For Ladies Only!

jewelry_slide01Dear Readers,

Prit and I have been spending this last week with my sister, Mary Ann, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Mary Ann had just finished hosting a jewelry party for one of her friends who sells jewelry for the Premier Designs Jewelry Collection. The items which had been ordered from the previous party arrived and I watched as Mary Ann opened box after box of some of the most lovely and unique jewelry I’ve ever seen.

I was quite intrigued when I learned that Mary Ann’s friend, Jennifer, not only sells jewelry as an extra source of income, but she also views her job as a ministry. After each party Jennifer attends, she earns 50% of the proceeds made. But, here’s where it gets interesting. Jennifer then turns around and donates 50% (sometimes more) of her earnings to a non-profit organization.

I called Jennifer and told her about Rehoboth Ministries. I also asked her to check out our website. To my surprise, I received an e-mail from her today saying, “Let’s feed some hungry children!”

So, for any of you ladies that would be interested in hosting a party of at least 5-6 women and provide the refreshments, Jennifer is more than willing to come and give a demonstration. If you’re interested in doing so, Jennifer will donate part of the earnings sold to our children’s feeding program. Please let me know if you are interested.

You can reach me at either of these e-mails: danaptl -at- aol.com or danaptl -at- gmail.com

Meanwhile, you can visit Premier Design’s website and if you’d like to contact Jennifer, her e-mail address is jrsteimel -at- gmail.com.

Haitian Oil Painting For Sale

IMG_1746Hello Rehoboth readers,

We realize some of you are not Facebook fans. Perhaps you are a member of Facebook, but only occasionally have time to check your profile due to your busy schedule. For this reason, I am once again posting a picture of this beautiful painting on the Rehoboth website for those of you who did not see this offer.

This is an original oil painting that I brought back from Haiti. A beautiful dark frame from Michael’s has been added to enhance the rich, vivid colors Haitian artists so often use. It’s all set to hang on your wall and measures 25 x 29 in. (L x W)

The price was originally $300 US, but has been reduced to $250. This is essentially what it cost for both the painting, the frame, and the cost to have it framed. However, I am eager to sell it in order to put the money towards more pressing needs in the ministry. If you are interested in this beautiful work of art, send me a note at danaptl@aol.com.

Celebration Day

Haitian-motherToday is Celebration Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all those beautiful, strong mothers in Haiti. Your life is a hard one, yet you never give up. Your love and your service to your families are unparalleled.

jpgWe salute all our veterans today – past and present. It is Memorial Day and we humbly thank you for defending our country and working to keep us safe.

goal_10000Many, many thanks to all of you that put your hand to the plow in helping us meet our $10,000 church construction challenge. We have met our goal early and now have a little over $20,000 raised for this project! We couldn’t have done it without your help.

For those that did not have a chance to give, you can still get in the game. The total estimate for the cost of the building is $150,000. We still need your help!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Rehoboth Ministries would like to wish all the wonderful mothers that make our lives so much brighter a “Happy Mother’s Day.”

We celebrated Mother’s Day with Prit’s whole family. His mother returned home from rehab two days ago. She has made marvelous progress in gaining strength and a good appetite. She is still in need of your prayers in order to be restored fully, but we are greatly encouraged by her progress.

Prit’s sister (Mary Hunter) stayed home with Lucy while the rest of us went to church and out to eat afterwards. Prit’s dad brought her back a large piece of cheesecake which she enjoyed thoroughly.

Thanks again to all of you that have been praying for Lucy. The Lord has truly been faithful to those prayers.

Barabbas

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Barabbas: “Murderer”, “Thief”, “Insurgent”, “Guilty as charged”. Barabbas was a Zealot and perhaps would have been known today as a modern-day terrorist. Awaiting execution, he knew he deserved what was coming to him. His acts had finally caught up with him. It was just a matter of time. Barabbas was a violent man and worthy of death.

Jesus: Life-giver. Restorer. Peacemaker. All of the above, yet so much more. He had come peaceably, preaching openly the good news of salvation, offering its cup to whoever was thirsty. Like Barabbas, Jesus’ works preceded him. But his works brought healing and wholeness to all who sought him and still do.

These two men couldn’t have been more polar opposites, yet their lives intertwined at this pivotal moment in history. Both were on trial. One was guilty, one was innocent. Ironically, the guilty would go free while the innocent would be condemned to die.

Barabbas’ name is interesting. “Bar” is an Aramaic surname meaning “son.” Peter was known as “Bar” Simon, meaning “Son of Simon.” Other biblical examples are “Bar”temaeus and “Bar”tholomew. Abbas means “of the Father.” Barabbas, therefore, means “Son of the father.” Could his parents have held high hopes for him by naming him thusly? Was he loved and cherished in his past? Perhaps his father was a moral and upright man who wanted his son to turn out just like him. Or, perhaps his name was a self-fulfilling prophecy and he did, indeed, become the image of his father. We do not know, but this “son of the father” became a well-known figure to all Bible readers as the perpetrator who got away.

Jesus’ name actually means “Salvation.” He was the Son of His Heavenly Father — the only begotten Son. Jesus was secure in his Father’s love and obedient to his Father’s plan, even unto death. It was this love that drove him to face Pilate and the angry mob. He was led away to be executed as a criminal while the real criminal escaped unscathed.

What about us? What about you? Are we really that different from Barabbas? Did we not have blood on our hands, desperately needing a Saviour to wash them clean? Didn’t Jesus take our place on the cross? The nails should have pierced OUR bodies. Yet, He became OUR substitute. Yes, we are very much like Barabbas. When we look at Barabbas, we see a reflection of ourselves: guilty as charged. We, like Jesus, were created to be “sons” of our true Heavenly Father, yet are guilty because we have all sinned.

History is silent concerning what became of Barabbas. After having been set free, we don’t know if he continued along the same path of destruction or if there was a life change. We, however, having received the free gift of pardon, like Barabbas, got a second chance. But that’s where our similarities with the “son of the father” end. If we are in Christ, we celebrate this Good Friday having the assurance of eternal salvation. Barabbas may have come before the judgment seat again to be tried for his evil deeds. Yet, we have one who has once and for all served justice on our sin by becoming sin itself. We have been fully pardoned, not just for one crime, but for every crime we’ve ever committed.

You’re On!

spotlightI’ve been studying the book of Acts lately. Luke’s account to Theophilus reads like an action-packed, fast-paced thriller — the “stuff” of a great movie. The writers of the Gospels gave us an inside look into the life of Jesus as they recounted his birth, his life on planet earth, his death and resurrection, and finally his ascension. In summary, they relayed his parting words of the Great Commission, leaving not one speck of doubt as to what was uppermost in our Lord’s mind when he returned to the Father. All things had been accomplished and now it was time to “get the game on.”

I love this quote from the Message Bible: “Luke continues his narration with hardly a break, a pause perhaps to dip his pen in the inkwell, writing in the same style, using the same vocabulary.” The Gospel story doesn’t end with the book of John. On the contrary, it only picks up the pace gathering force like a hurricane until the early church bursts onto the scene. A succession of major events play themselves out as the Holy Spirit is unleashed upon the earth. This spiritual earthquake comes in full magnitude: a rushing, mighty wind, tongues of fire and the breaking forth of diverse languages, creating quite a stir in Jerusalem. Seizing the opportunity of drawing a crowd, Peter, fisherman turned preacher, casts his net and pulls 3,000 souls into the Kingdom at once — with one sermon!

In Acts 5, God’s purging work immediately accompanies the growth of the church with the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira, sending a ripple effect of holy fear and consecration into the new believers. The furnace of affliction only intensifies through the martyrdom of Stephen in Chapter 7. Continued persecution, spearheaded by Saul of Tarsus, drives the frightened believers to flee for their lives into the countryside — yet, taking the Gospel of the Kingdom with them. The precious seed of Stephen is not forgotten, however. His cries for forgiveness thundered throughout the heavens and paved the way for Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus in Chapter 9. The kingpin of the whole movement comes face to face with the King of Heaven. Saul, as we know, becomes the beloved Paul, who later pens the greater portion of the New Testament.

What a story! Acts, no matter how many times you read it, pulsates with vibrancy and pulls us into its story — His story. Every character played a pivotal role. Each person stepped out onto the stage of history and furthered the telling of this story. Each one was uniquely gripped with a vision from on high — the furtherance of the Gospel.

The scene has now shifted and you’re on! If you belong to this glorious Church, you have been entrusted with a special role to play as well. Are you linked in to the heartbeat of Jesus? Do you share his passion? This is your time. You’re in the spotlight and the Lord is calling you to be a part of his great plan. You can be one of those who actually goes to the ends of the earth to share the message or you can be one who is part of the equipping team that sends his messengers forth.

Would you pray with me and ask God to use you in a greater way for his Kingdom work?

“Father, I realize that this is my time in history. I am part of a great story and I want to be used to the max in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. I don’t want to settle for mediocrity. I want to go out as a flame. Show me how I can play a unique role and make an impact with my life. Use my skills, talents, and gifts for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Our Time Now!

9781624191237_medAre you looking for a great little study book for a women’s group? Maybe your book club would like to study the book of Esther in a whole new light. In reality, ”Our Time Now” speaks to the whole Church, as Esther was a type of the Church that was used gloriously in her most perilous hour.

Beth and Buddy Davidson pastor The House of Prayer in Clarksville, Virginia, and have been in ministry for over 30 years. Beth’s insight and understanding of the Scriptures are beautifully revealed in her writing. Beth is also a good friend of mine. She allows herself to be very transparent about the struggles she and Buddy have gone through. They have traversed quite a few perilous times of their own.

One of Beth’s phrases stays with me: ”This could have been Vashti’s story,” she relates. The fact that we each have a destiny to fulfill should spur us on to be all that God intended for us to be. This one truth, among so many, has challenged me to make my life count. I don’t want someone else fulfilling the Divine destiny that was meant for me. I urge you to get a copy. It would be a perfect gift.

By the way, I have fifty copies. Contact me if you’d like to obtain some. They’re just $10 apiece, plus shipping. They’re also available on other sites such as xulonpress.com and amazon.com. You won’t regret it.

$10,000 and Counting!

Great news! Max is back with a special announcement: we have now broken the $10,000 barrier! Did you know that once we reach the $12,000 mark, we will have already met one-third of our total goal which is $36,000? We’re well on our way and, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join in the race with us. Just $30 will feed one student two meals a week for an entire school year.

Making the News

The Sampson Independent

The Sampson Independent newspaper in Clinton, N.C., has done a full-page article on our work in Haiti. This is very special to me (Dana) since Clinton is my hometown. We would like to thank staff writer Billy Todd for sharing about Rehoboth Ministries so more people can learn about where our labors have been for almost thirty years.  Thanks also to my sister, Sarah Blue, for sharing with Billy about our work!

Click here to read the article.

A Haitian Snack

It’s called “Ereba” in Central South America and “Fufu” in Africa. Here in Haiti, it’s known as “Kasav” and can be purchased by the side of the road. It’s a staple made from the yucca root. At times coconut is added (my favorite!) and it tastes great when topped with “mamba” (peanut butter). In English, it’s called Cassava Bread, but we never had any until we came to the mission field. Add a slice of “zaboka” (avocado) and you have yourself one great snack!