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
PLANTING THE SEED OF GOD’S WORD IN MANY HEARTS IN HAITI
Let me begin by declaring the wonderful works of God that took place this last week here in Haiti. The purpose of the conference and the reason I felt led by God to assist the leaders with putting together a teaching team was to impart God’s Spirit and life to these hungry and needy Haitian pastors through the ministry of the Word and through prayer and personal ministry. Thankfully, God had a lot of people praying for our team and for the pastors and leaders who attended. I am overjoyed in my spirit with how God’s Spirit moved in the lives of all who participated, as well as how He blessed, challenged, and inspired those of us on the teaching team (David White, David Sweat, & myself).
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God was preached for three solid days, and we know that His Word will not return void, but will bring about the purpose for which it was sent. The people received with open hearts the many messages that were taught, and God’s Spirit was moving to connect each message with the next in a providential pattern of foundations and principles. I was so privileged and blessed to be able to teach about disicipleship and the Kingdom of God, as well as how to live and walk in the Spirit and how to be a spiritual man. David Sweat taught the principles of stewardship, forgiveness, and faith in God. And David White laid a good foundation of faith and how to hear the voice of God, as well as some other related topics. All in all, the preaching and teaching accomplished the purposes that God had in orchestrating this conference. The pastors and leaders went home greatly encouraged, spiritually uplifted and challenged, strengthened in their faith and in their relationship with God, and better trained and equipped to fulfill the call of God on their lives and ministries. In the evenings, the conference was opened up to the public and members of the church that was hosting the conference, and the place was packed out. On the last evening, we handed out certificates of completion to each of the pastors and leaders who attended the conference. The people received us with open hearts and even prayed for us on the last day. My spirit rejoices in all that God’s Spirit did in the hearts and lives of those who attended.
In addition, each of the team members received multiple blessings and enlarged vision for reaching Haiti with the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. During our two day trip up to Cape Haitian, God orchestrated in his sovereign way to have us meet a true “father of the faith” named Tony Paul. In fact, we were blessed to be able to spend the night in his beautiful mission guest house where we each got a shower, a good night’s sleep, and several wonderful meals. In addition to their generous hospitality, we enjoyed some dear fellowship in the Spirit with Tony and his wife and daughter.
The biggest blessing we each received was to sit at his feet and hear him share his powerful testimony of how God saved him out of a life of Voodoo, poverty, sickness, despair, and hopelessness, as well as how God turned his life around for his glory and then used him to proclaim Jesus as Lord over Haiti. He told us of how God preserved his life when he took a public stand on the radio against the government and the voodoo priests who were trying to renew the two hundred year contract with the devil through a planned ceremony in 1991. We heard of how they wanted him dead, threatened his life, and tried to kill him and his team. He was even arrested right in the middle of an 8-day crusade by the Chief of Police and thrown into jail with two other leaders. And yet, God was with them and they overcame the enemy by the power of the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death. We were so amazed at God’s fruit in his life that we asked him the next day if we could record his testimony so that we could remember it and share it with others back in the US. He was gracious to let us do that the next day, and we now plan to transcribe his testimony and make it available to others to read and be encouraged in their faith. The visit to Tony’s house was totally unplanned, and yet God had planned it all along and worked in our circumstances to get us to stay the night at his house and hear his testimony. David, David, and myself were each stirred up in our spirits to pray more and ask God for greater effectiveness for the Gospel in Haiti as God transforms it from a Voodoo nation of darkness and poverty and misery to a Christian nation that exalts and worships the God of the Bible and where Jesus reigns supreme.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Josiah Friberg has made his second trip to Gonaives, Haiti, to continue the teacher-training that he began last summer in North Carolina with four key education leaders from Eben-Ezer Mission. Josiah is there now training teachers and implementing the Principle Approach to Christian education in Eben-Ezer’s two schools. He is also helping to restructure and relaunch the Christian University of Haiti (U.C.H.), including establishing the first Principle Approach Christian Teacher’s College to train teachers for the whole nation. Please pray for Josiah as he prepares to move his family to Haiti. The plans are for the Fribergs to live on the second floor of the mission’s orphanage, upstairs from 23 precious orphans. Pray for the well that needs to be dug on the property for safe clean water, as well as the refurbishing of the second floor to make it a livable apartment for the Friberg family. Finally, pray with us for God’s abundant provision so that all the costs of moving the Friberg family to Haiti can be covered and this transplant can be fully accomplished.
In addition, we are recruiting English language and French language teachers for our Language Institute of the Christian University of Haiti. We are also recruiting for professors to come short-term or long-term to teach Bible and theology, administration and management, and teaching and education courses. This is a great work of God and we have already seen many miracles by our awesome God! All praise to our King who leads us into victory through His Spirit.
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.
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.