A Bump in the Road

Minor Setback

I haven’t been posting much lately because we have had a bump in the road as I would call it. Since returning to the States and getting some medical tests run, I (Dana) was sent to get a mammogram. The mammogram revealed something suspicious which resulted in a trip to the hospital in Chapel Hill, NC, for a biopsy. It was discovered that I had low-invasive cancer in my left breast and later in the lymph node on the same side. Yesterday, I returned to Chapel Hill for surgery. Both the tumor and the lymph node were removed. It was outpatient surgery and we were able to return to Jacksonville the next day.

Now that the anesthesia has worn off, my underarm is very sore and sensitive. I would ask your prayers for this and for a quick return to normality. I have been showered with love and prayers and am so thankful for all the prayer support we’ve received both from Haiti, the United States and other countries.

I am only posting now because I didn’t want to write about this sensitive subject without knowing what the final result would be. I now know what it feels like to have a doctor look at me very gravely and say, We found something very suspicious on your mammogram and feel it has given me more empathy for you who may be reading this post and others who have been through the same unsettling circumstances.

I would like to say a very positive word concerning all the staff at the Chapel Hill Cancer Center. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone. They are a very loving and caring staff. On August 1, I will return for my follow-up appointment to learn how many  radiation treatments I will need. I anticipate a good report and sense the Lord beside me guiding me every step of the way.

Meanwhile in Haiti…

What a blessing to be able to leave Haiti for months at a time and know that our pastors and leaders are providing needed oversight for the ministry in our absence. We have some incredible disciples and they have all been mobilized to stay in constant prayer for me (Dana) and my condition. This ministry absolutely could not function as well as it does without everyone there knowing their role and function. Neither could we move forward and accomplish all that we have without our incredible partners. The support we receive for such a huge work demonstrates your confidence in us.

We are gearing up for a very busy year. The most exciting news at present is the final stages of our new church building going up on our main compound in Petite-Anse. Pastor Délinx has provided me with more pictures that show the floor being laid. We are just overwhelmed at the generosity that has been shown to us through Orphans Promise and some incredibly generous donors who saw our plight and responded to this huge need. Please pray for the Orphans Promise Ministry who is presently working in over 60 countries world-wide helping children discover a better life. Go to their website: orphanspromise.org and read the fascinating stories about the huge impact they are making in so many people’s lives. Rehoboth Ministries is only one of many ministries they have helped and we are so grateful to be in partnership with them!

Three FREE copies of “Into the Storm”

157621322The 4th of July passed by with much fanfare at the beach this year. Long lines of cars made their way to Surf City, NC, filled with passengers that were eager to soak up the sun and forget their daily duties for a few days. As missionaries who keep one foot in Haiti and the other foot in the United States, we are only too keenly aware of how great our country is and how we need to bathe it in prayer and fight for its freedom.

However, if you’re a regular reader of this post, you also know that July 4th is incredibly significant to us in another way. This year marked 7 years since Prit was quickly flown by helicopter from Didsbury, Alberta, to the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary due to an almost fatal brain aneurysm. Before this crisis was over, he would have suffered a second aneurysm which came very close to taking his life. If you would like to read more about that story, you can order my book, Into the Storm, on amazon.com. If you do order a copy, please send me a note and let me know if it blessed you and how.

When I think of all the things Prit would have missed if God had not intervened, it greatly humbles me. Just a few of these would include the birth of our grandson, the building of our new multipurpose building in Haiti, watching the continuation of our feeding program (over 1,000 children, staff, and workers daily), John’s graduation from Asbury Seminary, and the list goes on an on. Once again, we thank all of you who were praying during that season which proved to be the greatest trial of our lives: especially Richard and Beth Kope and their local church in Didsbury, Alberta.

I would like to offer 3 new books for FREE to celebrate our day of remembrance. To win, you must be the first to answer one of the following questions correctly:

  1. What is the significance of the Hebrew word, Rehoboth?
  2. What does the name Haiti mean?

*Please reply on this Rehoboth blog page.




Fun in the Sun!

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We just spent a wonderful week at Topsail Island with our whole family. Putting work aside, we decided to make them our sole focus since we only get together once a year. Thanks to some generous donors, we were able to enjoy a free condo for a week! As all vacations do, this one passed much too quickly. Gabe flew back to Portland on Saturday. Deb and Sam just left to return to West Virginia. My heart melted when my 3 year old grandson looked at me and said, I’m going to miss you, Nana! Sam managed to keep us all entertained with his antics and thoroughly enjoyed being spoiled this week. He is much more verbal than the last time we saw him. I forgot how much energy a 3 year old has! Thanks Deb, for driving all those hours to be with us and to Gabe for flying across country to make our family time so special! How I wish we could get together more often. *Sigh*