A little over a year ago, I sat down and drew up a budget for everything I would need to live without a salary for one year. The graphic on the left (click on it to make it fullsize) is what I came up with. The total came to $15,000, a goal I hit in August 2013. This year, with that money, I have been able to pay my parents about $600 a month, which helps support things like planting churches, paying teachers, and feeding and educating children. I have also been able to do things like pay for airfare, contribute to the wedding of a friend who would not have been able to get married otherwise, and pay for a hernia surgery last month. I have never worried about money, even though the Bible school has not had to pay me one cent.
This year (August 2014–August 2015), I’ll be trying to hit the same goal. If you would like to give, you can do so online by clicking the yellow button to the right. You can also mail a check directly to:
c/o Rehoboth Ministries
333 Hilliard Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28311
My Dad and I are heading back to Haiti tomorrow afternoon. After a month of delays (my parents had a few things to work through with the IRS and I underwent hernia surgery), I’m ready to get back to the grind. My first class, which begins Tuesday, will be on the book of Revelation, one of the most complex and difficult books in the Bible. The prospect of teaching on it is both exciting and daunting. After six weeks of teaching two classes a week, I’ll have another class on the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) which will last another six weeks before summer begins. A very good friend is coming down from California to visit me this summer, so the promise of fun awaits at the end of what will be a very busy semester.
For the first time in their married life, my Mom will not be traveling to Haiti with my Dad. She is staying in North Carolina for another month so she can help my sister when her first baby is born around the beginning of April. Little “Sam” (as his parents have already named him) will be a welcome addition to our family. My parents are already looking a little sad, though, at the thought of being apart and my Dad isn’t used to being a bachelor. My Mom has already told me to make sure he doesn’t forget to eat or he’ll start skipping meals. What I didn’t tell her was that I’m actually the exact same way. The apple never falls too far from the tree.
Please pray for Haiti as you have opportunity. There is so much need. The wife of a student of mine gave birth to twins last week and had quite a scare when the doctor told her the babies had “cerebral issues.” Hearing that kind of news in a Haitian hospital can induce tremendous fear. Fortunately, they were sent home with a good report after only a few days. Please keep me in your prayers as well. I have signed up for another year of teaching at the Bible school. I need grace with the language, the people, and of course, in raising support for the necessities of life. More on that in a few days.