Hurricane Florence Update

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Saturday afternoon, we finally regained power! Since Thursday, the electricity went off and the news broadcasts yielded nothing but ominous reports of a Category 5 hurricane which was maliciously making its way to the port city of  Wilmington, North Carolina.  What began as a tropical storm in the Atlantic rapidly gained strength with unprecedented speed. Forecasters predicted that, not only would Florence leave in its wake a destruction of unparalleled magnitude, it would also result in the loss of billions of dollars for this state of North Carolina. Added to that, there was no way to predict how many lives would be lost to the voracious appetite of this Goliath that kept increasing in strength.

 “Florence” means “blossoming” or “to flower”, and is a direct contradiction to anything of beauty or life-giving. This tropical storm in the Atlantic quickly evolved to a Cat 5 monstrosity whose bulls-eye was Wilmington. We began to pray in earnest for the Lord to send this leviathan back into the sea from whence she originated.  Not only was Wilmington on her radar, but so was Jacksonville, where we reside. It’s only a little over an hour’s drive from here to the outskirts of this fifth largest city of the Tarheel state. Florence would have ranked among the chief of the hurricanes which left nothing but carnage in its wake EXCEPT FOR

Pastors in North Carolina began to sound the alarm for Christians to fast and pray from  6:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and not to relent until their prayers were answered. Prit and I sat and prayed in the dark. We have prayed through many hurricanes in Haiti. In fact, our daughter, Deb, was born 30 years ago this month during Hurricane Gilbert. Last year, around this same time, we were also imploring the Lord to divert Hurricane Irma away from the north of Haiti.  Irma was already so powerful that it was registering on seismic instruments! We trembled in horror as we pled with the Lord to have mercy on that little island once again. She has already suffered so much destruction! Not only were we praying for the Haitian people, but for the life of our son, John, who was already back in Haiti at this time. Last year, Irma made it to the north coast and suddenly veered away from Haiti at the last second. As John put it, ”We dodged a bullet.”  I shudder even now to think of what might have been.

While praying on Thursday night, Prit and I sat together listening to the foreboding sound of the outer bands of the hurricane winds coming in our direction. I have never heard anything so dreadful. The only thing I can think to compare it to is the noise one hears while sitting in an automatic car wash that cleans and buffers your car — only AMPLIFIED a thousand times. Finally, exhausted, we claimed Psalm 3:5 and fell asleep. Awaking the next morning, we could still hear the foreboding sound of impending destruction. After re-charging our cell phones with our car battery, we followed the news of Florence’s path which had now begun to take a bizarre turn as a Fox journalist described it. We did not doubt for a second that the incense of the prayers turning heavenward was thwarting the path of this beast. Like we have so often experienced when we prayed in Haiti, progress was slow — but steady, and the path began to shift. However, the continual predictions of much destruction that would be caused through heavy rains and flooding and ultimately, the loss of life, kept us on our knees. Because of the slowdown of Florence’s path, it did indeed begin to wreak havoc on this state. Even so, the death toll would have been so much greater if destruction had had its way.  Florence’s path continued to shift, and move towards South Carolina. But, not before it caused widespread flooding. At present, the number of deaths recorded in North Carolina is 11 people. Florence was slowly reduced to a Cat 4, Cat 3Cat 2, Cat 1, and finally, a Tropical Storm. Even as I write, Onslow County is completely surrounded by water. No one can enter, and no one can leave. We haven’t even been able to leave our neighborhood and venture into town due to all the flooding. God be praised, we have NO damage to our home or property.

We continue to ask for your prayers for the folks who did suffer loss. We also ask for you to pray for all those who are still in harm’s way. We thank all of you who were praying for us. We also thank our Haitian friends who were giving themselves to prayer and supplication in our behalf as well. 

Contact Information

Pritchard: pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:        danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  3272 5600

John:        adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 4785 9023

NOTE: Our stateside #’s do not work when we are in Haiti.

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

 

Where Have We Been?

Traveling

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L to R: (front row) Betty Price, Gail Daniels, Dana Adams, Janice Brown (top row) Jo Norton, Maggie Andrews (Unfortunately, Crystal Sisk had to leave before this picture was taken.)

We’ve been up and down the road lately having fun visiting supporting churches and catching up with friends. Whew! Where has this summer gone? In exactly 20 days, we will be on a plane headed for the Annual MFI Conference in Portland, Oregon. We’ll go from there to Tacoma, Washington, to minister in Trinity Church. We can’t wait to see all our friends on the West Coast. After that, we will fly back to Haiti.

In August, we had a wonderfully refreshing time of fellowship and prayer with fellow ministers in the Southeast MFI Region in Clarksville, Virginia. After leaving Clarksville, we returned to Fayetteville for three days where a group of women leaders from Northwood Temple Church took me (Dana) out for lunch to the Olive Garden and bestowed me with all kinds of gifts for our home. Yay! We’ve also been to Morehead City to visit Impact Church and had a great time of visiting with Pastor Nelson and Vickie Hopkins. This past Monday evening, I spoke at a Women’s Aglow meeting in Mount Olive. What a blessed event and time of reuniting with these precious ladies. Afterwards, a friend took me (Dana) to an outlet in Goldsboro and loaded our car down with all kinds of things for our new home. Prit and I had just enough room to slip into the seats of our Toyota and drive back to Jacksonville.

Before leaving Goldsboro, however, we also visited with Pastor Mitch Ham at The Lord’s Table Church to discuss purchasing and sending a quality sound system to Haiti. (We sure need your prayers on that one!) This will require jumping some hurdles to get it all through customs in Haiti without it costing “an arm and a leg”. How very grateful we are for all the friends in the ministry that the Lord has given to us. Our cup runs over and our new home is shaping up. Prit and I are overwhelmed to see all the Lord has done in such a short time.

A special thanks to all of you who purchased a Haiti bag. All proceeds go to the ladies who sewed them. 🙂 

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Next Week is Pivotal!

FullSizeRender.jpgAll three of our schools start back next week. Our faith is being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d tremendously when it comes to providing on our end for the feeding program. Orphans Promise has already shipped in boxes of food, but we still need $3,100 (US) a month on our end to purchase gas tanks, pick up supplies at the marché, pay cooks’ salaries, and the list goes on…. We truly need your help to be able to sustain this life-giving ministry. Would you consider giving a major contribution to Rehoboth/Feeding Program to help us get up and running? Perhaps you would be led to make it a monthly offering. Or maybe you or your church could agree to  cover one of our ten months? We want to fill those hungry bellies!

 

Contact Information

Pritchard:  pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:          danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  3272 5600

John:           adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 4785 9023

NOTE:  Our stateside #’s do not work when we are in Haiti.

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

Website: rehobothhaiti.com

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