June is for Celebrating!

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June seems to be a month for celebrating. Friends and family threw us a housewarming on June 2. I celebrated a birthday on June 6. Our new granddaughter was born on June 11. Our 37th wedding anniversary was on June 13. On Monday, we’re heading to West Virginia to see our little June Bug (Lorelei) and visit with Deborah and her family. It can’t get much better than this! Of course, if we weren’t doing anything, we would be happy just enjoying our new home. We’re so thankful for this time of rest. We also look forward to seeing many of you.

We celebrated our anniversary at Mike’s Farm outside of Jacksonville. This place is incredible – all you can eat! They serve a complete country meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, string beans, sweet corn, and a macaroni and cheese that has no equal! For dessert, we had our choice of banana pudding, cheesecake, or strawberry shortcake. Très délicieuxThis is the best shot we could get since it was dark inside.

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Catching Up With Events

Guest Ministry

Since the last few weeks have been a whirlwind, I am finally getting caught up in writing an update. Below are pictures from the final week before we boarded the plane with longtime friend, Pastor Matt Garrett, (from Sanford) to return stateside.  Pastor Matt was our guest speaker for the week. What an amazing time we had! Matt did a 2-day conference for our present and former Bible school students and was the special speaker  for our Bible school graduation. What a powerful message he preached on Receiving and Giving. Matt also ministered to our mother church in Petite-Anse. His ministry and fellowship was superb and it was an excellent way to crown the year! All our students were tremendously blessed and we thank Pastor Matt for enriching our lives and ministry.

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A Final Salute to Pastor Dick Iverson

33657199_10155276015247294_4439233791478726656_o-1This year our graduates did something that touched us deeply. Normally, the graduates have the opportunity to choose a great reformer such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, or John Knox to represent them. The reformer’s picture is posted on the front of the program for the graduation service. You can imagine our surprise and delight when they asked if they could honor Pastor Dick Iverson instead. Pastor Dick spoke at our last Bible school graduation and ministered greatly to our students.

Pastor Dick was the founder of Bible Temple and Portland Bible College in Portland, Oregon. He also founded MFI (Ministers Fellowship, International) of which we are members. Pastor Dick and his wife, Roxy, traveled the world over encouraging pastors and missionaries in the faith before he left this earth to find his eternal reward. How very grateful we are that he was able to come to Haiti two years ago and leave such an incredible deposit of faith with us. Obviously, he made a huge impact with our Bible school students!

Housewarming

34444423_10155290541577294_5574236675346792448_nSince we returned to Jacksonville (NC), my sisters and some friends had a housewarming party for us. How very blessed we were to receive gifts and gift cards for our new home – especially since we’re almost starting from scratch.

We had such a great time catching up with relatives and friends. Thanks to everyone who made our party so special! (I have no idea what Prit is doing here. I guess he’s still in preaching mode.) We have had so much fun slowly getting our new home organized. It’s great to be back in the good ‘ole USA!

 

 

Welcome, Lorelei!

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                                          Lorelei Edelen – already contemplating

Being travel weary, getting our taxes caught up, and working to get our new home in order, I haven’t had much time or energy to post. But this one can’t wait!

Lorelei Edelen made her grand debut into the world at around 5:10 this morning. We have a granddaughter! We are so happy for Ben, Deb, and Sam. Welcome to our world, Lorelei! Sam is going to be an awesome ”Big Brudder.”

 

Off the Carousel

http---cdn-1.cnn.com-cnnnext-dam-assets-141003124739-1-carousel---annoying-airport-behaviorI watched as the suitcases went around and around on the carousel. We were finally back in Jacksonville, NC! It wasn’t hard to pinpoint the two that belonged to us. They were the dirtiest and most beat up of them all. I watched as my once royal blue suitcase came near and Prit quickly pulled it off before it went around again. I felt just like that suitcase looked. Beat up. Tired. Travel weary. Ripped in some places. Loaded down.

Don’t get me wrong: It’s been a great year in many ways. We have received a myriad of answered prayers, plus we dedicated our long-awaited building. People we haven’t even met yet bought us a brand new, double-cab pickup and we now have a first-rate generator in place to get the long-awaited water system up and running. It will provide pure water to the thousands of residents in the Petite-Anse area. We have been the recipients of much grace and are so thankful for those who made all this possible, not to mention all the faithful ones who support us regularly.

However, living in a fourth-world country and overseeing a huge ministry takes its toll. The incessant heat, constant problems related to electricity failure, the monthly responsibilities of paying salaries, plus no outlet to take a mini-vacation anywhere  weighs down the soul. In addition, there’s the constant spiritual warfare and the feeling of the overwhelming needs of a people living permanently in crisis-mode.

We love the people of Haiti and we love Rehoboth Ministries. We also love the fact that we are stateside. We are in much need of physical and spiritual rest. As I write, no one’s banging on our bedroom door to notify us of an urgent need or to let us know that a visitor has shown up – yet again – with no appointment. We don’t hear the wash lady and other workers just outside our window talking. For a missionary, luxury is found in the most unforeseen places. We can actually walk outside our front door without being approached with a need. We can also go to town without weaving to miss the potholes and horrendous traffic. I wonder if the people I see in Walmart or in the restaurant have any idea of how blessed they are to live a life of such simplicity.

So much has happened in the last few weeks that I will have to gradually catch you all up. For now, we’re only too happy to be on the slow track for once and off the carousel. Thank you for your prayers for a safe trip home. It’s good to be back.

Final Stretch!

Unknown-1It’s been a flurry of activity around here and it’s fixing to get a whole lot busier. We are in the process of turning the upstairs conference room into our new IBAG Headquarters for the fall. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do! We give a special shoutout to Bill Rawlins for helping us get started on this project and to others who have chipped in.

We are far from done, however. There’s still furniture to be built (desks, podiums) as well as chalkboards for the walls. We need to add in ceiling fans (a must in Haiti) and the stairs leading up to the second floor are in bad need of repair. They need a paint job as well. There are always unexpected costs that pop up and we still need an estimated amount of $2,000 to complete this work. Can you help us insure that our graduates will have a new headquarters when they return at the end of August?

Speaking of IBAG, we have a graduation coming up on May 26th for our 9th promotion graduates. Tomorrow, Pastor Matt Garrett will fly in to teach a 2-day series to our IBAG students as well as share a short message with the IBAG staff and students at a banquet on Friday night. Saturday morning, he will be our speaker for the graduation and will bring a special message to our main church in Petite-Anse on Sunday morning. As you can see, we get a lot of mileage out of our visitors! We will give him a break, however, on Monday to visit the beautiful fortress called the Citadel.

Matt’s wife, Becky, flies the friendly skies tomorrow as well. She will be visiting their daughter, Emily, and her family where they serve as missionaries to Columbia. So, the Garrett family could use lots of prayer for safe travels.

As you can see, we are on our final stretch before leaving on the same flight as Pastor Matt just a week from tomorrow. Pray for us, as we have lots to do before returning stateside for a few months. If you would like to help us with our Bible institute preparations, you can use the info. below to give.

Thank you so much for all that you’ve done for Rehoboth Ministries!

 

IBAG: Institut Biblique de la Grâce (Grace Bible Institute)

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC 27532 / (919) 751-8188  or give online at Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI

 

Changing Lives…Impacting A Nation 

Tutoring, Prayers for Haiti, & Mother’s Day

IMG_2351.JPGThe year’s winding down quickly. Yesterday was my last day tutoring Dane and today was my last day with Dominique. They have been awesome students and I’ve enjoyed working with them so much. It’s been very interesting and enlightening to study American History through the eyes of a Haitian.  It’s also been a challenge to brush up on my own knowledge of history since it’s been many moons ago that I sat in my own classroom to study. In fact, it’s been many years since I was in a classroom of any kind – ever since I homeschooled our own kids. No, I won’t tell you how long ago that was.

Pray for Haiti

Unknown-2Even when we leave Haiti, the ministry is ever on our minds. There is no vacation for our paying of salaries, with the exception of the feeding program. Haiti is and has been in ”crisis mode” for a long time. The prices in the marché and stores continue to rise. $1 Haitian used to equal $1 US. Now,  it takes around 13 Haitian dollars to equal $1 US. Our security guard told us last night that it was announced on the radio that the electric bills and the price of gas will be escalating.  Here are some examples of what we pay for some of the fruit we buy:

3 oranges ($20 H = $1.50 US)

1 medium sized pineapple ($60 H = $4.60 US)

1 tomato ($10 H = .77 cents US)

5-6 limes ($20 H = $1.50 US)

I don’t know what the prices of these items are in the grocery store back home. But, remember that the majority of people here are living hand to mouth. There are no credit cards to use when in a lurch or another alternative for buying food other than what’s available.

At some point, we hope to purchase land and grow our own gardens. This way we can provide for the people here as well as integrate some of the food into the feeding program. We need others’ expertise to help us with that.

Would you pray for our people who are struggling so hard, plus pray that new doors will open for us to be self-sustaining in as many areas as possible? Your prayers have helped us move so many mountains already….

Mother’s Day

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We wish all the mothers who read this post a ”Happy Mother’s Day!” Since Haitians celebrate their mothers on the last Sunday in May, we will recognize them at a later date.

Vroom! Vroom!

Unknown-1Recently, we sent out a letter asking some of our supporters if they’d make a one-time $50 (US) gift towards helping us raise money to purchase motorcycles for two students that we are sending to a university far outside of Cap-Haitian. The response was overwhelming and we have already managed to raise $2,100 (US)! This buys two new bikes plus helmets and the needed paperwork to make it all legal. Thanks so much to those who were so responsive and generous. The purchase of these motorcycles will cut the cost for their transportation immensely. We were paying around $60 (US) each week just to get them to the university and back on a tap tap . Yikes!

Just in case you wish you had been tagged, there’s always the opportunity to give…. We still have upcoming school bills, especially for one of our students (Clodain) who will continue studying Agronomy all the way through the month of July. The materials he needs to purchase, plus his courses for June/July will cost $400 (US). Perhaps we can find eight more people who would like to send a $50 gift to help Clodain? If so, you can send a donation (info below) and mark it Haiti/Clodain.

Thanks again for being such wonderful supporters of Rehoboth Ministries.

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Tap-Tap: The popular mode of transportation in Haiti involving a diesel pickup with a covered back. It is called a tap-tap due to the sound it makes as it passes by.

 

 

Contact Information

Pritchard: pgiba3@gmail.com/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096

Dana:        danaptl@gmail.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509  3272 5600

John:        adams.john@gmail.com / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 4785 9023

NOTE: Our stateside #’s do not work when we are in Haiti.

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC 27532 / (919) 751-8188 or donate online at thelordstable.org. You can also use this link to give –  Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI

 

Changing Lives… Impacting A Nation