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Christensen News from South Carolina
October 2020

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

All together again!
Heather and I are back in our old stompin' grounds, where we met and got engaged, where we trained for ministry and where our kids are going to college.  Our home assignment is going well by God's grace.  Normally a missionary leaves an unstable environment for a furlough in a more predictable, stable setting.  Well, not in 2020!
I've been going back to this chapter in the Bible over and over in recent weeks, as our country faces another toxic election, with social unrest and a pandemic.  I'd like to share a few thoughts from selected verses.

On social justice
"The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love" (v. 5).  Followers of Christ love what God loves, which includes lawfulness and equal justice under that law.

On humility
"The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations" (vv. 10-11). Groups like to claim Jesus is on their side, but we need to get ourselves on His side!

On accountability
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD...From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth--he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do" (vv. 12-15).  Politicians answer to God; citizens answer to God; corporate executives answer to God; employees answers to God; police answer to God and protesters answer to God.

The right response
"Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him" (v. 8). This is one reason why I am a missionary and why I am training future missionaries.  Where God is revered, people are respected.  Where people trust Him, corruption is rejected, because "the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does" (v. 4).
I'm teaching "Discovering the Mission of God" to 50 students in-person this semester at CIU.  The Covid protocols here are making the semester work.  Heather and I are each leading a small group of freshmen and, together, we are mentoring a cohort of students working on a community garden project in a local neighborhood.
Heather and the kids are in CIU's Ambassador Choir.  They did their first performance for the CIU board of trustees last week and did great!  We opted to homeschool Joey and Ellie this year, which gives us the flexibility that we are used to.  As a result, Joey is taking two dual-enrollment courses at CIU and joining a local homeschool varsity baseball team.  Ellie is taking voice lessons and the boys all have custodian jobs on campus.
We're glad to be close to family again.  Heather's parents share a house with her brother John's family just two hours from us. Last weekend Ellie followed the Lord in Christian baptism. I baptized her in their pool.  In August, I baptized Joey in a friend's pond in Peoria, IL.  We are so thankful that our children are following Jesus.
We get to be parents of young Americans this year.  Joey got his driver's permit.  Erik now has his license.  Ian is getting his wisdom teeth removed next week. Erik, Joey and Ellie took hunter's safety and Joey took his ACT.  We're packing a few years into one!
We're also enjoying getting to know Ian's girlfriend, Christine, from Lancaster, SC. They're both in their third year.
We've gotten to reconnect with former missionaries to Haiti, with former classmates, and with World Team colleagues.

(Ellie calls this our superhero photo)
photo credit: Peter Rudenberg
News from Haiti is that the Bible School has been open since August and that Covid isn't making many waves there anymore. Our Haitian faculty are teaching classes in person and our foreign faculty have taught over Zoom (not me, no time!). Your donations pay for the Bible School's internet and other operating expenses even when I'm not there!
Three of my Haitian colleagues are working to improve their English in order to enroll in an online doctoral program in the U.S. Pray for their efforts!
Prayer Topics
  • Join us in giving thanks to God for His provision for our family, for the students here and for the students in Haiti.
  • Pray that Heather and I will be good mentors and teachers to these students and to our rapidly maturing children.
  • Haiti is still facing daily unrest in the capital. There are upcoming elections there also. Pray for church leaders in Haiti to be agents of God's grace and to be courageous leaders.
  • Pray for new missionaries from Haiti and from CIU to go where the Gospel is not yet preached.
With love,

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

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