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
Education Today Forms the Nation of Tomorrow. Help Us Educate Haiti for Christ Today
to Lay the Foundation for a Christian Haiti of Tomorrow.
12-WEEK TEACHER-TRAINING COMPLETED
We recently completed an intensive 12-week teacher-training program with four Haitian educators in Patterson, NC. Each day Josiah laid the foundations of Principle Approach education, a Christian philosophy of education, Biblical teaching methodology, a Biblical worldview, and a providential overview of American history. Daily we prayed together, meditated on God’s Word, studied, researched, learned from primary sources, discussed Biblical principles, uncovered pagan ideas, rejected false philosophies of education & government, and “reasoned from revelation” to better understand God’s standard of Christ-centered education. We cooked, ate, & cleaned up the kitchen together while we lived together as a community of disciples. After growing together as a team for 10 weeks, we took a historic tour of Colonial America and attended the Foundation for American Christian Education’s Conference on Christian Scholarship. It was amazing to watch our Father provide all of the needed finances as we trusted in Him. We visited Boston, Lexington, Concord, and Plymouth where we enjoyed the hospitality of Norm & Jacque Friberg & of Nancy Smith. Then we traveled to Virginia where we learned from four Christian scholars: Paul Jehle, Gai Ferdon, Marvin Wilson, and Carole Adams. The 12-week program was such a valuable and productive time of training, discipling, and bonding for us as a team. Now the first stage of implementing Principle Approach® Christian Education in Haiti is completed. With the educators’ return to Haiti, we’re now in transition towards moving to Haiti in 2013.
FRIBERGS MOVING TO HAITI AS MISSIONARY EDUCATORS
Yes, the Holy Spirit is sending us as a family to Gonaives, Haiti. Our ministry, Educating Generations for Christ, is partnering with Eben-Ezer Mission and the Christian University of Haiti (Université Chrétienne d’Haïti or UCH), to implement Principle Approach education in the university and their schools. Eben-Ezer Mission is an indigenous ministry pioneering Christian education in Haiti, and through their network of schools, co-ops, churches, and community organizations, has a tremendous influence across the nation. God has now positioned them to implement Principle Approach education in their schools and university, and then to reach out and train Christian teachers all over Haiti to follow their lead and lay a solid Biblical foundation for the next generation and beyond. “Principle Approach education” is the historic method of Biblical reasoning that makes the truths and principles of God’s Word the basis of every subject in the school curriculum. We are amazed at the level of passion and commitment these Eben-Ezer Mission leaders have displayed against all odds, as they trust God to use Christian education to lay a new foundation upon Christ and His Word for their university, their schools, and for schools all over Haiti. But much help is needed!
WHAT IS JOSIAH’S NEW JOB DESCRIPTION?
Josiah has been appointed by Eben-Ezer Mission to oversee all educational training and professional development of the faculty and staff for the Christian University of Haiti and Eben-Ezer Schools. Under Josiah’s leadership, UCH is now being restructured and transformed into a Principle Approach based Christian university that will offer three degree programs in 2013: Teaching & Education, Bible & Theology, and Administration & Management. In time, five other degree programs will be added: engineering, agronomy, communications, music & arts, and medicine. Josiah is responsible for laying the foundation of a Christian philosophy and methodology of education and for establishing the first Christian Teachers’ College in Haiti. The Teachers’ College will train teachers for all of Eben-Ezer’s schools, as well as teachers from all districts of the country.
WOULD YOU HELP SEND THE FRIBERGS TO EDUCATE HAITI FOR CHRIST?
The poverty of Haiti is well known and recently exacerbated by earthquakes and hurricanes. Christians long to see Haiti prosper and enjoy civil liberty, but the only lasting help for Haiti is to establish Biblical principles of life and self-government in the hearts of the next generation. Would you help send the Friberg family to Haiti to educate and disciple Haiti into a Christian nation by making a contribution to this ministry? Finances are needed for airline tickets, moving expenses, shipping a container and a vehicle, living expenses, family needs, and educational training materials. Material supplies are also needed (please see list at end of letter). By helping send the Fribergs to train leaders in Christian education, you will be helping to lay the foundation for a new Christian Haiti of tomorrow. We know the best way to disciple a nation is through the education of its children. Teaching Biblical principles is the key to bringing Haiti out of its impoverished state and into the full liberty of Christ. Help the Fribergs make this possible!
OPENINGS FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION WORKERS & VISITING MISSION TEAMS
Eben-Ezer Mission was founded in 1969 by Pastor Michel Morisset in Gonaives. It is one of the oldest indigenous Protestant mission organizations in Haiti whose broad influence has reached across the nation for 43 year. Its ministries include the Christian University of Haiti, several Christian schools, a vocational school, a national education network, several churches, a Christian hospital, a Christian Credit Union Co-op, an agricultural network, an orphanage, etc. Eben-Ezer Mission pioneered the first Christian secondary school in Gonaives and established the first Christian university in Haiti. Would you come as a short-term worker or with a mission team to help serve God with us?
WE ARE RECRUITING CHRISTIAN PROFESSORS TO TEACH AT UCH
We are now recruiting godly Christian professors for UCH who have a strong Biblical worldview and solid Christian character, who are trained or willing to be trained in Principle Approach education, who are experienced teachers with a passion for teaching and for truth, and who are willing to temporarily lay down their lives to serve the Lord in Haiti where He is transforming a nation for His glory. Retired, self-supporting, experienced, and successful professionals with graduate degrees in their field of expertise would be highly valued.
Thank you for your prayers and support which help empower us to obey God’s call to reach the nation of Haiti for Christ, for the glory of God’s Kingdom, and for future Christian generations,
Josiah & Brenda Friberg with Caydia & Judah
If you would like to partner with us to disciple and educate Haiti’s next generation for Christ, donations can be sent to:
Educating Generations for Christ,
P.O. Box 1110, Moravian Falls, NC 28654
Donations can also be made online at our ministry website: www.educateforchrist.org
Contact us at: (336) 921-4466
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Slide presentation on Haiti: http://www.cross.tv/75197
FRIBERG’S RELOCATION NEEDS:
Finances – for monthly support, airline tickets, moving expenses, shipping a container & a vehicle, needed supplies, etc.
Material supplies – 2 much-needed laptops, a gas stove, a generator, 2 air conditioners, fans, beds, dressers, shell for pickup truck, tropical clothing, vitamins, 2 cell phones, pots & pans, 2 English-French Bibles, French language course, etc.
Godly Christian professors willing to relocate to Haiti for 1-3 years
Godly Christian professors willing to come short-term and teach for 3-6 weeks
Christian college students desiring to be trained as Principle Approach teachers & earn a Teaching Degree
Principle Approach books, resources, materials, curriculum, Bible & theology study tools and software.
Specific Christian books and classics in English and in French for the university library and for the school curriculum.
Educational tools and technology such as photocopy machines, computers, software, overhead projectors, computer screen projectors, sound systems, audio-visual equipment, quality video camera for distance learning courses, band instruments, etc.
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.