Giving of Thanks

It’s been a few days since I gave an update. There’s a good reason for that. My life has been greatly altered since my surgery of October 20, 2020. The pain from the incisions and drains which (yes) are still connected to my chest has been relentless, not to mention the sapping of my strength. Recovering from major surgery produces a fatigue unlike any other and I have been forced to take on another stride. I’ve been learning to work with and respect my body in order to hasten my recovery. I’m so thankful to all of you who have acknowledged that, since the simplest of tasks now takes so much effort.

My daily routine lately has been quite different from what I usually accomplish. Emptying the fluid from the drains and recording their measurements is usually the first task of the day. Getting a shower and cleaning my wounds amazingly takes a lot of time and strength. I live in my pajamas. Once I’m done with these tasks, I ask the Lord to open His Word to me so I can be sustained with His strength throughout the day. This week’s been better than the last. I have had more energy — even if it is still limited. I told my husband that I will never look at a long list of things to do the same way again. I hope I will always remember to give the Lord thanks for the strength to tackle the list instead of complaining about all there is to be done! I will also have learned to do things in moderation with respect to the temple the Lord gave me.

As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, I would like to share a very powerful story with you that someone else related to me. A lady who had become very ill was placed in hospice. She was not expected to live very long due to her debiilitating condition. At times, the nurses would wheel her outside onto the porch to enjoy the sunshine or a nice breeze. The staff worked hard to make her last days as comfortable and pain-free as they could. But, somewhere along the way, she learned the art of thankfulness. She determined not to complain about her situation but rather to give thanks for all things. She began to thank the staff for helping her. She looked for the most minute details for which she could adopt an attitude of praise. Refusing to complain about her pathetic situation, she became the most joyful person in the ward. Then … a most spectacular thing began to unfold. Like a butterfly, slowly emerging from its cocoon, this lady’s body began to respond to her positive words and attitude. Little by little, she grew stronger and she began to celebrate each small victory. Remarkably, her health was fully restored and she returned to a normal life. This story had a profound effect on me and I hope it has touched your hearts as well. I desire to remain as faithful as this lady did. Interestingly, as I have embraced a spirit of thankfulness, my list of things for which I am grateful just keeps growing and growing!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

Pritchard:  pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

Phase I

Do you ever come through a dark period in your life in which you say, “Boy, I’d never like to relive those days again?” Yep. That basically sums up my view of life post-surgery. I feel as if I’m emerging from a deep, dark tunnel to finally see the light of day again. After awakening from surgery two weeks ago, my body immediately put me on notice of all that had transpired while I slept. 9 lymph nodes had been removed from under my arm and two were cancerous. (Yes, I know I had previously written 20, but I finally got the report sent to me and my oncologist had to decipher it for me.) So, the incision made under my arm, in addition to those performed to remove my breast, seemed to alarm every nerve in my body. Added to that, two drains were inserted into my chest to collect the remaining blood dripping from my chest wall. I was instructed to meticulously measure the blood from each drain each morning, then again at night and record the results. I haven’t done so well with this part. The first two days I did little else than sleep. The rest of the time, it took all the strength I could muster just to do the most elementary of tasks, plus, standing for very long made me dizzy. I wish I had a record of all the times I moved at just the wrong angle, thus provoking searing pain from the needle attached to the drains. I have come to terms with the emotional toll of parting with a treasured part of my body and gained a profound respect for all the brave ladies who have walked this path before me.

The good news is that these drains will come out this week. If you listen carefully, you may actually be able to hear me singing ”O Happy Day”. When this happens this first phase will eventually fade into a marked memory. So……Phase 1 is almost over!

Phase 2

Yesterday, Prit and I met with the oncologist here in Jacksonville. He marked out a treatment plan for me. I am thrilled that we will not have to make trips in heavy traffic to Wilmington in order to accomplish what’s coming up. My protocol includes beginning with four rounds of chemo, then radiation to deal with whatever the chemo may have missed. Afterwards will come the hormone therapy which can be taken by mouth. I had prayed that chemo would be unnecessary after hearing how harsh it is on the body, but I’ve made my peace with it. Of course, in a typical vain fashion, I asked him if I was going to lose my hair to which he replied, ”Yes, but it will grow back.”

Prayers Please!

So……for all of you who have been SO kind to write and ask for updates, there you have it. I am keenly aware that I am walking in the footprints of so many valiant women who have gone before me. Your example and your encouragement cheering me on is what gives me the encouragement to stick this out instead of throwing up my hands in despair.

I have also learned to ask for help, which is hard for me to do. Oh, I don’t mind asking for hungry children or someone just trying to get an education. But, I finally yielded to a dear friend who said, ”Look, you’re denying me of a blessing if I can’t help you. I will be happy to come do your laundry, clean your house, or whatever.” I have friends who have lovingly prepared their best meals and brought them to us. Have I mentioned that I have an incredible, loving, and supportive husband who makes me feel beautiful in spite of my physical loss and the fact that I lay around in pajamas all day with no makeup on?

In addition to all I’ve mentioned, there is still the work of the ministry. In the moments when I have felt a little more energetic, I would try to get tasks out of the way. Transfers are still going to Haiti to pay salaries and feed children. There’s more and more scrutiny being done on our part as to what can be relinquished into others’ capable hands to make this ministry continue to run like clockwork. This is no small feat!

Thank you everyone for your heartfelt notes, cards, prayers, encouragment, meals, running of errands……and the list goes on! I wish I had time to respond to each of you individually, but time just doesn’t allow it. This will have to do!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

Pritchard:  pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

So Many “Dorvils”… plus Update on Dana

This is one of the many students attending a school in Rehoboth’s network. (This is not little Dorvil.)

I received a message from one of our pastors in Haiti the other day. The lady who supervises the cooks on one of our compounds brought forth a complaint concerning a student. Since our feeding program is monitored closely to avoid any waste, she discovered that little Dorvil had eaten in the classroom, yet appeared in the kitchen asking for another plate of food. After two of our pastors called forth young Dorvil to reprimand him, their hearts melted when he explained his situation to them of virtually receiving no food at home. Our schools only provide one hot meal five days a week. The rest of the time (particularly the weekends), these children depend on their parents for food. Often, they find very little at home. There are so many “Dorvils” and yet, in one of our schools in the countryside, there are NO students receiving a hot meal.

If you are reading this and are not a regular giver to our feeding program, would you please consider joining the ranks of those who are already giving? Haiti is in dire straits and our pastors and teachers see it up close on a daily basis. No gift is too small. We would be thankful for whatever you can give. The information is below and all you have to do is earmark your check or online offering “feeding”. We’ll take care of the rest!

Update on Dana

My post-surgery appointment was this past Wednesday. The doctor was extremely pleased with the results. On November 11, I will return to remove the drains that continually fill with blood. They have to be emptied twice a day, then recorded as to how many centimeters of blood each drain produced, morning and evening. This past week has included sleep, sleep, and more sleep. In between times, I would work a little here and there on the ministry. It is impossible to ignore that altogether — even though we have many leaders in place in Haiti. The overseeing of the finances, secretarial work, communication with donors, updates on this website, monthly reports for the feeding program, end of the month letters to our donors, transfers, and the list goes on and on, rest on mine and Prit’s shoulders. It is imperative to keep our fingers on the pulse of the daily activities of Rehoboth Ministries in Haiti. We certainly identify with Paul’s comment in (2 Corinthians 11.28 ; GNT) :

“And not to mention other things, every day I am under the pressure of my concern for all the churches.

We want to render a good account in the end for our service to Him, so whether we’re there or not, Haiti is ever before us. In spite of anything I’ve faced, the hardships of the people we serve are so much greater. We fully appreciate your giving into this great ministry and, of course, your prayers for Rehoboth and for my health to be fully restored.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

Pritchard:  pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

 

Just Ask Vilvert!

Institut Biblique de l’Alliance de Grâce

1 hr  · Over the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing you to our new students. This is Vilvert Eliakim. He is originally from Port-Margot (a town a couple hours out into the country) but ended up in Cap-Haitien after his sister fell ill and required long-term care. For him, coming to Bible college was the fulfillment of a word he received 8 years ago.

“I received a call to ministry in 2012. An evangelist laid his hands on me and prayed over me. I didn’t think much of it. I was studying agronomy. But God started using me. I prayed for some people who were sick and they were healed. I prayed for demon-possessed people and they were delivered. I was asked to preach in church and people received it well. Finally, I decided to go to seminary. I was going to go to somewhere else, but at the last minute, my pastor suggested I come here. I’m open to doing whatever God wants me to do.”

Post-Surgery Update

Greetings everyone! I feel the need to give a short update since my surgery on Tuesday, October 20. Many of you have communicated in so many ways — phone calls, cards, meals, prayers, acts of love and the list goes on….

So much is going on in the world as well with the elections close at hand, but most of my time has been spent sleeping. After a mastectomy and the removal of 20 lymph nodes under my left arm which were cancerous, we returned home and my energy has been in short supply. I am wearing a drain that collects my blood into two large plastic bulbs, so the continued bleeding is draining strength from me as well. On October 28, I will return to the doctor and have this tight ”wrap-around” to my torso removed so that I can breathe more easily. What a relief that will be! Then, we will have a discussion as to what my next step includes.

$20,000 Fundraiser

In case you didn’t see it, we have a fundraiser going for the Bible institute. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to cover all the professors’ salaries and the scholarships for our students for the year 2021. Would you like to help us meet this goal? If so, give online or by check and earmark your gift IBAG or Bible school so it will go directly into that fund. Many thanks to those of you who are already enabling us to train up leaders for the future of God’s work in Haiti.

Thanks again for your outpouring of love towards me during this time of recuperation.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

Pritchard:  pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

Surgery Date

Please pray for the surgeon and his team.

For all of you who have been asking, my surgery date has been set. Monday, we will go to Wilmington where I will have a dye injection. Then, on Tuesday, I will have my surgery. I’m so thankful to have Prit by my side. Your continued prayers would be much appreciated. As long as everything goes well, we will return home the same day. I am so ready to get on the other side of this and to start healing.

Thanks everyone for your many prayers and for your acts of kindness towards me. It’s during this time that I’ve realized how very rich I am. I’m also thankful for my supportive family. I ask for your patience post-surgery for I will not be typing much, but instead allowing my body to recuperate. I’m sure you’ll understand.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

Pritchard:  pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

As I Wait…

So many of you have written and called. I wish I could answer all of you, but time and energy does not allow it. I was told my surgery would be this week. I have not heard from anyone and even left a message with the doctor. I will be meeting with an oncologist here in Jacksonville about radiation and chemotherapy treatment post-surgery. I never dreamed it would take this long.

Meanwhile, there is much busy work with the ministry as well as in other areas that I’ve been working on. Not knowing how I will feel after the operation, I am using this time to get things caught up. Also, we just spent wonderful three days with our daughter, Deb, and our two beautiful grandchildren, Sam and Lorelei. My cup is full! 🙂

Please continue to remember me in your prayers. Many thanks to those of you who have given financially to help us during this time. Thank you to the Enon Ladies’ Sewing Group who gifted me with a beautiful quilt today! Your thoughtfulness means so much to me.

On another note, we are doing a fundraiser for our Bible institute. This will help cover professors’ salaries for the next year and scholarships for Bible school students. We are excited about our ”leaders in the making” and, in spite of many delays in having classes due to rioting in the country of Haiti and then the effects of the Pandemic, these students have pushed forward in their studies. We are so proud of their tenacity and our professors’ diligence. Please take a look at the wonderful post that our son, John, wrote today. Here’s the link: https://backtohaiti.com

Links for Giving:

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

Pritchard:  pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

The Plan’s in Motion

Today I saw the doctor in Wilmington. Next week, I will be scheduled for a mastectomy. Fortunately, the scans I had last week revealed the cancer had not spread. Since the lymph nodes cannot be seen on the scan, there is no way to tell until the operation itself whether the cancer has traveled to them. So, my prayer requests are 1) a safe and quick operation, 2) that there will be no cancer in the lymph nodes nor the removal of those nodes, plus 3) a quick recovery time.

I am glad for the fact that this chapter is coming to an end. It’s not what any woman wants, but It’s time to get on with my life and the ministry to which the Lord has called me.

I continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and care from friends who have never stopped praying for me and, of course, for our Haitian friends who have always remembered me during my time of pain and weakness. Thanks for the visits, the meals, the offerings, the phone calls, the cards and letters and, most of all for your prayers! God is faithful.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

Pritchard: pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

You Responded!

Needs Met

Yesterday, I wrote of some dire individual needs with which some of our Haitian friends are dealing with in Haiti. I had a dear friend respond to one of them. A co-worker who is putting together a book of songs that we translated into Creole over the last several years has had serious problems with his eyesight. In case you didn’t see yesterday’s post, his work on this songbook, in addition to his studies for an Agronomy degree, have been greatly altered by the limitations of his inability to see.

We are happy to say that a donor has given the amount of money he needs in order to get medication for his eyes, as well as purchase a pair of glasses! Would you pray that this will be suffiicient and that he will not need surgery? Also, you may want to check out yesterday’s post to see if any of the other needs touch your hearts to give.

Dana

I, Dana, am happy to say that my hubby is back home and it’s wonderful to have him by my side. Thursday, we will return to the doctor to find out what the scans I had on Tuesday will reveal. If the cancer has spread, they will not do a mastectomy, but start me on hormone therapy to curtail the production of estrogen in my body. If it has not spread, they plan to perform a mastectomy. Of course, you prayers and your messages of kind words are life to me. Thank you so much for your outpouring of love to me!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

Pritchard: pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

Greater Things

I lingered a little longer over my coffee this morning…. As I sipped and studied Luke Chapter 14, I was so intrigued by Jesus’ interaction with his host and the other invited guests. Do you know that much of this entire chapter centers around hospitality and social etiquette? It’s interesting to note that in verses 1-14, Jesus did not disrupt the social order of guests’ seating positions. He even told his listeners to “take the lowly place” in order to not be embarassed if the host later asked them to move and give up their chairs for a more preferred guest.

Yet, we see the passion of Jesus rising up when it came to the hurting. He broke the societal norm by healing a man suffering from dropsy on the Sabbath day. (God forbid!) Jesus definitely didn’t mind “upsetting the apple cart” and he had no qualms about alleviating one’s suffering. The master storyteller also used this occasion to launch into the Parable of the Great Supper. In verses 15-24 he tells of a rich man who invited certain folks to his feast. At the last minute when the feast was all ready, each one gave a feeble excuse as to why he couldn’t come. (Those excuses could be expounded upon in an entirely different study.) Not only was this a warning towards those who could miss the greatest feast of all, but he made it clear that everyone who responded to the invitation would be included in this great and final marriage supper of the Lamb. I wonder how many of the guests sitting near Jesus asked him afterwards how they could be a part of this great feast to come.

Verse 23: “Then the master said to the servant, “Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Compel is an interesting word. Some synonyms of compel are to urge forcefully, to constrain, and to plead. We must ask ourselves (as Christians) if this invitation is as important to us as it is to Jesus. Do we feel a sense of urgency for others’ souls? Do we compel them to be a part of this great feast? Our Lord draws two parallels here: the suffering of mankind (healing the man with dropsy) and his remedy for the suffering of the soul (the Parable of the Great Supper.) Isn’t it beautiful that He cares both about our present needs and, even more so, our eternal state?

Jesus sees the downtrodden. I am daily reminded by messages and e-mails from our friends in Haiti of their plight.

”My wife is pregnant and we have no food in the house. She’s already going into her second month and we haven’t seen a doctor yet.”

Another says, ”We had to move from our home to a smaller one because we can’t pay the rent. How I wish there were jobs available.”

Still another is in dire need of an eye doctor. He can hardly focus on a printed page for long due to the scales that are forming over his eyes.

It’s an endless list and the downtrodden are ever before us, whether we are present in Haiti or we see them in our mind’s eye. These are just a few of countless others who are suffering from hunger and sickness with little hope that things will get better while living in a volatile country.

We don’t often see Jesus frequenting the homes of others as an invited guest. We see Jesus teaching and preaching in the streets and ministering to those who were afflicted from all sorts of maladies. Jesus walked among lepers and those who were demon possessed. I guess we could say Jesus was always “in the thick of things.” He was burdened for the downtrodden, for he is “near to the brokenhearted“. (Psalm 34.18) But, even as he was seated at someone else’s table as an invited guest, his mind was fixed on GREATER THINGS and he wasn’t reluctant to alleviate the suffering of one at the table or invite his host to the greater feast that was to come.

We thank those of you who have chosen to partner with Rehoboth Ministries. If you are reading this post and you would like to join us in alleviating the suffering of those who are so much less fortunate than we are, we invite you to partner with us today.

dropsy: old word for edema, which is a condition where there is accumulation of fluid in the body (beneath the skinbody cavitiesinterstitial spaces) leading to its swelling.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

Pritchard: pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540