June 2019: Haiti
As I write from our home in Jacksonville, I can’t tell you how very wonderful it is to be stateside. Since we had no Bible School graduation this year to attend and our renter moved out earlier than expected, Prit and I decided to come back early and get our taxes filed. It actually feels like fall weather today as we have had lots of rain. It’s causing everything to be green again and as long as we don’t have any hurricanes bearing down on us again like last summer, we’ll be happy!
Today is our little granddaughter’s birthday. Lorelei is now ONE year old. Prit and I will take off Thursday to spend a week with Deb, Ben, and family in West Virginia. We can hardly wait to see them — and those grandkids, of course! Children, as you know, change so quickly over a year’s time. John is back stateside and working furiously on his online courses for a second Bachelor’s Degree in History. He is much deserving of a summer break and will return to Haiti in the second week of August. We plan to have all the family here with us in North Carolina before he takes off again.
It’s been great getting to see longtime friends and supporters. We love to have the opportunity to thank everyone for their support of Rehoboth as we labor in Haiti. Our schools are winding down with final exams at present and then they’ll close for the summer. Thank you Orphans Promise for another year of successfully feeding hungry kids!
It has been a very turbulent year and things continue to be so. After weeks of full-scale rioting, tire-burning, and roadblocks which pretty much shut down the country earlier this year, there are plans for it all to start back up again even as I type. These are not happenstance or sporadic events, but the result of corrupt senators in the upper echelons of power paying young Haitian twenty-somethings to do their bidding in order to usurp the power of sitting President, Jovenel Moïse. These senators are so powerful that they have used their influence to provide weapons to armed gangs. These gangs control entire neighborhoods where even the police fear to tread. As I have shared in places where we’ve ministered this summer, Haiti is Nehemiah’s Wall. To rebuild this impoverished country which has layers upon layers of problems, the rubbish and the rubble must FIRST be removed. Nehemiah also knew that the wall around Jerusalem could not be rebuilt without supernatural help and so it is also for the poorest country in the Western hemisphere where we have been dedicating our lives these past 36 years. So, one might ask: Why even bother? Because God loves Haiti. It will take Godly leadership to effect change and Rehoboth is training up leaders from the preschool level to the elementary and high school levels as well as in our Bible Institute. Thank you for having a love for a people who are not your own and enabling us to stand strong against the onslaught against this tiny, but strategic island located only around 600 miles from Miami. We ask you to continue to pray for us and for the rest of the missionaries who are risking their lives to work in this troubled nation.
There are no words to describe what it feels like to be back in our home country. The burdens roll off of us as soon as we land in Miami. In light of the recent D-Day celebrations, I hope all those who are reading this will realize how very blessed you are to live in this nation. Yes, America has its problems, but a short trip to a 4th World country is a great reminder of why our nation is truly one of the most blessed nations on earth.
A. Thank you to the faithful donors who contributed $1,000 towards my medical bill. The remaining bill of $6,141.66 is a far cry from the combined hospital and physicians’ bill which once exceeded $22,000.
B. A special thank you to all the friends who have lavished us with gifts for our home here in Jacksonville. You know who you are and our cups truly run over after having our refrigerator filled to many beautiful gifts to make this home a welcome oasis every time we return.
- C. We were overwhelmed by all the responses we received concerning Wendell and his wife and their need for a motorcycle. Never have we had such an overwhelming response to a need. We received $3,400 US. Wendell and Djane not only bought their new motorcycle, but are using the rest of the money to look for a home closer to our main church. We will be employing Wendell as a music minister for our main school this fall in order to help them provide for their own needs. They say a great big thank you and sent this photo that you can click on at the bottom for you to see.
I have mentioned only a few of the challenges we face. On top of living in such an unsettled time in Haiti, there are still the challenges of living daily life. Prices continue to escalate in the marché, we have endured several fuel crises, and the majority of the people in our churches are jobless. We are presently sending three students to a university and a fourth one is almost finished studying with the Department of Tourism. There are Bible school students eeking out a living and struggling to pay their tuition. In spite of great unrest in the country and living outside of our comfort zone, the greatest burden we bear is the weight of the people and their daily sufferings. There is no lack of needs for the ministry and every gift sowed into these and many other needs are never wasted. You are changing lives, and as a result, making inroads into the Haitian society. Thank you!
Pritchard & Dana ADAMS