Dismal – But Not Without Hope

Recently, a fellow missionary wrote the post below and put it on their facebook page. I don’t think they’ll mind me sharing it since it was a public post. I hope this will cause you, the reader, to give thanks for the many untold blessings we enjoy stateside and elsewhere. Even if the Walmarts, Costcos, and Sam’s Clubs lack the basics, at least you know more will be coming eventually. Plus, the workers in these outdoor markets don’t have anything to fall back on. There are no credit cards, retirement accounts, food kitchens, or gift cards for our Haitian friends to cash in.

91112544_2469768740003016_5284403593493872640_nLast week the Market in Cap Haitien was closed down for “cleaning” in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This market is where a large majority of people in the Cap Haitien area buy and sell their goods. Food, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, cook ware, clothes, school s upplies, etc are all sold out of this large outdoor market. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of shopping at this market, you know it’s a bit of organized chaos. To an outsider, its overwhelming, ridiculously crowded, has nasty water flowing through it (ie sewage), it’s loud, and you have to be careful where you step, or you might just fall into an open storm drain, (not that this has ever happened to anyone we know, oh wait, yes it has on multiple occasions). However, this is our “Walmart” if you will. It’s our one stop shopping for everything you need. And once you get the hang of it, there really is some order to it.

With it closed, THOUSANDS of people are out of work. Not just the merchants selling the goods, but the rural farmers, the people hauling the goods across the DR border, and so so many more.

I know people all over the world are suffering financially right now and many have lost jobs. But for Haitians who were already living on less than $2 a day, having your income source shut off is life altering. As a result of all this, the price of many goods has tripled. Our employees, our friends, and our community can’t afford these increase.

Can you imagine going into this crisis and not having a place to buy soap to wash your hands? Not having a place to buy groceries? Yes things in the US are harder than normal, but we still have it so easy compared to so many other countries.

Haiti, like many places across the world is struggling to prepare for a fight they know is going to kick them in the behind. The government and citizens want to do what they can, but unfortunately there is not much to be done. Please keep praying for Haiti.

 

Hospitals

https://www.voanews.com/science-health/coronavirus-outbreak/haiti-doctors-flee-state-run-hospital-avoid-coronavirus

The hospitals here are not prepared for this epidemic.The State Hospital in Port-au-Prince is in shambles. Doctors and nurses have fled and there’s no one to care for the sick, plus they lack the proper masks and sterilizers to protect themselves against the virus. There have been 14 people at present who have tested positive for the Corona virus.  As far as I know, no one here in the north of Haiti has tested positive yet.

While these reports are extremely dismal, we are not without hope. We have the sure promises of God’s Word to comfort us. Psalm 91 is not just a flowery, poetic piece of literature that Moses penned because it sounded so beautiful and eloquent. The scriptures are just as relevant today as they were centuries ago. While human hands are limited to help in this crisis, we are trusting in the Lord’s protection over this land as well as for our loved ones back home.  We thank you for your prayers as well!

 

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

 

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions

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

Contact Information:

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

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

 

 

 

A New Thing

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43.19 ESV)

OIP.py1g4KXdBEA5qseja-vM5wHaFjI woke up from a dream this morning. In my dream I had a baby girl. I knew it was prophetic, for I don’t believe at age 63 I’ll be having any more children. This baby gave me such incredible joy. She had the most infectious laugh and it made me laugh too. She never cried, but laughed throughout the whole dream. I believe that as the world is gripped by fear, this dream was meant to breathe hope and joy into my life and to others as well. Even those who have experienced deep sorrow and loss can recapture the unspeakable joy that only the Lord can give.

Today, as you sit in your home and wonder how many more people will be ravaged or even die from this pandemic, I pray for you. I pray that in the midst of your distress, you will look up and experience the new. Maybe it’s new ideas of how to do things, a new way of looking at things, a new joy, and new expectations. It’s a new normal, but God is always doing something fresh and is not limited by the stale and the mundane.

I encourage you to embrace the NEW. Perhaps it’s just a new level to your prayer life He wants to birth into your spirit to drown out the voices which are occupying your time and feeding your fear. This can be an exciting phase in your life. Our churches in Haiti were not able to gather and pray this morning, but that will not inhibit the prayers and power that will be unleashed from their homes. On the contrary, this may be a good break to recapture a new regard for united prayer. He’s doing a new thing. Do you not perceive it?

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions

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

Contact Information:

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

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

I Dream Of Marmalade Jelly

OIP.XDenUQHGzro5XTCxMOaJmAHaJ3The waitress at IHOP this summer kept bringing me little packets of orange marmalade jelly when she saw how much I loved them. Now that’s my kind of waitress! We are in Haiti and there’s no jelly of any kind, but somehow it helps to think on better things — yes, (even little things) like marmalade jelly. 

We have been following all the news that’s happening stateside (and worldwide) concerning the Coronavirus. We are like you. Everything’s shut down here – schools, churches, businesses. We have not left our compound for several days and very few people are allowed to come visit. But, we are ok and thankful for the internet and are able to communicate with friends and family from home.

For the Haitian people, however, this is a new low. Most of us have enough funds to stock up for several days. Our Haitian friends live hand to mouth and have no refrigerators or stoves. They cook on charcoal. Most of them shop at the marché (outdoor market) and the little amounts that their money will buy is what they carry home to their hungry families. But, today, they are closing the marchés to avoid further spread of the virus and only the government knows when they’ll reopen.

The fact that Haitians don’t live in spacious homes but in tight-packed communities opens up further risk. Many of them are terrified of this virus. Not having all the amenities that other countries provide, their life is in each other and the church. I’m sure they’re not dreaming of marmalade jelly, but of a better Haiti, one that functions normally.

While you have this time on your hands, would you remember to pray for them? They are praying for you. If you feel led to ease some of their burdens, would you send an offering to Rehoboth? Help us help them. Meanwhile, let’s all continue to pray that the Lord will give our leaders wisdom to combat this foe and that we can return to a normal life. Our strength is in unity, not division.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

 

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

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

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

39 Stripes

god-1772560__480Here in Haiti, we have been following all the events which have taken place in the last few days concerning the Coronavirus. Panic and pandemonium have set in and it hurts our hearts to see the unleashed fear that has hit our nation and the world. Thanks to this pandemic, the normalcy of everyday life has almost come to a grinding halt. We won’t even talk about what this is doing on a grand scale to businesses and other services that we have always taken for granted. One thing’s for sure, FEAR can cripple a nation. Those in the health industry are being tested to the point of exhaustion due to the alarming number of folks showing up at hospitals to get tested and those who are gravely ill are not getting the care they should have gotten due to the increase in volume. Of course, we are not condemning anyone who is taking precautions, but the fear which has gripped our nation is a crippling fear and is not God’s best for you if you are a believer. May I share some good news with you?

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 53:5: “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” By stripes, it is referring to the lashes that were placed upon Jesus’ back. Jesus paid for our healing. He loved us so much that he submitted under the crack of the whip which the seasoned Roman soldier so expertly exerted upon him. It is said that there are 39 major diseases in humankind — that all other sicknesses branch from these major illnesses. According to the Jewish law, those who were whipped received 39 lashes. Whether Jesus’ received 39 lashes or 40 is of no consequence. What matters is that he submitted to the torture of the moment and that his subsequent death on the cross bought about our spiritual and physical healing. Now, that’s some great news in light of the mayhem that is taking place in our nation (USA) and other nations as well! Since there is a ”Fear not…” for every day of the year in the Bible, you have a ”Fear not” for today!

If this doesn’t get you excited, meditate on Psalm 91 and let that become your prescription for today and it will fill your mind with peace. It is so rich and just these verses alone can feed you for a lifetime:

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee

 

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

 

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information:

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

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

Prayer for John and for others

This week John was invited to visit a Bible College in California. He’ll travel from there to Richmond, VA, and then back to Haiti next week. Here’s what he had to share. Please pray for his safe return.

 

89450606_10156729575437294_3824045323362238464_n”I spent the day at SUM Bible College close to Sacramento. This innovative school is providing fully accredited theological education at extremely affordable rates to people all over the world thanks to the Internet. I wish they had a program in French so our Bible college could join in from Haiti! My friend Manny is in the process of launching a cohort in Richmond, Va. I’ll be at his church on Sunday to share the Word.”  John

Coronavirus

Even though we are in Haiti, we are following the news very closely concerning all those who have been or may be affected by the Coronavirus. As far as we know, there have been no reports of this in Haiti. We pray for the Lord’s protection upon each and every one of you.

 

 

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

 

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, John!

82803300_10156589327172294_1551168924039512064_nToday, our firstborn has turned 35 years old. We celebrated early with a chocolate cake since he flew out yesterday to participate in some program instruction which relates to our Bible institute. We are so proud of John and all his accomplishments. He is such a hard worker and ever learning. The things he has contributed to Rehoboth Ministries are too many to number and this ministry is better off because of his contributions.

Happy Birthday, John and safe travels! We’re praying your trip will be fruitful and that you’ll meet folks who can become lifetime friends. Thanks also to Lux Church in Richmond, Virginia, for making John’s trip possible!

 

 

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

 

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information

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

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

Team Hennigan and a Powerful Week of Ministry!

 

IMG_8624 2IMG_0650 2IMG_1929 2IMG_4989IMG_84260

What a busy week it’s been! Three visitors flew in from Richmond, Virginia, and left a significant deposit with Rehoboth Ministries. Andy Clark, Pastor Mike Hennigan, and Pastor Victor (Manny) Peña met first with our Bible school students and then with the key leaders of the Rehoboth church-planting network. They shared on the subject of Koinonia (communion) being the essential element needed for a team to work together. Drawing from local construction practices for imagery, they talked about how crucial it is to have individual character (concrete blocks), trust between believers (mortar), and fellowship (iron rebar inside the blocks) in order for a building to remain strong for years to come. All these elements are essential in a country where earthquakes have brought so much devastation. They are even more essential, however, to building a team that can accomplish great things. This teaching brought both our Bible students and our key leaders closer together in the knowledge that their strength comes from their connection to the Lord and each other.

On Sunday, the team split up with each guest minister preaching in a different church. At the main church, we celebrated the church’s 30th anniversary. Pastor Manny preached a powerful message on celebrating the past while believing for greater things. It was a beautiful time of reflection and anticipation of an even greater future for Haiti!

Pastor Mike and John went and strengthened one of our rural church plants and Andy preached in the church located right here on our own compound. In between times of ministry, there were many conversations around the table. We thoroughly enjoyed brainstorming for the future with our visitors. All in all, koinonia was taught and lived out this week. On the team’s last day, we all took time to enjoy the beach in February. One of the nice things about living in Haiti is that winter only happens in movies! 

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

 

Links for Giving:

https://pushpay.com/g/tltglobalmissions

Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC27532 / (919) 751-8188  & please earmark your gift for Haiti.

Contact Information

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

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