The God Adventure

Well, here we sit at a bus station in Santiago (Dominican Republic) waiting for the tour bus to take us to Cap Haitian. Where did the summer go? The phrase faster than a speeding bullet comes to mind. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were not able to fly out until yesterday. While scrambling to get our airline tickets, we discovered that the only thing available at this late date was to fly to the Dominican, take a tour bus and cross over the border to Cap Haitian. We left Raleigh, N.C., early yesterday morning. After a 4 1/2 hour delay at the JFK Airport, then another hour on the runway, we were finally on our way to the Dominican. The hour delay was due to someone who had checked their bags in and then later decided not to board the plane. As a result, all the passengers were held up until the bags could be pulled off the plane and rechecked.

41l8gwzZVIL._SX290_BO1,204,203,200_To coin Terry Meeuwsen’s title, we are continuing on our God Adventure. We arrived in Santiago late yesterday afternoon and are now waiting to take the three-hour bus trip to Cap. Since a medical team is flying in on Monday, we will have just enough time to unpack, meet with our leaders to plan together, then trust the Lord that in this short time of planning, all will go smoothly. We know our people will be blessed by the medical help they’ll receive from Northwood Temple Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Soon after the team departs, the elementary schools, feeding program, and the Bible institute will be reopening again. School children in their blue and white uniforms will be returning to school happily anticipating a hot meal each day.

Words can’t describe how much administrative effort it takes for all these things to run smoothly. We are so grateful for our leaders who are absolutely indispensable and serve the Lord with a spirit of meekness. They go way beyond the call of duty.

As usual, we ask for your prayers and invite you to become part of our God Adventure by becoming a regular supporter of this ministry through prayer and financial giving.

How can you help?

Feeding Program: help provide salaries for our cooks, purchase necessities needed for our kitchen which include everything from refilling gas tanks to buying cooking oil and food used to augment the food sent in by Orphans Promise

Scholarships: we still need help with Bible institute scholarships. Only $20 a month is needed to send one of our leaders-in-training to school. We are halfway there as we have 6 out of 12 students provided for!

Construction Team: There is no end to the list of projects for needed construction. From reparations to adding rooms to buildings, we would welcome your help. We have qualified workers here who would benefit from having some extra income if you should choose to fund a project.

For more details, send me an e-mail at danaptl at aol.com

*We are back in Haiti now! This was written yesterday morning. (July 17)

Long Enough

Unknown Prit and I are gearing up to return to Haiti next week. Meanwhile, we’ve been trying for several days to get a bank transfer to Haiti to pay off expenses. It seems the bank’s software has changed. We were sure our third attempt yesterday would be successful, but learned later it never went through. After hours of trying, then trying again, Prit’s been told to call back on Monday morning and they will redirect his call to someone else. This is the point where I’d like to pull my hair out!

Do you ever feel like you’re just going around in circles? This is just one example of what life is like for us, only it becomes compounded once we land on Haitian soil, so we could REALLY use your prayers. Dependable internet and other forms of communication are, well…. undependable. Thank God, the line to Heaven is always open!

In spite of setbacks, the Lord has comforted me with this verse today from Deuteronomy 2:3 (NAS). He spoke this to the children of Israel, ”You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north.” This must have been like music to the ears of these sojourners who had been traveling in the wilderness for forty long years. Finally, it was time to move! I’m glad the Lord redirects us. I’m glad he doesn’t leave us where we are. I’m glad he takes pity on those of us who feel all our efforts are in vain at times. So, I want to encourage those of you who may be weary, frustrated, or already to the point of exasperation. Wait on the Lord and he will bring you through. There is a time when the Lord speaks to us and says, ”You’ve been circling this mountain long enough.” 

We’re truly thankful for the time we have had in the States this summer. (Well, part of the summer!) It was great seeing friends and supporters. If we didn’t get to see you, it sure didn’t mean we weren’t thinking of you. Even though we’ve been stateside, the work of the ministry in Haiti never leaves us.

Celebrating on Several Levels!

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Pastor Richard Kope reading God’s Word to Prit (2010)

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                     Day of Release

Happy 4th of July to all our friends and supporters from Rehoboth Ministries! As many of you may recall, this is a Day of Remembrance for us. Today makes exactly five years since Prit suffered his first of two back-to-back brain aneurysms while we were visiting friends in Canada. We will never tire of thanking those who stood in the gap with us during that horrendous trial when Prit’s life was hanging in the balance. Thanks to Pastors Richard and Beth Kope, members of their church in Didsbury, Alberta, Pastor Christian Séveno who flew in from Montreal to help us pray, our family members and thousands of prayer warriors around the world, we have much to celebrate on this day. Last, but certainly not least, are our Haitian brothers and sisters who felt burdened to pray before this trial by fire even began! If you haven’t read that story yet, get a copy of Into the Storm  and be encouraged!

There are also some other interesting facts about the Adams family concerning this same date. Not only was it a victory day for Prit, the 4th of July remains etched in our memories for other reasons as well.

1) Exactly a year ago today, Prit’s mom, Lucy, went home to be with the Lord. Her absence has been keenly felt in so many ways, but we know she has found her eternal reward.

2) The roots of the Adams family tree extend all the way back to John Adams. John Adams was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and also served as the second President of the United States for two terms.  But, did you know that both he and Thomas Jefferson, another signer, passed away exactly fifty years after to the day on July 4,1826? As he was passing into eternity, it is recorded that Adams remarked, ”Jefferson still lives.” He had no idea that Jefferson had already preceded him by five hours. Fortunately, the old rivalry that existed between them for eleven years was put to rest before their passing. Check out this link which gives an extraordinary account of this story and the friendship that was rekindled between these two great statesmen.

So, while the Adamses have enjoyed the blessing of independence on so many levels, we give thanks once again for the Lord’s preserving grace upon us. Because of God’s blessing, this grace has extended to Rehoboth Ministries. We also give thanks for the founders of this great nation and the hefty sacrifices they paid for the freedoms we enjoy today.