Update from Rehoboth/ Prayers for Chris

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Update

June is going by way too quickly! I wish I could push a button and stop it. Before we know it, we will be packing our bags to return to Haiti. We are having a great time though catching up with friends and our family will be all together the first week of July. Yay!

Since my last post, I have celebrated another birthday. Prit and I also celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary. 34 of those years have been spent in Haiti. We have met with the Women’s Aglow group in Mt. Olive (awesome group) and with the First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Mt. Olive for a great service. Last Sunday, we were with Pastor Nelson and Vicky Hopkins in Morehead City. This weekend, we look forward to visiting some of our great friends and supporters in Sanford. I will post an update of future meetings in case you all would like to come visit with us.

Flowers

I have a very dear friend who always showers me with gifts every time I see her. She’s just one of those people who knows how to make one feel super special. This year was no exception. When Prit and I went to visit her, she had gift baskets prepared – one for him and one for me among other gifts. It’s always Christmas when we’re with her. But, one gift stood out. My friend gave me a bouquet of beautiful flowers dipped in blue dye. She had no idea that on our wedding day, the ladies at Rock Church in Tarboro had prepared the same type of flowers for our wedding – white flowers dipped in blue dye. I do believe the Lord has a way of bringing things to our remembrance and this special gift did just that.

Prayers for Chris

We have a dear friend, Chris Hamrick, who is in an irreversible coma. The doctors have said they can no longer do anything else for her. Please pray for the Hamrick family. This has been a long and difficult road for them and now they have to make a decision as to what to do next. We know our God is a God of miracles. We have seen him do miracles in our lives and ministry over and over. Would you please pray with us for another one and for this precious family? Also, this has put a tremendous financial hardship on Dennis since he has had to pay for food and lodging while Chris was in the hospital off and on. If the Lord should touch your heart to help them, here’s their address. Include a little note and let Dennis know who you are and that you’re praying for their situation. It will lift a very heavy burden from his shoulders.  Here’s their address:

Dennis & Chris Hamrick  / 313 South Howard Circle / Tarboro, NC 27886

Creative Internship

394968_538b_7Do you have photography & video-editing skills? Do you have a heart for missions? Would you like to put those two together? If so, this internship is for you!

Rehoboth Ministries, a Christian ministry that has been serving Haiti since 1983, is seeking a creative, mature believer with a heart for missions who will develop videos highlighting its work.

Who We Are

Rehoboth Ministries is a Christian ministry that has been operating in Haiti since 1983. The Rehoboth umbrella covers five local churches, three schools with a school lunch program, and a Bible college, all in the Cap-Haitien area. Our work is focused on extending the Kingdom of God in Haiti through the discipleship of believers in the local church.

Time Frame

We are flexible but ideally, the intern would spend at least two weeks around January 2018 (the month that our new church building will be dedicated).

Responsibilities

  • Developing promotional videos to provide an overview of the ministry and highlight needs with an eye to fundraising.
  • Enhance the ministry’s presence across a variety of platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and others.
  • Optional: Teach a seminar on photography/videography/web design to interested Haitian students.

Requirements

Time
A two-week commitment is required. Start and end dates can be adjusted based on the needs of the intern.

Other Requirements

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize, and set and meet deadlines
  • Some knowledge of social media platforms
  • Possess attention to detail
  • Passport valid through the end date of the internship

Skills

Photography, Videography, Social Media, Writing, Creative

How to Apply

To apply, send a short autobiography, personal testimony, and a sample of your photography and videography here. We hope to hear from you soon!

Birthday Blessings/Upcoming Schedule

IMG_1936She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25 New Living Translation

I (Dana) would like to thank everyone for your birthday greetings to me yesterday. I was so blessed and it is wonderful to know that I have SO many dear friends. I am a rich woman indeed! Even though I’m now at the age where I’ve stopped counting, I appreciate your prayers for strength and health for the years to come. I pray for the strength and dignity of the Proverbs 31 lady and the ability to always LAUGH at the future. We are busier than ever and when we return to Haiti the first week of August, there are many new projects awaiting us so we are ALWAYS in need of your prayers for strength and a good sense of humor!

I mentioned one of those projects in my last post. You can check it out here. We pray that if the Lord speaks to your heart that you may help us help Tedson with his schooling. It would certainly take one of the many responsibilities that we have off our shoulders.

My sister got together some of her dear friends here in Jacksonville for a brunch yesterday. They didn’t know it was my birthday, but the Lord did. I think he has ways of showing us we are special to him. When they learned it was my birthday, they came bearing gifts. One of them was this handmade card which I love so much. In fact, it has given me an idea of a craft project for our Haitian women to make. Isn’t it lovely? Yesterday afternoon, Prit, John, and I ate a birthday dinner at Cracker Barrel. I had the joy of talking with Gabe last night, then video chatting with Deb and Sam — the end to a perfect day!

The summer is passing quickly and here’s our schedule so far. Our calendar is filling up rapidly and we hope to have the opportunity to see many of you. If you are in any of these areas, come by and see us!

10 June    Women’s Aglow Chapter/ 3458 Old Mt. Olive Hwy. /Mt. Olive, NC/ 10 a.m.

14 June     First Pentecostal Holiness Church/ 130 Edmundson Rd. / Mt. Olive, NC/ 7:00 p.m.

  2 July      Enon Chapel/ 102 Barbara Avenue, Midway Park/ Jacksonville, NC 28544/ 11:00 a.m.

 9 July     Rock Church/ 2147 HWY 64 East/ Tarboro, NC 27886/ 10:30 a.m. 

 

Help Us Help Tedson!

12440752_963185070468715_2802576586021095321_oHaitian Mother’s Day just passed, marking five years since Madame Enock lost her life in a very tragic auto accident. Four young children were left behind for her husband to care for. Our church family in Petite-Anse has since opened its arms wide to help meet their needs throughout the years.

One of Madame Enock’s sons, Tedson, practically grew up on the church bench and is much loved by all. In spite of the tragedy that has marked his family, Tedson has amazed us all with his Godly character and musical skills. He is one of the most dynamic musicians in our church orchestra. Like so many of our young men, he seems to be able to pick up almost any instrument and play it with little effort. So far, he plays bass and electric guitar, drums, piano, violin, and flute – not to mention he has a beautiful tenor voice! Tedson has already proven himself so valuable, and will eventually work in our churches and schools to help provide a musical formation for our students.  We are so proud of the way Tedson has excelled and has often been at the top of his class. His mother would have been very proud.

In the fall, Tedson will be returning to begin his third year of school and we would like to ask you if you could help us with his financial expenses? He’s already halfway to graduating. Below are Tedson’s expenses for the upcoming year:

Semester Costs for Classes: $200 x 3 Semesters = $600

Credits for 2017-2018: $280

Transportation: $70 x 10 months = $700

Meals: $40 x 10 months = $400

Music Camp for this summer (required): $200

Total: $2,180

Perhaps you can’t foot Tedson’s entire bill,  but could help with just one of these items? Anything you can pledge would help tremendously.

 

 

 

Happy Haitian Mother’s Day!

Probably the hardest working women I know are Haitian mothers. On a daily basis, they struggle with intense poverty, sickness, and often incredible loss. So, hats off to all the beautiful Haitian mothers who are being celebrated today. We miss those mothers in our churches and with whom we work and interact on a regular basis. You are incredible role models of strength, dignity, and persistence. Thank you for how you labor so tirelessly in the land of Haiti. Bonne fête des mères!

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Great Progress in Haiti!

New Building

We’ve been stateside for a full two weeks and John is leaving tomorrow. The work, however, on the new building has not slowed down a bit! I just received these pics from John and we continue to marvel at how incredibly beautiful this building is going to be. Please keep praying for all those who are involved in the construction process. We’re so glad that many of the masons from our church in Petite-Anse were put to work as well. We also ask for your prayers for John as he travels from Haiti to the States tomorrow. How incredibly grateful we are for the leaders who are able to keep Rehoboth Ministries clicking right along while we are able to get some much-needed R&R stateside.

Feeding Program

FullSizeRender_2Our schools are beginning to wind down and all the students will be taking exams in the month of June. After exams, the feeding program will be closed until we start back up in September. Again, we ask for your prayers for the children while they’re taking their year-end exams. We are thankful that another year of feeding over 1,000 students, staff, and cooks has been accomplished. You can help! If you are not a contributor to our feeding program, this is an ideal time to get on board. You can make all the difference in the life of a child. Many of our students eat ONE meal a day and you can be that special person who sees that they get that valuable meal! Thanks so much to all of you who have been sowing regularly into the feeding program already.

The Better Part

Semiradsky_Christ_Martha_Maria-57f55c125f9b586c358e08ca“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)

Since returning to North Carolina, we’ve been running to and fro getting caught up with all that comes with functioning in another country. Having one foot in Haiti and another in the United States has challenges of its own. We are still getting ours and John’s car back up and running after sitting idle for a year, then they have to pass inspection. We have caught up with our personal taxes plus the yearly 990-EZ form for Rehoboth Ministries has been updated. Seems there’s an endless barrage of things to do. It’s easy for the list to drive us instead of us driving it. This morning, I’ve decided to get back in the driver’s seat.

I am a lists girl. I have lots of lists and enjoy checking off each item as it’s completed. Taking my pen and  marking through a goal gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Whether in Haiti or stateside, I quickly fall into the rut of agonizing over whether the list is completed or not. But, sitting on my sister’s back deck with my Bible in hand, I endeavored, like Mary, to give the Lord the better part of this morning. Soaking in the sunshine and the beauty of the outdoors, I breathed in deeply and started another list – this time of thankfulness. Then, I started praying for our family and the friend who’s having cataract surgery today and the leaders who are carrying the weight of the ministry on their shoulders in our absence. I prayed for Haiti and for our own country, for the multi-faceted needs of our ministry, … and *sigh* – as with all lists, it goes on and on. I walked through the back yard feeling the wet grass on my feet and entrusted those things that were too heavy for me to the One who runs the universe. I know in my heart that when I give the Lord the first part of the day that often my lists get checked off more quickly. It seems His grace is somehow multiplied upon the time that is entrusted to Him.

I wonder if you need to be reminded this morning, as I often am, to give the Lord the better part? Don’t worry. Our lists won’t be forgotten because the Martha nature in us will always be there to remind us of them. However, time spent with Him is never wasted and is time well spent.