The second annual HEF Haiti Teachers conference consisted of 12 teachers and one cook. We had a wonderful team and planned for weeks ahead together in preparation for the conference. We planned lessons, a schedule and a conference handbook for each teacher with all of the lessons in French. Our lessons included Bible, science, geography, health and ESL. The English as a second language (ESL) sessions allowed an opportunity for us interact with the Haitian teachers in a more personal way. A lot of laughter and good fellowship occurred during our English lessons. Over 120 Teachers came to the conference from the HEF schools and two other Christian schools. Each teacher received a French Bible, and a conference book, plus a bag of materials they would need to teach the lessons to their students. At the end of the conference each teacher was given a Certificate of Completion with their name printed on it and signed by the principal and superintendent.
We began each day with a general session on Biblical Integration and one of the general sessions was devoted to a review of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Then we would break down into small groups for the lessons. We did some lessons to reinforce the Bible curriculum we took to the conference last year and gave to each school. The other lessons were taken from their school curriculum and gave the teachers ideas and materials to make their lessons hands on and interactive for their students. The last night we had a campfire and cooked Smores for the teachers. The response from the teachers to the conference was very positive, and The Haitian teachers did a talent show at the end of the conference to honor us. We felt so blessed to be a part of something with so much potential for the future of Haiti.
Doug Verner; HEF Haitian teachers conference teacher