Exactly two years ago today, Prit and I left Calgary, Canada, to return to the United States. On August 31, 2010, we said goodbye to our dear friends, Pastor Richard and Beth Kope, and made our way back to Raleigh where we were finally reunited with Prit’s parents and our son, Gabriel. Since that day we have given the testimony several times concerning Prit’s ordeal and seen many people receive healing as well. Having suffered from two massive brain hemorrhages, Prit not only survived, but has returned to his life’s work on the mission field.
We dedicate this post as a fitting tribute to a couple that stood with us through our 52-day ordeal and who proved to be faithful prayer companions as well as dear friends. To share the many ways the Kopes blessed us during our time there would fill volumes. Knowing them, they would probably just like to stay out of the limelight, however. Suffice it to say, we are very privileged to call them our friends. We will never forget the way they and their church family rallied around us during the most difficult crisis of our lives. Since that fiery trial, we have come and gone to Haiti three times, but the memory of our time in Canada has never faded. Even now, I can see Beth counseling me with soothing words after hearing a bad report from the doctor. And in my mind’s eye, I can clearly see Richard Kope with his open Bible reading the Scriptures over Prit’s still form for hours at a time. How do you say ”thank you” for this kind of devotion? You can’t, but they know our hearts. Once again, we salute you, Richard and Beth.
We are also very grateful to our three pastors, Bible institute teachers, and members of the three church plants for the way they have stepped up to the plate to keep Rehoboth Ministries running. The work in Haiti is flourishing because of our faithful workers who run the day-to-day operations of the work there. What a mighty team the Lord has given us and we are all the more fortunate to have such faithful supporters and laborers that make this work what it is.
We are presently in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and will return to Haiti after the Ministers Fellowship International Conference that takes place every year in Portland, Oregon the first week of October. If you would like for us to come to your area to share, we would love to come and encourage your church, men’s or ladies’ group or prayer breakfast. Just let us know!
wow. a reminder of fun times…. I remember learning what a “seige” really meant by watching you and my folks carefully and courageously walking through this fire, knowing that years of faithfulness and obedience pay off when we least expect it. You guys are awesome and doing an awesome work! Keep it up!