And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14:20


                                The Orphans Promise Team with Prit and John

An eleven-member team from Orphans Promise Ministry stormed Haiti on Saturday and Rehoboth Ministries will never be the same! Sunday, the team ministered in the morning service of our mother church in Petite-Anse. In spite of the sweltering Caribbean heat which left our guests looking as if they’d gone for a swim instead of attending church, we had one powerful service! Richard and Linda Baker (longtime supporters) shared from their hearts the vision God laid heavily on them for Haiti’s children. Abigail Anderson (a representative of Orphans Promise) greeted our people as well while Marguerite Evans (from CBN) and other members of the team ministered to the sick. Afterwards, we drove directly to Cormier Plage to unwind. There, the team saw a beautiful part of Haiti and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at the beach.


Richard and Linda Baker feeding our school children

Monday morning we were back at the compound to hold a dedication service for the new kitchen and to observe the feeding program in action. After cutting the ceremonial ribbon, Richard and Linda Baker handed out plates of food to over 1,000 students, staff, and cooks. The Bakers alone have supplied Rehoboth Ministries with a whole year’s supply of food for our schools while Orphans Promise built our beautiful kitchen. These unspeakable gifts and the love displayed by this team will be replayed in the hearts and minds of our people for a long time to come. After the dedication of the kitchen and a quick lunch, John took several team members to visit the Citadelle – one of Haiti’s national treasures.


Abigail Anderson (Orphans Promise) with two of our school kids

The trip ended quicker than it began and we are now left to savor the memory of wonderful fellowship and times of laughter with our friends from afar. We are incredibly grateful to Orphans Promise and to the Bakers for gracing us with their generosity. Lifeline Ministry also provided a shipment of nutritious food for our students in order to hold us over until we receive a big shipment for next year’s program. Unfortunately, Donna Webb (Operations Manager/CFO at Children’s Lifeline) and Boss Osmy (whose ministry trained our cooks through Children’s Lifeline in Archaie, Haiti) were not able to get a flight into Cap-Haitian and join us for this very special occasion.

As you can see, it took many people to bring this miracle to pass. But, we do not forget the many supporters who began making pledges to give into our feeding program from the beginning. After the program came to a standstill, Pastor Dick and Sandra Stark (Faith Temple, Alexander City, Alabama) and their assembly started giving to help us get it up and running again. Then, there were others like Pastor Matt and Becky Garret (Moncure Baptist Church, Moncure, North Carolina) who said, “As long as you have a feeding program, we will support it.” These and countless others began to send donations in to help our children. Still, it wasn’t enough to pay for the massive amounts of food that would be consumed by our students, staff, and cooks, not to mention making payroll.

Emptied Plates + Full Stomachs = ZERO Hunger

Emptied Plates + Full Stomachs = ZERO Hunger

A very special thanks to Terry Meeuwsen, founder of Orphans Promise, who insisted that our schoolchildren needed to eat five days a week. A tremendous burden has rolled off our shoulders. The parents of these schoolchildren echo their profound thanks to everyone involved in this massive undertaking. As I explained to Richard and Linda, “You not only fed each child here, but you lifted a weight off the rest of their family back home.” What a privilege it is to team up with some of God’s choicest servants. Thanks to the help of many friends, all our students ate and were satisfied.

Happy Birthday, CFC!


Le Centre de Formation Chrétienne church.

This week marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of our mother church in Petite Anse. Centre de Formation Chrétienne (Christian Training Center) is twenty-five years young. Though humble in appearance, it marks the site of countless prayer vigils, miracles, and memories. Happy Birthday, CFC!

Many, many thanks to the wonderful sister whose heart was touched to send a donation to help our friend, Manno, with his business. (See our last post.) Thank you to another friend who sent an offering to our traveling evangelist, Ronald.

Our security guard, Toussaint, has been in Port-au-Prince several days with his wife. Her foot became infected from the point of a rusty earring and began to swell. Unfortunately, her large toe and the one next to it on her right foot eventually had to be removed. However, she is out of her coma and appears to be doing quite well. We had asked for prayers for Madame Toussaint a while back due to cysts in her breasts. We are happy to relate that the doctor was able to remove the cysts without any further surgery. She has had quite a challenging year, but is doing better now. In the midst of it all, Prit was able to lead Toussaint to the Lord before he took off for Port-au-Prince!

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Working on the front porch.

Our pump of twenty-one years burned out. Fortunately, Agape Flights was able to fly us in one fairly quickly. After over a week of having no running water and hauling it in by the bucketfuls, we are delighted to say that things are now back to normal.

We are still waiting for news that our Permis de Séjour has arrived. Since we’re in the middle of Mardi Gras celebrations, government offices are closed and won’t open back up until Thursday. To say one needs patience to live in Haiti is an understatement.

We are in the process of closing in our front porch so we can have a much-needed den. All we lack now are the windows, a door, and a great paint job. This will provide extra space, especially when we have visitors. The dining room table and chairs will be moved inside and we will finally be free from the flies!

We appreciate your prayers concerning all the above for we know that prayer gives wings to our efforts.