In January of 2017, Brad and Danyel and their children took the plunge to move in to our neighborhood and help us in our work here on the Plateau.  In the months from then to now, they have had almost every experience you can have as an overseas missionary:

  • frequent illness from new bacteria and allergens and parasites
  • a midnight emergency medical evacuation
  • the death of a close loved one when you are far away
  • daily cross-cultural experiences–some pleasant, some not so much, some to make your head spin
  • the frustration of trying to understand a totally different context while you are still trying to learn the language and the pace of life is not waiting up for you
  • Etc

Trust me, they got stories.  I’m sure they actually felt like this a lot of times:

Through it all, they have put their whole heart and soul into it.  They have learned a lot, and we have been blessed by their whole-hearted support and participation in Lemuel’s ministry on the Plateau.

As the Brunsches wrap up 18 months of service in Haiti, we have some exciting news to share with you. For a long time, we have identified a great need for Lemuel to have a full-time staff member based in the United States who could represent the organization and do necessary ground work. This need has only been increasing. Originally, we did not consider Brad for this role for two reasons. First, we all believed (and still believe) that God was calling the Brunsches to Haiti at that time. Secondly, Brad did not yet have sufficient experience and knowledge to fill this crucial representative position. That has now changed.

Not only has Brad been connected with our ministry since 2011, but he has spent the last year and a half getting to know Lemuel’s work and context on a far deeper level. Furthermore, he also understands the US context. For these reasons, we feel that Brad is specially equipped to fill this new role, which will also involve trips to Haiti every year for teams and projects. We have asked him and his family to relocate to Lancaster, Pennsylvania–where we already have a small home base–and establish a center of operations for us there.

Brad’s new role in the States will have many advantages. From the US (the land of internet), he will better be able to:

  • Communicate and meet with supporters and project contacts
  • Fund raise for Lemuel and strengthen our support base
  • Prep and travel with teams
  • Do important US errands
  • Assist with US administrative and other tasks

As a ministry, our desire is to focus more time and energy on investing more deeply in the people on our staff and in our community. We cannot do that well and focus on international relations and support development at the same time. But, we also cannot do one without the other. Brad’s role Stateside is not only a good thing. It is an essential piece in enabling us to do what we feel God is calling us to do here on the Plateau.

We are very excited for what the future may hold!

  1. August 10, 2018

    Congratulations Brunsch Family! New job in the States sounds exciting. I am so happy for LeMuel and all of you!! Will keep you all in prayer. Mary F.

    • August 15, 2018

      Thank you, Mary! Appreciate your encouragement and your prayers. 🙂

  2. August 11, 2018

    Wow, how exciting Brad and family. Another awesome adventure! ❤

    • August 15, 2018

      Thanks for your comment and encouragement, Mary!

  3. August 13, 2018

    Welcome to Lancaster PA. I will look forward to perhaps meeting you as you find this new community with its own culture. Dave and Ginger have my contact information. Would really like to be able to help in some way.

    • August 15, 2018

      Thank you, Dr. Clawson! I will be sure to pass on your kind comments directly to the Brunsch family as well.

  4. September 16, 2018

    Hi, Krischelle did the Brunsch family attend or come to Calvary at any time? Sounds famiiliar—great opportunity for all! Thanks for the update again…….Prayers to all….

    • September 17, 2018

      Hi Kathy! The Brunsches have visited Lancaster, but I don’t believe they have been to Calvary. (Not positive about that, though!) But, you can certainly meet them when they move to Lancaster. 🙂 Thanks for reading and for your prayers!

  5. September 16, 2018

    To the Brunches, a Christ family who remain steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that their toil is not in vain in the Lord. (1cor. 15:58) may Lemuel be further blessed by this new ministry.

    • September 17, 2018

      Thank you, Kay!

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