Thursday, December 17, 2015

Merry Christmas from the Pruitt's!

                                                                                                                  December 2015
Dear Friends,                                                                                          

Merry Christmas!

This season and into the New Year, we hope that you and your family experience the deep joy of welcoming Immanuel, God with Us.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” –Isaiah 7:14

This has been quite a year for our family. Some highlights include...

  • Robbie fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling to Israel for a study tour.
  • We are working our way through our fifth (yes, fifth!) school year in Haiti.
  • Grace turned 2 in the summer and delights us every day with the funny things she says, her songs, her ballerina twirls, and the creative ways she paints her face and body with water colors (oh, brother!).
  • Robbie earned his Master of Arts in Theology from Columbia International University this December!
And (drumroll, please)...

We're expecting another baby! We are so excited, and can't wait to meet the new addition to our family, who is expected to arrive in June, while we are in Virginia for the summer.

Know that we are thinking and praying for you and your family, and ask for your prayers for us as well...

  • For health, especially for a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • For safety, especially during and after Haitian elections
  • For God's wisdom and leading for our family
  • For Robbie's teaching and ministry, that he communicate and teach God's word clearly and faithfully, and that the students would be receptive and transformed.
We hope that you and your family are thriving, filled with joy, and experiencing deep love and peace during this season, and into the coming year.

Merry Christmas!

Robbie, Irene, and Grace
Year-end giving supporting our work in Haiti:
If you would like to make a tax-deductible year-end donation, we are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) in order to raise the funds needed for our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please visit: https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

We are Thankful!


November Update from the Pruitt’s

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." -1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV

Hello friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are enjoying this North American season of autumn leaves, crisp temperatures, and pumpkin spice everything. In Haiti, November feels a little different--temperatures cooling to the glorious 80s and colorful flowers in bloom all around. Of course, no matter what the weather, we are joining in with the American tradition of gratitude.

As a family, we are grateful for restored health, after a period of almost two months when we were fighting off one illness after another. None of the illnesses were very serious in themselves, but the combination of all of them left us dragging. We are all so relieved to be feeling better and getting back into our usual rhythm of life.

We are also grateful that Irene and Grace have had safe travels back to the South Carolina. Irene completed a professional training for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and, as an added bonus, she and Grace get to celebrate Thanksgiving with Robbie's family.

We have a number of prayer concerns that we would like to share with you. Thank you so much for joining us in prayer!


  • Haiti is in the middle of presidential elections, and there has been some instability and violence in the course of related demonstrations. Please pray for peace, safety, and justice in the whole process.
  • Honestly, the last two months have been especially stressful for us as a family for a number of reasons related to health, security concerns, and work stress. Please pray for balance, wisdom, and restorative rest for us in the coming weeks.
  • Robbie is continuing to teach high school Bible classes, and fulfill his other roles at Quisqueya Christian School. Please pray for his students, that they would be open and receptive to the living and transformative Word of God.

Thank you so much for your friendship and prayers. We are also praying for you, that God continues to bless you and your family.

In Christ alone,


Robbie, Irene and Grace



How to support our work in Haiti:

We are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) in order to raise the funds we need for our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please do not feel pressured, but if you feel called to support us financially, please visit: https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pruitt's in Haiti Update, November 2014


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Thank You:

We want to say thank you to our supporters of our work of teaching, discipleship and counseling at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thank you for your financial support and your prayers! We depend on supporters like you to continue our ministry.

An update on the Pruitt’s in Haiti:

We are already almost halfway through our fourth year here. It has been a busy, good and productive year so far, and teaching, discipleship and counseling are going well. Several students re-committed themselves to Christ, and there have been many other ministry opportunities.

One highlight for Robbie so far this year has been helping to lead the Senior Hike to a pine forest tucked high in the Haitian mountains. The weekend retreat was truly Spirit-filled, as the students grew closer to God and to one another. A particularly meaningful moment for the group was an evening devotion time, during which students shared areas in which they needed to grow in wisdom. The students shared openly and honestly, and supported one another with true kindness, creating deep bonds of friendship and community.

We have also enjoyed hosting dinner and a Bible study at our apartment once a month. This weekly gathering (usually hosted by another couple), is an oasis of refreshment and fellowship for the community of teachers, who are often in need of a boost mid-week. Since we are blessed with a little more living space, we have been happy to extend hospitality to our friends and colleagues in this way.

Financial Need:

We continue to count on supporters of our work and we need committed monthly donors. We are currently running a deficit of $1,500 a month in committed monthly contributions. If you would like to financially partner with our work of Bible teaching, discipleship and counseling in Haiti, please click here. We appreciate your partnership in this ministry.

Prayer Needs:

  • For Robbie’s students, that they are open to grow closer to God and receive the Good News of the Gospel
  • For Robbie as he teaches and continues to take classes toward his Masters in Theology degree at CIU.
  • For wisdom for Irene as she mothers Grace and counsels students and staff.
  • For balance in life, ministry and work for us as a family, in a sometimes challenging place to live
  • For our travels and fundraising efforts around Christmas time
  • For Robbie as he prepares to travel on an Israel study tour in the spring, as part of his Master’s program
  • For opportunities to multiply influence and develop leaders around us

To read an article in the Quisqueya Christian School newsletter, click here.

You can keep up with more details about our work on our blogs here:

Our Life With a Little Grace: http://ourlifewithalittlegrace.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

One Month



Dear Grace,

A few days ago, we celebrated your one month birthday!  It’s hard to believe that you’ve already been with us for almost 5 weeks.  All of time seems to have a different quality since you’ve been born.  Hours and days of the week no longer organize our lives.  Instead, it’s your little sounds, your naps, your delightful periods of wakefulness, and your basic needs that give structure to our days.  Really, “structure” is not the right word.  It implies a kind of rigidity and order that don’t really fit here.  No, our days are not really structured by you—but, they are given their flow and their pace by you.  And so, we happily meander along, soaking up precious times of nursing, shared naps, and gazing with deep joy and love and your waking or sleeping face.

In this time, you’ve been growing and developing at an amazing pace.  From your original weight and length of 7 pounds and 19 inches, you’ve gained 3 pounds and 4 inches.  You look around much more intentionally than you had in the early days—your favorite things to gaze at are our faces, the jingly orange bird toy, and the sharp contrast between the white walls and dark frames, curtains and wall hangings.  And your neck is much stronger and more stable—you don’t feel nearly as fragile as you did as a newborn.  Most delightfully, you’ve started to give us little smiles from time to time, especially as you drift off into sleep in our arms.  And even with all these changes, you’re still our same wonderful little Grace.

Just in the last week or so, we’ve started venturing out into the vast and expansive realm of “public.”  Now that your little body is a little stronger and more resilient, we’ve taken you along on dates, hikes, friends’ houses, and even to the store.  As long as we’re close by and you can eat and sleep whenever you want, you don’t seem to mind or notice the change.  Of course, everyone around certainly notices you!  You have many admirers, my love.  The sweetest ones, I think, are the little children.  Though they themselves are small and adorable, they gaze and gawk at your tiny hands and feet, exclaiming what a cute baby you are.  

I have been so grateful for the kindness that you have brought out of many strangers that we have encountered.  My favorite story of this kind is from our first date since you were born.  All three of us drove down to quaint riverside town of Occoquan for lunch, and then went to the Workhouse Art Center for the afternoon.  You slept most of the way there, but woke up very hungry just as we pulled in to the little town.  Your dad rushed to park, and I then raced around the side of the car to unbuckle you and find a place to breastfeed.  Thankfully, there was a shady bench not far from our parking space, where I plopped down to feed you.  Just as we were getting going, a woman rounded the corner of a shop and started walking towards us with a smile.  “We were just admiring your beautiful baby, and then I saw that you were nursing her out here.  Would you like to come into our boutique to nurse in a quieter place?” she asked warmly, as though we were old friends.  She welcomed us into the bridal shop next door, and ushered us to a sofa in the large dressing room, lined with hundreds of beautiful wedding dresses.  There, you nursed quietly and peacefully, while I also drank the cold bottle of water that the woman brought for me.  Both shop keepers were moms, too, they explained, and loved being with and nursing their kids when they were little.  Ah, I thought, they know the love and joy that I know, too.  Maybe it’s no surprise that caring and nurture is still flowing abundantly from them, now to me and my little one.

And so, Grace, it has been quite a month.  May God continue to bless you, to draw out the best in others through you, and to grow and strengthen you each and every day.

Love,
Mom


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

So loved


Dear Grace,

From the time we knew we were expecting you, and even before that, we loved you.  We loved the dream of you.  We loved your growing, forming body.  We loved feeling your kicks and squirms in my belly.  We loved the knowledge that you were ours.  And since your birth, we have fallen even more in love with you in ways that we couldn’t have imagined.  We fell in love with your eyes, gazing steadily into ours.  And your little hands with their long fingers (“She’ll play the piano,” Gigi predicted proudly).  And your soft baby skin and even softer baby hair.  And the little bird noises that you made when you sleep.  And the big grunts that you make when you’re awake.  And your sweet sweet facial expressions when you finish nursing, utterly satisfied.  
 
In these last few weeks, we’re not the only ones who have fallen in love with you.  You’ve also smitten our family and friends.  Babcia, Dziadzucz, and Sybie are transformed in your presence into cooing, delighted admirers who want nothing less than your total happiness.  Yaya and Grand-dude (AKA, Martha and Paul), have even joined in as honorary grandparents.  Today, you met Papa and Gigi on Skype—you are the 11th of their great grandchildren.  Gigi went on about what a pretty girl you are, and Papa kept saying that, of all the family members, you resemble him the most—no hair and no teeth.

Your cousins were so excited to meet you and hold you.  Zoanna, Evan and Dylan came from South Carolina to meet you, their only girl cousin.  Zoanna in particular was so happy not to be the lone female of the generation anymore, and wanted to hold you as long as she possibly could.  Wayde, Wesley and Will also sent their greetings in cards that they made themselves.


Zosia and Lily couldn’t stop exclaiming, “She’s so cute!  Look at her tiny little feet!”  Your feet were, incidentally, the only part of you that they were permitted to touch, so they seemed especially interested in them.  Hugo, of course, could not be limited by those rules.  He kept circling back to you, saying, “Reen!  Baby!” and then kissing your back.  At the next visit, he peered down on you in your bassinet, releasing an adoring (and adorable), “Aaaaawwwww!”  Also at the next visit, Zosia was allowed to hold you, which she did ever so carefully and gently.  At one point, I thought she may be tired and wanting to get up for a snack.  “No thanks,” she responded. “I’ll just stay here and hold her a few more minutes.” 
So, Grace, may you always know how deeply you are loved.  May you know, at the core of your being, that you are cherished and precious to us, and to God.  May this knowledge bring you joy and peace, even in the dark moments of your life.  May this knowledge shape who you are, and who you are becoming, even now.

I love you, Grace.
Mom
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