A Year Ago Today

The message below came up in my Facebook feed today of exactly one year ago. It encouraged me SO much since I was reminded of the exhaustion I felt post-surgery and the drains (that were pulling the excess fluid from my body), which had not yet been removed. I remember the pain. I remember the exhaustion. I remember wondering if I would ever feel normal again and fighting tremendous discouragement. To every recovering cancer patient… It does get better! Just hang in there! This is an updated picture from today. (I never like selfies, but had to celebrate the journey. 🙂

I’m learning to delight in the smallest of victories. Cleaning our bathroom counter & the mirror were two of them this morning. (Talk about messy! But, then life is messy!) It’s amazing what can give you so much satisfaction when you didn’t have the energy to do it before! No more emptying of drains & recording their measurements morning & night. Who could have thought that wiping down a counter, cleaning sinks, & having a spotless mirror could bring such exhilaration?

We Must Pray!

Wilson Joseph: Leader of the 400 Mawozo Gang

I have just spent the last hour facetiming with John as he walked me through the steps of getting back into the Rehoboth website. I have made many futile attempts to get back into the site in order to update you on what is going on in Haiti. He has been very patient with me. What comes naturally for this generation often leaves me reduced to a puddle of tears and a strong desire to pull my hair out! However, since it just took several months for my hair to grow back in, I have resisted the urge!

Most of you know that 2 of the 17 hostages that were abducted by the 400 Mawozo Gang have been released. We are all curious to hear their stories, but they have probably been told to keep quiet so as not to put the rest of the group in jeopardy. I understand their terror, yet Prit’s captivity only lasted for 3 days. Please continue to pray for their release. We have no idea what kind of treatment they have received, especially with women and children involved.

Now, here’s the hard part. Pray for the gang members. Prayer is the only weapon which can, not only set the captives free, but change the hearts of those who captured them. I am praying specifically for Wilson Joseph. I was surprised when I saw his picture. He’s younger than John and has already committed himself to a life of crime and abuse. Unless he changes his course, I feel he will not be long for this world. He will step into eternity and meet his Maker.

After the gang members snatched Prit out of our vehicle, I was left alone with the gang leader. As we drove away, I grasped at any piece of information that might reveal there was still a human being with feelings under that tough exterior. I asked if he had any children. He told me that he had a daughter. I asked what her name was and he told me. I was so frightened that I have long forgotten it.Then, I asked him how he thought his daughter would feel if she knew her father was a kidnapper. Even in the dark, I could sense that question had found its mark. Although he didn’t answer, it was evident that I had hit a nerve.

It’s ironic that this picture shows Joseph posing with a huge crucifix around his neck, yet he’s dressed as Lanmò San Jou or Death Without Days. He and his gang have abducted Catholic priests, nuns, pastors, and missionaries – the very ones who have come to help his country. Maybe they will be the very ones to demonstrate the love and power of God before Joseph’s final call comes.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation.

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Mail Checks to: 

The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

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

It's Always the Season for Giving!

Folks here are beginning to talk about setting up their Christmas trees and decorating for the season. I truly love this time of year and am usually at the forefront of decking the tree early. But, all I can seem to think of lately is the moment when my husband and son will walk through our front door. I will breathe easier knowing they are stateside and I long to have them near. Then….it will be Christmas for me.

Haiti might as well be on another planet. Gas shortages, gang activity, and the closing of our schools and Bible institute are at the forefront of the minds of those living there. In addition to this is a 3-day fast taking place on the part of missionaries already on the ground for the release of the 17 kidnapped men, women, and children being held hostage by the 400 Mawozo gang. Can you imagine what Christmas will be like for these hostages provided they return home safely? Then, there are the hospitals which have run out of fuel while its workers have no other choice but to send the sick home to die. This is exactly what is taking place as the fuel crisis complicates the humanitarian attempts to help those who can’t help themselves. Don’t forget, that for many folks in the post-earthquake area, daily life is still in upheaval.

Our son, John, and Gary (who works for Rehoboth), made a video yesterday. While, for some reason, I have not been able to upload the video onto this website, I have posted it on my Facebook page. You can also click on this link to watch. They give a firsthand account of life on the mission field.

Would you join us in prayer for the release of the hostages? Would you also pray for the missionaries and Haitian people on the ground who are in very dangerous circumstances and dealing with outrageous prices which affect their own survival? Due to the port crisis that we have stateside, our feeding boxes have never arrived to Cap-Haitian and all food is having to be purchased in the outdoor market at mind-boggling prices. Christmas is the last thing on the minds of those who are in survival mode.

While you are praying, would you also consider becoming a regular donor to Rehoboth Ministries so that you can help us help them? I’ll be more in spirit for Christmas when my loved ones are home. But giving is always in season!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation.

Give Online at:

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

Mail Checks to: 

The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

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

Take Me

Today marks 11 years since my husband and I were kidnapped by a gang in Haiti. Of all places, it was after our Sunday night church service in the church yard. After our jeep was commandeered by the gang’s leader, we were taken for a wild ride way outside of Cap-Haitian. Finally, coming upon a deserted spot in the woods and far away from town, the gang argued about who to take and who to keep. My husband said, “Take me” and they did. Long story short, this had a good ending. I reluctantly became a hostage negotiator and after paying a ransom, my husband was returned to me. I am so thankful for the Lord’s grace and care for us.

I’ve shared this story often on this blog, but today I want to zero in on my husband’s response. Even as I type, I am so moved that he was willing to take my place. Of course, one can imagine what goes through a woman’s mind when she’s surrounded by a group of evil men. But, there’s a bigger picture here. We have a Saviour who offered himself up to be the “bargaining chip” for us all. Our sins were our own, yet Jesus was willing to come forward to say take me. All the fury, hatred, and vile disgust Satan had for the Son of God was unleashed upon Jesus that day as He hung on the cross for our sins.

It is mind-bloggling to me that this decision was made from the beginning of time. Since God is all-knowing, He could have elected to never have created man and avoid all the misery and sorrow that would follow. If you’ve ever doubted God’s love for you, let this one truth put your mind to rest. The best that Heaven had to offer was sacrificed in order to buy you back from an eternity apart from God. All we have to do is simply acknowledge and receive that finished work for ourselves…all because there was one who would step forward and say, take me.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation.

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Mail Checks to: 

The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

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

Would You Like Prayer?

As I have been praying this morning, I felt that the Lord impressed upon my heart to ask if there are readers who need prayer. Rehoboth is always sharing its needs, but I believe the Lord would have us specifically pray for you this week. He cares very deeply for you. I want to share my heart with you today:

When my father passed away suddenly, I cried for weeks. My seven-year old mind could not understand why he went away. It left a hole in my heart for years. Even though it was through no fault of his own, I felt abandoned by someone that I loved so very deeply. But, the Lord has promised to never turn His back on us. What a beautiful promise! I have spoken this back to Him many times (as though he needs reminding), when I needed wisdom, strength, guidance, comfort, or reassurance.

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

Jesus said…

“Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

I love this verse because I have had burdens so heavy at times, that, while they were not physical, I could physically feel them weighing me down. We can roll our burdens on the Lord!

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

I have learned through many great trials, whether in the hands of kidnappers or standing by my husband’s bed asking the Lord to wake Him up, that He was indeed that very present help in trouble.

Most of you know that the Word is loaded down with many more promises. But, I hope these will be a great encouragement to you today.

My e-mail is danaptl@gmail.com. Please write me so that I can pray for you today. The Lord deeply cares for you and I would consider it a great privilege. Let us pray!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation.

Give Online at:

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Mail Checks to: 

The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

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

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation.

Give Online at:

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

Mail Checks to: 

The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

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

$455 to go!

The goal for our university fund is quickly diminishing, thanks to the folks who have already given. We are so grateful for their help. Are you one of those who can help us get over the hump and move on to other pressing needs?

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation.

Give Online at:

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

Mail Checks to: 

The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

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

It’s Not That Simple!

With all the outspoken comments from both sides concerning the sudden surge of Haitians migrating across the US border, this is a very enlightening commentary. John gives the perspective of someone who was born and reared in Haiti. He is well versed on Haitian history and the events that helped to make Haiti what it is today. I hope you will listen to get a clearer picture of why Haiti is the way it is. He sheds some light on some events that involve our own country and its interaction with Haiti which I feel will help you think through these present-day events. Things are not always as simple as they appear to be!

Would you like to become a partner with Rehoboth? There are so many wonderful people in Haiti who just need a “hand up.” Your contribution could make a radical difference in their lives!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation.

Give Online at:

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

Mail Checks to: 

The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

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

Our Donors Speak

“L and B”

We have friends who give generously to help Rehoboth Ministries in various ways. This couple has chosen to remain incognito and let their giving speak for them.

I Timothy 5:17-18
“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”

“You guys are on the firing line, doing the works and taking the heat (literally and figuratively). We would be amiss to not contribute to your works.”

Thank you for believing in us “L” and ”B” !

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation.

Give Online at:

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

Mail Checks to: 

The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

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

Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1

Tragedy leaves its mark on those who have been acquainted with it. Whether you lost a loved one on that fateful day of September 11, 2000, or have been marked in some other way, you are not the same person that you once were. That September day, I had taken my daughter to celebrate her birthday. Since there is not a whole lot to do in Cap-Haitian, I took her out for breakfast at the Christophe Hotel. While we were eating, I will never forget when one of the waiters ran into the dining room to bid us come watch the tv on the outer porch. We watched in horror as the second plane rammed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. We immediately went home and informed the rest of the family of what was taking place. Each one scurried to turn on the tv and follow the events which were unfolding so quickly in our native country.

Tragedy can do one of two things. It can cause us to sink into an abyss of hopelessness or it can cause us to realize that we are only promised today. Whether mourning over the loss of a family member or wondering where you will now live since your home is no longer standing, we are left with a choice. Today, we can make a difference. We will not boast concerning what we’ll do tomorrow. Life is way too fragile for that. But, we have today and we have a choice to alter someone else’s life. Whether it’s the little Haitian boy or girl who wonder where their next meal will come from or it’s a marine standing on the deck of a ship who’s sailing into unchartered territory, we need to be conscious that we only have today. What will you do to console, comfort, or even change someone’s life? We can not look beyond today. Meanwhile, we remember the families of those who are still in mourning from that horrid day which seems to be frozen in time. In spite of such awful tragedy, we also remember countless heroes who turned that day into more than a tragedy. They seized the day that remained and we are still talking about their heroic deeds.

Today is a gift. What will we do with it?

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation.

Give Online at:

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

Mail Checks to: 

The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

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

Their Dilemma…Our Opportunity!

The earthquake in the south of Haiti, at last count, has claimed over 2,207 lives and others continue to hope against hope to find their loved ones under the rubble. Many survivors have had to wait for medical care and there is a plea for more medical teams to come assist those who are dealing with amputations and other severe injuries. As if that wasn’t enough, survivors huddled together under tarps when Tropical Grace passed over. The fear of returning to a home that may cave in on them exceeded the threat of the storm. There was nothing else to do except to brace themselves against the wind and torrential downpour.

But, in the middle of anguish and unbelievable loss, there is a light flickering in the darkness and creating a glimmer of hope. Many fine ministries have risen to the challenge and responded to the cries of a desperate people. They have risked their own lives to fly in supplies, medical equipment, food, and water to those whose lives have been rocked by turmoil and devastation. With the threat of gangs nearby who seek to prey upon others’ misfortunes, they are unsung heroes who saw a people’s dilemma and heard their cry.

Below are the words of a fellow missionary and longtime friend who is doing everything she can to make others aware of the Haitians’ plight. Yvonne and her husband, Joel, have been in Haiti for over 40 years and are tirelessly working to organize teams and get help to those who are suffering. Their ministry is haitiforchrist.net. These are her words…

Survivors are found alive in the wreckage as powerful aftershocks roll under makeshift housing. Aid shipments are hijacked by gangs amid promises for secure passage of desperately needed supplies.The death toll from the quake has risen to at least 2,207 people, according to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency. More than 12,200 were injured. More than 50,000 homes were destroyed.In Haiti, however, hope springs eternal. On Sunday, eight days after the quake, 20 adults and four children reported missing were found trapped in the rubble on Pic Macaya, the civil protection agency said. Pic Macaya is Haiti’s second-largest mountain.”They were transported by helicopter … for treatment,” the agency tweeted. “They received food assistance and hygiene kits.

Will You Give?

We are thankful for those who have written and asked how they can give. I (Dana) was profoundly touched to hear from a dear missionary sister whose husband passed away this year. In spite of her own loss, this does not keep her from planning to return to the Philippines and other countries to encourage the people she and her husband labored with for years. Though she now lives stateside, she is still on the cutting edge of world missions. The Lord tugged her heart to help alleviate some of the suffering going on here.

The Haitian people’s dilemma can become your opportunity. Rehoboth has labored in this vineyard for 38+ years. We would love for you to partner with us so we can do more. Won’t you consider helping us help them? Their dilemma can be our opportunity!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation.

Give Online at:

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

Mail Checks to: 

The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC  27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

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