Come Join Our Constellation!

”The stars we are given. The constellations we make” – from Storming the Gates of Paradise, by Rebecca Solnit

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The Southern Cross

I’ve never read Storming the Gates of Paradise and I know nothing about its author, Rebecca Solnit. But, I do like this quote that I found in a copy of a Guideposts magazine I was reading. I’m sure everyone could have their own interpretation. Here’s mine.

  • We’re given certain gifts to work with, but it’s up to us what we make of them. We have been given the gift of life and a certain number of days that rush by all too quickly. Before we know it, we’re pushing 50, 60, 70…. and we wake up one day wondering where in the world our life has gone. How did we spend it?
  • We’re given talents to be used to the best of our abilities. My mother lost her arm when she was 5 years old. She had always longed to play the piano. Though finances were very strained in our home, she somehow managed to buy an upright piano and pay for my sister and me to take lessons. That gift I learned at the age of 7 is still being used in our music ministry today. The gift she couldn’t employ was the gift she gave me.
  • We’re given a standard of living. Not everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Being a missionary in Haiti reminds me every day of how blessed I was to be born in the United States, to have received a college education, and to have my basic needs provided for. These things are considered luxuries here. I have never gone hungry (except when I was on a fast.) Yet, this is a way of life for many Haitians.

I love to go up on our roof at night and gaze at the black canopy of stars that sparkle like diamonds as they stretch across the heavens. Even the stars seem to know their purpose in coming together to create a pattern of beauty for us to enjoy. The Big Dipper. The Little Dipper. The Milky Way. United, they create something much more magnificent than they ever could alone. The Southern Cross is my favorite.

Sometimes the needs of Haiti and the pressure it puts on our ministry can be staggering, especially when the resources to help are limited. We need others to join our constellation so that we can create a magnificent pattern of His grace in this part of the Lord’s vineyard. If you are not sowing into Rehoboth Ministries, would you sign up and become a partner? If you’re already a partner, would you encourage others to start sowing into this work? We can do great things together and shine with his brilliance! You can feed children, provide medicine for the sick, help support a struggling school in the countryside, support a student from our Bible institute, build buildings, help provide a new vehicle for our ministry……the list is endless. Come join our constellation. Go to thelordstable.org and give online. It can’t get any easier!

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Claudin Joseph

FullSizeRenderWe work with some of the greatest people in the world. Among them are our young people who are on their way to becoming “world changers.” This morning, one of our church members (Claudin) came to the house to pick up some money to clean the bathroom at our main compound. Claudin’s dedication always amazes me. You would think that the one bathroom we keep for our guest ministers was the Taj Mahal. I never have to remind Claudin of his duty. He always reminds me of what he needs to keep things pristine. I see a great leader emerging in someone who is so faithful to attend to such a mundane job.

I fed Claudin a sandwich before he took off knowing that he was hungry. Claudin’s always hungry. He is one of ten children. As we sat at our dining room table, Claudin shared about his faith in the Lord and how the Lord kept him on the right track six years ago. Claudin’s mother passed away in 2011 after suffering for eight months with cancer of the womb. “She died on her knees praying“, he said and we shared a somber moment.  After his mother’s death, several of his brothers and sisters began to drink heavily, blaming their sorrow on their mother’s death. But Claudin determined he was not going down that road. He became very involved in the activities of our main church and today is a standard-bearer for the rest of our youth.

It’s folks like Claudin who refresh our souls when ministry becomes wearisome. God uses our own spiritual children to build up our faith!

Happy Easter!

 

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I am sitting on the veranda of the Christophe Hotel as I type. Prit, John, and I came here to get some work done. It’s somewhat discouraging to pay a monthly internet bill only to have to come to town and use the internet here. I woke up at 4:00 a.m. and checked to see if we were online. Voila! Sure enough, there was a clear signal which tells me that Natcom is taking on more people than they can serve. Guess I’ll have to work through the night and sleep like a cat during the day!

 
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We have been blessed with a young Haitian musician who came to serenade us while we work. Haiti does have its perks! It’s a gorgeous day here and his music is so beautiful. If you’ve ever heard “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman, you now that it’s a truly beautiful worship song. Maxime sang it in Creole and wrote the words down for me.

 

vector-cartoon-cargo-semi-truck-9499705Last week, we received our last shipment of food for the year. A huge truck brought the much-appreciated boxes of food from Archaie and our students will continue to receive vitamin-enriched nourishment as they head into their last trimester of school. Thank you, Orphans Promise and Lifeline Ministry!

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We wish all our readers and supporters a very “Happy and Blessed Easter.” Everything we do revolves around the finished work of Jesus Christ. Otherwise, it would all be in vain. Hope you have a wonderful Easter season with your family. Please don’t take it for granted. We’d give anything to see our extended family in the States!

Good Riddance, Zika!

UnknownIt all began with an itch. Not just any itch, mind you. This itch was akin to rubbing against fiberglass or as if someone was meticulously making small cuts back and forth against my skin with a knife. No amount of scratching did any good. From my shoulders down, I was in complete misery for three weeks. After scratching and clawing incessantly day after day, my legs looked like I’d been attacked by a deranged cat. I still have the scars to prove it. Calamine, allergy lotion, ibuprofen? Kid’s stuff! Only falling into a fitful sleep at the end of the day from exhaustion provided relief. Even the inside of my eyelids itched!

Our Haitian workers vowed and declared it was the Zika virus and that others were suffering from the very same symptoms. Finally, the maddening itch subsided only to be replaced by severe neck, shoulder, and arm pain. I could barely turn my head to the right and the itch inside my eyelids turned into shooting pains behind my eyeballs. After 2-3 days, the pain left my top extremities only to settle into my right hip. A new kind of walking has taken over which causes all my activities to take three times longer than usual. The pain is minimal now and I will soon walk without a limp. It’s amazing how much we take these bodies for granted. Good health is a gift from the Lord.

I want to thank those of you who have been earnestly praying for me. By faith I declare, “Good Riddance, Zika!”

Guest Ministry + A Reminder to Supporters

Guest Ministry

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Prit translating for Pastor Phillip

Pastor Phillip Norris, his wife, (Christie) and their daughter-in-law, (Brenda) were with us last week to help celebrate our main church’s 26th anniversary. Pastor Phillip ministered during our Sunday morning service and to the students of our Bible institute on Wednesday. Friday, we had a conference at the Sainte-Philomène compound. Both Christie and Brenda shared and ministered in prayer along with Pastor Phillip to several of the attendants. Our ladies’ group of 50 women came along with Pastors and their wives as well as students from the Bible institute. We had a full house and it was a powerful time in the Lord. Although you can’t see it, the stage was also packed.

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A packed conference room. Our stage was also full!

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Christie with Pastor Délinx and school kids

Our team also visited our main school in Petite Anse to to view our feeding program. Pastor Phillip and his church are faithful sowers into this ministry which feeds over 900 students, staff, and cooks five times a week. Thank you to the Norris family for such a wonderful time of ministry and extraordinary fellowship. We are looking forward to your return!

Reminder 

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Just wanted to remind those sending support to Rehoboth Ministries that our mailing address has changed. All our bookkeeping is being overseen by The Lord’s Table Church in Goldsboro, NC. We are no longer based in Fayetteville. The Lord’s Table is one of our supporting churches and with the deposit of each check, the info is automatically recorded to Quick Books. We are very relieved to have TLT overseeing our finances this year in a more professional manner. It makes things SO much easier for us here on this end.

Please make out any future checks to The Lord’s Table and earmark it Haiti. NOTE: If you want your donation to go to a certain cause such as the feeding program, Bible institute, construction, etc., please include a memo or write it on the check. Otherwise, it will go into the general fund. Here’s the mailing address:

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

If you have any questions, you can call the # below and ask for Denise Ham. She will be more than happy to help you.

Phone #:919-751-8188

Thank you again for your very faithful giving! Please don’t hesitate to write me (Dana) at danaptl@gmail.com as well if you need any help whatsoever.