The Prayers of Dana…

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-David, in the cave of Adullam

Sitting on my bed in my house robe, I was finishing up Psalm 72. I was getting ready to make my way to the third section when it hit me. Why was I suddenly overcome with emotion? Tears began running down my cheeks, then they turned to sobs. It wasn’t the psalm so much. It was the words that followed. The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are finished. The finality of this statement reached out and grabbed and shook me.

The psalm itself was beautiful. It spoke of the coming Messiah and all that His coming would mean. But, now, stuck in a moment of wonder, I kept reading the phrase over and over again. The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are finished. The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are finished. The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are finished. The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are f-i-n-i-s-h-e-d. The last line just seemed to take a life of its own, compelling me to linger and drink in the meaning of each word.

The whole life of David passed before me. I imagined the boy David, who had tended his father’s sheep and who sang to the God of Israel. Then there was the young man David who had brought down Goliath with his slingshot and a single stone. I next remembered the fugitive David who fled from an insanely jealous and demon-tormented King Saul. All those years that were spent in the wilderness were preparing David until God finally established him on his tormentor’s throne. I remembered the heartsick David who repented of his sins with Bathsheba and who grieved over the loss of three sons. David, who had failed so miserably, never stopped loving God… and never stopped praying. Feeling as if I was transported to his bedside, I watched as he drew his last breath. David would never utter another prayer on this earth. With an emotion I can’t define, I read the lines over and over again.

The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are finished. I knew that one day, the prayers of Dana, the daughter of Jehovah would  be  finished….ended….no moreover. How much time had I spent doing frivolous things when I could have been praying? How often had I felt the nudge to come aside and seek Him? How many times had I rolled over and gone back to sleep? Yes, even having served as a missionary in Haiti for over 35 years, I was painfully reminded of the times when I should have prayed more. We have had so many close calls and I’m sure only one thing helped us escape every time: deep, agonizing prayer.

I am painfully aware that there is so much more to be done in my life, in my family, and in our ministry. My heart grieves over the plight of the Haitian people. I am convinced that only prayer and faith can resolve these issues. There’s still timeThe prayers of Dana ….. are. not. yet. finished.

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Here We Go and There She Goes!

Coming to Tarboro, NC!

Hi everyone, Prit and I will be coming to Tarboro this weekend. We will be speaking at Rock Church pastored by Mike and Mary Chatt. They are doing a wonderful job and we can’t wait to see them again.

We are so excited because this was our home church and our launching pad to Haiti. We still have many friends there who provide a blast from the past as well as new believers too. Rock is a thriving church and if you’re nearby, please come by and hear all about the wonderful things God has done for Rehoboth Ministries this year.  Mike and Mary would be delighted to meet you, greet you, or what have you. Thanks so much Rock Church for, not only sending us, but sustaining us with your support all these 35 years! We look so forward to seeing all of you again.

There She Goes…..

UnknownRemember Sixpence and their famous song? It’s timeless. There she goes. There she goes again…..racing through my brain. Ok, this isn’t really about Sixpence and their song – even though I love it! It’s about me. Here I go, here I go again. 🙂 I’m reminding you that if you’ve thought about helping us feed hungry children, send students to study at a university, sponsor a student in our Bible institute, help someone start their own business, or just help out with the General Fund that covers a MULTITUDE of needs – now’s the time! There is no end to the possibilities of helping Rehoboth. We are on the ground, in the action, and making an inroad in the lives and hearts of the Haitian people with the Gospel. With your help we can change lives and impact the nation of Haiti. The information’s below and if you have any questions, just shoot me (Dana) an e-mail. But, don’t shoot me because you can’t get that tune out of your head now. 

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 give online at Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI

Hand In Hand

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Our schoolchildren in the Petite-Anse School

Here’s a beautiful article published on the Orphans Promise website that was written about Rehoboth Ministries. We could not have fed around 1,200 children in three schools without the help of this wonderful ministry. Because our feeding program only operates during the school year, we will have some very hungry children returning in September.

For Rehoboth’s part, we personally supply $3,100 (US) each month to help purchase huge gas tanks, cleaning products, spices, and other needs. This also includes paying the cooks’ salaries in all three schools, plus paying workers to go to the marché to make the purchases. We had some valued partners in the past who were giving into the program, but they have left this earth for their eternal reward. For the first time since the program began, we have begun to struggle to keep up our end of the bargain. Wouldn’t you like to help fill in the gaps that were left so that we can continue to feed these precious children on a regular basis? $3,100 becomes $31,000 to cover the 10-month school year. Due to the needs of the Bible institute, sending two students to a university for a college education, paying salaries to pastors and workers in our churches, and the general running of generators, vehicles, working on construction projects… well, I’m sure you get it! We can surely use your help and the doors of our schools will be opening sooner than you think. Won’t you be that special someone to say, ”I’ll help”? We’re sure that hand in hand we can meet this goal!

We’re Getting There!

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Bible School

Thanks to so many of you who rallied to the cause of getting our Bible School fixed up. Partitions have been made to section off classrooms, tile has been repaired, and a new coat of paint has freshened up the walls and ceiling. Our woodworker, Wesley, is now in the process of making the tables and chairs. Our Bible school students will be delighted to return to a place in the fall which they can call their own.

Since we inherited buildings that were in much need of repair, there’s still more that can be done. Those who have already helped are already committing to do more! The outside of the building will be painted and the Bible School logo added. Also,  concrete will be laid at the bottom of the stairs outside to avoid tripping on  ground which is not level. We are so very grateful for your help!

Feeding Program

IMG_2100You didn’t get in on the action? No problem! We are in much need of serious donors for our children’s feeding program. Before you know it, we will be opening our schools again and there will be hungry children to feed. Won’t you make a commitment to give this year to feed a hungry child? This is no small task and Rehoboth is in much need of your help! Use the information below and add a note that your donation is for the feeding program. You have the power to change a life!

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 give online at Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI

 

A Brighter Side of Haiti

My last article gave our readers a bird’s eye view of how things are in Haiti at present. In this post I want to share how we are bringing hope to a devastated nation. After 35 years in this country, we have established 5 churches, 3 schools, and a Bible institute which just graduated its 9th promotion in May. We are also (with the help of Orphans Promise ministry) feeding around 1,200 schoolchildren in our 3 schools. Whew! To say this is a challenge doesn’t even begin to describe life in Haiti. Living in the poorest nation of the western hemisphere and working with the Haitian people has demanded a faith and fortitude that only God can provide. Here are two bright, shining examples that are the result of much toil and sacrifice on our part. Others have helped us along the way as well and now we want to brag a little, (plus ask your help with this need).

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– Tedson Massillon (Music Major)

I earlier mentioned that Haiti’s youth has inherited generations of problems. They, in themselves, are a mission field. But, Rehoboth Ministries is working to make a lasting difference in this devastated country. In addition to educating and feeding children, plus training young men and women for leadership,  we are sending 2 students to a local Christian university to be trained as future leaders. I would like to share a little about them. Tedson has only 1 1/2 years to complete his studies. Tedson practically grew up on the church bench in Petite-Anse and we watched him flourish and follow his father’s footsteps in becoming a member of our church’s worship team. Tedson plays bass, guitar, piano, drums, trumpet, and violin. As if that were not enough, he has a gorgeous tenor voice and has also begun to compose his own music. He works fulltime with our youth and children’s choir. As you can see, we keep him quite busy! Our church family was there to pick up the pieces when his mother died in a tragic automobile accident a few years ago. He is like a son and has remained faithful to his studies in spite of multiple adversities. We want to help him finish his education.

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– Clodain (Agronomy Major)

Clodain is another student, who like Tedson, is attending the university in Limbé, Haiti, and is studying agronomy. Clodain is a natural-born leader in our church. He has the ability to see a need and address it before others do. Clodain’s father, Orléus, was our first church member when we erected an old, army medical tent as our first church shelter over 28 years ago. Clodain has just completed his first year of school at the same university in Limbé. Clodain’s mother has also gone to be with the Lord and his dad is a simple fisherman and unable to provide for Clodain’s schooling. Clodain and Tedson are two leaders being honed for future service. They are a far cry from the pictures you see of people participating in riots and looting. You deserve to see the other face of Haiti, and Rehoboth is actively working to train up youth who have great potential and who aren’t afraid to lead. We are so proud to be able to invest in these two. There are many more just like them who are praying for an opportunity to make something more of their lives.

You can help us help them! Right now, we need around $1,400 apiece to complete their first semester of school — 6 months, plus pay for their daily gas and food. Due to recent rioting, the price of gas will surely go up again and the tuition has already been raised from where it was. Will you help us tilt the balance in this direction? There’s no telling what the Lord has planned for these two and you can be a catalyst in giving them a future with a hope! Will you act now so that we can make sure their place is secured in the university for another year? Thank you!

Clodain: $1,400 (1st semester)

Tedson:  $1,400 (1st semester)

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 give online at Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI

The Haitian Dilemma

Unknown.jpegMany of you saw Haiti in the news last week. You have written and asked what exactly is going on. Thank you for doing so. This gives me the opportunity to respond in a correct manner, for many of the news reports that we have seen have presented a misrepresentation of what took place there in the last week.

The Haitian government created a double-digit hike in the costs of petrol and kerosene after making an agreement with the International Monetary Fund to increase the government revenue if they would do so.  For the average Haitian who lives on $5 a day, a 38% increase in petrol wreaked havoc. Many took to the streets to riot and, after three days of protests, four people were killed. Most of this took place in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.  However, there was also rioting going on in Cap-Haitian as well. Our leaders have told us that it has pretty much calmed down now. Many of the Haitians have demanded that President Jovenel Moïse step down and the gas hike has been temporarily suspended.

There is no simple solution here. We live in Haiti most of the year. We know what it is like to have to purchase food, gas for our vehicles, gas for our generators, and the list goes on. We have asked ourselves many times, How in the world are the people that we live and work among able to survive? Of course, we know one of those answers is that many of them come to our doorstep looking for help. It is an endless stream of those who can’t help themselves and others who are just plain hungry that put an incredible amount of pressure on us to help them. We have identified with Moses many times as he carried the burdens of a nation and had to have supernatural help to get these former slaves from Egypt into Canaan. There is no way to adequately describe the pressure we are under to help those in crisis mode, yet there’s no way to adequately describe what they are going through either. My husband has often described the average Haitian life as a little bird who totters on the very end of a branch. The average citizen cannot see beyond today. Jobs are virtually nonexistent and we are there to make a difference. So….when the government elects to impose a gas hike, not by increments, but on a large scale, the result is chaos.

As I’ve mentioned before in a post, it is a common misconception of many to think that it is cheaper to live in Haiti than to live stateside. Prices are constantly fluctuating. One of many examples is that of trying to provide the gas tanks and other commodities needed for our feeding program. It’s akin to running on foot to catch an airplane taking flight.

Some ask, Why can’t they just get it together and learn to run their own country? The youth of Haiti have inherited a multitude of problems that were created from many generations past. Let’s never forget that it was the United Nations that imposed an embargo on Haiti in 1992. The results of that decision were disastrous. An already sick country ended up in the ICU ward as a result of that one move. 

Haiti is certainly responsible for many of its own problems. There is no easy answer. What we do know is that we love the Haitian people. Some of the most loyal and loving people we know that prayed us through many dire situations reside in that country. We ask that, instead of judging them, you would please pray for them in this time of deep distress.  Pray for Rehoboth Ministries as well which has been laboring for over 35 years in this country to make a difference in people’s lives. Help us help them by offering a cup of cold water to a very thirsty people.  Also, pray for stability among the Haitian people.

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 give online at Haiti – https://pushpay.com/pay/tltglobalmissions/?f%5B0%5D=Haiti

** Please earmark your gifts HAITI

Happy Month-a-versary, Lorelei!

37043848_10160816893695045_3642889821929603072_nAll of our family left this morning (except for John.) Gabriel was up before dawn to catch a flight out for Portland. Deborah and her family are winding their way back to West Virginia and I am finally getting back to updating and answering e-mails. It’s best to stay busy before I get all melancholy! I forgot to wish our beautiful little granddaughter a Happy Month-a-versary. Lorelei Adele is exquisite and growing so fast. She may be one year old before we see her again and I can’t begin to tell you how that pains me. But, my heart is full and so is my cup.

I spent much of the week outside with our 4-year old grandson, Sam. He taught me to take delight in the simplest of things like gathering pinecones to make a special thing and throwing tree branches into the woods while simultaneously yelling ridiculous names like Pineapple Pistacio. Where does he get these ideas?

I’m so thankful for the wonderful time we had together with our loved ones. I’m also thankful they enjoyed time in our new home as well. The summer is passing all too quickly.

I will write more about the situation in Haiti, but for now I will relish the thoughts of a week well spent.

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