Thank you for your beautiful, faithful prayers for our
CETA Accreditation Site-Visit this past week!
After an exhausting few days full of tons of questions,
meetings, setting up interviews, airport runs, committee meals, and an
extraordinary amount of time and notes and thoughts and counsel...Friday
our administration sat down with the CETA committee.
This committee is an incredibly experienced group, all
working and leading seminaries and accreditation processes for years
throughout the Caribbean, and they were SO full and free with an
incredible amount of good advice and counsel. They had ideas our staff
had never even THOUGHT of, concerns we never realized, encouragements we
never would have thought to try, wisdom from lessons we haven't had to
learn the hard way.
Emmaus is SO thankful we have been pursing this
accreditation, no matter how difficult and time-consuming and LONG it has
been. Not only has the process made us a far healthier institution, but we were able to get WELL-evaulated last
week by a large organization who has skin in the game and who is able to
help us understand and achieve GLOBAL standards of theological
education...for Emmaus, for HAITI.
The committee gave EBS 11 Commendations or things that
really impressed them or that they believe we are doing really well, 11
Suggestions--things they encourage Emmaus to do--and 12 Recommendations,
things CETA would require be done for accreditation.
They will now submit these items to the CETA Association
at large, who has been reading through our massive Self-Study book and
will go through their recommendations and notes, and then make the
decision whether EBS 1) is not currently able to be accredited, 2)
could be accredited after attending to the recommendations, or 3) can be
accredited now and continue to work on the recommendations.
So we wait, with your prayers!
But today was enough.
The recommendations and suggestions pertained
to EBS getting more things more formal...CETA encouraged more review policies, an IT director,
a qualified professional counselor on staff for staff and students, a
qualified librarian and to arrange the library in a more user-friendly
way, that we develop a formal process for board orientation and
evaluation, find a degreed finance person, get together a Quality Manual,
develop a curriculum review committee, develop measurable instruments for
staff and student satisfaction, prepare the campus for hearing impaired
or visually impaired students, and exit signs for the doors.
But can I share with you the commendations? Because there is SO MUCH glory to God in it that we
want to pause again and celebrate that with you...with you who have prayed and come and
built and taught and helped and supported and loved and emailed and
followed and sent and sponsored and BEEN a part of Emmaus, TODAY.
They noted that our student-friendly tuition is really
impressive and making it possible for men and women in Haiti to follow
God's calling on their lives despite social standing, despite the poverty
Haiti is known for, and noted that they have NEVER seen nor heard of a
work-study program that allows students to work 10 hours a week for
all they are receiving. THANK YOU for the students you are and have
supported, making this possible!
They complimented our "excellent facilities" and
called Emmaus an "oasis in the dessert." THANK YOU to the MANY of you who have built,
paved, painted, designed, and supported Emmaus.
They complimented our huge emphasis on the students educational and
spiritual development and were amazed at how EBS is working sacrificially
to greatly improve the education of our faculty and staff. THANK YOU to those who have been a part of this
continued education through teaching, or through the supporting of our
They noted that EBS's mission to develop
Christ-like leaders for Haiti and the World "comes alive through the all the
day-to-day activities and interaction on campus."
Finally, they talked of their experiences and ministries
in the United States, in Jamaica, in Turks and Caicos, the Dominican, in
Haiti, in Cuba, in Trinidad, and noted that the committee was deeply
impressed humbled that "Emmaus
Biblical Seminary is truly a labor of much love and a Light to the
"If God uses ONE man from Emmaus," Dr. Stroude said passionately, "if He uses even just ONE woman to
change the world for His glory, as we clearly see Him doing, then all of
this, all of it, it has not been in vain."
Emmaus is ok with the library needing work, good
with job searching some more talented people for our staff, and ready to
develop more documentation.
But our great prayer has been that Emmaus might be HIS
Light to the nations...that the mission of Emmaus--to develop Christ-like
leaders for His transformation of Haiti and the world--might be OUR
mission, might be real and true and deep, might BE REALIZED.
EBS has been poked and prodded, our pockets turned inside
out, our weakest links all tested. What more could we possibly have
hoped for than to have the CETA committee's unanimous observations be
That is an answer to prayers of the decades.
Praise the Lord.
Thank you for being a praying part of people here at
Emmaus...for the transformation of Haiti, and the world.
Stacey Ayars, for the EBS Haiti family
Join us as developing Christ-like leaders for Haiti and
the world continues TODAY at Emmaus.