It Takes So Little To Please Them

20180325_161043.jpgThe Sunday school class at Pastor Lefort’s church here in Sainte-Philomène received candy canes that a recent team left behind. They were thrilled to get a treat. It’s amazing how little it takes to make them happy.

Good Friday

Speaking of being thankful, today is Good Friday! It’s a good day for just sitting and reflecting. Everything we are and everything we do revolves around the sacrifice that was made for our sins in order to purchase our salvation. I am reading The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. I highly recommend this book to give you an even greater appreciation for Jesus’ sacrifice and to better understand  the authenticity of the New Testament writings. Get ready though! It will only whet your appetite to want to dig deeper and there’s a wealth of information that can be attained by further study of other books mentioned in Strobel’s book. Great read!

Recuperated, Refreshed,& Revived

500691342-sick-cartoon-imagesIt has now been around three weeks since a sickness pummeled me and left me flat on my back. Many of our Haitian friends were sick too. Virus. Epidemic. Malady. Satanic attack. These were many of the words that came to my mind during this trial. The only way I can describe how I felt is that I had been hit by a steam roller, a freight train, and a Mack truck all rolled into one. Congestion, coughing (hacking’s a better word), neck and head pain, and an earache were but a few of the symptoms. Yet, the heavy weight of fatigue was the worst. It enveloped me like a thick blanket and sapped me of all my energy.  At times, I wondered if I would ever feel even semi-normal again.

 Well, the good news is that I was wide awake at 5:30 this morning and feeling energetic. (I am not normally an early riser!) I began to pray, then Prit came to join me. We prayed for many of you who are suffering as well, among other things. I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful I feel! When accomplishing the most mundane tasks wore me out, today I feel alive again! I’m so thankful for His touch! My heart is even more in tune now with those who are suffering – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have been praying for me. I am truly indebted to you! Please don’t hesitate to let us know that you need prayer. One of our goals in the near future is to have a room set aside in Petite Anse just for prayer – prayer for the sick, prayer for deliverance of all kinds, prayer for the nation of Haiti and all nations, prayers for Rehoboth Ministries, and especially prayer for our supporters who are the backbone behind this great work.

1Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 5He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:1-5

A Jeep For John

UnknownFor several months we have been raising money to help John get a new vehicle. We had $17,000 raised, and a very dear friend recently surprised us with a $15,000 check! With $32,000 in the bank, he is just a few thousand short of being able to buy a brand new heavy-duty vehicle like the Isuzu 4-wheel drive diesel pickup we were able to purchase just a few months ago. John has to travel back and forth to school five days a week on a terrible road (if you can call it that!) These types of roads can quickly damage a vehicle that’s not well built. We want him to have a truck that will last him for years to come.

We were able to purchase our pickup for $35,500 in Port-au-Prince. We have had great success with the Isuzu Dealership since we bought our Trooper from them in the year 2,000. That was 18 years ago! If we could raise $4,000 more, this would enable him to fly to Port-au-Prince, pay for the title, then drive his new vehicle back to Cap-Haitian.

We’re almost there! Can you help put him over the top?

A Load of Rubbish

61548270-angry-green-recycle-bin-cartoon-mascot-character-full-with-garbage-gesturing-stopThis week marked the end of years of patience and forbearance with our neighbors. Several folks occupy the apartment building behind us on the other side of our back wall. Instead of gathering up their trash to be hauled off by the garbage truck or burning it themselves, they elected to throw their trash over the wall regularly  into our yard. Everything from paper products and plastic bottles to dirty dishwater, and even a worn out baby stroller ended up in a huge pile creating an eyesore. Countless times we asked, coerced, complained and warned them not to fill up our yard with their trash. Finally, we sent our lawyer to warn them to stop. At the sight of Maïtre Hérold they suspended for a short time, but gradually went back to their old ways. (The cartoon pic doesn’t show how bad the trash really was, but our internet won’t permit me to send the pics from my phone to my laptop.)

Finally, we sought a judge downtown to come and view the mess they had made. They then collected the names of all the people living in the apartment, and afterwards summoned them to the tribunal to stand before him. He sternly warned them that if their actions continued, they would be arrested and thrown into jail. Hopefully, this will be the end of such shenanigans, for one truly does not want to vex the Haitian justice system where swift judgment often takes place.

There’s a great spiritual application to this story for us all. Our ”yard” is not a place for other people’s ”trash.” Sometimes we allow others to dump their fears on us, scatter their anger in our direction, or create a stench of resentments that leave a residue in our own spirits. Maybe it’s time to draw the line and say, ”I’m not  your garbage dump. Take your trash elsewhere.” Or maybe some of us are in need of cleaning up a mess we made in someone else’s ”yard.” Maybe it wasn’t even intentional, but we allowed our frustrations to spill out onto someone else. Is it time for a cleanup?

Catching Up!

imagesHi Everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. We stay pretty busy here and life is full of challenges. Here are just a few of the things that have kept me busy lately. 1) Working as a tutor 5 days a week, 2) Meeting with our ladies and looking at the articles they’ve sewn, plus trying to determine prices for each article. This way we can set up a gift shop and create a regular income for them. 3) Working with the youth choir to get them ready for an upcoming Easter concert. 4) Translating songs from English to Creole. 5) Writing a monthly letter to our supporters. 6) Preparing a message for the ladies’ meeting coming up around Easter. 7) Juggling finances for all the many needs of Rehoboth Ministries. Where does the time go?

Returning stateside

As you can see, there’s plenty going on around here. Now that we are into March, returning stateside seems a whole lot closer. With a grandchild on the way (due date is 2 June!), you can only imagine how much we are looking forward to family time. If you would like for us to come share at your church, meeting, etc., this would be a good time to contact us.

Bible School Graduation

We are looking forward to having Pastor Matt Garrett back with us in May as the special speaker for our Bible school graduation. Our graduates are working hard to finish up their last year and can finally see the finish line just up ahead.

Needs

We would like to ask you to consider helping us with some vital needs. Most of the needs we post on our site are for the ministry, but today I am listing some of our own in hope that you can help fulfill some long-awaited desires.

A. We live in a small mission house. There are 3 of us sharing one bathroom. Enough said – we greatly need another one! Estimate: $3,000

B. Our kitchen is in need of revamping. Although we’ve done some work on it to enlarge it, it just doesn’t have a practical layout. It takes twice as long to get things done because there’s not enough counter or cabinet space. We need to build a small room off the kitchen for a pantry and to provide a place for our freezer. This would thereby enable us to build the counter and cabinet space in the kitchen area. Estimate: $5,000

C. I have only shared this in our Rehoboth updates for our supporters, but I’m just going to place this right here. If you’d like to help me finish paying off my medical bills, it would be greatly appreciated. Due to the kindness of many friends and supporters, we have raised money for a little over half of my bill. I still owe around $11,000 for my operation and we don’t have medical insurance. Thank you for considering a love offering on my behalf. Every bit helps! Below is the contact information for giving through The Lord’s Table. NOTE: Please earmark what your gift is for so it will be used appropriately by writing Haiti/ —-.

Here’s how to give:

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC 27532 / (919) 751-8188 or donate online at thelordstable.org. You can also use this link to give –  Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI