"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. We worked day and night in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you." 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9

This blog is much more than our family and our crazy antics. After being overseas in Haiti for 4 years we prayed about coming back to the States and just still felt like God was going to use our family overseas...so here we go again. The big move to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and now the school growing and moving to Barbados. We just can't seem to rest until our family can love as many as we can to relationships with Christ. We always feel so blessed to meet the many people we get to serve with overseas, and of course love that you are reading with us as we serve in a new culture!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Graduating Class of 2012

At WISE graduation comes a bit earlier than most are used to.  Ours was yesterday.  Earlier this week 14 acceptance letters were sent for the fall class!  Start praying for those 14 to be able to get their paperwork, residencies, and money for travel finished.  (In case you did not know WISE through faithful supporters) is able to help those in surrounding Caribbean countries to come to WISE through a work/study program, but they need to raise money for their plane ticket to arrive here.  In most countries near us, a plane ticket is more than their family makes in a year.  So, that is a big commitment for them.  Please be in prayer for them.

Our current freshman students continue on with their studies.  We are excited to have a country cook off over their week break before summer classes start.  With the students from different countries, of course they all believe their country makes the best food, so we will find out soon!  Pray for these 10 students who are here away from family and the familiarity.  While they have almost completed their 1st year courses, everyone says the summer is the hardest while here for the intense 20 month year round program.  Hot days continue, long classes without breaks, and homesickness can often set in for the students around this time. 

Our current students are growing up.  When they come here, they arrive sometimes (mostly the guys) having never cooked.  They right away are put on a cooking/cleaning team of  3 students that rotates days of who is preparing, fixing the meals at WISE.  On each team is always a 2nd year student.  Once the 2nd yr graduates leave (tomorrow), the students go to a team of 1.  This will last through the summer helping them become a leader and gain complete knowledge of doing the cooking/cleaning by themselves for the day.  So by the time our new freshmen class arrive the new 2nd year students are ready to teach and lead their new team of 3 with the new batch of students.  If you come to visit, you get to experience this cooking, it really is a treat!

And below, though a small class, is our graduates. We will miss the 3 of them. I would love to gush about where they are headed to and the ministries they will be leading in their home countries. But, that is all in our upcoming newsletter. So, if you don't get it, let us know and we will send it to you. For now enjoy the pictures!


Our graduates: Cene, Colastin, and Onest


I got the job of cake decorating again.  Luckily it was eaten fast so not many people could see how unprofessional it was.


Some of our 1st yr students sang a beautiful special.


Brother Sruti, a local minister and past graduate, gave the message.


Current staff & their spouses

2 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading this months news letter. I do hope all is well with you guys. Take care.

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  2. Mr. Clevenger-
    Thanks. We are doing well, and appreciate all your support.

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