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Four Months After Hurricane Matthew
February 2017

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

You too?  Four months after Hurricane Matthew took off our roof, we're still living in a nearby missionary house, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The structural fortifications are done.  Next week two teams from Wisconsin come to redo the electric and to put on our roof.  After that comes the ceiling, patching, painting, ceiling fans, etc.  We hope to be back in our house by the end of March.

What our family saw the morning of October 4, 2016

​Satellite view of our house and neighborhood before the hurricane
Satellite view 10 days after Matthew
The house on the right is where we've been living since then.
​The black is a large plastic tarp that provided some covering until the structural work began last month.
​Inside our bedroom this morning.  Pillars and concrete headers have been poured and they're ready for roof trusses!
Our homeschool room, just waiting for a roof.  The entire structure will be much more solid in order to hold the roof firmly.
Six bars of iron go in each pillar. 
The house didn't have any pillars in the walls.  It was built in 1960 and survived Cleo, Allen and Matthew.  We had no confidence it would make it through the next one.  Now it should.  That's the point of all this effort.

Why Does God Allow Tragedies?

This is a big question for us Westerners.  I've never heard a Haitian ask this question.  Haitian Christians particularly believe in God's sovereign rule over everything.  If a disaster happens, it is because God has His own plan and it's our job to adapt ourselves to His plan!  The week after the hurricane, I had a good talk with the young man in the photo below who comes twice a week to sell us bread.

Adelson wasn't a Christian, but over the past several years he's always been respectful and interested in what I shared with him about God.  After the hurricane I shared with him in Creole a summary of Isaiah 26:9-10 "When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the Lord."  He decided to attend First Baptist Church that coming Sunday and after the service he prayed with the pastor to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  He used to be bummed out all the time.  Now he smiles and talks about God's goodness to him [you wouldn't know it from the photo, but most Haitians don't smile for photos].
Living in Haiti
Living in Haiti gives us a unique perspective on life.  It hasn't been easy being displaced from our home for 4 months and losing some furniture, papers, photos and just having the extra stress.  BUT, this wasn't our house!  This is a MEBSH school out on the far end of the SW peninsula town of Colse.  One of my former students is the pastor of the church there and he sent me this photo on What'sApp. 

World Team has a project that has already designated over $50,000 for the reconstruction of parsonages, churches and schools damaged by the hurricane.  If you're interested in helping with the extensive ongoing efforts, please click below.
In the midst of the effects of Matthew, life must go on.  It took our boys two months to get caught up on missed schoolwork.  The Bible School reopened two weeks after the storm, so I finished my course on the Book of Acts and now I'm teaching Introduction to Hebrew to our second-year students. 

Because of a generous gift, we were also able to receive a new cohort of MEBSH pastors in the residential Bible School.  That gift allows us to get started, but this two-year program relies heavily on scholarships.  World Team has an 
IBL Scholarships fund if you would like to participate in this valuable ministry.
Does your company or school replace their laptops regularly?  The Bible School is in need of good, used laptops.  Let me know!

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the teams coming next week, for their safety and for their luggage to arrive with them and with nothing lost, broken or stolen.
  • Pray for the ongoing reconstruction efforts and agricultural efforts throughout the SW peninsula.
  • Praise God for rain for the gardens and fields.  It has been extremely dry until this week.
  • Praise God for our 34 new pastoral students
  • Praise God for His provision through so many generous people for our house reconstruction and for many MEBSH parsonages, churches and schools.

THANK YOU for your love in action,

 

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

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