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.”

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Shepherds Abiding



As the High School Bible Teacher at Quisqueya Christian School, I have the privilege of speaking at chapel every now and then. This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to teach on the meaning of Christmas through Luke 2:1-21, focusing on Luke 2:8. In exploring why God would send angels as messengers to shepherds in their fields, we see that God has a shepherd’s heart. Christmas is about Jesus leaving home and living among us, His sheep, and laying His life down for us, so that we might have His life. Jesus is our Good Shepherd and Great King.

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Key Verses:

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” –Luke 2:8

"'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'”  –Matthew 2:6, NIV

Benediction and Prayer:

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” –Hebrews 13: 20-21, NIV)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Jesus Christ Heals You

The Johari Window, photo from StoneWritten

Scripture:

“Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed.’ Immediately he got up.” –Acts 9:34

In Acts 9:34; a man named Aeneas was in obvious need of healing, he had been bedridden for eight years. His need was evident to himself, as well as to those around him. Peter addressed this need and said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed.” God worked. Aeneas got up. He was made well.

Areas of our lives where we need healing can be obvious to us, and to those around us. However, there are times where it may not be so obvious to us where we need healing. Sometimes we can be blind to our needs, they can be hidden, or less obvious, to us, and to those around us. Sometimes our needs are unknown.

The Johari Window is an engaging tool of self-exploration where we can begin to explore areas of our lives that are 1. Open, known to self and known to others, 2. Blind, known to others, but not known to self, 3. Hidden, known to self, but not known to others, and 4. Unknown, not known to self and not known to others.

Questions for Reflection:

Look deeply at all the ways in which you need to hear “Jesus Christ heals you.”

How and where do you need healing?

Are there obvious, open, needs? What are they?

How can you explore the blind spots in your life? Who can you entrust to help shine some light into your life?

Are there hidden areas where you need healing? How can you get these things into the open? Who can you share your needs with?

Ask God to show you your blind spots and to show you the unknown areas of denial and defensiveness.

Pray for God to help you “‘get up’ and ‘make your bed’”. Ask God for the healing and restoration that you need to continue on in every area of your life where you need healing and restoration.

Prayer:

“Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, p. 830)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday


Looking for an opportunity to give this Giving Tuesday?

We continue to count on supporters of our work and we need committed monthly donors. We are currently running a deficit of $1,300 per month in committed monthly contributions. If you would like to financially partner with our work of Bible teaching, discipleship and counseling in Haiti, please click here.

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

We appreciate your partnership in this ministry! 


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gratitude for God's Faithfulness



“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV

"Without worship, we go about miserable." –A.W. Tozer

“The surest index of your spiritual and emotional well-being is the degree of gratitude in your life.” –John Maxwell

As Quisqueya Christian School's High School Bible Teacher, I often have the opportunity to speak at our chapel services. This was last week's talk on "Gratitude for God's Faithfulness". Here I talk from Luke 7:36-50 and Luke 17: 11-19, a sinful woman anoints Jesus' feet and Jesus' cleansing the ten with leprosy. This talk explores the importance of, and the essential nature of, gratitude, thanksgiving and worship. Gratitude is God's will for our life.

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For the prayers from this talk, and the study questions for this talk, click this link:


Prayer of Thanksgiving

“Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.”(Book of Common Prayer, p. 101)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pruitt’s in Haiti Update, November 2014


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Thank You:

We want to say thank you to our supporters of our work of teaching, discipleship and counseling at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thank you for your financial support and your prayers! We depend on supporters like you to continue our ministry.

An update on the Pruitt’s in Haiti:

We are already almost halfway through our fourth year here. It has been a busy, good and productive year so far, and teaching, discipleship and counseling are going well. Several students re-committed themselves to Christ, and there have been many other ministry opportunities.

One highlight for Robbie so far this year has been helping to lead the Senior Hike to a pine forest tucked high in the Haitian mountains. The weekend retreat was truly Spirit-filled, as the students grew closer to God and to one another. A particularly meaningful moment for the group was an evening devotion time, during which students shared areas in which they needed to grow in wisdom. The students shared openly and honestly, and supported one another with true kindness, creating deep bonds of friendship and community.

We have also enjoyed hosting dinner and a Bible study at our apartment once a month. This weekly gathering (usually hosted by another couple), is an oasis of refreshment and fellowship for the community of teachers, who are often in need of a boost mid-week. Since we are blessed with a little more living space, we have been happy to extend hospitality to our friends and colleagues in this way.

Financial Need:

We continue to count on supporters of our work and we need committed monthly donors. We are currently running a deficit of $1,500 a month in committed monthly contributions. If you would like to financially partner with our work of Bible teaching, discipleship and counseling in Haiti, please click here. We appreciate your partnership in this ministry.

Prayer Needs:

  • For Robbie’s students, that they are open to grow closer to God and receive the Good News of the Gospel
  • For Robbie as he teaches and continues to take classes toward his Masters in Theology degree at CIU.
  • For wisdom for Irene as she mothers Grace and counsels students and staff.
  • For balance in life, ministry and work for us as a family, in a sometimes challenging place to live
  • For our travels and fundraising efforts around Christmas time
  • For Robbie as he prepares to travel on an Israel study tour in the spring, as part of his Master’s program
  • For opportunities to multiply influence and develop leaders around us

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Satan Prowling

Statue of the Archangel Michael defeating Satan,

"We only fully grasp the gospel when we understand, as Paul did, that we are the worst sinner we know." –Tim Keller

Scripture:

"And the Lord said, 'Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.'” -Luke 22:31-32

Jesus prayed for Peter when Satan sought to attack him. Jesus prayed that Simon’s faith would not fail. Jesus prayed that sin and evil would not win the day, and when it was all said and done, that Peter would return to Him and strengthen his brothers.

Peter Himself would later write, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, NIV). Peter understood his sinful self and the presence of evil roaming around seeking to destroy him. Nothing would delight Satan more than to devour us.

It is God’s desire to see our faith remain steady. God desires us to be strengthened so that we might live and strengthen others. We must return to Jesus, stay alert, be sober-minded, and expect God to protect us and to lead us into His way and service.

Reflection Questions:

Does your awareness of your own sinfulness eclipse the sin you see in others?

How does knowing who you are compel you towards the Gospel?

Are there areas of your life where Satan is prowling around?

How do you need to rely on Christ to help your faith to not fail?

In what ways do you need to be alert and sober-minded?

Prayer:

“Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 831)


If you would like to financially support Robbie and Irene’s work of Bible teaching, discipleship and counseling in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, please click here. We continue to count on supporters of our work and we need committed monthly donors.