Hunger Doesn’t Take A Holiday

4c7d6a1c0e4efa102ce7a71a4727f26fThis has been an interesting week. On Christmas Eve, two of our musicians dropped by the house. I asked them if they were thirsty to which they replied, “Yes, and we’re hungry too!” So much for your typical Southern manners. I fixed them each a peanut butter sandwich and gave them a glass of iced tea. They were genuinely hungry, so I didn’t berate them. They were so happy to receive the simplest of meals. It may as well have been a steak dinner. I watched as our two friends left the house. They laughing and talking as they went on their merry way.

It’s Christmas break for our schools. As I watched our two friends eat, I was reminded of the many schoolchildren (over 800), plus teachers and cooks who are not getting that daily meal that’s full of vitamins and protein. They have a Christmas break, but not a break from hunger. Our students will be eager to come back after the holidays are over so that they can eat! Meanwhile, hunger doesn’t take a holiday.

Sunday morning in church, one of our young men remarked to the congregation, “We’re all so blessed to be here today. Even if there were times when there was no food in the house, we’re just blessed to be alive.”

I am always amazed at the resilience of the Haitian people. We’ve been told that times are harder in Haiti now than they were during the three year UN-imposed embargo (1991-1994.) We were here during that whole season and never left. We remember the stories we heard of folks in the countryside who ate the bark off of trees just to put something in their stomachs. Others assuaged the hunger by eating the hide of goats and cows. Yet, with the escalating prices, we are told it’s far worse now. Haitians never ate horse meat, yet one of our pastors told us the other day that some have resigned themselves to this as well. Prices of many items  in the marché have tripled. To help you understand the strength of a Haitian dollar, $10 H = $1 US.

Would you please commit yourself to pray for the Haitian people? As of 10 January, we will have spent 33 years in Haiti. Because we have laid down our lives to serve as missionaries, we are not ashamed to ask you to partner with us in this great endeavor of feeding the hungry. This is only one of the many things Rehoboth Ministries is doing to make this a better Haiti. But, we can’t do it alone. We’re asking you to become regular supporters of this ministry so we can make 2016 the best year yet!

Thank you for coming alongside of us and strengthening our hands. Donations may be sent to:

The Lord’s Table Church
PO Box 11049
Goldsboro NC 27532

Earmark: Haiti

*marché – the large open-air market

Rehoboth Ministries Is Moving!

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This morning I am writing from the lovely Cormier Plage where Prit, John, and myself are enjoying a 2-day vacation away from our work. I wish you could share this gorgeous view with me. The weather couldn’t be more perfect and the sound of the waves beating against the shore is absolutely therapeutic. Tomorrow, we will head back down the mountain to Cap-Haitian, but for now it’s vacation time.

However, I wanted to get this post up and let everyone know that Rehoboth Ministries is MOVING. Yes, we are transitioning from Fayetteville to Goldsboro, NC. A longtime supporting church (The Lord’s Table) will be overseeing our finances from this point on. The Lord’s Table is already stewarding the incoming funds of several missionaries that they themselves support (both local and international.) They are now taking us under their wing as well and will be keeping all of Rehoboth’s records on Quick Books. To our faithful supporters and those who wish to send future support, please make note of the following address in your records. You can send any future funds to this address:

The Lord’s Table Church
PO Box 11049
Goldsboro, NC 27532

Note: * Since The Lord’s Table is overseeing the finances of several missionaries, they have asked that the donations being sent to our ministry be marked Haiti. Also, please specify to what account you would like to sow your seed: whether to Feeding, Construction, Adams Family, or Bible school scholarships. If not noted, the money will go into our General account to be used for everything from payroll to maintaining the work of the ministry. For those of you who already support more than one of these projects, the church will separate the money for each account as long as it’s already designated to where they should go.

If you prefer to donate online, you can also go to thelordstable.org. *Again, please earmark your gift for Haiti. If you have any questions, you can write me, Dana, at danaptl@gmail.com.

We greatly value you, our readers and supporters, more than we can say! As this year is closing, we say a huge “thank you” for your very generous partnership with Rehoboth Ministries!

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…

Anyone who’s watched The Sound of Music  will recognize the first line to the famous song, “My Favorite Things.” This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Just thought I’d list a few of the favorite things we’ve been blessed with lately.

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A painting done by our very artistic friend, Darla MoxonBienvenue means “Welcome.”

 

 

 

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Dana and Madame Joseph

 

Sunday morning, my friend,  Madame Joseph brought me some more coffee. She often does, in spite of her poverty.  I had to get a picture with her this time. Isn’t she beautiful?

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Christmas Bonus: Trinity Church (Tacoma, Washington) blessed us with a Christmas Bonus of $400. Thank you, Trinity Church!

 

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When I complimented her necklace, my friend, Janice took it off and gifted it to me. It’s almost as beautiful as she is.

…these are a few of my favorite things

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Our grandson, Sam. Who knew being grandparents would be this great?

A Sigh of Relief!

UnknownEnvelopes are stuffed and salaries are ready to be paid to the professors of our Bible Institute. The last week of this semester has finally rolled around and as soon as our teachers turn in the final grades for their students, they know they can come pick up their paychecks for the semester.

We are also breathing a sigh of relief on this end. Because of those of you who gave into the Bible Institute’s Scholarship Fund, you have taken a heavy weight off our shoulders and the funds are already available for payroll. Thank you so much for partnering with us. After one more semester, seven graduates will obtain their four-year degree. Exciting times! Please pray for them as they enter their final stretch that they can finish well. Many of them have families and are already serving their churches in some capacity. This degree will equip them even better. They have worked so hard and we are so proud of them.

Some of you are sowing every month into the Scholarship Fund. If others would like to help a leader in the making to meet his financial goal, the opportunity is still there and we would welcome your help. Just make sure your gift is specially marked Scholarship Fund. From the youngest to the oldest, Rehoboth Ministries is involved in discipleship on all levels.

In case you missed it!

Hi everyone! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My last post left out the picture of the turkey. Sorry!

This morning the 700 Club aired a special which features two ministries in Haiti. One of those is Rehoboth Ministries. In case you missed it, check it out here!  http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2015/November/Our-Brothers-Keepers-Inside-Haitis-Child-Hunger-Crisis

Christmas is just around the corner. After watching this link, you will better understand the magnitude of problems that a Haitian child faces on a daily basis that most of us don’t even think about – everything from  hunger and dirty water to disease and filthy living conditions. Won’t you make a commitment for Christmas or even for the New Year to help us help them? You can make all the difference in a child’s life! 12289517_846050798827507_2606486137491673172_n