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Haiti Jan 2017 B

Croix Du Boquet, Haiti January 7-14, 2017

TLI has established a partnership with the Institut Biblique de la Croix-des-Bouquets (IBC). The Bible Institute of Croix-des-Bouquets (IBC) admits a new cohort of about 30 students each year for their one year certificate and two year diploma program. TLI’s non-formal curriculum will be adapted for use in strengthening IBC’s staff knowledge and enhancing their diploma program Curriculum to be taught: Hermeneutics and OT Survey

Follow along as teachers in the field offer their experiences as they share theological training with local church leaders.

Field Notes   Haiti Jan 2017 B

Jan  13th,  2017Will it Endure?


Across from the school is an old French colonial era aqueduct.  The years haven't been kind to it, but here it is, some two hundred plus years later still standing. 

When I go on TLI trips, I am used to our teams being the only non-natives we see from the time we step out of the airport to the time we return.  Here in Haiti, however, we are surrounded by short term missions from the USA: I've seen people here for clown ministries, orphanages, and construction projects. 

Seeing all of these Americans in Haiti makes me introspective, are we just another of the countless well intentioned visitors here for a while, leaving the country unchanged (or in worse shape).  Are we building a French aqueduct which will stand for years or a woobly lean-to which will soon pass away?

Today at a short ceremony, two representatives from the two classes gave a short expression of thanks.  They mentioned how Hermeneutics and Old Testament Survey will help them be more effective in their ministries.  I don't doubt their sincerity, but I know how difficult the bad habits they have formed are to break.  We have barely started the work (only our second trip here) and much work remains if we are going to make a lasting impact. 

But then again I doubt that the old French aqueduct was built in two weeks either.

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Jan  10th,  2017Questions, Questions, Questions

We just completed our second day of teaching this week here at IBC. Paul is teaching the diploma level class on Old Testament Survey to about 15 students. I am teaching the post-bachelor class on Hermeneutics which has about 7 students.  We’re off to a great start and well into the course material.

During these past two days, the students in my class have been asking so many questions and getting into lots of lively and animated discussion together. It seems like every passage we examine while studying Hermeneutics becomes an avenue for them to ask questions that have been on their minds.


One of the reasons is because the students in my class are an older group of men (mid-thirties) who have been in the pastoral ministry for a number of years. Their questions reflect theological and practical ministry issues that they have been thinking about or wrestling with in their ministry.  As a retired pastor (who is now serving with TLI) I am thankful for the opportunity the Lord has given me to interact with them (“pastor to pastor”) and to help them to think through these issues biblically.

By the way…I found out that there is another reason why the students in my class have been asking so many questions. It’s because the teacher who taught them Old Testament Survey last week told them hold off their questions until they were in my class this week.  Thanks, Paul !

Weymann Lee (for the Haiti Team)


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Jan  9th,  2017Monday

Apostle_John_and_Marcion_of_Sinope__from_JPM_LIbrary_MS_748__11th_cApostle John (left obviously) tries to explain to Marcion why he shouldn't have slept through his OT Survey class (J. Pierpoint Morgan Library MS 748, folio 150 verso)

We have successfully started week 2 of teaching in Haiti.  The diploma level students are taking OT Survey and the post-bachelor students are taking Hermeneutics (which is the reverse of week 1 where diploma level took Hermeneutics and the post-bachelor took OT Survey).

Today as an introduction to the class, I asked the students why churches did not preach from the Old Testament more.  They gave a variety of answers, one of which was "We have the New Testament, so we don't need the Old Testament."

After the class discussion, I ran through my spiel for how the OT has been misunderstood and why the OT is necessary.  We looked at a lot of New Testament biblical passages; how they used the OT and what they said about it.  As we finished up that section of the class a student raised their hand with a question, "We have the Old Testament, so why do we need the New Testament?"

Take that Marcion

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Jan  8th,  2017Sunday

One of the benefits to being in Haiti for two weeks is that you get to preach after teaching students.  Today, I (Paul) preached at the church pastored by one of the students I had last week.  Since I am teaching OT survey both weeks here, I decided to preach from the OT.  When we preach overseas, we are not just preaching, but modeling how to preach.  After my sermon, my student mentioned how he could see how preaching from the OT could apply to his church. 



This upcoming week we are switching classes: the diploma level students will be learning OT Survey and the post-bachelor students will be learning Hermeneutics.

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