Crossing Over

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    Caricature of a Haitian Mother and Daughter

I’m sitting in our warm, dry den this morning gazing out upon a beautiful green yard. It’s green and lush from all the rainfall for which we’re thankful. Yet, a simple five-minute trip down the mountain reveals a radically different scenario. Flooded streets, lots and lots of mud, and pedestrians dodging cars to avoid being splattered, fill the landscape. Piles of trash clutter the streets and gutters, plus, no trash pickup has been made since the rains began three weeks ago. Yesterday, we took a shortcut down one main artery of town and found the road entirely blocked with trash. Fortunately, my wise husband turned around and headed back up to L-Street. The SUV in front of us, however, decided to plow through the trash and got stuck.

Our house workers, Elaïde and Anouz have missed 2 days of work. Elaïde’s house is most likely flooded and we’re still waiting to hear that she’s fine. Anouz lives further out toward the countryside. The bridge she has to cross is now completely inundated with water from the swollen river. A few days ago, she described to me her trek home after leaving work. It is forever imprinted in my mind.

Anouz had just bought a few things from the outdoor market and, when she arrived to the bank of the river, she discovered several people gathered together and deliberating as to how they were going to get across. The merciless force of the current defied anyone to take a chance with nature and get swept downstream.

While standing upon the riverbank and wondering what she should do, an older man told her, “Stick by me. I’ll make sure you get to the other side.” After hoisting the bag of vegetables which she had bought at the market onto her head and holding it in place with one hand, she ventured into the menacing waters. Feeling herself sinking, she stood on her tiptoes and held onto her friend’s arm with all her might. They started to walk slowly through the river which, by now, came all the way up to her chin. Concerned for her daughter, who generally left school and arrived home later, Anouz agonized as to whether Judeline would be able to cross the river alone. All of a sudden, she heard a voice calling out to her a few yards down the river, “Tant-a-m, Tant-a-m!” There she saw Judeline’s head, also jutting out just above the water. Happily, both of them made it across the river safely. Once they arrived home and changed into some dry clothes, Anouz made some hot tea and offered some to Judeline to ward off the chill. However, Judeline was so shaken by what could have been a fatal drowning that she refused to eat or drink anything the rest of the night. Exhausted, they both fell asleep.

When Anouz recounted this story to me, my eyes welled with tears. I immediately told her, “Under no circumstances would we want you to risk your life just to get to work! If you see that you’re going to be in harm’s way, stay home!” Meanwhile we are praying and searching for a home here in Sainte-Philomène where she and her daughter will be safer and it will be easier for her to get to work. Anouz’s husband is in Port-au-Prince trying to find work since he’s not been able to find anything here. Would you help us pray for these two items?

1. That Anouz can find an affordable and safe home close to our neighborhood so that she can easily get to work?
2. That Anouz’s husband, Dana, would be able to return to Cap-Haitian and find a decent job here in town. This way, the family will be together.

“Tant-a-m, Tant-a-m!” means  (Auntie, Auntie!)

NOTE: Anouz has never been able to have children. Anouz’s sister gifted Judeline to Anuz to raise as her own. Hence the reason Judeline called her “Auntie” instead of “Mom.”

Haiti Elections Coming Up!

_91738788_mediaitem91738785All eyes have been on the American elections lately and talk of the results is far from over. One thing is for certain which we should all agree upon. We need to pray for our President-elect.

On another front, Haiti’s Presidential election is just around the corner. 20 November (Sunday), the Haitian people will be casting their own vote for President. Would you please remember them in your prayers? After so much heartache and loss due to the devastation brought on by Hurricane Matthew, they are facing many challenges. The article below shares the obstacles and frustrations the average Haitian citizen faces to freely cast his or her vote. While still mourning their dead and wondering how they can possibly start over, our Haitian friends, whose ancestors did not enjoy such a privilege, will exercise their right to vote.

http://www.as-coa.org/articles/haiti-update-perfect-storm-elections

We Can Do Exploits Together!

2016-05-16-11-39-59Despite Haitian holidays, then days of nonstop rain and massive flooding in Cap-Haitian, our schools will finally reopen on Monday. Our area in Petite-Anse was one of the hardest hit of them all because our church members don’t live too far from the sea. We’ve heard report after report of our Haitian friends being prisoners in their own homes due to the awful flooding while others worked tirelessly to sweep their overrun homes clean of – not dirt – but water! In spite of all their hardships, we continually marvel over their optimistic attitudes. One friend was telling me the other day, “The water came up this far!”(Chest deep), all the while laughing. You don’t have to wonder how all this must have affected our school kids, however, knowing their best meals are found at school.

We are asking for your help in the raising of funds for our feeding program. Will you make a one-time gift or, better yet, commit to monthly giving so that we can continue to pay our cooks’ salaries and make sure the program continues for these precious children? With your help we can do exploits together!

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HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GIVE!

Send support checks to:
The Lord’s Table
PO Box 11049
Goldsboro, NC 27532 and Earmark: Haiti

Please note! – If you wish to give into a specific fund (ex.- feeding program), please earmark the check: haiti/feeding program

If you have any questions, you can call TLT and ask for Denise. She will be more than happy to help you. The phone # is 919-751-8188:

Give online!
#1 Go to thelordstable.org, #2 Click GIVE, #3 Scroll down until you find our picture and #4 It will show you how to give.

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NOTE*– You can also click the DONATE button on the right-hand side of our website: rehobothhaiti.com and it will automatically take you to The Lord’s Table site. Then, follow the same instructions given above.

Thank you in advance!

Havoc in Haiti

 

As all eyes are riveted on the U.S. elections, nature is wreaking havoc in Haiti. We’ve had several days of nonstop rain here in the Cap-Haitien area. The last estimate I’ve heard is that there has been 17 inches of rainfall. Driving down the mountain to the Hotel Christophe today was downright scary. It looked like we were either going to be carried away by the swelling waters or end up in a hole. Even now, I’m typing quickly in order to make it back up the mountain before the rain starts getting heavy again.

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The town of Cap-Haitien

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Outside my passenger window!

Yesterday morning, our church was wet and muddy inside, yet we had 350 church members to show up for the service and take Communion. The rest of them were home dumping bucketful after bucketful of water out of their homes. This usually happens every time there’s a rainy season. Schools close down. Streets and homes get flooded. People get sick – particularly children and old folks. People die.

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centre de formation chrétienne (our main church) in Petite Anse

We ask for your prayers for Haiti and, of course, for our own nation during this time. Thank you for your prayers for Rehoboth Ministries as well, that we may be a blessing in a place that experiences so much heartache.