Prit’s mom (Lucy) has been hospitalized again and is presently in Pinehurst, N.C. Lucy has been fighting the good fight of faith to regain her health for several months now. This past summer, she was in and out of the hospital three different times. We are here in Haiti and are unable to be by her bedside at the moment. Prit’s sister, Mary and her husband, Bill, have been with them since Thanksgiving. But, we know there is no distance in prayer. Therefore, we covet your prayers at this time. Thank you!
I’m sitting on our front porch on a Monday afternoon enjoying this gorgeous tropical weather. I can hear the school children on the other side of the compound laughing and playing. Maybe they’re happy today because they know they’ll get a hot meal since it’s Monday. Because someone cared enough to give, they’ll go home with full bellies. I’m admiring our beautiful porch that the Tacoma team recently painted and am so thankful for the hands that made it possible. Because of their labors, we’ll also be using the conference room soon to host the MFI team that’s coming in January, as well as having a beautiful place for weddings. No more paying out money to rent a hotel conference room!
We are so thankful for our many supporters and friends who have helped make our lives a little (or a lot) easier here on the mission field. In spite of their busy schedules back home, they have faithfully lifted our weary hands. From regular support to sending food boxes, from committing themselves to special projects or just coming to minister to our people here in Cap-Haitian, they are a tremendous strength to us.
Now, Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is just around the corner. Black Friday is behind us and Christmas trees have been set up and decorated. The eggnog will be passed around and packages will soon be opened. Then, before you know it, it will be time to take it all down until next year. Would you like to do things differently this year? How about giving a gift that endures, the gift of a lifetime? Say “Merry Christmas” another way this year to someone you’ve never met, yet someone that will never forget you gave. There is tremendous joy in giving, especially when it changes someone’s life.
Rehoboth Ministries is brimming with ideas of how you can make someone’s Christmas special!
- feed a child (or two!) $40 feeds a child two hot meals a week for an entire school year
- build our church: $20,000 Challenge to build our new church facility in Petite-Anse: Deadline is December 31, 2013
- renovate the kitchen in our mission house: $600 raised. Goal: $1,500 to buy materials
- ease the burden of tuition for a Bible School student: $600
Wouldn’t you love to have the satisfaction of knowing that your gift is one that endures?
Yesterday, we shared a Thanksgiving meal with several missionaries who serve here in the north of Haiti. It was great seeing old friends as well as meeting new ones. We enjoyed a wonderful feast and heard a great message about Ruth, a message of going from famine to feast. All in all, it was a great break from the ordinary routine here.
This little guy kept us entertained. He is full of life and has been adopted by missionary parents. You would never know that he was found in a suitcase, suffering from malnutrition. This is just one story of many that we hear of lives being changed by people who came in Jesus’ name to make a difference.
We hope everyone had a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving this year. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving with the missionary community in the north of Haiti tomorrow and are really looking forward to it. We stay so busy throughout the year and don’t get to see our missionary friends very often unless it’s at a planned event. It’s always a very special time to hear what God is doing through others in Haiti.
We have also received another huge CHALLENGE from a supporter and wonder if the Lord would touch your hearts to help us? This time it is for $20,000 and the deadline is December 31, 2013. We have just a little over a month to match this $20,000 gift. So, here we are, our motors racing and ready to take on a God-sized challenge. If we can accomplish this feat, we will have $40,000 to advance the Kingdom of God in Haiti through Rehoboth Ministries. *All the funds will be used towards the construction of our main church facility.
We humbly ask that you would join us in this endeavor. If we can reach this goal, we will be giving thanks long after Thanksgiving is over.
Sunday morning, we attended the anniversary of our church plant in Belle-Hôtesse. We had a great service. Afterwards, we gave out the rest of the bracelets the Trinity Church team from Tacoma, WA, brought as gifts. These kids were super excited and all smiles. It’s amazing what joy a simple gift can bring to those who have so little of this world’s goods.
We’re so proud of the spontaneous mixed choir that came together a couple of Saturdays ago to record with Pastor Mitch Ham for his project, One Voice. Singers from various choirs and groups from the church at Petite-Anse and our other church plant in Sainte-Philomène joined together to help Pastor Mitch record part of a song that will be on his upcoming album. We can’t wait to hear the final results.
After the service at Belle-Hôtesse on Sunday, we drove into Cap-Haitian to eat at the Roil Christophe Hotel. Since we didn’t get to celebrate Prit’s birthday on Saturday, we decided to eat out on Sunday. I made the mistake of ordering fish and got a bone caught in my throat. What followed was a series of methods to get the bone to either go down or come up. Although I could swallow and certainly wasn’t choking, it felt like I had a bad sore throat. I ate bread, marshmallows, and (fried plantain), all to no avail. After drinking glass after glass of water, I read that undiluted lemon juice would dissolve the bone. I drank lemon juice until I almost gagged. I could still feel the sharp bone pushing again the tissue in my throat and was concerned about a perforation.
Finally, I did what I should have done in the first place. I started writing friends and asking them to pray that the Lord would remove the bone. I certainly didn’t want to go to ER here in Haiti to get a bone extracted. Sometime yesterday, it dawned on me that I could swallow without pain! I am so thankful for a pain-free throat and also thankful for the prayers that went up for me. Now, I find myself taking swallows just because it doesn’t hurt.
We are 1/3 of the way to having the money for the materials that are needed for our kitchen renovation project. The kitchen in our house is so very tiny that two people cannot stand side-by-side in it. It has very limited cabinet space and no drawers. There are no words to describe the frustration of trying to pull a meal together, much less when we have a huge team to feed.
We need $1,500 total to get “Boss” Luckner going on this project. This will pay for the materials to build the cabinets and a small island for the middle of the kitchen. We will knock out the counter and enlarge the space once he has these built and ready to install.
We have received $500 in pledges! Each couple has pledged $100 apiece. Can you help us fulfill our goal? Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.
I’d like to wish my awesome husband a “Happy 58th Birthday!” Considering all he’s been through, each birthday truly is a milestone. I pray this year will be the best and most rewarding of all for you. Happy Birthday, Prit!
Thursday, we celebrated Thanksgiving! Yes, I know. We were a week early, but we haven’t had turkey in so long that I decided to go ahead and serve it up. I haven’t gotten around to the pumpkin pie yet. Guess that will have to come later!
Thank you Agape Flights for bringing our meals to us. A special thanks to Rock Church again this year for purchasing the meal and making our day special.