As you read this, our fourth year class is celebrating one last worship service together in the chapel in the middle of campus, 10 men are bending rebar in the rain around the newly poured posts of the new classroom building, 25 Master’s of the Arts in Christian Leadership students are working with Dr. Gail, another three Master’s cohorts are arriving for their classes at 1 PM, and the undergrad students who aren’t in chapel are finishing off final exams.
It is a crazy, busy week with lots of visiting professors, lots of projects happening, graduation quickly approaching on May 11th, and every single student of Emmaus, both undergrad and Master’s students, here on campus.
That means that every single room that could be considered a classroom is packed (including the cafeteria!), that every single person who could be considered a translator (who is NOT taking one of the classes) is translating, that every single dish that could be considered a plate is in use, heaped with steaming rice and beans, and that every single device that could be considered a fan is on full blast.
It means lots of crazy…and lots of good. The community and classroom conversation has been rich, the chapel services–corporate worship with people from ALL over Haiti and even the world–powerful, and the training and debating and researching and applying is just evident.
This is the kind of crazy that Emmaus is well-equipped to DO…this is the kind of crazy that brings good community, good partnership, good preaching, good teaching and good change.
Our pots are pouring out, our professors are emptying their knowledge and experience and expertise, our translators are releasing all the language they’ve been storing, our students are unloading all they’ve been learning on final tests and projects, our staff is exhausting all the resources we have left to finish the year well…and meanwhile, HE IS FILLING.
Praise the Lord that the work at Emmaus is not our own, but the Lord’s, and that He takes our pouring out and uses it for forming and filling, as only He can.
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to keep tuition for all our students low and to keep our unique work/study program providing good food and a quality living environment without cost,
Construction is well underway and will be providing 2 large classrooms,
Thank you for being a praying and sending and emptying part of Emmaus…for the transformation of Haiti, and the world!
Wednesday was inspiring, to say the least.
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With the mountain setting the stage for the glory of God, Emmaus staff, students, visitors and the board of trustees came together to commit our first year students and new Master’s students to His Word and His Work.
A church from Cap-Haitian sent a fabulous men’s singing group, the EBS worship team filled the campus with songs of praise, Dr. Ray Easley preached a fantastic sermon, outlining the kind of men and women God can use as world-changers, Dr. Matt Ayars outlined the vision for Emmaus to continue to decrease that God might increase, and the Academic Dean, Fanfan Joseph, led all the new students through their commitment to the Gospel and charge to holy living and servant leadership.
Over 60 students were commissioned, and 20 staff and board members were privileged to pray over them.
It was such a privilege to worship together, to have so much support here for the service, and to take a step back and remember whose we are and for whom we labor and strive! God continues to be at work in hearts, in Haiti, in the world, and Emmaus is grateful to be a part of what He’s doing.
We need your partnership more than ever! If you can be a part of building the much-needed larger classrooms (more on that soon!), if you feel led to provide a much-needed scholarship for one of our students, if you want to be a part of what God’s doing through Emmaus in any way, we need you. Send us an email (email@example.com), give here, or get in touch about how you can best partner with Emmaus!
From the beauty of the day to the privilege of the worship, from the many students God has brought to Emmaus to the precious task of teaching and equipping men and women in the Gospel, we are grateful for days like yesterday to celebrate! Thank you for being a praying and sending part of Emmaus…for the transformation of Haiti, and the world!
These two teams, from Crosspoint Church in Niceville, FL and New Bedford Presbyterian Church in New Bedford, PA, have been busy partnering with all kinds of ministries throughout Northern and NorthWestern Haiti, but it was a joy to have them all on campus tonight to spend some time with our students, practicing English and then being a part of the nightly prayer service. We love putting His children together, with a common-ish language, to learn and laugh and prayer together!