Look Who’s Here!

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                          Gabe & John

Gabe took a red-eye flight from Portland, Oregon, yesterday and arrived to Raleigh this morning. My sister picked him up at the Raleigh airport and drove him to Jacksonville (NC) where we are staying. Monday, we will all head up to West Virginia to spend the week with our daughter, Deb, and her family.

The summer is passing all too quickly! We are here until the end of August and if you would like for us to come and share about the awesome year we’ve had in Haiti let us know.

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Cats & Dogs!

 

We are still in need of $1,700 to complete the roof on Pastor Lefort’s church. All we need is 17 people to pledge $100 apiece! It’s no fun when it rains on the days they have service. You may as well say it’s raining cats and dogs!

Update from Rehoboth

FullSizeRender-35Renewing drivers’ licenses, meeting with H&R Block about taxes we were unable to get filed while in Haiti, getting an eye exam for Dana and sending a check to cover the payroll in Haiti are just a few of the many things we have been doing since we flew into Raleigh on June 7th. Seems the days are passing all too quickly and before you realize it, we’ll already be into the month of July!

Therefore…. I am finally getting around to posting an update. Needless to say, we are SO happy to be stateside. Our son, Gabe, flies in from Portland, Oregon, on Friday and next week we will travel to West Virginia to see our daughter, Deb, and the rest of her family. That means seeing our #1 grandson, Sam!

We hope to see many of you while we’re here. Your friendship and support mean all the world to us and we hope to get the opportunity to say a personal “thank you” for being the driving force behind Rehoboth Ministries.

We visited Enon Chapel in Jacksonville, NC, on Sunday. What an encouragement to see a request in their bulletin to pray for Rehoboth Ministries. They didn’t know we were coming to the service. It was wonderful to worship with them.

School is out for the summer and the feeding program has come to a halt. We are happy to say that our students, staff and teachers ate a hot meal five days a week for the entire school year. They will be eager for September to come around though so they can return to school for a hearty lunch. For many of these boys and girls, this is their only meal of the day. So, if you haven’t signed up to help with our feeding program, now’s a great time so that we can build up our resources during the summer to pay the salaries of our cooks, purchase gas tanks, buy cooking oil, vegetables, cleaning products and such from the marché. With your help and the tremendous generosity of Orphans Promise we are able to do a great work in Haiti.

I wrote a post recently about the need to replace the roof on Pastor Lefort’s church. We still need $1,700 for this job. We would sure appreciate your help!

How wonderful it is to know that we have such competent leaders overseeing the work in Haiti so that we can visit with family and friends. In case you didn’t know it, this wonderful brothers and sisters are constantly praying for our Rehoboth supporters. So if you have a special request, shoot us an e-mail and we will be glad to share it with some of these dynamic prayer warriors who consider it a privilege to pray for you.

 

Best-Laid Plans

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          Roxy, Dana, Prit, and Pastor Dick Iverson

So much has taken place since my last writing! Pastor Dick and Roxy Iverson were our first-time special guests to Haiti and brought much hope and encouragement to our souls. It was a very rich time as Pastor Dick shared stories with our top leaders of his years in the pastorate. ”You need to love what God loves”, he said and this still resounds in my own spirit. Afterwards, the floor was opened for a Q&A time.  Our leaders were full of questions and we finally had to call an end to the session due to the time factor. Pastor Dick also shared with the professors and graduates of our Bible institute during a special banquet and then on Saturday he brought the commencement message to the graduates of our eighth promotion. What a busy week we had! Dick and Roxy visited our feeding program and our second church plant and school in Belle-Hôtesse. We did manage to steal away to a beach resort after the graduation ceremony for some much-needed R&R. On Sunday, Pastor Dick ministered in a morning and evening service of two different church plants. We are so grateful for the rich deposit both he and Roxy left with us.

However….. as well as our best-laid plans may be, one can never predict what can happen in Haiti. Last Monday (June 6), we deposited Dick, Roxy, and John at the airport. Returning home we thanked the Lord for a smooth, carefree week. Not long after we arrived, however, we received a phone call from John. ”You have to come pick us up. There’s a fissure in the runway and American Airlines won’t be landing until it’s repaired” – which presumably meant Friday. Upon John and the Iversons’ return, we began to brainstorm as to how we could get out of Haiti in time to make all our connecting flights.

The result was to take a 6 hr. bus ride from Cap-Haitian to Santiago (Dominican Republic) at 8:00 o’clock the following morning and pray that we would reach the airport in time to fly to Miami. After finally crossing the border, passing six military checkpoints and arriving to the bus station, we hurriedly unloaded our suitcases. Fortunately, the bus driver had called ahead for two taxis which promptly arrived just after we did. Next, came a harrowing ride across town at breakneck speed. Most of the time, I kept my eyes on the floorboard instead of the guy’s bumper in front of us. I also strove to keep my mind off of what could happen if the driver in front of us decided to tap his brakes!

Upon our arrival, the Adams party was already being paged over the intercom. We rushed through the confirmation of tickets and passports and ran inside to get through the final check before boarding the plane. Our party of five was whisked through and waved on – all except for me. The man at the desk waved me back to a man at another desk who questioned me in Spanish. Pointing to my passport, he asked, Haiti? Today?” ”Yes, Haiti, today,” I said. He pointed to a stamp on my passport shaking his head ”No.” I understood only enough of his Spanish to realize I was in trouble. Typing into his computer, he printed out several sheets of paper. After what seemed like an eternity, he handed them to me waving me on to the fellow at the last desk only to be redirected to another young man who had no idea what to do. By this time, I was nearing panic mode as I watched the rest of my party disappear behind the doors just before me. Finally, the man who printed out the papers came and told the man at the final desk to let me through and I was waved on through the line. Whew!

You can imagine our relief as our plane climbed into the air heading for the beautiful Florida shore. Our guests, despite having been rerouted, were real troopers through it all and decided to spend the night at the Miami Airport Hotel before flying on to Portland, Oregon, the next morning. We thanked them profusely for their visit to Haiti. We also said our goodbyes to John who would be taking a road trip from Miami to Raleigh to visit friends along the way.

Our layover of four hours before flying into Raleigh stretched into almost five hours due to maintenance problems with the plane. By the time my sister-in-law picked us up at the Raleigh-Durham airport, we were utterly exhausted. After much, much sleep, we are finally revived.

Who would have guessed that a fissure in the runway of the Cap-Haitian airport would  have redirected our plans and sent us on such a mad chase to our destination? Such is life in Haiti and the best-laid plans can be interrupted at a moment’s notice. Needless to say, we are delighted to be back on North Carolina soil and look forward to seeing family and friends – and you!