We are beginning to manifest the signs that we are in dire need of a vacation. Although we’ll miss our Haitian family, we definitely need a break! We’ll be flying out the end of May and are looking so forward to being stateside. Here are a few tell-tale signs that a time of rest is in order.
We hope everyone had a great Easter. Things are busy as usual here and soon we will be winding down for the year. So many great things have happened, but we must admit that we are ready for some much-needed rest and family time. Sam, our grandson, just celebrated his 4th birthday on Saturday. These are the times which are the most difficult for us and we miss being there to celebrate with our loved ones. Also, we’re happy to announce another one is on the way! Lorelei Edelen is expected to arrive around 2 June. Maybe she’ll hold off until 6 June so that she can share a birthday with me. 🙂
If you would like for us to come visit this summer, now is the time to be setting the date. We’d love to see all of you, but our summer is only so long and we have to plan around family as well. It would be a privilege to come say a big thank you for your most vital support.
Thank you Orphans Promise!
We are so thankful to Orphans Promise for helping us obtain a generator for our main compound in Petite-Anse. Thanks to their generosity, we are now working quickly to hook the generator up to the water treatment system that was donated by Mercy Chefs, Inc.
Once we are able to hook up the electricity from the generator to the treatment system, we can start pumping pure water into our compound. 1) This will provide clean water for our staff and students. 2) It will also enable us to provide clean water at a minimum price to the surrounding neighborhood of Petite-Anse. This area alone has a population of several thousand.
*Selling our own water will enable us to create a source of revenue for the main compound, thereby opening the avenue to provide salaries to workers who, beforehand, were dependent on outside support.
NOTE: If we can get this up and running quickly, the summer months will be the time frame in which the most water is sold. Please pray that everything will go smoothly and be up and running before we leave on 29 May. Also, if you would like to help with this project, you can send a check or make a donation online for Haiti/Water Project. The information is below. Thanks!
A great man of God and also a dear friend passed through the immortal veil and into the arms of Jesus this week. Rev. Dick Iverson was the main speaker for our last Bible School graduation. We are so grateful that he and his wife, Roxy, were able to join us before he left this earth. Pastor Iverson was the founder of Bible Temple (today called City Bible Church in Portland, Oregon), as well as Portland Bible College. ”Bro. Dick” also founded Ministers Fellowship International of which we are members. He became a spiritual father to many pastors all over the world and was active in visiting and encouraging their ministries almost up to the time of his departure.
Our sincere prayers are with his wife, Roxy, and the whole Iverson family at this time. May the Lord comfort you in the way only He can.
Pritchard: email@example.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096
Dana: firstname.lastname@example.org / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509 3272 5600
John: email@example.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 4785 9023
NOTE: Our stateside #’s do not work when we are in Haiti.
Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC 27532 / (919) 751-8188 or donate online at thelordstable.org. You can also use this link to give – Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti
** Please earmark your gifts HAITI
Yesterday, we had an incredible Easter Sunday service with many special visitors attending. Evangelist Joel Trimble preached a great message entitled ‘‘Who will roll away the stone?” Joel has been in Haiti since 1975. He later married his wife, Yvonne, and she came back with him to Haiti shortly thereafter. They have made great inroads in the area of evangelism and no place has been too dark for them to bring the light of the Gospel. After many years of overseeing a church and other evangelistic efforts, the Lord launched them in an entirely different direction. They took a bold step of faith to start their own tv station called La Bonne Nouvelle (The Good News). Joel and Yvonne travel all over Haiti so their viewers can see the beautiful side of this island and the Haitian people firsthand. They interview folks from all backgrounds — from business people, to artisans, the Minister of Tourism, and factory workers on to simple workers in their own daily activities. If you want to see Haiti firsthand, you must check out their site. The program is in Haitian Creole, but easy to follow. Interestingly, Joel interviewed a banana farmer several years ago during the very beginning phases of his work. This farmer has greatly prospered and began to export organic bananas. He also later threw his hat into the ring to run for President of Haiti and won! President Jovenel Moïse has remained friends with Joel and today Joel serves as a special counselor to him in Port-au-Prince.
We were thrilled also to have Nathan Lasseur with us as well. Nathan was one of our students in Port-au-Prince in the early eighties and yesterday was the first time we have seen him since 1986. He then returned stateside and we moved to the north of Haiti in 1988. Nathan shared his personal testimony yesterday and then promised to return with his wife, Gina, who is a well-known singer in Haiti. Today, they reside in Florida. Nathan is a fireman in Florida and was here working with one of the local hospitals. What a wonderful reunion! We are so proud of who he has become!
The Sunday school class at Pastor Lefort’s church here in Sainte-Philomène received candy canes that a recent team left behind. They were thrilled to get a treat. It’s amazing how little it takes to make them happy.
Speaking of being thankful, today is Good Friday! It’s a good day for just sitting and reflecting. Everything we are and everything we do revolves around the sacrifice that was made for our sins in order to purchase our salvation. I am reading The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. I highly recommend this book to give you an even greater appreciation for Jesus’ sacrifice and to better understand the authenticity of the New Testament writings. Get ready though! It will only whet your appetite to want to dig deeper and there’s a wealth of information that can be attained by further study of other books mentioned in Strobel’s book. Great read!
It has now been around three weeks since a sickness pummeled me and left me flat on my back. Many of our Haitian friends were sick too. Virus. Epidemic. Malady. Satanic attack. These were many of the words that came to my mind during this trial. The only way I can describe how I felt is that I had been hit by a steam roller, a freight train, and a Mack truck all rolled into one. Congestion, coughing (hacking’s a better word), neck and head pain, and an earache were but a few of the symptoms. Yet, the heavy weight of fatigue was the worst. It enveloped me like a thick blanket and sapped me of all my energy. At times, I wondered if I would ever feel even semi-normal again.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have been praying for me. I am truly indebted to you! Please don’t hesitate to let us know that you need prayer. One of our goals in the near future is to have a room set aside in Petite Anse just for prayer – prayer for the sick, prayer for deliverance of all kinds, prayer for the nation of Haiti and all nations, prayers for Rehoboth Ministries, and especially prayer for our supporters who are the backbone behind this great work.
For several months we have been raising money to help John get a new vehicle. We had $17,000 raised, and a very dear friend recently surprised us with a $15,000 check! With $32,000 in the bank, he is just a few thousand short of being able to buy a brand new heavy-duty vehicle like the Isuzu 4-wheel drive diesel pickup we were able to purchase just a few months ago. John has to travel back and forth to school five days a week on a terrible road (if you can call it that!) These types of roads can quickly damage a vehicle that’s not well built. We want him to have a truck that will last him for years to come.
We were able to purchase our pickup for $35,500 in Port-au-Prince. We have had great success with the Isuzu Dealership since we bought our Trooper from them in the year 2,000. That was 18 years ago! If we could raise $4,000 more, this would enable him to fly to Port-au-Prince, pay for the title, then drive his new vehicle back to Cap-Haitian.
We’re almost there! Can you help put him over the top?
This week marked the end of years of patience and forbearance with our neighbors. Several folks occupy the apartment building behind us on the other side of our back wall. Instead of gathering up their trash to be hauled off by the garbage truck or burning it themselves, they elected to throw their trash over the wall regularly into our yard. Everything from paper products and plastic bottles to dirty dishwater, and even a worn out baby stroller ended up in a huge pile creating an eyesore. Countless times we asked, coerced, complained and warned them not to fill up our yard with their trash. Finally, we sent our lawyer to warn them to stop. At the sight of Maïtre Hérold they suspended for a short time, but gradually went back to their old ways. (The cartoon pic doesn’t show how bad the trash really was, but our internet won’t permit me to send the pics from my phone to my laptop.)
Finally, we sought a judge downtown to come and view the mess they had made. They then collected the names of all the people living in the apartment, and afterwards summoned them to the tribunal to stand before him. He sternly warned them that if their actions continued, they would be arrested and thrown into jail. Hopefully, this will be the end of such shenanigans, for one truly does not want to vex the Haitian justice system where swift judgment often takes place.
There’s a great spiritual application to this story for us all. Our ”yard” is not a place for other people’s ”trash.” Sometimes we allow others to dump their fears on us, scatter their anger in our direction, or create a stench of resentments that leave a residue in our own spirits. Maybe it’s time to draw the line and say, ”I’m not your garbage dump. Take your trash elsewhere.” Or maybe some of us are in need of cleaning up a mess we made in someone else’s ”yard.” Maybe it wasn’t even intentional, but we allowed our frustrations to spill out onto someone else. Is it time for a cleanup?