We’re Getting There!

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Bible School

Thanks to so many of you who rallied to the cause of getting our Bible School fixed up. Partitions have been made to section off classrooms, tile has been repaired, and a new coat of paint has freshened up the walls and ceiling. Our woodworker, Wesley, is now in the process of making the tables and chairs. Our Bible school students will be delighted to return to a place in the fall which they can call their own.

Since we inherited buildings that were in much need of repair, there’s still more that can be done. Those who have already helped are already committing to do more! The outside of the building will be painted and the Bible School logo added. Also,  concrete will be laid at the bottom of the stairs outside to avoid tripping on  ground which is not level. We are so very grateful for your help!

Feeding Program

IMG_2100You didn’t get in on the action? No problem! We are in much need of serious donors for our children’s feeding program. Before you know it, we will be opening our schools again and there will be hungry children to feed. Won’t you make a commitment to give this year to feed a hungry child? This is no small task and Rehoboth is in much need of your help! Use the information below and add a note that your donation is for the feeding program. You have the power to change a life!

Contact Information

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

Dana:        danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  3272 5600

John:        adams.john@gmail.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 give online at Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI

 

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A Brighter Side of Haiti

My last article gave our readers a bird’s eye view of how things are in Haiti at present. In this post I want to share how we are bringing hope to a devastated nation. After 35 years in this country, we have established 5 churches, 3 schools, and a Bible institute which just graduated its 9th promotion in May. We are also (with the help of Orphans Promise ministry) feeding around 1,200 schoolchildren in our 3 schools. Whew! To say this is a challenge doesn’t even begin to describe life in Haiti. Living in the poorest nation of the western hemisphere and working with the Haitian people has demanded a faith and fortitude that only God can provide. Here are two bright, shining examples that are the result of much toil and sacrifice on our part. Others have helped us along the way as well and now we want to brag a little, (plus ask your help with this need).

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– Tedson Massillon (Music Major)

I earlier mentioned that Haiti’s youth has inherited generations of problems. They, in themselves, are a mission field. But, Rehoboth Ministries is working to make a lasting difference in this devastated country. In addition to educating and feeding children, plus training young men and women for leadership,  we are sending 2 students to a local Christian university to be trained as future leaders. I would like to share a little about them. Tedson has only 1 1/2 years to complete his studies. Tedson practically grew up on the church bench in Petite-Anse and we watched him flourish and follow his father’s footsteps in becoming a member of our church’s worship team. Tedson plays bass, guitar, piano, drums, trumpet, and violin. As if that were not enough, he has a gorgeous tenor voice and has also begun to compose his own music. He works fulltime with our youth and children’s choir. As you can see, we keep him quite busy! Our church family was there to pick up the pieces when his mother died in a tragic automobile accident a few years ago. He is like a son and has remained faithful to his studies in spite of multiple adversities. We want to help him finish his education.

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– Clodain (Agronomy Major)

Clodain is another student, who like Tedson, is attending the university in Limbé, Haiti, and is studying agronomy. Clodain is a natural-born leader in our church. He has the ability to see a need and address it before others do. Clodain’s father, Orléus, was our first church member when we erected an old, army medical tent as our first church shelter over 28 years ago. Clodain has just completed his first year of school at the same university in Limbé. Clodain’s mother has also gone to be with the Lord and his dad is a simple fisherman and unable to provide for Clodain’s schooling. Clodain and Tedson are two leaders being honed for future service. They are a far cry from the pictures you see of people participating in riots and looting. You deserve to see the other face of Haiti, and Rehoboth is actively working to train up youth who have great potential and who aren’t afraid to lead. We are so proud to be able to invest in these two. There are many more just like them who are praying for an opportunity to make something more of their lives.

You can help us help them! Right now, we need around $1,400 apiece to complete their first semester of school — 6 months, plus pay for their daily gas and food. Due to recent rioting, the price of gas will surely go up again and the tuition has already been raised from where it was. Will you help us tilt the balance in this direction? There’s no telling what the Lord has planned for these two and you can be a catalyst in giving them a future with a hope! Will you act now so that we can make sure their place is secured in the university for another year? Thank you!

Clodain: $1,400 (1st semester)

Tedson:  $1,400 (1st semester)

Contact Information

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

Dana:        danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  3272 5600

John:        adams.john@gmail.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 give online at Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI

The Haitian Dilemma

Unknown.jpegMany of you saw Haiti in the news last week. You have written and asked what exactly is going on. Thank you for doing so. This gives me the opportunity to respond in a correct manner, for many of the news reports that we have seen have presented a misrepresentation of what took place there in the last week.

The Haitian government created a double-digit hike in the costs of petrol and kerosene after making an agreement with the International Monetary Fund to increase the government revenue if they would do so.  For the average Haitian who lives on $5 a day, a 38% increase in petrol wreaked havoc. Many took to the streets to riot and, after three days of protests, four people were killed. Most of this took place in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.  However, there was also rioting going on in Cap-Haitian as well. Our leaders have told us that it has pretty much calmed down now. Many of the Haitians have demanded that President Jovenel Moïse step down and the gas hike has been temporarily suspended.

There is no simple solution here. We live in Haiti most of the year. We know what it is like to have to purchase food, gas for our vehicles, gas for our generators, and the list goes on. We have asked ourselves many times, How in the world are the people that we live and work among able to survive? Of course, we know one of those answers is that many of them come to our doorstep looking for help. It is an endless stream of those who can’t help themselves and others who are just plain hungry that put an incredible amount of pressure on us to help them. We have identified with Moses many times as he carried the burdens of a nation and had to have supernatural help to get these former slaves from Egypt into Canaan. There is no way to adequately describe the pressure we are under to help those in crisis mode, yet there’s no way to adequately describe what they are going through either. My husband has often described the average Haitian life as a little bird who totters on the very end of a branch. The average citizen cannot see beyond today. Jobs are virtually nonexistent and we are there to make a difference. So….when the government elects to impose a gas hike, not by increments, but on a large scale, the result is chaos.

As I’ve mentioned before in a post, it is a common misconception of many to think that it is cheaper to live in Haiti than to live stateside. Prices are constantly fluctuating. One of many examples is that of trying to provide the gas tanks and other commodities needed for our feeding program. It’s akin to running on foot to catch an airplane taking flight.

Some ask, Why can’t they just get it together and learn to run their own country? The youth of Haiti have inherited a multitude of problems that were created from many generations past. Let’s never forget that it was the United Nations that imposed an embargo on Haiti in 1992. The results of that decision were disastrous. An already sick country ended up in the ICU ward as a result of that one move. 

Haiti is certainly responsible for many of its own problems. There is no easy answer. What we do know is that we love the Haitian people. Some of the most loyal and loving people we know that prayed us through many dire situations reside in that country. We ask that, instead of judging them, you would please pray for them in this time of deep distress.  Pray for Rehoboth Ministries as well which has been laboring for over 35 years in this country to make a difference in people’s lives. Help us help them by offering a cup of cold water to a very thirsty people.  Also, pray for stability among the Haitian people.

Contact Information

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

Dana:        danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  3272 5600

John:        adams.john@gmail.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 give online at Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI

Happy Month-a-versary, Lorelei!

37043848_10160816893695045_3642889821929603072_nAll of our family left this morning (except for John.) Gabriel was up before dawn to catch a flight out for Portland. Deborah and her family are winding their way back to West Virginia and I am finally getting back to updating and answering e-mails. It’s best to stay busy before I get all melancholy! I forgot to wish our beautiful little granddaughter a Happy Month-a-versary. Lorelei Adele is exquisite and growing so fast. She may be one year old before we see her again and I can’t begin to tell you how that pains me. But, my heart is full and so is my cup.

I spent much of the week outside with our 4-year old grandson, Sam. He taught me to take delight in the simplest of things like gathering pinecones to make a special thing and throwing tree branches into the woods while simultaneously yelling ridiculous names like Pineapple Pistacio. Where does he get these ideas?

I’m so thankful for the wonderful time we had together with our loved ones. I’m also thankful they enjoyed time in our new home as well. The summer is passing all too quickly.

I will write more about the situation in Haiti, but for now I will relish the thoughts of a week well spent.

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Many Reasons to Celebrate the Date

100_3622-viSince most of you will probably be celebrating on this date, we wanted to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July! Here’s an interesting tidbit concerning this date and our link with Haiti. Did you know that there were Haitians who fought in our War for Independence?Here’s a link to see and read about the monument which stands in Savannah, Georgia, which is dedicated to those brave soldiers who fought.

July 4th is a very memorable date for us as well. It was July 4, 2010, that Prit had his first of two back-to-back brain aneurysms. This led to the terrifying ordeal we went through that caused folks from all over the world to join in with the prayer chain for his recovery. This story is told in my book, Into the Storm. If you haven’t read it, would you get a copy today and help support our work? Better yet, give some copies away to friends and tell them about Rehoboth Ministries!

There’s no way we can mention this piece of history that’s forever etched in our minds without, once again, thanking Pastors Richard and Beth Kope and their local church in Didsbury, Alberta, Canada for standing in the gap for us through that ordeal as well as the many friends and family who prayed from afar until Prit woke up and started his rehabilitation process. Thanks to your prayers and God’s grace, we are 35 years strong in the ministry.

 

 

’twill soon be past…

IMG_2639I visited my brother’s grave today. “Laney” died last December, but this was the first opportunity that I have had to officially say goodbye — even though he is on the other side now. All that remains where he now lies is a grave marker with his name and picture on it. Multitudes of memories flooded my mind regarding days and seasons long past  — times that will never be retrieved. Out of a family of five, he was number four. I was the caboose. I looked up to him. To him I was probably the annoying, tag-along sister.

A part of me grieves because he is no longer here. Another part feels happy for him because he is no longer suffering and riddled with disease. Yet, a third part makes me think harder about the rest of my days. Standing before a grave or attending funerals always does that. The graves of my mother and father lay right beside Laney’s.

We just returned from West Virginia where we celebrated a new life and the joy of meeting our new granddaughter, Lorelei, for the first time. Watching an infant who doesn’t conceive how very fragile she is and standing by a grave of one whose fragile life is now over places me somewhere in the middle.

“One life to live, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” This was one of my mother’s favorite sayings, penned by C.T. Studd who served as a missionary to China, India, and Africa. I’ve been reminded today, both by Laney and Lorelei, not to live a mediocre life — for ’twill soon be past. Click this link for the full poem.

Time With Family/Save the Date!

 

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We are back from spending five days in West Virginia. We just met the most gorgeous grandbaby ever! It all went by way too quickly, but we look forward to our daughter, Deb, and her family coming to visit us in our new home in just a few weeks. Sam is 4 years old now and has what seems to be an endless supply of energy. He kept PopPop and Nana running! We had to come back to North Carolina just to rest.

Lorelei is the most beautiful baby girl on the planet. Ok, I know there will be many who beg to differ, but just look at that face!

Save the Date!

Our summer is passing by all too quickly and soon it will be July. If you would like for us to come share at your church, fellowship, or with your group, now’s the time to be making arrangements. It’s been a great year and there’s so much to share. Save the date!