Thursday, December 25, 2014

Stars Shine at the Christmas Season


IBB Tamboril invites "Stars" to missions banquet
Just about every week the electricity goes off, most of the time during the day but every now and then it happens in the evening.  This has given us several opportunities to look up at the stars from the roof of our apartment.  It is always an amazing time and at this time of year its hard not to remember those legendary stargazers who must have also looked to the heavens in wonder.  Their focus was a single star, a star hidden among many others, but very different.  A star that would lead them to the Light of the World.  That was the inspiration in titling Tamborils mission’s conference “Shine into the uttermost and at Home”.  The ladies decorated the whole church with stars, the children presented special music and the emphasis through the month in both Sunday School and in services led to the faith promise offering being more than expected.  The very last night everything culminated in our annual missions banquet where we invited the members from IBB Don Pedro to be our stars, both churches enjoyed great fellowship and ended the evening singing Christmas songs.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Marta has Bundles of Love


Marta takes Club 180 to monument museum
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love as Christ also hath loved us . . Ephesians 5:1-2a  Love is the hallmark of Christian life and the sine qua non of Christian service.  Sine qua non is a Latin term that refers to an indispensable and essential action or ingredient.  The indispensable ingredient of love is exactly what we look for while training full time workers. Specifically we look at the love that radiates from those the leader serves and with Marta, Pastor Dials wife, the children of IBB Don Pedro love her a lot and many have received Christ because of her ministry.  This is very special because despite the political and cultural problems that exist between Haiti and the D.R, today the majority of the children coming to Club 180  on Saturday morning are Dominicans. Marta has grown tremendously since immigrating to the D.R. from Haiti and has faced similar obstacles missionaries face entering a new culture.  The secret ingredient to overcome these boundaries?  A heart of love - the sine qua non.  Please pray for little Abigail, Marta’s newest bundle of love.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BIG Blessings in Croix des Bouquet

Church Growing - 5+ New Albums up on Facebook
It was really great for our team to reunite with our friends from Farmington, New Mexico in Haiti this month. Half of the team from 2011 returned once again to support many different areas of ministry. Being able to advance the construction of the second floor of Bible Baptist Church’s auxiliary building was icing on the cake. The church is growing and we think the 5+ albums posted this month on www.facebook.com/dr4jesus speak for themselves. The church, auxiliary building and the Timothy Leadership Center still have a lot of construction needs but we know the Lord will provide in His perfect timing.  Dr . Woodson from www.valleyvetpet.net treated over 100 animals while in Haiti.  This outreach has grown each time Dr . Woodson has come and soon the church will have a book translated into Kreol on caring for goats. It might sound different but accompanying this with tracts and invitations not only builds the church’s testimony but has resulted in many visiting the church as well. God is Good!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

A Bus Could Make A Whole Lot of Difference

The vast majority of our church members both in IBB Tamboril and IBB Don Pedro do not own a vehicle.

2006, 50+ passenger school bus is more than $25,000
Members come from up to 25 minutes away as IBB Tamboril is the only Baptist church in the Tamboril-Canca-Guazumal area.

Members come from up to 30 minutes away to Pastor Dials church which is the only Baptist church in the Don Pedro-Licey-Pontezuela area.

Our Toyota Sienna has been used every week close to five years transporting members and guests over an hour before church and after church and it is getting worn.

In 2012 we purchased Pastor Dial a Toyota Previa van which he uses to transport guests to church as well as transporting groups into and around Haiti.

It is costing more in gas per week to run the vans, than one diesel bus would cost servicing both congregations not to mention the savings on transportation rentals for special activities, retreats, camps etc.  Thanks to Florence Baptist Temple and Friendship Baptist Church in Owasso we have raised $12,759 and are half way to our $25,000 goal.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cuban Churches Setting Example

Two of boys childhood friends sing special in park
At the southern edge of Havana lies Lenin park which was built by the Cuban government in 1972.  A larger than life marble monument of Vladimir Lenin lies in the park inscribed with these words - “Lenin right from the start was not just a political theorist but a man of action and a man of constant ceaseless revolutionary practice.” - Fidel

In that same park the Bible Baptist Church of Guanabacoa met this month and worshiped all day - God’s only Son, Jesus Christ.  There the church sang songs about Jesus, who was 100% God and 100% man at the same time.  They preached and taught not about political theory, rather about the simple truth that God gave His Son, a real man of action, to the constant and ceaseless work of redemption through His blood.  Pastor Alberto (Guanabacoa) and Pastor Nestor (La Lisa), while we know could ask us for many things they lack, they rather ask us to pray for there up coming missions conferences entitled “Placed As Stewards”.  Pray also that they be filled with courage and wisdom from on High.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Camp 180° A Super Success

Counselors worked Individually with each Camper
Regina and I for over a decade have observed in Costa Rica and Cuba that Christ focused camps are one of the most effective ways of winning teenagers to the Lord.  This and the fact that 64% of people accept Christ before the age of 18 led us to form a partnership with the Rawlings foundation for unsaved youth 12-17 years of age which we call simply - Camp 180° .  On our part we organize and motivate the young people in our community to sign up ahead of time, keep up with the application process, provide counselors from our church and help Eddy Jesus (Highlands Event Director) preach and put on an unforgettable, first class program.  The Rawlings foundation provides the camp and funding necessary to bring in the young people who in turn receive a clear presentation of the Gospel.  Our leaders signed up 168 and due to an outbreak of chikungunya  L  only 138 were able to attend of which 35 received Christ as Savior.  J  We are excited and invite you to check out all the pictures @ www.instagram.com/dr4christ

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Transforming Soldiers in Tamboril

Jordan leads Soldiers (Boys vs. Girls) in a game
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:4 that  “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” The theme - “Transforming Soldiers” came from this verse and set the tone for the whole week.  Jordan, Regina, Pastor Dial and I, all got to lead multiple children to the Lord in small groups.

Attendances were over a 100 each day, with close to 50 first time visitors.  Everyday and everywhere it seemed, lives were being transformed. 16 children received Christ on the last day and one older visitor, Albania came with her sister and went to the kitchen to see if Doña Rosa needed some help with the refreshments.  Little did Albania know that tucked back in that little corner - Doña Rosa also masquerades as one of our elite Special Op Soldiers.  So Albania, seeking to help refresh others, left the kitchen truly refreshed in her heart - after receiving Christ as her Savior! God worked everywhere at VBS this year - even in the kitchen.

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