Thirty years ago today we left Tarboro, N.C., to move to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.The sum total our possessions consisted of two suitcases, two footlockers, and a classical guitar. We sold our trailer and Prit’s pickup. My Maverick had already “kicked the bucket” and we left the United States having no idea of what things were in store for us once we got to the mission field. We had been invited to teach in a Christian day school that was part of the Caribbean Christian Center. We spent 5 1/2 years in the capital teaching and eventually overseeing the school. Prit also began to teach in the Pentecostal Holiness Bible School in Port-au-Prince. Our final destination was not to be Port-au-Prince, however.
Our two sons (John and Gabriel) were born in the capital. We afterwards moved north to the old colonial capital of Cap-Haitian. Soon, we had a third addition to our family. Deborah was born at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Limbé in the middle of Hurricane Gilbert. All three children grew up here in Cap-Haitian and are now residing in the States.
Our calling was to apostolic work. We planted the mother church in Petite-Anse, a suburb of Cap-Haitian. Today, we have three church plants as well as the oversight of a fourth. We also have four schools, a Bible institute, and a radio program that have evolved over the years. We administer a feeding program that feeds over 1,200 children, staff, and cooks. Those of you who know us well know that the Lord has brought us through some very fiery trials and, thanks to His grace and preservation, we are still going strong. We are no longer asking the Lord to provide support for us to be able to stay on the mission field. We are now believing God for tens of thousands of dollars to build buildings, feed children, pay salaries, purchase and maintain vehicles and generators, and a multitude of other needs.
We say a heartfelt “thank you” once again to all our supporters who have stood with us so faithfully and “Happy Anniversary” to Rehoboth Ministries!