Full House

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Our house is like Grand Central Station. There are always people there, so much so, that it’s like a revolving door. Last Wednesday, we had seven musicians sitting around our table. It’s always fun to have these guys up to the house because there’s a lot of laughter and teasing going on. That day, Brother Claudin was the object of all the teasing. He’s the one with two plates. He finished his food so quickly that I (Dana) handed him mine. ¬†Everyone got a kick out of him eating at such a rapid rate with a spoon in one hand and a fork in the other. Each hand worked simultaneously as he shoveled the food into his mouth at what seemed like breakneck speed.

Afterward, we were rewarded with a beautiful song. ūüôā

Stop!

Cap-Haitian now has a stoplight. In a city and surrounding area of around 900,000, the first and only traffic signal has just recently been set up on the boulevard. It sits right next to the police station. The humorous part about it is that no one even notices it’s there. As usual, everyone rides right through it without a single glance from the policemen standing on the corner. Oh well, as the saying goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

Rainy Day at the Christophe

We are, once again, sitting here at the Christophe Hotel hunched over our laptops. We often joke about the Christophe being our second home. We are thankful that we have such a beautiful place to come and do our work, even as we continue to pray for a solution to having the Internet at home. For those of you that have visited us, you know how lovely this place is.¬†The rain is coming down in sheets today, making the view even more lovely. ¬†Everything is green, which means good news for those that have gardens.Below is a statue of King Christophe, for whom the hotel was named. Since his influence upon the north of Haiti was a vital part of the country’s history, we have included a short article about the history of Christophe’s life.

“Henri Christophe¬†(who used the anglicized version of¬†Henry Christopher) (6 October 1767 ‚Äď 8 October 1820) was a former slave and key leader in the¬†Haitian Revolution, which succeeded in gaining independence from France in 1804. In 1805 he took part under¬†Jean-Jacques Dessalines¬†in the invasion of¬†Santo Domingo¬†(now Dominican Republic) against French forces, and was documented as killing hundreds of Dominicans, including prisoners.

After Dessalines was assassinated, Christophe retreated to the¬†Plaine-du-Nord¬†and created a separate government. On 17 February 1807, he was elected¬†President¬†of the¬†State of Haiti, as he named that area.¬†Alexandre P√©tion¬†was elected president in the South. On 26 March 1811, Christophe created a kingdom in the North and had himself proclaimed¬†Henry I, King of Ha√Įti.¬†He also created a nobility and named his legitimate son¬†Jacques-Victor Henry¬†as prince and heir.

He is known for constructing the¬†Citadelle Laferri√®re, the¬†Sans-Souci Palace, and numerous other palaces. Under his policies of¬†corvee,¬†or forced labor, the Kingdom earned revenues from agricultural production, primarily the commodity of sugar, but the people resented the system. He reached agreement with Great Britain to respect its Caribbean colonies in exchange for their warning his government of any French navy activity threatening Haiti. Unpopular, ill and fearing a coup, he committed suicide. His son and heir was assassinated 10 days later. The general¬†Jean-Pierre Boyer¬†came to power and reunited the two parts of Haiti.”

Love/Hate

ImageI’m having a love/hate relationship with my laptop right now. I guess, at some point, I need to reformat it. After waiting all day to come to town to check my mail (still no internet at home), my screen freezes. If my laptop wasn’t so important, I would have hurled it across the room long ago. Images of sledgehammers and axes pass through my mind accompanied by fiendish laughter. Why am I so frustrated? It’s just a laptop, you say? Much of my work is done on the computer. Having that link between us and the States is crucial. From checking our bank balance to ordering something to be sent down on the mission plane simply involves sending an e-mail. My computer also holds the key to updating this site among a multitude of other things. So, while I love my Mac, at times it becomes a love/hate relationship.

If you are one of those fortunate people enjoying your high-speed internet and everything functions with a simple click, stop and give thanks for your wonderful computer today! And, yes, I’m taking the time to repent and give him thanks for mine as well. ūüôā

In the Doghouse

Brother Enock Massillon and his team have been building a doghouse for our new canines this week. The team was more than happy to take a moment and pose for the camera. I’ve never met a Haitian yet that is ”camera-shy”! They’re doing an incredible job!

Ramz, Your New Favorite Salesman

Ramz Reynaldo R√©v√©us is 20 years old and a member of our church in Petite-Anse. He is a vital part of our youth group, playing the electric guitar in the worship band and lending his voice in song. He is vivacious and full of life, always learning and making himself a model for our youth by developing his talents. Ramz asked us if we would help him become a distributor for Herbal Life products and we were more than happy to give him a “hand up.” We know that he is going to excel in this new venture because he throws his heart into everything he does. Would you please remember Ramz in your prayers and ask the Lord to bless his new business? With his proceeds, he will be able to finish paying for his school as well as providing for his other needs. With a face like this, how can he fail?

Church Building Fund

Haiti has a rich culture despite a past that includes an incredible amount of suffering. Haitians are known for their proverbs, which are pithy revelations of how they see life. A common proverb goes,¬†“Piti, piti, zwazo f√® nich” —¬†“Little by little the bird builds its nest” which means “Little by little, we accomplish our goals.”

Among the many ministries that are taking place through our work here in Haiti is that of building a church building for the glory of God. We have come to the place where our “tonnelle” is too small. There is such a thing as a “good problem” — it’s good that we are having record growth, but it’s still a problem knowing where to put everyone! At present, we are meeting with an engineer and builders in our church assembly to move forward with building plans.

Would you like to put your hand to this work and help us meet this goal? Please note the barometer on the rehobothhaiti.com site. Your giving would be so appreciated!

Man’s Best Friends

We are now the proud owners of three new dogs — two German Shepherds and one Doberman! One day they will be ferocious guard dogs, for security is something that’s very important here! But for now, they’re still puppies that yap day and night! ¬†We’re still trying to come up with some appropriate names, but as of this moment, they’re nameless! Perhaps you, our readers, would like to offer some suggestions!