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?
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
Thanks, Dana, Prit and John; just remember, next time you are in Tacoma, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump (well, OK, a 2500 mile jump) out to Hawaii. We’d love to see you and show you around.
Jim and Minnie Lou
haha…..that’s quite a jump, Jim! I’m going to start praying for a way to get there. 🙂