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

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.

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Good News from Haiti – God’s Providential Provision & Care

First, praise Yahweh Yirah that a well is in the process of being drilled here at the Eben-Ezer Mission base which will provide safe clean water for the children’sDSCF1236 (360x480) home, the Friberg’s & other missionary housing, Dr. Claire’s household, and for all of the other mission buildings, as well as enough extra water to use for irrigation of our agricultural co-op and farm. After food, water is the people’s biggest physical daily need for drinking, cooking, bathing, laundry, cleaning, etc. Many Haitians walk long distances to find water wells and carry it home.

Second, praise Yahweh for the solar power panel that has been installed on the roof of the children’s home so that they now have electricity day and night and which will be shared with the Fribergs when we move in upstairs. The vast majority of people living in rural DSCF1040 (480x360)areas live without any electricity, which means when the natural light of the sun is turned off at night, everything is very dark. During my 13 weeks, I’ve learned to do quite a few things in the dark. One of my students loves to read and study in the evening, but he has no access to electricity so he cannot read after 7 pm. God is here at work on this big challenge. He is in the process of creating separate electrical zones on our mission base where each zone is powered by its own solar panels. We’re not there yet, but we are getting closer to this goal. One issue we keep facing is wiring problems which are the result of builders from France who used their 220 way of doing things while trying to create 110 volt systems here. The result is the wrong wiring embedded in concrete which causes all kinds of short circuit problems when we hook up the solar power. Pray for this challenge to be solved so that we can begin enjoying the solar power God has given us.

Third, two weeks ago we took nine UCH students to the U.S. Embassy to apply for visas so that they can travel to the U.S. to receive supplemental training in their fields of study. Much prayer was offered up by the saints here beforehand. We got up at 4:30 am, drove to the capital, and then spent five hours waiting to be interviewed. Because we were a group, DSCF1349 (480x355)we were the last ones to be seen. They began by interviewing me as the group’s representative, and then proceeded to interview each student. One by one, each student received God’s favor and their visa, which was a real miracle! We left the embassy with much rejoicing and singing in the goodness of our God. We finally made it home after a long 16-hour day…but boy, was it worth it. However, that wasn’t the end of the story. A week later, we sent two students back to pick up the passports and visas, not knowing if they would grant 3-month or 1-year visas. To our utter amazement at God’s goodness, every student received a 5-year visa!! This was truly a miracle demonstrating the favor and power of God to provide for His children abundantly.

DSCF1231 (480x220)Finally, these nine students will be coming to America this summer for 4-6 weeks to receive further training in various areas of study such as Christian education, a biblical worldview, worship and music, GED program, and language translation. Lord willing, we plan to send four pairs of students to different parts of the US. The students will be paired up with a fellow student who has the same educational goals. Small teams of two Haitian college students each will be much easier for families and churches to host and to get to know while helping provide opportunities for them to accomplish their goals. This week the student pairs are writing up the educational goals for their trip, and then we will be sending this information to various individuals (and churches) in America to see who can host a pair this summer. We already have one pair lined up to study worship arts and music with Jackie Pierre of Plymouth, Mass. We are looking for hosts for the other three pairs. If you would be interested in hosting one of these UCH student pairs, please contact us right away and we can send you more information about their goals to see if it would be a good match. By the way, the ninth student is the daughter of one of our leaders and she will be going to the U.S. with her father making a father-daughter pair.

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  1. Pray with us for the big project of moving our family to Haiti and setting up a home above the children’s home with a functioning kitchen and working plumbing. Target move date is August.
  2. Pray that God would send us an English language teacher and a French language teacher to help teach in the Language Institute of UCH beginning in August. Pray also for Christian professors who are willing to come short-term and long-term to teach courses in our Christian university (UCH).
  3. Pray for a local Christian leader, Pastor Roosevelt, to be released from prison. He was arrested recently after being falsely accused by his political opponents in order to prevent him from running for mayor of Gonaives. And pray for the leaders of the mission here as well to lead by God’s wisdom, walk by His power, and feed and mentor His sheep: Pastor Michel Morisset, Pastor Joshua Jean, Pastor Cornet, Dr. Claire Chappuis, Brizard Valcin, Jean Noel Preval, and others.
  4. Finally, pray for me and the many large responsibilities I have here with implementing Principle Approach education in our schools, training teachers, mentoring and teaching our university students, starting UCH’s Language Institute in August, and preparing to relaunch and enroll students in the Christian University of Haiti for the fall semester. There is much work to be done, and I need the multifold grace of God to accomplish this in His power and wisdom, trusting in Him completely and not relying on the arm of the flesh. This is a great spiritual work of spiritual transformation, character formation, teaching, mentoring, and equipping, which must be done by God in us and through us. It is impossible to do this work in our own strength, but praise God, we can do all things through Christ who lives in us and who strengthens us to do His will for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

Educating Generations for Christ Newsletter Dec 2012

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’s Ministry Ordination 2012

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

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.

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

PRAYER NEEDS FOR REACHING & EDUCATING HAITI FOR CHRIST…

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.

PERSONNEL NEEDS:

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

MATERIAL NEEDS:

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.

Fribergs Deployed to Haiti as Missionaries & Christian Education Ambassadors

NEWS FLASH:  The FRIBERGS are moving to HAITI very soon…

During the recent 12-week teacher-training program with the educational leadership of Eben-Ezer Mission in NC, the Fribergs received orders from Headquarters through their Captain that they are being deployed to the strategic location of Gonaives, Haiti. The Fribergs have been commissioned to disciple the nation of Haiti for the Kingdom of God through Christian education.

They have been assigned the strategic task of restructuring the Christian University of Haiti and Eben-Ezer Mission’s schools and of overseeing all of the training and implementing of “Principle Approach” Biblically-based and Christ-centric education. In addition, Josiah will be laying the groundwork for establishing the first Christian Teachers’ College in Haiti. This critical task will include a nation-wide teacher-training bachelor degree program to raise up a new generation of Christian teachers to educate future Haitian generations for Christ, for His Kingdom, and for His glory.

PRAY for the Fribergs as they prepare to leave their home, family, and friends, to go and serve with their Captain in the discipling and transforming of a nation that is called to be a light to the world and that glorifies God in the earth. Lord willing, Josiah will be leaving in mid-January to begin the next phase of teacher-training, and his family will join him in Haiti several months later once housing has been set up and personal effects have been shipped. The Fribergs request your intercessory prayers for their move and for God’s grace and provision to fulfill the mission that is before them.

Josiah & Brenda Friberg, along with their two kids, are deploying to Gonaives, Haiti, to start the first Christian Teachers’ College in Haiti and to restructure and relaunch the Christian University of Haiti.