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We're back in our house
July 2017

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

When Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti last October, we knew it was going to change our ministry, but we had no idea just how close to home the storm would hit--literally!  Our roof went off the morning of October 4, 2016 and graciously, the Lord had the house next door to us vacant and with only minor damage.  The missionary community jumped to action to move us into that smaller house before more of our stuff was damaged, all while the rains continued to fall.
After much deliberation and prayer, we saw that God had provided enough funds from friends like you to do major repairs to our 50+ year-old missionary home.  It had survived three major hurricanes over that span, but no one was confident it could withstand another.  Before the new roof could go on, we had significant structural work done.  Then in February, a team from Faith Community Church in Janesville, WI came down to put on the new roof, designed to be category 4 hurricane resistant, not that we want to put it to the test!
Everybody got in on the action.  We put down plywood on the large southern exposure in anticipation of a future campus-wide solar system to power the mission center.  Those plans are proceeding, albeit slowly.  Our missionary colleagues in the MEBSH construction department worked hard to make our house reconstruction possible.  Our big question was whether we'd be back into our house by March...then by April...then by May...then before our summer home assignment.
Sean did nearly all of the internal wiring, then came more cement work, plumbing repair and painting. The big move-in day was June 3, exactly 8 months after our family left the house to take shelter in the cement-roofed home of some missionary friends.  It wasn't exactly an exile, but it did give us a little sense of the anticipation that God's people felt while wandering in the desert before entering the Promised Land.  Whenever we told people that we were living in a temporary house, we were struck with the reality that everywhere on this earth is a temporary house.  Jesus uniquely offers eternal dwelling places untouchable by evil.  That is where our treasure lies.
Besides getting a strong, like-new house after the hardship of the hurricane, another great blessing is the relationship we've made with this group of local Haitian young men.  They've gotten a ton of work from our project and a decent amount of money with that.  But the greater blessing has been the spiritual conversations, time of prayer and Bible study that we've had with them.  Sean has been able to be a spiritual mentor to them all, many of whom don't have an active father in their lives.
I (Sean) have kept busy at the Bible School as well.  This spring I taught Ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church) and the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) at the Bible College and coordinated the chapel services for the pastoral training track.  Pastor Dieunel (above) shared with me after taking Hamartiology (doctrine of sin) from our adjunct faculty member, Pastor Steve Buerer, that his ministry will take on a whole new dimension now that he understands how Adam's sin enters all of our lives and how Jesus saves us from that plight.  Pastor Dieunel is just one example of the kind of leaders, old and new, that we have the privilege to equip for ministry.
Heather and the kids are very glad for this very stressful and radically disrupted school year to be over.  Our family is now on home assignment in the US for the summer.  Since Ian will be a senior this fall, we are visiting colleges.  We praise God that there is a teacher coming for Ellie's grade to the missionary kid school this fall.  Joey will attend the school as well, so Heather can focus her efforts on Ian and Erik.
Summer Ministry
July 10-11 World Team US office, Warrington, PA

July 16  Calvary Baptist Church, Brewer, ME
July 23  Old Town Baptist Church, Old Town, ME
July 28-30 Missions Weekend at The Church at Spruce Creek, Kittery, ME

Prayer Requests
  • For Ian's college decision, choosing a major and financial provision.
  • For our family's safety during our east coast travels.
  • For rest and renewal so we can give our best this fall.
  • For our niece Elisa who will intern at Cite Lumiere Christian School this fall.
Although Hurricane Matthew has long left the headlines, the effects of Hurricane Matthew are far from resolved!  World Team has financed over 30 repair projects to MEBSH parsonages, schools and churches, thanks to an outpouring of response during the first few months after the storm. There are still OVER HALF of the damaged buildings awaiting funds for reconstruction.  WT is still receiving donations.  Sean is on the reconstruction committee, so he knows the huge remaining need firsthand.

Sean, Heather, Ian, Erik, Joey and Ellie Christensen

Training the next generation of leaders for the Haitian church and beyond
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