turned his life around for his glory and then used him to proclaim Jesus as Lord over Haiti. He told us of how God preserved his life when he took a public stand on the radio against the government and the voodoo priests who were trying to renew the two hundred year contract with the devil through a planned ceremony in 1991. We heard of how they wanted him dead, threatened his life, and tried to kill him and his team. He was even arrested right in the middle of an 8-day crusade by the Chief of Police and thrown into jail with two other leaders. And yet, God was with them and they overcame the enemy by the power of the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death. We were so amazed at God’s fruit in his life that we asked him the next day if we could record his testimony so that we could remember it and share it with others back in the US. He was gracious to let us do that the next day, and we now plan to transcribe his testimony and make it available to others to read and be encouraged in their faith. The visit to Tony’s house was totally unplanned, and yet God had planned it all along and worked in our circumstances to get us to stay the night at his house and hear his testimony. David, David, and myself were each stirred up in our spirits to pray more and ask God for greater effectiveness for the Gospel in Haiti as God transforms it from a Voodoo nation of darkness and poverty and misery to a Christian nation that exalts and worships the God of the Bible and where Jesus reigns supreme.