Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lots of Christmas Events

   We had a beautiful candlenight service for Christmas in Tamboril. Kids hit it out of the park with their Nativity play. We were very proud of our Sunday School teachers who out of the blue were presented with gifts of appreciation from the parents at the end of the service. Sweet serving spirit throughout the night from everyone, God really blessed.  

   The same week we had Luis Marco and Suzette's wedding.  Luis Marco hopped in the back of my truck on a rainy day here in 2008 and literally never got out. He received Christ in the church here in Tamboril in 2009. Then in 2010 he began to plead with our Haiti team to travel (more like off-road) to Pignon to tell Suzette about Jesus. After a fun blessed trip Suzette fell in love with Jesus and there Wedding was another giant step for this precious couple. 

   The next week we had our full time worker's retreat.  We took all the workers and their familes up to Constanza (freezing cold) and just relaxed and had a lot of fun as well as some great meetings focusing on our goals for 2012.  

Rosa leading the children in a game during our 2011 Christmas Celebration
 Luis and Suzette 

The Art of Marshmellow Roasting
 Martha and Jordan at the pastry shop in Bonao on the way to Constanza
Ricadeni is really growing as a Sunday School teacher
Rosa y Neri

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Coming Home in 2012

   Six years is a long time, but time flies in the Lords work and we are exited about coming home and communicating our vision with you in person for the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba beginning next year. Over the next few months we will be in contact with you about our schedule and our plans to be with you.
   We know times are tough and want to save our church families as much as possible and are planning on traveling with the whole family in an old motor home so as to cut down on hotel and food expenses. Scheduling is important to save on gas and we have put together a home assignment calendar for July 2012 through July 2013. Its pretty straight forward and a click away.

GREEN - Open appointment with our general location and service times.
YELLOW - Specific or General area in the country we will be located.
RED - Filled appointment with our specific location, time and the churches name.

Monday, November 07, 2011

“It’s the most WONDERFUL time of the year”

The Church in Tamboril is getting ready for another Christmas wedding this year and our missions conference theme is: “The Gift That Keeps On Giving”.
We are having 3 services focused on “Loving Liberally”, “Praying Purposefully”, and “Giving Joyfully” and ending it with a banquet where we take up the commitments.
The children of our Sunday School classes are preparing for their respective Nativity play’s and the ladies are busy decorating the building with bright red Christmas poinsettias. All of us are excited about what God is doing in the hustle and bustle of this season.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Please Pray - Needing a Roof - for the New TLC

What -  The “TLC” – The Timothy Leadership Center

When -  Facilities are projected to be completed in early 2012

Where -  The "TLC" is located in Nouaille, Haiti approximately 20 minutes from the Port a Prince airport

How -  Bridging local needs with resources to advance long term projects 

Why -  To inspire leaders to Christ-likeness and empower them to impact their  families, local churches and communities with the Gospel.

Core Principles -  
1. God Love's Everyone
Throughout scripture we learn of God's love for us. True faith in Christ is a personal choice and an act of the will that cannot be and should not be coerced. Christians should not impose there beliefs on others by law but demand the human freedom to exercise there spiritual powers of prayer, preaching and providing for those in need.

2.  All People are Created Equal
A Biblical moral view of human equality can be fostered and protected in a society where all people can participate in their government through fair election's, the rule of law and a free press. People are not equal where economic, religious and racial discrimination flourish.  

3.  People are Created to Create
We have been created in the image of God who has endowed us with the capacity to co-create using our God-given intelligence, the resources of the earth and human cooperation. The economic mentality of taking rather than making only leads to endless poverty and un-empowerment.

Current Situation
The UN and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are in Haiti and who have come to Haiti since the earthquake of January 12, 2010 are important. They are providing key core infrastructures to get Haiti back on her feet, but they are not the hope of Haiti. In time the best thing they can do will be to leave Haiti and the best thing that can happen will be for the Haitian people to rebuild their own society with a strong moral and spiritual view of humanity that promotes human equality, human creation of commerce and business and establishes Christ as its true and only hope through with religious freedom and protection for all.

Prayer Requests
For God to raise a new generation of leaders who will lead with boldness and integrity

For revival in the Haitian Baptist churches that will translate in transformed lives and a significant impact on the nation, both spiritually and culturally

Jobs and housing for the Haitian people; hope and encouragement for the generation that survived the earthquake of January 12, 2010

Friday, September 30, 2011

Florence Baptist Temple comes to Haiti

We have been working day and night for several months, facing serious weather obstacles, political difficulties and spiritual battles and without reservation we know God has worked them all out.

On our 60th trip in we hosted a team of professional builders from South Carolina which moved us over half way to the completion of our final church construction project . We were able to finish the excavation and site work, we are close to finishing the 12 24ft concrete columns, we began placing the first EPS foam panels, put the finishing touches on a large septic system, laid the foundation, prepared the baptistery, did the plumbing, installed the electricity and began pouring the floor on the 5,000 square foot structure.

It is difficult many times to single out church or individual contributions because there are so many that make what we do possible but I must say thank you to Pastor Monroe, Mike, Robert, Ted, Rick and the entire congregation of Florence Baptist Temple for the blessing they have been to our ministry. 

It is encouraging and humbling to see it come together.  Truthfully, no one gets the credit, we are all working together to give Him the honor and glory for this incredible victory and BELIEVE IT OR NOT – there is more to come. 

Top of columns being poured

Tom, Robert, Ted and Rick in the Morning

Finishing Septic System Plan

 Tom planning the Baptistry

 Beginning the Floor

Moving along even at Night

Saturday, August 27, 2011

D.R. Haiti Team

God is blessing and construction is moving right along. In August, we finished the side road, dug and set 12 24' concrete columns, hung the entrance and side gates, blew the base coat of concrete on the Timothy Leadership Center, began work on the septic system and visited Pastor Clifford's church once again Sunday morning. Everyone is working in his or her area to bring this together and we enjoyed a special time of prayer Sunday morning after services with Pastor Clifford on the project site.

Prayer with Pastor Clifford after Sunday Services

 Girls doing Laundry

George and JuliAnna

 Tyler getting ready to jump into the Septic System - Really?

Side Road, Filled and Graded and Ready for Use.

Friday, July 15, 2011

2011 VBS - Explorando el Desierto

Our third consecutive Vacation Bible School in Tamboril this year was excellent. Throughout the week we had 21 receive Christ as there personal savior which is a credit to our church members who volunteered everywhere. The closing night's program was great with two children's choirs, puppets and a special message to the parents brought to us by our missionary to Nagua Jorge Brionas. Four adults received Christ and an additional Sunday School class was formed the next week.

Tyler and Jorge using puppets to teach 1 Timothy 1:15

                                           Regina leads 7 to the Lord.

                                                 Nursery overflowing

Aunt Penny giving the morning's Bible lesson

Little one's practicing for night program