Monday, November 16, 2009

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Friends,

We are moving to Haiti! After today we've shared our news with both employers, so at long last we're  ready to share with everyone.

So here's the story - Ben and I are moving to Port-au-Prince, Haiti on December 29, 2009.

Why?
Jesus said, "God's spirit is on me; he's chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,
Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind,
To set the burdened and battered free, To announce, 'This is God's year to act'."
- Luke 4

Jesus said these words in his hometown to announce the beginning of his ministry. It's become our theme verse, too, as we prepare for Haiti. As Jesus-followers, we just want to imitate Him. Love like He loved. We've been sensing a specific call to serve overseas for some months and have been praying about it ever since.

What will you do?
Ben and I will be high school teachers at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince. Ben will teach high school social studies and history. I will teach high school English and electives (theater, life skills, geography, etc.). Quisqueya has about 300 students K-12th grade and is part of the Association of Christian International Schools. The school teaches in English, and students are a blend of Haitians as well as children of missionaries, diplomats, and businesspeople. Outside of the school day we'll be serving in the community alongside local missionaries.

How long will you go?
Several years. We'll renew our contract annually. Exciting news: we'll be home in the summers! We'll have around 8 weeks back home in Dallas. We're not sure exactly what we'll do during that time - possibly working, youth camp/children's camp/VBS/Young Life camp, resting, visiting family and friends, or probably a combination of all of the above.

Are you fundraising?
Yes. The school pays us a stipend, and on top of that we're raising $850 per month.The easiest way to give is via the PalPal link to your right. The thing we need most is monthly supporters.

How can we be involved?
1. Pray for us. We desperately need a community praying around us - thanks in advance for your prayers for us, for our ministry, for Haiti.
2. Support. We'll be counting on our community to support us while in Haiti. Since we'll be flying to Port-au-Prince on American Airlines, frequent flyer miles are a blessing, too.
3. Check back on the blog for frequent updates. You can become a Follower (click the "Follow" button to the right) or add us to your feed reader.

Love,
Ben and Katie

26 comments:

  1. Ben and Katie!!!!!!!!
    This is so amazing. What great news. We are so excited (and a little scared) for you guys! We are definitely committed to praying for you during this huge step and beyond. Wow. No words! Except, can we visit? :o)

    Love you guys!
    Kerry and Clint

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  3. Katie! I am so excited for you both! Can't wait to see all the ways God blesses you and uses you to bless Haiti!

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  4. WOW!!! I am so encouraged and blessed by this post :) sooo amazing!!! I love you both and can't wait to follow along with you on your journey in prayer and support!

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  5. Ahhhhhh!!!! So this is why we've been phone tagging! I'm so excited for you guys! I'll definitely be praying for you both while you're away. It is a very brave thing you guys are doing - please, please, please be safe. Call me when you get off work today if you can :)

    Love you guys.

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  6. Congratulations! I know it's awesome to follow God in such a way. You'll be blessed. I will pray.

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  7. Today is the day after the earthquake. I am praying for Katie & Ben and all the people of Haiti. Their struggles will be incredible and I pray that the world will reach out to feed, water, shelter and comfort all the people in Haiti. Stay strong in your faith and in your will. God bless.

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  8. Katie and Ben, am praying, praying, praying. Katie, I can just see your beautiful smile and calm demeanor as you go about your work, busy with those that God sent you to love. So grateful to know you and have worked with you. Prayers and hugs, Pam

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  9. Katie & Ben,
    I found your blog link on the DMN a couple days ago & have been praying for you. I will be praying not only for you & all of Haiti but for your families here in the States.
    I have a daughter called to serve in Africa so know how challenging it is to be the mom.
    God will bless & keep you & supply all your needs. I've also shared this link with others who pray for children & those who serve them around the world. In Christ's Love, Vicky

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  10. Katie & Ben,
    I just found your blog and will also be praying for you. I pray for a mighty move God to sweep over Haiti and unblock the aid that has been tied up at the airport. I pray that aid, relief, compassion and Gods love will abundantly flow. I pray for God's peace to surround you and strengthen you.
    -your sister in Christ, from Boston

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  11. Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now. -Saint Teresa of Avila

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  12. Ben & Katie -
    My name is Josh Holden, and I work for a non-profit Christian organization called Bluefish TV. We produce video-based Bible studies for small groups. I came across your name from a friend at work, her name is Denise Dugger Tidwell and she is a member at First Baptist Church Richardson. Katie, she connected me with your parents, and it was your parents that gave me your contact info. We are currently working on a project with Max Lucado that is called Outlive Your Life. We are in the process of trying to locate people who are willing to share their stories on camera. These are stories of people who are using their time, skills, and passions for the kingdom of God. People who are willing to trade in the pursuit of the American dream for a world that desperately needs Christ. The goal of the video series is to inspire the viewers to search for ways to tangibly make an impact in their schools, neighborhoods, and around the world. We would appreciate the opportunity to come to Haiti and interview the two of you. If there is a better way to contact you please let me know, I look forward to hearing from you soon. You and the people of Haiti are in our prayers.

    Josh Holden
    Producer
    Bluefish TV
    972-560-5600
    josh@bluefishtv.com

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  13. God bless you, Ben and Katie! I've prayed just now for Jesus to continue to shine through you as you offer love and practical help that is so desperately needed in His name.
    I praise God that you are following Him! I pray for His strength, wisdom, peace, and joy to flood your lives....and spill over!
    Allison Ware, FBCR

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  14. Ben and Katie,God bless you both.We along with our church here in Michigan will be praying for you.In Christian love,Jean and Owen (Aaron and Brian's aunt and uncle)

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  15. This is great! I found your blog and really admire the way you have trusted the Lord in moving to Haiti. We're in Dallas too and praying for you!

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  16. I received a link to this blog from my brother and I am AMAZED at the strength of your faith and courage in these trying times. I will pray for continued safety, health, and strength for you and those around you.
    Peace and Blessings from Fort Worth, TX

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  17. Carol Slover forwarded me your blog. Praying for you and the people of Haiti.

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  18. Dear Ben and Katie ,
    Our prayers are with you and your family and for your safe return.The people of Haite are surely blessed with your presence there.It could not have been an accident that you chose to go when you did.Although you are exausted it must be so thrilling to know what Gods will is for your life.I truly envy you!!!

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  19. Katie: I wait each day to see your comments and hear the incredible ways that God is using your love for him in ministering in Haiti! The photos and your comments share the love of Christ with all of us here as we pray for you, Ben and the people of Haiti! We will continue to keep you in our prayers....Jennifer Robertson

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  20. Hi, my name is Grant Schwartz and i am student at Pearce High School. I write for the Pony Express newspaper and am writing a feature article about how Haitian and Haitian-Americans are affected and dealing with the earthquake and the cities you don't hear about on the news. I am very interested in your story and am interested in interviewing you for the paper. If you are to busy I understand. If you are interested please email me at gschwartz6818@yahoo.com or call me at 2149180657.
    Thank you so much for your earthquake relief efforts,
    Sincerely,
    Grant Schwartz

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  21. Ben & Katie, I found your blog this week through Buckner Int. and I cannnot stop reading. You guys are amazing, and I am praying for your health & safety. I am a school nurse in DFW, & I am so touched by your commitment to your students & families. May God give you peace and strength in your work that outlasts your anxiety & exhaustion. Peace to you both-Shannon

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  22. My daughter, Lauren, arrives today, Sunday 31st, with the next wave of CRI team members. I hope she gets to meet you both. God bless you all in the compound as you shine brightly for Jesus!

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  23. Ben and Katie,

    My name is Kate Rudasill and I am on full-time staff with Frontier Camp in Grapeland, Texas. I found your blog through my friend Carolyn (Frizzell) Lehmkuhl.

    Frontier Camp is partnered with Gersan Valcin (the pastor of Evangelical Community Church in Port au Prince) and his wife, Betty. We currently have a team in Haiti working with Gersan and Betty and have received daily updates. Several updates have mentioned your school and the great work that has been going on there in spite of the tragedy and chaos that surrounds you.

    Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for all of you and are so thankful for your ministry and your willingness to serve. God bless you!
    Kate Rudasill
    Frontier Camp
    Grapeland, Texas

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  24. Ben and Katie, I will pray for you and I can assure you will gain so much from your experience. I am a long time nurse and have been on 3 medical missions to Haiti the people are so thankful, strong in their faith and a true inspiration to the Lord. You will come home a different person. Bless You both

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  25. Ben and Katie,

    Thank you so much for all you have taught me at vbs missions. Missions is my favorite part of vbs. I will definately bring change to help kids in Haiti. Katie, you are my role model. I can't wait for you to be my 2011 camp counselor. I will pray for you.
    Jennifer

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  26. I wish you both well in all your endeavors. It is not easy to adjust to anew culture, new country, new job and you are doing all three at once. However, the fact that you are doing something that you feel will benefit the children of Haiti will help you to persevere whenever things get stressful. I know that there will be children who look back on the experience for many years to come and feel enriched by their education.

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