Happy Birthday, Lucy!

“Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” Joshua 14:10-12

Today, there was a steady stream of visitors coming in and out of Lucy’s room. They all came with well wishes and birthday greetings. Lucy said this was the best birthday she has ever had. That’s saying a lot since she’s already had eighty-four of them!

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We say a hearty thanks to all of you who took the time to write greetings to her to make her day even more special. She had such a wonderful time reading your messages and was overwhelmed at the outpouring of love shown her.

Before we left, Prit read Joshua 14:10-12 to his mom as an encouragement. He reminded her that at eighty-five years of age, Caleb was just getting started. After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, Caleb reminded Joshua that God had promised the mountain called Hebron to him as an inheritance. In spite of the fact that it was a formidable fortress and inhabited by giants, Caleb conquered it and claimed it as his own. Before leaving her room, Prit, myself, his sister (Mary) and her husband, Bill, prayed for Lucy’s strength to be renewed and that the Lord would show her what was to be her “Hebron” for the upcoming year and for the rest of her life.

Best Wishes: Lucy Is Turning 85 on Monday

That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. Romans 1:12

For those of you who know Prit’s mom, you are aware that she has had a very difficult year. Lucy has had several bouts of sickness and has been in and out of the hospital at least five times. On top of that, she lost her husband of sixty-one years last month.

Lucy will turn 85 years old on Monday, April 28. We would love to take her several greetings from her friends in order to encourage her. If you would like to leave a note at the bottom of this page for Lucy, we will share it with her when we go celebrate celebrate together on Monday. If you’d prefer, you can send a note to my e-mail address instead and I’ll make sure she gets it. The address is danaptl -at- aol -dot- com.

Pursuing the Call

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Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

Sunday morning, Pastor Lefort loaded up his entire family onto the seat of his motorcycle and took them to church. The car he normally uses has two flat tires and the money we sent hasn’t arrived yet. It would have been easy for them to have stayed home and just ask one of the other leaders in the church take the service. But, they were determined to set a good example for their two boys and their church members.

We are proud of our pastors and leaders. They take their work very seriously, even while Pastor Adams is away. Driving in from Petite-Anse (where their home is) to Sainte-Philomène was no small feat for the Lefort family. It meant weaving through much traffic as well as dodging both pedestrians and animals to get into the city. We thank the Lord for keeping them safe and for such devoted workers.

Would you remember all our pastors and leaders in your prayers while Prit takes this time to work through the maze of helping his mom with her financial affairs? Thanks!

Life, Death & Easter

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” I Corinthians 15:55

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Prit and I have just spent two glorious weeks with Deb, Ben, and “Ti Sam” (Little Samuel). We’re so thankful for the time we had with this sweet family. I kissed my precious grandson one last time before we left yesterday morning to make the long drive back to Fayetteville. I know the next time we see him, he’ll look so different. Newborns change so quickly.

Sam has a voracious appetite and is going to grow quickly. Deb has done a wonderful job getting acclimated to motherhood and his proud Dad has gotten up all through the night to bottle-feed and change dirty diapers. Sam’s very fortunate to have such devoted parents who are thrilled that he has now entered the world.

Prit and I took advantage of the time to bake, cook, clean, sweep, mop, do laundry, drive Deb to the doctor and any other task that could help lighten the load for the new parents. Ben remarked, “We’ve never had this much food in our refrigerator!” Hopefully, the demands on their time will not be so overwhelming with food in the frig that can be heated without all the preparation.

I was not going to be the Grandma who was forever posting pictures of her grandchildren until people grew weary from overkill. Neither was I going to go on and on about every sigh and whimper that came from our new grand baby. But, I confess I’ve been ruined! Here are some more pictures of baby Sam. 🙂

When we arrived to Fayetteville yesterday, we drove straight to the rehabilitation center to see Prit’s mom. She became ill and was hospitalized the day after we left for West Virginia so we were anxious to see her. It’s now been just over a month since Prit’s dad went to be with the Lord. This has been a very hard ordeal for Lucy to lose her husband and to have been so sick afterwards. Your prayers are greatly coveted during this time and we sincerely thank all of you who have remembered Lucy and the family during this time of distress. Thank you for the phone cards, e-mails, and beautiful cards.

We have entered a new season. We are praying for new strength for Lucy’s body and mind as she faces it without her partner of sixty-one years. She knows she is greatly loved. Our return to Haiti has been delayed because of the many responsibilities that need to be taken care of here. We also ask for your sincere prayers that the responsibilities in Haiti can be managed from afar. Thankfully, John is still there and able to help take care of things in our place along with our trusted leaders.

As we approach this Easter weekend, we celebrate life in all its fullness. Remembering the one who traded his own for ours makes it all that more special. Having experienced the loss of a loved one so recently then welcoming a brand new member to our family, we rejoice to know that death is only temporary and life is forever.

Have a blessed Easter everyone!

Congratulations Ben & Deb!

samSamuel Rórdán Reuel Edelen has finally arrived! That’s quite a name for such a small bundle of happiness. Prit and I are thrilled and thankful that we could be here for the happy occasion. I even had the privilege of being in on the birth. Samuel was born on April 7 and weighed in at 8 lbs. 5 oz. Both mother and baby are fine and they get to go home tomorrow.

Our stay here in West Virginia is coming to a close all too quickly, as we have to return to Fayetteville on Friday to take care of other matters. Thanks so much to everyone who remembered us in your prayers. God is so good!