Free education is non-existent in Haiti. For parents living in poverty, school is a luxury they can’t afford for their children. This lack of accessible education keeps the cycle of poverty going strong in the small, third-world country.
That’s one reason Disciples’ Village is dedicated to offering affordable education for the country’s poorest. In 2016, DV opened 4 schools that now educate and feed over 500 hundred village children. With the start of the 2017 school year, two American school teachers, Adam Stansell and Krystal Samuel, joined the DV educational efforts. Additionally, Alex Stansell is now serving Disciples’ Village through hosting mission teams and offering ministry support.
Please welcome Adam, Alex and Krystal to the DV family!
Krystal is from Augusta, Georgia where she taught high school language arts for 7 years. She has two undergraduate degrees; Sociology and Music Education, from Augusta University. She also holds a Masters degree from the University of Georgia in Gifted and Creative Education.
Krystal found her way to Disciples’ Village while serving in Haiti with her church in 2015. Since then, she’s served on 3 trips with DV. During her trip last February, Krystal felt God begin to pull her toward a long-term commitment in Haiti. She surrendered her plans and answered the call to teach in village schools. As a part of her service, she will also help train Haitian schoolteachers.
Krystal has been on many other mission trips around the world and the United States. We are thankful for Krystal’s heart for missions and standard of excellence in teaching. We look forward to seeing how God uses her in Haiti!
Alex and Adam Stansell married in August after dating for seven years. Alex felt called to serve with Disciples’ Village before she ever stepped foot on Haitian soil. As she heard the stories her mom (Karmen Somers) would share after serving in Haiti, she knew that she was being pulled towards missions through Disciples’ Village.
After serving with DV for a week in early 2017, Alex knew God was calling her to Haiti. At the same time, Adam felt God leading him towards a teaching position with DV. The couple visited Haiti again and began to plan for a move to Haiti following their August wedding.
Adam graduated in May with a degree in Elementary and Collaborative Education. He is excited for this experience in Haiti to be his first full-time position teaching. He will be instructing primarily older students in Barbancourt, Viello, and Dahl while assisting and encouraging his Haitian colleagues.
Alex recently graduated with a Biology degree and is a wonderful, hands-on support for ministry needs great and small. She serves mission teams from the U.S, organizes supplies, attends to medical needs, and makes many pots of the all-important DV coffee. We are thrilled to have Adam and Alex as a part of the DV team! Their excitement to spend the first months of married life in Haiti is an inspiration.
God continues to bless our ministry with people dedicated to His Kingdom come in Haiti. We are grateful!