ben and katie in haiti

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,


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