Sunday morning, we ministered at one of our supporting churches in Moncure, North Carolina. It was great to see two of our longtime friends, Pastor Matt and Becky Garrett. Matt and Becky were members of our home church (Rock Church of Tarboro, N.C.) over thirty years ago. It was at Rock that Prit and I were commissioned to go to Haiti as missionaries. Although the years have led us in separate directions, we have remained close friends with the Garretts and always look forward to our reunions.
Moncure Baptist Church had their commissioning service Sunday and we were delighted to be a part of it. They prayed for seven young people who were preparing to go on a mission trip to Elizabethtown, N.C. They will be working there with children’s Bible clubs, doing minor construction work and various other activities, and sharing their faith. Future trips will take mission groups to Kentucky to minister to the poorest of that state and also to Pennsylvania. Moncure isn’t stopping there, however. The church’s members have a global perspective and are strategizing to make an impact beyond their borders. Matt shared with us his passion for their church’s goal to contact an unreached tribe in the jungles of Colombia by partnering with a missionary who has lived in that country for many years. Our hearts were moved as we listened, knowing that this is something near and dear to his heart. In fact, the Garretts already have a large stake in the nation of Colombia. Their only daughter, Emily, has been serving as a missionary in Bogotá for several years.
Interestingly, Moncure is a French phrase that means “My Cure.” It would seem that this church is, in a sense, becoming a place from which healing comes as they take the Good News of Jesus Christ to the lost. We salute Moncure Baptist Church for their role in fulfilling the Great Commission!
Over 120 people gathered together for a prayer breakfast held at Northwood Temple Church (Fayetteville, NC) on Saturday morning. Prit and I were invited to share testimonies of healing that we have seen take place on and off the mission field over the span of almost 30 years. In a nutshell, we shared the highlights of the miracle God gave us in 2010 by bringing Prit out of a 26-day coma, then restoring his damaged brain to normality. We also shared other stories such as that of a church member of our our second church plant in the countryside who had a kidney obstruction. Madame Gerald had been in tremendous pain for several days and suffered greatly due to the inability to urinate. After listening to the testimony about Prit’s crisis and coming forward for prayer, she returned to her seat. Looking down at her dress, she was astonished to see that her dress was soaked. God had healed her on the spot!
Afterwards, we joined together with Pastor John Hedgepeth and ministered to many people that had various needs. One friend was healed of a chronic cough after suffering with it for ten months. She had been to several doctors and had still found no relief. We’re looking forward to hearing more feedback as time goes on!
Northwood Temple has been supporting Rehoboth Ministries for several years and is sending a medical team down to Haiti in October. We are truly grateful for their partnership. It was wonderful to be able to give back to them and minister to those that were afflicted, as well as many visitors from outside of the church.
Hey, everyone, Max is back! Who is Max, you ask? Why, Max is our status update dog!
Last year, Rehoboth Ministries managed to feed over 1,250 students, teachers, and cooks a hot meal two days a week for an entire school year. Max was our “go to” dog for providing us with consistent updates until we finally met our yearly goal. Many of you joyfully participated with us by sowing generously until Max ecstatically informed us that the money had been raised. We could never have done it without your help!
It’s that time again and now we’re launching the feeding program again for 2012-2013. As of October, by faith, we will be serving up hot meals once again for students, staff, and cooks for all three schools. Our goal for this year is approximately $36,000.
We’re off to a great start! We already have $5,700 in the feeding program account, which means that our goal has been whittled down to a little over $30,000!
Can you help us? It costs just 40 cents a meal to feed a hungry child. Perhaps you’d like to make a commitment to feed one child for the entire school year ($28.80), or even two! Or, if you’re a church, maybe you’d like to help shoulder the burden of paying for one month’s supply of meals which costs about $4,000. You can make a difference, not to mention making Max the happiest dog on planet earth!
As I type this post, we are making our way along I-40 West from Jacksonville to Fayetteville. The sky is a blanket of dark blue and we’ve just heard of storm warnings on the radio that are headed straight for our destination — Cumberland County. Much of my work on my laptop is done while making these long treks from town to town. Somehow, if I can divert my attention to attending to tasks that can be done on the road, i.e, catching up on e-mails, writing posts, reading, and such, the grey ribbon that stretches out before us magically disappears. I can imagine in my mind’s eye a slight smile forming on the faces of longtime truck drivers that can traverse a state in a day without thinking twice. I realize that a three-hour trip is not really that far, but I’m just not too fond of sitting in an upright position for hours at a time. Ah! Did we just pass a sign back there letting us know that Fayetteville is only 31 miles up the road? Yes, we did!
Prit and I had a wonderful time ministering at Enon Chapel on Sunday. Pastor James Kelley and his wife, Becky, are pastors of the highest caliber, and Enon has supported our work in Haiti for several years. Their motto is “Touching Lives…Making Disciples!” Since they are sowing into our ministry, they are also sharing in our reward. Together, we are making disciples in Haiti!
Enon is situated in the heart of Marine country. The church is a welcome oasis to returning warriors from the field, as well as a strength to those that have to stay behind. Thank you Enon Chapel for being partners with Rehoboth Ministries. We salute you!
As I’m finishing up this post, the blanket of blue has given way to a heavy downpour, yet we have reached the last stretch of our trip. In another twenty minutes, we will be home. We are thankful for having had the opportunity, to once again, minister to God’s people.
Thank you Faith Temple in Alexander City, AL, (Pastor Dick & Sandra Stark), for your recent gift of $500 to help with the mission house repairs! The work needs to continue in order to get both houses (a large one and a smaller house) ready to receive a medical team that’s coming down in October 2012.
Rehoboth Ministries was very blessed to receive the gift of this compound in Sainte-Philomène (a suburb of Cap-Haitien) several years ago, but the buildings were in dire need of repairs. The smaller house has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a small kitchen, and den area. We would like to, at the very least, have the bedrooms and bathroom ready for our visitors. This means the replacement of pipes, laying down of tile, painting, as well as installing ceiling fans.
Any help from you, our friends, would be so appreciated! We will have an estimation and “before” pictures soon for the smaller house for those of you that would like to help. Your offerings will also provide much-needed work for our crew that is doing such a beautiful job!