Within 24 hours of reading David Platt’s book, Radical, Chris Love knew she needed to go on a mission trip.
She and her husband Jeff had just finished paying off their house, and instead of going on a vacation, the family went on a Men for Missions (MFM) trip to Haiti. While they were there, both Chris and her son Camden told Jeff they were ready to stay. Jeff was unsure, but as they thought about this possibility, it became more obvious that God was keeping the door to Haiti open to them.
Now, the Love family is heading out next week to be One Mission Society missionaries in Haiti and work with the Cowman International School, a school for Haitian children, international students, and OMS missionary kids. Cowman provides a quality education in a variety of subjects, but more importantly, it provides children and their families the opportunity to hear the Gospel and to learn about God through their education at the school.
The Loves had the opportunity to experience what Cowman does during that first mission trip to Haiti. Chris and Camden helped clean the school, while Jeff served on the electrical repair team on the MFM trip. Chris enjoyed interacting with the faculty and students, and she discovered that Cowman was seeking a science teacher.
After some prayer and thought, Chris decided to quit her job in pharmaceuticals, a field she had been in for 18 years, and get a teaching degree to work at Cowman. There, she will teach several health, science, and math classes to middle school and high school students. Jeff will work at Cowman through IT support, taking inventory of the technology, and helping bring Cowman to the next level technologically for the students and faculty. He will also teach adult English language classes outside of the school.
Both Jeff and Chris discovered a love for the Haitian people and for Cowman School after going on the MFM trip and a second mission trip in April, where God continued to confirm this was where he wanted them to go. Chris said her heart goes out for the rising younger generation in Haiti. Only four percent of these young people are projected to graduate high school, she said, and voodoo has permeated Haiti’s culture. Jeff and Chris added that this country needs education and the love of Jesus. And this isn’t a belief they created. It is a statement they’ve been told by people in Haiti.
Through Cowman, this younger generation has an opportunity to hear about Jesus. Many of the students who attend the school are the children of business and government officials in Haiti. Cowman can affect the next generation of leaders in this country by providing a good education, one that includes the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The Loves ask for prayers as they move to Haiti and begin their ministry. Please pray that they are able to adjust quickly to their new life, that God protects them, and that their belongings reach Haiti safely. They especially ask for prayers as they begin to serve at Cowman, that God will use them to reach this next generation. Chris prays that she can bring science to life for the students and that God can guide her teaching, especially as she completes the training and learning process for her degree.
Jeff and Chris also emphasize the need Cowman still has for more teachers as they expand their building and as the student body increases and additional grades are added to the school. Pray that God provides long-term teachers, as well as funds so that Cowman can continue to teach students and share Jesus’ love with them.
For more information about the Love family, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/TheLoves.
To learn more and give to Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.