August 16 2016
people in Haiti speak Creole or French as their first language, but an eighth
grade student in Steve Gross’ class said her first language was English, despite never having been to the United States either. She spoke English first because her father wanted her to attend Cowman when she got older.
Mission Society’s Cowman International School provides a high-quality, Christian
education for students from preschool to high school. Since its founding in the
1960s, Cowman’s student body has grown to include more than 160 children from a
variety of backgrounds. Some are the children of missionaries, others are the children
of people who live locally, and still others are the children of business and
government leaders in both Haiti and around the world. With its diverse
population, Cowman truly is an international school, where parents want their
children to be educated in English to help them with their futures. But more
than that, Cowman presents the Gospel message to both the children and their
and Melissa Gross joined Cowman’s ministry in 2013 after the Lord individually
called both of them to serve in Haiti on two different mission trips. Melissa
went on a Men for Missions (MFM) trip in 2010 and felt a calling to the mission
field, but she didn’t talk about this until later. Steve also went to Haiti
through MFM and felt that same calling.
two finally talked about what God was putting on their hearts. They attended
OMS’ One Weekend and prayed more about this call— and what started as a
short-term mission trip ended up being the door to their long-term service in
Haiti. The Gross family, Steve, Melissa, and their four children, moved to
Haiti in 2013, where both taught at the Cowman School.
Steve and Melissa had taught at public school in the United States before going
to Cowman. Speaking about teaching in Haiti, Melissa said that her favorite
part was that they got to include God in their teaching, something that was
different from her time in public school. Every morning, she added, they start the
day off with prayer. The school also gathers for chapel every Friday, where the
children can worship God and learn more about him.
has been blessing Cowman as it continues to educate students and teach them
about God. Melissa said that you can’t advertise well in Haiti, but God still
provides the resources. The staff at Cowman are praying and seeking God’s
guidance, and he is sending people to Cowman to help.
there is a need for more teachers from around the world, as well as quality
teacher training for the current Cowman teachers. As more students enroll and
more grades are added, teachers need to have the right knowledge and teaching
skills to help guide these growing students. Melissa heads up the teacher
training, and she has seen God moving in powerful ways, many times surprising
her own plans for the program.
added that the Grosses are also blessed to live in Haiti. He said the need for
Christ is greater, and therefore so is the presence of Jesus. Christ is very
present in Haiti, he added, and that is one of the best things about living
Grosses returned to Haiti today to resume teaching at Cowman for the upcoming
school year. Melissa will teach, as well as supervise the teacher training,
while Steve will teach high school students. Please pray for the Grosses’
transition back to Haiti as they prepare to teach and to show God’s love to the
Grosses also ask for prayer for the Cowman School. Steve, Melissa, and the
other teachers at Cowman need prayers for organization as they put together the
school year plans, especially in light of the new construction that has occurred
over the summer. But more importantly, they ask for prayers for the students
and their families to have the resources they need to help the children
continue in their studies at Cowman and beyond and for each one to hear the
Gospel and know God better.
you consider how you can help the Cowman School provide education and the
Gospel to this diverse group of students?
learn more about the Grosses, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/TheGrosses.
give to Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.
August 9 2016
24 hours of reading David Platt’s book, Radical,
Chris Love knew she needed to go on a mission trip.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
more information about the Love family, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/TheLoves.
learn more and give to Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.
August 4 2016
young four-year-old girl in Haiti was terrified to leave the children’s home
where she lived. After a long history of being abandoned, her heart was scared
to trust and to believe there were safe places outside of the walls of her
home. During this time, she started to attend Cowman International School, and
little by little, she began to heal. Now, this young girl is learning to trust
and experience new situations, which is a huge step for when she eventually
moves into an adoptive family in the future. Her positive growth is thanks to
the education she has been receiving, an education that introduced her to Jesus
Christ, the only one who will never abandon her.
many students return to school this season, we look to a school in Haiti that
God has used to not only provide a solid education but also to share the Good
News of Jesus Christ to more than 160 students.
by One Mission Society (OMS) in the 1960s, the Cowman International School in
Haiti was established as an English-language elementary school where OMS
missionary kids and Haitian children could receive a Christ-centered education.
Over time, the school has expanded to accommodate more students and grades.
Today,Cowman provides high-quality, Christian education for students in preschool,
elementary, and high school. Student enrollment has increased by 150 percent
over the past five years, with children coming from a variety of backgrounds. North
American missionary children, children of Haitian families, children in the
adoption process, as well as children of government leaders and other
professionals in Haiti and around the world make up Cowman’s student body.
doesn’t just reach out to children, it also actively includes the entire
family. Parents participate in parenting and marriage seminars, and in this
process teachers at Cowman can share the Gospel message with the students’
family as well.
Cowman continues to grow! As more grades are added, more space is needed. This
past year, Cowman has constructed a new chapel/cafeteria area and a foundation for
two more classrooms. But more resources are needed in order for the school and
its leaders to continue to grow, seek God’s will, and give more opportunities for
students to receive an education and the Gospel message.
Cowman seeks financial donations to support their expansion needs, such as new
bathrooms and a kitchen, new furnishings, and classrooms. But there is also an
urgent need for teachers as more students enroll.
has placed OMS’ Cowman International School in an amazing position to impact
Haiti’s next generation of leaders, to not only give them a solid education but
also to introduce them to Jesus Christ and help them make a decision to follow
him as they grow up. Check out next week’s blog post to read some personal
stories about how God is calling OMS missionaries to serve at Cowman and join
the school’s mission of Christian education.
you would like to donate or learn more about Cowman International School, visit onemissionsociety.org/give/cowman-international-school.
By Jess Mitchell,
summer Communications intern