Nèg Bannann Nan

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Haitian woman voting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Last Sunday, Haitians walked to one of one hundred and fifty polling stations to cast their votes. Paper ballots were placed in plastic boxes marked President, Parliament, Senate and Municipal. The voting went very well and Haitians are proud of the fact that there was no violence which accompanied it.

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Jovenel Moise (Nèg Bannann Nan)

Word has it on the street that the election results will be announced this Tuesday (2 November.) It seems that Nèg Bannann Nan (Jovenel Moise) may very well be our new President. Moise (47 years old), is a very successful entrepreneur who has a huge plantation here in the north of Haiti. He ships organic bananas to Europe which has earned him the name Nèg Bannann Nan (the Banana Man.) Moise employs over 3,000 workers for his plantation alone, but also has other interests which include selling purified water. Having the backing of President Martelly hasn’t hurt his chances either. Since Haiti is not known for exporting much of anything, Jovenel is an exception to the rule and an example that can breathe fresh hope into the average Haitian, especially Haiti’s youth.

Let’s hope that this transition will go smoothly and that whoever wins will be able to continue to provide the type of leadership that Martelly has displayed. Our Haitian friends are eagerly awaiting the results and hoping for an even better tomorrow.

Our Supporters Speak!

“I have made two trips to Cap-Haitien. I have personally seen the unselfish dedication of Prit, Dana and John Adams. They are genuine missionaries with a huge heart for Haiti. They are being used by God to transform Haiti one person at a time. The investment my church makes to their ministry is reaping huge rewards.”
Vic Langel
Mission Committee
Trimity Church of Pierce County
Tacoma, Washington

Haiti’s Elections

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“Don’t stay in town too long!” our workers at home warned us. Things can change on a dime here. Everything can be calm and beautiful in the city in the morning. Then, in the afternoon, folks can be burning tires in the street and throwing bottles at cars. So, we tend to lay low during times like this.

There are a total of 54 candidates running for President. Our churches, along with many others, have been praying for the right candidate to win. So much has been accomplished during President Martelly’s time in office. We would  hate to see haiti chérie regress after all the forward movement it’s had. Would you join us in prayer during this time? The results will not only affect Haiti’s citizens, but the foreigners that labor here as well.

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1) Haiti would continue to prosper and peace would reign in the land

2) the Lord would protect those who will be voting on Sunday. (Many of our Haitian friends have already said they will not vote because of past elections that turned violent.)

3) Pray that whoever wins the Presidency will be supported by all of Haiti, not just a few.

Cap-Haitian’s streets are filled with top security today and will be throughout the weekend, so that’s a hopeful sign. With security, more businesses and factories can open up here and further develop this struggling nation in which we have served for almost 33 years.

Since my time is short, I’ll close here and invite you to read the following link concerning what’s going on here. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/23/us-haiti-election-idUSKCN0SH20Z20151023

Thank you for your prayers!

Our Supporters Speak!

Having been with the Pritchard and Dana twice, I have seen the simple love between them and their people, their high-quality worship team, and the massive project of feeding all those kids. It’s a joy to maximize His money by giving to these people of integrity. —- Chris Lund, shepherd of Wendover Christian Fellowship, in Utah and Nevada

A Desire Fulfilled

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Maggy Delaney (a former team member who came to Haiti) posing with yours truly!

Thanks to Trinity Church in Tacoma, Washington, we were able to spend ten glorious days in the beautiful Northwest. Trinity is one of our supporting churches. Their generous giving each month helps provide needed support as well as feed our schoolchildren a hot meal five days a week.  But, the folks at Trinity are so much more than supporters. They have become true friends who take a vital interest in our personal lives and the mission here in Haiti.

Highlights from our trip included a sumptuous feast prepared in our honor at Trinity with foods from all different parts of the world. Over 100 guests attended and we had a question and answer time afterwards about our family, the work in Haiti, and our vision for the future. John preached Sunday morning’s message on John the Baptist. He spoke mainly to his generation encouraging them to live a selfless life even if they don’t see the fruit of their labors in their lifetime. Listen here for his powerful message.  We also feasted on Indian food at one home group meeting and charbroiled hamburgers and hot dogs at another.

I had longed for years to see Mount Rainier up close. We traveled all the way up the mountain. However, it was a very rainy day and clouds were covering the beautiful scene.  Pastor Rollie pointed in a certain direction and said, Even though you can’t see it, it’s right there! I was reminded at that point that the Lord is always close to us even when we can’t see him. Guess we’ll just have to return another day?

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CONNECTED- our theme this year for the A2 Conference in Portland, OR.

As well as being treated like kings and queens in Tacoma, we were also able to attend the annual MFI Conference in Portland, Oregon, this year. This was a desire fulfilled as we had not been able to attend the international conference in Portland since 2011. It was great to be there and to see old friends. Seeing and spending a little time with our son, Gabriel, was the icing on the cake!

Thank you, Pastor Rollie Simmons and the leadership team of Trinity Church who teamed up with Pastor Bob MacGregor and the MFI team in Portland for making this trip possible. Your sacrifice created memories for us that we will long treasure. It was great to have a break from Haiti, enjoy much-needed fellowship, and to be spiritually fed all at once!

Our Supporters Speak!

“We have known Dana and Prit for many, many years and the best way to describe them and their work with Rehoboth is that they are Godly servants who have impeccable character. It seems to us that as Christians we need to be very discerning as to which ministries and charities we support. We can recommend Rehoboth Ministries, and their feeding program for children, without reservation or hesitation.”

Mark and Norma Lloyd — Cary, NC

Prayers for the Hurting

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Roberta Edwards – missionary to Port-au-Prince,      Haiti for over twenty years

I never met her. Roberta was responsible for an orphanage in Port-au-Prince. Port-au-Prince is in the south of Haiti. Cap-Haitian is in the north. It’s a six-hour drive from Cap to Port on a good day. People have asked me if I knew her. Unfortunately, I didn’t. But, we have a lot in common.

It was nine years ago today (October 15), that Prit, myself, and our guard, Cola were forced into our own vehicle and taken on a wild ride into the countryside by a gang from Port-au-Prince. I know the choking fear of wondering if you’ll  survive and later wondering if I’d see my husband again. I had to negotiate for Prit who was finally released three days later. Fortunately, our story had a happy ending. I’m so sorry, however, for the loss of a precious sister who dedicated her life to Haiti’s children.

As you read the following article,  please pray for 1) Roberta’s family and friends who are feeling her loss, 2) the little 4-year old boy who was abducted, and 3) for the orphans who are also wondering what became of Roberta. Lastly, 4) please pray for the missionaries that are still laboring in the country of Haiti and those all around the world.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/state/in-haiti-capital-gunmen-kill-us-missionary-in-her-car_83895681_

Harnessing The Sun

sun.jpg~c100Almost $1,000.00! This is what we have spent during the last two months for diesel fuel alone in order to run our generator. Practically every three days of the month of September, it has cost us $60 US to send a worker to the gas station to buy fuel. Every.Three.Days.

Now, the generator is leaking and we’ve not been using it today. A visit from the mechanic will reveal where the problem lies. Hopefully, it will be a simple problem with a minimum charge. Due to the irregularity of the electricity provided in Haiti, one has to practically be self-sufficient. Even the most basic commodities are precious here. Unplugging our freezer and refrigerator at night doesn’t always guarantee our inverter batteries will last until the city’s current kicks in. Anyone who has come to spend some time in our home knows that ice is a luxury and our southern iced tea is served cold at best.

Due to not knowing how long the electricity was going to last this morning, Prit rushed to finish writing the lesson for tomorrow’s Discipleship Class and run off copies before the electricity ran out. Fortunately, he was able to finish in time. This gives you a glimpse into what life is like in Haiti. Running a huge ministry like Rehoboth depends on having a dependable way of operating, whether it’s making books for our Bible institute or typing up lessons on a laptop. It all requires precious electricity.

Presently, we are slowly moving away from using our generator for everything to be working off solar power instead. We’re making progress! After several months, we have paid off the costs of 16 solar panels and are working towards the next step for installation. A representative from a company in Florida will be coming this month to check out our location here on the compound and let us know what else will be required to harness the power of the sun and avoid ruining our generator altogether. The soonest they will be able to make the installation is mid-November.

Because of this, we are working on the rest of the funds needed to complete this project. We do not yet know what else will be required to reach our goal, but believe the lion’s share of the costs has been paid. Whenever we know the remaining expenses, we will post them. Meanwhile, we would greatly appreciate your help. Having electricity is a lifeline here and most of our daily activities revolve around its usage.

Can you help us get this project completed as quickly as possible and say bye-bye to diesel fuel? Your gift can make all the difference in the quality of life here on the field! Thank you for your kind consideration of this project.