Nèg Banann Lan is President!

 

15109382_890916191043109_6035529594911329867_nHaiti Has a New President! Jovenel Moise has won the Haitian Presidential election with over 55% of the vote. That’s not too bad considering there were three other candidates in the running. Thanks to the prayers of many, peace reigned throughout the nation of Haiti as its people turned out in mass to exercise their right to vote. Anyone who knows anything about Haiti’s troubled history of dictators, coups d’états, and violence will appreciate the great significance of an ordinary, untroubled day in which the average Haitian could cast his or her vote.

Jovenel Moise resides here in the north of Haiti. He is a very successful businessman who has huge banana plantations. Many of those bananas he now exports to other countries such as Germany. For this, he has earned the name Nèg Banann Nan or Mr. Banana Man. Jovenel was former President Martelly’s favored pick.

We ask that you would pray for Haiti’s new President. Haiti was already the poorest country in this hemisphere. Now, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in the south and the continued rebuilding after the earthquake of 2010, he has his hands full. New outbreaks of cholera along with other candidates now demanding a recount are only a few of the items on Jovenel’s challenge list. However, many of our Haitian brethren are greatly encouraged and believe this is the dawning of a new day. Let’s hope so!

 

 

 

Crossing Over

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    Caricature of a Haitian Mother and Daughter

I’m sitting in our warm, dry den this morning gazing out upon a beautiful green yard. It’s green and lush from all the rainfall for which we’re thankful. Yet, a simple five-minute trip down the mountain reveals a radically different scenario. Flooded streets, lots and lots of mud, and pedestrians dodging cars to avoid being splattered, fill the landscape. Piles of trash clutter the streets and gutters, plus, no trash pickup has been made since the rains began three weeks ago. Yesterday, we took a shortcut down one main artery of town and found the road entirely blocked with trash. Fortunately, my wise husband turned around and headed back up to L-Street. The SUV in front of us, however, decided to plow through the trash and got stuck.

Our house workers, Elaïde and Anouz have missed 2 days of work. Elaïde’s house is most likely flooded and we’re still waiting to hear that she’s fine. Anouz lives further out toward the countryside. The bridge she has to cross is now completely inundated with water from the swollen river. A few days ago, she described to me her trek home after leaving work. It is forever imprinted in my mind.

Anouz had just bought a few things from the outdoor market and, when she arrived to the bank of the river, she discovered several people gathered together and deliberating as to how they were going to get across. The merciless force of the current defied anyone to take a chance with nature and get swept downstream.

While standing upon the riverbank and wondering what she should do, an older man told her, “Stick by me. I’ll make sure you get to the other side.” After hoisting the bag of vegetables which she had bought at the market onto her head and holding it in place with one hand, she ventured into the menacing waters. Feeling herself sinking, she stood on her tiptoes and held onto her friend’s arm with all her might. They started to walk slowly through the river which, by now, came all the way up to her chin. Concerned for her daughter, who generally left school and arrived home later, Anouz agonized as to whether Judeline would be able to cross the river alone. All of a sudden, she heard a voice calling out to her a few yards down the river, “Tant-a-m, Tant-a-m!” There she saw Judeline’s head, also jutting out just above the water. Happily, both of them made it across the river safely. Once they arrived home and changed into some dry clothes, Anouz made some hot tea and offered some to Judeline to ward off the chill. However, Judeline was so shaken by what could have been a fatal drowning that she refused to eat or drink anything the rest of the night. Exhausted, they both fell asleep.

When Anouz recounted this story to me, my eyes welled with tears. I immediately told her, “Under no circumstances would we want you to risk your life just to get to work! If you see that you’re going to be in harm’s way, stay home!” Meanwhile we are praying and searching for a home here in Sainte-Philomène where she and her daughter will be safer and it will be easier for her to get to work. Anouz’s husband is in Port-au-Prince trying to find work since he’s not been able to find anything here. Would you help us pray for these two items?

1. That Anouz can find an affordable and safe home close to our neighborhood so that she can easily get to work?
2. That Anouz’s husband, Dana, would be able to return to Cap-Haitian and find a decent job here in town. This way, the family will be together.

“Tant-a-m, Tant-a-m!” means  (Auntie, Auntie!)

NOTE: Anouz has never been able to have children. Anouz’s sister gifted Judeline to Anuz to raise as her own. Hence the reason Judeline called her “Auntie” instead of “Mom.”

Haiti Elections Coming Up!

_91738788_mediaitem91738785All eyes have been on the American elections lately and talk of the results is far from over. One thing is for certain which we should all agree upon. We need to pray for our President-elect.

On another front, Haiti’s Presidential election is just around the corner. 20 November (Sunday), the Haitian people will be casting their own vote for President. Would you please remember them in your prayers? After so much heartache and loss due to the devastation brought on by Hurricane Matthew, they are facing many challenges. The article below shares the obstacles and frustrations the average Haitian citizen faces to freely cast his or her vote. While still mourning their dead and wondering how they can possibly start over, our Haitian friends, whose ancestors did not enjoy such a privilege, will exercise their right to vote.

http://www.as-coa.org/articles/haiti-update-perfect-storm-elections

We Can Do Exploits Together!

2016-05-16-11-39-59Despite Haitian holidays, then days of nonstop rain and massive flooding in Cap-Haitian, our schools will finally reopen on Monday. Our area in Petite-Anse was one of the hardest hit of them all because our church members don’t live too far from the sea. We’ve heard report after report of our Haitian friends being prisoners in their own homes due to the awful flooding while others worked tirelessly to sweep their overrun homes clean of – not dirt – but water! In spite of all their hardships, we continually marvel over their optimistic attitudes. One friend was telling me the other day, “The water came up this far!”(Chest deep), all the while laughing. You don’t have to wonder how all this must have affected our school kids, however, knowing their best meals are found at school.

We are asking for your help in the raising of funds for our feeding program. Will you make a one-time gift or, better yet, commit to monthly giving so that we can continue to pay our cooks’ salaries and make sure the program continues for these precious children? With your help we can do exploits together!

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HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GIVE!

Send support checks to:
The Lord’s Table
PO Box 11049
Goldsboro, NC 27532 and Earmark: Haiti

Please note! – If you wish to give into a specific fund (ex.- feeding program), please earmark the check: haiti/feeding program

If you have any questions, you can call TLT and ask for Denise. She will be more than happy to help you. The phone # is 919-751-8188:

Give online!
#1 Go to thelordstable.org, #2 Click GIVE, #3 Scroll down until you find our picture and #4 It will show you how to give.

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NOTE*– You can also click the DONATE button on the right-hand side of our website: rehobothhaiti.com and it will automatically take you to The Lord’s Table site. Then, follow the same instructions given above.

Thank you in advance!

Havoc in Haiti

 

As all eyes are riveted on the U.S. elections, nature is wreaking havoc in Haiti. We’ve had several days of nonstop rain here in the Cap-Haitien area. The last estimate I’ve heard is that there has been 17 inches of rainfall. Driving down the mountain to the Hotel Christophe today was downright scary. It looked like we were either going to be carried away by the swelling waters or end up in a hole. Even now, I’m typing quickly in order to make it back up the mountain before the rain starts getting heavy again.

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The town of Cap-Haitien

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Outside my passenger window!

Yesterday morning, our church was wet and muddy inside, yet we had 350 church members to show up for the service and take Communion. The rest of them were home dumping bucketful after bucketful of water out of their homes. This usually happens every time there’s a rainy season. Schools close down. Streets and homes get flooded. People get sick – particularly children and old folks. People die.

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centre de formation chrétienne (our main church) in Petite Anse

We ask for your prayers for Haiti and, of course, for our own nation during this time. Thank you for your prayers for Rehoboth Ministries as well, that we may be a blessing in a place that experiences so much heartache.

 

Guest Ministry & Update on Hurricane Victims

We have just ended a week of tremendous ministry. Pastor Steve Fitzpatrick (San Diego, CA) along with Pastor Normand and Véronique Leduc (Quebec) taught in our Bible institute as well as ministered in our churches. Pastor Normand and Véronique also conducted a marriage seminar for around fifty couples on Friday. What a time of enrichment for all of us as well as some wonderful times of fellowship and laughter for us here on the field!

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Steve & Kathy Fitzpatrick 

Steve is a regular visitor to Haiti and an outstanding Bible teacher. We are graced with his presence usually once a year. His capacity for opening up and unfolding God’s Word always leaves us hungry for more. Steve is the President of Herald of Faith Ministries  and travels all over the world equipping leaders of local churches.

 

 

 

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Normand & Véronique Leduc

Normand is the Missions Director at La Chapelle chrétienne du Haut-Richelieu  in Quebec. He and Véronique have conducted several marriage seminars together.

Thank you, Steve, Normand, and Véronique for such a wonderful time together. You have left such a rich deposit with our people and we will never be the same! We’re amazed at how quickly our friendship grew after just one week of knowing each other.  Your love and respect for the Haitian people and their language was so evident. We can’t wait until you come back! Véronique, we were so happy to be able to share your birthday with you!

Due to the weakness of our internet server, I will post more pics on my Facebook page. Check them out!

Update on Hurricane Victims

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Our main church at La Petite Anse has collected an offering for the victims in the south of Haiti. Some of our members are from the city of Aux Cayes and have family members who have lost their homes. At this point, they are relying on the goodness of their neighbors who still have cover. The rain continues to fall in Haiti and there is still much devastation. One of the men in our church is trying to find out news concerning his mother to see if she’s alright. We ask you to please continue your prayers for the Haitian people. Here’s a worthy organization through which you can give to help. Click here: haitiforchrist.net. We have known Joel and Yvonne Trimble for many years and they have been serving as missionaries in Haiti for over 40 years.

 

 

In Memory of Roger Blue

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                            Goodbye, Roger

I have attempted to write this post on around three different occasions, but somewhere between an incredibly slow internet signal and the busyness of being back in Haiti, I didn’t manage to save it. So….here I go again.

My brother-in-law, Roger, passed away just after we left North Carolina to attend a conference in Portland, Oregon. I’m so thankful that we were able to see and talk with him one last time. He was still his jovial self on our last visit in spite of extreme nausea and pain. My sister and her family were waiting for results of his recent tests which indicated that he might have pancreatic cancer. The tests confirmed our suspicions and not long after he received the results, he stepped into glory. Everyone was surprised and saddened by how quickly Roger left us, but we are blessed to have wonderful memories of a wonderful man.

Roger was a family man. He loved my oldest sister, Sarah, and was very content just to spend time with his kids and grandkids alike. It didn’t take a lot to please him and I remember him as someone who was always the same every time I saw him. Roger and Sarah opened up their home to us many times when we were stateside.

When Roger realized his time was short, he immediately set his house in order. Titles were transferred to my sister’s name, songs were chosen for his funeral, and the pallbearers were chosen named. But there was one last decision Roger made that will forever touch our hearts here in Haiti.

“Well, what do you want if you don’t want flowers?” my sister asked. Roger, always the practical thinker, had told Sarah, “What good are flowers going to do me after I’m gone?” Sarah asked, “Well, would you like for folks to give to an organization like a baseball team or something else? There will be people who would like to give in honor of your memory.” Roger thought for a moment and then he said…

“Prit and Dana have been in Haiti all these years. I’m glad the good Lord called them and not me. If he had called me, the Lord and I would have been wrestlin’. Tell the folks to send money to them. They need help feeding all those hungry kids in Haiti.”

Even while facing death, my brother-in-law was thinking of others and that was just like him. We will surely miss you, Roger. Thank you for your kind gesture and we will always try to emulate your selflessness towards others. We, and the children of Haiti, say a great big Merci!