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


Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer Update from the Pruitt's in Haiti


Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for your continued friendship, prayers and support! As we are finishing the school year we are especially grateful for all our supporters, who have made our ministry here possible.

It's really hard to believe that we have been here in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at Quisqueya Christian School, for the last four years. It has been a real blessing to be able to see the students who started out as Freshmen go through their Senior year, and prepare to go on to college this summer. In a community where many Americans come and go, we feel blessed to offer some continuity and longevity to the school and the students.

In the last few days, a few alumni from the last couple of years have visited campus, and it was so encouraging to see how well they are doing in college in the U.S. Many of them proudly alluded to good grades, and talked about how they hope to come back to Haiti after graduation to help build up the country. For example, one alumnus shared how he is majoring in Public Policy, and hopes to come back to Haiti after completing graduate school, and improve the government. Because he is Haitian, he truly understands the culture, history and language. Because he has an excellent education, he will have the knowledge and skills he needs to make a significant contribution. Because he loves the Lord and has a strong foundation in a Bible from his time at QCS, he has a passion to make a positive impact for the Kingdom of God. We are so excited to see how God uses this student, and so many others, to transform Haiti and their world for the glory of Jesus Christ!

We are planning 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.

Prayer

Please continue to pray for our family, as you feel led. In particular, we would ask for your prayers for Robbie's students, that they would continue to grow in their faith and walk more and more closely with the Lord. Please also pray for God's guidance regarding Irene's very 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!

Summer Plans

This summer, we will be back the U.S for June and July. We would love to visit with you while we're in town. Also, if you would like for us to share about our ministry with your small group or church, we would be happy to do that. Here is a tentative itinerary:

  • June 1-15: Columbia, SC 
  • June 15-July 12: Northern Virginia 
  • July 12-August 1: Columbia, SC 

Financial Support Needs

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 led to support us financially, please visit: https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

Contact Information

We would love to stay in contact with you. Here is all of our contact information:
E-mail: irenepruitt@gmail.com, stay411@msn.com
Summer US Cell Phones: Robbie: 571-340-6558 and Irene: 571-346-9583
Skype: irene.pruitt, robbie.pruitt
Our Blogs: www.robbiepruitt.blogspot.com, and www.ourlifewithalittlegrace.blogspot.com

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

Blessings,

Robbie, Irene and Grace


Monday, May 18, 2015

Anatomy of Choice: A Book Review

Book Cover of Fred Grooms' Anatomy of Choice: 
Teaching Positive Life Choices from Amazon.com.

Making good choices is such a great topic! Fred Grooms does a fantastic job of unpacking the anatomy of choice and giving practical advice for teaching positive life choices to young people. Anatomy of Choice: Teaching Positive Life Choices is a great primer on the subject of positive life choices.

Fred Grooms is also a passionate, caring and competent youth motivational speaker who considers his audience and their needs. Fred seeks first to understand and then crafts and delivers the right message for optimal impact and influence. Fred cares deeply about people. This care is evident in working with him and it shows in his communication. Fred works in youth work, in the public schools, at camps, at conferences, and in international Christian School settings. In these settings, Fred's heart, and his passion and competence as a communicator, can be clearly seen. Fred Grooms comes highly recommended for youth motivational speaking, youth work, and consulting.

Visit Fred Grooms' website here: http://www.fredgrooms.com

Read this review on Examiner.com, click here.

To read this review of Anatomy of Choice: Teaching Positive Life Choices on Amazon.com, or to purchase this book, click here.

Pick up Anatomy of Choice: Teaching Positive Life Choices on Smashwords by clicking here.

Grooms, Fred (2015). Anatomy of Choice: Teaching Positive Life Choices. (Kindle) Barnabas Consulting. Kindle Edition. (http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Choice-Teaching-Positive-Choices-ebook/dp/B00SDGUISW/ref=cm_rdp_product)

To order your copy of Fred's other book, Who's In Charge of Bob?: The Key to Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary, go to Amazon.com here.

To read a review of Fred's book, Who's In Charge of Bob?: The Key to Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary, on Amazon.com, click here.

Grooms, Fred (2014-03-11). Who's In Charge of Bob?: The Key to Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary (Kindle Locations 1195-1196) Barnabas Consulting. Kindle Edition. (http://www.amazon.com/Whos-Charge-Bob-Ordinary-Extraordinary/dp/0991462807)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Finishing Discipleship and Small Groups Well

Finish Line Ahead, photo from Donna Reidland.com 

As our school year comes to a close, how are we finishing our discipleship groups or small groups well?

As our discipleship group comes to a close, we are blessing and encouraging each of our students. We are also leaving them with a challenge and celebrating our year together with a meal.

What will you do to finish the year well with your discopleship group or small group?

Blessings:

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." -Numbers 6:24-26 | NIV

"For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess." -Deuteronomy 30:16 | NIV

Prayer: For Young Persons:

God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 829)

Prayer: A Prayer of Self-Dedication:

Almighty and eternal God, draw our hearts to You, guide our minds, fill our imaginations, control our wills, that we may be wholly Yours, completely dedicated to You; and then use us, we pray, as You will, and always to Your glory and to the welfare of Your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 832)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April Update from the Pruitt's in Haiti


Hello friends and family!

First of all, we want to say how thankful we are for your continued prayers for our family, and for your support of our ministry. It means so much to us, and we are so grateful!

These last few months have been really full for our family. In March, Robbie had the opportunity to go on a study tour of Israel as part of his Master's program at Columbia International University. Visiting the Holy Land has been a lifelong dream for him, and it was wonderful to see the dream come to fruition! Needless to say, the trip was amazing. Robbie was surprised by just how many sites the group was able to visit in the 2 1/2 weeks. The are archaeology, the history, and the geography all really deepened Robbie's understanding of scripture and of the history of God's people. Since getting back, Robbie has had many occasions to share this new knowledge in his classes, in chapel, and with friends. Already, we can see how God is multiplying the benefits of the trip.

While Robbie was away, Irene and Grace headed to Virginia for a couple of weeks. It was wonderful to spend time with family--we miss them so much when we're in Haiti! We relished the extra time with doting grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Since we all returned to Haiti, the weeks have been ticking by very fast, zooming towards the end of the school year in May. The end of the year always seems to go by quickly, especially with a couple of long weekends, school field trips, end of the year testing and finals.

Grace is doing really well. These days, she especially loves jumping, dancing and singing... sometimes all at once. We've been especially amazed at the songs she has been learning lately, which she sings to herself all day long--the ABCs, Ba Ba Black Sheep, Row Row Row Your Boat, and many others! She is such a delight, and Irene feels so blessed to be able to stay at home with her.

Please continue to pray, that...

  • Robbie would finish the school year well, and leave a lasting impact on his students, especially those who are graduating soon
  • Irene would also be effective in her part-time counseling
  • God would bless and continue to lead the teachers from our school, those who are leaving this year, and those who are staying
  • God would continue to bless, grow and protect Grace.

Thanks again for your partnership, friendship, and support! We are so grateful for you!

Much love from all three,

Robbie, Irene and Grace

Financial Partnership

Want to contribute to our work in Haiti? We are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) to raise the funds we need to do our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please do not feel pressured, but if you feel led to support us financially, please visit:

https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

                             

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

National Poetry Month 2015

National Poetry Month 2015 Poster, from Poets.org

National Poetry Month 2015

April is National Poetry Month and I will be participating/celebrating by reading and recording a poem a day all month long.

Recorded poems will be posted on Sondcloud.com here: https://soundcloud.com/robbiepruitt

I will also be posting the recordings with the text of the poem and photos each day on my poetry website here: http://www.robbiepruitt.com

Shorter poems with illustrative photos will be posted each week on Tumblr here: http://robbiepruitt.tumblr.com

There are many wonderful poetry resources out there for poetry lovers and educators alike.

Here are a few of my favorite poetry websites and resources:

National Poetry Month, Poets.org:



Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org


The Poetry Archive: http://www.poetryarchive.org

Tweetspeak Poetry: http://www.tweetspeakpoetry.com

Poetry Resources and Tools from Tweetspeak:


Tweetspeak Poetry Teaching Tools:


PoetryTeachers.com: http://www.poetryteachers.com

Poetry Out Loud: http://www.poetryoutloud.org

Poetry.net: http://www.poetry.net

Famous Poets and Poems: http://famouspoetsandpoems.com

Poetry Flash: http://poetryflash.org


Sunday, February 22, 2015

21 Martyrs


Since the first century, Christians have endured persecution. Yet in the midst of death, the Church remained alive and hopeful remembering Jesus’ promise, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)

“Persecution of Christians wakes a slumbering church. This call to remembrance and prayer reminds us that the blood of the martyrs has always been the seed for a revived church. May we remain sober-minded and fall to our knees in prayer for God to stir our hearts to obedience.” 

(Gabe Lyons, World Magazine, Christian leaders unite in call to prayer for persecuted church: http://www.worldmag.com/2015/02/christian_leaders_unite_in_call_to_prayer_for_persecuted_church, 21 Martyrs: http://21martyrs.com)


21 Martyrs

Twenty-one lives
Kneeling on sand
Twenty-one fell 
At his command
Twenty-one prayers
On Rock, they land
Twenty-one souls 
They kneel; they stand
Twenty-one call, “Jesus!”
His blood cries from the sand
Twenty-one take His hand


© February 21, 2015, Robbie Pruitt


“We give thanks to you, O Lord our God, for all your servants
 and witnesses of time past: for Abraham, the father of believers, and Sarah his wife; for Moses, the lawgiver, and Aaron, the
 priest; for Miriam and Joshua, Deborah and Gideon, and
 Samuel with Hannah his mother; for Isaiah and all the prophets; for Mary, the mother of our Lord; for Peter and Paul and all
 the apostles; for Mary and Martha, and Mary Magdalene; for
 Stephen, the first martyr, and all the martyrs and saints in
 every age and in every land. In your mercy, O Lord our God, give us, as you gave to them, the hope of salvation and the 
promise of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the 
first-born of many from the dead. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 838)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Faithfulness of the Love of God



As the High School Bible Teacher at Quisqueya Christian School, I often have the opportunity to speak at QCS's Secondary School Chapel Services. On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, I spoke on The Faithfulness of the Love of God. Click the play button above to listen to the complete talk on our school's Soundcloud.

Visit Quisqueya Christian School's Soundcloud page for other chapel messages here: 

https://soundcloud.com/quisqueyachristianschool

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” –Jeremiah 31:3, NASB

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” –1 John 3:1, NIV

For the Power Point for this talk, please click the following link:

drive.google.com/file/d/0B2730FU8…view?usp=sharing

For a handout with reflection questions related to this talk, please click the following link:

drive.google.com/file/d/0B2730FU8…view?usp=sharing