Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you very much for having the heart and the generosity to contribute to my Dominican Republic mission trip. The mission trip to Sanchez, Dominican Republic was fun, exciting, spiritual, adventurous and hot. Most importantly, God’s presence was in the mist. Because of your contribution, prayers and love, I was able see the amazing things that God did and is going to do for the Dominican People over there.
There is a reason for everything. I can say that one of the reasons God allowed me to go to the Dominican Republic is to show me how I should be grateful for the things that I receive and already have in my life. And to see how others pour out love for one another. God’s love conquers everything.
While I was there, God used the people to show me how to make use of what I have, such as how to turn a broken basketball court that has no rims and a hole in the back board, into something that can still be used to play a fun game of basketball.
Our team ministered to the Dominican people in Sanchez. While we were there, we had Vacation Bible Study with the kids at their school. We taught them some of the stories in the Bible such as Noah and the flood and Jonah and the whale. Thanks be to God that we had Ms. Kim, one of the leaders who knew Spanish to translate everything for us. Even though the language was a barrier, just showing love to the kids and the adults brought happiness to their faces as well as ours. We also helped build a house for the pastor of Sanchez. He kept us healthy and safe. It was a blessing.
Before going to the Dominica Republic, I had the intention that I was going to impact lives more than anything. However, they did more of the impacting in my life. We saw God continually do amazing things throughout the week we were there.
This trip strengthened my faith and trust in God. What I witnessed being done in the Sanchez was something only God could do. I know that God has great plans for my brothers in the Dominican Republic. I am glad He used me and everyone that went on the trip. Again, thank you so much for your generous support. May God, bless you!
God truly blessed us during our mission trips to New Mexico and the Dominican Republic! Students were encouraged by witnessing God’s works and learned about ways the can be used by God in serving others.
We sent three young men – Micah, Munda and Yolian, – to the Dominican Republic to serve with a team from Georgia. One of the young men on the Dominican Republic trip said, “Being in the Dominican Republic was an amazing experience, we worked on a house for a pastor while we were there. Even though we worked in the heat all day it felt good to be able to contribute to the people of the Dominican Republic and spread God’s love.” All men came back encouraged by the trip and are stepping into other opportunities to serve.
We took 7 youth to serve on an Indian Reservation in New Mexico. Our team helped build a porch on the house where mission teams stay while serving on the Indian Reservation. The team also assisted the kids camp for Native American children and helped feed the homeless. Homelessness is widespread on and around the reservation. Scott had the privileged of sharing in both a Navajo church and at the feeding of the homeless. This was a growing experience for our team. They said they loved serving others and enjoyed serving God by bringing smiles to peoples faces. They look forward to next opportunity to serve.
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Every year we send kids to Worldview Academy. At Worldview Academy Leadership Camps, junior high and high school students, ages 13 and up, are challenged to think hard about their faith. They are treated like real people who wrestle with real issues—and who need answers that match the real world. Each camp features 20+ hours of lively classroom sessions and discussions, which guide students to better understand servant leadership, apologetics/evangelism, and comparative worldviews. Students are taught by inspired teachers, challenged by creative activities, moved by meaningful worship, and welcomed into a community of life-long friends. Students join groups of the same age and gender for the discussion of the big ideas. The six days are filled with laughter, tough questions, biblical answers, and a deepening hunger for Christ.
Information from http://www.worldview.org/camps/. http://www.worldview.org/
70 % of the funds needed for our summer ministry opportunities have been given!!
This Summer Includes:
- Dominican Republic Mission
- New Mexico Mission
- Worldview Academy for Youth
- Annual Youth Trip
- Ministry to Refugees
The Ladies Retreat went well in February. Prayers were blessed! A big thanks to North Georgia Christian Camp, Clarkston International Bible Church, Friends of Refugees and our supporters for helping The Refuge make the Ladies’ Retreat happen!!
The lady leader for the retreat wrote: “We really had a blast. Thank you for making the retreat happen! The girls had so much fun (most of them haven’t done something like that before) and we hit all the things we had hoped we’d be able to talk about. I’m excited for what God is doing in the hearts of the girls and for an opportunity to spend time talking about our identity in Christ and how that plays into being women. We have a lot of good stuff to build on as we look forward. It was sweet to see Sunny share during our Q&A time from a place of maturity and wisdom regarding a couple of different topics we discussed…she has grown so much since I’ve known her. Her leadership and commitment to Christ is evident in how she talks about her relationship with Jesus. The others were delightful as well.” (You may remember Sunny went on the mission trip to Africa with us.)
- 501c3 acquired!
- Spring Break Youth Retreat – April 2016
- Tanzania Mission Trip – June 2016
- Wild at Heart Young Man’s Camp – July 2016
- Washington DC / Virginia Youth Trip – July 2016
- We become guardians of a beautiful young lady – August 2016
- Youth Weekend – October 2016
- Ladies Retreat – December 2016
- Ministry to refugee families
- God graciously continues to provide needed resources confirming calling and leading to glorify Jesus among refugees.
We are Grateful.
We are back from Africa! The two weeks we were in Tanzania went by fast. We were in one remote village for one week and then moved to another remote village for the next week. Every day brought God stories. Every day God did something to bless, encourage, love or heal. It was awesome to see Him work.
Our team had 26 Americans and approximately the same number of Africans. Our team of Americans ran a clinic and pastor’s conference and helped the Africans with the Jesus Film ministry and the kids ministry. The Americans included 4 doctors and an American nurse. The Africans included one doctor, many translators, and a few national pastors. Several other Africans helped with camp logistics and security. One praise was that our team worked very well together. Everyone got along in a spirit of love and grace and communicated well. As a result, much was accomplished for God’s glory!
Abby and Sunny
This was a great experience for Abby and Sunny. Abby and Sunny helped in the clinic every day in both villages. The doctors took the time to carefully explain and show Abby and Sunny how they were treating the patients. On one occasion, the doctor was stitching up a patient with a machete wound on his arm. It got to be too much for Sunny and she passed out. The doctor was very gracious and said that she has seen many in training for their medical career pass out, including herself. Both girls were very helpful in processing and treating patients. They prayed over many patients as well as they interacted with them. As a result, over 1,500 patients were treated! The girls will be sending out their own updates soon.
God Saves and Heals
I spoke in the pastor’s conference in each village, shared about Jesus and the assurance of salvation at the Jesus Film showings, prayed for villagers, and shared the Gospel several times to groups of people waiting to see the doctor. These opportunities were tremendous privileges that produced positive responses. But a highlight of my time in African was when people were healed of their sickness, including deafness! During my many years in ministry, I have seen many people healed over time and many lives changed over time, but I had never personally witnessed an instantaneous, miraculous healing. But it has never stopped me from praying for people and seeing God work. But on this trip, God worked quickly. For many of our days in Africa, an African and I prayed over those waiting in line for the clinic. (While I had only one prayer partner at a time, over the two weeks, four different Africans were prayer partners, two from our team and one from each village. God’s provision of those prayer partners are God stories for another time).
The prayer partner and I would go down the line at the clinic and individually pray for people and their concern. Over the two weeks, I had the privilege of praying for about 300 people. One day, the African prayer partner that God provided for that day and I prayed over a 12 year old girl who was partially deaf. And she was healed!! After testifying to her healing, she ran off without going into the clinic. I asked the translator where she was going. The translator said she was so excited she ran to tell someone.
The next day, a different African prayer partner and I started talking to a woman who did not respond. Those sitting next to her said she was deaf. My prayer partner tested it and went right up to her ear and said something loudly. I thought it was rude, but it confirmed she was deaf. So we prayed over the woman and she began to hear! We started to celebrate when I asked my partner to ask her, “Can you hear a little or a lot?” She said she could hear a little. So I said, “Let’s pray again.” We prayed over the woman again and God opened her ears even more! My partner was just as shocked and excited as I was. Just as he tested her deafness, he tested her hearing. He would say something, confirmed she heard and backed away. He repeated this process several times until he had backed away about five or six feet and confirmed she could hear him! It was amazing! We testified to God’s goodness. At other times, we saw people get healed of other sicknesses.
Healing did not happen absent of His Word. The Gospel was shared with everyone who came to the clinic, including those who were healed. God’s healing was a testimony of His love and grace and power in the lives of those He touched. Many placed their faith in Jesus; local pastors will continue to reach out to them. Healing also did not happen absent of prayer. Much prayer was put into this mission both before and during the trip. We appreciate all those who prayed with us and for us!
My faith was bolstered by this trip. Seeing God heal and change lives was a tremendous encouragement to me. The girl’s lives too were changed by this trip. They had new experiences that taught them much about loving and serving others.
We greatly appreciate all the love, prayers and support of this trip. It was a trip that brought glory to God.
Love in Christ,
In the interest of preventing an even longer update, I’ll try to send or post shorter updates. You can see post and photos on my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009318010182. The girls will be sending out their own updates soon.
Thank you to those who have been a part of our mission to Tanzania through your support and prayers!
100% of the funds needed for the mission were provided. We were healthy and had a great team.
And we experienced God’s Presence and Power in Tanzania.
God was with us!
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from harm.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and fortress.
5 You will not fear…
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your home.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not be harmed.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”