Four Years and Counting

Four-Year Anniversary

562495_10152204762033484_355881890_nFour years have now passed since Prit and I returned from Alberta, Canada. On August 31, 2010, I remember leaving Calgary and traveling to Toronto with Prit. It took us the better part of the day to get through the Toronto airport and to finally arrive at the small terminal where we took a small plane to Raleigh, NC. The ordeal was over, but months of recuperation would follow before we would finally return to Haiti.

Again, we say a great big “thank you” to all of you who have prayed us through the journey, but especially to Pastor Richard and Beth Kope, their family, and their church members. We will always be grateful for the great sacrifice you made on our behalf during the most difficult time of our lives.

House Beautiful

10656378_625143674267727_1903121952_nLook at the beautiful tile job Brother Rodelin has done in our den and kitchen! We can hardly wait to get back and see the transformation that has taken place to our home. One day our den will become our dining room and our front porch will become our den. There’s no lack of things things to be done on our mission compound. Please come visit us in Haiti and, as we say in eastern North Carolina, “sit a spell.”

Gearing Up

Schoolchild laughingSchool starts back up on September 8. Parents are striving to scrape up enough money for tuition and uniforms. There’s still time to give to our children’s feeding program! Thanks again to all of you who are consistently giving each month to put a smile on a student’s face.

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

Kitchen Project

Prit and I offer a very humble “thank you” to the special friends who have responded to the needs regarding our kitchen project. Brother Rodelin is furiously working at this moment to bring our kitchen to a functioning level before we return. The tile has been paid for and is almost completely laid. John told us our dedicated workers have been laboring late into the night in order to get the job done. Boss Luckner is finishing up the cabinets for the second mission house as well as building an island for our main house. Now that the counter has been demolished, we’ll have to have somewhere to work.

Further ahead, we still will need cabinet space for this house as well, but we’re thankful for what has taken place so far. If you would like to help us continue the work, your gift would be greatly appreciated.

Musical Equipment

9898_10151594099053251_235627673_nA special recognition goes to The Lord’s Table Church in Goldsboro, N.C., for responding to our need for a mixer and amplifier for our main church compound in Petite-Anse. We have limped along with a sound system for years that is practically non-functioning. The Lord’s Table has come to the rescue. There are still other instruments and equipment that need to be purchased if anyone would like to help us in this regard as well. Pictures will be forthcoming!

The Main Thing

We listen frequently to the Christian 107.3 radio station here in Fayetteville, NC. Their motto is Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing. Of course, by this they mean that Christ is the center of all they do and their intention is to bring him glory.

Here at Rehoboth Ministries, we have certain priorities that help us keep us focused on the main thing. Our main thrust is that of making disciples in the local church for the glory of God. This, in turn, requires the training up of leaders through our Bible institute and planting of churches. The outreach ministries that help alleviate the suffering of the Haitian people also serve as an inroad to demonstrating the love of Christ through action thereby drawing them unto him. Therefore, the majority of our funds are invested in accomplishing these goals. In maintaining the running of five church plants, three schools, a Bible institute, and a feeding program that feeds over 1,200 students, there is little left over for extras such as construction work, sound equipment, and such. For this reason, we greatly value your support in helping our ministry to function more smoothly.

Feeding Program

601101_476561449065672_117211100_nSpeaking of the feeding program, September is just around the corner. Our students will be returning to school soon, eager to learn. However, many of them will come hungry and in expectation of a hot meal. Would you like to help us lift this burden from their parents’ shoulders? If so, please send a check to the address on our website or simply make a donation through PayPal. Again, we are so grateful to all of you who give on a regular basis to feed our schoolchildren.

Summer’s End

Prit and I are winding down our time in the States. John flew out yesterday morning and is now visiting friends of ours in the Dominican Republic. Today, he’ll take a bus over to Haiti and resume his teaching in our Bible institute. Yesterday afternoon, Prit and I dropped Gabe off at the airport and as I type he is en route to Portland, Oregon. Prit, John, Gabe, and I drove to Richmond on Thursday where we met our daughter, Deb, her husband, Ben, and our incredible grandson, Sam. They drove down from West Virginia and we all relished in a one-day family vacation. Very reluctantly, we parted with Deb’s family since we don’t know when we will see them again. Such is missionary life, but we are so thankful for the time we had together.

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While our children resume their normal activities in various places, Prit and I will be returning to Haiti at the end of the month. We’re looking forward to seeing the cabinets that are being built for our small mission house as well as the laying of tile for one of the bedrooms. When our team from Tacoma arrives in October, they’ll lay the remaining tile for the kitchen/den area. Work will also commence on the kitchen in our larger mission house. The concrete breakfast bar will be demolished, thus creating a larger space for working.

For those of you who wish to come visit us this year, we look forward to entertaining you in our renovated homes. Although, the renovation is a long way from being over, one must start somewhere!

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Many thanks to our generous friends for helping us to move these projects along. Funds are still needed for completing the kitchen, so if you’d like to make a donation, we would love to have your help. Just earmark your check “kitchen renovation” or leave a note through PayPal if you wish to give online. Even though they are mission houses, they are “home” to us.

Thank You, Trinity Church!

The work has slowly started up again on the small mission house on our compound in Sainte-Philomène. We have Trinity Church in Tacoma, Washington to thank for that. Due to their extreme generosity, we are happy to say our guys in Haiti are being put to work.This week, the kitchen/living room combo is being prepped before the Tacoma team returns to Cap-Haitian in October.

Thanks to Trinity Church, the floor is being levelled with concrete and new tile has been purchased. When the team arrives, it will be ready to lay. We also have Boss Luckner building cabinets for the kitchen so that the team can also install them when they arrive. Luckner’s also doing the necessary plumbing. You can see that our little house is very rustic, but with new tile, cabinets, and a fresh coat of paint, it’s going to look brand new! Thank you Pastor Rollie Simmons and Trinity Church for helping make a dream come true!

There are many other construction projects just waiting to be completed. Would you like to help us build a sewing center, remodel the kitchen in the larger mission house, or add needed rooms to the mission houses for future teams? Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Prayers & Congratulations

graduation-cap-in-airWe are asking for your continued prayers for Prit’s mom. Last week Lucy started complaining about not being able to breathe. A chest x-ray revealed that she had pneumonia. She was rushed to the Cape Fear Hospital and is presently in the Cardiac Ward. We will keep you updated concerning her progress.

Our Bible institute in Haiti has wound down for the summer. Needless to say, we have some very relieved students who are looking forward to a great vacation. There is a class graduating this year. Unfortunately, the graduation has been pushed back to the month of August. Due to the many responsibilities we are facing on the home front, we will not be able to return to Haiti until then. But, in the meantime, we send a great big “Congratulations” to the class of 2014!

Anonymous Donor

BNquestionmarkface041213-460x408We received a $1,300 check in the mail today from a friend who prefers to remain an anonymous donor. He specifically asked that it be used for our feeding program. Many, many heartfelt thanks to you “Anonymous!”

Would you like to help us close the gap as we near the end of this school year? The Lord has been so faithful through the help of our generous supporters. We still have around $800 needed to complete April’s donations, then we’ll begin our last lap with the month of May.

Nickels & Dimes

penny, nickels and dimesI received an unexpected check this morning for $50. My father-in-law is a member of the Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship Chapter here in Fayetteville. When he attended their meeting this morning, the older lady that’s been playing the piano for several years approached him and said, “I have a jar that I put my nickels and dimes in throughout the year. When it’s full, I give it away to somebody in need.” This time she chose to bless Rehoboth Ministries.

I know Sister Betty. I also know that she and her husband are not overflowing with cash. They live very simply and truly watch their nickels and dimes. Yet, when they see a need, they open their hearts wide to help others.

A few days ago, I took a friend and fellow supporter to lunch as a means of saying a humble thank you for her faithful support over the years. “The Lord told me that if I take care of His business that he’ll take care of me,” she told me. “He has proven to be more than faithful. My husband and I have received unexpected bonuses and surprise gifts from other people. We have never lacked,” she said. What really touched me is what she said next. “The Lord has really helped me and I’m now able to support three missionaries.” Instead of hoarding her extra money, she saw it as an opportunity to help yet another person in need. My friend has a passion for missions and hopes to come to Haiti one day.

I decided to use John’s car while I’m stateside. He had left it at my sister’s home. It needed to be inspected, registered and have new tags purchased. My sister and her husband took care of it for me since I was not living in the same town. When I offered to reimburse them, my sister said, “Just consider it a little gift from us.”

A few days ago, I had lunch with a dear friend. She’s a widow now and works very hard to make ends meet. I always try to spend time with her when we’re back in town. To my surprise, she sat down and wrote a check to Rehoboth. When I protested, she said, “I felt very strongly that the Lord wanted me to give this to you and I had a little extra this month.”

All the friends mentioned above share a common thread. They are all watching their nickels and dimes. Yet, their love for the Lord and for his work compels them to give. Somehow, he always makes up for their lack. We are so grateful for our supporters who keep the ministry in Haiti afloat. With five churches, three schools, a Bible institute, a feeding program for over a thousand children, every nickel and dime counts.

If you are not a regular supporter of Rehoboth Ministries, but you enjoy reading our website, would you consider taking an extra step of faith and becoming co-laborers with us so that we can continue to make a difference in Haiti? No gift is too small.