This morning we enjoyed visiting our friends at Enon Chapel in Jacksonville, NC. It’s always great to see every one and we had the opportunity to give some highlights of this past year in Haiti. If you’re in the Jacksonville area, this would make a great home church. They have a very loving atmosphere and we are fortunate to have Enon Chapel partnering with our work in Haiti.
Great news! The roof project for Pastor Lefort’s church has been completed! Thanks to all of you who responded to this cry for help. We are amazed at how quickly this got done. Pastor Lefort says it’s so great to be out of the rain!
Summer Feeding Program
We have marvelous news! When the donors for our schools’ feeding program learned that our students were not eating this summer, they were greatly troubled. It was decided that our students, from now on, should eat year-round. So, after several attempts to get a transfer down to Haiti, our pastors finally received the funds. They immediately refilled gas tanks and bought the necessary supplies to get our feeding program back up and running.
Before we left Haiti, Brother Delex (the treasurer of our main school in Petite-Anse) called me aside. With tears in his eyes and a trembling voice, he told me, “Man Pas, please thank everyone who is giving into this feeding program. For many of the children in our school, the lunch they receive here is the only meal they get for the whole day.” Can you imagine that? Pastor Lefort told me today, “The children were gulping their food down. You could tell they were really hungry!” We thank all our dear friends who saw and met the needs of others who are not quite so fortunate as them.
In the fall, we will be adding our other school in the countryside to the feeding program. We could sure use your help. If you’d like to join with us in feeding hungry children, you can go to rehobothhaiti.com and donate online. You can also send a check to:
The Lord’s Table
PO Box 11049
Goldsboro, NC 27532
Write the check to: The Lord’s Table
Earmark the check: Haiti – Feeding Program
God is Good!
We spent a lovely weekend in Sanford, NC, with our good friends, Matt and Becky Garrett. On Sunday morning, Prit and I ministered at Moncure Baptist Church where they pastor and enjoyed spending time with their members again. What a wonderful time we had with our friends there!
John was scheduled to be at his home church in Asheville on Sunday as well. However, when he was ready to go, his car wouldn’t crank. I called Matt and asked him if he minded if we brought one more along with us since John was stranded for the weekend. Matt was very gracious and offered his own vehicle for John to use. So, off to Sanford we went. Then, John took off for Asheville. Amazing how the Lord works! Thanks so much Matt and Becky for your hospitality and generosity. Thank you also for being willing vessels in providing John with a way to make his engagement.
Speaking of John…
NC State Library
John has spent the lion’s share of his summer scanning page after page of our Bible institute’s books onto a pdf file. He finished the scanning process today and now begins the editing phase before he finally scans all the material onto tablets which our students can purchase next year for only 20% of the price they normally paid for books. Pray that he can get finished quickly and enjoy the remaining weeks of summer that he has left.
Quest for a Nest
Since we returned stateside on June 7, we have been searching for a home base. This doesn’t mean we’re retiring, but since Prit’s parents’ home has been sold, we have been on a quest for a nest. Would you please pray for us. We would like to have enough time to purchase a home and furnish it so that next time we come, our place of retreat from life in Haiti will be waiting for us.
Oh, to be the young girl in the picture again! She’s not yet 25. She’s not even married yet. She’s full of dreams and ready to conquer the world. But there’s so much I’d tell her!
- Make every moment count
- Your children will be out of the nest before you can blink
- Take better care of your health
- The path you take is going to greatly alter your future
- Pray more!
This young woman didn’t yet know that she would spend her life on the mission field and that it would s—t—r—e—t—c—h her faith beyond all imagination. She’s still carefree and excited about what the future may hold.
This June that girl turned the big 60. She’s a mother, proud grandmother, author, Vice-President of Rehoboth Ministries… and still a missionary! She’s just thankful she’s come through the fire and is still standing… and like the Proverbs 31:25 lady, she chooses to LAUGH at the future. She’s wiser now though and armed for battle.
I guess….if I could…I’d just tell her, “There are going to be many bumps in the road, but your God is faithful. He will never fail you.” She may have listened, but she would not have fully understood. How could she?
We are happy to announce that ALL the funds have come in for Pastor Lefort’s roof and the check has already been mailed to Haiti so that they can proceed. Thanks to all of you who had a hand in giving into this project. Now, we ask that you would pray for the safety of those who will be working and that the work can be done efficiently and in record time.
Pastor Lefort and his church members send a huge THANK YOU as well. They also extend an invitation to anyone who would like to come join them for a church service – under their brand new roof! 🙂
Thought you might enjoy these roofing jokes:
Question: What is it that keeps roofing teams together?
Question: Why did the roofer go to the doctor?
Answer: Because he had a bad case of shingles.
Question: Why did the roofer have to go to the dentist?
Answer: He couldn’t stop biting his nails.
Question: What is fallen debris from the edge of the roof called?
Sam, our adorable grandson
Pieces of our Hearts
Gabe flew out yesterday. We returned home and, as I passed his room, I saw his sheets on the floor and the blankets neatly folded on his bed. That old familiar ache returned, weighing down my heart for the umpteenth time. It was just yesterday that he was serenading us with his guitar on the front porch. It was the same ache I felt upon leaving West Virginia, knowing each mile back to North Carolina put more distance between us and Deb and her family. We met our new grandson. Ok, ok, he’s two now but nothing like the grandson we saw last year. Sam is reciting his alphabet, counting his numbers from 1-10 and rattling off the colors of the rainbow. He’s a bundle of explosive energy and loves all his trains and cars — one in particular named Percy.
It never gets easier. We’ve been in Haiti over 33 years now, yet it never. gets. any. easier. We’re left with our memories until the next time. Pieces of our hearts are strewn all over Oregon and West Virginia. So…. on this beautiful day of celebrating our country’s birth, we ask you to remember those who give up so much to serve on a foreign field. Remember our military members who tear themselves away from their families and put themselves in harm’s way to defend the precious freedoms we enjoy. Remember these men’s wives who pray constantly that their husbands will return safe and whole to them again. Remember that America, for all her problems, is still the dream of those who risk their lives in shark-infested waters so they can reach her shores.
We ask you also to remember the missionaries who have left so much to take the gospel to others and who are helping to feed and clothe others’ families less fortunate than their own. Don’t forget that when they ask for your help, they’ve already given far more than you ever will by leaving the things most dear to them behind. Join their ranks and become partners with them. Invest in them and the work the Lord has called them to. Get involved and Give largely…like they do. Ask them what they need. The missionaries we know live selfless lives, always asking for help so they can help others. They rarely share their personal needs, though they may be many.
We Made It…Almost!
The gofundme.com drive that we used to raise money for Pastor Lefort’s church roof has been reached…almost! By the time the transfer fee was subtracted from the fund, we were still left with $113.06 to raise. Can you go over to gofundme and help us top it off? We want to thank all of you who have helped so far with our goal. Pastor Lefort and his members will be so excited to learn that others cared enough to get them out of the rain.
Free Copies of Into the Storm
Today marks six years since Prit had his first of two aneurysms. We’re so thankful for the grace and mercy that has been bestowed upon us. To celebrate, we are offering 3 FREE copies of Into the Storm to the first three responders. Leave a message on our website requesting a FREE copy and we will joyfully send you this message of hope that God can be found in the worst of times. We also acknowledge Pastor Richard and Beth Kope, plus Pastor Corey and Erin Kope and their church family for standing with us during the greatest trial of our lives. We will never forget you!
Our grandson, Sam
Yesterday, we returned to North Carolina after spending four days with our daughter, Deb, her husband, Ben, and our #1 grandson, Sam. The time, as always, went way too quickly. Gabe flies out on Sunday and we will be left with another year’s memories. We have had a great time together and can’t believe it’s already July 1. We wish everyone a very Happy Fourth of July weekend!
Waiting for the rain to stop
On another note, we have managed to raise $600 towards our goal of replacing the roof for Pastor Lefort’s church. Yay! We have $1,100 yet that remains before we can actually begin the work. If you’d like to be a part of this fundraiser, go on over to gofundme.com and type into the space bar, A Roof Over Their Heads. You’ll see a place where you can donate. $10, $20, $50, $100….help make our dream come true!
Pray for Gabe
Please remember Gabe in your prayers as he flies back to Portland, Oregon, on Sunday. We would ask you also to pray that his job will allow him to take off more than a week to spend time with family. We serve a great big God and know that he can fulfill that small request. Our times are always hurried and way too short!