New Projects for Rehoboth

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-Yuriy meeting with our committee members

It’s been a busy time here in O Cap! This week, three visitors representing two organizations came and blessed Rehoboth Ministries. Yuriy Khomyak from Orphans Promise came to check on the progress of our new church building. Yuriy also sat with our leaders to talk about some potential new projects they would like to help us with in order to create jobs for our people here. This would help create a source of revenue that would help sustain those workers, their families, and our church needs. We are so grateful to Yuriy for the valuable time he spent with our leaders and we are filled with great hope for the future.

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-Alberto & Juan Luis

Alberto (Nino) Neyes and Juan Luis Vilorio from the Dominican Republic also came to install a new water project for us thanks to the collaboration between Mercy Chefs, Int. and Water at Work Ministries.  We will now be able to provide pure, clean water for our main compound in Petite-Anse which will enable our school children, church members and surrounding communities to avoid sickness and dehydration. Clean water is a priceless commodity in Haiti! Thank you guys for leaving us better off than when you came and a huge thanks to Orphans Promise, Water At Work Ministries, and Mercy Chefs for giving selflessly to make other people’s lives better.

Sewing Machines

We put a note on Facebook asking for help to purchase sewing machines for a new sewing class we intend to begin on our main compound. The response has been unbelievable! As of now, we have the promise for 12 new machines and our goal is 25 machines. We can buy a Singer sewing machine here for $210 US. Would you like to make an investment into a young person’s future by helping them learn to sew? We thank all of those who have responded so fervently to this need.

Jeep Fund

clip-art-smoking-in-your-car-clipart-1.jpgWe have raised $7,409.00 so far for our jeep fund with a promised pledge of $2,000.00 making it $9,409.00. Our goal is $35,000, so you can see we have quite a ways to go still. If we are able to find a decent second-hand vehicle here in Haiti, we will buy what we can with what we have. John is also raising funds on his website: backtohaiti.com and we will be combining our funds in order to reach our goal quicker.

Our Isuzu Trooper is in constant use. John uses it to go to school in the morning and we use it for everything else. It gets a full workout for a jeep that is almost 17 years old! (The reason it has lasted that long is because we bought it new.) This is a vital need for the ministry, especially when visitors are here. Our jeep is needed even more during those times and it’s a challenge for John to be able to get to school and for us to go to various places with our teams. Also, we’re not too crazy about John having to take moto taxis to school as the driving in Haiti is madness. We could really use your help!

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

 

 

Happy Birthday, Happy Easter, and More!

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated two birthdays this week (even if it was from afar.) Our son, Gabe, turned ”30” years old on April 4 and our grandson, Sam, turned the big ”3” on April 7. This is probably THE hardest thing about life on the mission field – missing those special occasions with our loved ones. But, we’ll make up for lost time when we see you guys. For now we say a huge ”Happy Birthday!”

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Gabe, on left

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Sam

Building

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It may as well be the Taj Mahal for all we care. Our new building is going up very quickly and even though it’s still a work in progress, it’s a real beauty to us! It’s the desire of our hearts and an answer to years of prayer. Our workers have taken a well-deserved week off and returned to Arcahaie for Easter week. We would appreciate your continued prayers for them and for this work.

Quarterly Receipts

I have finally finished the quarterly tax receipts for Jan – Mar 2017. Whew! If you are a supporter of Rehoboth, you should have received one already to your mailbox or by an e-mail attachment. Let me know if you didn’t! Hopefully, this will make my job easier and with less receipts there will be less room for error.

Team Coming

We have a 10-member team coming from Elim Fellowship in Guatemala City, Guatemala. They will be spending 10 days with us and we are looking forward to introducing them to Haiti for the first time. They will be here from 24 April – 4 May and shortly thereafter, we will return stateside.

Needs

We’ve had great responses to our list of needs here in Haiti. If I typed them all here, it would take too much space, so I will list three here. 1) Sewing Machines: We can buy a Singer sewing machine here for $210 US. We have already received the money to purchase 2 and half of what we need for a third. Since we had 4 here on the compound, that will make 7 already! We are working toward 20 as a goal. 2) Honda generators: We have 2 church plants which need a Honda generator. They are both out in the countryside. Price: $1,700 apiece. 3) Jeep: Our jeep fund has a little over $6,000 in it. We hope you will pray about helping us with this need as it is a great one. We would like to buy a new jeep for $35,000 unless we can find a second-hand vehicle for a good price.

In Remembrance of Me

Meaning-of-Easter-Sunday3I posted this remark on my Facebook page and was surprised to see how many responses it received. I thought I would share it here if you didn’t get a chance to read it and wish all of you a Blessed Easter. He is risen!

This morning we took the Lord’s Supper. I’m always playing the piano when they’re passing out the bread & the juice. When we were all supposed to take the bread, I realized I didn’t get any. I motioned over to one of our workers for a piece & with an apologetic look he offered me the broken crumbs that were left. We laughed together. But as I sprinkled the broken crumbs in my mouth, I thought, ”How fitting.” Those tiny pieces of bread represented the broken body of our Lord even more so and I was reminded once again of the hefty price that was paid for me. ”But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” NIV

Portraits (Wendell)

Here’s the first of our portrait series. Hope you enjoy learning about the people we love!

Wendell Pierre-Louis

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                   Wendell (left)

Wendell Pierre-Louis is one of the many youth members who has grown up in the church in Petite-Anse. He lives and breathes music. Whenever music is playing he can’t sit still. His foot suddenly takes on a life of its own and begins to tap furiously. He grabs whatever is closest to him and transforms it into a makeshift drumstick. Wendell is incredibly talented and one of the main drummers on our worship team.

When Wendell was just a child, his mother recognized that God had given him a gift. With money being scarce, she bought two toothbrushes. The toothbrushes and an old chair provided Wendell’s first drum set. Later, he broke the chair legs off himself and whittled them down to a pair of drumsticks. Pots and pans – anything one could beat on – was fair game for this zealous learner. No matter how loud he played, his mother never said a word. In fact, she encouraged him to keep playing.

One day the leader of our church’s worship team came by the house and heard Wendell playing. I’m going to put you on our worship team. Next time you come to church, you need to be prepared to play, he said. Wendell was very nervous, but rose to the task and has been playing in our orchestra ever since. He is now one of the maestros over our dynamic youth choir and has his own singing group with which he works.

Wendell and the other musicians in the church have an infectious love for music which keeps drawing other young folks to our services. There just seems to be an anointing on any young man who picks up an instrument in our church. Scores of budding musicians are swept up into the current of praise and worship and playing an instrument seems to comes easily for them. But, I believe it’s because of the core group which is already there. Our musicians are making disciples without even trying and we marvel at all the new musicians which are always appearing on our church platform! Wendell is a key player in making that happen.

Would you pray for Wendell? We are proud of the leader he is becoming. His life hasn’t been easy and he struggles for his basic needs and schooling. We are grateful for his contribution to our ministry and for his zeal for the Lord. He is ever ready to share the talents the Lord has given him with anyone who has a desire to learn and his humility in teaching others shines through all he does. Wendell is one of so many young Haitians who dream of a better tomorrow for Haiti.

Catching Up!

A Desire Fulfilled

This is my first post in over a month. My laptop began having problems and was sent to Florida for repairs. Unfortunately, after many attempts to salvage it, I had to resign myself to the need for a new one. Anyone who knows how much I use my laptop knows it serves as a major tool for myself and for the ministry. A friend of the ministry learned of my plight and ordered a brand new Macbook Pro for me just like the one I had. Today, it made it in on the plane! You can imagine how incredibly elated I am to have a brand new working laptop  and how grateful I am to have someone who would care so much about this need. Thank you so much, dear friend, and thank you Lord for placing it on his heart!

New Building

IMG_1809Our multipurpose building is going up at an incredibly fast pace. Our church people are on a spiritual high! Year after year, we would stretch our hands in the direction of the adjoining property and ask God to somehow provide a new building for us. Now, when we stretch our hands in the same direction, we see this amazing structure going up and it gives us goosebumps to see the actual dream becoming a reality. Thanks again to all of you who helped us pray and especially to Orphans Promise, Lifeline Ministry, and our very generous donors for supplying the means to do what we couldn’t do by ourselves.

Sewing Classes

We have begun a sewing class in Petite Anse to provide young men and women an opportunity to learn a trade. We have two sewing machines being shipped to us and four machines with treadles already here from former days. We are able to purchase Singer sewing machines here in Cap-Haitian for $210 US if someone would like to help us with this endeavor and change a young person’s life. Our goal is to have at least 50 machines. Thanks to the friends who have been shipping material to us so the students will have something to work with. We’ve taken the first step. Will you help us make this class a success?

Rehoboth Tax Receipts

Those of you who have been contributing to Rehoboth Ministries will be receiving your quarterly tax receipts once March is over. Most of them will come by an e-mail attachment except for the few givers who don’t use e-mail. I will post a note after I have sent them.

Portraits

Haiti is full of amazing testimonies of how God works in the lives of his people here. From time to time, I’ll be writing a segment called Portraits to give you a glimpse of how the Lord is working in the lives of people that we work with on a regular basis. In spite of tremendous odds of growing up in a poverty stricken nation where one would think that Murphy’s Law is the norm, there are those who have risen above the storm and are living testimonies of what God’s grace can do in one’s life. There are others who are still standing and believing God for a breakthrough after serving Him faithfully for years. You can look forward to a portrait in my next post.

Next Year…In Jerusalem!

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I went to youth choir practice today. While waiting to begin, I took a picture of the work that is going on next door, where our multipurpose building is being erected. It’s been raining here the last few days, so as I stood at the piano working on chords for the next song, I noticed the rain dripping through the old tin roof and observed the puddles of water sitting around in various places on the platform. But, instead of feeling the usual heaviness of watching our choir practice in a building where many folks in other countries wouldn’t house their animals, I felt that warm feeling…..you know, the one that rises up from deep within and fills your chest with that feeling of giddiness and faith. It comes at times when you think to yourself, This is really happening. We’re no longer dreaming about it. It’s coming to pass. We have waited so long for a new building, (we’re into our 27th year) and always hoped that maybe next year we’d get one built.

A friend shared with me the other day something he read in an article. It brought tears to my eyes as I saw the parallel and wanted to share it with you. In his own words he said:

This article said that before the nation of Israel was restored in 1948, every year for centuries all over the world, when the Jews celebrated Passover, they ended by saying, “Next year in Jerusalem.”

While we have (thankfully) not had to wait for centuries, we can now say “Next year” we’ll worship in our new building.

Great Things For Us, Great Things For Haiti

Happy Birthday CFC!

Unknown.jpegYesterday, we celebrated the birthday of our mother church in Petite-Anse. CFC (centre de formation chrétienne) turned 27 years old on 4 February. We had a wonderful and memorable service. It was a time of reflection as everyone knew that next year when we celebrate our 28th anniversary, we will already be in our new church building. Prit recounted to the people how we started our church in an old army tent with a few chairs covered with goatskin. Mostly, our folks sat on a large canvas since our number was few back then. The voudou drums which were played incessantly back then are no longer heard. Most of the people present were not even at that first service. We will never let our people forget the humble beginnings from which we came. There’s no way to describe the excitement of our people over the marvelous things that we will see in 2017.Watching the construction going on right next door only adds to the excitement.

Inauguration of Haiti’s New President

Jovenel-Moise-sworn-in-as-Haitis-president.jpgToday, this 7th of February, Haiti celebrated the official inauguration of President Jovenel Möise. He is Haiti’s 58th President. Our three workers, Cola, Marie, and Anuz sat in our den transfixed as they watched the peaceful transition of government on this historic occasion. Later, Bible school students stopped by to watch the festivities that were still going on. It’s always interesting to watch Haiti’s major events as they unfold through the eyes of our Haitian brothers and sisters. In spite of being the poorest country in the western hemisphere, they still love their country and carry a genuine pride for the first Black republic.

IMG_1715.JPGWe ask for your prayers for President Jovenel. He has so many challenges to face in governing this country. After many, many long seasons of prayer, we have hope that they are being answered. But President Jovenel has many hurdles to face with the economy, the devastation from Hurricane Matthew, and the list goes on and on. After living in Haiti for 34 years, we marvel that this little country is still here. Oh, the prayers of the saints! Speaking of prayer, President Jovenel has declared 3 days of prayer for this nation beginning tomorrow. Looks like we’re getting off on the right foot!

Attention Rehoboth Partners!

images-1Hello Rehoboth Partners! We have mailed all the year-end tax receipts for 2015-2016. If you have not received your receipt in the mail, please let us know. Some receipts were sent by e-mail attachment. Also, if you gave to Rehoboth through another ministry, they should provide a receipt for you unless it was The Lord’s Table. You can contact them with any questions you may have.

For the future, we will be sending out quarterly receipts. This means at the end April, we will begin preparing the next batch. This will simplify things for us here in Haiti and we will send them all by e-mail attachment unless someone doesn’t use e-mail. This way we won’t have to bear the costs of stamps and envelopes.

We are so very grateful to the Lord’s Table Church for lifting a heavy yoke off our shoulders in depositing the support checks once a week and sending us the report. They have asked us to share with those of you that may be giving online and give more than $1,000 at the time if you can please send a check instead. This is because The Lord’s Table has to bear the costs of making such a large deposit. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for your faithful giving into Rehoboth Ministries this year. We could not have done it without you!