Why Are We Moving To Haiti?

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Josiah, Caydia, Judah, & Brenda Friberg Serving in Haiti

PREPARING TO DEPART FOR HAITI AS A MISSIONARY FAMILY:  After another three months in Haiti, I (Josiah) flew back to North Carolina to be reunited with my Brenda, Caydia, and Judah. We are temporarily staying with Brenda’s mom in N. Wilkesboro before our imminent departure. We’re busy packing up the 12 large suitcases we will take to Haiti as we prepare to make the big move some time during the next few weeks.

AIRLINE TICKETS NEEDED

The only thing we are now waiting for is our airline tickets to Haiti which will cost about $4,000. Thankfully, our Father has already provided $1,500 just in the last two weeks. In addition, we need about $2,000 for things we need to take with us and for things we will need to buy in Haiti when we get there such as a gas stove, small fridge, & furniture.

If the LORD puts it on your heart to help us make this timely move to Haiti, please email us at our ministry or give us a call. Those who desire to support our ministry can make donations using our website and Paypal or checks can be sent to our ministry mailing address.

FRIBERGS, TELL US WHY YOU’RE MOVING TO HAITI:    We are going to Haiti because the Lord of the Harvest has sent us there as His Kingdom representatives to preach, to teach, to train, and to mentor generations for Christ. Our focus is the Lord Jesus Christ. Our main task is to make disciples of the nation of Haiti, which means to preach and teach the Gospel of the Kingdom so that Haiti becomes a Christian nation that brings glory to God. In other words, our primary purpose is spiritual and educational. It’s for this reason that we are moving to Haiti to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom and train Christian teachers how to be ministers of spirit and life. We are moving to Haiti to be spent by God as He desires because we His bondslaves.

Here are some of the specific things I am doing in Haiti by the grace and power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. First, I am re-training all of the teachers who work at our Eben-Ezer Mission schools. Our goal is to train them in a Biblical worldview, in a Christian philosophy of education, in Principle Approach Christian education, in Biblical teaching methods, and to see their minds renewed by  the Word of God, and to help them develop a Christ-centered, as well as a Biblically-based curriculum.

52574826c67e3.preview-620Second, the leaders of Eben-Ezer Mission have appointed me as a Pastor of our university students, as well as the Chairman of Academic Affairs and Faculty Training for the Christian University of Haiti (UCH). I am discipling and teaching a new generation of leaders through UCH. There are about fifteen new students who have just started in our Integrated Development Program which is a one-year life-transforming discipleship training program. After completing the first year, the students will then continue to be taught, trained, and equipped for another four years before they receive their degrees and are sent out as Christ’s ambassadors. In addition, we have about twenty second-level UCH students who are at different stages of their degree programs. It is such a joy and privilege to be able to pour out our lives through His Spirit as an investment into the Kingdom of God here in Haiti. It is these young and growing leaders that God will use to transform Haiti into a Christian nation. We are so blessed to be able to teach, disciple, and train the next generation from kindergarten all the way up through university level before releasing them as Kingdom ambassadors sent out to influence and transform a pagan Voodoo culture into a Christian culture that displays the glory of God and fulfills the purposes of God for the nation of Haiti.

Third, is the continuing of our own small “home school” through which Brenda and I are educating our children according to Christ and the principles of God’s Word. We are hoping to expand our small home school to become a one-room school house where we can teach our two children, as well as a few Haitian children and a few other missionaries’ children. We have a vision for this becoming a small quality English Christian Academy and a fruitful extension of the Christian University of Haiti. Finally, we know that God has many other Christ-centered tasks and ministries that He will open up to us as we lay our lives down for Him in Haiti.

Fourth, I am involved in helping to teach, train, and equip hundreds of Haitian pastors who have received little to no training at all. Sadly, there are many “pastors” who are not even saved yet, and a large number who don’t know the Word of God, the principles of the Kingdom of God, or the power and life of God.

CRISIS CENTERED  OR  CHRIST CENTERED?  It’s a continual challenge in Haiti to keep our ministry Christ centered rather than crisis centered. The physical needs are so great, so pressing, so “in your face,” that they seem to demand immediate attention. However, in order for anything in Haiti to ever change, God’s people must dig deep, expose the roots of the problems, and then deal correctly with the roots. Without dealing with the root, the fruit will never change. We live as spiritual beings in a spiritual world, and by the Spirit of God we know that Haiti’s major problems all have deep spiritual roots that needs to be dealt first by the Spirit and power of God and His Gospel. We believe that what Haiti really needs is the Spirit of Life found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus commanded His disciples to go and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to all creation, and in their going, to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that He commanded. In other words, we believe that our main mission strategy is spiritual and educational and must be CHRIST CENTERED.

Please visit our Educating Generations for Christ ministry website:  www.educateforChrist.org

 

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.