We’re Off!

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             Prit, our leaders, and the construction crew members praying together
Today, construction workers who traveled from Archaïe, Haiti, gathered together for the first time on our main compound to commence the building of our new multipurpose building. This is a long-awaited dream as the foundation we laid for the building was around 1993!  We had no idea it would take this long for the rest of the building to follow. But, Haiti was plunged into a succession of natural disasters and increased poverty while the exchange rate began to steadily climb. The costs of building materials became so astronomical that we’ve never completed the means to build. After making payroll for our pastors, teachers, and workers in addition to the many other facets of maintaining a ministry of 5 churches, 3 schools, a Bible institute, and a feeding program for over 1,000 hungry staff and children, the rest of the work fell by the wayside. After many unfulfilled promises from others to help us, we truly understood the scripture – “Hope deferred makes the heart sick”. (Proverbs 13:2)
 After years of intensive prayer, Orphans Promise, along with some very devoted and generous donors, came to our rescue. Only those who have been here and seen our present church structure firsthand can truly appreciate the enormity of our gratitude for lifting this heavy burden off our shoulders which we could not lift ourselves. In addition to providing the food for our three schools, Orphans Promise has done it once again. They are helping to make our dream for a building come true. With the generosity of our donors, Orphans Promise and Lifeline Ministry are working together to bring this miracle to pass.
 On 4 February, 1990, a fellow missionary donated an old, army medical tent to us so that we could begin church services. After succumbing to the force of heavy, tropical rainfall and gale winds, we next erected a simple structure of poles which supported a palm thatch roof. The thatch eventually caved in from all the rain it was holding and was replaced with a tin roof and some concrete blocks for the side. So, this became our church – dirt floor and all. Imagine spending over 20 years in a makeshift church with no fans or electricity and completely open to the elements. It was not uncommon for roosters to strut past the podium while Prit was preaching or for goats to gather together in the back to escape the rain. Yet, in spite of all this, we grew to a congregation of over 800 and sent out leaders who were raised in this church to plant other churches and schools.
Our dream building should be completed by July. I’ll give more info about it in posts to come. Please pray for Engineer Osmy and his construction crew from Lifeline Ministries, the Orphans Promise team and, of course, our dear donors who are putting legs to the whole project.

Give Your Love Away!

images“One evening before Mary Martin, the great Broadway musical star, was to go on stage in South Pacific, a note was handed to her. It was from Oscar Hammerstein. He had written it to her from his deathbed: ‘Dear Mary, a bell’s not a bell till you ring it. A song is not a song until you sing it. Love in your heart is not put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.’ “ Mary gave the performance of a lifetime that night and when her friends rushed backstage to ask what caused her to sing with such power, she showed them Hammerstein’s note. Blinking back tears she said, Tonight, I gave my love away!

Tuesday, 10 January, hit the 34 year mark for us since we landed in Haiti to start the work of Rehoboth Ministries. Since then, we have been giving and giving and giving our love away. With the wonderful partners of this ministry, we have founded 5 churches, 3 schools, and a Bible institute. With the help of Orphans Promise, we are feeding over 1,000 children the most important meal of their day – 5 days a week. After performing countless marriages, dedicating an innumerable number of babies and presiding over the funerals of loved ones here in Haiti, we stand amazed at what the Lord has helped us do. It seems, the more love we give away, the more we have for our Haitian brethren!

We thank all our wonderful partners who have stood with us through the years and invite others to come join us in this great work. For a nation that’s riddled with extreme poverty and which has been devastated over and over again by natural calamities like Hurricane Matthew, the needs of the Haitian people continually loom before us. Yet, it’s the perfect setting for demonstrating the love of Christ. We invite others to come join us. Become a regular sower into this ministry. Come to Haiti and give of your talents, your time, and your goods. The more love you give away, the more you’ll discover you have to give!

 

2017 MFI Conference

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Pastors Lisa and Marc Honorat, Prit, Dana, and Pastor Ed Allan

We wrapped up a 2-day MFI Conference here in Haiti for our Pastors and Leaders on Saturday. Pastor Ed Allan along with Pastors Marc and Lisa Honorat brought an incredible time of ministry to us. Pastor Allan and his wife, Francine, pastor DayStar Church in Le Duc, Alberta, Canada. It was his first visit to Cap-Haitien and we hope there will be many more!

Pastor Marc and Lisa Honorat founded Haiti Arise which is located in the town of Grand Goave in the south of Haiti. In addition to the incredible ministry they have there, they have been instrumental in bringing much needed aid to victims of the devastation of Hurricane Matthew by building homes for the homeless, among other projects. Marc and Lisa are treasured friends and we were so blessed that they took time out from their busy schedules to travel across country to attend our conference -especially after wrapping up a conference of their own.

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Pastor Ed Allan sharing on Hearing the Voice of God 

Thank you Pastor Allan, Pastor Marc, and Lisa for such a rich time of ministry and for the awesome fellowship. Thanks also to the MFI Leadership in Portland, Oregon, for making it possible for them to come. Training up leaders is one of our major focuses here in the north of Haiti. Through our Bible institute and the raising up of disciples through our local churches, we are endeavoring to make a better tomorrow for Haiti by raising up men and women who know how to lead by example.

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Our pastors and leaders praying for their churches and their nation

We thank all of those who have helped provide scholarships for our men and women, thus enabling us to better equip dynamic leaders for the nation of Haiti. Many of them were greatly enriched by the MFI conference. We would love to provide more leadership conferences throughout the year with needed materials. Haiti is in dire need of Godly leaders who know know how to be standard bearers in a land which has witnessed so much devastation and poverty. The hunger we witnessed in the leaders that attended this conference gives us much hope that God is preparing a people to rise up and pull this post-earthquake nation out of its own rubble. Would you join us in praying for them because their task is truly a daunting one? We ask for your prayers for Haiti’s new President, Jovenel Moise as well. He certainly has a difficult task ahead of him, but there are many Godly Haitians who are standing in the gap for him.