Haiti: Not For the Faint of Heart

I just reread an article that our son, John, posted on his site, backtohaiti.com. I wanted to post it here for you to read as well. He gives you a good “up front” look into life in Haiti, yet a glimpse of hope concerning how Rehoboth Ministries is serving as a catalyst for good in the midst of very dismal surroundings. Haiti is not for the faint of heart. It’s not your typical ”idyllic” vacation spot. Yes, it has the beautiful beaches and mountains, but behind all this beauty is a culture whose brokenness is so deep that only God can heal it. The despair is palpable and has accelerated due to the Pandemic which has left many wondering how they will survive. But, we wouldn’t be there unless we believed God had sent us to raise up many sons and daughters for the Lord who have the capacity to be agents of change in an otherwise hopeless situation.

Please read John’s post and consider giving to the fundraiser we have going for our Bible institute. Out of the depths of sorrow, misery, and brokenness, something beautiful is going on. Tomorrow’s leaders are being trained and equipped to go and minister to the brokenhearted and to raise up a generation which can make an impact on their nation. Would you read this and make a contribution? Our goal is $20,000. But, no gift is too small.

Click on the link below to read John’s article. Further down, you can see how to give online or send a check. Please earmark it Bible school. Thanks!

https://backtohaiti.com

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

To give online, click below:

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

Or 

Mail 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

We Continue To Give Thanks!

We hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving – even during this precarious season! My sister, Mary Ann, swung by Cracker Barrel and purchased three turkey dinners complete with pumpkin pie and brought them to our house yesterday! We had a wonderful time talking and laughing. Even though our kids and grandkids are spread far and wide and we miss them more than we can say, we are so thankful for the family (natural and spiritual) that we have close by.

The day is drawing nearer when I’ll have these drains removed. Monday, we return to Wilmington and I’ll feel like shouting, ”Free at last. Thank God, I’m free at last!” Ok, I’ll spare the medical staff and breathe a huge sigh of relief instead. I would like to ask for prayer for my left arm. Now that the anesthesia has worn off, I can feel the stitches from my incisions more keenly and my arm lacks the mobility that it had. I’ll be in rehab twice next week to loosen it up. The fun never ends! My main goal right now is taking back my health. There is always the work of the ministry that can’t be allowed to slide either. I am finding a balance between the two and I know, with your many, heartfelt prayers, I can attain both. I’m so thankful for my wonderful husband who helps me in more ways than I can count.

Black Friday

Today is Black Friday and folks are taking advantage of great deals. Maybe you’e one of those who don’t care to mingle with the masses while you shop. Due to the ongoing Pandemic, you may prefer to shop online. Did you know that you can shop on smile.amazon.com and that your shopping will benefit your favorite charity? You can find great deals and help Rehoboth at the same time if you so choose. Just look for Rehoboth Ministries, Inc., Jacksonville, NC. Amazon will walk you through it. That way, we can both benefit from your giving!

Giving Thanks

The holiday is over, but the act of giving thanks should be a daily ritual. As it’s been said, we should always have an attitude of gratitude. We give thanks to all our friends and donors for the continual love you show towards us.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

To give online, click below:

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

Or

Mail 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

Giving of Thanks

It’s been a few days since I gave an update. There’s a good reason for that. My life has been greatly altered since my surgery of October 20, 2020. The pain from the incisions and drains which (yes) are still connected to my chest has been relentless, not to mention the sapping of my strength. Recovering from major surgery produces a fatigue unlike any other and I have been forced to take on another stride. I’ve been learning to work with and respect my body in order to hasten my recovery. I’m so thankful to all of you who have acknowledged that, since the simplest of tasks now takes so much effort.

My daily routine lately has been quite different from what I usually accomplish. Emptying the fluid from the drains and recording their measurements is usually the first task of the day. Getting a shower and cleaning my wounds amazingly takes a lot of time and strength. I live in my pajamas. Once I’m done with these tasks, I ask the Lord to open His Word to me so I can be sustained with His strength throughout the day. This week’s been better than the last. I have had more energy — even if it is still limited. I told my husband that I will never look at a long list of things to do the same way again. I hope I will always remember to give the Lord thanks for the strength to tackle the list instead of complaining about all there is to be done! I will also have learned to do things in moderation with respect to the temple the Lord gave me.

As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, I would like to share a very powerful story with you that someone else related to me. A lady who had become very ill was placed in hospice. She was not expected to live very long due to her debiilitating condition. At times, the nurses would wheel her outside onto the porch to enjoy the sunshine or a nice breeze. The staff worked hard to make her last days as comfortable and pain-free as they could. But, somewhere along the way, she learned the art of thankfulness. She determined not to complain about her situation but rather to give thanks for all things. She began to thank the staff for helping her. She looked for the most minute details for which she could adopt an attitude of praise. Refusing to complain about her pathetic situation, she became the most joyful person in the ward. Then … a most spectacular thing began to unfold. Like a butterfly, slowly emerging from its cocoon, this lady’s body began to respond to her positive words and attitude. Little by little, she grew stronger and she began to celebrate each small victory. Remarkably, her health was fully restored and she returned to a normal life. This story had a profound effect on me and I hope it has touched your hearts as well. I desire to remain as faithful as this lady did. Interestingly, as I have embraced a spirit of thankfulness, my list of things for which I am grateful just keeps growing and growing!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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

Phase I

Do you ever come through a dark period in your life in which you say, “Boy, I’d never like to relive those days again?” Yep. That basically sums up my view of life post-surgery. I feel as if I’m emerging from a deep, dark tunnel to finally see the light of day again. After awakening from surgery two weeks ago, my body immediately put me on notice of all that had transpired while I slept. 9 lymph nodes had been removed from under my arm and two were cancerous. (Yes, I know I had previously written 20, but I finally got the report sent to me and my oncologist had to decipher it for me.) So, the incision made under my arm, in addition to those performed to remove my breast, seemed to alarm every nerve in my body. Added to that, two drains were inserted into my chest to collect the remaining blood dripping from my chest wall. I was instructed to meticulously measure the blood from each drain each morning, then again at night and record the results. I haven’t done so well with this part. The first two days I did little else than sleep. The rest of the time, it took all the strength I could muster just to do the most elementary of tasks, plus, standing for very long made me dizzy. I wish I had a record of all the times I moved at just the wrong angle, thus provoking searing pain from the needle attached to the drains. I have come to terms with the emotional toll of parting with a treasured part of my body and gained a profound respect for all the brave ladies who have walked this path before me.

The good news is that these drains will come out this week. If you listen carefully, you may actually be able to hear me singing ”O Happy Day”. When this happens this first phase will eventually fade into a marked memory. So……Phase 1 is almost over!

Phase 2

Yesterday, Prit and I met with the oncologist here in Jacksonville. He marked out a treatment plan for me. I am thrilled that we will not have to make trips in heavy traffic to Wilmington in order to accomplish what’s coming up. My protocol includes beginning with four rounds of chemo, then radiation to deal with whatever the chemo may have missed. Afterwards will come the hormone therapy which can be taken by mouth. I had prayed that chemo would be unnecessary after hearing how harsh it is on the body, but I’ve made my peace with it. Of course, in a typical vain fashion, I asked him if I was going to lose my hair to which he replied, ”Yes, but it will grow back.”

Prayers Please!

So……for all of you who have been SO kind to write and ask for updates, there you have it. I am keenly aware that I am walking in the footprints of so many valiant women who have gone before me. Your example and your encouragement cheering me on is what gives me the encouragement to stick this out instead of throwing up my hands in despair.

I have also learned to ask for help, which is hard for me to do. Oh, I don’t mind asking for hungry children or someone just trying to get an education. But, I finally yielded to a dear friend who said, ”Look, you’re denying me of a blessing if I can’t help you. I will be happy to come do your laundry, clean your house, or whatever.” I have friends who have lovingly prepared their best meals and brought them to us. Have I mentioned that I have an incredible, loving, and supportive husband who makes me feel beautiful in spite of my physical loss and the fact that I lay around in pajamas all day with no makeup on?

In addition to all I’ve mentioned, there is still the work of the ministry. In the moments when I have felt a little more energetic, I would try to get tasks out of the way. Transfers are still going to Haiti to pay salaries and feed children. There’s more and more scrutiny being done on our part as to what can be relinquished into others’ capable hands to make this ministry continue to run like clockwork. This is no small feat!

Thank you everyone for your heartfelt notes, cards, prayers, encouragment, meals, running of errands……and the list goes on! I wish I had time to respond to each of you individually, but time just doesn’t allow it. This will have to do!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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