Listening Intently to God’s Voice

“For us to become this ‘end-time prophetic voice,’ we must abide in the presence of the Lord and intently listen for and respond to His voice. This requires a separation from other voices…” – Wade Taylor

For all of you who wonder what these Fribergs have been doing since we returned from Haiti, this is it. We’ve been abiding in His presence and listening intently to His voice so that we can respond and obey His will and do what He is showing us to do.

This time of transition has been a season of separation from other voices – in order to hear His voice clearly and then to be able to respond in obedience and do His will. Jesus did nothing unless He saw the Father doing it, and we must do the same. Instead of simply rushing back overseas on our own, we must first wait upon Him and hear His voice, and only then move forward in obedience to His voice.

Declaring God’s Works in Haiti

Our Haitian missionary service began back in 2011 with Eben-Ezer Mission. The Lord has recently conveyed that our assignment at the Christian University of Haiti (UCH) is to be concluded. We came here to disciple young leaders, teach the Word of God and His commandments, train teachers, and implement principle approach education. By God’s grace and Spirit, we have worked diligently to this end. Therefore, we will be moving back to North Carolina in the middle of November to seek the Lord’s face for His plan.

As we come to the close of our time in Haiti, we would like to remember all of the good things that God has done. We are in awe of God who called us, equipped us, and worked in us to accomplish so much in these past two years. Rejoice with us as we recount for God’s glory the good works and good fruit that He prepared beforehand for us to do here in Haiti.

While still in North Carolina in 2012, God led me (Josiah) to mentor a team of four Haitian educational leaders in principle approach Christian education. I lived with them for twelve weeks doing intensive discipleship and biblical worldview training, led them on historical tours of Plymouth, Boston, Lexington, and Williamsburg, and escorted them to the Foundation for American Christian Education conference in Virginia Beach where they met several key contacts.

From 2013 through 2014 I have been privileged to teach many courses to our UCH students and Eben-Ezer’s school teachers. Working as a team with Brizard and Dr. Claire, we restarted UCH with a 17-week spring 2014 semester with 25 students and four professors, and then prepared for the next 15-week fall semester. It was such a blessing to plant the seeds of God’s Word into the hearts of the students in chapel every morning for fifteen weeks. Also, with the help of our financial supporters, we gave English Study Bibles to nine students.

Our family’s greatest joy has been to reach out to the students and love them, pouring our lives into these future leaders, serving them and discipling them. We were blessed to open our home to feed those students who were not being fed regularly and to enjoy their fellowship and learn some Creole.

Part of UCH’s vision is to send students to America for short-term educational trips. I was given the job of helping to obtain 5-year visas for ten of our students. I accompanied them to the American Embassy in Port-au-Prince, and God poured out His favor and granted all of them the visas they needed. As a result, we were able to send two students to Massachusetts and four to Idaho. This not only gave the students valuable cross-cultural experience, but also opened the door for a new student exchange program.

It has also been a joy and privilege to preach the message of the Kingdom and to teach obedience to God’s commandments and principles. God sent me out to preach in Gonaives and surrounding villages, to teach in several pastors’ conferences, and to preach at several youth camps. There is such a lack of expository Bible preaching here that it breaks my heart to see the sheep not being fed with the words of God. Each time I spoke I could feel God’s anointing and feel the hunger of the people who came to receive the God’s Word.

We hosted many visitors to the mission, including a precious team of high schoolers from Paul Jehle’s New Testament Christian School in Plymouth, Mass. It was my responsibility to plan, organize, and administrate a pastors’ conference and a youth conference at which the Plymouth team ministered. The Word of God and Kingdom principles were taught over three days, and we believe the seeds planted will bring a harvest in years to come. With the muscle and funds provided by the Plymouth team, we began construction on a new school building in the poor village of Pacot.

Working with Brizard and Claire as a team, we completed several three-day seminars of teacher-training for the Eben-Ezer School primary teachers. I was also privileged to teach Biblical principles of parenting to the students’ parents. It was an honor to speak at our school chapel for a number of weeks introducing them to the reading of Pilgrim’s Progress. The students had never heard this classic Christian story and it helped to spark a hunger for reading in their minds.

The Lord gave us many opportunities to be a blessing to the people here. One included raising funds for and distributing trees to school children and farmers as part of a reforestation project. In other projects we were able to raise funds for a water pump and a water tank for the Children’s Home and to facilitate bringing tools from the U.S. to help the mechanics at the mission. God also gave us the chance to assist visiting dignitaries during the Lion’s Club eye glasses distribution.

I would like to share how God has used Brenda, Caydia, and Judah to be a blessing to the people and to grow in their love and faith in the process. We were blessed to be able to integrate the UCH students into our family life through class activities, games, work projects, and meals. Caydia and Judah developed loving relationships with over 20 students. It was a treat to have Caydia and Judah assist me in my classes with games and activities like Bible sword drills.  It was a blessing working so close to home, only 99 steps from home to work. The Lord used the proximity of our home and classroom to integrate my life with the lives of my children. God also used Brenda, Caydia, and Judah to teach art and spark creativity in the kids of the Children’s Home through fun weekly art projects and to build relationship with them. Brenda also got involved teaching English in a kindergarten class and then helped with a public presentation of English at the Kindergarten graduation ceremonies.

Our family grew much closer to each other through daily family walks, family devotions, Sabbath days of rest together, games and fun activities, and a family-integrated approach to ministry to the students. We also planted over 40 trees & plants in our yard to provide long term shade and beauty and to improve the property for those who will live here after we leave. Through it all, Brenda was faithful to do the most important work of all, which is to disciple and train our own children to know God, to love and obey Him, to keep His commandments, and to follow Him all the days of their lives (Psalm 78). In spite of the sweltering heat and humidity, Brenda faithfully homeschooled Caydia and Judah during our entire time in Haiti. All glory to God for all that He has accomplished in us, and through us, and for His glory and the glory of His Kingdom in Haiti.

Please pray for us during this season of transition. Pray for God to provide us with a house to live in for at least the next six months in North Carolina while we discern God’s plan for the future. We’ve decided to take our vehicle out of long term storage, so we no longer need to borrow one. We are looking forward to having a time of rest, recuperation, and regrouping so that we can be prepared for God’s next Kingdom assignment to educate generations for Christ.

Discipling Future Leaders in Haiti

UCH students studying the Bible and God's Kingdom principles which apply to all of life

UCH students studying the Bible and God’s Kingdom principles which apply to all of life

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.

Jean-Rony, Daniel, & Caleb with their new English Study Bibles

Jean-Rony, Daniel, & Caleb with their new English NASB Study Bibles

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

Judah in an intense conversation with Acenet

Judah in an intense conversation with Acenet

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

Proud of her artistic creation

Proud of her artistic creation

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

Training & equipping Christian teachers

Training & equipping Christian teachers

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.

Josiah & Brenda, Caydia & Judah Friberg,  Educating Generations for Christ

Josiah & Brenda, Caydia & Judah Friberg, Educating Generations for Christ

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

September Haiti Update

FRIBERG’S MISSIONARY HOUSING RENOVATION –  I (Josiah) returned to Haiti on September 2nd to prepare a cottage home for my family, to help launch the Christian University of Haiti, and to continue Principle Approach teacher-training. There’s much to be done to get the cottage ready for my family.

THE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY OF HAITI PREPARES TO LAUNCH IN OCTOBER – We are currently accepting applications for students at U.C.H. and conducting interviews. The Fall Semester will begin on October 7th here in Gonaives, Haiti. We are offering a 5-year Bachelor’s degree program, with the first year focused entirely on our Integrated Development Program. The first year will be dedicated to DSCF2197 (480x307)discipleship, character formation, developing spiritual and godly habits, work and entrepreneurship, ministry in the church and service in the community, learning how to live a godly and responsible life, and learning many practical life skills that are never learned in primary school, secondary school, or in university in Haiti. In other words, we want to give our first year students the practical life and wisdom skills needed to be successful in God’s Kingdom and to be equipped to be useful in bringing life and transformation to Haiti and to the world. What will this look like? It will be modeled on the way that Jesus discipled and trained the twelve disciples, and will include elements of Samuel’s School of the Prophets, as well as the Apostle Paul’s mentoring team model. Pray for us as we begin mentoring, teaching, training, equipping, and imparting God’s life to these Christian students.

AIRLINE TICKETS – THE LAST STEP BEFORE FAMILY MOVES TO HAITI – Lord willing, the whole family will move to Haiti in early December. In order to do so we need to buy four business class tickets, which will allow us to take twelve DSCF2170 (480x312)70-pound suitcases with us at no extra charge. The total cost to transport the four of us and our luggage to Haiti is $4,000. I plan to return to North Carolina in mid-November in order to help pack up my family’s belongings and bring them to Haiti when the cottage renovation is completed and we have our airline tickets. If you would like to help purchase one or more of these tickets, please contact us by email. Donations can be sent by check to: Educating Generations for Christ, P.O. Box 1110, Moravian Falls, NC 28654.

AN OPEN DOOR TO TRAIN HAITIAN PASTORS – A few weeks ago, the LORD introduced me to Pastor Romeus Anito, who is the president of a Foundation that oversees a network of 500 pastors. Most of these pastors have never received anyDSCF2225 (480x320) kind of Bible training and they have little knowledge of the Word of God. In fact, some of them may not even know the Lord personally. As is often the case in Haiti, a man with some leadership skills can easily become a “pastor” of his own church, without even the calling of God into the ministry. There are many reasons for this, some of which are economic. Nevertheless, God has opened a large door for effective service to these 500 pastors through Pastor Romeus who has a vision to have a Bible School in Gonaives where these pastors can receive teaching, training, and equipping. He also wants to have regular seminars or conferences for these pastors. Pastor Romeus has asked me to speak at a number of these churches and to present a seminar in the next few months for DSCF2260 (480x277)them. Last Sunday I was privileged to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom in Pastor Tedo’s church, and his wife testified that many people in the church experienced real change in their hearts afterwards. Yesterday I got to share the vision for the Christian University of Haiti with about forty of these pastors, who will take that information back to the young people in their congregations. In March, 2014, we are planning a large pastor’s conference here at the mission for these and other pastors, which will be led by Pastor Paul Jehle of Plymouth, Mass. Please keep Pastor Romeus and his network of pastors in your prayers. We are asking the Lord to send us other pastors and apostles whom He has prepared to help assist in this great work.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SOLAR POWER PROJECT? – Regrettably, the new batteries and inverter that we purchased were never delivered and the solar panel was framed in wood rather than aluminum, causing it to begin to fall apart from exposure to the elements. At this point, we only have very old batteries and an old inverter which are not able to store the solar power. Pray for God’s intervention and justice as we are trying to retrieve these items from the dishonest man who bought them for us but never delivered them.

What Is More Important Than Educating Our Children for God?

As parents who have been given the stewardship of our children by God, what could possibly be more important than doing our heavenly Father’s will and educating His children for Christ? R.L. Dabney was the premier theologian of the South during the Civil War era. He clearly saw the absolute necessity of bringing up our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord according to Ephesians 6:4. I pray that Christian parents all over the world would understand God’s clear will for the education of their children, and that they would rise up and diligently apply themselves to this “most important business done on earth.” I encourage you to meditate upon Psalm 78:1-11, especially verses 4-7.

Educate our Children for Christ – Not for the State

As Christian parents entrusted by God with the education of our children for Christ, we must do all we can to avoid getting entrapped by this major underpinning of a socialist, ungodly, controlled society – the public school system. If we truly value our freedom in Christ, and if we truly want to be and remain a free people in Christ under God, then we must forever reject submitting to the welfare system known today as “public education.”

Let us each devote ourselves to doing what Jesus has commanded us to do, which is to make disciples of our own children first, teaching them to observe all that He has commanded us, and to raise our children in the fear of the Lord and in His spiritual admonition. Let us learn how to educate our children for Christ according to God’s clear educational mandate in: Deuteronomy 6:4-7,  Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 6:4, and Psalm 78:4-7. Meditate upon these Scriptures until they get deep down in your heart and then ask the Father to help you implement them by the power of His Spirit of Truth.

Motto:  Parents, teachers, & grandparents passing the torch of faith to future generations.