Weathering the Storm

Rejoicing in the Moment

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

unknownI have put off writing this post until I had a good report to give you. We sent a transfer from our bank account to a bank in Haiti to pay for 16 new inverter batteries. It was sent on 10 January (over a week ago), and it’s never yet been verified by the Haitian bank that they’ve received the money — even though the money left our account days ago. Prit has been on the phone with our stateside bank the last two days and we’re waiting to hear back from them (again) concerning the ”whereabouts” of the money.

Our life seems to be constantly ”on hold” in so many ways lately and our prayers have been akin to plowing a hard, unbroken field. Often it takes hours (in this case, days) to get just one thing done and there is always the temptation to just FORGET ABOUT IT and quit in despair.

I know all of you who are reading this have your own moments when you feel like giving up too. Many of you are dealing with your own never-ending issues and, you too, feel like life is ”on-hold.” Because of this, I refuse to wallow in my own sorrow and complain (ok… I HAVE already complained a little). However, I’m making the CHOICE to rejoice and encourage you to do the same. If Paul wrote his most uplifting letters from a prison cell telling us to Rejoice… then I’ll take the high road.

These trials will become our very stepping stones to victory if we let them, and, with the Lord’s help, we’ll learn to push through. I believe Paul told us to rejoice because it’s the trials that shape and strengthen us. Tomorrow I’m going to share another post on “Weathering the Storm”. Pray for us and we will pray for you. Please let us know what you are up against so we can pray more effectively for you. Praying for each other gets our eyes off our own problems. I also hope to have a good report soon concerning our much-needed generator batteries.

36 years later!

unknown-1Tomorrow, we will be in an early-morning committee meeting, so I thought I’d write this update now. As of tomorrow, 10 January, we will have been in Haiti for 36 years. I will never forget the first time I descended the steps of Eastern Airlines (which doesn’t exist anymore) and seeing the infamous Tonton Macoutes all lined up in a row just below me. They were Duvalier’s henchmen and we would eventually hear horror stories of atrocities they committed in the night – of people who mysteriously disappeared. You couldn’t see their eyes for their dark sunglasses, but their very presence evoked a sense of evil.  They all wore blue jean uniforms and held Uzzi submachine guns. The smells of Port-au-Prince instantly hit me and I wondered what this young, naive wife was doing in a place like this.

Since that day, we have been down many roads in Haiti, some treacherous, but most of them joyful. Through it all, he has been our Ebenezer. Isn’t it fitting that we would be surrounded by the young leaders who were  trained up in the churches we founded to celebrate this occasion with us?

We thank the Lord for his faithfulness to us and ask for more strength to serve him, more wisdom to lead,  and more tenacity to never give up in the years to come. We would covet your prayers as well!

Rehoboth Ministries is …. Changing Lives and Impacting A Nation

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 4785 9023

Mailing Address: (Jacksonville, NC)

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

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

We Made It Home!

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                                       New Year’s Eve in the Dominican Republic

The last time I wrote a post, we were sitting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport waiting to board Jet Blue. We made it safe and sound to Santiago, but our three-hour delay caused us to miss the bus for Cap-Haitian. However, our wonderful friends, Jim and Teresa White, met us at the airport and took us home with them. They live an hour outside of Santiago and the road there was much like the roads in Haiti. We finally arrived and were so happy to spend precious time with lifelong friends and to see the work they are doing there. Because they live so far out, they were able to get acres and acres of land for a really good price and they took us around their huge property showing us the house Jim built, the huge shop for his woodworking, and the guest quarters upstairs. There are plans for a future discipleship school as well. Our hearts were warmed to see how greatly the Lord is using them, even though they are sorely missed here in Haiti. Much of our friends have moved back home or on to other mission fields and we feel their loss here in this vineyard. Never would we have guessed that we would wake up on New Year’s Day in the Dominican Republic! I went to sleep listening to fireworks and shooting somewhere far off, but I was too tired to celebrate. It felt wonderful to stretch out in a comfortable bed.

 

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Jim & Teresa White of Sharing the Vision, Inc

After being dropped off at the bus station the next morning, we settled onto the bus and arrived to Cap-Haitian late that afternoon. We were so happy to see our little mission house which still needs so much work. But, that didn’t matter! All we cared about was finally being back home where we knew where everything was. So, having said all that, we will never forget our travels during the New Year season! Happy New Year everyone. May you have your best year ever! Thanks Jim & Teresa for the incredible time we had together.

Happy New Year – in advance!

UnknownHere we are, once again, sitting at the airport for a three-hour wait until we board Jet Blue to travel to Santiago. Our original flight for 8:45 has now been moved to 10:24. At least this time, we’re sitting down instead of shifting our weight from foot to foot like yesterday, and then to be informed that Spirit overbooked. I’m thinking I should be sharing lofty thoughts as 2018 prepares to pass the torch to 2019, but the lack of sleep only has me wishing I could just get home to Haiti and stretch out in my own bed. There are blessings to count, however! Bobby, our Airbnb host gladly welcomed us back for another night even though he had to get the house ready for another couple coming in today. If we arrive too late to catch the bus later from Santiago to Cap-Haitian, we have missionary friends who are ready and willing to put us up. So…..things could be much worse! We have had a wonderful time here in Ft. Lauderdale and are more than thankful to the partnering church which made it possible. If you need info. on staying at a great Airbnb that’s close to the city and the beach, we can certainly recommend a great place.

Since we’re not sure where we will be when the new year rolls in, we’ll wish all of you a Happy New Year now and pray 2019 will be a year of fulfilled hopes and dreams for you. May you sense the Lord’s abiding presence leading you all along the way. 

Thank you to all our wonderful partners for making many dreams come true this past year!

Changing Lives…Impacting A Nation

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 4785 9023

Mailing Address: (Jacksonville, NC)

Pritchard & Dana ADAMS

702 Cattail Court

Jacksonville, NC  28540

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

 

Another Way Home!

49564078_10161475308550045_8249646862873657344_nUp by 5:00 this morning, we hurriedly got ready and made our way to the Ft. Lauderdale airport. Turning in the rented car, then giving Gabe one last hug, we made our way to Spirit Airlines for the flight back home. Seeing several lines that had no distinct order whatsoever should have been a ”heads up” of what was to come. We stood on our feet for over 3 hours and barely inched our way to the counter, only to find that Spirit had overbooked and the tickets we bought weeks ago would be made good on Tuesday. We had already turned in the car and checked out of the Airbnb we stayed in. So much for the early bird getting the worm!

Prit, John, and I walked over to the American Airlines counter to find out what would be the second best choice of getting back to Cap. Weighing the costs and difficulty of our return, we finally decided to fly to Santiago, Dominican Republic, tomorrow and take a 5-hour bus ride back to Cap-Haitian. (Not exactly how I wanted to return home!) We got our Spirit refund and are preparing for another adventure! Delays and mix-ups are par for the course for travelers of any kind, but even more so for missionaries.

Would you pray for our return flight and bus ride? We should pull into Cap somewhere between 4:00 and 5:00 tomorrow evening. We’ve had a wonderful week of fun and just being stateside is restorative in itself where everything functions normally. Thankfully, the host of our Airbnb welcomed us back for one more night. Pray for all the other travelers who just wanted to make it back to Cap to see their loved ones for a few days.

A Poem from Agape Flights

This came in an e-mail from Agape Flights, the mail service that brings mail and boxes to us once a week. We are so grateful for their longstanding service to the missionaries here on the field in Haiti.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. We’re so grateful for all those at Agape who so cheerfully do their jobs. They were here before we landing almost 36 years ago!

Dear missionaries,

Twas the flight before Christmas
And lined up in a “train”
Sat cargo on carts
The last load for the plane.

The boxes were weighed,
The mail bundled and bagged.
In just a few days
Great fun was to be had.

Christmas cards from dear friends
Wrapped presents from family.
Toys ordered from Amazon
Target, Walmart and JCPenny.

For Agape it’s a privilege
To transport with great care
The special things from your loved ones
Who are here while you’re there.

So from our hearts to yours,
As you serve the nations,
May the gift of God’s Love
Be the key to your celebrations.

Wishing each of you a very merry Christmas and a Happy new year!!!