Prayer Cover for John

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This is where John spent most of his summer vacation

Tomorrow, John flies to Miami. He’ll get to Haiti on Wednesday: our loss, Haiti’s gain.ūüė¶ Would you please remember his traveling in your prayers? This summer has been incredibly busy for us all. Even if we’re not in Haiti, the work of getting the payroll to our leaders plus¬†a thousand other details have to be attended to.

John has spent the better part of his days working on getting Bible school materials ready for next year’s students. God gave him a brilliant plan of scanning the four years of Bible school material onto his laptop. This summer, he has been working on the first and third year material. Today, ironically, he is editing the last book of the third year before he transfers all the edited material onto tablets that the students can purchase when he returns. This will allow the students to pay only 20% of what they would have normally paid for all their materials.

We are so incredibly proud of our son. His contribution to this ministry is priceless. Since we will not be back in Haiti for six more weeks, we’ll miss him terribly!

Winning The Lottery

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Please take time to watch the link above. It was a video which was filmed by CBN this past year when they sent a crew to Haiti. Watching it will inform you of the plight of the Haitian children and two ministries that are working to stem the tide of hunger in Haiti. One of those is Rehoboth Ministries and the other is Meds and Food for Kids.

Rehoboth’s¬†goal is to raise $20,000 to finish covering the expenses for our three schools this upcoming school year – which is just around the corner. School begins ¬†on 5 September. Our beautiful schoolchildren will be eagerly returning to school in their blue and white uniforms and looking expectantly towards a hot meal served up by our cooks. Can you join us again, as you did last year, to assure that they will not be disappointed? If you have not yet given into the feeding program, won’t you sign up to help us feed our kids 5 days a week for the next 10 months?

As Dr. Virginia Wolff (Founder of Med and Food for Kids) so aptly put it, ”There are some people in the world who are born in North America, who kind of won the lottery. It isn’t happening here.” ¬†But with your help, we¬†can change that!

Donate online at thelordstable.org¬†or use the address on the website to send a check to The Lord’s Table and earmark it Haiti/Feeding Program.

 

Great Times With Great Friends At Rock Church

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                               Pastors Mike & Mary Chatt

What happens when you’re having such a great time that you forget to take pictures? Such is our case from the past four days we spent in Tarboro, NC, where our good friends from Rock Church are located. Rock Church was where Prit and I met, where we taught in their dayschool (Rock Christian Academy), and where we married. It also served as our launching pad to the mission field. After 33 years on the field, Tarboro is one of our very favorite places to go and where we always reluctantly leave.

Thanks Pastor Mike and Mary Chatt and all the Rock church crowd for your faithful support through the years! We look forward to our next gathering when we can talk and laugh for endless hours which will seem like minutes. A special thanks to our former pastor’s wife (Chris Oborne) for driving all the way from Palm Coast, Florida, to be with us.

We encourage you to visit Rock Church if you’re in the area. It is a thriving church and they have a very loving church family. But, if you do visit, you may not want to leave either. They just make you feel so welcome!

Your Giving Matters

4c7d6a1c0e4efa102ce7a71a4727f26fI’ll never forget Pastor Lefort’s story. He found one of his students crying during the school break one day and asked him what was wrong.¬†“My mom didn’t give me any breakfast this morning and I’m hungry.”¬†Pastor Lefort bought him a pack of crackers to eat, but never forgot the tears that¬†streamed¬†down this young boy’s face. Fortunately, it was shortly after that incident, that we launched our feeding program for our two school plants. Since then, with the help of Orphans Promise and some very generous donors, we have been feeding over 1,000 school kids, teachers, and cooks 5 days a week.

Before leaving Haiti, the treasurer of our main school approached me. With tears in his eyes, Brother Delex told me, “Madame Pastor, please thank your supporters for us¬†when¬†you get back¬†to the United States. Many of the children in this school only eat one meal a day. That meal is what they receive in school. Tell them how much it means to us!”¬†Can you imagine looking forward to that one meal each day? No wonder the plates are scraped clean and no food is left behind.

This year, we are venturing out of our comfort zone to include our third school plant in the rural countryside. As if the kids in the city don’t have it bad enough, these students’ parents are poor farmers who basically eek out a living by tilling their simple gardens. We have wanted to include the Belle-H√ītesse school for some time. However, while our two school plants are able to cover payroll for their staffs, we have had to¬†subsidize this school and pay $650 (US) every month to cover¬†teachers’ salaries. We are thrilled to say that¬†Orphans Promise has agreed to ship more boxes down to include these students as well. What a wonderful ministry! They are operating in over 60 countries worldwide. Our ministry is so blessed to be impacted by their generosity.

But… here’s the catch. We still have our part to play. Although the food is provided for free, Rehoboth Ministries is responsible for the cooks’ salaries, purchasing large gas tanks for cooking, buying oil and spices, purchasing pots for cooking and utensils, transporting these items from the march√© and the list goes on. We have concluded that it will cost us a¬†minimum of¬†$20,000¬†to sustain this program over a 10-month period for the three schools. Never have we needed¬†your help more than now!

Many of you are already giving monthly pledges. If you are not involved in our feeding program, would you ask the Lord if he wants you to join hands with us¬†in making an enormous difference in the life of a child? Imagine how it would feel to know that, when a child lays his head on his pillow at night, he knows he’ll receive a nourishing meal at school the next day – because you gave? Whether you pledge a monthly gift of $25, $50, or $100, your giving will be God’s hands extended to those less fortunate than us.

Here’s how you can help:

Send a check to: The Lord’s Table/ PO box 11049/ Goldsboro, NC 27532

Make it out to: The Lord’s Table

Earmark it: Haiti/Feeding Program 

Thank you.

 

Sunday with Enon, plus the Roof is Up!

13669559_10154281515865406_4444799117235310931_nThis morning we enjoyed visiting our friends at Enon Chapel in Jacksonville, NC. It’s always great to see every one and we had the opportunity¬†to give some highlights of this past¬†year in Haiti. If you’re in the Jacksonville area, this would make a great home church. They have a very loving atmosphere and we are fortunate to have Enon Chapel partnering with¬†our work in Haiti.

13872390_1049394328449045_163119267_n.jpgGreat news! The roof project for Pastor Lefort’s church has been¬†completed! Thanks¬†to all of you who responded to this cry for help. We are amazed at how quickly this got done.¬†Pastor Lefort says it’s so great to be out of the rain!

Unexpected Showers!

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Summer Feeding Program

 

We have marvelous news! When the donors for our schools’ feeding program learned that our students were not eating this summer, they were greatly troubled. It was decided that our students, from now on, should eat year-round. So, after several attempts to get a transfer down to Haiti, our pastors finally received the funds. They immediately refilled gas tanks and bought the necessary supplies to get our feeding program back up and running.

Before we left Haiti, Brother Delex (the treasurer of our main school in Petite-Anse) called me aside. With tears in his eyes and a trembling voice, he told me, “Man Pas, please thank everyone who is giving into this feeding program. For many of the¬†children in our¬†school, the lunch they receive here is the only meal they get for the whole day.” Can you imagine that? Pastor Lefort told me today, “The children were gulping¬†their food down. You could tell they were¬†really hungry!”¬†We thank all our dear friends who saw and met the needs of¬†others who are not quite so fortunate as them.

In the fall, we will be adding our other school in the countryside to the feeding program. We could sure use your help. If you’d like to join with us in feeding hungry children, you can go to rehobothhaiti.com and donate online. You can also send a check to:

The Lord’s Table
PO Box 11049
Goldsboro, NC 27532

Write¬†the check to: ¬†The Lord’s Table

Earmark the check:  Haiti РFeeding Program

Plenty Going On!

God is Good!

We spent a lovely weekend in Sanford, NC, with our good friends, Matt and Becky Garrett. On Sunday morning, Prit and I ministered at Moncure Baptist Church where they pastor and enjoyed spending time with their members again. What a wonderful time we had with our friends there!

John was scheduled to be at his home church in Asheville on Sunday as well. However, when he was ready to go, his car wouldn’t crank. I called Matt and asked him if he minded if we brought one more along with us since John was stranded for the weekend. Matt was very gracious and offered his own vehicle for John to use. So, off to Sanford we went. Then, John took off for Asheville. Amazing how the Lord works! Thanks so much Matt and Becky for your hospitality and generosity. Thank you also for being willing vessels in providing John with a way to make his engagement.

Speaking of John…

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                       NC State Library

John has spent the lion’s share of his summer scanning page after page of our Bible institute’s books onto a pdf file. He finished the scanning process today and now begins the editing phase before he finally scans all the material onto tablets which our students can purchase next year for only¬†20% of the price they normally paid for books. Pray that he can get finished quickly and enjoy the remaining¬†weeks of summer that he has left.

 

Quest for a Nest

MKijazecqSince we returned stateside on June 7, we have been searching for a home base. This doesn’t mean we’re retiring, but since Prit’s parents’ home has been sold, we have been on a quest for a nest. Would you please pray for us. We would like to have enough time to purchase a home and furnish it so that next time we come, our place of retreat from life in Haiti will be waiting for us.