Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Let Peace Rule.....

Accomplished! Every great work of sustaining value came to fruition tempered and distilled by preparation, and strategy.  Omniscience and Omnipotence have no need for haste or flippant responses.  Think with me as we closeout 2013 with thoughts of the birth and life of Christ.  His was an unrushed life.  The Incarnate one was imbued with the full character and nature of His Father. He was exegeted (taken out of the Father—John 1:14). Prophesy was later marked by anticipation; some even got bitter and weary by their continual expectation.  Who could ever imagine what it was for the children of Israel, from their calling as a people through Abraham to the saga of slavery, rebellion, dynasties with kings and nobility, crushing humiliation, walking deserts, suffering hunger and thirst, all with a promise of a Messiah. If Sara laughed at the prospects of having a child in her old age, having past the time of her virility, then the Israelites should have had unrestrained-finger-pointing-mocking laughter at the promise of a King who would bring peace and restore the glory of Israel.  The inter-testamental period (from the Old to the New Testament) marks 400 years of silence as they came under the Roman dominion.  Well how much worse could it get?  Did God abandon the promise, His people?


I remember very distinctly a Jewish lady from our nursing home ministry in Baltimore who, every Sunday, would mute our attempt to tell her of the Messiah by saying, “but he did not bring the goods!”  The sense of loss could not be more profound in my heart as I looked at her, now in her elder years, with a raspy yet robust voice, in her wheelchair, repeating, “but he did not bring the goods!”  Against whose timing and schedule can we determine that God failed?  My friends, my brothers and sisters, I dare say what seems incredulous of the Salvation of God, through Jesus Christ, is that His salvation, is not withstanding any immediate external change to the believer. And this must be because it is a free gift unforged and unconditioned by what someone comes with or their station in life.
You and I have and will continually be propositioned by all sorts of nonsense (our eyes are open) in the next couple months/the New Year. We will be challenged to gauge our Christianity by all things natural, from materialism to what kind of following we have if we are in ministry.  But again, I will insist that the Salvation of God is notwithstanding anything external.  There is no need for deduction, in I Corinthians 2 it is the inner work of the Holy Spirit which sanctifies and raises a person to a place of shared kingdom-glory with God.  If you are not persuaded of this in your Spirit-man, it is only time before you are led away by external things (“the goods”).  My prayer is that, from within, we would have a replete experience of the peace of God.  This signature peace was promised/prophesied of old (Isaiah 9:6); celebrated at His birth (Luke 2:14) and He, Himself, delivered it (John 14:27).  The Apostle now, rightfully, demands that this peace rule in our hearts (Colossians 2:15).  That is, all things must be brought into subjection to the omniscience and omnipotence of the unrushed character and nature of God in you, in me.  Why?  Because we will be sustained by His unfailing promise of His presence through His indwelling, inundating peace (Philippians 4:12). And through this rulership, His power will be there to produce all things that pertain to His pleasure in our lives: Philippians 2:13! 

Pray for us, that we continue to appropriate the mind/thinking of Christ to be, by grace, a cup running over for those made parched by the worlds’ thinking that external possessions equal power (Romans 14:17)… So from the prophesy, to the crib, to the Cross, to the Throne let us say as the woman at the well did, “Come see a man,…is not this the Christ?” (John 4:29).—

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

…From the Matthew Family in Puerto Rico…

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Consider the Lilies of the Field…

A smiling and intelligent young man, Kimberly, has been disfigured through an accident.  He is one among several the St. Marc, Haiti mission and other Spirit-led brethren support financially for his education.  Pastor Bill, now deceased, and his wife Cheryl chose to include him.  Kimberly’s marred features could alienate him from so many things and potential opportunities.  My heart leaps with joy every time I see him among the other youth in his neighborhood. He reveals the heart of God to all of us.  The signature of God was obscured by sin; we would be kept out of many God-centered benefits (the garden) but God paid a debt on our behalf that our entrance back into heaven would be with triumphant shouts of victory (II Peter 1:10-12).  Kimberly embraces every visiting Christian with great thanks for their investment in his life—all he knows is that cooperatively we are enabling him to go to school, to have hope, to smile confidently.   One day we will fall to the feet of Jesus in adoration and thanks for His bestowment of the Holy Spirit, grace, mercy, love and compassion into our lives… The ineffable gift(s)…

The days have gone by very quickly and I am on my finishing touches, packing for my November 19-25 travel back to St. Marc, Haiti.  I am still rebounding from both the exhilaration of the October trip but the stupor that follows me seeing the average Haitian persevere in their hardship, recedes slowly.  I stayed for two weeks. The first included Bible College classes, its preparation and addressing various issues. Unlike what some have come to experience, our mission is not backed up by deep pockets, always ready to relieve another unseen event.  After taking care of the students who had been thrown out of school for not having their books or uniform, we stomped through each Bible College class, awaiting Pastor Scibelli, Elder Dave Smithson and Javier Faoro’s arrival.  

Pr. Police, P. Scibelli, Pr. Finess & Reginald (St. Marc Greater Grace Church)
The following week included visitations to local churches. Blessed by the attendance of Believers in Haiti, we had in Gonaives 250 believers. In Petit Riviere, P. Scibelli was led to a young lady who had been prevented from going to church.  Her elliptic seizures were misunderstood to be periodic demon possession. He has personally undertaken her medical examination and eventual medication regimen.  With her sister, she will move to St. Marc to recommence her life without the stigma of her past label. She will be close enough to be a church member and a new Bible College student.  The Church in Petit Riviere is small structurely and has lost some newer members because many sit or stand outside during the service.  Let’s pray that their desire to have a 400-member sitting capacity church will come to pass soon. The outer perimeter walls for the new church have been poured. The Pont Sonde Church is full and vibrant. 

A trip to Haiti is never complete without mechanical breakdowns.  Not only did we have to change our transportation arrangement mid-week but on the way to the airport we first stopped for oil then completely stalled ten minutes later.  We thumbed a ride to the airport 1 ½ hrs. away; I guess we benefited, having to scramble for less money for that ride…  Truly we adventure to humbly see and experience the hand and blessings of God in each area (Matthew 6:11). 

As I head out for the second to last month of the Bible College semester here are some things to pray about:
1. A full-time missionary Pastor/wife – family for the base operation in St. Marc
2. A smooth close-out of the semester, a safe break and awesome second semester
3. The continued hunger of the students and church members (growth)
4. Continued enthusiasm in evangelism and home visitations
5. Preacher Police & Preacher Finess’ oversight of the work in St. Marc
6. The work in Puerto Rico –Team members and good coverage during the Haiti visits.
7. The Matthew family/children as they continue in the work and homeschooling…
8. The finances (and present supporters) for the work both in Puerto Rico and Haiti
9. Our parents (VT/St. Croix) & other elder church members across our ministries…

 To Reach Us:
P Julian & Cindy Matthew
Greater Grace World Outreach
Matthew Family--Haiti or Puerto Rico Missions
6025 Moravia Park Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21206

Jeffte & Dodo--red t-shirt, our newest believer...

Harold (church member, St. Marc) and today's catch from local fisherman...

Several varieties of fish...good for any day...

We chose the lobsters--our pockets could afford, $2 USD...

Local water salesman, some real balancing skill there...

Haut St. Marc Choir--Always beautiful...

Jimmy (16) & soccer team members--Uniforms Mia's Fashion

Some of the youth of Cite Dalencour -- St. Marc Greater Grace Church

Fishermen Return -- Empty Nets... Gros Wrosh, St. Marc

Baptism: Elmas/Finess

Sunday, August 25, 2013

What a Summer! Where Did it Go?

Our family’s “summer” began when my husband returned from his May trip to Haiti, and proceeded to land in the hospital in Puerto Rico for 10 days.  If you are accustomed to stateside medical care, you would not envy this experience.  Not only was it scary because of his health challenges, but the hospital itself seemed dangerous….  I camped out beside my husband for days and nights because it seemed that the nursing staff needed my help, prodding, and constant reminder.  MY hospital stay had left me exhausted!

Soon after Julian’s recovery, we set our sights on taking flight to the states.  We spent the first week in Baltimore at the GGWO International Convention. This is an intensive time of Bible instruction and interacting with thousands of friends from around the world.  We were blessed to stay at Julian’s sister’s home and borrow a car from a dear friend who had undergone surgery.

Following the Baltimore stay, we rented a van to head north to the grandparents and family.  In Vermont, we spent time with the GGWO Bennington Bible study, my parent’s home church, and close friends.  My parents have recently been placed in assisted living and we found them thriving at the home.  I tried to help my brother to sort through items at the home our parents lived in for about 40 years, but my progress wasn’t stunning.  We also solved a “history mystery” or two as we found and sorted hundreds of old family photos and memorabilia (this is another short-story I may write someday).

Our daughter, Abi, was able to visit a few colleges while in the states (she will be a homeschooled senior this year).  Her favorite school is close to a sister-church in Lee, Massachusetts, so we were blessed to spend some time with Pastor David Stambovsky and some of his family.  Pastor Stambovsky, Julian and I all met within the first weeks we attended University of Hartford twenty-five years ago!  He frequently taught at campus Bible studies and we are forever grateful to his eternal investment.

Julian returned to Puerto Rico after a church/missions visit to an Atlanta church.  The final weeks of our visit to the states involved much work, and lots of faith-waiting. 

We took a memorable, cheap, MegaBus ride from Amherst, Massachusetts to Baltimore, Maryland.  I have an imaginary video in my mind that replays our experience while Mandisa’s song: “You’re an Overcomer” plays!  We had all of our luggage for our entire trip with us, including a very beloved croquet set loaded down with shoes (because one must use every available space!).   Each of the six of us had a maxed-out backpack or mega-bag and a heavy carry-on piece.  One carry-on piece had a broken handle, another was the croquet/shoe bag.  “HEAVY” is the key word.  The night before the trip, I observed that the arrival point to NYC was not the same as the departure point of the second “leg”.   When I called my husband to see if he could investigate, he was assured that there were a “few” blocks separating the two point—10 to be exact—in Manhattan, where you can barely see to the end of the next block and people are of course, abundant.   It took us about 45 minutes of trudging and it only rained lightly after we were waiting at the proper curb.  Times like these, I feel like communicating with the “great cloud of witnesses”, and I wish they had played Mandisa’s song as cheerleading music!  My kids are awesome troopers!

The third phase of our trip involved re-habilitating the rental home we have rented for the entire six years in Puerto Rico.  Our tenant had died, and much work was needed before we could even show the home.   Rental income has been crucial to our monthly budget.

We were desperately in need of help.  Many, many, precious friends helped us get our project completed.  Friends in PA hosted the children and I for a week, while we took daily trips to the house to paint and clean.  They bought paint and lent us every type of equipment necessary.  Other friends mowed the enormous lawn, including a teenager with a push-mower!  A group came from a Harrisburg church.  They brought tools, power-washed, dumpstered, painted and fixed plumbing and electrical issues.  Another friend removed some bulk items, fixed some heaters and windows.  A pastor/friend from our Baltimore church installed hardwood flooring in the main rooms, and charged no labor.  He brought his wife and teenagers to help one day!  One precious lady made us a fancy lunch in her home…..  Some months ago, a friend and I had a conversation about living our lives unselfishly.  The friend was remarking about how some people only give when they can see the returns to their own selves.   My Christian friends live with a different accounting system.  They know that Luke 6:38 is the promise that Our Heavenly Father maintains.   We are overwhelmed with gratitude.

Once things were almost complete, we showed the house countless times.  I boasted that I must be a good saleslady if I can rent a house that is missing flooring.  We had a great amount of interest, and at one point some weeks ago, I was certain we had secured a tenant, only to hear that a death in their family had left them with a house as inheritance!  Abi was blessed to be granted an all-expenses paid trip to Dartmouth College, so she returned to Puerto Rico after that trip.  As she was the principal painting expert, therefore some “cutting” suffered after she left!   The weeks dragged on to a point where my faith waned a bit, I must admit.  My kids were due back for the music institute, every week was more rent lost, and Julian had a scheduled trip to Haiti.  One week before his next travel, after one “no show”, a family came and seemed interested.  With an agreement to sign a lease on Monday night, we bought our return tickets for Tuesday morning and Julian traveled to Haiti two days later---whew!!

I hope our readers enjoy my dry humor amid our stories.  I enjoyed a devotional this week about the apostle Paul and his skin-of-his-teeth deliverance from shipwreck.  The author of “Streams in the Desert” said: “It is a common misconception that the Christian’s walk of faith is strewn with flowers and that when God intervenes in the lives of his people, He does so in such a wonderful way as to always lift us out of our difficult surroundings.  In actual fact, however, the real experience is quite the opposite…Paul, more than anyone else, is an example of how much a child of God can suffer without being defeated or broken in spirit….once his deliverance comes, it is not by way of some heavenly ship sailing from the skies to rescue this illustrious prisoners…..”—they had to grab onto parts of the shipwreck to survive!  Our trials are often common and frequently intense, but our faithful Savior gives joy in the journey and never forsakes!

Some prayer concerns:

n  Pastor Julian’s trip to Haiti and planned schedule to visit monthly until a team is raised-up permanently.

n  We continue to need permanent/long-term team members.  One young man plans to join us in the coming weeks!

n  Our growing church/fellowship in Mayaguez—disciples, visitors additional activities and fellowship

n  Campus outreach and team for evangelism at University of PR-Mayaguez campus

n  Homeschooling materials for the Matthew family and a plan for the upcoming year.  If you have an interest in helping us with the costs of curriculum, a “Wishlist” can be forwarded.

n  Direction for continuing the Christian homeschool co-op, WREACH

Sunday, May 5, 2013

How Does One Prepare for Haiti?

Haiti.  How does one prepare for Haiti?  We truly know nothing as we ought to.  We are told that no man knows the mind of God except the Spirit of God.  I go to Haiti not knowing what I’ll find this time, but what’s true is that I’ll find available hearts and hunger on many levels.  Nothing really qualifies you for Haiti.  But, like with every other call of God, He will be faithful to His purpose and to the people that, by grace, He’s reaching.

          We are having a recognition program for those who have been in the Bible College and extending preacher’s licenses.  It is an understatement to say that they have been diligent.  I think of several students who come from 5-6 hours away.  Thinking of this milestone, they are thankful to Pastor Bill Cannon and Cheryl gave their lives to see them succeed.  Young people and the blessing they always express as members of the Body come to visit.  I too am humbled by the support and encouragement we receive from the body of Christ, working from Puerto Rico as I endeavor to assist in the transition in Haiti.

          Continue to pray for the students, my family, the travel and the team God will raise up to take the work.

          On this trip, we will be blessed to have GGWO Missions Director, Pastor Steven Scibelli, Pastor Chris McFarland from Florida, Chris Mitchell from upstate New York, Mike Walker from Florida, and others from Baltimore.  There will be a mini-conference/convention in St. Marc with approximately 300 people expected from several congregations, as they go through the affiliation process.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

One Soul at a Time/Transforming Lives--An update on Haiti and Tribute to Pastor Bill Cannon

Friday morning came with anticipation.  I was considering what to cook as a reunion-meal and getting the children ready for the clean-up; Daddy was due home.  Julian had spent the scheduled 2 ½ weeks in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Unlike much travel in today’s world, his trips to the island next door are difficult because communication via phone or internet is often impossible; I hadn’t had any communication for several days.  I was anticipating hearing his voice on the phone as he came into the port.  He and Pastor Rob Dressel were due in to the San Juan port on the ferry at 8am.  As I sat with my coffee in front of my computer, I received a call from our missions director that confirmed a status I had just read on Facebook.  Pastor Bill Cannon, the GGWO/U.S. missionary to Haiti had passed into eternity Haiti the night before.  My children witnessed the tears their mommy shed, not understanding the impact of this news.
Pastor Scibelli, our missions director, was attempting to reach my husband, Julian.  The request was being made for him to return.  Pastor Cannon’s wife was in Haiti; she needed Julian there as soon as possible.  Pastor Cannon’s brother would be arriving the following day, and, with no previous experiences in Haiti, would need an escort and assistance as well.  After a few hours of sorting out the possibilities, Julian went from the port in San Juan to the airport and boarded the only connection to Haiti for the day.  We never got to see one-another--he was off again.  For those precious minutes while he was across the island on Puerto Rico’s soil, we spoke; as the time for boarding came, I wept.
As we reflect on the timing and sovereignty involved in these events, we are in awe that Julian was given a precious glimpse into the ministry P. Bill Cannon pioneered in Haiti.  Many young lives saw in Pastor Cannon a man of God who sacrificed greatly on behalf of their spiritual value.  He was distinguished from other foreign missions efforts in the way he allowed them into his home, and shared humble portions of food together.  Children mourned him as a lost “father”.   Onlookers marveled that Haitians, including the funeral services owner, were offering services and assistance free-of-charge at a time when many would have considered it an opportunity to get a little something extra from the “Americans”.  While most efforts in Haiti have a primary focus on meeting material needs, the work the Cannons had was primarily Bible training/college courses that were offered to men and women already serving as leaders in church congregations.  Many of them are pastors.  To think of men who are walking 3 hours on foot, then riding a bus for 3 hours to spend their Saturdays in Bible training, convicts most of us to consider our own convenience-driven lives.  These precious people are so valuable to Him!
Julian’s second trip was a difficult one--helping the Haitians mourn while he himself mourned a dear friend, dealing with the embassy, the morgue, renegotiating rents, contracts, giving things away and securing others, arranging for continued church-services and Bible college classes….
Upon his return to Puerto Rico, Julian announced that he plans to take monthly trips to Haiti--at least until a permanent team can be on the ground in Haiti.  The plan is to have very concentrated weekends of Bible college courses, both video and live.  There is a certain type of releasing that a wife must allow if her husband feels called to dedicate his time to God’s work.  We concluded long before these trips, that it would not be God’s plan for us to move the family to Haiti—at least in the foreseeable future, but we have grappled with these questions because of the ways God has equipped Julian to be a blessing in Haiti—specifically with his Creole language skills.
As a boy growing up in St. Lucia, his family discouraged the use of Creole in the house, thinking it would prove a hindrance to higher education in English.  Since that time, St. Lucians are seeing a resurgence of enthusiasm for the language and culture that is tied to Creole, but this is a recent development.  Written Creole was something Julian didn’t know as a child.  When Julian “disobeyed” his uncles, step-grandmother and mother by learning Creole to the best of his ability, he wouldn’t have known that he would be moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands at the age of 13.  About 23 years ago, before we were married, I found and purchased a Haitian Bible, “Bib la”, from a small American Bible Society shop in downtown Baltimore.  Signed with my maiden name, it became a sentimental item.  I remember his intrigue as he sounded the written letters phonetically and discovered that he comprehended it.  St. Lucia has a population of 180,000, and their primary language is English.  Haiti has 11 million; Creole is the predominant language, and French is spoken by the well-educated minority.  English is a rarity in Haiti.  Julian announced in church last Sunday that he lent the Bible to a Haitian young man who needed it—we’ll replace it later.

Update from Julian:
I am here still gathering myself after coming back from Haiti... Has been a jolting time for me emotionally and definitely one that has brought refinement to the call... I am so thankful each one who has walked this path with us. Whether from a distance or near, your prayers, financial support and words of encouragement have all worked to emblazon a path for me to walk in, confident that the Lord is leading...

I am preparing to head back to Haiti to provide concentrated Bible college classes for the 35 students who are enrolled.  I am expecting to be there March 15-19th. The students will be staying overnight at the house, sleeping anywhere they can lay their heads on Saturday night and we will go through 4pm Sunday together.  We will provide meals and assistance for transportation back to their hometowns.  Some of them are coming from as far as 6 hours away. Really amazing the spiritual hunger that is there. This portion of the Haitian capacity is not spoken of much.
With Pastor Bill's death we have been left with questions of how to continue personal things he did for families and the youth.  We are attempting to raise school support for three young boys he paid for. I had to motivate one of the young men, Jeffte, to tell me his thoughts and give him the private opportunity to weep at the loss of Pastor Bill, who he considered "his father."  Jeffte’s dad and mom are both sick and unable to provide for the family.  Last year I gave him my hair clippers so that he would make some money cutting the hair of the young men in the neighborhood.  The clippers broke somehow and that source of income was lost as well. In early February, when I went to the Dominican Republic to accompany Pastor Bill, I gave my replacement clippers to the young Haitian pastor to do the same or to have someone do it on his behalf; again, it is a source of income.  The clippers I went to Haiti with were my replacement pair, and I vowed (to myself-keeping my own budget in mind) that I would not give them away.  That was not the case; I gave my third set of clippers to Jeffte to replace his broken ones.  I chuckled with him and exhorted him that his first prayer for me was for money to buy another set.
My sleep pattern has changed.  I am constantly thinking of and praying for the Haitian youth and families seeking opportunities for better lives/futures.  I believe the church can provide a wonderful vehicle for partnering with them for their success.  In fact, I told Jeffte that he did not need to replace his father, but rather he needed a brother/partner to agree with him on what his vision for the future is and how they can encourage, invest, or participate in that with him and others.
The plan now is to go back once a month to do intensified Bible college classes and to have a combined church service with the students, youth and families in the neighborhood where we have ministered.  Oh Lord, give one dose of Haiti to every Christian, to every person, so that we will have a refined view on life and others!  That's my prayer.

I am hoping to pair up those whom Pastor Bill assisted personally with support.  He took care of three young adults' tuition at $23 US a month and fed upwards of 20 kids as they came to his house for a daily meal. For several years, I have gone over to renegotiate the rent, schedule repairs, and see who has most improved in their swimming -- gifting them with a pair of goggles, sneakers or some other treasured item I may have brought over.  We have learned many songs, and when the night appears and electricity is gone we break into song... It was nothing to be up until 4:30 a.m. speaking about the work and way of God in His children's lives.
It has been so amazing to have been involved in this area of the world/Caribbean.  Great things are ahead for these people, for the church and for the future of Haiti by the hands of Haitians.
Those who have partnered with us have allowed me to be there for Pastor Bill, and for this reason the church and students have hope that the work will not be left to naught.  Please pray for my wife and the work here in Puerto Rico. All must participate/cooperate/agree/unite in this aspect of the call for all to be blessed.  I think of I Cor 12, Eph. 4 and Ps. 133.

Special thanks to Pastor Rob Dressel for his photography

Thursday, February 7, 2013

As We Travel to Dominican Republic and Haiti

My last trip brought back afresh the great need for us to partner with others to make the difference in the lives of those crying out and those silent because of fear.  Though this was not my annual scheduled trip, I took the invitation to join Pastor Bill Cannon (missionary pastor to Haiti) in the country of the Dominican Republic.   The two countries border each other on the island of Hispaniola.  I did not know at the time that translation from French Creole to English would fall to me; no one else knew both languages sufficiently to do so with confidence.

The plight of the Haitian people in the Dominican Republic can only be spoken of in private circles because international knowledge of it would only worsen their experience as aliens.  Yes, many are there illegally but that is true of many people of the Dominican Republic in Puerto Rico/US territory, as they too seek better economic and educational opportunities.  But what must be endured there by Haitians speaks to blindness or hardness of the heart so few only know of by sporadic news coverage of other countries.  Most think:  not in the tropics, not in the Caribbean.

Among the hardships, children born to Haitian parents are country-less and unaccounted for.  Not being allowed to declare Dominican Republic citizenship, they are not able to claim Haitian birth.  The cost for going across to Haiti is also too expensive and the return financially impossible.  For this reason public education is denied to this group.  I was able to visit a school built by missions support that houses 63 students.  They meet at two different intervals during the day to separate them by age group.  The elder students, 6-15 year-olds (Haitians and those of missed heritage) have never been schooled and did not know how to spell their names.  One level above being a squatter building, the land where the school is located is unused government land with no access to water or a sewage system.  One thing is also sure: there will be no trash pick-up in the area because it is understood to be inhabited by Haitians. Trash therefore is constantly burning. Pollutants and dangerous chemical reactions from these fires are not a concern since the smoke serves to be a perpetual insecticide against the ravages of dengue and other mosquito carrying diseases. The school is teaching English as a life skill so that employment requiring dual or tri-lingual persons would be gained by these students and young adults.

I am in constant awe that I am among those serving in this part of the world and at this time.  You make it possible.  I soon head out for the scheduled trip; I will be there from Feb. 6-22 and will go by ferry with the family van packed with donated items.  I will be accompanied by Pastor Robert Dressel, a missionary pastor from Minnesota.  Upon our return, our two families will join forces and begin an outreach/Bible study to the military base and surrounding township here in Puerto Rico.  Among the many things we will be participating in both countries, these are notable:

In Haiti:                

1. Visit Mennonite Camp on the Haitian border—their labors are notable and we seek to   support their efforts as they have been helpful to our missionaries as well

                           2. Set-up Christian Radio Station in St. Marc through (Shawn Rineholt) Ears to Hear

                           3. Distribution of solar radios – (to illiterate), flyers for radio programming

                           4. Visit Bible College/pastoral training center in St. Marc               

                           5. Visit orphanage in Haute, St. Marc

                           6. Participate in young adults Bible studies

7. Test youth swimming skills from Feb. 2012 classes (bringing children for a day “out” and fellowship)

8. Negotiate Pastor Cannon’s rent increase (I will assist in French Creole to prayerfully get best results)


In the Dominican Republic:

                           1. Visit Rineholt family and outreach/attend youth Bible study

                           2. Visit compound on sale, able to house 60 Bible College students and two families.

                           3. Deliver surf boards for young adults – Christian surfing ministry

                           4. Review Bible College plans and Rineholt’s visit to Baltimore for Church convention.

                           5. Visit Mennonite camp on Dominican Republic side of border.


Our excitement is tempered because we know the projects ahead we will also face obstacles.  We expect great outcomes and a deepening of relationship with the families and young adults.  We really are about next generation building…

Thanks again for your financial support; you are assisting us with making a crucial difference in the lives of fellow brothers and sisters here in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.