Cassie and Kristen Neufeld
Cassie and Kristen Neufeld are teachers at at the Jean Alexis Kuislin Christian Academy.
Hometown: Kristen and I grew up in a small farming town in southwestern Ontario called Aylmer. We have no other siblings in our family.
Education: Redeemer University College; Bachelor of Arts (Major: Psychology) and Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior Division)
Why I’m working for Mission Haiti: During the 2014-2015 school year, I was offered a one-year teaching contract at a small Christian school. Around the time I was planning on visiting Haiti for the first time to see if I wanted to teach there for the 2015-2016 school year, the school offered me a permanent, full-time contract. To say deciding between the two was difficult would be an understatement. Ultimately, I felt God calling me to Haiti, and took the leap of faith to leave my job at the school.
The passion of my heart is to use the gift of teaching that God has blessed me with to educate underprivileged and disadvantaged children- to reach out to those around the world who do not have the advantages given to kids living in first-world countries. To be able to combine teaching with sharing Christ’s love is the most wonderful privilege I could be given. I feel led by the Spirit to be His hands and feet to a broken world that needs to know of His love, and to see His love demonstrated in tangible ways- Mission Haiti is the vessel that God is using to let me do this.
Hometown: Aylmer Ontario, Canada
Education: Redeemer University College; Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education
Why I’m working for Mission Haiti: The story of how I ended up in Haiti and working for Mission Haiti is a long story. I knew God had a purpose for me, and I knew it would involve teaching, but the rest was unknown, and multiple times I asked God, “why Haiti?” Truthfully, teaching in a country where the language was near to foreign seemed next to impossible. God uses what we think is impossible inside of ourselves to glorify Him, and that is exactly what He was and still is doing. Still, sometimes it seems impossible but impossible is not a word when Christ dwells inside of us. I realized the precious gift that God had so faithfully placed right in front of me and it only took one simple, firm, confident, trusting “yes” to God, and the dreams and desires of my heart were aligned with God’s; it’s a beautiful experience when we align our lives and everything in it with God; a divine revelation. This is the way it is with God. The picture may not be clear. The “how-to” seems incomplete, but the vision is compelling. It touches you deep within your heart and there is only one choice: the way of obedience. Obedience to God led me to Haiti, working for Mission Haiti, and serving in Haiti with a full, full heart.