Guest Ministry & Update on Hurricane Victims

We have just ended a week of tremendous ministry. Pastor Steve Fitzpatrick (San Diego, CA) along with Pastor Normand and Véronique Leduc (Quebec) taught in our Bible institute as well as ministered in our churches. Pastor Normand and Véronique also conducted a marriage seminar for around fifty couples on Friday. What a time of enrichment for all of us as well as some wonderful times of fellowship and laughter for us here on the field!

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Steve & Kathy Fitzpatrick 

Steve is a regular visitor to Haiti and an outstanding Bible teacher. We are graced with his presence usually once a year. His capacity for opening up and unfolding God’s Word always leaves us hungry for more. Steve is the President of Herald of Faith Ministries  and travels all over the world equipping leaders of local churches.

 

 

 

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Normand & Véronique Leduc

Normand is the Missions Director at La Chapelle chrétienne du Haut-Richelieu  in Quebec. He and Véronique have conducted several marriage seminars together.

Thank you, Steve, Normand, and Véronique for such a wonderful time together. You have left such a rich deposit with our people and we will never be the same! We’re amazed at how quickly our friendship grew after just one week of knowing each other.  Your love and respect for the Haitian people and their language was so evident. We can’t wait until you come back! Véronique, we were so happy to be able to share your birthday with you!

Due to the weakness of our internet server, I will post more pics on my Facebook page. Check them out!

Update on Hurricane Victims

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Our main church at La Petite Anse has collected an offering for the victims in the south of Haiti. Some of our members are from the city of Aux Cayes and have family members who have lost their homes. At this point, they are relying on the goodness of their neighbors who still have cover. The rain continues to fall in Haiti and there is still much devastation. One of the men in our church is trying to find out news concerning his mother to see if she’s alright. We ask you to please continue your prayers for the Haitian people. Here’s a worthy organization through which you can give to help. Click here: haitiforchrist.net. We have known Joel and Yvonne Trimble for many years and they have been serving as missionaries in Haiti for over 40 years.

 

 

In Memory of Roger Blue

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                            Goodbye, Roger

I have attempted to write this post on around three different occasions, but somewhere between an incredibly slow internet signal and the busyness of being back in Haiti, I didn’t manage to save it. So….here I go again.

My brother-in-law, Roger, passed away just after we left North Carolina to attend a conference in Portland, Oregon. I’m so thankful that we were able to see and talk with him one last time. He was still his jovial self on our last visit in spite of extreme nausea and pain. My sister and her family were waiting for results of his recent tests which indicated that he might have pancreatic cancer. The tests confirmed our suspicions and not long after he received the results, he stepped into glory. Everyone was surprised and saddened by how quickly Roger left us, but we are blessed to have wonderful memories of a wonderful man.

Roger was a family man. He loved my oldest sister, Sarah, and was very content just to spend time with his kids and grandkids alike. It didn’t take a lot to please him and I remember him as someone who was always the same every time I saw him. Roger and Sarah opened up their home to us many times when we were stateside.

When Roger realized his time was short, he immediately set his house in order. Titles were transferred to my sister’s name, songs were chosen for his funeral, and the pallbearers were chosen named. But there was one last decision Roger made that will forever touch our hearts here in Haiti.

“Well, what do you want if you don’t want flowers?” my sister asked. Roger, always the practical thinker, had told Sarah, “What good are flowers going to do me after I’m gone?” Sarah asked, “Well, would you like for folks to give to an organization like a baseball team or something else? There will be people who would like to give in honor of your memory.” Roger thought for a moment and then he said…

“Prit and Dana have been in Haiti all these years. I’m glad the good Lord called them and not me. If he had called me, the Lord and I would have been wrestlin’. Tell the folks to send money to them. They need help feeding all those hungry kids in Haiti.”

Even while facing death, my brother-in-law was thinking of others and that was just like him. We will surely miss you, Roger. Thank you for your kind gesture and we will always try to emulate your selflessness towards others. We, and the children of Haiti, say a great big Merci!

Where Are You John?

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                      John’s watch – still waiting for him

10 years ago today Prit, myself, and our yardman were kidnapped at gunpoint. After being paid $300 U.S. to kill Prit in the churchyard, the kidnappers decided it was more profitable to kidnap us instead and demand far more money than a mere $300. The sum quickly became $300,000. Our jeep was commandeered and we were taken far into the countryside. After arguing with each other awhile, they decided to take Prit. After a horrific 3-day ordeal of negotiating for Prit’s release, he was let go. Most of you are already familiar with this story. This year, it is our goal to put it in book form.

But today, I am thinking of John. John was a member of the gang assigned to guard Prit 24/7. Before Prit was released, John poured out his whole heart to him. “I can’t get out of this gang, Pastor. They’ll kill me. If THEY don’t, the police will catch me and then they’ll kill me. My life is over.” His family had already disowned him for joining the gang.

As they were parting, John took off his watch and gave it to Prit. “Pastor, don’t forget to pray for me.” he said. We’ve wondered all these years what ever became of John and have indeed prayed for him, that we may see him in Heaven one day if not before.
So… I’m wondering today, Where are you John?

Haiti’s Nightmare, Haiti’s Hope

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                     Haitians worshipping God in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Haiti’s Nightmare

It’s been nothing short of a nightmare this past week for many families who reside in the south of Haiti. How can I begin to describe the devastation and loss of life which have now caused a food crisis and new cholera outbreak? Matthew’s wrath left several cities totally inundated with water and others utterly devastated. While people are burying their dead, they wonder how they, themselves, will survive this catastrophe of “Job-like” proportions.

Valiant humanitarian efforts are being made by many and we applaud them all. What would we do without the organizations and individuals who send their dollars to help the downtrodden? However, looking at the long-term ramifications of lives that were dependent on the little sustenance they had, the Haitian people will be walking into an uncertain future.

Prit, John, and I keep low to the ground here. Knowing that it was THEM and not US (here on the north coast) that was hit, causes us to bow our heads and simply thank the Lord for his preservation. Cap-Haitien is the only major city that was unaffected by the 2010 earthquake and again it appears that we have remain unscathed.

It seems like we’ve been dodging bullets lately. We spent several weeks in North Carolina this summer. It was just after we left our beloved home state that Matthew turned its fury on several areas there which resulted in wide-spread flooding and loss of life.

After a 3-day delay leaving Portland due to the hurricane, (where we were attending the yearly MFI Conference), we were finally rerouted through Los Angeles and then on to Miami. We arrived in Cap-Haitien yesterday.

Haiti’s Hope

In the middle of all the mayhem, there is an incredible story that we MUST share with you. Please click on the link below. You don’t want to miss this! The city of Jérémie was one of the  hardest hit areas in the country. Yet, this article reveals the faith and resilience of the citizens that remain in the City of the Poets.  In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, there were Haitians singing in the streets. We have a similar story here. Haiti’s hope is the Gospel working through his church in spite of overwhelming odds. The light has not gone out. Au contraire, the light is getting brighter in Haiti.

Click here for the full story.

Rerouted – in more ways than one

unnamedPrit and I have been attending a ministerial conference all week long here in Portland. We were due to fly out tonight to Miami. However, after lashing out against Haiti and leaving at least 108 people dead, Matthew’s fury is now aimed at the coast of Florida.

Prit and I were due to make an all-night flight to Miami, then change planes to arrive in Cap-Haitian tomorrow afternoon. So much for our best-laid plans! Our flights have been rescheduled for Saturday morning instead. We are being rerouted from here to Los Angeles and will fly on to Miami, putting us there around 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening. Hopefully, we can then fly into Cap on Sunday. Of course, after 33 years on the mission field, we know all too well that our plans could easily change again if airports are not up and running either stateside or in Haiti. We need your prayers!

I also learned this morning that my brother-in-law passed away suddenly from pancreatic cancer. He had just received his test results this past week, but we didn’t think the end would come so suddenly. I have spent the morning talking with my oldest sister, Sarah, and other family members. Please remember the Blue family in your prayers. This is where missions gets tough. Everything in me wants to return to North Carolina to console my sister, yet we have guest ministry due to fly in next week. Their tickets have been bought and they have prepared to do a marriage seminar for our people.

We remember, with much affection, Roger Blue, who has now been rerouted to Heaven’s gates. We will surely miss you, Roger, and feel a deep sadness in our hearts. We remember those in Haiti  as well – who are also now laying their loved ones to rest.

 

A Quick Update on Hurricane Matthew

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This is a pic sent by one of the translators that helped in our medical clinic last July who now resides in the south of Haiti

I am writing from a hotel in Portland where we are attending an MFI Conference. We plan to take an all-night flight back to Haiti on Friday (Portland – Charlotte – Miami – Cap-Haitian.) Doing all this in one voyage exhausts me to even think about it!

We thank all of you who have written, expressed your concerns, and prayed for Haiti and for our safety. Our son, John, is already back in Haiti and reports that all is well in Cap-Haitian. Other than needed rainfall, we have found grace, once again, in the eyes of the Lord. In 2010, Cap was one of the few major cities that was spared from the devastation of the earthquake which took thousands of lives in the south of Haiti. We thank the Lord for his watchful eye over us.

The areas of Port-au-Prince and those surrounding it were not as fortunate, however. Some died and many were swept away by floodwaters. Others have had to wade through dirty water most likely brought up from the sewers and have opened themselves up to all sort of maladies. Haiti’s lack of infrastructure basically makes its citizens “sitting ducks.” It’s all very sad.

However, the Lord has raised up ministries that are here just for that. Rehoboth is one of them. We do know other MFI Pastors located in the south who could definitely use your help during this time. The main bridge that connects them with the road that leads to the capital has been washed away. If you would like to send funds to our account, we can surely see that they will get them. Just please remember to earmark your gift, Haiti/Hurricane.

You can watch the link below to get an idea of Matthew’s effect on Haiti. Being the poorest country in our hemisphere, there is ALWAYS a good time to give regardless of a menacing hurricane or any other natural disaster. There will still be those who are sick, malnourished, in need of an education, and the list goes on and on. Would you consider becoming a partner who regularly gives into Rehoboth Ministries? We can tell you how!

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Catastrophe Averted

”Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.”  Psalm 94:17-18 KJV

clouds-of-gloryAs I slowly read what Pastor Délinx was typing out on the computer screen, my stomach did a flip-flop. Worst-case scenarios flooded my mind as I thought through the ramifications of what COULD have been, had not the Lord been on our side.

A huge, semi-truck loaded down with a TRIMESTER’S worth of pre-packaged food had taken off from the mission compound in Archaie located to the north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Its drivers were making the grueling five-hour trip up north to Cap-Haitian on what some people still call roads. Much of the way, it would be faster to ride on the dirt shoulder than on the road itself.

Somewhere — in the middle of nowhere — a potential catastrophe happened. As the drivers rounded a sharp curve, they lost control of the truck which then slid over onto its side. After the men managed to wiggle their way out through a window, they set about unloading all the boxes of food. They then labored to set the lightened truck upright again. All the boxes were now piled up on each other by the side of the road. After many hours of painstaking work, they managed to set the truck upright again and to reload.

Hours later, the exhausted driver and his helpers pulled into our compound. Since it was  now late at night, our son, John, was the only one available to help put all the boxes into the depot. Needless to say, he got a workout! The weary travelers hunkered down in our yard for the night and made their way back to Archaie at daybreak.

In case you don’t know why this is a sure sign of God’s grace, here are several worst-case scenarios of what could have taken place, but thankfully, didn’t.

#1 There is a saying in Haiti. You’re never alone in Haiti. In the remotest parts of the country, someone is always close by. We am amazed that no one came by and simply walked off with the food boxes.

#2 The drivers could have been held up by thieves. Both the truck and all the boxes could have been stolen.

#3 A gang could have appeared with weapons, killed the drivers, and stolen all the goods.

#4 We would have been devastated if any of these things had happened. We know how very generous our donors are and their dedication to feed hungry children. Everyone involved in making this dream come true for our children would have suffered a tremendous loss.

#5 The children in our three schools would not have received hot, nutritious meals five days a week and we would have lost three month’s worth of food.

We do not take lightly the believers who partner with us and who pray for Rehoboth Ministries on a regular basis. Please continue to pray for all those who are working together to assure that our schoolchildren get the nourishment they need. Only because others care for and partner with us are we able to pull this off. We are the only large school in the north of Haiti at present which serves a hot meal five days a week.