“God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.” Hebrews 6:10-11
This passage in Hebrews is something that God has been reminding me lately. While we are here on earth, wherever He places us and for however long we are here, we have a role to play in helping and blessing others. Thank you for diligently working with me to accomplish His purposes in the DR, Cuba, Haiti and India. Thank you for your faithfulness, and for thinking of others!
New Projects at the Centre in Puerto Plata
Since September, with a full day school no longer in operation at the Centre, we began some new pilot projects. We are excited to have about 15 students coming in the afternoons for homework help. Roberto is teaching computer skills (with a couple of computers gratefully received from Walkerton Pentecostal Church), and English. He is a gifted young man, who is able to explain things so well. Ambiorix is teaching basic art skills. Mary Esther, a young person who is in training to become a teacher, offers help with math and gives occasional dance worship classes. Always at the end of their lessons, there is time to talk about the Lord and the Bible and offer a snack and an encouraging word. We are hopeful that soon we will increase enrolment to 25 students. Please pray with us that this will become a reality and that we can continue to be a light in the community.
Rosie is one of the children coming for extra help. Ten years old, Rosie is from a single parent home. Rosie attends school in the morning and then comes to us in the afternoon. Previously, she was just hanging out on the streets in the afternoons until her mother got home from her job. It was not a safe scenario for a young girl. School is a bit of a challenge for Rosie, and we are so happy to be able to offer her some help and a safe haven. She is really enjoying her time here, and like the disciple Andrew in the Bible, Rosie is bringing her friends! Frank is 12 yrs old and also from a single parent home with an alcoholic father. He comes for the extra help and is now bringing his twin 8 yr old sisters along.
Lord willing, we hope soon to add lessons/help with sewing skills and how to fix small appliances. If the afternoon pilot project continues to go well, we will offer more classes in the mornings. Please pray for these young people and their families. Pray that we will be open to any creative ideas the Lord gives us that will allow us to bring the light and hope found in Jesus into their young lives.
Some really great news is that a Christian psychologist, Gabriela, would like to work with us and is willing to volunteer her time to offer some parenting workshops. These workshops would be spread over a number of weeks, teach and encourage key family values, and start sometime in November. We’ll help Gabriela promote the workshops and offer refreshments after each session. Please pray that God will lead and guide and direct all our outreach efforts at the Centre. Pray that the Holy Spirit will touch the hearts of the people, especially parents towards their children. Youth drop in continues each Saturday, starting at 5:00 p.m.
La Vigia Centre
In addition to regular weekday visits, we started to make Saturday visits. On Saturdays, we open the Centre at 9:30 a.m. for a kids’ Bible study. After the Bible lesson, we serve juice and snacks and sometimes show a Christian cartoon or do games and crafts with them. About 30 children/youth eagerly show up each time. Youth often stay later to play basketball, which offers a wonderful time to talk and interact with them. We then visit with people in the community and pray with them. One man we prayed with had been in a bad motorcycle accident that left him in a semi-conscious state. He is now doing much better and knows that we were there to pray over him.
We thank God that Carmen, a lady we have been ministering to in La Vigia since we first opened the Centre, is getting stronger in her faith. She has stopped smoking and drinking and believing in superstition, which has a very strong hold on some of the villagers.
We also thank God for Bonito, a young 14 yr old man comes to the Centre regularly. With Tony’s help, Bonito can now read and it has been a tremendous boost to his self-esteem. Bonito cares for his family’s cows by taking them to and from the watering hole. There has been very little rain over the past four months, so with severe drought conditions, it is often a 10-15 km walk to reach water. Most of the farmers in the area are suffering without rain. No rain means no grass to feed the cows, and some have died or are not able to produce milk. The price of fruit and vegetables has also increased, which also makes life difficult for these villagers.
Please pray that God will continue to supply the energy, funds, and open doors to be a blessing and encouragement, and a light in the darkness in this community.
Haitian Village Update
As many of you already know, we have for many years worked alongside Pastor Ricardo in his work at the Haitian village located near the luxury resorts of the Playa Dorada complex. We regularly visit and also bring in teams to do Vacation Bible School and outreach with the children and families that live here. Already impoverished and marginalized from Dominican society, the people suffered a great loss in a recent electrical fire that swept through the village. We praise God that no one died, but 63 families lost everything. We purchased some food items, as well as school supplies and school uniforms for the families. We hope to continue to encourage and bless them in practical ways as they try to recover. Pastor Ricardo also has cancer and is going through painful treatment that includes blood transfusions. Please pray for emotional healing for all the families affected by the fire; for healing for Pastor Ricardo and encouragement for his family. Pray that God will lead us in our ongoing support of this community.
Thank you to the Summer Mission Teams
We thank God for the mission teams that visited us – Calvary Chapel from Tennessee, as well as teams from West Virginia, and Malvern Christian Assembly from Scarborough, ON. The West Virginia team put on puppet shows for the children with beautiful, handmade puppets. Each team was a great blessing and many children and youth were blessed in Puerto Plata and La Vigia.
Christian, a young man from the Abitibi region of Quebec also came for three weeks in July and August. It was his second summer with us, and Lord willing, he will return again next year. We thank God for Christian’s heart for missions and the work here in the DR.
We sure got good use out of the Safari truck that we were able to purchase this year. Newly painted with the LLNM logo, we were able to move teams around from place to place. Tony has proved to be a great driver. We hope to make the truck available for local churches to also use. Thank you again to all who donated towards the purchase of this vehicle!
Aaron Dyck returning to the DR
Aaron Dyck, a young man from London, ON, who spent two months with us last year, returns to the DR to help us again from November to end of January 2016. The children and youth are so excited that Aaron is returning. He will again work alongside our DR team in supporting the new programs in place at the Centre in Puerto Plata and at La Vigia, as well as at La Paz y Esperanza Seniors Home.
Pastor Silas and his wife now have 20 orphans under their care. Each month, we continue to send support through Gospel for Christ India to provide food, clothing, and an education for these orphans.
For the past number of years, we have delivered food baskets to families in particular need. We have donated food and toiletry items to the seniors and also given out small Christmas gifts to the children. I wish you could see the delight on the faces as we give out the baskets/gifts. Please consider a special Christmas donation to help us continue to bless those in most need.
God bless each one of you as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour.
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“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24
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