Final Stretch!

Unknown-1It’s been a flurry of activity around here and it’s fixing to get a whole lot busier. We are in the process of turning the upstairs conference room into our new IBAG Headquarters for the fall. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do! We give a special shoutout to Bill Rawlins for helping us get started on this project and to others who have chipped in.

We are far from done, however. There’s still furniture to be built (desks, podiums) as well as chalkboards for the walls. We need to add in ceiling fans (a must in Haiti) and the stairs leading up to the second floor are in bad need of repair. They need a paint job as well. There are always unexpected costs that pop up and we still need an estimated amount of $2,000 to complete this work. Can you help us insure that our graduates will have a new headquarters when they return at the end of August?

Speaking of IBAG, we have a graduation coming up on May 26th for our 9th promotion graduates. Tomorrow, Pastor Matt Garrett will fly in to teach a 2-day series to our IBAG students as well as share a short message with the IBAG staff and students at a banquet on Friday night. Saturday morning, he will be our speaker for the graduation and will bring a special message to our main church in Petite-Anse on Sunday morning. As you can see, we get a lot of mileage out of our visitors! We will give him a break, however, on Monday to visit the beautiful fortress called the Citadel.

Matt’s wife, Becky, flies the friendly skies tomorrow as well. She will be visiting their daughter, Emily, and her family where they serve as missionaries to Columbia. So, the Garrett family could use lots of prayer for safe travels.

As you can see, we are on our final stretch before leaving on the same flight as Pastor Matt just a week from tomorrow. Pray for us, as we have lots to do before returning stateside for a few months. If you would like to help us with our Bible institute preparations, you can use the info. below to give.

Thank you so much for all that you’ve done for Rehoboth Ministries!

 

IBAG: Institut Biblique de la Grâce (Grace Bible Institute)

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

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI

 

Changing Lives…Impacting A Nation 

Tutoring, Prayers for Haiti, & Mother’s Day

IMG_2351.JPGThe year’s winding down quickly. Yesterday was my last day tutoring Dane and today was my last day with Dominique. They have been awesome students and I’ve enjoyed working with them so much. It’s been very interesting and enlightening to study American History through the eyes of a Haitian.  It’s also been a challenge to brush up on my own knowledge of history since it’s been many moons ago that I sat in my own classroom to study. In fact, it’s been many years since I was in a classroom of any kind – ever since I homeschooled our own kids. No, I won’t tell you how long ago that was.

Pray for Haiti

Unknown-2Even when we leave Haiti, the ministry is ever on our minds. There is no vacation for our paying of salaries, with the exception of the feeding program. Haiti is and has been in ”crisis mode” for a long time. The prices in the marché and stores continue to rise. $1 Haitian used to equal $1 US. Now,  it takes around 13 Haitian dollars to equal $1 US. Our security guard told us last night that it was announced on the radio that the electric bills and the price of gas will be escalating.  Here are some examples of what we pay for some of the fruit we buy:

3 oranges ($20 H = $1.50 US)

1 medium sized pineapple ($60 H = $4.60 US)

1 tomato ($10 H = .77 cents US)

5-6 limes ($20 H = $1.50 US)

I don’t know what the prices of these items are in the grocery store back home. But, remember that the majority of people here are living hand to mouth. There are no credit cards to use when in a lurch or another alternative for buying food other than what’s available.

At some point, we hope to purchase land and grow our own gardens. This way we can provide for the people here as well as integrate some of the food into the feeding program. We need others’ expertise to help us with that.

Would you pray for our people who are struggling so hard, plus pray that new doors will open for us to be self-sustaining in as many areas as possible? Your prayers have helped us move so many mountains already….

Mother’s Day

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We wish all the mothers who read this post a ”Happy Mother’s Day!” Since Haitians celebrate their mothers on the last Sunday in May, we will recognize them at a later date.