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On Saturday October 27, 2007 Katie Broecker went to be with the Lord. In her 25 years she did more than most of us do in a lifetime. We’ll miss you but our loss is heaven’s gain.

Katie Broecker

Donations are being received by her family at the following website:
http://web.mac.com/cbroecker1/iWeb/Site/Welcome.html or click HERE

Katie Broecker
1982–2007

Teen Read Week is underway!

Here is Chloe during one of her shifts to read aloud from the New Testament.

Each middle school student takes 2 turns reading from the New testament for 20 minutes each time.

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By the end of Monday they were already reading from Luke!

The elementary students took turns as classes going to watch the students read aloud.

This school is so blessed…The students & staff are awesome; the campus is stimulating, peaceful & clean; the morale is positive & strong. It is wonderful and life changing to hear the word of God being read aloud by the students here.

As I was listening to one of the 7th grade students read from the New Testament during her shift, I was amazed at the thought of these kids reading from the Bible out loud & with confidence as they are standing in a Christian school in the country of Haiti. It was just 2 nights ago that Sean & I woke up to 6 shot gun fires & chaos right outside of the school walls.

In the very midst of extreme poverty, crime, violence & corruption, Haiti does have it’s beauty & people whom have great hope in the Lord that He will bless those here that seek & trust in Him.

He can, will & is blessing Haiti!! As so many, many Christians are serving here we can say this with trust & peaceful knowing.

It is in the confidence, dedication & prayers of all of us at Quisqeuya that the students here will develop a great desire & wisdom of God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit, so that the future of Haiti might be run by well educated individuals that possess hope, love & great wisdom of God for the people & country of Haiti…

If you can? said Jesus. Everything is possible for him who believes. (NIV) Mark 9:23

“What do you mean ‘if you can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” (NLT) Mark 9:23

Sorry all for the delay in posting recently. We have been quite busy at the school and at home. I bet you are wondering what the title to this post means…

Well the elementary school kids (1st through 4th grade) had an organized kickball game after school this last week. Attached are some pictures of the event. These kids can sure kick the ball and we are helping them with the concept of “running the bases”. We then had a tropical rain which made it all the more interesting. Most kids still had on their school uniforms on (white polo and navy shorts) and several got quite muddy.

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Next of course is Naomi. We met Naomi when she was 4 months old when we visited Haiti last January. She is one of the orphans at Heartline Ministries. We have been praying about how we can help. Denise has been working with the women’s program at Heartline and will post about that this week. We have decided to be available to Heartline as a family that will take kids as God leads us that need a little extra “one on one” & time away from the orphanage. Although Heartline is an excellent orphanage for the children, it is not the same as having a family. She has been here for a week and is starting to adjust well. She was very scared the first few days because she has never been out of the orphanage.

We still have Kesline on the weekends. She looks forward to this time each week and she continues to thrive as she adjusts to being a part of a family setting. She has an adopted family in the states but currently the adoption process is taking 2 years in Haiti.

This is Naomi last January:
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Naomi’s first day with us…
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Finally we have teen read week stating October 15th. Along with this reading challenge the middle and high school students will be reading the entire New Testament aloud. We have set up a tent near the flagpoles representing the tabernacle and students will take turns reading aloud.

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it is about obedience. Obedience to God. Whatever it is He asks of you. Their is no big or small. The issue is not sacrifice, the issue is being where and what He calls you to be.

Whether it involves sacrificing your own time, money, energy or plans or even your life, it is about obeying. Being obedient to God is being in Gods perfect plan for you. He knows best always; Even if we can’t see it at the time.

It is our responsibility to obey Him no matter what the sacrifice. Simply obeying God does not mean our walk will be easy. It does not mean that we will not suffer or that we will always “get it”. Only God has all the answers. As long as we obey Him, we are making an eternal investment for His glory, whether we live here to see the outcome or not, God will see His perfect plans through. He will reward those who obey & follow His commandments.

But this is what I commanded them, saying, “Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people.
And walk in the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.”

Jeremiah 7:23

This is from ‘Our Daily Bread’ on September 23 which gives me courage, humility & comfort:

A song by Tommy Walker, “He knows My Name,” reminds us that God knows our every thought, sees each tear that falls, and hears us when we call.

God loves you immensely (John 3:16),
He thinks about you all the time (Ps. 139:17-18),
and He knows your name (John 10:3).

We are taking it one day at a time here in Haiti, (sometimes one moment at a time), as we do not always (or at all) know what we are doing or facing, and at times we shamefully forget why we are doing this.

As we continue to lean on Him, and as He also uses others to encourage us and teach us, we remember that God knows exactly what He is doing and that we are here to obey and serve Him.

As our family serves Christ in Haiti,
Denise