Working Through the Maze

1010_corn_mazeI have been impressed today to give our readers some insights concerning life here in Haiti. At times, I’ve described the average Haitian as one who lives on a shoestring. While we have our credit cards to max out if we need or want anything in addition to a regular income (for most of us), our Haitian friends usually live in debt – not from running up unnecessary bills, but just trying to stay alive. Life is complicated here and one is usually trying to work through a maze of problems all the time.

One example is Boss Luckner. Luckner does all our woodwork. Whether it’s shelves, doors, beds or church benches, Luckner is the man for the job (see: “The Master Craftsman“). To Luckner, everything is a masterpiece and we are never disappointed with his work. His current project is that of building an island for our kitchen and cabinets for John’s house. I walked across the compound this afternoon to find out how far along he’d come on the island. I could see his discouragement before I ever got to him. Asking him how the work on our kitchen island was going, he told me that he was working alone today. He could not afford to have the other fellows come work with him because he is responsible to buy their lunch while they work. Because the electricity is so erratic, he could only work when the electricity is functioning. He shelled out about $50 of his own money to fix the generator he’s been borrowing in order to keep working. I have heard his electric saw buzzing away at night when retiring for bed. Luckner was too ashamed to tell me there were extra costs involved. His primitive tools take him triple the time that it would normally take if he had proper electric tools. I gave him a little extra money from what I had to help move things along.

Our security guard, Toussaint, was informed that his wife has breast cancer. She is only thirty-eight years old. He asked if we could advance him two months’ salary so he could take take her to have a mammogram done. My heart was so heavy–not because he asked for an advance, but because his two months’ worth of pay just went up in smoke.

In spite of this, Luckner and Toussaint are more fortunate than most people here. They have regular work and yet they struggle, too. Our front door might as well be a revolving one with all the folks that come looking for a little help. While we try to juggle payrolls and maintain the running of our jeep, generator, and countless other necessities, there are always other needs that crop up. That’s when we have to make God room. The needs exceed what we have to dole out. Still, how can one ignore a request such as Toussaint’s or other urgent needs? We give and trust the Lord for “God room.”

A couple of days ago, I shared on my Facebook page about Toussaint’s plight and asked others to pray. I was surprised and totally overwhelmed when friends of mine wrote and asked where they can send a check to help him. Once again, God was making room. I want to thank those friends for their incredible generosity. I also thank those of you who consistently sow into Rehoboth Ministries month after month.

I would still like to share these needs with the rest of our readers who do not use Facebook. Please pray for Toussaint and Luckner. Please remember all those here that labor for the Lord in spite of their hardships. Please pray that effectual doors will open up and jobs will be created so more people can find work. The Haitian people are not lazy. They are more than willing to put their hand to the plow. They’re just trying to find the plow!

Also, pray for us as we work through the maze of incredible needs that require us to believe for more “God room!”

“God Room”

178182379Recently, I’ve been reading Franklin Graham’s book, “Rebel With a Cause.” Graham shares with his readers that the man who had the biggest impact on his life (other than his father) was Bob Pierce. Bob Pierce was the original founder of World Vision and later founded Samaritan’s Purse. Before Franklin became a Christian, Bob saw great promise in this young man, even if he was rebellious and living for himself at the time. Bob invited Franklin to travel with him to different countries all over the world. In places such as Turkey, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand, Bob showed Franklin the incredible suffering of humanity firsthand. He constantly drilled into him the need to look beyond himself to the plight of others and to seek to be a part of the solution in bringing help and relief to those who were unable to help themselves. Bob carried within him a fervent passion for the lost and wasted no time in making sure Franklin shared it as well.

Recognizing Franklin’s need for a mentor during some very difficult times, Bob stuck close to his friend. Bob was keenly aware that being the son of Billy Graham was much more difficult than anyone could fathom. Expectations were placed on Franklin by well-meaning people to someday take up his father’s mantle. Those were big shoes to fill. Bob was one of the closest friends that Franklin had at a time when Franklin was trying to figure out just who he was and what his role in life was.

Franklin’s life finally turned around and Bob rejoiced to see the change in this young “rebel.” Feeling strongly that Franklin was called to be the next President and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, Bob worked tirelessly to groom Franklin for the job. In 1978, Bob died of leukemia. Franklin would eventually assume Bob’s role over Samaritan’s Purse which today is touching the world in a phenomenal way.

Franklin gleaned a lifetime’s worth of wisdom and knowledge from this true servant of the Lord. He recounts, however, that the single most important lesson was what Bob called “God room.”

From India we went to Katmandu, Nepal, and Iran. While traveling with Bob, I learned many of life’s lessons. But the lesson Bob taught me that stands out above all else is what Bob called, “God Room.”

“What do you mean?” I asked him once when he started talking about “God room.” He gave me a glance that was close to disgust, almost as if to say, “Don’t you know?” He took a deep breath and sighed before he said, “God room” is when you see a need and it’s bigger than your human abilities to meet it. But you accept the challenge. You trust God to bring in the finances and the materials to meet that need.

“You get together with your staff, your prayer partners, and supporters, and you pray. But after all is said and done, you can only raise a portion of the resources required. Then you begin to watch God work. Before you know it, the need is met. At the same time, you understand you didn’t do it. God did it. You allowed Him room to work.”

Prit and I have watched God work in this fashion for 31 years. We cannot recount the number of times that our finances have run so low that we were scraping the bottom of the barrel. I recall one time when we had $5 in our bank account. Yet, we would go to prayer and realize that we had to make room for God. Sure enough, the basic needs were always met somehow. God would come through time and time again. Maybe the needs were not all met when we had hoped they would be, but he always kept the wheels of Rehoboth Ministries turning. We would love to tell you that we don’t need to pray like that any more, yet we are still having to make “God room.”

Be encouraged today and make room for God. Believe him to do great things for you. Like Bob Pierce and Franklin Graham, he is looking for those who will be moved by his compassion to do mighty exploits for him!

Home Sweet Home

c5a17c521630120bead033096abe8b40Prit and I arrived to Cap Haitian early Monday morning. It was encouraging to see the progress that’s been made on the airport with the addition of new rooms. Since American Airlines will be flying into our beautiful city as of 2 October, it warms our hearts to see the forward movement that’s taking place to get ready for them. Since our children were just kids, there have been rumors of American Airlines flying directly here to the north coast. We almost have to pinch ourselves now to realize this REALLY is happening!

A study proved that one-third of the folks flying into the capital of Port-au-Prince made Cap-Haitian their final destination. We’ve joked with friends about all the years we have flown on turbo props, DC-3’s, metroliners, and the Agape Flights mission plane. “We’ve done all the hard stuff. Now flight time is only about 1 hour, 30 min. in a commercial jet from Miami. Now, you have no excuse not to come,” we said. “We’re rolling out the red carpet for all of you who’d like to visit.”

Right after we arrived, John came down with what the doctor thought was either typhoid or malaria. Lab results revealed a throat infection, however, and this has been a rough week for him. He seems to be on the mend, yet we ask your continued prayers for a quick and complete recovery. John has been a tremendous asset to the work here and it’s such a joy to have one of our three children working alongside of us in the ministry.

After getting acclimated to the heat once again, Prit and I have enjoyed reuniting with our leaders and workers whom we haven’t seen in several months. Our house is once again the major hub of activity with folks coming and going all the time. There’s no lack of projects to tackle and soon I look forward to sharing pictures of the cabinets for John’s house as well as the island for the kitchen in our own home. Boss Luckner has been working overtime, even laboring at night trying to finish these and other projects. He’s even made a trip to the clinic to get a couple of fingers stitched due to working with poor lighting. Please remember him in your prayers.

We’re gearing up for many visitors in October. There are all kinds of good things on the horizon and we look forward to sharing them with you later. We thank all of you for our flights back to Haiti. Although we certainly feel the loss of Prit’s parents’ involvement in our affairs, we know they are cheering us on from Heaven’s sidelines.

Prayer Needs:

  • Pray for our pastors, teachers, and workers. School is starting up very slowly and many parents have not sent their children to class yet due to the economic hardship of paying for tuition, uniforms, and books.
  • Pray for us as we meet together with our leaders to know how to handle hard decisions wisely.
  • Toussaint (our security guard) asked for an advance in his salary today to pay for an operation for his wife. She has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Rodney, a faithful member of Pastor Lefort’s church, has been in need of a hernia operation for eight years. I told him I’d ask for prayer.
  • Pray for John’s complete recovery.

Thanks!

Keeping the Lights On

IMG_1156We were blessed today with a $3,000 gift from a dear Christian businessman. This gift covered the expenses of new inverter batteries for our home! We have sixteen marine batteries that are hooked up to an inverter. These batteries are charged whenever we have electricity, either from the city or from our generator. When we lose the electricity from either one of these sources, the power then clicks over to our inverter. This provides us with 24-hour electricity. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to replace a few of the batteries at a time. They all must be replaced at once. Since the batteries cost $170 apiece, you can do the math and see that this is very costly to maintain.

We are very grateful for this need having been provided so that we can turn our attention to other needs of the ministry. Thank you anonymous friend for keeping us out of the dark!

Going Home

imagesTen boxes have been shipped to Haiti and last-minute details are being taken care of before we fly out on Friday. We have truly missed Prit’s mom and dad during this time. They were always involved in helping us with the packing and shipping part. We are so grateful for all the years of service they rendered to Rehoboth Ministries. No one was more devoted to our ministry than Prit’s folks.

We have lots of visitors coming in October. We will be just as busy there as we have been here. We covet your prayers for safe travels. It will be good to reunite with all our leaders and friends in Haiti. This will be our first trip back to Haiti since Prit’s dad and mom went to be with the Lord.

Many thanks to those special friends who wish to remain anonymous for helping us with the plumbing costs for the smaller mission house. A dear friend sent a sacrificial offering as well to help us begin the construction of the cabinets for the larger house. There is still much work to be done on both houses and if you’d like to help us lay tile, paint, continue to build cabinets, plus a host of other possibilities, we would be very appreciative of your help.

It’s the beginning of the school year and our kids are looking forward to hot meals once again. Many thanks to all of you who have opened up your hearts and pocketbooks to help us fill empty stomachs. If others would like to help us with this project, we still need your help.

Our Musicians Say A Great Big Thank You

The Lord’s Table Church of Goldsboro, N.C., sent a generous contribution to Rehoboth Ministries recently. This gift enabled us to purchase much-needed sound equipment for our main church in Petite-Anse. Our musicians have been using old, worn-out equipment for well over a year now. Believe me, I know because when I am in Haiti I play the electric piano. The amplifier I used for the piano was on its last leg!

Our worship team was so excited to receive the new equipment, they sent photos of every single one of their members, even the sound man. This is their way of saying, “Thank you Pastor Ken, Pastor Mitch, and thank you to the wonderful members of The Lord’s Table Church for such a wonderful gift!”

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

imagesPlease note the changes on our website concerning our stateside P.O. Box address. Some of our mail is still going to Prit’s parents’ home (333 Hilliard Drive), but we no longer live there. Since Prit is Pritchard Adams, III, occasionally a letter still ends up at the old address in spite of the changes that have been made.

If you need to write or send a check to Rehoboth Ministries, please include all the information below. Also, you can always find our address on the homepage of our website. Thanks!

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

Four Years and Counting

Four-Year Anniversary

562495_10152204762033484_355881890_nFour years have now passed since Prit and I returned from Alberta, Canada. On August 31, 2010, I remember leaving Calgary and traveling to Toronto with Prit. It took us the better part of the day to get through the Toronto airport and to finally arrive at the small terminal where we took a small plane to Raleigh, NC. The ordeal was over, but months of recuperation would follow before we would finally return to Haiti.

Again, we say a great big “thank you” to all of you who have prayed us through the journey, but especially to Pastor Richard and Beth Kope, their family, and their church members. We will always be grateful for the great sacrifice you made on our behalf during the most difficult time of our lives.

House Beautiful

10656378_625143674267727_1903121952_nLook at the beautiful tile job Brother Rodelin has done in our den and kitchen! We can hardly wait to get back and see the transformation that has taken place to our home. One day our den will become our dining room and our front porch will become our den. There’s no lack of things things to be done on our mission compound. Please come visit us in Haiti and, as we say in eastern North Carolina, “sit a spell.”

Gearing Up

Schoolchild laughingSchool starts back up on September 8. Parents are striving to scrape up enough money for tuition and uniforms. There’s still time to give to our children’s feeding program! Thanks again to all of you who are consistently giving each month to put a smile on a student’s face.