Thursday, 20 July 2017

O Canada

Our 6 weeks in Northern Ireland are over and last Tuesday (11th) we travelled from Dublin to Canada.  We had a brilliant trip to NI.  We had great family times, great friend time, great church times and great times at prayer groups.

Sam apparently wants to be a vet!

The purpose of this trip was mainly to raise awareness and support for EBS and BMC and we got lots of opportunities to share how God is working in both ministries. Over the 6 weeks we were able to raise just over £7000.  We also received a gift from an OMS charity shop in Portglenone of £5000 which is going towards the new physio project at BMC, which really brings the total to over £12000 for which we give God all the glory.

Construction has started on our new physio building

One thing which stood out to me over our time at home was that people are really the same all over the world….no matter what their background, their skin colour, whether they are rich or poor…etc.  When you live in somewhere like Haiti it’s easy to think that life in Haiti is so much harder than anywhere in the western world, that people at home have no problems and that living in poverty is so awful (which it is) that people in the western world don’t even have the right to complain about anything.  However no matter what country we are in, we will find pain, sickness, death, sadness, grief, hunger, lying, fighting, jealousy, hatred and all of these are a result of sin.  And this sin not only separates us from God but it destroys.  It destroys relationships and it destroys lives.   And we know the only way for us to be forgiven from our sin is to put our trust and our faith in Jesus.

Over the past 6 weeks many people asked me how do you think Haiti is ever going to change? How long will the people of Haiti have to keep suffering?  I believe the only way and the only answer is as people turn to God and start living for him rather than Satan or themselves only then will Haiti change.  And I believe the same thing for Northern Ireland.  Our wee country has many problems too, different to Haiti but still problems and still people are suffering.  But at the end of the day it really all boils down to sin. Look at these cute little faces, yet anyone with kids (especially toddlers) know that sin controls their lives, they argue, they scream, they fight and they generally only think about themselves.  We have to teach them to share, to be nice to each other, to be kind, to say please, to say thank you etc etc!!! It's just another way of us seeing that we all born with that sin nature. But how great it is to know we can be forgiven and we can have victory over this sin nature through Jesus death on the cross taking our punishment for sin. 

Throughout our time in NI many people said to us what your doing is unbelievable, I could never do that, it’s amazing how God is working in Haiti…and it is. But I want to encourage you too, we are serving the same God as you, God can do unbelievable things through you and do amazing things in Northern Ireland.  We just have to be willing to let God use us where he has placed us for such a time as this. For us right now that is Haiti and for you…well that’s wherever your reading from.  Let God use you, let God speak through you and let God do unbelievable things with your life.

Now were in Youngstown, Alberta Canada.  We have just spent the weekend in Glagow Montana sharing at the Evangelical church there where Bill’s mum grew up.  This Saturday is a big Edler family reunion with about 80 people coming and a chance for us to share about Haiti with family as well as meet lots of aunts, uncles, cousins etc who I have never met before. 

Please continue to pray for us, we are tired, (mostly our fault as we didn’t want to waste a second in NI not spending time with people) although we are getting a chance to relax with the slower pace of life out on the farm.  Pray for the boys, they have been great travelling and meeting new people but Sam especially is exhausted and he doesn’t know how to stop and rest so exhaustion turns into bad temper which well if you have had a toddler you will understand!!Pray too that our time in Canada would be fruitful not only financially but that we would find people who will commit to praying and giving to EBS and BMC long term. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Back in NI!

I've been trying to finish this post for the last 3 weeks!!We arrived back in Northern Ireland on 31st May and it feels like we haven't sat down since we got here!(hence no update!!).  The boys were great travelling and Sam especially has had a great time seeing his cousins and friends.  We been speaking in church services and prayer meetings and seeing family and friends and eating some really good food that we can't get in Haiti!!

Layover in Iceland...teddy is a world traveller!

We have been really encouraged at the number of people who have been praying for us over the last year.  One Thursday night we shared at an OMS prayer group.  I am not sure how long the group has been meeting but I am sure it is more than 30 years,  There were about 20 people with the oldest member being 96!!  These people are so faithful in praying not only for us but the other OMS missionaries and I am sure many many other people.  It is so encouraging for us to go to these OMS prayer groups and to see how they know the people in Haiti which we work with, how they are interested in the lives of the boys and how they are so committed to praying for us, as some of the members told us, everyday.

We will be here until 11th July then head over to Canada for another round of meetings and some family time.  We have two new nephews to meet and a big Edler family reunion to look forward to aswell.

Thank you for your continued prayers, tomorrow is our big fundraiser, a family fun day to raise funds for both Emmaus Biblical Seminary and Bethesda Medical Center.

It's all too  much for Joel at times!!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Summer 2017 Part one!

Sam has his last day of school today and as soon as it was over he asked 'Are we going to Bangor now?'  He is so excited to see his Granny & Bampa, Auntie Leah, Jack, baby Ben, Auntie Claire and Uncle Robert and many more friends!! He has been on the countdown for the last couple of weeks.

While we are coming home to visit family and friends and get the boys vaccinations updated, go to the dentist, doctor etc, our main purpose and goal for this summer is to raise support for both Emmaus Biblical Seminary and Bethesda Medical Center where we work.

Here is our speaking schedule if your free and would like to come and hear us.  We will also be free during the day to meet up if you would like to ask us a bit more about what God has been doing in Haiti this last year.

Monday 29th - Leave Haiti
Wednesday 31st May - Arrive in Northern Ireland


Sunday 4th - Bethany Baptist Church pm service
Thursday 8th - OMS Newtownards prayer group
Saturday 10th - OMS Charity Shop Portglenone
Sunday 11th - Glenarm Baptist Church am & pm service
Wednesday 14th - Millisle Baptist Church
Thursday 15th - Brooklands Gospel Hall Dundonald
Sunday 18th - Lifebuilders Bloomfield Presbyterian Church Belfast
Monday 19th - OMS Broughshane prayer group
Wednesday 21st - Lower Clonaneese Presbyterian Church
Saturday 24th Family Fun Day fundraiser in Bangor Aurora
Sunday 25th - Straid Congregational Church
Wednesday 28th - Great Victoria Street Baptist


Sunday 2nd  - Ballychrochan Baptist am & pm service
Wednesday 5th - Moira Baptist
Tuesday 11th - Leave for Canada!

We would appreciate your prayers as we travel on Monday & Tuesday and as we speak over the next couple of months in different churches.

Today I was explaining to Sam how we will get a plane to America and sleep there, then a really long plane to Iceland, then a third plane to Dublin where Bampa would pick us up and drive us to Bangor.  He thought for a second and then said '  I don't there going to be loads of ice there? Where?  I said.  Sam ' In Iceland!'

Friday, 12 May 2017

First year done

Last week was final exams for our students and now semester 2 is over and Bill has finished his first year teaching.  This past month here at EBS has been very busy.  Dr Jocye Thorton was here the first week in April teaching a masters class.

Then a couple of weeks ago we had Dr Ray Easley for faculty training.  He did 3 afternoon sessions on writing a syllabus, creating learning objectives, best practices of teaching, learning styles and lots more.  Bill thought it was the best thing ever and now is disappointed he can't start putting it into practice until August!

Then there was  Emmaus 50th  Anniversary talent show.  They had a few people singing, one even with a live band, but it was ti Esther who stole the show with her incredible voice at only 10 years

Last week we had the last chapel service of the school year which was a special service for the 4th years, who are about to graduate.  The 4th years spoke of how they found community, support, counsel, good teaching and much more.  One student said ' I know we work, but we can work harder.  We can work harder in our classes and more faithful in our ministries.'

Saturday was the final event in the celebration of the 50th.  There was a huge thanksgiving service in the Vaudrieul church.  I had to stay home with Joel who wasn't well, but Bill was there...... for all 4 1/2 hours of it!  There was many singing groups, speakers, past students, former staff and the founder, Dave Graffenberger all sharing.  It really was a celebration of what God has done over the last 50 years at EBS and a chance to also look forward to what God is going to do for the next 50 years.

Classes are finished for the year, Bill has finished marking his final exams and this week was busy!  Wednesday was the graduation banquet, where the graduates and two guests of their choice come together along with EBS staff for a celebratory dinner.  Graduating in Haiti is a big deal.  There are not many people who finish high school let alone go on to graduate from university.

This morning was graduation. We had 13 students finish their time at Emmaus and graduate.  Graduation was held in Pillatre church about 10 minutes away as our chapel building is too small for all the guests.  The service consisted of speeches, special music, worship lead by EBS students, a special prayer for the graduates, a sermon from a former academic dean and a speech from the valedictorian. Afterwards there was a reception at the EBS campus.

Its exciting to see the potential in these men and women and we pray that will continue to use them to build his kingdom in Haiti.

Meanwhile as all this has been going Phil and his team have been faithfully working on a new outdoor space for graduation and other events. Unfortunately it was not ready in time for this year's graduation as we have had a lot of rain since, well since November really!  But so far it looks great.