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1805, 2018

Spontaneous Generosity

By |May 18th, 2018|Categories: Church, Ministries|

5/14/18 When God puts his grace in a person’s heart and it spills out onto the lives of other people, we should sit up and pay attention. We should realize that the Holy Spirit is there. He is working his works. He is showing us something he wants us to learn and to do. Recently this happened to us in a startling and unexpected way. We were at the home of a couple of close friends who financially support the Gospel ministry of Makers and Means International. We had finished supper and had a large vinyl map of the [...]

1805, 2018

The GOC School Camp Success!

By |May 18th, 2018|Categories: Ministries, Uncategorized|

March 31 Through April 7, 2018 The 2018 Spring GOC School Camp was a huge success, and already we are seeing much spiritual fruit as a direct result of the work. Since we finished up our week-long camp, many students are hungry to learn more and have started meeting several times a week with Franklin Lopez and others to study the Bible and discuss the Christian faith! Also, a large number of students have now enrolled in a weekly GOC academy, where they will be mentored in the Christian faith and continue to receive regular training in the arts. [...]

1602, 2018

One Person At A Time

By |February 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

It is easy to get caught up in big-picture ministry activity, and forget that God is at work building his church by calling one person at a time into his kingdom. The following story highlights the way God called a young woman, Crismayri Perez, to faith in Jesus Christ, and gave her a passion to bring others to faith, by using the Santo Domingo church, Iglesia Fundamento Biblico, the student arts/music ministry Generation of Change, ministry leaders, and Christian friends, to bring about his will for her life! Crismayri was our interpreter in our recent ministry planning trip to [...]

2809, 2017

Providing Facilities for the Daily Lives of Haitian Orphans

By |September 28th, 2017|Categories: Ministries, Uncategorized|

I’ve previously written about the Shekinah Orphanage in Haiti that Pastor Miguel Castillo from the Dominican Republic established after the Haitian earthquake in 2010. In the aftermath of that awful catastrophe, he helped some Haitian pastors collect children whose parents were killed, and set up an orphanage for them in a safer location. The Shekinah Orphanage currently has 42 children. In that article, I wrote about what happened later in 2016 when hurricane Matthew caused extensive flooding in Haiti which destroyed most of the Shekinah Orphanage building. Although it took several months, through some generous donations the money was raised [...]

2707, 2017

Change the Pastor, Change the Church

By |July 27th, 2017|Categories: Church|

In the Spring of 2016, I was standing on the open fourth floor of a church in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. It was 92 degrees and very humid. From this height, I looked out on the neighborhood surrounding the church in the middle of the central river district, one of the poorest areas in this city of four million people. Behind me I hear the Spanish chatter of people fellowshipping as they eat a meal together and the cooks working in the small kitchen as they feed the 150 pastors, deacons, and Sunday school teachers who have [...]

2407, 2017

Haitian Orphans Found in Rubble Now Preparing to Attend University

By |July 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

On January 12 of 2010, a 7-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, its epicenter near the capitol of Port-au-Prince. Electricity, water, and communication infrastructure was destroyed, which hampered rescue operations and humanitarian aid. By January 24, fifty-two aftershock quakes had followed, and 150,000 people had died. 250,000 homes were destroyed, along with 30,000 commercial buildings. Pastor Miguel Castillo gathered up the men from his church, Iglesia Fundamento Biblico (IFB) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They procured trucks, collected and loaded them with supplies, and they made the dangerous journey to Haiti where they set up a medical triage clinic. While there, [...]