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

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Year Update from the Pruitt's in Haiti


Irene and Grace and I have had a wonderful beginning to the New Year and we hope that you and your family have had a great start to the New Year too.

It was wonderful to be able to see family over the Christmas break. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to see as many folks as we had hoped. It is always a challenge living out of suitcases in three different worlds, Haiti, Columbia, SC and Northern Virginia. We cannot always see everyone and be in the many places we would like to be to visit with people. This is one of the many challenges of our lives and work here. Please know that we think and pray for you often, we love and care for you deeply and we always regret not being able to spend the time we wish to spend with each of you.

Here is how the New Year has been shaping up for us:

Robbie has started back teaching Bible for Semester Two. His schedule has not changed much, but he does have a few new students and is teaching 103 students in Bible 9, 10, 11 and 12. They are finishing the Old Testament Prophets and are moving on to the New Testament. Two of the Bible classes will be doing Bible presentations from the New Testament this semester.

Irene and Grace ended up getting sick toward the end of the Christmas break and stayed in Virginia with her parents for another week, but they have returned and are enjoying playing with friends and learning at home. We have had the opportunity to catch up with our friends and neighbors here and we have even had the opportunity to pursue some new friendships along the way.

The end of the school year is shaping up to be a good one and we have many exciting opportunities ahead. We are graduating the fourth group of students that we have taught in May. The 8th and 11th graders will be going on retreat in May and we might have some leadership responsibilities with that. Robbie will be a part of the National Honor Society at QCS, voting on the students who will be a part of the school's chapter of the National Honor Society.

This year will also bring many opportunities for discipleship and counseling for us, and for teaching in Chapel services, as well as the classroom, for Robbie. We are excited for all that God will do in the New Year. We have even begun to map out the New Year with Goals and Resolutions for our family, as well as with students, see the assignment from Robbie's first class of the New Year by clicking here.

If you would like to read the first two of the school's newsletters for this year, check out these two links below:

Quisqueya Christian School Newsletter, January 9, 2015

Quisqueya Christian School Newsletter, January 16, 2015

As always, we hope this update finds you and your family well, and we are very grateful for the support of so many who make our work here possible. Thank you!

Have a blessed New Year!

Robbie and Irene and Grace

Financial Partnership

We are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) 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

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year Goals and Resolutions


Happy New Year!

"Ask yourself: What would your life look like if you directed it, instead of drifted through it?" —Michael Hyatt

We should be looking forward to embracing good and healthy growth and change in the New Year. As Donald Miller puts it, "Things that stay the same aren’t healthy."

We should begin our New Year reflecting on God's grace and goodness in governing the outcomes in our lives. As it says in Proverbs 16:9, "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." (Proverbs 16:9, NIV) Established steps, change, growth and movement in our lives are good.

We should also acknowledge that it is God who begins and finishes His work in us. As Paul stated in Philippians 1:6, "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6, ESV)

What's your plan for the New Year? What will God do in your life in 2015? Do you have any goals or resolutions? What are they?

Consider these three questions that Bill Hybles suggests:

1. What should you stop doing this year?
2. What should you start doing this year?  
3. What should you continue doing this year?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Pruitt's in Haiti!


As 2014 draws to a close, there is so much to reflect on and to be thankful for. We are especially thankful for our family and friends, and pray that you have a blessed Christmas and New Year.

Ministry and Family Update

At Quisqueya Christian School, we are finishing up the first semester of classes and preparing for final exams, before we head back to the US to spend time with friends and family for Christmas break. This semester has been wonderful in many ways—too many to list in a short letter, though we’ll try to share some highlights. Robbie continues to teach high school Bible, lead a discipleship group, counsel, speak in chapel, and develop leaders around him.

One exciting new aspect of Robbie’s work this semester has been coordinating some professional development opportunities for fellow teachers. This November, he was able to bring an education conference to Quisqueya Christian School. By streaming the conference to the school, the whole teaching staff was able to participate and learn from multiple speakers about various topics in Christian education, without having to take on the additional time and expense of travel to a conference in the US. The school also served the larger community by opening the conference up to educators from other schools as well as homeschooling teachers. It was a wonderful time of equipping and training for educators in Haiti.

Robbie has also been plugging away at his own continuing education by pursuing his Master’s Degree at Columbia International University, with an expected graduation in December of 2015. This Spring, he is planning to go on a 2-week long CIU Israel Study Tour, which will also fulfill another one of his class requirements. Visiting the Holy Land has been a dream of Robbie’s for many years, and it is so exciting to see it coming to fruition, while also putting him one step closer to his degree. We hope and pray that this trip will be beneficial not only to Robbie personally, but also to all of his future students, as he adds a whole new dimension to his Biblical knowledge, which he will then be able to pass on.

Irene has continued to focus most of her time on her primary ministry of nurturing Grace and supporting Robbie. Grace is continuing to grow, thrive, and utterly delight us. She is an active 1 ½ year old, who loves to dance, play with children and puppies, give kisses and hugs, and explore her world. She is becoming quite talkative lately, learning lots of new words all the time. Some fun recent ones have been “monkeys,” “boogie woogie,” and “stomp stomp,” each of which she uses primarily to request her favorite songs. (Can you guess what they are? Answer below.)

Irene has also been volunteering her time to counsel a small handful of students and teachers, and to lead a discipleship group of very sweet 7th grade girls. She has enjoyed partnering with Robbie to offer some pre-marital counseling, as well.

Prayer Needs

  • For safe travel, rest, and rejuvenation as we travel home to Virginia to see family this Christmas break.
  • For Robbie’s students, that they would continue to grow in their faith under his teaching. 
  • For committed monthly supporters of our ministry, as we are below our needed support budget. 
  • For Robbie as goes on the Israel Study Tour in March, that it would be a time of wonderful learning and growth.
  • For Haiti and safety for all of us living here. (There have been demonstrations and they are expected to increase in intensity into next year.)
  • For Irene and Grace as they learn and play at home, and especially for deeper friendships in this very transient missionary community, where people come and go quickly. 

End of the Year Giving

If you would like to give a special end of the year donation for our ministry in Haiti, we appreciate that very much. You may also want to begin supporting our work monthly and we welcome and need that support as well. We continue to count on supporters of our work, and we need committed monthly donors. We are currently running a deficit of $1,200 per month in committed monthly contributions. All donations are tax deductible through Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE). If you would like to financially partner with our work of Bible teaching, discipleship and counseling in Haiti, please visit:


We appreciate your partnership in our ministry! 

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

May God bless you during this season of Advent and Christmas, and into the New Year. May you continue to be strengthened and encouraged in your faith. May you know, even more deeply, the reality of Immanuel, God with us.

With love,

Robbie, Irene and Grace


P.S.—Did you guess Grace’s favorite songs? “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” a Polish version of the Hokey Pokey called “Boogie Woogie,” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” J

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Face of God



It was a pleasure reading this poem, "The Face of God", at Quisqueya Christian School's annual Staff Christmas Party. Tara Thorn signed the poem along with the reading. This is a later recording of the poem, along with Hebrews 1:1-4, which was recorded at home the following weekend.


The Face of God

Once we walked in the loving gaze
Of the face of God
In Eden’s beauty paradise
On heavenly earth; on heavenly sod
Our transgressions made us outcasts
And dark winds blew us,
To the East, it threw us
The wind withered the land
The fallen outnumbered the sand
None could rest, not kings in their riches
Nor the poor with outstretched hand . . .
And the prophets cried out
The priests offered sacrifice and praise with shout,
And the kings waged war and decreed
Until it was clear, all people bleed
And silence deafened the people in need
Then the starry night came. . .
Wise men were called from the East
Back to their Prince of Peace
His star led them there
With gifts of worship so fine and fair
The Light had entered darkness
After four hundred years of silence
Broken in a babies cry
For all to live, who once had died
The Shepherds came with staff and rod,
And these wise men, to see the face of God
In former days, and in many ways
God spoke and now by His Son,
In these latter days
He walks again with His people
In Eden made anew
His face and their face; seen through and through
To once again walk in that loving gaze
In the Glory of the face of God
In Eden’s paradise
On heavenly sod
To be right again with our God
Heaven came down and intimacy restored
Both rich and poor have seen their Lord


© December 2011, Robbie Pruitt


Hebrews 1:1-4

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”