Lord, Give me ”Grace!”

1457734359939My mother frequently shared a story with us kids from when she was a student at Holmes Bible College in Greenville, South Carolina. One of her friends was madly in love with another student named Grace. Every day he would pray “Lord, give me Grace!” We chuckled over this story and never tired of hearing it. I asked my mother if they ever married and she said ”Oh yes, the Lord gave him Grace.”

I am keenly aware that, if not for the grace of God operating in our lives, we would be doomed to a life of frustration. We saw this in action just last week. John has been driving our new pickup since the Trooper, being an old vehicle, is having problems again. My husband repeatedly contacted the Isuzu dealer in Port-au-Prince to send us the plates so that we would not get stopped by a policeman – to no avail. Sure enough, John was stopped and the pickup was impounded. Since John was leaving yesterday to join us here in Portland, we desperately needed the plates sent from Port-au-Prince on the plane to Cap-Haitian by Saturday in time for him to relinquish them to the police department before leaving the country. It was already Friday. All of us were imploring the Lord to move on the dealership to get those plates to John so that our pickup wouldn’t sit in the lot for over a week racking up a huge bill. Our lawyer asked the police that if the Isuzu company would send pictures of the plates to them, would they allow John to take the pickup home? The policeman in charge replied, ”Yes.” After going to great lengths to get Isuzu to send the pictures, the policeman changed his mind. Like my mother’s friend, we were praying ”God give us Grace!” Fortunately, the plates came right in the nick of time and we finally exhaled.

Grace is that extra-special oomph one needs to attain something through prayer they would not normally receive otherwise. I don’t know how many times we’ve experienced it on the mission field when the Lord bore us up on angel’s wings.

Do you need grace today? I pray the Lord will show Himself strong in your behalf and give you that special oomph that you need from Him. I’d even love to hear about it when He does!

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV

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Hurricane Florence Update

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Saturday afternoon, we finally regained power! Since Thursday, the electricity went off and the news broadcasts yielded nothing but ominous reports of a Category 5 hurricane which was maliciously making its way to the port city of  Wilmington, North Carolina.  What began as a tropical storm in the Atlantic rapidly gained strength with unprecedented speed. Forecasters predicted that, not only would Florence leave in its wake a destruction of unparalleled magnitude, it would also result in the loss of billions of dollars for this state of North Carolina. Added to that, there was no way to predict how many lives would be lost to the voracious appetite of this Goliath that kept increasing in strength.

 “Florence” means “blossoming” or “to flower”, and is a direct contradiction to anything of beauty or life-giving. This tropical storm in the Atlantic quickly evolved to a Cat 5 monstrosity whose bulls-eye was Wilmington. We began to pray in earnest for the Lord to send this leviathan back into the sea from whence she originated.  Not only was Wilmington on her radar, but so was Jacksonville, where we reside. It’s only a little over an hour’s drive from here to the outskirts of this fifth largest city of the Tarheel state. Florence would have ranked among the chief of the hurricanes which left nothing but carnage in its wake EXCEPT FOR

Pastors in North Carolina began to sound the alarm for Christians to fast and pray from  6:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and not to relent until their prayers were answered. Prit and I sat and prayed in the dark. We have prayed through many hurricanes in Haiti. In fact, our daughter, Deb, was born 30 years ago this month during Hurricane Gilbert. Last year, around this same time, we were also imploring the Lord to divert Hurricane Irma away from the north of Haiti.  Irma was already so powerful that it was registering on seismic instruments! We trembled in horror as we pled with the Lord to have mercy on that little island once again. She has already suffered so much destruction! Not only were we praying for the Haitian people, but for the life of our son, John, who was already back in Haiti at this time. Last year, Irma made it to the north coast and suddenly veered away from Haiti at the last second. As John put it, ”We dodged a bullet.”  I shudder even now to think of what might have been.

While praying on Thursday night, Prit and I sat together listening to the foreboding sound of the outer bands of the hurricane winds coming in our direction. I have never heard anything so dreadful. The only thing I can think to compare it to is the noise one hears while sitting in an automatic car wash that cleans and buffers your car — only AMPLIFIED a thousand times. Finally, exhausted, we claimed Psalm 3:5 and fell asleep. Awaking the next morning, we could still hear the foreboding sound of impending destruction. After re-charging our cell phones with our car battery, we followed the news of Florence’s path which had now begun to take a bizarre turn as a Fox journalist described it. We did not doubt for a second that the incense of the prayers turning heavenward was thwarting the path of this beast. Like we have so often experienced when we prayed in Haiti, progress was slow — but steady, and the path began to shift. However, the continual predictions of much destruction that would be caused through heavy rains and flooding and ultimately, the loss of life, kept us on our knees. Because of the slowdown of Florence’s path, it did indeed begin to wreak havoc on this state. Even so, the death toll would have been so much greater if destruction had had its way.  Florence’s path continued to shift, and move towards South Carolina. But, not before it caused widespread flooding. At present, the number of deaths recorded in North Carolina is 11 people. Florence was slowly reduced to a Cat 4, Cat 3Cat 2, Cat 1, and finally, a Tropical Storm. Even as I write, Onslow County is completely surrounded by water. No one can enter, and no one can leave. We haven’t even been able to leave our neighborhood and venture into town due to all the flooding. God be praised, we have NO damage to our home or property.

We continue to ask for your prayers for the folks who did suffer loss. We also ask for you to pray for all those who are still in harm’s way. We thank all of you who were praying for us. We also thank our Haitian friends who were giving themselves to prayer and supplication in our behalf as well. 

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

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Where Have We Been?

Traveling

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L to R: (front row) Betty Price, Gail Daniels, Dana Adams, Janice Brown (top row) Jo Norton, Maggie Andrews (Unfortunately, Crystal Sisk had to leave before this picture was taken.)

We’ve been up and down the road lately having fun visiting supporting churches and catching up with friends. Whew! Where has this summer gone? In exactly 20 days, we will be on a plane headed for the Annual MFI Conference in Portland, Oregon. We’ll go from there to Tacoma, Washington, to minister in Trinity Church. We can’t wait to see all our friends on the West Coast. After that, we will fly back to Haiti.

In August, we had a wonderfully refreshing time of fellowship and prayer with fellow ministers in the Southeast MFI Region in Clarksville, Virginia. After leaving Clarksville, we returned to Fayetteville for three days where a group of women leaders from Northwood Temple Church took me (Dana) out for lunch to the Olive Garden and bestowed me with all kinds of gifts for our home. Yay! We’ve also been to Morehead City to visit Impact Church and had a great time of visiting with Pastor Nelson and Vickie Hopkins. This past Monday evening, I spoke at a Women’s Aglow meeting in Mount Olive. What a blessed event and time of reuniting with these precious ladies. Afterwards, a friend took me (Dana) to an outlet in Goldsboro and loaded our car down with all kinds of things for our new home. Prit and I had just enough room to slip into the seats of our Toyota and drive back to Jacksonville.

Before leaving Goldsboro, however, we also visited with Pastor Mitch Ham at The Lord’s Table Church to discuss purchasing and sending a quality sound system to Haiti. (We sure need your prayers on that one!) This will require jumping some hurdles to get it all through customs in Haiti without it costing “an arm and a leg”. How very grateful we are for all the friends in the ministry that the Lord has given to us. Our cup runs over and our new home is shaping up. Prit and I are overwhelmed to see all the Lord has done in such a short time.

A special thanks to all of you who purchased a Haiti bag. All proceeds go to the ladies who sewed them. 🙂 

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Next Week is Pivotal!

FullSizeRender.jpgAll three of our schools start back next week. Our faith is being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d tremendously when it comes to providing on our end for the feeding program. Orphans Promise has already shipped in boxes of food, but we still need $3,100 (US) a month on our end to purchase gas tanks, pick up supplies at the marché, pay cooks’ salaries, and the list goes on…. We truly need your help to be able to sustain this life-giving ministry. Would you consider giving a major contribution to Rehoboth/Feeding Program to help us get up and running? Perhaps you would be led to make it a monthly offering. Or maybe you or your church could agree to  cover one of our ten months? We want to fill those hungry bellies!

 

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

Website: rehobothhaiti.com

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Red, Red, My Eyes Are Red

IMG_2785Haven’t I washed that red blouse multiple times already? How in the world did everything in my wash this morning turn out red? Red underwear, red slacks that used to be white that I wore with practically EVERYTHING. A green top which now looks like someone took a magic marker and randomly marked it with red stripes.

I once had an aunt who was obssessed with red. Aunt Jerutha had red furniture, red carpet, red and white checkered tile in her kitchen as well as red bedspreads and curtains. Yes, you’re probably wondering about her bathroom towels. You guessed it. Red! All that with a red car sitting in the driveway. Everything she wore was red and she even wore red glasses.

Well, there are worse things than having all red clothes (or furniture), I guess. There’s nothing sadder than to see tears flowing from the red eyes of a hungry child.  I recall the story of one young boy who sat on the curb waiting for school to begin. He was crying and his eyes were red. Pastor Lefort asked him what was wrong to which he replied, ”My mother didn’t give me anything to eat this morning.” Pastor Lefort gave him the only thing he had to give – a small pack of crackers. (This was before we had a feeding program in place.) That, along with many other stories, compelled us to pray until the Lord sent Orphans Promise to help us. What a miracle to see children who were once fainting in class, due to the heat and empty stomachs, eating a full plate of food! As a result of their eating, they’re able to learn much better.

Our schools are almost ready to open again in September. However, we still have to provide the gas tanks, salaries for the cooks, people to run to the marché to purchase gas tanks, spices, and cleaning products, plus supply the money to buy gas for those drivers. Whew! This costs us $3,100 a month and we truly need your help.

”I can only send $25”, you may say. Here’s why your $25 a month is so important. You would pave the way to encourage others to give. With your sacrificial monthly offering or even a one-time gift, others may say, ”Well, I can give $50 or $100.” You could be the catalyst, along with those who are already sowing into Haiti’s future, to encourage others to take that first step!

Whatever you can give, we know God will take it and multiply it. Will you help us eliminate those red, weepy eyes? Here’s how! The information is below and just be sure to add Haiti/Feeding Program to your check or a note if you give online. Would you do one more thing for us? Leave a note on our website or facebook pages saying, “I gave to Rehoboth’s feeding program and you can too!” Watch out though: You may develop red eyes from those tears of joy you shed knowing that you put food in the belly of a hungry child.

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

Website: rehobothhaiti.com

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Our Time’s Winding Down

On the Road

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-Congratulations Pastor John & Fay!

We’ve been busy traveling to various churches who regularly partner with Rehoboth Ministries these past few weeks. It’s been great to see all our long-time friends in Tarboro. We visited our old stomping grounds in Fayetteville and were delighted to join in the celebration of Pastor John and Fay Hedgepeth’s 50th year in their ministry at Northwood Temple Church. What a milestone! This morning we were with the wonderful church body of Enon Baptist Church here in Jacksonville and we look forward to being in Morehead City next Sunday at Impact Church.

At the end of September, we will be leaving for our annual MFI Conference in Portland, Oregon. If you want us to come share about all the Lord did for us this year, time is running out. Speaking of time getting away from us, John leaves us on Wednesday to return to Haiti. The Bible institute will be cranking back up and he returns to teach at Cowman School in early September. You would think after all these years of traveling back and forth, the separation would get easier. But, we already miss him. Would you please remember him in your prayers for safe travels and for an easing back into his regular routine? We have been invited to visit Trinity Church in Tacoma, Wa, the weekend of October 7 after the Portland conference. The Lord willing, we will return to Haiti after that.

Home Sweet Home

We have thoroughly enjoyed our new home this summer. It has been very restful for us here. Adjusting to life again in the little mission house and a very different daily routine takes time. Although we’re not back in Haiti yet, your prayers are coveted for us as well. I shared at Enon this morning that we live among a people who are in crisis mode and the weight of the people’s misery comes to rest on our shoulders as well. Food and gas prices continue to escalate which will affect every other area of living and ministry. However, we choose not to fall in a pit of despair and trust the Lord to help us continue to…..change lives and impact this nation for Him. Many thanks to those of you who have chosen to come alongside of us to help us do just that!

 

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.

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