Last night had to be one of my most miserable ever in Haiti. We returned to find one of our generator batteries not working which meant we couldn’t use the generator. Also, the electrician couldn’t come until this morning to fix it. To sum it up, we had no electricity in our house all night and the heat was stifling. John and I went up on the roof for a while until we couldn’t sit on the hard cement any more. I tried sleeping on the sofa in our living room and finally woke up in the middle of the night sweating. During the time it was pitch black and local warring gangs in the neighborhood came together to fight each other. Hurling broken bottles and rocks, they threatened each other and created quite a ruckus. It was the second time this week. The old man who works on furniture right across from our gate had his makeshift structure destroyed (again.) Another fellow who makes and sells concrete blocks stepped into the street this morning only to find the majority of his blocks broken up and strewn through the street.
It was hard to discern in the darkness where exactly the gang was located and it sounded as if they were hurling rocks at our front gate to get in. Finally, I heard two shots and thought it was our guard scaring them away, when in reality it was the police. The rest of the night, I had a nervous upset stomach. That, and the smothering heat left me exhausted. Of course, Prit slept like a log through it all and John slept on the cool tile in the hallway.
It’s amazing how one situation can cause your goals to shift completely! Now, all I can think about is getting a couple of solar panels to put on our roof to avert ever having to sleep in the dark again, not to mention the maddening heat. I will post the prices when I get them, but would you like to help us get started? If so, you can send a gift to:
The Lord’s Table
PO Box 11049
Goldsboro, NC 27532
** Please make your check to The Lord’s Table and earmark it HAITI / SOLAR PANELS
Meanwhile, we also ask your prayers for protection over this neighborhood. We were glad that our team from CBN had already returned stateside before the electricity failed us.
L to R: Ryan Meadows, Midori Schaffer, Danielle Blevins, Nick Davis
We are back in Haiti and had a beautiful reunion yesterday with our church family in Petite-Anse! Thanks everyone for your prayers for us. After quickly getting our new home set up in Jacksonville, NC, then flying to the west coast to attend the annual MFI Conference in Portland, we arrived back in Haiti on Friday. Whew! We’re just in time to receive a team from CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This production crew will be working on a film about Rehoboth from its inception to now and to what we want to become. They will be working together to capsulize our vision for this great work. We are so blessed to have someone do this for us and are greatly looking forward to their visit!
We are gearing up for our 2-day youth conference in November and are expecting a crowd of at least 1,000 young people. A gofundme.com link is set up to help us raise $3,000 to help feed these young people and cast a vision to encourage them that they have a role to play in changing the future of their country. These are Haiti’s leaders of tomorrow and we are specifically targeting them during this conference. Can you help? If so, click on this link: https://www.gofundme.com/rehobothhaiti-com and donate now. The time is ripe!
I am writing from Portland, Oregon, where we are attending the annual Ministers Fellowship International Conference. We have had a wonderful time visiting with our son, Gabe, who lives here. These are treasured moments and we’re looking forward to experiencing many more this week as we’re reunited with old friends and pastors who faithfully support this work.
We will return to Haiti right after this conference. We had just enough time to get moved into our new home and, yes, part of me wishes we could still be there. After all, we waited so long to have something that we could call home, even though the Lord always took care of us with the help of others. In unpacking, I came across the set of china that I bought from a traveling salesman when I was a sophomore at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, (1976 – Forty-one years ago!). I have never had the opportunity to use it and most of it still remains packed in a box in the garage. But, my sister promises to wash them and put them away for me so that the next time we return, we can use the new china. When we sit down with our family and drink from our china cups, these will be treasured moments too!
L to R: Sarah, Dana, Laney, Mary Ann
I John 5: 14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” Many, many thanks to all of you who have been praying for my brother, Laney. I had a wonderful last visit from my sisters (Sarah and Mary Ann) as well as my sweet brother. Here’s a group shot Prit took of me and my siblings. One is in Heaven already. Thank you for your continued prayers for him and for us as we travel to the MFI Conference in Portland, Oregon, and from there to Haiti. Pray that there will be no hurricanes in our path! Last year this time, we had to spend two extra days in Portland because Matthew was making its way across Haiti. Looking so forward to seeing John, plus all our leaders, pastors, and church members who have been “holding the fort.”
It seems this summer has kept us busy in every way, not to mention a cancer diagnosis and surgery for me. Since we’re leaving soon, we’re now in the fast lane in getting our home set up as much as is possible and taking off for the MFI Conference in Portland, then traveling back to Haiti.
Thanks so much to all of you who have prayed for us. Your prayers mean more than you can know. I will ask you to please offer your prayers once more for my brother, Laney. Out of a family of five, Laney and I were the last two. I am very sad to say that Laney has been diagnosed with lung cancer and emphysema and has been given 1 to 1 and 1 /2 years to live. He is already in poor health from diabetes and dementia. While we know that the Lord has the last say concerning the number of our days, I am keenly aware that when we return, Laney may have already left this earth. This is one of the hardest parts of being a missionary and deeply saddens me. I already have one brother in Heaven.
Thank you for your heartfelt prayers and encouragement!
I haven’t posted in a while because we have been busy cleaning my sister’s home where we have been living this summer, plus gathering all our worldly goods collected here in the States and putting them in her garage. Why? Because, after 35 years of waiting, we have finally found a home. Today is moving day and our long-awaited quest for a nest has come to an end. We are settling here in Jacksonville, NC, and want to thank all those at Treasure Realty who helped find the perfect home for us. We also thank all of you who have prayed for us through the years that we would finally have a base of operation stateside, not to mention a place for our family to be able to come together for a time of rest and recuperation.
We had no idea when we left our trailer and vehicle in 1983 and took off for Haiti with two trunks and two suitcases, that it would take all these years to find our own home stateside. We have watched so many folks, even former students, grow up, get married, and purchase a home while we continued to pray for our own. Well, it’s finally happened!
This does not mean we are retiring from the work of the ministry. In fact, we will be returning to Haiti shortly and this year will be our busiest ever. But, the next time we return, it will be to our own home. Our desire is now fulfilled.