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Needs Met

Yesterday, I wrote of some dire individual needs with which some of our Haitian friends are dealing with in Haiti. I had a dear friend respond to one of them. A co-worker who is putting together a book of songs that we translated into Creole over the last several years has had serious problems with his eyesight. In case you didn’t see yesterday’s post, his work on this songbook, in addition to his studies for an Agronomy degree, have been greatly altered by the limitations of his inability to see.

We are happy to say that a donor has given the amount of money he needs in order to get medication for his eyes, as well as purchase a pair of glasses! Would you pray that this will be suffiicient and that he will not need surgery? Also, you may want to check out yesterday’s post to see if any of the other needs touch your hearts to give.

Dana

I, Dana, am happy to say that my hubby is back home and it’s wonderful to have him by my side. Thursday, we will return to the doctor to find out what the scans I had on Tuesday will reveal. If the cancer has spread, they will not do a mastectomy, but start me on hormone therapy to curtail the production of estrogen in my body. If it has not spread, they plan to perform a mastectomy. Of course, you prayers and your messages of kind words are life to me. Thank you so much for your outpouring of love to me!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

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

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

Greater Things

I lingered a little longer over my coffee this morning…. As I sipped and studied Luke Chapter 14, I was so intrigued by Jesus’ interaction with his host and the other invited guests. Do you know that much of this entire chapter centers around hospitality and social etiquette? It’s interesting to note that in verses 1-14, Jesus did not disrupt the social order of guests’ seating positions. He even told his listeners to “take the lowly place” in order to not be embarassed if the host later asked them to move and give up their chairs for a more preferred guest.

Yet, we see the passion of Jesus rising up when it came to the hurting. He broke the societal norm by healing a man suffering from dropsy on the Sabbath day. (God forbid!) Jesus definitely didn’t mind “upsetting the apple cart” and he had no qualms about alleviating one’s suffering. The master storyteller also used this occasion to launch into the Parable of the Great Supper. In verses 15-24 he tells of a rich man who invited certain folks to his feast. At the last minute when the feast was all ready, each one gave a feeble excuse as to why he couldn’t come. (Those excuses could be expounded upon in an entirely different study.) Not only was this a warning towards those who could miss the greatest feast of all, but he made it clear that everyone who responded to the invitation would be included in this great and final marriage supper of the Lamb. I wonder how many of the guests sitting near Jesus asked him afterwards how they could be a part of this great feast to come.

Verse 23: “Then the master said to the servant, “Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Compel is an interesting word. Some synonyms of compel are to urge forcefully, to constrain, and to plead. We must ask ourselves (as Christians) if this invitation is as important to us as it is to Jesus. Do we feel a sense of urgency for others’ souls? Do we compel them to be a part of this great feast? Our Lord draws two parallels here: the suffering of mankind (healing the man with dropsy) and his remedy for the suffering of the soul (the Parable of the Great Supper.) Isn’t it beautiful that He cares both about our present needs and, even more so, our eternal state?

Jesus sees the downtrodden. I am daily reminded by messages and e-mails from our friends in Haiti of their plight.

”My wife is pregnant and we have no food in the house. She’s already going into her second month and we haven’t seen a doctor yet.”

Another says, ”We had to move from our home to a smaller one because we can’t pay the rent. How I wish there were jobs available.”

Still another is in dire need of an eye doctor. He can hardly focus on a printed page for long due to the scales that are forming over his eyes.

It’s an endless list and the downtrodden are ever before us, whether we are present in Haiti or we see them in our mind’s eye. These are just a few of countless others who are suffering from hunger and sickness with little hope that things will get better while living in a volatile country.

We don’t often see Jesus frequenting the homes of others as an invited guest. We see Jesus teaching and preaching in the streets and ministering to those who were afflicted from all sorts of maladies. Jesus walked among lepers and those who were demon possessed. I guess we could say Jesus was always “in the thick of things.” He was burdened for the downtrodden, for he is “near to the brokenhearted“. (Psalm 34.18) But, even as he was seated at someone else’s table as an invited guest, his mind was fixed on GREATER THINGS and he wasn’t reluctant to alleviate the suffering of one at the table or invite his host to the greater feast that was to come.

We thank those of you who have chosen to partner with Rehoboth Ministries. If you are reading this post and you would like to join us in alleviating the suffering of those who are so much less fortunate than we are, we invite you to partner with us today.

dropsy: old word for edema, which is a condition where there is accumulation of fluid in the body (beneath the skinbody cavitiesinterstitial spaces) leading to its swelling.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

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

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

Updates, Updates…

Update on Dana

Today was spent at Cape Fear Orthopedic Hospital in Wilmington getting a body and CT scan. I was told the radiologist would read them and then send them over to my doctor at Wilmington Surgical. I trust that before the week is out, I will have sat with him and find out what my next step will be. So, keep praying! I am so touched by all your cards, phone calls, and messages. 🙂 Many thanks to the angelic nurse who provided me with that heated blanket while I waited in the cold hospital waiting room.

Meanwhile in Haiti….

We just sent another transfer to Haiti to feed our schoolchildren as well as pay staff. The present exchange rate is 16.9. That means it takes $16.90 H to match the equivalent of one US dollar. The ever-increasing fluctuation of Haitian monies is causing havoc from purchasing food in the marche to the exorbitant rate folks are charging to simply rent a ”bare-bones” concrete house. The misery this is causing our people is unfathomable and since the majority of Haiti’s goods are imported, it is (as they say) ”yon absè sou klou.” (an abcess on top of a boil.) Our people are crying out for help and we just don’t have the means to help everyone.

As if that were not enough, the food boxes have been held up for months. Our schools opened back up in August, but we only began to feed the children this week with the monies appropriated to us by Orphans Promise. We are not able to feed the kids in the three schools five days a week without having the feeding boxes added to it. We ask you to please pray that these boxes will be released soon. This is the only meal that many of these children eat all day.

We ask you to pray and we ask you to give as the Lord would lead you if you are not already a partner with Rehoboth. We need help particularly in helping our University students complete their year of school and to provide them with money for gas and food while they’re attending classes outside of Cap-Haitian. There are many of our brothers and sisters who need money for medical needs if you would like to send an offering and earmark it medical fund. We thank you for your giving and lifting a heavy load off the backs of our friends and co-workers in Haiti.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

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

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

Be Glorified!

I know many of you have been asking what’s the latest on my condition. This has been a slow process and I feel that I’ve been living life in limbo. After going to Duke and meeting with a second oncologist, she confirmed that I do need a mastectomy. However, she asked me to stretch my arms backwards to be examined and realized that it hurt my left arm from the shoulder down to do so. She sent a note to my first doctor and recommended a full body scan and a CT scan to assure the cancer had not spread.

For some reason, I thought cancer patients would be ushered in more quickly to get appointments. Yet, I have found that things move very slowly in the medical world – whether in Haiti or in my own country. I have finally gotten an appointment for September 22 and I should have a more concrete answer at what I am truly facing.

If the scans reveal that my cancer has spread, they will not perform a mastectomy. They will put me on hormone therapy to curtail the production of estrogen. If the cancer has not spread, then a mastectomy will be advised.

During this slow process, I have learned much. I felt the Lord spoke directly to me a couple of days ago to pray that He would be glorified. He impressed upon me that this was not about me. It was about Him. So I am praying that He will be high and lifted up during this process.

I am so very moved by your messages, cards, and letters. Some dear friends have told me they were up in the early hours of the morning — because the Lord woke them up to pray. I have been inundated with words of hope, encouragement, and love. I truly consider myself a wealthy woman when it comes to friendships and I love each and every one of you.

I’ll keep you posted on my doings and thank you for your continued prayers. I will ask that you will pray along with me, Oh Lord, be glorified in Dana’s situation. Thank you. 🙂

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

NOTE: WordPress has changed their rules on me again which prevents me from correcting my layout or adding pics.

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

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

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

Update on My Health

5 September, 2020

Hi Everyone,

I have had such an outpouring of love from so many friends concerning my cancer diagnosis. I wish I could answer each and every one of you, but am trying to conserve my strength. So, I’ve decided to provide a short update through this Rehoboth post. Please know that I am truly touched and grateful by your outpouring of love through phone calls, letters, e-mails, and visits to Jacksonville just to pray with me. With the prayers going heavenward from here in the States, Haiti, Canada, and other parts of the world, I feel incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful friends interceding for me!

Just in case someone is reading this for the first time, I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Its official name is Invasive Adenocarcinoma. A lump appeared in almost the same area where my first one appeared in 2017 which led to a lumpectomy. Now, the cancer has returned and it was determined that I would need a mastectomy of that breast. After seeking a second opinion, the doctor concurred that, yes, this would be the correct protocol for me.

While the second physician was examining me, she observed that it was very painful for me to lie on my back and stretch my left arm up above my body. She suggested that I get a full body scan and a CT scan done to rule out the spread of the cancer to another part of my body. Since there is no cancer evident in the other breast or in any of my lymph nodes, I would truly be surprised if the cancer had advanced elsewhere.

So…the fun continues. I am waiting for my first doctor in Wilmington to call and let me know when this appointment has been set up. If the scan should prove the cancer is spreading, then the mastectomy will be ruled out and I will be placed on hormone therapy to curtail the advancement of the cancer since it is the type of cancer which is Estrogen-driven.

Thanks again for all the love and concern for my welfare. I have also been contacted by other precious women who have been diagnosed with cancer as well. The will remain nameless, but I would ask that you remember them when you remember me. The Lord knows their names. God bless!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

NOTE: WordPress has changed their rules on me again which prevents me from correct my layout.

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions?

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

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

Dana:         danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  4037 5341

John:          adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595

Mailing Address:

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

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