“Mom, the cheapest ticket I can find from Portland to Fayetteville is $600.” I sighed for the umpteenth time as I wondered how we could scrape that much money together to get Gabe here to spend some vacation time with our family before we head back to Haiti. “Lord, it would be so much simpler if he lived here on the East Coast,” I silently prayed. But, even as I prayed, I knew he was right where he was supposed to be.
Our family seems so spread out at times. All of us coming together in one locale requires time, effort, and of course, money. But, the memories produced are well worth the effort. Our sons are anxious to meet their new nephew, Sam. So, the next few weeks will be a blur of us scurrying back and forth to destinations to spend precious moments together with loved ones before we head back to Haiti.
On a more positive note, Monday we received some of the best news we’ve received in a long time. According to the Miami Herald, it’s official. American Airlines will begin making flights from Miami into Cap-Haitian in October. This will remove a tremendous financial burden off us. For years, we have paid a hefty price just for a round trip ticket from Cap-Haitian to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami because there was so little competition among the smaller airlines. That didn’t even include our connecting flight to North Carolina. With the debut of American Airlines’ flights, we will save a pretty penny on our airfare. Having said that, if you want to plan a mission trip to come visit our work in Haiti, here’s a great reason for you to come!
Recently, Prit and I had a Social Book printed up. A Social Book can cover the span of any particular year covered on one’s Facebook account that one chooses. It contains all the comments, received comments, and pictures that have been posted from the year of choice. Prit and I chose to have one made as a book of remembrance for the year 2010. Occasionally, we read through our book to find out what was going on in 2010 around our present date. Today, I happened to remember the Social Book and turned to this week four years ago.
During this week of July, 2010, Prit was lying in the Acute Care Neurological Ward. To say his state was a fragile one is an understatement. Here’s a comment I posted that best describes what was going on around that time. I elaborate on this “trial by fire” in my book, Into the Storm.
Every day now when I look at my husband, I remember that I am looking at a miracle. God has his own book of remembrance as well. Here’s what he has to say about those that love and fear him. Whether our memories may be fresh on our minds still or faded away with the passing of time, aren’t you glad he never forgets us?
Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name. Malachi 3:16 ESV
Pastor Michel Gallant is overseeing our church plant in the countryside. It is close to the small town of Belle-Hôtesse. He related to me that the parents of the schoolchildren that attend his school asked him if there would be a feeding program for their school this upcoming September. When Pastor Michel said “Yes,” the parents stood and applauded. Asking them why they were clapping, here were some of their replies.
- “Pastor, if we know there will be food served in school in September, it will be a great relief to us. When our children get up in the morning, we usually send them to school with empty stomachs because there is nothing in the house.”
- “Pastor, the meal my child gets at school is usually his last meal before he goes to bed at night.”
A conversation between Pastor Michel and one of their students went like this:
“Bonjour Pas, are we going to eat today?”
“Yes, we’ll eat today.”
“Pastor, I wish we could eat every day.”
“Pastor Adams and his wife are doing all they can and we’ll pray that the Lord will make it possible for you to eat every day.”
For those of you that have helped us with our feeding program, we want to thank you once again for being the catalyst for making great things happen in the lives of these kids.
For the last several days we have been cleaning out Prit’s parents’ home and going through their house with Prit’s sister (Mary) and her husband deciding what to keep and what to give away. Box after box of books and clothes have been hauled off to the Salvation Army. Cabinets and closets are being emptied and cleaned out. It’s been both an incredibly busy and bittersweet time.
Our bedroom, which was our home for over twenty years in Fayetteville, is now empty, dusted, and vacuumed. What remains has to go in storage until we know where our next home will be. We ask for your prayers in this regard for the Lord’s direction in all these things. P.G. and Lucy’s dining room table was the nerve center for Rehoboth Ministries. It’s amazing that so much was accomplished in so little space. What’s more amazing is how generous Prit’s parents were in sharing the space that they had. We have lost two of the most committed supporters of our ministry in Haiti. Going through their home and gathering up their items is a constant reminder of them and all for which they stood.
Speaking of Haiti, we’ll be returning there around mid-August. There is much to do before we buy those tickets to Cap-Haitian. If you would like for us to come minister in your church or fellowship, please check out our schedule. There are still some open dates. Our time is running down and we have to plan wisely.
We are so grateful to all of you who have sent memorial gifts to Rehoboth Ministries in Lucy’s memory. Others of you have brought food and still others have prayed earnestly for our family. We are truly rich when it comes to our friends.
Dear Friends and Relatives,
Many of you have expressed a desire to be a part of Lucy’s Homegoing Service. Below you will find the details. Thank you so much for your prayers!
Thursday, July 10
(Viewing) 6:00p.m.-8:00 p.m. Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home 545 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, N.C. 28301
Friday, July 11
(Funeral) 12:00 noon Northwood Temple Church, 4250 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, N.C. 28311
(Burial) 2:00 p.m. Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, 400 Murchison Rd., Spring Lake, NC 28390
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Prit or me.
Prit (910) 703-3098 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana (910) 916-7229 or email@example.com
The daily treks into Fayetteville to visit Prit’s mom in the hospital have now come to an end. Lucia Andrews Adams gained her independence this 4th of July. Lucy fought a long, hard fight which stretched back over 1 1/2 years. Repeated trips to hospitals, rehabs, and then back home resembled a revolving door until her exhausted and frail body finally said “Enough!” On Thursday night, her immediate family with their spouses gathered around her bed. We prayed, shared memories together, and thanked her for what she meant to us. Finally, one by one, we released her to the Lord. On Friday morning, she closed her eyes for the last time putting off her corruptible body for an incorruptible one.
It is the end of an era. P.G. and Lucy both lived sacrificial lives. When most retirees were enjoying their golden years, Prit’s parents were juggling Rehoboth Ministries’ finances and shipping boxes to Haiti. P.G. and Lucy counted it all joy to do the Lord’s work and Haiti never had two more devoted fans.
Since the army had moved them 27 times over a span of 30 years, Prit’s parents were done with traveling. Their joy consisted of spending time with family members and being heavily involved with their church family at Northwood Temple.
July 4th will be a day of remembrance for the Adams family for more reasons than one. Most of our readers know that on July 4, 2010, Prit suffered a brain aneurysm. Two days later, a second one almost took his life. With God’s help and the prayers of countless intercessors, he not only survived, but is still doing the work of the ministry today.
We salute you, P.G. and Lucy, for a life well lived.