Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

Kitchen Project

Prit and I offer a very humble “thank you” to the special friends who have responded to the needs regarding our kitchen project. Brother Rodelin is furiously working at this moment to bring our kitchen to a functioning level before we return. The tile has been paid for and is almost completely laid. John told us our dedicated workers have been laboring late into the night in order to get the job done. Boss Luckner is finishing up the cabinets for the second mission house as well as building an island for our main house. Now that the counter has been demolished, we’ll have to have somewhere to work.

Further ahead, we still will need cabinet space for this house as well, but we’re thankful for what has taken place so far. If you would like to help us continue the work, your gift would be greatly appreciated.

Musical Equipment

9898_10151594099053251_235627673_nA special recognition goes to The Lord’s Table Church in Goldsboro, N.C., for responding to our need for a mixer and amplifier for our main church compound in Petite-Anse. We have limped along with a sound system for years that is practically non-functioning. The Lord’s Table has come to the rescue. There are still other instruments and equipment that need to be purchased if anyone would like to help us in this regard as well. Pictures will be forthcoming!

The Main Thing

We listen frequently to the Christian 107.3 radio station here in Fayetteville, NC. Their motto is Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing. Of course, by this they mean that Christ is the center of all they do and their intention is to bring him glory.

Here at Rehoboth Ministries, we have certain priorities that help us keep us focused on the main thing. Our main thrust is that of making disciples in the local church for the glory of God. This, in turn, requires the training up of leaders through our Bible institute and planting of churches. The outreach ministries that help alleviate the suffering of the Haitian people also serve as an inroad to demonstrating the love of Christ through action thereby drawing them unto him. Therefore, the majority of our funds are invested in accomplishing these goals. In maintaining the running of five church plants, three schools, a Bible institute, and a feeding program that feeds over 1,200 students, there is little left over for extras such as construction work, sound equipment, and such. For this reason, we greatly value your support in helping our ministry to function more smoothly.

Feeding Program

601101_476561449065672_117211100_nSpeaking of the feeding program, September is just around the corner. Our students will be returning to school soon, eager to learn. However, many of them will come hungry and in expectation of a hot meal. Would you like to help us lift this burden from their parents’ shoulders? If so, please send a check to the address on our website or simply make a donation through PayPal. Again, we are so grateful to all of you who give on a regular basis to feed our schoolchildren.

Tear Down This Wall!

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With a $500 gift from a dear friend to spur us on, we are elated to say that the work of enlarging the kitchen in our main mission house has begun! The counter that boxed in our very limited kitchen space is finally coming down! This is a desire fulfilled and will simplify our lives greatly. Once the counter debris is taken away, our workers will smooth concrete over the kitchen/den area and prepare it for the laying of the tile. As I write this post, all our kitchen paraphernalia sits outside on our front porch. Even John’s been put outside!

Prit and I are planning to leave in less than two weeks and are hurrying to get this project finished before we touch down in Haiti. The reason, obviously, is that the kitchen will, once again, become the main center of activity. We have lots of visitors and teams scheduled to arrive in just a few short weeks so we are anxious to complete this project.

We are $559.00 short of completing this phase. Can you help us? Our time is short and your help would be greatly appreciated!

Marvelous in Our Eyes

HT_hope_for_haiti_eric_kruszewski_1_thg_120111_wblogThis post was written by our son John. It was cross-posted at his website, backtohaiti.com.

It is stiflingly hot as I write this from my bedroom, which means I must be in Haiti and it must be about to rain. I flew back to the island on Monday choosing to go through the Dominican Republic this time (half as expensive) and stay the night in Santiago with some missionary friends of mine I knew from my high school years. I took the bus over to Cap-Haitien the next day.

While riding over, I was reminded of the last time I drove from the D.R. to Haiti, after a Christmas vacation about ten years ago. I was simply amazed at how much had changed in the meantime: The bridge across the river separating the two countries, once a crowded one-lane affair, has been replaced by a much nicer, wider span. The immigration office on the Haitian side, which used to be one policeman with a desk and a pistol is now staffed by three efficient, professional border agents. The highway from the border to the city, which used to be unpaved with huge ruts, is now paved the entire way without interruption. Halfway to Cap-Haitien, a new university rises from the arid landscape and gleams in the sunlight. Where once there were only huts made of packed mud, there is now a huge housing project painted bright pastel colors, ready to house new workers for the brand-new industrial park just up the road. At a busy intersection known as Carrefour la Mort (Death Crossing), a freshly painted Baptist hospital, replete with a center for helping paralyzed children maximize their lives, now occupies a lot that ten years ago was mostly grazing land for cattle. Outside of Cap-Haitien, the international airport, whose plywood terminal was burned down in the coup ten years ago, prepared to receive daily flights from American Airlines in October. Ten years ago, my heart broke as I compared burned-out, broken-down Haiti to its wealthier next-door neighbor. On Tuesday, although far from naive about the challenges that still lie before Haiti, my heart began to pulsate with hope.

My hope for Haiti is not based on external signs of progress. It is based on the promises of God. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray…I will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14) There have been so many Christians praying for Haiti for so long that this cannot be a prayer that will go unanswered. Several years ago, in our church, a brother from Trinidad prophesied that the Lord would turn Haiti into the “breadbasket of the Caribbean.” I have believed since the earthquake that the Lord was going to restore Haiti, which had gone about as low as any country could go, back to good health. Over the last decade, my family has seen a coup, a kidnapping, and a quake. I think we are about to witness a comeback. This will be the Lord’s doing, and it will be “marvelous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:23) I love Haiti. It’s my home — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’m happy to be here, and I can’t wait to sow into the leaders of the future this year; if you listen carefully, in the distance it sounds like rain.

 

Summer’s End

Prit and I are winding down our time in the States. John flew out yesterday morning and is now visiting friends of ours in the Dominican Republic. Today, he’ll take a bus over to Haiti and resume his teaching in our Bible institute. Yesterday afternoon, Prit and I dropped Gabe off at the airport and as I type he is en route to Portland, Oregon. Prit, John, Gabe, and I drove to Richmond on Thursday where we met our daughter, Deb, her husband, Ben, and our incredible grandson, Sam. They drove down from West Virginia and we all relished in a one-day family vacation. Very reluctantly, we parted with Deb’s family since we don’t know when we will see them again. Such is missionary life, but we are so thankful for the time we had together.

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While our children resume their normal activities in various places, Prit and I will be returning to Haiti at the end of the month. We’re looking forward to seeing the cabinets that are being built for our small mission house as well as the laying of tile for one of the bedrooms. When our team from Tacoma arrives in October, they’ll lay the remaining tile for the kitchen/den area. Work will also commence on the kitchen in our larger mission house. The concrete breakfast bar will be demolished, thus creating a larger space for working.

For those of you who wish to come visit us this year, we look forward to entertaining you in our renovated homes. Although, the renovation is a long way from being over, one must start somewhere!

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Many thanks to our generous friends for helping us to move these projects along. Funds are still needed for completing the kitchen, so if you’d like to make a donation, we would love to have your help. Just earmark your check “kitchen renovation” or leave a note through PayPal if you wish to give online. Even though they are mission houses, they are “home” to us.

Change of Address

6a00e5539b1c4988340111685a66ef970c-300wiFor our generous supporters, please be advised of the following changes concerning where to send your support checks. Some of you are still asking about the change of address and we want to avoid all confusion.

Our home address is no longer 333 Hilliard Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28311. Please send all mail to:

Rehoboth Ministries, Inc.
c/o Pritchard & Dana Adams
P.O. Box 8222
Fayetteville, NC 28311

In case, you forget, the address is right here on the website page (rehobothhaiti.com) anytime you need it.

Also, if we are not communicating with you by e-mail, we would love to have your e-mail address. Since we are planning to return to Haiti in a few weeks, it is much easier to stay in touch with you through e-mail rather than through the postal system. Please send all correspondence to: danaptl -at- aol.com or pgiba3 -at- gmail.com

You are important to us and we want to stay in touch with you!

Our son, John, uses the same PO Box address. If you wish to contact him or just want to send him an encouraging note, just address the envelope to:

John Adams
P.O. Box 8222
Fayetteville, NC 28311

Thank You, Trinity Church!

The work has slowly started up again on the small mission house on our compound in Sainte-Philomène. We have Trinity Church in Tacoma, Washington to thank for that. Due to their extreme generosity, we are happy to say our guys in Haiti are being put to work.This week, the kitchen/living room combo is being prepped before the Tacoma team returns to Cap-Haitian in October.

Thanks to Trinity Church, the floor is being levelled with concrete and new tile has been purchased. When the team arrives, it will be ready to lay. We also have Boss Luckner building cabinets for the kitchen so that the team can also install them when they arrive. Luckner’s also doing the necessary plumbing. You can see that our little house is very rustic, but with new tile, cabinets, and a fresh coat of paint, it’s going to look brand new! Thank you Pastor Rollie Simmons and Trinity Church for helping make a dream come true!

There are many other construction projects just waiting to be completed. Would you like to help us build a sewing center, remodel the kitchen in the larger mission house, or add needed rooms to the mission houses for future teams? Your help would be greatly appreciated!