We celebrated two birthdays this week (even if it was from afar.) Our son, Gabe, turned ”30” years old on April 4 and our grandson, Sam, turned the big ”3” on April 7. This is probably THE hardest thing about life on the mission field – missing those special occasions with our loved ones. But, we’ll make up for lost time when we see you guys. For now we say a huge ”Happy Birthday!”
Gabe, on left
It may as well be the Taj Mahal for all we care. Our new building is going up very quickly and even though it’s still a work in progress, it’s a real beauty to us! It’s the desire of our hearts and an answer to years of prayer. Our workers have taken a well-deserved week off and returned to Arcahaie for Easter week. We would appreciate your continued prayers for them and for this work.
I have finally finished the quarterly tax receipts for Jan – Mar 2017. Whew! If you are a supporter of Rehoboth, you should have received one already to your mailbox or by an e-mail attachment. Let me know if you didn’t! Hopefully, this will make my job easier and with less receipts there will be less room for error.
We have a 10-member team coming from Elim Fellowship in Guatemala City, Guatemala. They will be spending 10 days with us and we are looking forward to introducing them to Haiti for the first time. They will be here from 24 April – 4 May and shortly thereafter, we will return stateside.
We’ve had great responses to our list of needs here in Haiti. If I typed them all here, it would take too much space, so I will list three here. 1) Sewing Machines: We can buy a Singer sewing machine here for $210 US. We have already received the money to purchase 2 and half of what we need for a third. Since we had 4 here on the compound, that will make 7 already! We are working toward 20 as a goal. 2) Honda generators: We have 2 church plants which need a Honda generator. They are both out in the countryside. Price: $1,700 apiece. 3) Jeep: Our jeep fund has a little over $6,000 in it. We hope you will pray about helping us with this need as it is a great one. We would like to buy a new jeep for $35,000 unless we can find a second-hand vehicle for a good price.
In Remembrance of Me
I posted this remark on my Facebook page and was surprised to see how many responses it received. I thought I would share it here if you didn’t get a chance to read it and wish all of you a Blessed Easter. He is risen!
This morning we took the Lord’s Supper. I’m always playing the piano when they’re passing out the bread & the juice. When we were all supposed to take the bread, I realized I didn’t get any. I motioned over to one of our workers for a piece & with an apologetic look he offered me the broken crumbs that were left. We laughed together. But as I sprinkled the broken crumbs in my mouth, I thought, ”How fitting.” Those tiny pieces of bread represented the broken body of our Lord even more so and I was reminded once again of the hefty price that was paid for me. ”But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” NIV