Thankful for…

Thank you, Rock Church (Tarboro, NC) for sponsoring us again this year. Your gift made it possible for us, once again, to have a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Thank you Agape Flights for flying in our turkey and goodies in order to have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.

Thank you, Sunset Church of God (Tarboro, NC) for the food box that arrived yesterday and for the one that’s still on the way.

Thanks to all our supporters for your continual giving into this ministry.
Thank you, Lord, that there is always a reason to give thanks!

 

 

Date Change

CBN’s 700 Club moved the special show on Haiti to Monday, 2 December 2015.

A Smile Says It All!

Nothing brings Haitian kids together faster than……a camera! Just whip one out and they come to life. The problem is getting them to sit still afterwards for a photo. However, I managed! These are some of our students in Sainte-Philomène. They love posing. showing off and enjoying the free food provided by Orphans Promise. With poverty all around and prices continually escalating in the market, these children know that when they come to school everyday, there will be a hot meal waiting for them. We’d love to feed more hungry kids. Would you like to become partners with us? What a difference your giving can make. As you can see, a smile says it all!

Exciting News!

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Save the Date!

We have some exciting news! The 700 Club will be airing a special segment on ministries in Haiti on Monday, 23 November. The Christian Broadcasting Network has been actively working in Haiti through organizations which serve under the umbrella of CBN such as Orphans Promise, Operation Blessing and others.

We are proud to say that Rehoboth Ministries has had the privilege of working with Orphans Promise through our feeding program, plus through the building of a our new kitchen in Petite-Anse. Our ministry was the first of many to be filmed. You don’t want to miss it! You can find the story at http://www1.cbn.com/700club

Unknown-1Next Monday is also Prit’s 60th birthday. So, birthday greetings are more than welcome!

Roberta Edwards

robertaedwards_1444698776564_25129321_ver1.0_640_480I shared a very sad story not too long ago concerning a missionary named Roberta Edwards. Roberta was a missionary overseeing an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for over twenty years. She was shot and killed several weeks ago. I mentioned in the post that a four-year-old boy was abducted from her car immediately after they killed Roberta. Since there was no contact from the abductors afterwards concerning a ransom, everyone feared that he may have been killed as well. We asked, you, our readers, to pray for the child’s safe return to the orphanage. We received word last week that the child has been found unharmed and two suspects are in custody. Thank you for your prayers! Click here if you missed the story.  https://rehobothhaiti.com/2015/10/15/prayers-for/

Also included is a link concerning four year old “Jo Jo.” http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/10/haitian-boy-kidnapped-in-killing-american-missionary-found-church-says/

Pray for Ayiti Cheri

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A young Haitian man running past a blockade of burning tires

Three Sundays ago, our hearts burst with pride as we witnessed the citizens of this beautiful country vote for their favorite candidate – without any repercussions. Now that the choice of a new President seems imminent, the main opposing party has unleashed its wrath by throwing bottles and burning tires in the street. Some folks, too, have already lost their lives as a result. As of 5 November, Jude Célestin and Jovenel Moise are the top two contestants with Moise in the lead. This has sparked outrage among their enemies.

Friday night, here in Sainte-Philomène, we heard several ra-ta-tat-tats throughout the night. It was the police showing up to squelch the violence. Saturday morning, we learned that several little **tonnelles were burned down throughout the community. One of them was just a few yards from our gate. Here, one of the ladies of the neighborhood used to sit by the road each day and sell rice and beans to those in need of a quick meal. At times, she would even give a big spoonful for free to those who didn’t have the **$10.00 H to pay.  Last night her **ti kay was burned down along with the table which held her cookware. Fortunately, she took her pots and pans home at the end of each day or they would have been destroyed too. It’s sad when you see innocent victims bearing the brunt of other people’s rage. Ayiti Cheri could use your prayers right now.

We didn’t venture out of the compound the last two days. During these times, we lay low. I have wanted to go to town all week to shop for groceries as well as find a better internet signal but will just have to wait it out. A simple post such as this one can take hours when written and uploaded at home, with the uploading taking the better share of the time. So, I hope you truly appreciate this post when it finally gets to you!

Only the Lord knows how all this political uprising will play out. One thing is certain. With prayer, it will have a better outcome.  http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article43266897.html

 **Tonnelle and ti kay are names for small, makeshift stands on the side of the road used to keep one out of the sun or rain while selling food, wares, etc.

** $10 Haitian is equivalent to $1.00 US

Youth Convention 2015

Pastor Carlos Marin and Travis Arnold flew into Cap-Haitian on Saturday 31 September and left on Monday afternoon, 2 November. From the moment they arrived, their itinerary was packed. John and some of our missionary friends met them at the airport and took them straight to the beach where they enjoyed grilled fish and lobster. What a way to begin a time of ministry!

Our guest ministers traveled all the way from Portland, Oregon, and ministered Sunday morning at our main church. On Sunday evening they ministered at our church in Sainte-Philomène. Finally, all day Monday they both shared God’s Word in a youth conference composed of the youth from all our church plants as well as several assemblies in the Cap-Haitian area. Our mother church was packed full of young believers to whom we served, at the end of the conference, a full meal of chicken, rice and beans, and plantains. We were amazed to have ministered to over 1,060 young people!

John and Travis graduated from Portland Bible College together in 2007 and were in many of the same classes. They even roomed together and have remained good friends after all these years. Pastor Carlos is the Administrator of Portland Bible College as well as being the Online Pastor for City Bible Church. He was also one of Travis’ and John’s professors while they were in school. Today, Travis is a professor at PBC and John is blossoming here in Cap-Haitian as a professor in our Bible institute. What a blessing it was to watch them working side by side as John translated their messages.

“Comment Gérer le Temps de Votre Jeunesse” (“How to Steward the Days of Your Youth”) was the theme for our conference. Our visitors brought both rich and practical advice to our youth and encouraged their listeners to be The NOW Generation. “Don’t wait for the next generation to be the ones who’ll make an impact in Haiti. Start praying now and seeking God!’’, they were told as well as to “Get involved in your local church and find out what your calling is.” “Ou kichoy!” could not be repeated enough in the ears of the listeners. “You’re Somebody!” was a vital message that probably is not heard everyday in a country where some don’t even consider one to have reached adulthood until the age   of 40.

It’s really hard for me to fathom that, most of these young folks weren’t even alive during the tumultuous part of their history that we’ve lived through. They weren’t alive during the exile of Jean-Claude Duvalier and the downfall of his infamous Tonton Macoutes (1986) or during the three-year embargo that indirectly claimed over 36,000 lives (1991-1994.) Yet, they are reaping the results of all the disastrous decisions made by their former countrymen and leaders. They dream of a better way of life just like we do.

Yesterday, these future leaders of Haiti were challenged to be like David, who didn’t wait for someone else to step up to the plate. He became a giant killer and altered the course of Israel’s history as well as his own. For those who live in the poorest country in this hemisphere, where jobs are scarce but hunger is not, the future looks bleak even for the most optimistic. Yet, the message to make a difference was just the shot of adrenalin these young people needed. The youth were told they’re special and that THEY can make a difference in their nation. The Word resonated with our young listeners. At the end of the service, our church altar was full as many participants came forward for prayer.

Thank you, Pastor Carlos and Travis for coming to fellowship with us and to share such a rich time of ministry with us all. Thank you as well to those who helped finance their journey.  What a difference you have made!

Please pray for us. The next time we host a youth conference, we want to at least double the number of participants we had at this conference. We will also spend two days together and again feed them all as we did this year.

Pray for Haiti’s youth to be the NOW generation! (Click on pictures to enlarge)