I went to youth choir practice today. While waiting to begin, I took a picture of the work that is going on next door, where our multipurpose building is being erected. It’s been raining here the last few days, so as I stood at the piano working on chords for the next song, I noticed the rain dripping through the old tin roof and observed the puddles of water sitting around in various places on the platform. But, instead of feeling the usual heaviness of watching our choir practice in a building where many folks in other countries wouldn’t house their animals, I felt that warm feeling…..you know, the one that rises up from deep within and fills your chest with that feeling of giddiness and faith. It comes at times when you think to yourself, This is really happening. We’re no longer dreaming about it. It’s coming to pass. We have waited so long for a new building, (we’re into our 27th year) and always hoped that maybe next year we’d get one built.
A friend shared with me the other day something he read in an article. It brought tears to my eyes as I saw the parallel and wanted to share it with you. In his own words he said:
This article said that before the nation of Israel was restored in 1948, every year for centuries all over the world, when the Jews celebrated Passover, they ended by saying, “Next year in Jerusalem.”
While we have (thankfully) not had to wait for centuries, we can now say “Next year” we’ll worship in our new building.
Happy Birthday CFC!
Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of our mother church in Petite-Anse. CFC (centre de formation chrétienne) turned 27 years old on 4 February. We had a wonderful and memorable service. It was a time of reflection as everyone knew that next year when we celebrate our 28th anniversary, we will already be in our new church building. Prit recounted to the people how we started our church in an old army tent with a few chairs covered with goatskin. Mostly, our folks sat on a large canvas since our number was few back then. The voudou drums which were played incessantly back then are no longer heard. Most of the people present were not even at that first service. We will never let our people forget the humble beginnings from which we came. There’s no way to describe the excitement of our people over the marvelous things that we will see in 2017.Watching the construction going on right next door only adds to the excitement.
Inauguration of Haiti’s New President
Today, this 7th of February, Haiti celebrated the official inauguration of President Jovenel Möise. He is Haiti’s 58th President. Our three workers, Cola, Marie, and Anuz sat in our den transfixed as they watched the peaceful transition of government on this historic occasion. Later, Bible school students stopped by to watch the festivities that were still going on. It’s always interesting to watch Haiti’s major events as they unfold through the eyes of our Haitian brothers and sisters. In spite of being the poorest country in the western hemisphere, they still love their country and carry a genuine pride for the first Black republic.
We ask for your prayers for President Jovenel. He has so many challenges to face in governing this country. After many, many long seasons of prayer, we have hope that they are being answered. But President Jovenel has many hurdles to face with the economy, the devastation from Hurricane Matthew, and the list goes on and on. After living in Haiti for 34 years, we marvel that this little country is still here. Oh, the prayers of the saints! Speaking of prayer, President Jovenel has declared 3 days of prayer for this nation beginning tomorrow. Looks like we’re getting off on the right foot!
Hello Rehoboth Partners! We have mailed all the year-end tax receipts for 2015-2016. If you have not received your receipt in the mail, please let us know. Some receipts were sent by e-mail attachment. Also, if you gave to Rehoboth through another ministry, they should provide a receipt for you unless it was The Lord’s Table. You can contact them with any questions you may have.
For the future, we will be sending out quarterly receipts. This means at the end April, we will begin preparing the next batch. This will simplify things for us here in Haiti and we will send them all by e-mail attachment unless someone doesn’t use e-mail. This way we won’t have to bear the costs of stamps and envelopes.
We are so very grateful to the Lord’s Table Church for lifting a heavy yoke off our shoulders in depositing the support checks once a week and sending us the report. They have asked us to share with those of you that may be giving online and give more than $1,000 at the time if you can please send a check instead. This is because The Lord’s Table has to bear the costs of making such a large deposit. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for your faithful giving into Rehoboth Ministries this year. We could not have done it without you!