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New Bible Workbooks, a Wedding and other Updates!

New 1st and 2nd grade Bible books are here!

It was exciting to finally get the new Bible materials shipped here and sent out to the schools last week! We have been planning for this for over a year and we are happy that the kids in 150 schools will start having a Bible class every day. We are starting the program slowly with the 1st and 2nd graders this year. As they get used to the new material we will keep adding a grade every year as they move up.

High school Bible teachers are currently getting trained to teach the older grades and we will be doing a trial run with Bible courses in three high schools this year. In a few years, over 10,000 kids will be in the Bible daily!

Presenting the Salvation seminar in L’asile recently.

Teaching salvation is a privilege!

Salvation seminars continue and we enjoy the interaction with the people and the questions we get afterward! There is always a great hunger for God’s word. Once the pastors and teachers complete the Salvation study, they return them to get “graded” and then they get more studies and Bibles so they can teach their 7th or 8th graders in turn!

Audience participation has been very helpful!

A new Bible for each teacher allows them to fill out the study!

We were able to help with a wedding right after we returned to Haiti, serving as main taxi for the weekend! David and Kayla Brown got married, and their guests came from all over. We picked up people at the bus station, delivered people to and from the wedding and reception, as well as took David and Kayla to and from their honeymoon! What a Haitian experience!

Transporting family and friends to the wedding!

We would pull up at the designated bus stop and the whole crowd would try to pile right in! Once we even had to pull several boys out so the old people could get in. One group demanded that we take them somewhere else, but we had to get to the reception ourselves, so they had to give in!

David Brown, one handsome groom!

Kayla, his bride!

The looooong wedding service!

Transporting several loads to the reception!

After a hectic week and a very long day, the couple was visible exhausted at their reception!

David and Kayla are the first married in both of their families. They are important Christian role models to their siblings and the entire community as very few people get married at their age.

David & Kayla in front of their hotel room at the beach!

It was a blessing to part of this David & Kayla’s wedding weekend!

Grace has settled into her 6th grade class with a new teacher from Louisiana, Miss Stakes. She keeps busy with her friends and continues to be very creative.

Part of the 6th and 7th grade class at the opening day program!

Hard to believe Grace is a 6th grader already!

Afternoons are for friends and the freedom to still be a kid!

A fun day of swimming and fun with friends at nearby Camp Mahaniam!

Evangelism training courses continue as time allows. We try to take along the ones we have been training to continue to teach them more fully. It is a blessing to work in different areas, but we see a big difference in Bible knowledge from the urban areas to the rural.

This is how some of our visual aids made it to the church, Haitian style! Can you do this?

Trinity and Madam Yadley are in front here giving examples!


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Heading Back Home…But Which is Home?

Coming and going, travel days are never our favorite!

Which is home? Are we going home or coming home? We ask ourselves these questions. We bounce between two different cultures and it can catch you off guard. One place has way too much and one has way too little, but neither is going to change very quickly! No matter which culture we are in, every human being has a disease of sin and our aim is to reach out to the lost with the cure of Jesus Christ!

We were privileged to stay with Stan and Gloria Hartzler in Orrville, Ohio again this summer. They welcomed us into their house as family! They always have the fridge and pantry stocked when we arrive!

We really enjoyed our time in the States visiting family and friends, and being with our church family, too. Although we have too many pictures to post of our time in the summer, we love each of you and pray for you often. Again, thank you for your love, support, and prayers. We love Haiti and the Haitian people, yet we still love our own culture and of course, the people!

It was a special time to be with our boys, Evan and Grant, and the brothers that live with them, Joe and Zach Smith!

Preparing for Trinity’s grad party with Gloria’s expertise!

Aunt Toots helped a lot with the food!

All of us together at Trinity’s grad party!

We cannot help but express our love!

Next we took a road trip together to several parts of Tennessee!

A great day in the Gatlinburg area with our friends and former missionaries, Lance & Ronda, and their two sons, Josh and Jake!

A cabin for missionaries where we got to stay over the 4th of July!

The cabin was on Signal Mountain and had a hot tub out back!

We loved being together as a family! Many days inside due to all the rain!

We hiked whenever we could, often while it was raining!

We enjoyed a visit to The Ark Encounter in Kentucky!

A replica of the Ark’s only door! We didn’t notice the cross on it until we saw the photos!

Good conversations during the meals we had together!

We also stuck in a week and a half of camping in August! The weather was better by then!

Fishing with my Dad is always a highlight!

We spent as much time as possible with Susie’s parents!

Campfires and friends are the best!

Favorite times with family! Susie’s dad, sister Jodi, and sister Monica (far right)

Reconnecting with U.S. church friends!

We were able to be at Lee & Laura Blume’s (Laura is our niece) shower and wedding both!

A trip to Illinois to see Mike’s mom, although she didn’t know us!

An overnight stay with Marvin and Nancy Dotterer!

Grace got to catch the end of the local VBS with her friends!

The VBS kids collected almost 400 pairs of shoes for Haiti!

A special visit and meal with former German missionaries, Daniel and Alex Seel and family!

Great food and a relaxing overnight stay with David and Luci Baumann in Mansfield!

Good times with the “Get-Along Gang!”

Trinity and Grace loved their day at the Cleveland Zoo with Evan!

Enjoying a last great home-cooked meal produced by Aunt Toots!

One last moment with our boys and Stan & Gloria before we headed out!

We are on a journey directed by the Lord, to a culture not our own, to reach the lost with the good news of Jesus Christ!

We do love the Haitians and all the unexpected things we see!