Save the Date!

imagesHey everyone, as of March 7, we’re going to be Stateside! We will be attending an MFI Conference in Chesterfield, VA, from March 10-13. We are greatly looking forward to being with family and friends while we’re home.

While we’re in the area, would you like for us to come share in your church? We would love to catch you up on all the Lord is doing here in Cap-Haitien. Maybe your men or women’s ministry or other groups would benefit from hearing about missions as well.

Make a date! We will get back with you as soon as possible.

Mish

“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” – Proverbs 12:10

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Mish (pronounced Meesh) wakes us up every morning. That’s with the exception of the nights she ends up sleeping indoors. Our unique alarm clock knows exactly which window is our bedroom. When she’s hungry and wants to come inside, our calico friend jumps up on our windowsill and meows incessantly. I must confess that I am not as much of a cat lover as my husband. When Mish cries, I tend to roll over and ignore her, but Prit will get up and make his way to the front door calling to her, “I’m coming, Mish!” She hears the shuffle of his feet coming down the hall and then manages to run around to the front door before he opens it.

Mish is the general term Haitians use to call cats. It’s their version of “Here kitty, kitty.” Why haven’t we given her a special name? Well, Mish works just fine and no other names come to mind. As you can see, once she arouses US to feed HER, she goes back to sleep with a full tummy.

Surprise!

Sunday was a red-letter day for our church in Petite-Anse. Our mother church celebrated its 23rd anniversary. Pastor John Finochio and Bryan Vos (Music/Media Director, Audio/Recording Engineer) of Crossroads Community Church in Hamilton, Ontario, were our special guests this year. It was an incredible service in many ways and full of surprises. Our adult and youth choirs joined together with other singing groups from the church to form a coalition of over 100 members. This great choir presented a special song called Praise Him. It was special in that it was composed by Pastor John’s son, Nathan, and was sung with the intent to take Pastor John by surprise. It worked! Since translating it into Creole, “Louwe-L” has become one of our favorite songs.

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There were surprises all around, however. On Saturday, Bryan accompanied me to choir practice. Upon entering the church, we discovered that no instruments had been set up, plus no one had even come to practice. I was a bit distraught since this would be our final practice before the choir was to sing. It was after that that I noticed a bustle of activity going on next door where the foundation of our new church lay. After lots of questions to which I received no definite answers, I finally managed to track down one of our committee members.

“Brother Brunel, what is going on? No one’s here for practice. What are all those people doing next door?” I asked. All the benches and the pulpit had been moved over to the new land where men were scurrying about to place a tarp on top of the wooden structure they had concocted. Brunel sheepishly looked at me and grinned. He let me know that they had planned a huge surprise for Prit. Sunday morning’s service would be held on the new foundation, rather than in the tonnelle.

“Please don’t tell him. It’s a surprise.”

It was hard not telling Prit what everyone had planned for the next day. I simply told him that the church had a big surprise for him.

The next morning when Prit and I arrived at the turnoff which leads to our church in Petite-Anse I said, “Honey, do you remember that I told you the church had a big surprise for you?”

“Yes.”

“Well, when you get close to the church, don’t enter in by the old gate. You need to turn in to the new one instead.”

As we entered the gate of what is to be our new church location, he started laughing as he realized what our church people had done. This will become a milestone in days to come. Our people moved by FAITH to have a service on our new foundation, even though the actual, physical church building has not yet been completed. It was somewhat like the priests of Israel putting their feet in the river Jordan by FAITH as they entered the Promised Land. The river did not divide UNTIL they took that first step of FAITH.

After a service full of music and preaching, our church committee presented us with a basketful of red roses, apple cider, and candy. In addition to this, they included a beautiful wooden picture frame. The frame contained pictures of Prit and me on one side and our three children on the other. Inscribed at the top was “GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.” This time it was our turn to be surprised.

We have decided (or rather, it seems to have been decided for us) that the tonnelle is a part of an era gone by. From now on, we plan to meet on the new church’s foundation until the needed building gets completed. I guess after seeing so many miracles over these past 23 years, moving out by faith to set up church next door may have seemed like a small leap of faith. We are so proud of our church leaders and members and thank Pastor John and Bryan for sharing such a special occasion with us.

After the service was over, everyone partook of an Agape meal. Over 1,200 people feasted on a delicious lunch of rice and beans, beef, salad, and fried plantains. Prit and I also received a special cake to mark this occasion decorated with the words, “Happy Birthday CFC.”*

Completing the church building is estimated to cost around $280,000 (US). Our people have held all-night prayer vigils for the completion of this monumental task. Now, they have moved forward to “take the land.” We are now waiting in faith for the Lord to move again. Will you pray and believe God with us for this miracle? Would you like to be an instrument to help bring this miracle to pass? If you would, you can send a check to:

Pritchard & Dana Adams
c/o Rehoboth Ministries, Inc.
333 Hilliard Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28311

Please earmark your check: “New Church Building.”

*CFC stands for “Centre de formation chrétienne” (the name of our church in French).

The Master Craftsman

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For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Luckner Borélus is passionate about his work. Not only is he a master craftsman with woodwork, he is also very artistic. His attention to detail and hours of labor spent over an unfinished product reveals tremendous skill and a high standard of excellence. Fortunately, Luckner is a member of our church and a graduate from our Bible institute. He’s a faithful follower of Jesus and a great role model as a husband and father. The added plus to all this is that we benefit from his excellent work ethic.

Recently, Luckner built a double bed for our new guest room. Hours of scheming and dreaming went into the preparation to build it on his part. I just asked him to build a simple bed, much like the one we have in our bedroom. But, after much thinking and meditation on his part, he presented me with another idea. For Luckner, every work is a work of art and the end product must be nothing short of magnificent. I finally relented to his idea, although I was a bit nervous about the finale. I knew we would have to use the bed, whether we liked it or not. Frankly, the bed surpassed all our expectations and now awaits future visitors to our home. Luckner doesn’t do anything an demi (halfway or half-baked). “I want to do everything for the glory of God,” he tells me.

Fortunately, we also have a master craftsman who is working on us. According to Ephesians 2:10, we are the Lord’s workmanship. As he labors over us, we often feel the pressure of his saw, the unrelenting pounding of his hammer, then finally the gorgeous finish that is uniquely beautiful to each of us. He joyfully desires to hold us up to the world exclaiming, “Look at my finished product! How beautiful he/she is!”

Even as I type this post, I can hear Luckner’s saw outside grinding away. Sometimes we feel like the Lord’s blade is on us. More often than we would like, it seems his continual sanding down of our rough places have no end. Are you in that place right now? Take heart! The finished project will be, as Luckner says, “Magnificent!”

What Our Supporters Are Saying About Us

FH240Pastor Brad and Lisa Wiggs pastor Faith Harvest Church in Wake Forest N.C. We are thankful to have them partnering with Rehoboth Ministries. Check out their website @ www.faith-harvest.org and if you’re in their area, join them one Sunday for a wonderful time of worship and teaching of the Word!

“What a blessing it is to partner with Rehoboth Ministries! Lisa and I have known Pritchard and Dana for over 30 years and have watched amazing, powerful fruit come from their ministry. Rehoboth is a ministry of great integrity and it is our privilege to support them. Our ministry at Faith Harvest is one focused on giving, and it is our joy to sow into ministries that are having such a powerful impact for the Kingdom. Many, many lives have been touched and changed by the Adams family in both Haiti and the U. S. for the Lord. We look forward to seeing what God has in store for Rehoboth in 2013 and are blessed to call them friends!”

— Pastor Brad Wiggs

A Gift from the Heart

A dear leader in our church had this picture specially made for Prit and me in order to commemorate our thirty years of service in Haiti. Brother Delex Pierre-Paul is the treasurer of our Bible institute and a faithful leader in our mother church in Petite-Anse. This simple gesture caught us by surprise and we knew it was a gift from the heart. Delex is always telling us how much he appreciates us as pastors and is the type of member every Pastor wants in his church! We will treasure this always.

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Here’s the translation from French to English:

Happy and Blessed Anniversary
Mr. and Madame Pastor Adams
30 years in Haiti, in God’s service
May the excellent God pour upon you his sweet blessing
May your success continue, from your servant:
Brother Pierre Paul Delex

Will You Be My Valentine?

ringToday is Valentine’s Day. In honor of my “Valentine,” I’m reposting an article that I wrote about the greatest fight of my husband’s life.

Read “With This Ring…”

What does that have to do with missions you may ask? Everything! There’s nothing like thirty years of labor on a foreign field to stretch a marriage to the max! Fiery trials have a way of bringing couples quickly to the breaking point (or at least what seems like it.) Sicknesses, danger, and near-death experiences have oddly driven us together, rather than apart, and I’m thankful to be typing these words to the tune of a more than happy marriage.

The other day Prit asked me, “Would you do it all again?” I said, “Yes, but I’d make a lot of changes!” But what wife or husband wouldn’t? Neither marriage nor bringing up kids begins with a trial run and neither one comes with a “how-to” manual. Nevertheless, I am one of the fortunate ones who has a husband that treats me like like a queen and tells me “I love you” several times a day. Our kids roll their eyes at our sappy love for one another. They secretly like it, though, though they would never admit it.

So, here’s my Valentine gift to you, honey. I’m so glad you made it through the storm of 2010! I only wish others could be as fortunate as we are!

The Good Shepherd and His Undershepherds

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It’s a beautiful day in Cap-Haitian. I’m sitting on our front porch and enjoying the glorious weather along with the view of our front yard. This past week has been busy and today is a day of catching up, namely posting this blog.

MFI Pastor Steve Fitzpatrick (San Diego) was with us for a long weekend. He flew in Thursday morning and flew out yesterday. On Friday, he taught our present and past Bible school students from the book of Titus, a letter written especially for pastors. It was very rich even though, due to Carnaval festivities, we were unfortunately only able to schedule a one-day conference. Next time, we hope we can have him come teach us for several days. On Sunday morning, he shared with the “mother church” in Petite-Anse and helped us kick off festivities of our own, celebrating thirty years in the ministry and the twenty-third anniversary of the founding of our church.t’s a beautiful day in Cap-Haitien. I’m sitting on our front porch enjoying the glorious weather and the view of our front yard. This past week has been very busy and today is a day to catch up by posting this blog.

Pastor Steve’s message was drawn from Psalm 23 and drew out some pertinent insights we had never heard before. After preaching about the Good Shepherd, he called the pastors that serve in our church forward to pray for them. He then called the rest of the congregation forward to have the “shepherds” minister to them. Steve did not know that, at the end of the service, we had planned to invite a longtime member of our church forward to share his heart with our assembly. Johnny Paulcin and his wife have faithfully served in several capacities over the years and have proven themselves to be more than faithful. They have been making trips to his hometown of Petit-Bourg de Borgne to minister to the people there, finding them very hungry for the Gospel. Their trips have included helping the people with practical needs such as clothing and shoes as well. The people of Petit-Bourg have been so touched by their visits, they have asked them to come start a church there. Our church gathered together at the end of the service and prayed over them. We are trusting in the Lord’s timing to send this “shepherd” forth to Borgne, a small town around 50 miles from Cap-Haitien. Sunday morning’s meeting was very providential in that Pastor Steve chose to preach about the Good Shepherd as we were praying about sending another shepherd out from our flock.

This Friday, Pastor John Finochio and Bryan Vos (a worship leader in his church) will fly in from Canada to spend the weekend with us. They will be rejoicing with us over all the things the Lord has brought us through during these last thirty years in Haiti. Pastor John will be preaching in our church Sunday morning. We are greatly looking forward to their arrival. Priye pou nou! (Pray for us!)

Soup Joumou

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For those of you who have been waiting, here’s a recipe for soup joumou (pumpkin soup). Soup joumou has a lot of significance here in Haiti and  there is a rich history behind this recipe. Traditionally, it is eaten on New Year’s Day, but our family has enjoyed it so much, we eat it regularly. Being rich in vitamins, it is also a healthy meal. You can read more about the reason why it’s served on New Year’s Day here.

Soup Joumou (Pumpkin Soup)

  • 1 lb. beef stew meat
  •  1 lb. chicken
  •  1 lb. cabbage
  •  1 onion
  •  3 cloves
  •  3 medium size turnips
  •  1/4 lb. vermicelli
  •  1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
  •  2 lb. joumou (pumpkin)
  •  Celery leaves
  •  3 big carrots
  •  1 hot pimento, whole with stem
  •  6 medium-sized potatoes
  •  1/4 qt. water

Use a 9 qt. kettle to boil the beef and the chicken. Skim residue off the top. When the meat begins to get tender (about 2 hours or 1 hour in pressure cooker) add all vegetables. Continue boiling until meat is tender and vegetables are cooked (1/2 hour). Turn off the heat and let cool. Cube the meat and strain the vegetables through a fine sieve. Return cubed meat and liquid to the kettle and bring to boil. Add the pimento, being careful not to break or puncture it. (This is more for aroma than for flavor) Simmer until vermicelli is cooked.

Note: The deep orange-colored pumpkin used in the United States is different in color and taste from the pumpkin used here in Haiti. The pumpkin here is smaller and has more of an orange-yellow color to it. Its taste is a little more subdued and is more akin to winter squash. However, I have used the pumpkin here to make pumpkin pie and find it works quite nicely so the American pumpkin would most likely do well in Haitian pumpkin soup.

Happy Birthday, Church!

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Happy Birthday Greetings are in order for today. We joyfully salute our mother church “Centre de formation chrétienne,” wishing her an “Heureuse Anniversaire” and many more! The Christian Training Center (as it’s known in English) is 23 years old today! Perhaps we should say 23 years young, for she is still going strong! Just as the Mardi Gras season was approaching, the church was birthed on February 4, 1990. With humble beginnings, it started under an old army medical tent given to us by a missionary friend, Pastor Jay Threadgill.

Our first service consisted of twelve people, five of whom were our family. One of those original members is still with us today. Brother Orléus Joseph witnessed the work take shape from the very beginning, then watched as it spread its wings to fly. He could tell you of all the awesome events and miracles that have taken place over the years. The army tent was eventually ripped apart by strong winds. The church then evolved into a structure consisting of a thatch roof and sides. Finally, after years of tropical rainstorms, the roof caved in and was replaced by the present structure of a tin roof and concrete blocks to form the walls. In spite of the dirt floor and leaky roof the people continued to come. Our Sunday morning attendance now spills over into our church yard.

Over the course of time, the Centre de formation chrétienne has birthed two other churches and has assumed the oversight of another church plant. Our small church of eight people has grown to a congregation of around eight hundred. Five hundred and seventeen people took the Lord’s Supper yesterday morning.

While Haiti is gearing up for Mardi Gras, we are also preparing to celebrate our church’s anniversary. Guest pastors are flying in to celebrate with us and we are eagerly anticipating their arrival. Pastor Steve Fitzpatrick (San Diego, Ca.) is flying in on Thursday to be our guest speaker for a conference involving our Bible school students and graduates. He will also be sharing in our Sunday morning service. Pastor John Finochio (Hamilton, Ontario) will be joining us the following weekend. We are very excited to see what the Lord will do during this time. Pastor Fitzpatrick and Pastor Finochio are fellow members of MFI (Ministers Fellowship International).

It is our hope that next year we will be celebrating our 24th anniversary in our new building. We ask for your prayers that the Lord will enable us to rise and build, making this the last year in the tonnelle.

Mardi Gras

Speaking of Mardi Gras, Cap-Haitian has been chosen to host this year’s national celebration. In just another week, thousands of people will converge upon this city to party. All the hotel rooms in the city have already been filled. Even houses have been rented for this special occasion. Structures are going up on the main boulevard to host bands and this old colonial capital will soon be teeming with activity.

Many people anticipate this event all year long. It is common to see locals dress up as policemen and don party masks of all sorts. They fill the streets blowing whistles and stopping cars, then proceed to “write up tickets.” It’s all in jest, but done with the hope that someone will fork over a few dollars for the entertainment. Others will completely immerse their bodies in black oil and promenade through the streets. We met a few of these characters coming home from church yesterday. I managed to take a few pictures to share with our readers. They generally mean no harm, but they can be downright scary to a tourist. Things can get rowdy, though, as the day drags on and people become intoxicated. A frenzy sometimes takes over and fights often break out. Many participants have suffered from knife wounds, crashing bottles heaved through the air and, unfortunately, there have been quite a few mortalities. We tend to “lay low” during this time of year and make it a point not to venture out into the city.

One cannot live in Haiti without witnessing the fervor and excitement that comes with this season. Our fervor is placed elsewhere, however.