Friday, January 29, 2016

January Update from the Pruitts


Dear Friends,

A lot has happened in the last few days, leading us to decide that Irene and Grace will leave Haiti. A few days ago, news broke about probable link between the Zika virus, which was introduced to Haiti in December, and serious birth defects among babies whose moms have the disease during pregnancy. The next day, a warning for pregnant women was issued for Haiti and other affected countries. A number of our friends and colleagues have had this mosquito-borne virus over the last month and a half, so we know that the risk of transmission is high in our area. With the news of the link to birth defects, we were launched into a weekend of Google searches, seeking wisdom from friends, doctors, and midwives, and lots of tears, prayer, and discernment about next steps for our family. At the end of it, we decided that Irene and Grace will leave Haiti on this coming Friday in order to protect this precious little girl (yes, it's a girl!) with whom we have been entrusted, while Robbie stays to complete the school year.

We both have experienced peace and relief at this decision, even though it comes with a high emotional cost of being separated for several weeks at a time, and saying many hasty goodbyes to good friends in the next few days. Irene also has to abruptly end counseling with a number of clients, and say goodbye to her discipleship group of eighth grade girls.

As usual, the harsh reality of Haiti looms large in the background, where most pregnant women do not have the luxury of leaving, or even of protecting themselves adequately from mosquitos. We are so grateful for God's provision for our family, while at the same time being heartbroken for the possible suffering that will be endured by many in this country.

In the midst of all of this, we ask for your prayers for us and for Haiti:

   For all pregnant women in Haiti, that God would protect them and their unborn babies from harm caused by this illness.
   For Haiti, that the upcoming elections (now rescheduled to Jan. 24), would be peaceful and just.
   For our baby, that God would bless her growth and development, and that He would especially protect her from Zika virus.
   For Irene, for a continued healthy pregnancy, and for strength and peace over the course of the next few days.
   For our marriage, especially as we undergo periods of separation over the course of the next four months.
   For Robbie, that God would bless his teaching, and provide him with everything he needs while being separated from Irene and Grace.
   For Grace, that God would protect her heart from the pain of separation from her dad.
   For Irene's counseling clients and discipleship group, that the Holy Spirit would continue to bring healing, insight, and growth into their lives.

Thank you so much for your friendship and your prayers! We wish you all the best in the New Year!

In Christ alone,


Robbie, Irene, Grace, and “Little One” 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Merry Christmas from the Pruitts!‏

                                                                                                                  December 2015
Dear Friends,                                                                                           

Merry Christmas!

This season and into the New Year, we hope that you and your family experience the deep joy of welcoming Immanuel, God with Us.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” –Isaiah 7:14

This has been quite a year for our family. Some highlights include...

  • Robbie fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling to Israel for a study tour.
  • We are working our way through our fifth (yes, fifth!) school year in Haiti.
  • Grace turned 2 in the summer and delights us every day with the funny things she says, her songs, her ballerina twirls, and the creative ways she paints her face and body with water colors (oh, brother!).
  • Robbie earned his Master of Arts in Theology from Columbia International University this December!

And (drumroll, please)...

We're expecting another baby! We are so excited, and can't wait to meet the new addition to our family, who is expected to arrive in June, while we are in Virginia for the summer.

Know that we are thinking and praying for you and your family, and ask for your prayers for us as well...

  • For health, especially for a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • For safety, especially during and after Haitian elections
  • For God's wisdom and leading for our family
  • For Robbie's teaching and ministry, that he communicate and teach God's word clearly and faithfully, and that the students would be receptive and transformed.

We hope that you and your family are thriving, filled with joy, and experiencing deep love and peace during this season, and into the coming year.

Merry Christmas!


Robbie, Irene, and Grace
Year-end giving supporting our work in Haiti:
If you would like to make a tax-deductible year-end donation, we are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) in order to raise the funds needed for our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please visit: https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We Are Thankful


November Update from the Pruitt’s

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." -1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV

Hello friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are enjoying this North American season of autumn leaves, crisp temperatures, and pumpkin spice everything. In Haiti, November feels a little different--temperatures cooling to the glorious 80s and colorful flowers in bloom all around. Of course, no matter what the weather, we are joining in with the American tradition of gratitude.

As a family, we are grateful for restored health, after a period of almost two months when we were fighting off one illness after another. None of the illnesses were very serious in themselves, but the combination of all of them left us dragging. We are all so relieved to be feeling better and getting back into our usual rhythm of life.

We are also grateful that Irene and Grace have had safe travels back to the South Carolina. Irene completed a professional training for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and, as an added bonus, she and Grace get to celebrate Thanksgiving with Robbie's family.

We have a number of prayer concerns that we would like to share with you. Thank you so much for joining us in prayer!

  • Haiti is in the middle of presidential elections, and there has been some instability and violence in the course of related demonstrations. Please pray for peace, safety, and justice in the whole process.
  • Honestly, the last two months have been especially stressful for us as a family for a number of reasons related to health, security concerns, and work stress. Please pray for balance, wisdom, and restorative rest for us in the coming weeks.
  • Robbie is continuing to teach high school Bible classes, and fulfill his other roles at Quisqueya Christian School. Please pray for his students, that they would be open and receptive to the living and transformative Word of God.

Thank you so much for your friendship and prayers. We are also praying for you, that God continues to bless you and your family.

In Christ alone,


Robbie, Irene and Grace



How to support our work in Haiti:

We are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) in order to raise the funds we need for our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please do not feel pressured, but if you feel called to support us financially, please visit: https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Starting school in Haiti: An update from the Pruitt's‏


Hello friends,

You may remember that, a few weeks ago, we put out a Facebook request, asking for help raising funds for school for a number of Haitian children we know. We are so pleased to report that we raised $1,200, which paid for the tuition of seven kids! Without this sponsorship, these kids would not have been able to go to school this year. We hope to have pictures to share with you soon. Thank you so much to those who participated in this effort.

The stories of each of the seven children are different, and marked by remarkable resilience and difficulty.

There are two brothers, Monson (age 10) and Guy (age 6), who often come by our house to play and chat. We quickly noticed that they were usually unsupervised, dirty, hungry, and not very well cared for. We found out that their mother had died a year or two ago, and that their father was having great difficulty providing for his kids alone. When we met their father, Durand, he said he didn't see any way that he could afford to put them in school this year. He sometimes works as a laborer, but often cannot find work. Last year, the kids had started school, but he wasn't able to finish paying tuition, so they didn't complete the school year. Durand was truly overjoyed to receive the help to pay for school, and was receptive to our urging him to take better care of his children in the ways that he could. Since they started school, he has arranged for someone to tutor them and stay with them after school when he is working, so that they are no longer aimlessly wandering the streets. Having tuition covered also frees him up financially, so he can provide for food and other necessities. He is so proud of his kids, and so grateful that they will be able to attend school.

Adeline is a single mother who lives close by and approached us for help. Her husband died several years ago, leaving her to care for her four children on her own. She tries to provide for her family by selling chickens and turkeys in an outdoor market. A few weeks ago, the local police confiscated her tub of merchandise, which also happened to contain a bag with her money. This is common practice to deter merchants from selling their goods on the sidewalk--however, Adeline wasn't selling her goods on the street, she had just put them down for a moment while she was on her way to the market. The loss of the merchandise and money was a major financial setback for her. Even so, she was able to enroll her two younger children in school. However, she did not have enough money to cover the higher school fees for her older children, Isaac and Sabine. She shared that she was especially ashamed when she told her oldest, Isaac, that he wouldn't be able to go to school this year. Last year, he had done exceptionally well in the national final exam, and she was devastated that he wouldn't be able to continue his education this year. Adeline was beyond thrilled when I shared the good news of the sponsorship for her two older kids. She asked for me to share her thanks with everyone who made it possible, and to give glory to God, who has provided for her family.

The parents of the third family are our friends, Myrlande and Canes. They both work at Quisqueya in the kitchen and cleaning staff and have been amazing examples of Christian witness to us over the last four years. They are both very hardworking, and manage to pay for school for their six children with their salary from the school, along with extra income from Myrlande's side businesses. Even though money is always tight, their hospitality and love knows no limits, and so they have accepted three more children to live with them, in a kind of informal foster care situation. Each of the kids comes from a family that was no longer able to provide for their basic needs, because of the death of a parent and/or extreme poverty. They accepted these kids into their very modest home because they felt that it was the right thing, and they have trusted a God for His provision for their family.

Myrlande asked me to share a thank you letter with those who helped pay the tuition of these three children, whom she now loves and cares for as her own. She writes:

"I greet you in the name of Jesus. The Jean family is so happy to receive your help to pay for school for our children. We have six of our own children, and three other children who we have accepted into our home to help, including providing them with everything they need, like food, clothes, etc. When school started, six of the children already started attending, but we didn't have the means to send the other three. After three days of school, we decided to take a step of faith, and enroll them, without paying, trusting that God will somehow provide. Then, God used you to help us. Thank you so much. Remember that each time you help others, that you are saving up your reward in heaven.

The names of the children are: Wilmington Jean, fifth grade, Marc Carlens Jean, third grade, and Bendjina Jean, fifth grade.

Psalm 41:1-3 says: 'Blessed is the one who has regard for the poor; in the day of disaster, Yahweh delivers him. Yahweh protects him and keeps him alive; he is blessed in the land, and you do not give him into the will of his enemies. Yahweh sustains him on his sick bed. In his illness, you restore to health.'

God bless you."

Amen to that! May God continue to bless you and your families. Thanks for reading, and for your continued love, support, and prayers for our family and the people of Haiti!

In Christ,


Robbie, Irene, and Grace



How to support our work in Haiti:

We are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) in order to raise the funds we need to continue our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please do not feel pressured, but if you feel called to support us financially, please visit: https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

Monday, September 14, 2015

September Update from the Pruitt's in Haiti


Dear friends,

We hope that you are well, and that this new school year is off to a good start for you. Know that we keep you in our thoughts and prayers, and are encouraged by your friendship and support. This update is a little different, in question and answer format. Please let us know if you have any other questions for us, and we will be happy to try to answer them in our next update!

Q: What is it that you do at the school?
A: This is Robbie's fifth school year as the high school Bible teacher at Quisqueya Christian School. This year, he has also taken on additional responsibilities as the school's Social Media Director and Director of Professional Development. He also helps with the weekly chapels and leads a discipleship group of 10th grade boys. Irene also leads a discipleship group of 8th grade girls, and provides counseling for a few staff members from the school.

Q: What is going on at the school this year?

A: If you were on campus, you would notice some changes. A couple of large temporary buildings have been erected, offices and some classes have been moved around, and the school is getting ready to build a new multipurpose building. Of course, school is in session as usual, with students and teachers going about the business of learning, first and foremost.

Q: What are the students like at the school?
A: The majority of the student body of the school is made up of Haitians or Haitian-Americans, with a significant minority of non-Haitian Americans, and others from around the world, including Syrians, Koreans, Guatemalans, and even a new family from Cote D'Ivoire in West Africa. The parents of many of the American and international students are missionaries or development workers. The parents of the Haitian students are typically professionals (doctors, lawyers, etc.), business owners, government leaders, or leaders of local ministries or organizations. To be very clear, these students are privileged, and will have access to much better education than the vast majority of Haitians--in most cases, our students go on to college in the United States. They are also from families that have influence in political, business and ministry spheres in Haiti. Because of these opportunities, our students will be in a unique position to be the next generation of leaders in their country. Our hope and prayer is that these students are transformed by the Christian education they receive at QCS, and that they will go forward into Haiti and the world to make a positive contribution as adults.

Q: What do you do outside of school?
A: Well, lots of things. We eat and pray together, jump on the trampoline in the yard with the kids from our apartment building, host a house church, Skype with family, discuss theology late into the evening, sing songs with Grace, build relationships with friends, attempt to wisely support Haitian neighbors who ask for our help, watch Netflix when the Internet is fast enough, and try to get some sleep.

Q: How is Grace doing?
A: Great! She is growing and developing in such amazing ways. She loves music, jumping on the trampoline, and making people laugh. She is talking and singing more and more (mostly in English, a good bit in Polish, and a little in Kreyol). What can we say... we love her so much and delight in her every day!

Q: How can we pray for you?
A: Please pray for...
...Robbie's students, that they would be open to the Gospel, that they would grow in their Biblical knowledge, and that they would be drawn closer to God.
...Haiti during this season of elections, that the people would elect wise leaders, and that the process would be peaceful and fair.
...The continued health and safety of our family.
...Our family back in the United States, especially those who struggle with our physical separation from them while we live in Haiti.

Q: How can we support you?
A: We are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) in order to raise the funds we need to continue our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please do not feel pressured, but if you feel called to support us financially, please visit: https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

Thank you again for your prayers, encouragement and financial support! We will continue to be praying for you as well!

In Christ alone,


Robbie, Irene and Grace

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cry The Blood

Cry The Blood, by Jack Baumgartner, 

My friend Jack Baumgartner recently released his album “Cry The Blood”, from i am earth, Jack Baumgartner. This is a heartfelt and sacrificial work of pilgrimage. The blood sweat and tears in this music cries out in beautiful heart felt harmony. This work is organic in sound and is simply beautiful. I am moved. This is music for the soul. If you are going to buy an album this year, well, this one has breath and life in it. It cries the blood.

Visit Jack Baumgartner at The School of the Transfer of Energy here:


You may also purchase your copy of “Cry The Blood” from i-tunes here.

You may also purchase your copy of “Cry The Blood” from Amazon here.

Visit the webpage for “Cry The Blood” here:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Pruitt's are Heading Back to Haiti in August


Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for your continued friendship, prayers and support!

It has been an eventful and full summer with family and friends. It is always a challenge for us to be able to see everyone while we are here. As always, our time in the US began to run out way before we were able to see everyone and do all we had hoped. Robbie took one of his last classes toward his Masters of Arts in Theology degree and went to the International Institute of Christian Educators Conference at Columbia International University. Irene also pursued continuing education in counseling and is researching and planning an online counseling practice.

It has been a challenging and a blessed summer. We have had the blessing to be here with family and friends who have lost loved ones. Two of our dear family members died this summer, our brother-in-law’s brother, John, and Robbie’s uncle, Rhett, and two of our friends from Virginia. It has been bitter sweet; bitter, in that we grieve these losses with family and friends; sweet, in that we celebrate the resurrection life of our Lord Jesus. The following verse has carried us through: "May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)

As we plan to return for another school year in Haiti, Robbie will continue teaching Bible, while also formalizing his role as Director of Professional Development and continuing his role as the school’s Social Media Director. Irene will continue to focus on her primary ministry, which is her family. She also hopes to continue to provide counseling one or two mornings a week and is working on starting an online counseling practice as well.

Partnering with us Financially

If you were not already partnered with us financially, would you consider beginning to support our work by giving a monthly financial contribution? We need to raise an additional $1,000 per month, above our current commitments, to cover our budgeted expenses for next school year. If 10 people were to commit to $100. per month, or if 20 people were to commit to $50. a month, we would reach our goal.

We are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) in order to raise the funds we need to continue our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please do not feel pressured, but if you feel called to support us financially, please visit: https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

Prayer

Please pray for our friends and families who have lost loved ones. Continue to pray for our family as we prepare to return to Haiti. Pray for committed monthly financial supporters of our work. Pray for Robbie's students, that they would continue to grow in their faith and walk more closely with the Lord. Please pray for God's guidance regarding Irene's part-time counseling ministry in the next school year—that God would work out the details of child care, meeting spaces, etc. Also, please pray for continued health and safety, and praise God that He has been so faithful to us in those ways for these last four years! 

Contact Information

We would love to stay in contact with you. Here is all of our contact information:
Sending Mail to us in Haiti: Robert and Irene Pruitt,
3170 Airmans Drive, #2029 QCS, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946 ($1.50 per pound)
Our Number in Haiti: (+509) 46147851
Skype: irene.pruitt, robbie.pruitt

Thank you again for your prayers, encouragement and financial support! We will continue to be praying for you as well!

In Christ alone,



Robbie, Irene and Grace