Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship

Saturday, we were invited to share about our Children’s Feeding Program in Haiti at the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in Fayetteville, N.C. After enjoying an early morning breakfast together, we then opened up our hearts to share about our passion to feed 1,200 schoolkids for this upcoming year. What a beautiful response these men gave us. Their compassion for us and for Haiti was felt by their moving prayers for protection, provision, and blessing upon Rehoboth Ministries. We are grateful for the generosity they showed towards this work in their giving as well.

Here is a picture of Tommy Tatum (President) with two other members leading us in worship. We encouraged them to bring their instruments on down to Haiti and “hoe down” with our own musicians.

Thank you FGBMFI for your support of this ministry! May the Lord use you mightily to impact the city of Fayetteville!

Delta Kappa Gamma

Saturday morning, Prit and I spoke to the Delta Kappa Gamma, Upsilon Chapter, in Jacksonville, N.C. This group of teachers invited us to share with them about our schools in Haiti, as well as the work we’re doing to help various individuals in our churches start small businesses.

Prit shared about our three church/school plants and the differences between a typical Haitian child’s school day and that of an American child. One example is that a child who speaks Haitian Creole at home begins school with a mixed curriculum of French and Creole. Haitian Creole and French are two very different languages. While French is the official language of Haiti, Haitian Creole is the mother tongue. This is quite a challenge for the beginning student, yet our students have risen to the occasion! He also shared about our feeding program and the dynamics that accompany feeding over 1,200 students, teachers, and cooks twice a week for an entire year.

I (Dana) shared about having an incredible desire to give individuals a head start in getting small businesses up and running.  Giving motivated individuals a hand up restores their dignity and gives them a way to provide for themselves and their families. Members of the DKG group have purchased several of the Haitian paintings we bring back each year, thereby allowing us to put this money into our Small Business account. They have gone a step further though. They have done a beautiful job of framing many of the Haitian pictures and reselling them. The proceeds have enabled them to raise money for scholarships for college students interested in pursuing a degree in education in the Jacksonville area. We are thrilled to be a part of their venture and admire their ingenuity as well!

Thank you, Delta Kappa Gamma, for your labor of love and your dedication to your work. It was such a privilege getting to share our hearts with you!

Union United Methodist Church

This morning Prit and I ministered at Union United Methodist Church. Located in Spring Lake, N.C., it was our first time getting to meet the members of this congregation. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to speak with several of them after the service and to hear their stories of faith as well. Union UMC is pastored by Bill and Ruth Altman. We have known Bill and Ruth for several years and it was a blessing to be able to visit with them again.

Thank you, Pastor Bill and Ruth, for your invitation to come share what the Lord has been doing in our lives. Our prayers are with you. Thank you for sowing into Rehoboth Ministries!

Victorious Faith Fellowship

Prit and I traveled to Forest Hill, Maryland, last weekend to minister at Victorious Faith Fellowship. Before we reached the Virginia line, the rain was pouring so hard we thought we might have to turn back. We drove several miles at just 10 miles per hour and, by the time we finally reached our destination at 4:20, we were weary travelers. On our way up, Prit swung by Arundel High School where he finished his senior year in 1973. It had been almost 40 years since he had returned to that area.

Despite the poor weather and heavy traffic around the Baltimore area, it was well worth the trip. Pastor Mike and Debra Baker have a wonderful church and a very loving church family. We shared the testimony concerning Prit’s healing and I (Dana) later ministered to the ladies of the church. Standing at the pulpit, we were keenly aware that, two years prior, adding a day, Prit had checked out of Foothills Medical Center on August 25 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  For us, this story never grows old. Prit and I shared testimonies from what we call “The Overflow” of healings that have taken place as a result of this testimony. We shared of cancers disappearing as well as diabetes, a chronic ten-month cough being healed, blocked kidneys opening up, plus a host of other miracles that have taken place since we started sharing Prit’s story. As usual, we had a long healing line and it was such a joy to pray for hurting people with all kinds of needs.

After we finished praying for everyone, I grabbed a quick bite to eat with the ladies, then returned for the women’s meeting. While Prit spent time with Pastor Mike, I shared some nuggets I had found from the second chapter of John concerning the marriage at Cana. The wine that was miraculously supplied for a wedding party was just a foretaste of what was about to be spilled onto humankind. The fact that a woman (Mary) was used to play a pivotal part in this first miracle is a beautiful illustration of our Lord restoring woman’s dignity back to her since that fatal decision made in the Garden of Eden.

What a powerful ladies’ group! Several generations were represented. While having lunch with them, I learned that many of them had their own incredible testimonies of healing and deliverance. How exciting it is to know that these seasoned women of God have promised to keep praying for our ministry. These ladies are dynamos and they mean business!

Thank you Pastor Mike and Debra for opening your church and your hearts to us. We will keep Victorious Faith Fellowship in our earnest prayers!

Sunday at the Rock!

This past Sunday, we were guests at Rock Church of Tarboro, N.C. Our time here is always special because Rock is our home church. We were commissioned there and sent out to Haiti from there almost 30 years ago. Pastors Mike and Mary Chatt have done a wonderful job since taking over a few years ago; every time we return, there is evidence of new fruit being borne. It was great seeing new faces this time around as well as those we’ve known from long ago. Going back to Tarboro is like going home and it’s easy to fall into the same rhythm of laughter and conversations that never end, but just get put “on hold” until next time.

Prit and I had a great time sharing testimonies of God’s faithfulness and prayed for everything from illnesses to asking God to help prosper businesses in a town that has seen a gradual economic decline. What a joy it was to minister God’s grace to the believers there and be refreshed in the presence of the Lord and his saints. These photos should reveal the great time we had together.

Thank you, Rock Church, for your partnership with Rehoboth Ministries!

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Moncure Baptist Church: A Healing Place for Many

Sunday morning, we ministered at one of our supporting churches in Moncure, North Carolina. It was great to see two of our longtime friends, Pastor Matt and Becky Garrett. Matt and Becky were members of our home church (Rock Church of Tarboro, N.C.) over thirty years ago. It was at Rock that Prit and I were commissioned to go to Haiti as missionaries.  Although the years have led us in separate directions, we have remained close friends with the Garretts and always look forward to our reunions.

Moncure Baptist Church had their commissioning service Sunday and we were delighted to be a part of it. They prayed for seven young people who were preparing to go on a mission trip to Elizabethtown, N.C. They will be working there with children’s Bible clubs, doing minor construction work and various other activities, and sharing their faith. Future trips will take mission groups to Kentucky to minister to the poorest of that state and also to Pennsylvania. Moncure isn’t stopping there, however. The church’s members have a global perspective and are strategizing to make an impact beyond their borders. Matt shared with us his passion for their church’s goal to contact an unreached tribe in the jungles of Colombia by partnering with a missionary who has lived in that country for many years. Our hearts were moved as we listened, knowing that this is something near and dear to his heart. In fact, the Garretts already have a large stake in the nation of Colombia. Their only daughter, Emily, has been serving as a missionary in Bogotá for several years.

Interestingly, Moncure is a French phrase that means “My Cure.” It would seem that this church is, in a sense, becoming a place from which healing comes as they take the Good News of Jesus Christ to the lost. We salute Moncure Baptist Church for their role in fulfilling the Great Commission!

Prayer Breakfast at Northwood Temple

Over 120 people gathered together for a prayer breakfast held at Northwood Temple Church (Fayetteville, NC) on Saturday morning. Prit and I were invited to share testimonies of healing that we have seen take place on and off the mission field over the span of almost 30 years. In a nutshell, we shared the highlights of the miracle God gave us in 2010 by bringing Prit out of a 26-day coma, then restoring his damaged brain to normality. We also shared other stories such as that of a church member of our our second church plant in the countryside who had a kidney obstruction. Madame Gerald had been in tremendous pain for several days and suffered greatly due to the inability to urinate. After listening to the testimony about Prit’s crisis and coming forward for prayer, she returned to her seat. Looking down at her dress, she was astonished to see that her dress was soaked. God had healed her on the spot!

Afterwards, we joined together with Pastor John Hedgepeth and ministered to many people that had various needs. One friend was healed of a chronic cough after suffering with it for ten months. She had been to several doctors and had still found no relief. We’re looking forward to hearing more feedback as time goes on!

Northwood Temple has been supporting Rehoboth Ministries for several years and is sending a medical team down to Haiti in October. We are truly grateful for their partnership. It was wonderful to be able to give back to them and minister to those that were afflicted, as well as many visitors from outside of the church.