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

UCH Discipleship Training Program

The Integrated Development Program of U.C.H. is a unique one-year discipleship training school designed to meet the specific needs of each student through a mentor-based model, not unlike that of Jesus and his disciples. This is not a “one size fits all” program; it is tailor-made to each individual. Your word is a lamp

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines a “disciple” as:  “a follower; an adherent to the doctrines of another.” Hence Christian disciples are those who receive Christ’s spiritual life and practice Christ’s principles & commandments. The call of Jesus echoes down through the centuries: “Come, follow Me!” We are each called to follow the Lamb of God and to abide in Him. Jesus defined the cost of discipleship when He said, “If any one wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer summarized the essence of discipleship in these words: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

The word disciple comes from the Latin word discipulus, derived from disco, meaning to learn. It shares the same origin as the verb “discipline,” which means “to instruct or educate; to prepare by instructing in correct principles and habits; as to discipline youth for future usefulness; to instruct and govern; to teach rules and practice, and accustom to order and subordination; to correct.” We see from this definition that to disciple young people is to educate & discipline them how to live according to God’s principles and spiritual truth. Webster goes on to define “education” as “all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations.” This is the purpose and goal of UCH’s one-year discipleship training school known as the Integrated Development Program.

Josiah & Brizard inviting and recruiting Christian college professors, teachers, and mission workers to come help teach in the Christian University of Haiti and in the Eben-Ezer Schools, and to assist in many other community outreach projects.

Josiah & Brizard inviting and recruiting Christian college professors, teachers, and mission workers to come help teach in the Christian University of Haiti and in the Eben-Ezer Schools, and to assist in many other community outreach projects.

The U.C.H. faculty are not your typical modern university professors, but rather they will function as disciple-makers, as mentors, as spiritual fathers and mothers, and as models of godliness. The relationship between a faculty disciple-maker and his student (disciple) will be much like the spiritual relationship between the Apostle Paul and his disciple, Timothy, which was like a father-son relationship.

The “curriculum” is simply to make disciples, teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded, mentoring them in the spiritual life of walking in the Spirit, forming them into the character of Jesus, and establishing in their lives practical life skills, spiritual disciplines, godly habits and manners, healthy relationships, a strong work ethic, self-government under Christ, submission to godly authority, and the foundation of truth according to a Biblical worldview.

DSCF2197 (480x307)The one-year discipleship training school curriculum is practical, relevant, designed to be practiced and applied to real life experience, rather than academic or theoretical. Discipleship is the process of learning derived from practice and experience, not from theory and textbooks. One of the biggest problems in Haiti is that education is for the most part theoretical, academic, and textbook-based. Students go to school for fifteen years and practice only rote learning, repetition, memorization, and copying of notes. In general, they never learn how to think, to reason, to evaluate, to research, to understand fundamental principles, to persuade, to communicate well in writing and speaking, and to apply knowledge to the real world of relationships, work, and service. As a result, when they graduate from high school or university, they don’t know how to live in the real world. They have no practical life skills, don’t know how to start a business, don’t know how to serve in the community, don’t know how to establish a healthy marriage and family, don’t know how to manage their finances, and don’t know how to fulfill God’s Kingdom purpose for their lives. Therefore, we recognize the great need for a one-year discipleship training school which integrates spiritual truth and practical life principles into the students’ daily lives, in order to prepare them for their four years of university studies at UCH and for their future life work and service in God’s Kingdom.

The Christian University of Haiti is a five-year degree program. The first year is the discipleship-based “Integrated Development Program,” followed by four years of academic and practical instruction in various fields of study. When our students complete the full five-years at UCH, they will receive two degrees, a degree in their Major and a degree in Integrated Development.

DSCF1349 (480x355)We strongly believe in Jesus’ Hebraic model of education which is based in discipleship, mentoring, and a transformational incarnate approach. In Jesus’ model, the goal is for the truth to become one with the disciple to the point that it is lived out. Also, truth is to be learned by practicing it in relationship with others. In addition, truth is learned only when it is reflected in the disciple’s life through right relationship with God, others, and the environment.

Justin Martyr (A.D. 130) declared that the Christian faith revolved around a continuing cycle of “believing, belonging, and behaving,” which is what we would call today “integrated organic development.” 1) Knowing the truth or “Believing” into Christ is a process of understanding who God is and how we relate to Him and to others, which leads to a transformation of our lives in relationship with God and others.  2) This relationship bonds us with other disciples who share that relationship, enabling us to experience a sense of “Belonging” in the community of Christ’s body, a body in which every member works and does its part.  3) The truth transforms us as it becomes incarnated in us and becomes who we are, our very being. It effects our “Behaving” in our relating to God and to others in the community of disciples. Therefore, the cycle of believing, belonging, and behaving results is truth that is practiced and lived out in the daily life of worship, stewardship, relationships, work, and service.

The disciple-making model we are using at UCH in our Integrated Development Program consists of the following elements:

1.      The call to follow Jesus:  “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

2.      Discipleship is relationship-based with a personal godly mentor.

3.      Discipleship is about making disciples who are disciplined and obedient followers of Jesus.

4.      This model requires a deep commitment, an obedient trust in God, a denial of self, a renouncing of the world, and a taking up of the cross including suffering, trials, and persecution.

5.      This model is community-based where our group of disciples live together in one place and share their daily life together with each other and with their mentors. The disciples live together as a Christ-centered community of disciples who enjoy a sense of belonging, acceptance, accountability, and a unifying team spirit.

6.      This model includes teaching each student how to start and run his own business in order to pay for his UCH education and to support himself and his future family. The students learn the value of a solid work ethic and entrepreneurship through UCH’s work-study program.

7.      This model at UCH is a “24/7 discipleship process” without outside obligations or distractions and without family interference or responsibilities.

Harvard College Mission Statement in 1636

Harvard College Mission Statement 1636

The Pilgrims landed in Plymouth in 1620. The Puritans of England began arriving in 1630. They started what became known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Within six or seven years of arriving in the New World, the Puritans established the first college in America known as Harvard College. The Puritans were the fruit of the Protestant Reformation, and when they came to start their own Christian colony, a “city set on a hill,” one of the first things they did was establish a private Christian college for the purpose of training ministers and missionaries for the glory of God and for the advancement of the Christian faith in the New World. Today, once again, America needs to take the lead in establishing truly Christ-centered educational institutions from elementary schools up through colleges and universities. Biblical worldview Christian education is the calling of the Christian family and the Christian church.

My heart cries out to God today for a Christ-centered, Biblical worldview, Principle Approach-based TEACHERS’ COLLEGE in America that would be established to train Christian teachers with a Christ-centered & Biblical philosophy of education, a Biblical worldview, Biblical teaching and learning methods, and a thoroughly Christian curriculum. We desperately need such a teachers’ college to help prepare Christian teachers to teach Christian children in private Christian schools. Contact our ministry if you are interested in supporting, in building, and in helping to establish such a teachers’ college.

Comparison of Worldviews: Noah Webster vs. John Dewey

Noah Webster, the Father of American Christian Education & Scholarship, believed strongly that the religion of Christ is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. God used Noah Webster to build the solid foundation of Christian education and scholarship in America, which can only be founded on the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

Fast forward nearly 100 years to meet John Dewey, the Father of Modern American “Progressive” Education. Dewey was an atheist, a humanist, and possibly more than anyone else laid the foundations of the current public school system that is destroying the foundations of our Christian heritage and the lives of millions of children. The state education system that indoctrinates millions of young minds and hearts every day into atheism, humanism, evolution, moral relevance, sexual immorality, and socialism – is the bad & rotten fruit of Mr. John Dewey. This anti-Christian and ungodly pagan indoctrination in the public schools is the root cause of the decline of Christianity and morality in America. If you think about it, the founder of today’s public schools, John Dewey, believed and taught and built state education on many lies, two of which are: there is no God and there is no soul.

Naturally, any educational system built on these two lies, along with a multitude of other lies, deceptions, and errors, would produce “bad” fruit – fruit that would poison the minds and hearts of numerous generations against God, against truth, against the Bible and the principles of the Kingdom of God, against morality, against the family and marriage. Jesus warned us to “beware” of such false prophets and false teachers who would come to us as sheep but who are inwardly ravenous wolves seek to deceive and destroy many. His advice to us, in fact, his commandment to every Christian, is to “beware” of them, to evaluate and judge them by their fruit, and if their fruit is bad, to not eat of its fruit. Such trees are good for nothing and should be cut down and thrown into the fire. Please read Matthew 7:13-20 and you will see that Jesus commands his disciples to enter by the narrow gate, for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. But small is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few are those who find it. We must choose today whom we will serve. We must choose the philosophy of education laid down by Jesus and the apostles and developed in America through Noah Webster – OR we passively do nothing and continue to be poisoned and deceived by chief false teacher, John Dewey, and his followers. The choice is ours, and the truth is, God will hold each parent responsible for what they do and do not do to educate their children for Christ.

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.