I want to thank God for Rehoboth Ministries. Since the mid 1980s when I laid my hands on Prit and Dana Adams and commissioned them for the missions ministry in Cap Haitien, the Lord has greatly used them in the planting of churches and schools. They have worked diligently to build a ministry that would touch lives and change them by the hand of our Lord Jesus.
From the very beginning of their ministry, Prit and Dana have worked to build something great for our Lord and they have always placed God at the center of their ministry without thinking of self or even their own future. I know of no one who exceeds their sacrifice for the ministry.
Fay and I salute you, Prit and Dana as two of the greatest workers in His Kingdom.
John and Fay Hedgepeth
Northwood Temple Church, Fayetteville, NC
Thank you for those kind words, Pastor Hedgepeth!
After a busy day of translating Christmas songs from English to Creole, I was ready to check my e-mails once more, then head for bed. What a blessing it was to open this letter before signing off!
I wanted to let you know that I received your book from someone at work. A simple, fascinating read that shows the strength, courage and the power of prayer. Your book has truly touched my heart. I will be passing it along to a dear friend who has a son that recently was involved in a terrible accident that ended in a traumatic brain injury. Though each story is different, I know that your book will give her a boost in her faith, show her the power of prayer and give her a little peace. God bless you and your husband in your continued work and ministry.
I wrote my friend back and let her know we would definitely be praying for this young man and I hope that you will. I know all too well the feeling of despair that threatens to tighten its grip during a crisis such as this. But there is always hope with Jesus!
If you aren’t familiar with my book, Into the Storm, it is available online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. It would make a great Christmas gift!
Due to the generosity of many of our faithful readers, we are now past the $15,000 mark and building up steam to reach $16,000! Soon we will have some pictures of the feeding program in action posted on the website.
A month from today, we will be winding down and gathering our things together to return to the States for a few weeks. We are looking forward to spending Christmas with the family. But, there is much to be done before that date arrives. We are busy translating songs for our Christmas program, speaking with an engineer about construction plans for a new church building, and making sure everything is in place for our departure.
For those of you that responded so quickly concerning giving to our feeding program, I will mail you your two hand embroidered napkins after we return to the States. Jacqueline (see post: “Three Birds, One Stone“) is working feverishly to have them ready before we leave. If others are still interested in helping, there is time.
Thanks again for remembering those that are less fortunate than we are. The Lord, himself, promises to repay you — “He that gives to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given” (Prov. 19:17).
Our first bank transfer for this academic year’s feeding program has been made! Each of our three pastors are scurrying about this week as they purchase food, plates, utensils, charcoal, gas (for the stove) and several other items that will be needed to get the program up and running next week. The heavy rains brought on by Hurricane Sandy have delayed our plans a bit, but today the sun is peeking through the clouds. It’s still cool and windy, but very pleasant. In spite of not yet having reached the halfway mark of what is needed to support the feeding program for the year 2012-2013, we are moving forward by faith to make good use of the funds that many of you have donated. We say a great big “thank you” to all who have put their hand to the plow to join us in this endeavor.
For those of you who faithfully follow this blog, we’d like to make a modest proposal. The Haitian proverb, “Men anpil, chay pa lou” (“Many hands make light the work”) may be applicable here. Several individuals have joyfully contributed $30, sometimes more, to feed at least one child for the entire school year. If you are a pastor reading this blog, perhaps you and your church could help pay for one month’s supply of food? It costs approximately $4,000 a month to keep this program running. Would you, dear Pastor, be willing to take this proposal to your congregation? We would be delighted to highlight you and your church members on this website for rallying to this cause and rising to the challenge. We would also like to invite you to come to Haiti and see the fruits of your labor.
Just $30 feeds one child two meals each week for an entire school year. Four thousand dollars provides meals for over 1,200 children, teachers, and cooks for one month. The salaries of our cooks are also covered in these costs.
Jacqueline Fénélus stands in front of the Hotel Christophe every day attempting to sell these beautiful napkins. Her daily income is dependent on the traffic flow of tourists coming and going from the hotel. Most days, she just tries to sell enough each day to help care for her two children and her aged mother. Some days are good. Some days she takes nothing home.
After speaking with Jacqueline, I felt impressed to work together with her. We both have two goals. Hers is to feed her family. My goal is to feed hungry schoolchildren. Together, we can help each other. She does high-quality work. After buying a couple of her napkins, I had them handwashed to make sure the ink from the thread didn’t run all over the napkins. (This happened to me once when I bought them from another lady.) After being handwashed and ironed, they still look great! They would make a beautiful addition to any place setting.
These napkins will be our gift to anyone who would partner with us for at least $30 or more. In this way, we could kill three birds with the proverbial stone: Jacqueline would get some much-needed business, we could continue to raise funds to feed our schoolkids, and you would enjoy the fruit of Jacqueline’s labor — a set of beautiful, embroidered napkins. (They would make a great Christmas gift!)
We have almost reached the $14,000 mark now, but we still have a long way to go in reaching our final goal of $36,000, which would enable us to feed about 1,200 children, teachers and workers for the entire school year. Would you help us?
One of the specialties we enjoy here in Haiti that is not commonly found in the United States is breadfruit. To the Haitian, it’s “Lam Veritab.” As shown in this picture, it’s served with a helping of hamburger sauce on the side. Breadfruit is one of Haiti’s staples and is “très délicieux!” In fact, this is one of mine and Prit’s favorite meals at home. Although it looks like a vegetable and has no resemblance whatsoever to fruit, it is more starchy and has a distinct flavor akin to a potato, yet with a taste uniquely its own. Often breadfruit, yams, and plantains are served with a meat sauce (if one has enough money to buy the meat) instead of the white rice that is sold in the marché (public market). Breadfruit is actually much more nutritious than rice, and is loaded with vitamins and nutrients.
There is an interesting history behind this plant. Breadfruit did not originate in Haiti. According to the Haitian version, Henri Christophe (the king of the north of Haiti during the early 1800’s) dispatched his servants to the Pacific islands to search for and transplant this staple to Haiti. After several unsuccessful attempts, the servants (who had never seen breadfruit before), finally returned with the actual plant that Christophe was seeking. After such a long wait, the story goes that King Christophe exclaimed in French, “C’est L’Arbre Véritable!” (“This is the true tree!”) Under his reign, breadfruit was planted abundantly in the land of Haiti and is one of the most plentiful foods available there. In the course of time, the name “L’Arbre Véritable” gradually descended into the Creole rendering of “Lam Veritab.” “Lam” means “soul” in Creole. The digression from the “true tree” to the “true soul” only proves how the variants of language can alter meanings over time.
In spite of the true sense of the word being lost over the centuries, this unique food remains the same. I suppose it could even be referred to as one of the Haitians’ “soul foods.” It is very tasty and we invite you to join us here in Haiti for a meal of “lam veritab!”
We asked our supporters if they would write a short paragraph explaining what Rehoboth Ministries means to them. Read below to find out how our work in Haiti is viewed by those that have faithfully sown into this ministry and upheld us with their heartfelt prayers.
WHAT REHOBOTH MINISTRIES MEANS TO ME
Being a supporter of Rehoboth Ministries is the most rewarding thing I do to share the love of God. Thank you for fulfilling the Great Command to go into all the world and share the Gospel and making it possible for me to be a part. I love children and I am especially impressed by the way your ministry has used my donations. Not only do you teach children the Word–you teach them to read, write and do math so that they may have a brighter future. BUT–you also go the extra mile and give them food while they are being taught. You feed them physically and spiritually. That blesses my heart and I am sure that it blesses the heart of God also. I pray that the seeds that God has enabled you to plant will be perennials.
Thank you Janice!
Deuteronomy 28:12 “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season…”
It’s been raining ALL day. A little boy stands at the sliding glass door with his bottom lip poked out and says in a distraught tone, “It’s been raining ALL day!” His playtime outside is ruined. At the same time, a tearful bride gazes out across the beautifully decorated lawn covered with tables and wedding decorations. The rain has soaked everything, even the beautifully made altar at which she and her groom were to exchange their vows. Now her once-perfect wedding must take place indoors. “My day is ruined. It’s been raining ALL day!,” she says.
I suppose, at times, we allow the circumstances of life to dictate to us what is good or what is bad. However, what may be a bother to one person may be a blessing to another. Here in Haiti, we are responding with joy and awesome wonder, “It’s been raining ALL day!” Prit and I returned to Cap-Haitian noting the dry, thirsty ground and the withered plants in our yard. “It hasn’t rained for a year now,” Marie, one of our Haitian workers said, exaggerating. She continued, “The plantain trees in the yard are all dried up and the citron bush (lime) doesn’t yield any more.” We used to help ourselves to the plantains, happy that we didn’t have to buy them in the marché (outdoor market). Now, for a while anyway, we’ve had to send someone to the market to buy them.
“But you brought the rain, you and Pastor Adams!” she said. It is true that, after arriving last Monday morning, we had a torrential downpour that very night and it’s been raining off and on ever since. Today we can gladly say, “It’s been raining ALL day!” I don’t know how much of that has to do with Prit and myself. It probably has more to do with believers’ prayers for a divine release from the heavens. One thing is sure: Even though the roof is leaking, we are extremely grateful for the beautiful, refreshing, God-given rain today.
Remember this little guy? A couple of months ago, we asked for special prayer for Justin. He had a large growth on his nose that was very unsightly and extremely painful. Thanks to your prayers and some antibiotics, Justin is doing fine. It took a lot of coercion to get him to smile for the camera.
When his older brother, Fritzner, decided to set the example, though, Justin managed to brighten up a little! Behind Fritzner is our main mission house located at Sainte-Philomène. Our third church/school plant and Bible institute is on the same property. Pastor Gesner Lefort is the pastor of this work and he is doing a tremendous job.
Yesterday, a couple of guys from our church put up this temporary, tin-sheet wall so that our home would not be subjected to the gazes of the entire neighborhood. We are making progress here, little by little. The fellow in our neighborhood who was responsible for sending water through the pipes to our house has now decided to sell the water on the side to other customers. We have been rationing the few bucketfuls we receive daily and using the “dip-method” to bathe. Anyone that’s ever visited us knows that this simply means using a plastic bowl to dip water out of the bucket to bathe. I sure miss our shower!
It’s taking time for us to readjust to the heat. Also, when the city widened the road in front of our house, the large tree that used to give us shade was cut down. Thankfully, we just received a light rain that has cooled things off. Please pray that the Lord will send us more.
Our Isuzu Trooper had work done on it and we had to replace the battery. We didn’t get down to the Christophe Hotel yesterday to check our e-mail because the Trooper was in the garage all day and most of today. It’s nice to be enjoying a respite from our house since it’s cooler at the hotel. One must learn to continually refocus and be thankful for the blessings that come interwoven with the hardships. For example, Agape Flights came today bringing food boxes for us and used clothing for the needy. We thank all those who sent boxes ahead of time so that we would have use of them just after we arrived.
I wish we could hang around for the Vice-Presidential debate, but that would put us getting back up the mountain too late. Guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how that went.