Here's what's going on in the youth group and young adult ministries at Quisqueya Chapel this week. For those of who pray for us or give to us or both - thanks! We are glad to be here and do this sort of thing. Serving in Haiti is a blessing.
There are several links in this blog post if you are interested in these resources.
Rejoicing in God's Good Design
For the youth group Sunday school class we are learning about God's design, purpose and roles for men and women in the church and in the home. It's been a very good study and has inspired some very interesting conversation. In today's culture, in Haiti, Canada and the Untied States (we have kids from all three places in the class), Biblical roles for men and women have been challenged and significantly perverted and blurred. I would highly recommend this study for any high-school Sunday school class.
To Be Like Jesus
Andrea and Dieula, a past youth group member, are team-teaching the 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school class. Andrea started teaching the class with Dieula last year and plans to hand the class over to Dieula very soon.
To teach Children Desiring God curriculum is to be discipled by it. We've grown because of it and we pray that she will grow as she teaches it as well. Seeing kids, when they start to "get it", is very rewarding. Pray for Dieula if think about her. Teaching is rewarding and challenging. We hope that this will grow into something very good for her and the kids she ministers to in Haiti. God is faithful. If your church is looking for Sunday school, midweek or VBS curriculum I want to steer you to this place.
Disciplines of a Godly Man
Is there a place in the world that doesn't need disciplined, godly men? The lack of godly men is seen everywhere in Haiti (as in many other places). We are about three weeks away from finishing this book study. It's been challenging to each of our lives and my hope is that the men who have been coming to this will lead more disciplined lives for the glory of God. We've had about 15-25 men coming every Monday night to this study. "To open this book and find someone taking seriously the biblical call of agonizing to enter the kingdom and...boxing and sweating like a champion to get victory over sin is the most refreshing thing I could have set my eyes on." - John Piper
Because He Loves Me
Because He Loves Me by Elise Fitzpatrick. There is a very good group of young and older women coming to the study. In January, Andrea and Makayla started meeting together in hopes that others would join them. They met together for about a month with no one else joining. On the fifth week of meeting, just the two of them, Andrea decided they could just meet at home rather than walking to the church every Monday. On their way out of the gate to head home one of the youth group members came in just as they were going out. So, they came back and did the study that night. Since then there has been a consistent and growing group of women meeting every Monday night!
What did you Expect?
On Wednesday nights we've been getting together with about 20-30 youth and young adults to watch video sermons. We've been gathering for several weeks, watching various pastors on video. Next up we are going to watch a series by Paul Tripp titled What Did You Expect? It is a study on marriage.
Discipleship has been front and center since we've moved back to Haiti. The first time we visited here we felt that Haiti was evangelized but not discipled. The longer we've been here we realize how true that is. We, with Quisqueya Chapel, are putting a special emphasis on creating a culture of discipleship. Part of what we are doing involves using the book Multiply by Francis Chan. Andrea and I are almost finished going through this book with four youth. We have plans for two or three more discipleship groups to start in the next few weeks. Another recommendation: if your church is looking for a manual on discipleship I would check this one out. Learn more about it here.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
When I was young my mom read to us a book called The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Years later I took Andrea and the kids to a play on the same book. If you've ever read it you know what a good story it is. This year we are going to attempt to do it as a play for the church for Christmas. We need 25 youth to participate as actors and many more to help pull off the production. We look forward to spending many hours with the youth practicing and working toward doing this together. Our hope is that it will bless the youth and those who watch it with a clear Gospel message. We also hope to build better relationships with the kids who will be working on this project with us!
Narnia Book Club
Good fiction is difficult to find here. Finding a teenager who reads good fiction is even harder! Noticing that, we decided to see if there was anybody who wanted to read The Chronicles of Narnia with us. The response was good, so we started the Narnia book club and we are reading/discussing the Narnia series together. Currently we are on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and we have about 20 youth reading with us. Thank you to those of you (thanks mom) who have supplied us with dozens of these books. Aslan is on the move!
Youth Group on Saturdays
Every Saturday we meet for our regular youth meeting. We usually have over 50 youth in attendance at this meeting. Recently we've been studying issues of modesty from a Gospel-centered perspective. We're asking the question: How does the good news of Jesus dying for my sins and delivering me from the wrath of God relate to issues of chastity and modesty?
The Gospel Coalition
Theological Famine Relief
They say it all here. The Gospel Coalition has made Biblical resources available to ministries outside of North America. We've been able to bring down several cases of books. Friends and family have also brought down books and Bibles to give away to youth, young adults, and future leaders in Haiti. Good theological and Christian living books are difficult to find here. We're thankful for TGC giving us these resources in English, French and Haitian Creole!
Pray for one of our youth group members
Thanks to all of you who have agreed to pray for one youth this year and for purchasing the book Setting Their Hope in God. We are looking forward with anticipation to see how God uses your prayers in the lives of these young people! We still have about 10 youth group members who we’d like to get prayer partners for. If you are interested in joining us here’s how it works:
1) Purchase this book, Setting Their Hope in God, by Andrew Case.
It is available for $8.99 on Amazon. There is an electronic version for $.99.
2) Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you’ve got the book and are committing to pray for a youth for the next year.
3) We will email you a picture of the youth and their name. (**We will only be able to share a name and picture to protect the youth’s privacy agreement.)
4) Read the preface and instructions at the front of the book.