New Things

2020 is slowly winding down. It’s not exactly been the type of year that produces all kinds of warm, fuzzy feelings for most of our readers. Our hearts genuinely hurt for those of you who have been hit financially, fallen ill to the Coronavirus, or sadly – lost a loved one to it.

For me, it’s involved my cancer journey which continues as I type. Tomorrow, I go in for my second round of chemo. There will be four in all, so I will have hit the halfway mark. I was told that I would lose my hair by the third round, but the majority of it has already fallen out. I’ve spent my days lately in my pj’s and wear a toboggan to hide my almost-bald head. Yes, 2020, I’ll even hold the door for you as you leave.

But, in spite of the losses from this past year, there has been much wisdom to glean. I wrote a post about thankfulness a few weeks ago and was reminded this morning of the power of a positive attitude. I read this story from a Joyce Meyer devotional and am including it here to encourage you. I hope it will speak to you in the same way it’s spoken to me.

“Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9

I heard the story of a doctor who was not a believer but who had discovered the power of the principle I am sharing with you. His prescription to his patients was to go home and repeat several times daily: “I am getting better and better every day.” He had such marvelous results that people traveled from all over the world to avail themselves of his services. Amazing! God said it first, and a man gets the credit. Do it God’s way! – Joyce Meyer – new day, new you

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

Please know that we are praying for you. I know that you are praying for us as well. Your exemplary acts of love continue to amaze and overwhelm us. Let’s thank the Lord for the NEW things that are coming our way!

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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

Thank you, Orphans Promise!

Rehoboth has been approved for another year of funding from Orphans Promise. We wish to take a moment to sincerely thank them for their extreme generousity towards the kids in Haiti. We also wish their donors well who gave so freely to make this happen. Rehoboth Ministries acknowledges those who give, those who do the administrative work in keeping it all legal, and those who ensure the food boxes get to Haiti. The little child who lifts a spoon to his or her mouth has no idea that several steps had to be taken in order for them to eat. They only know that the gnawing hunger in their stomachs is satisfied for a while because of the hot meal they are served five days a week. Haiti is a better place because of you, Orphans Promise!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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Mail 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

New Trailblazers And More!

Bible School Graduation

The graduation for our 10th promotion has taken place and we have unleashed new trailblazers into Haiti to make a difference! This is the first promotion which Prit and I were unable to attend. Though we were sad not to be there, we are so proud of how well everything was executed through our son, John, and our leaders. These graduates were slated to don their caps and gowns in May, but due to the hardships of the Pandemic, they rallied themselves to finish this semester. Rehoboth Ministries is truly proud of the Bible institute and the caliber of men and women who have graduated from there. Incidentally, our financial goal for 2021 is $20,000. This has been gauged to cover professors’ salaries as well as provide scholarships for our ongoing or incoming students. Would you like to have a hand in producing superior leaders who can effect change in Haiti’s future? Never was there a time when it was more needed! Scroll down to see how you can give and remember to mark your gift: IBAG.

John' Home!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We know that it’s a bittersweet time for many of you who have contracted the virus or, perhaps, have even lost loved ones. Our hearts truly go out to you during this time and remember you in our heartfelt prayers. We are thrilled to have John here with us for a few weeks. We have missed him terribly and although the rest of the family was unable to come, we were able to skype together. I (Dana) have my second round of chemo this coming Wednesday. Then, I’ll be halfway done. I truly ask for your prayers that the Lord will be a shield about me causing only health and healing to come through the chemo. Your cards, texts, e-mails, calls, prayers, visits, and monetary gifts have encouraged me in more ways than I can count. Thank you so much!

Would you consider joining our team?

As 2021 is quickly approaching, we would love to invite you to join the Rehoboth team. It is the consistent giving of our valued supporters which enables us to accomplish all we do. The regular sowing into this ministry, however, helps us to gauge and plan for the future. We have all types of projects which range from providing food to hungry families to, as mentioned above, enabling young leaders to be trained in our Bible institute. But, there are other needs such as much-needed construction and providing help to send university students to school that doesn’t come in on a regular basis. No gift is too small and we know the Lord will reward you in His own way. For our donors who have sown faithfullly year after year, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for strengthening our hands!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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Mail 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

We couldn’t do it without you!

A Rough Week

My days run together lately – except when I’m on the way to the doctor’s office. Today, it’s pouring down rain in Jacksonville and it would be a great day to just roll over and sleep.

I have had my first round of chemo and am slated for another one soon…hence, the reason I’m writing this post. After each chemo treatment, the oncology nurse administers a shot to rapidly boost the white immune cells. Unfortuately, this shot had to be paid out of pocket. Its original cost is over $3,000, but we were able to buy it for $912.00 since it was self-pay. When I returned to Oncology on Friday, the nurse explained to me (to my dismay) that I would need four other shots before it was all over. The final cost would be up to $3,648.00. I was shocked, to say the least. We talked a while and decided to hold off on the shot since I was feeling so great. I had completed my first round on Wednesday and here it was Friday afternoon and I felt wonderful. The nurse told me that if I did get achy, and especially if I had a temperature of over 104, to contact them immediately.

I returned home only to find later that my bones began to hurt and had a feeling of overall unwellness. I became constipated and broke out in a rash. I started praying…hard! It was then that I realized that if I called on the doctor, I would have to see him in ER. Saturday was better, yet I was exhausted. Today, even though my energy has been low, I’m much improved. If I could have foreseen how this would affect me, I would have opted for the shot!

I will return to Oncology on Wednesday for them to check my numbers and determine whether to take the shot before my next round of chemo – or wait. Yes, missionaries do crazy things and get themselves into all kinds of situations, but we don’t knowingly compromise our health.

Having said all that, Prit will have Medicare soon and I will apply in March since my birthday comes in June. We are using Christian Healthcare, but for a quick decision like this, we had to pay up front.

$912 x 4 = $3,648.00. If you should feel led to help us with the costs, it would be appreciated. Your giving means a lot to us. You can mark it Medical.

I add a special thanks to all of you who have been praying for me as well!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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Mail 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

Let’s Do This!

Most of you know my life has been greatly altered in the last half a year. The diagnosis of cancer (again) and the need to deal with it has greatly dictated my schedule. Surgery in October, accompanied with trips back and forth to the doctor’s office plus plans for further treatments, have become the norm for me. The rest of my energy has been used to help keep the ministry moving forward. It’s a different season in life.

The surgery is past tense now. I am embarking on chemotherapy treatments on Wednesday, Dec. 9th. It is something I dreaded. I’ve read both the good stories and I’ve read the horror stories as well. I’d give anything to turn around and walk the other way. A dear friend spoke to me a few weeks ago and said, “I have always been amazed at you. You’re the one who negotiated with kidnappers, you stood by your husband through two brain aneurysms and you’ve lived all these years on the mission field in Haiti! I could never do that. You are my hero!” But, I told my friend, “I’d much rather deal with life in Haiti than to go through what I am about to go through.” (At that time, I was scheduled for the mastectomy.)

Well, the surgery is behind me. Carrying around the terrible drains for 41 days is now a thing of the past. My next step involves four rounds of chemotherapy treatments. I have read all the pros and cons of chemo. Part of me wants to bolt — maybe board a plane and go back to Haiti. Yet, I’ve come to realize that one of the hardest things about the cancer journey is simply facing my fears. I don’t feel like a hero. But, I have been able to place my feet in the footsteps of some wonderful women who have marked the path before me. One friend has been dealing with the recurrence of cancer for more than twenty years, yet bravely accepts this journey. Another one has hardly had time to recuperate because she is tending to her husband who had a major stroke. These ladies and so many others stand on the sidelines cheering me on. Dear pastor friends who went through cancer together at the same time (a married couple) managed to stay positive through it all. They came through with their humor still intact. Still another is always sending me key verses to read and telling me what I can do with natural remedies to avert the harshness of the treatment. I know I am one of many and get to place my feet in their footsteps. I feel privileged to have so many friends who are now cheering me on. Their lives spur me forward to get past this interruption from what was a pretty normal routine.

So, after looking at these hall-of-famers (and there are so many more), I have resolved to follow their examples and lean more heavily on the Lord. Sometimes one has to push past the fear and say, Let’s do this“…. because dreading a thing may be worse than actually facing it head on.

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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Mail 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

Drain Free!

Sam & Loreli

Yesterday, I returned to Wilmington to have the drains removed They had been attached to my body since my surgery on October 20, 2020 – a total of 41 days! Due to fluid buildup, I had to walk around with tubes coming out from everywhere. These were attached to two huge bulbs which received the fluid drawn from my chest. There is no word to express the relief of having all this paraphenalia removed! The simple act of wearing anything besides a button-up shirt (usually a pajama top) is indescribable. Sometimes we don’t know what freedom is until we lose it!

I look forward to rehab tomorrow. I hope they can help me get more mobility in my left arm. It has been aching all day. I do ask for your continued prayers since I will be starting chemotherapy soon.

I miss my family, but wanted to share a bright spot during a difficult time. I sure miss these two. Sam and Lorelei are growing up so fast and this is their latest pic shared with us on Thanksgiving. Looking forward to the day when everyone can be together again. Now, to get that Christmas tree up and decorated!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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Mail 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

Haiti: Not For the Faint of Heart

I just reread an article that our son, John, posted on his site, backtohaiti.com. I wanted to post it here for you to read as well. He gives you a good “up front” look into life in Haiti, yet a glimpse of hope concerning how Rehoboth Ministries is serving as a catalyst for good in the midst of very dismal surroundings. Haiti is not for the faint of heart. It’s not your typical ”idyllic” vacation spot. Yes, it has the beautiful beaches and mountains, but behind all this beauty is a culture whose brokenness is so deep that only God can heal it. The despair is palpable and has accelerated due to the Pandemic which has left many wondering how they will survive. But, we wouldn’t be there unless we believed God had sent us to raise up many sons and daughters for the Lord who have the capacity to be agents of change in an otherwise hopeless situation.

Please read John’s post and consider giving to the fundraiser we have going for our Bible institute. Out of the depths of sorrow, misery, and brokenness, something beautiful is going on. Tomorrow’s leaders are being trained and equipped to go and minister to the brokenhearted and to raise up a generation which can make an impact on their nation. Would you read this and make a contribution? Our goal is $20,000. But, no gift is too small.

Click on the link below to read John’s article. Further down, you can see how to give online or send a check. Please earmark it Bible school. Thanks!

https://backtohaiti.com

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Mail 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

We Continue To Give Thanks!

We hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving – even during this precarious season! My sister, Mary Ann, swung by Cracker Barrel and purchased three turkey dinners complete with pumpkin pie and brought them to our house yesterday! We had a wonderful time talking and laughing. Even though our kids and grandkids are spread far and wide and we miss them more than we can say, we are so thankful for the family (natural and spiritual) that we have close by.

The day is drawing nearer when I’ll have these drains removed. Monday, we return to Wilmington and I’ll feel like shouting, ”Free at last. Thank God, I’m free at last!” Ok, I’ll spare the medical staff and breathe a huge sigh of relief instead. I would like to ask for prayer for my left arm. Now that the anesthesia has worn off, I can feel the stitches from my incisions more keenly and my arm lacks the mobility that it had. I’ll be in rehab twice next week to loosen it up. The fun never ends! My main goal right now is taking back my health. There is always the work of the ministry that can’t be allowed to slide either. I am finding a balance between the two and I know, with your many, heartfelt prayers, I can attain both. I’m so thankful for my wonderful husband who helps me in more ways than I can count.

Black Friday

Today is Black Friday and folks are taking advantage of great deals. Maybe you’e one of those who don’t care to mingle with the masses while you shop. Due to the ongoing Pandemic, you may prefer to shop online. Did you know that you can shop on smile.amazon.com and that your shopping will benefit your favorite charity? You can find great deals and help Rehoboth at the same time if you so choose. Just look for Rehoboth Ministries, Inc., Jacksonville, NC. Amazon will walk you through it. That way, we can both benefit from your giving!

Giving Thanks

The holiday is over, but the act of giving thanks should be a daily ritual. As it’s been said, we should always have an attitude of gratitude. We give thanks to all our friends and donors for the continual love you show towards us.

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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

Giving of Thanks

It’s been a few days since I gave an update. There’s a good reason for that. My life has been greatly altered since my surgery of October 20, 2020. The pain from the incisions and drains which (yes) are still connected to my chest has been relentless, not to mention the sapping of my strength. Recovering from major surgery produces a fatigue unlike any other and I have been forced to take on another stride. I’ve been learning to work with and respect my body in order to hasten my recovery. I’m so thankful to all of you who have acknowledged that, since the simplest of tasks now takes so much effort.

My daily routine lately has been quite different from what I usually accomplish. Emptying the fluid from the drains and recording their measurements is usually the first task of the day. Getting a shower and cleaning my wounds amazingly takes a lot of time and strength. I live in my pajamas. Once I’m done with these tasks, I ask the Lord to open His Word to me so I can be sustained with His strength throughout the day. This week’s been better than the last. I have had more energy — even if it is still limited. I told my husband that I will never look at a long list of things to do the same way again. I hope I will always remember to give the Lord thanks for the strength to tackle the list instead of complaining about all there is to be done! I will also have learned to do things in moderation with respect to the temple the Lord gave me.

As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, I would like to share a very powerful story with you that someone else related to me. A lady who had become very ill was placed in hospice. She was not expected to live very long due to her debiilitating condition. At times, the nurses would wheel her outside onto the porch to enjoy the sunshine or a nice breeze. The staff worked hard to make her last days as comfortable and pain-free as they could. But, somewhere along the way, she learned the art of thankfulness. She determined not to complain about her situation but rather to give thanks for all things. She began to thank the staff for helping her. She looked for the most minute details for which she could adopt an attitude of praise. Refusing to complain about her pathetic situation, she became the most joyful person in the ward. Then … a most spectacular thing began to unfold. Like a butterfly, slowly emerging from its cocoon, this lady’s body began to respond to her positive words and attitude. Little by little, she grew stronger and she began to celebrate each small victory. Remarkably, her health was fully restored and she returned to a normal life. This story had a profound effect on me and I hope it has touched your hearts as well. I desire to remain as faithful as this lady did. Interestingly, as I have embraced a spirit of thankfulness, my list of things for which I am grateful just keeps growing and growing!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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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

Phase I

Do you ever come through a dark period in your life in which you say, “Boy, I’d never like to relive those days again?” Yep. That basically sums up my view of life post-surgery. I feel as if I’m emerging from a deep, dark tunnel to finally see the light of day again. After awakening from surgery two weeks ago, my body immediately put me on notice of all that had transpired while I slept. 9 lymph nodes had been removed from under my arm and two were cancerous. (Yes, I know I had previously written 20, but I finally got the report sent to me and my oncologist had to decipher it for me.) So, the incision made under my arm, in addition to those performed to remove my breast, seemed to alarm every nerve in my body. Added to that, two drains were inserted into my chest to collect the remaining blood dripping from my chest wall. I was instructed to meticulously measure the blood from each drain each morning, then again at night and record the results. I haven’t done so well with this part. The first two days I did little else than sleep. The rest of the time, it took all the strength I could muster just to do the most elementary of tasks, plus, standing for very long made me dizzy. I wish I had a record of all the times I moved at just the wrong angle, thus provoking searing pain from the needle attached to the drains. I have come to terms with the emotional toll of parting with a treasured part of my body and gained a profound respect for all the brave ladies who have walked this path before me.

The good news is that these drains will come out this week. If you listen carefully, you may actually be able to hear me singing ”O Happy Day”. When this happens this first phase will eventually fade into a marked memory. So……Phase 1 is almost over!

Phase 2

Yesterday, Prit and I met with the oncologist here in Jacksonville. He marked out a treatment plan for me. I am thrilled that we will not have to make trips in heavy traffic to Wilmington in order to accomplish what’s coming up. My protocol includes beginning with four rounds of chemo, then radiation to deal with whatever the chemo may have missed. Afterwards will come the hormone therapy which can be taken by mouth. I had prayed that chemo would be unnecessary after hearing how harsh it is on the body, but I’ve made my peace with it. Of course, in a typical vain fashion, I asked him if I was going to lose my hair to which he replied, ”Yes, but it will grow back.”

Prayers Please!

So……for all of you who have been SO kind to write and ask for updates, there you have it. I am keenly aware that I am walking in the footprints of so many valiant women who have gone before me. Your example and your encouragement cheering me on is what gives me the encouragement to stick this out instead of throwing up my hands in despair.

I have also learned to ask for help, which is hard for me to do. Oh, I don’t mind asking for hungry children or someone just trying to get an education. But, I finally yielded to a dear friend who said, ”Look, you’re denying me of a blessing if I can’t help you. I will be happy to come do your laundry, clean your house, or whatever.” I have friends who have lovingly prepared their best meals and brought them to us. Have I mentioned that I have an incredible, loving, and supportive husband who makes me feel beautiful in spite of my physical loss and the fact that I lay around in pajamas all day with no makeup on?

In addition to all I’ve mentioned, there is still the work of the ministry. In the moments when I have felt a little more energetic, I would try to get tasks out of the way. Transfers are still going to Haiti to pay salaries and feed children. There’s more and more scrutiny being done on our part as to what can be relinquished into others’ capable hands to make this ministry continue to run like clockwork. This is no small feat!

Thank you everyone for your heartfelt notes, cards, prayers, encouragment, meals, running of errands……and the list goes on! I wish I had time to respond to each of you individually, but time just doesn’t allow it. This will have to do!

Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation

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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