Update on Lucy Adams

Dear Friends,

Many of you have been praying for Lucy and you’ve been asking for an update on her situation. We are sorry we’ve not been able to write you sooner, but have been waiting to gather all the details. Prit’s sister, Mary Hunter, and her husband are there in Fayetteville at this time with Lucy and P.G.

Lucy had much fluid around her heart. The average person has around two tablespoons. She had around a pint. The doctors did a procedure to drain the fluid from the heart. Another doctor came the next morning, as she was recooperating, and said they wanted to do a bone marrow biopsy on her. The reason for this is that her bones are producing too much protein. The biopsy will determine if she has cancer. What followed was 34 x-rays, but Lucy was in so much pain that they had to give her morphine just so she could lie flat. She still has a tube in her chest from the heart procedure. We don’t know yet what has been decided about the biopsy since her pain level is so high. There was also a problem with her kidneys, so we’re fighting the good fight of faith on all fronts.

We will be back in North Carolina on Wednesday. Thank you so much for your prayers. She truly needs them and is greatly encouraged when she hears so many are praying. The churches here in Haiti have been praying continually for her recovery.

We will give you another update soon.

God bless,
Prit & Dana

Project #1: $10,000 Challenge

In yesterday’s post, we mentioned that we have a series of projects that we are in the process of completing or that we hope to undertake very soon.

Project #1: $10,000 Challenge

IMG_0313As mentioned before, we have an anonymous supporter who has launched a challenge for us. If we can raise $10,000 for our church construction fund, our supporter will match the funds with another $10,000 offering. This will give us $20,000 headstart!

June 1 is the deadline for raising the needed funds. Therefore, this makes the $10,000 challenge our most urgent project. Presently, we have $1,400 that has been raised. We have 35 days to raise $8,600!

These funds would help us complete the building needed for our long-awaited church in Petite-Anse. Our total goal for the completed project is $150,000. Can you help? Perhaps you know of a church or group that is looking for a mission project to support.

On our twenty-third anniversary (February 4, 2013), our church members moved out in faith to have our services on the new foundation. They borrowed tarps from their neighbors, moved the sound system, benches, and pulpit to the new property as a huge surprise for us. They have had all-night prayer vigils and given generously over the years, from the little income they make, to help make this dream a reality.

 

On the Move!

inspiring_motion_blurred_640_09Rehoboth Ministries is on the move! We have ongoing and upcoming projects that will help facilitate a smoother running of the work here. We thought you might like to get in on the action and help us pray these projects into reality. If one of these needs should tug at your heartstrings, then would you help us by sowing a seed and sharing in the fruit of our labor?

It’s a busy time in the Kingdom of God! We’re doing everything from renovating to fundraising, feeding the hungry to planting gardens, as well as helping people start their own businesses and training up musicians. Oh, did we mention we’re educating the next generation and raising up sons and daughters for the Kingdom?

If you want to become part of a God-sized vision, then this is the place! We will be doing a series of posts about the projects we’re tackling and invite you to join us in the adventure. Project 1 – coming up tomorrow!

Prayer for Prit’s Mom

Man_Kneeling_In_Prayer_SilhouetteDear Readers,

We are requesting prayer for Lucy Adams (Prit’s mom). We realize that some of you are not on Facebook and you’ve not seen the reports. Lucy entered Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, NC, this past weekend. She was extremely weak, had lost several pounds, and the doctors discovered fluid around her heart. We are still waiting for the results of all the tests and staying in communication with Prit’s sister, Mary Hunter.

On May 1st, we are due to leave Haiti. Since we are not yet in Fayetteville, we ask your earnest prayers for Lucy, as she is still very weak. Hopefully, by the end of the day, we can have a better idea of what we are facing.

Thank you for your prayers and we will keep you updated.

Unsung Heroes

Unsung-Hero11This one’s for the unsung heroes, the people who quietly, regularly, and generously support Rehoboth Ministries. They’re the ones who keep this ministry afloat. You don’t see them and you’ll never hear them singing their own praises, but they are as dependable as the sun that comes up every morning. They give with joy even though they know it will cost them.

Thank you….

  • sweet lady who always tells me, “Don’t worry about sending a thank you card. I’m just happy to help.”
  • friend who loves to challenge others to give as well.
  • to the dear widow who’s living on a tight budget, yet always finds a way to give.
  • dear Pastor who plants a love for missions in your members, mobilizing them to give.
  • friends who have, time and time again, packed up boxes to ship to Haiti.
  • dear ones who had the burden for our children’s feeding program.
  • friends who enabled us to get a good vehicle.
  • friends who gave us a beautiful compound to oversee and serve as a place to live
  • dear lady who inspired the members of your women’s group to send donations.
  • friend who sent the worm medicine and antibiotics when they were so needed.
  • kind lady who sent wedding dresses to Haiti so a woman here could start a rental business.
  • Thank you to my mother who’s now in Heaven. You were overjoyed when I told you we were going to be missionaries to Haiti.
  • Thank you to my older brother who joined her three years ago who gave so freely.
  • Thank you to our children who gave up many comforts to grow up on the mission field.
  • Thanks to the friend who was burdened for the young man who wanted to go to music school, but didn’t have the money.
  • Thanks to the friend who helped send another young man to Bible school.
  • Thank you for enabling us to stay on the field for 30 years!

Compassion Moves You

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“…and when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them and healed their sick.” Matthew 15:14 (New Spirit-Filled Life Bible)

I detected a weariness in Boss Enock as soon as I saw him this morning. He and Rodelin (members of our church) are renovating the bathroom of the little house next door. I walked over to see how things were progressing. Enock works in masonry and is good at what he does – that is, whenever he can find work. He also heads up the orchestra in our mother church. Enock, like many other fathers here, has a family to support.

“How are you doing, Brother Enock?” I asked. Slumping his shoulders, he answered reluctantly, “Well, you know Man Pas (Mrs. Pastor), with the economy the way it is, things are really hard.” Enock’s the type of guy that would never tell you his woes unless you asked him. My heart immediately grew heavy for this longtime friend who had endured so much. I could see the weariness in his eyes – weariness from sludging along – always trying to make ends meet, always living on a shoestring. Enock’s the sole supporter of his family now, ever since his wife was tragically killed in an automobile accident two years ago.

Poverty creates not only a weariness in the body, due to lack of nourishment, but weariness of the soul as well. I knew that Enock represents so many others who are just like him. I resolved that, by the end of the day, I would do something, ANYTHING to help relieve his misery.

In Matthew 15:14, we find Jesus ministering to hurting people. The scriptures tell us that he was MOVED with compassion and healed the sick. Compassion is a powerful thing. In Jesus’ case, it preceded miracles. His compassion also moved him to feed multitudes, turn water to wine, restore a widow’s son back to life – the list goes on and on.

Matthew 9:36 tells us that Jesus was moved with compassion because he saw weary people, scattered people, that had no one else to help them in their present state. His heart ached for those that were “like sheep having no shepherd.” Jesus not only saw them in the midst of their unfortunate circumstances, but was MOVED to do something about it. Note: he not only was moved to help meet the material needs of those around him, but to meet their eternal needs as well. His long-range plans involved the training up of twelve disciples who would continue his work long after he was gone. That is why Rehoboth Ministries puts so much emphasis on training leaders, making disciples and planting churches. We are thereby fulfilling the Great Commission.

Compassion moves you. It stirs you to action. It shakes you like a tree and challenges you to find a solution to a problem as big as a mountain. It costs something. It also moves you toward the Lord who alone can accomplish what we cannot in our own strength.

Prit and I have cried out to the Lord for months to provide the continued funds for our school feeding program. We have so often been tempted to reduce the two days of our weekly feeding to one, making the load significantly lighter. After all, it’s only one of a whole list of pressing needs. When we do, however, we see the faces of over 1,200 students, staff, and workers staring back at us. God’s compassion propels us forward, trusting that the same one who fed over a million Israelites in the wilderness can feed all these as well. After all, what is 1,200 people compared to a million? Moses would probably laugh at our small faith!

What is moving you today? Are you stirred with compassion to do great exploits for God? Are you willing to move out of your comfort zone and into another arena that will stretch you beyond where you are now? Is He inviting you to “get out of the boat” and trust him?

One of our supporting pastors is getting ready to take a team to Colombia. He has been sharing his burden for missions with his church and now they are moved to do something to touch the lives of an unreached tribe. They have heard the cry of God’s heart for the nations.

I challenge you today to draw from the never-ending reservoir of God’s compassion. Step it up a notch. Become a mover and a shaker. Do great things! Make a difference in someone’s life and don’t settle for the status quo. Let His compassion MOVE you!

Fellow Missionaries

554757_526888617328595_1750280745_nYesterday, we had more guest visitors for our Sunday morning service. Missionaries Bill and Darla Moxon blessed us with their ministry. The Moxons came to Haiti in 1988 to dig wells. We became good friends with them when our children were small. They are now digging wells of a different kind in the hearts of people and filling them with living water.

Bill blessed us with a beautiful message about the Prodigal Son, yet, the emphasis was more on the Father. I never tire of this story. Our Abba Father’s longsuffering, goodness, and forgiveness exceeds our comprehension. He is always yearning for his loved one’s homecoming. Bill had originally planned to preach another message, but the Lord changed his sermon early Sunday morning!

It seemed the Holy Spirit was driving home the point that the Haitian people are greatly loved by their Heavenly Father. In a country of great poverty and disappointments on almost every level of society, he reassured them that God’s promises were just as real for them as for anyone else and that the Lord wanted to bless and heal their land. Bill admitted that he had often seen himself as the older brother in the story, always laboring for his father’s approval. But the Lord showed him over the process of time that his love was not one to be earned, but received. It deeply resonated with our assembly.

Sunday’s service was very moving from the beginning to the end. Even our worship team sensed a holy presence among us and we all just lifted up our voices to the Lord and waited on him.

It’s such a privilege to be friends with some of the most consecrated people we know. Bill and Darla’s hunger for God is intense and their love for the Haitian people is evident to all. If you would like to learn more about the Moxons’ ministry, please click here to download a copy of their newsletter.

We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a missionary couple to support.

Notes from a Busy Day

busyOur house has been buzzing with activity today. One brother put up a ceiling fan in our den. Another was here with tile samples for me to choose from for the bathroom in the little house next door where John will be living when he comes. We chose what we liked, then whittled down the price to one we could agree on. At least, we’ll get the floor laid for now.

An artist that I found painting pictures at the Hotel Christophe downtown came to do some work for me. I’ll take a picture of that project when it’s done. One of our musicians came by to discuss some concerns he had with our music ministry. I showed him a picture of my lovely friend who sent him $100 in order for him to continue his music education. Now he has a face to put with the name.

Girard (the fellow who goes to the airport for us every Thursday) came bringing “gifts from afar.” Boxes from Rock Church of Tarboro and from Prit’s mom and dad in Fayetteville have made this an extra-special day. I’ve had fun unpacking boxes of food and putting them away, all the while asking the Lord to bless the ones who purchased it all, boxed it up, then paid to have it shipped all the way to Haiti. How blessed we are to have such thoughtful friends who care so much!

I’ve developed what I call the “#5 rule.” This means before the day is over I will have walked 5 laps around the entire compound, drink at least 5 glasses of water, and do 5 x 10 sit ups. I’ve found that even if I don’t always meet my goal, I will have made some progress for my health’s sake. So, while typing this post, I’m sipping on my first glass of water. Those of you that follow this site regularly have my permission to ask me, “Dana, are you keeping faithful to your ‘#5 rule?'”

Things have slowed down a bit now. The pastor of our fifth church plant just left. He was discussing plans with Prit as to how to impact the city in which he grew up. Most likely, there will be someone else knocking on our door soon, for one reason or another. It’s the perfect time to steal away to our guest room to pray.

Everything we do here runs on prayer. It is not only the oil that lubricates the machinery. It’s the machinery itself. It’s where the rubber meets the road and mountains get displaced. I love to see God at work!

By the way, I’ve finished my third glass of water. Two to go!

A God-Sized Vision

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? — Jeremiah 32:27

images-1When Prit and I were married in 1981, we embarked upon an adventure that was beyond our wildest dreams. Prit jokes about marrying me, then taking me to a tropical paradise. In some ways, I suppose that is true. In other ways, it’s hard to compare the poorest country in the western hemisphere to a tropical paradise. Unkept roads, trash-filled streets, and poverty on an insane level sees to that. Some of the greatest suffering imaginable to man has taken place on this little island that’s only about the size of Maryland.

I’m glad the Lord is patient with us and gives us small hurdles to cross before he brings out the bigger ones. There was a time in our early marriage when we wondered how we were going to put gas in the vehicle or food on the table. I remember, like the woman of Zarephath, having a little oil and some flour left in our kitchen. We made little “cakes,” ate them, and told no one about our food shortage.

The winter of ’81 was probably one of the coldest on record, yet there we were in our second-hand trailer with the kitchen oven turned on. It was the only way to heat the house since we couldn’t afford to pay the heating bills. We hung quilts between the hallway and den, then sat in the kitchen with the kitchen door open in order to warm ourselves. Finally, we’d turn off the oven and run jump in the bed, snuggling under a pile of quilts.

When we moved to Haiti, there was the challenge of raising enough support to live. It was another leap of faith in believing God to provide for our needs. Our home church and other individuals helped us out and the school where we taught in Port-au-Prince paid us a modest salary. We lived very simply and managed to get by. Then we moved to Cap-Haitien and planted a church.

Suddenly, the gears shifted as we faced the task of footing the bill for things like sound systems, musical equipment, benches, helping the poor, along with an ever-growing list. Our faith suddenly catapulted several notches. As the church grew and we added a school, the stretching continued. Everywhere we turned, there were growing responsibilities and each one required funds. In a country where over 80% of the people are unemployed, we had to rely on the Lord for help. Time and time again, He proved himself faithful.

Today, after 30 years in Haiti, our faith has been stretched over and over. We are now crossing Goliath hurdles of trusting the Lord for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Building churches and schools, buying and maintaining vehicles and generators, feeding over 1,200 children two hot meals a week, renovating buildings, paying salaries on time, and helping put people to work (to name just a few of our responsibilities) keeps us on our knees.

It would take a novel to relate all the trials we’ve faced here in Haiti. Most of our readers are well-acquainted with those difficulties. There is another side to the coin, however. We have also witnessed the power of God and glorious answers to prayer over the years as we have believed for “one more miracle.” Even though there have been times of great scarcity, we’ve also seen times of provision when our cups overflowed. You, our supporters, have been there to help us along the way.

Do you have a God-sized vision? Are you trusting the Lord to accomplish something in your life that only he can do? If you can do it yourself, your vision is too small. And if your vision is too small, you’ll never get to experience the wonder of watching him come through in a miraculous way.

Here are just a few of our God-sized visions:

  • Raise $150,000 to construct our church building in Petite-Anse
  • Reach our $10,000 challenge in order for an anonymous supporter to give matching funds
  • Buy a Toyota double-cab pickup for $35,000
  • Employ thousands of workers who have no way to provide for their families
  • Start a never-ending revival in the north of Haiti that continues until the Lord’s return
  • Leave a lasting legacy for the next generation
  • Plant churches all over Haiti

What is your God-sized vision? We would love to hear from you concerning your “impossibilities.” We would also love to pray for you so that we can share in your joy when the answer comes!

$10,000 Headstart

racegameAnd we’re off! We have received two responses to our $10,000 challenge for our church construction goal. A longtime, faithful supporter has challenged us to raise $10,000 before June 1, 2013. If we raise the funds in time, he will match them by adding another $10,000. That’s a great headstart — $20,000! Our total goal for the construction of our church building is $150,000.

  • Thank you, Pastor Dick and Sandra Stark of Faith Temple in Alexander City, AL for your gift of $1,000.
  • Also, a big thanks to Mary Ann Styons of Jacksonville, N.C. for your generous gift of $100. (For anyone who doesn’t know, Mary Ann is my sister. 🙂

Can you help us meet our deadline? Any contribution, great or small, would mean so much to us.