John spent four days last week visiting some dear friends and ministering in their church in the countryside of Quebec. Thanks to Normand and Véronique Leduc for hosting John in your home and to La Chapelle Chrétienne for inviting John to come share about our work in Haiti. We are looking forward to seeing you in November when you come with your church team!
John will be returning to Haiti on 25 August in order to resume his teaching position at Cowman Christian School as well as start new classes for our Bible Institute. John spent most of last summer and this summer digitizing our entire Bible school curriculum. We are so proud of his all his labor. Would you pray for his return trip to Haiti?
Thanks to your generous giving, we have raised $16,273 towards a vehicle for John. Our goal for him to be able to find a good, second-hand vehicle is $25,000. Now that he is returning to Haiti next week, would you consider helping John reach his goal?
Many thanks to all of you who responded so positively to help us with our sewing classes! We have purchased six machines so far to be used with the few we had on our compound. If you would like to help someone learn to sew and perhaps even open a way to sew for others as an income, each machine costs $210. We’re still in need of other machines. More machines mean more opportunities for these young folks to learn.
These last two weeks have been spent in recuperation since my surgery. Thanks so much to all of you who have been praying for me. A special thanks to Enon Chapel here in Jacksonville for bringing by dinner for us each night. All the messages of encouragement, shared scriptures, and just popping in to say hello have been so encouraging not to mention those of you who have generously sent contributions to help us with my medical bills. May the Lord richly bless you!
A very close friend of ours passed away last week after much suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. Chris Hamrick’s health had been declining for more than a year. After running back and forth to Chapel Hill for appointments and then having surgery, we didn’t make it in time to see you, Chris. But you will never be forgotten. We remember the Hamrick family at this time. Chris and Dennis sang in our wedding 36 years ago and we will miss Chris more than words can say.
Our new multipurpose building has just received a fresh coat of paint! We are beyond excited that the building has progressed so steadily and quickly. This is our Dream Center and we were recollecting today about how our church members each carried a stone over to the new foundation as a witness that they believed God would honor their faith and give them a building. God never fails!
I haven’t been posting much lately because we have had a bump in the road as I would call it. Since returning to the States and getting some medical tests run, I (Dana) was sent to get a mammogram. The mammogram revealed something suspicious which resulted in a trip to the hospital in Chapel Hill, NC, for a biopsy. It was discovered that I had low-invasive cancer in my left breast and later in the lymph node on the same side. Yesterday, I returned to Chapel Hill for surgery. Both the tumor and the lymph node were removed. It was outpatient surgery and we were able to return to Jacksonville the next day.
Now that the anesthesia has worn off, my underarm is very sore and sensitive. I would ask your prayers for this and for a quick return to normality. I have been showered with love and prayers and am so thankful for all the prayer support we’ve received both from Haiti, the United States and other countries.
I am only posting now because I didn’t want to write about this sensitive subject without knowing what the final result would be. I now know what it feels like to have a doctor look at me very gravely and say, We found something very suspicious on your mammogram and feel it has given me more empathy for you who may be reading this post and others who have been through the same unsettling circumstances.
I would like to say a very positive word concerning all the staff at the Chapel Hill Cancer Center. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone. They are a very loving and caring staff. On August 1, I will return for my follow-up appointment to learn how many radiation treatments I will need. I anticipate a good report and sense the Lord beside me guiding me every step of the way.
Meanwhile in Haiti…
What a blessing to be able to leave Haiti for months at a time and know that our pastors and leaders are providing needed oversight for the ministry in our absence. We have some incredible disciples and they have all been mobilized to stay in constant prayer for me (Dana) and my condition. This ministry absolutely could not function as well as it does without everyone there knowing their role and function. Neither could we move forward and accomplish all that we have without our incredible partners. The support we receive for such a huge work demonstrates your confidence in us.
We are gearing up for a very busy year. The most exciting news at present is the final stages of our new church building going up on our main compound in Petite-Anse. Pastor Délinx has provided me with more pictures that show the floor being laid. We are just overwhelmed at the generosity that has been shown to us through Orphans Promise and some incredibly generous donors who saw our plight and responded to this huge need. Please pray for the Orphans Promise Ministry who is presently working in over 60 countries world-wide helping children discover a better life. Go to their website: orphanspromise.org and read the fascinating stories about the huge impact they are making in so many people’s lives. Rehoboth Ministries is only one of many ministries they have helped and we are so grateful to be in partnership with them!
The 4th of July passed by with much fanfare at the beach this year. Long lines of cars made their way to Surf City, NC, filled with passengers that were eager to soak up the sun and forget their daily duties for a few days. As missionaries who keep one foot in Haiti and the other foot in the United States, we are only too keenly aware of how great our country is and how we need to bathe it in prayer and fight for its freedom.
However, if you’re a regular reader of this post, you also know that July 4th is incredibly significant to us in another way. This year marked 7 years since Prit was quickly flown by helicopter from Didsbury, Alberta, to the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary due to an almost fatal brain aneurysm. Before this crisis was over, he would have suffered a second aneurysm which came very close to taking his life. If you would like to read more about that story, you can order my book, Into the Storm, on amazon.com. If you do order a copy, please send me a note and let me know if it blessed you and how.
When I think of all the things Prit would have missed if God had not intervened, it greatly humbles me. Just a few of these would include the birth of our grandson, the building of our new multipurpose building in Haiti, watching the continuation of our feeding program (over 1,000 children, staff, and workers daily), John’s graduation from Asbury Seminary, and the list goes on an on. Once again, we thank all of you who were praying during that season which proved to be the greatest trial of our lives: especially Richard and Beth Kope and their local church in Didsbury, Alberta.
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We just spent a wonderful week at Topsail Island with our whole family. Putting work aside, we decided to make them our sole focus since we only get together once a year. Thanks to some generous donors, we were able to enjoy a free condo for a week! As all vacations do, this one passed much too quickly. Gabe flew back to Portland on Saturday. Deb and Sam just left to return to West Virginia. My heart melted when my 3 year old grandson looked at me and said, I’m going to miss you, Nana! Sam managed to keep us all entertained with his antics and thoroughly enjoyed being spoiled this week. He is much more verbal than the last time we saw him. I forgot how much energy a 3 year old has! Thanks Deb, for driving all those hours to be with us and to Gabe for flying across country to make our family time so special! How I wish we could get together more often. *Sigh*
Prit and I have just returned from spending a couple of days in Sanford with some wonderful friends and supporters. We were also able to go from there and spend a few days in our old stomping ground of Fayetteville which was home for so many summers. Sunday, we reunited with our many friends at Northwood Temple Church and watched an incredible dramatic production about William Wilberforce, then enjoyed an early 4th of July picnic on the grounds. How inspiring to be reminded of how the Lord used this one man’s life to help abolish slavery in England and to set the course for the abolition of the slave trade in the colonies! Of course, the time passed way too quickly and we didn’t get to see everyone. After returning to Fayetteville every summer for so many years, we are thankful for all the supporters and friends who remain there. Thanks to all of you for making us feel so welcomed and appreciated!
Help Us Help Tedson
We want to thank those who have responded to our call to help Tedson Massillon with his upcoming school year’s tuition and other costs. Tedson’s required summer camp is all paid for and he will be attending in July. We also received a $200 offering from a dear couple that already supports Rehoboth. This reduces his bill to $1,780. Would you like to help us help Tedson? If so, please let us know and send a check to The Lord’s Table/ PO Box 11049/ Goldsboro, NC 27532 and earmark it Haiti/Tedson. Thanks!
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 – Paid
Total remaining: $1,780
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.
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