Haiti | Rehoboth Ministries | October 2019
Rehoboth Ministries Update
Prit and I are in the process of packing to leave for Portland, Oregon, on Friday to attend the annual Ministers Fellowship International Conference. The conference lasts for three days, then we will be staying on to visit two different supporting churches in the Pacific Northwest for the following two Sundays. John is to join us on Sunday (October 6th) and plans to be in Portland for a week. We have immensely enjoyed our time stateside and have been blessed to see so many of you. There is a multitude of details that have to take place before we finally board the plane for Portland. Also, we feel we need to brief you concerning serious complications that have arisen in Haiti. These latest events affect Rehoboth Ministries and all the Haitians there affiliated with our ministry.
Things are not well in Haiti and the troubles only continue to escalate. The problem began with a fuel crisis followed by rumors of holding off selling more fuel until the price could be raised. This was coupled with the noise of an imminent coup d’état as there are powerful, warring factions working overtime to cause President Jovenel Moïse to relinquish power. Gangs are taking advantage of hungry Haitians by paying them to set up barricades and burning tires throughout the country. Our schools and feeding program are closed down at present, as well as our Bible institute. We asked Pastor Délinx (administrator of our main church and school) if our cooks could not come and, at least, feed the teachers and students who live close to the main school’s compound. His answer was that they didn’t want to put anyone, especially the children, in harm’s way because of the thugs who roam the streets creating havoc and throwing rocks. John tried to get to church Sunday but had to return home due to the burning of much trash blocking the bridge he would have had to cross.
You know that Haiti has been through things like this before, but this is, once again, very grave. Since Haiti is in great debt, and no other country wants to sell them fuel, it’s doubtful that there will be any fuel available anytime soon unless there is a United Nations intervention, which does not seem likely at present. We are in contact daily with John and our leaders. John is on our Saint-Philomène compound alone with a couple of workers. He did manage to buy 65 gallons of diesel fuel from another mission in order to keep our generator running. Even the price of water has increased. Here’s what John wrote on his Facebook page a few days ago:
“Please pray for the water situation here. With so little gas and electricity, there are very few places selling purified drinking water. One of our workers had to walk a mile just to refill a 5-gallon jug and it cost him twice the normal price.” (If you are on Facebook, you can friend John and get up-to-date reports.)
Due to the uncertainty of what’s going on in Haiti, we will have to make a decision once the conference is over, whether to try to get back into Haiti or to return to North Carolina. Unless things change for the better, we see no option but to return to our home here in Jacksonville. Our main concern at present is for John’s safety and that he will be able to get to the airport safely on Saturday 5 October to catch his flight on American Airlines to Miami. He will arrive in Portland on Sunday. You can only imagine how very happy we will be to see him again. On a positive note, the Protestant Churches have declared 2 days of national prayer (Oct. 2-3).
It is absolutely surreal to live here and have the freedom to jump in the car and go wherever we need to go. There is no lack of food or fuel. We don’t face the threat of burning tires and blockades. For all our troubles in the USA, we are indeed a blessed nation. There is very little news coming out about Haiti. Yet, those living there are facing enormous challenges. We are able to get financial transfers to Haiti at present and just sent our workers’ salaries to them so that they can eat. The bank in Haiti is open for half a day, then it shuts down. If you would like to send a donation to help our people with their most basic needs of food and water, we will send it in a transfer as long as the banks are operating. You can send it to The Lord’s Table Church and earmark it Haiti/Food. We listed other needs in the previous newsletter, but the most basic needs of our leaders and members of the churches are simply survival for now. Please remember them in your earnest prayers.
Thank you for continuing to bless this ministry with your prayers and offerings. You are a lifeline to so many! For further updates, you can go to https://rehobothhaiti.com.
Food For Thought
“It is interesting to note that Paul did not tell believers to create unity but to maintain it. Humans cannot create unity; it is a gift from God. He instructs us to keep and preserve unity through the bond of peace.” – The fingerprint of God, Ron Bryce, MD