Ship ahoy! Last week, Sailer Financial visited our Nashville headquarters and proved to be such a huge help. Keep reading for a snapshot of their day:
Sailer Financial took a half day before joining us to help sort curriculum and take inventory to be sent to Haiti. Much of this curriculum comes from many of our amazing supporters, who have donated books, games, and other learning tools to our office.
However, as a non-profit organization, we are often time-strapped: as our small staff is assigned to so many different projects, it is, at times, difficult to allocate resources to sort through these donated materials. We are incredibly grateful that Sailer Financial took the time to aid us in this operations process, as their dedication and positive attitudes propelled them through the work– and the afternoon.
With deepest gratitude, we thank you, Sailer Financial. We love our volunteers!
The Visual Story of Sailer Financial’s Day:
L to R: Andy Michael, Pamela Talley, Jenny Wilson, April James, Jeremy Hutzel
Leadership: it’s the primary discipline we seek to instill in our students, the foundation on which our school is based, and the guiding force behind our teachers’ instruction. Since we believe that servant leadership will unlock future economic and social advancement in Haiti, we’re always grateful for partnerships with other institutions who promote leadership, both in Haiti and from the U.S. Recently, Cumberland University traveled down to The Joseph School on a mission trip to our school and they led a Leadership Conference. We’re excited to shine a spotlight on their service today.
After the volunteers arrived in Haiti, they wasted no time in getting started. As a group, they single-handedly spearheaded an effort to encourage our students to develop as servants of God: a Leadership Conference. During their multi-day conference, they emphasized the importance of flexing many different— and often, seemingly opposing— leadership muscles. While a leader must necessarily approach situations with confidence, he or she also must possess humility. Evidently, they spoke on the nature of pride as one of the seven deadly sins, and they underscored that although it can certainly lead to “accomplishment,” it can also lead to “hate.”
Additionally, they encouraged our students to approach situations with logic and empathy, taught them how to be self-disciplined yet collaborative, and highlighted the importance of communication. The conference culminated with a call to action: to lead by example, as Jesus did, as a means of demonstrating servant leadership. Our students learned that with great power comes a great responsibility to serve their neighbor.
While the Leadership Conference was a hit, the Cumberland University volunteers didn’t stop there. They led a science workshop with the kids, planted trees, played soccer at the orphanage, painted a house, picked up trash, and served as the hands and feet of Jesus. We are so grateful for the generosity they extended, the energy they exuded, and the example they provided. It is our hope that these volunteers will continue to spread our mission to their families, friends, and neighbors. We are so glad that you are a part The Joseph School!
We’d also like to issue a special thank you to one of our TJS Board Members, Natalie Inman, for initiating and leading this trip with her CU students. Thank you Natalie!
Thanks to the Immanuel Baptist Church and Marketing Research Education Foundation Mission Teams*, Mr. Phillip has a new and safer home!
Mr. Phillip is one of our Haitian friends that was in great need of a better living situation. He was living on the TJS land way before we gained ownership in June 2015. We did not want Mr. Phillip to move so instead, we offered him a paid position with TJS to watch over the property, and he does an excellent job.
However, his previous home (see pictures below) was not very safe. It was impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and was beginning to crumble.
Thankfully, our TJS Mission Teams showed up ready and willing to help! Together — Immanuel Baptist Church and MREF— funded and built a new house for Mr. Phillip.We’d also like to thank the Cumberland University team for painting his house.
Interested in traveling to Haiti to visit The Joseph School and participate in mission work? Email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Immanuel Baptist Church Team included: Jenny Wilson, Kathryn Gnets, Melanie Dover, Steven Meriwether, Tambi Swiney and Susan Crownover; The MREF Team included: Donald Marek, Nancy Clark, Victoria Gelfeld, Susan Waltman, Katie Dennis, Sara Vergara-Muro, Federico Gallo, Jane Wilson, Tim Urmston, Jenny Karubian, Kritjana Osterhorn, Michael Korybski, Robert Gary, Carolyn Booker, Malecia Grant, Kim Johanson, Michael Sullivan, Agron Hoti, and Jim Bryson