“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:10-12
Let us always remember that working for the Lord is an honour and a privilege. Wherever He places us, let us be a light and a witness to those around us. Let’s never tire of doing good, especially to our brothers & sisters in Christ and to those in need. Let’s never tire of sharing the good news of the gospel. He gives us time and talents – let’s all use them well to His glory in the time He has given us!
A First time visit to Cuba for Tony
In August, Tony and I met my brother Chris in Cuba. The three of us spent 10 days visiting the pastors that we have connections with, sharing and encouraging with one another. Chris had a special message about the heart of the Father, which was well received.
It was a first time plane ride for Tony and his first visit to Cuba. With no language barrier, Tony was able to be a great blessing, sharing his testimony with the youth and participating in worship at various churches and house fellowships. He was able to say, “Now I have not only heard about the pastors in Cuba, but I have seen for myself!” In Havana, Tony was amazed at all the vehicles from the 1950s. Yet he was even more amazed by the people as we visited the Cuban countryside – that brothers & sisters in the Lord would not let lack of transportation stop them from getting to church and fellowshipping with one another – some walking up to 14 km!
Then what a great blessing it was for Tony and Pastor Roberto to meet. Tony himself does not have an abundance of material possessions, but he once sent his best shirt with me to Cuba to give to someone in need. The shirt went to Pastor Roberto, who was amazed – since he had asked the Lord for just such a shirt! Over the years, a number of these Cuban brothers and sisters had prayed for Tony and his family and were quite emotional when they were finally able to meet him in person. God is so good!
It costs about $350 to purchase a horse and cart. The horse and buggy in the photo above is one that was bought by a kindhearted donor.
Praise God, it is such a blessing to the pastor and assists him in getting to town and to visit his congregation. As you can see, the horse was very fruitful – and now there is a colt! Please pray that we will be able to continue to bless pastors and their families by helping them with transportation, and in providing goats, pigs, chickens, etc. for them to start small businesses and provide for their families. Special thank you to the donor from Essex county who recently donated funds to repair a church.
At the New Centre in La Vigia
Our outreach continues in the small village of La Vigia (approximately 15 km from Puerto Plata), thanks to the support of Centre Evangelique de Rouyn Noranda in Abitibi, Quebec in renting the centre and the various mission teams (Calvary from Chattanouga, TN and Malvern in Scarborough, Walkerton Pentecostal) that have visited and helped to clean, paint and organize programs for the children and youth.
Tony & his wife Rosaury and I travel to the new centre 4X a week. Rosaury teaches literacy to about 50 children, and Tony takes the older ones. School attendance is sporadic in this poor agricultural area and there are many older ones who cannot read or write. We use Christian material to teach and then there is a time for games for the little ones and basketball (with our homemade basketball hoop) with the youth. Tony & Rosaury are enjoying the work and have been a great blessing in this community. Please pray for Tony & Rosaury and their work here, that the love of Christ will truly be shed abroad in this area. Pray also that all will go well as this young couple expect their third child sometime in December.
To the right is a photo of Carmen with her son. Carmen is a brand new believer in La Vigia, as a result of our outreach here. Owning one of the few refrigerators in the village, up until a few months ago Carmen always had it stocked with beer – that’s because she was the local bartender. Her husband was not too pleased when after giving her heart to the Lord, Carmen no longer wanted to sell beer. He wanted to know how they would make any money. Rosaury suggested to Carmen that she could buy and sell chickens and vegetables and keep those in her refrigerator instead. With a small donation of about $100 from the ministry, we were able to get Carmen started in her new business venture. We praise God for all He is doing to change lives in this community!
Pray that I will soon be able to report that Carmen’s husband has given his heart to the Lord also. There is much to be done in this needy area. Pray that we will not be hindered in any way, from visiting this community on a regular basis and bringing hope and joy that is in Christ Jesus. (It currently costs approx. $200/month to travel to and from this area.)
And at the Centre in Puerto Plata …
We report that all is well under the competent leadership of Provedencia, who isonce again overseeing the school, which added a grade 5 class this year. We appreciate Provedencia’s godly leadership of the teaching staff. Roberto continues to be an amazing blessing to us at the Centre, as he uses his talents to help with many administrative tasks. He also has a good way with the children and many look up to him. Photo to the left is of Yanerli. In the last newsletter, I had asked for prayer for her – since she suffered with many fevers and painful ear infections. She is doing so much better after receiving prayer. In her little heart, she believes that she is healed. When I asked her who healed her, she replied, “Papa Dios”. Thank you to all who are sponsoring a child and helping them to attend school and hear the Word of God.
Pray God will continue to bless Roberto with good health.Please pray for Provedencia, Roberto & our teachers. We have many children from desperate home situations. Pray that they will not only receive an education, but also come to know Jesus.
It has been a blessing for the ministry to be able to support Pastor Franklin in his work with the seniors at Esperanza y Paz (Hope & Peace) Seniors’ Home in Puerto Plata. Pastor Franklin’s heart for seniors who were begging on the street is God’s heart also. With about 20 men at the home, we continue to set aside funds to help with groceries, medicine, water, etc. Thank you to Walkerton Pentecostal and Malvern Christian Assembly who recently bought new linens and medical supplies. With the home run solely on donations, such items are greatly appreciated. The teams also blessed the seniors by showing love and care in providing manicures and pedicures, assisting with laundry, tidying up the grounds, and by taking time to pray with and encourage these often lonely individuals.
Patricio is a young man who gives of his time to cook for the seniors. Although Patricio is only 30 yrs of age, he has already lost a leg to diabetes, as well as most of his vision in one eye. Through a donation, we were recently able to present Patricio with an artificial leg – he was so grateful. On a recent visit to the home, Tony’s little daughter (Yanerli) was filled with wonder as she saw Patricio detach his artificial leg and rest it against the wall!
I am pleased to report that another donation allowed us to purchase a much-needed washing machine, since all the laundry for all these seniors was being done by hand!
As Christmas approaches, we will take children from our Centre to visit the seniors to sing and pray for them. The seniors love it when the children visit and we believe that it is building a bridge between the young and the old. We hope to take along small Christmas gifts, such as useful toiletry items, socks, and treats. Please pray for Pastor Franklin, Patricio and the seniors at this home. Pray that we’ll be able to continue to bless them and find even more opportunities to minister to the elderly in the Puerto Plata area
Fundraising Banquets Report
Thank you to everyone who attended one of our yearly fundraising banquets. In Belle River on Oct 19th, Maxine Brochu and her team cooked a wonderful Italian pasta meal. In Etobicoke on Nov 2nd, a team of ladies from Malvern Christian Assembly, with assistance from Board members Yusef Ramnarance and Roger DilMohamed, cooked a Caribbean meal complete with beans and rice. Many of you also contributed baked goods and door prizes, helped with set up and clean up, and in promoting these events. Thank you for all your encouraging words and support. Your kind generosity allowed us to raise a total of $15,000 – which will get stretched and well used to help operate the various projects we are involved with.
Almost 20 years of Ministry!
God is so faithful! 2014 will mark 20 yrs of ministry in the DR! Initially, when I first felt the call to this nation as a new believer, I had told God that yes I would go – for 6 months. Believe me, I had no idea how that 6 month period would get extended! God has a sense of humour! When I entered the DR on my return from Cuba this past August, the customs officer said to me “Welcome Home” – it really does feel that way – that the DR is now my home. I praise God for His goodness to me!
Sometime in June 2014, Malvern Christian Assembly in Scarborough will host a 20th anniversary celebration. We are looking forward to this event and will keep you posted.
Please remember to pray for us over the Christmas season. We hope to deliver some extra food and small gifts to the seniors, as well as give a small toy and some school supplies to each child at the Centre – and the new centre in La Vigia! In addition to these gift items, we continue to strive to give out food bags with such useful items as oil, beans, rice and powdered milk to some of the real needy families in our community, many headed up by single mothers. We have a goal and a vision to fill 100 bags! Certainly we would appreciate your prayers and any financial support you can give us to make all of this happen.
May God richly bless each one of you over the Christmas season and into the new year.
“Endurance is the quality of champions. The uncommon leader never quits believing. He trusts God completely. He never quits praying. Tenacity is always a rewarded. He never quits reaching. Tenacity always produces the desired results.” (quote by Mike Murdock)
I press toward the mark for the prize of high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phill 3:14
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