Please take a moment to read our latest update along. In this update, we wanted to inform you that we will be returning to the United States for our first furlough from May 2019 until March 2020. We look forward to seeing many of you all during this trip. Also, please pray as we are planning for the next stage of our ministry. After our return, the Lord has placed it on our hearts to launch out and plant a church. We are currently praying about a few different locations. Please join us in prayer for the Lord’s will in this area as well as in our upcoming survey trips to these different places.
A little more than two months have come and gone in the 2017-2018 school year at New Life Christian Academy. We have been able to settle into a good routine with our classes, and we are encouraged by their growth. Landon is adjusting well also to school. His knowledge and use of Spanish has grown exponentially since he started, and we are even seeing a difference with Elena. We are praising the Lord for a few decisions made by the students to trust in the Lord as their Savior so far this year!
The Resurrection Baptist Seminary began their new semester during October. This year, we have sought to not only help with the financial expenses of the seminary but also to expand the outreach and training of Dominican men and women in service for the Lord. Instead of bringing everyone here from around the island every Saturday, we have divided the seminary into five campuses. The main seminary meets here in Santo Domingo at New Life, and there are four other campuses spread out around the island. We are recording any live lectures given here in the capitol in order to supplement and help the other campuses and their training. Two of these campuses are new locations with new students. Please continue to pray as we teach, train, and impact this next generation as they prepare for service.
In the church, things have continued to move along well. Tim was able to fill in for Bro. Autrey while he was working on the loan for the church and school property in the States. We are asking that you would pray for this endeavor that everything would be finalized and that we would be able to get this loan before the end of the year. During this time, Tim and the assistant pastor were able to perform a baby dedication for a new addition to two of Tim’s students in his Sunday School class. We were also able to establish the weekly youth meeting on Saturday night as we all labor together to minister to our teenagers in the church. Stephanie has been able to disciple one of these teenagers, and she is grateful for an even greater opportunity to teach this young lady.
During September, one of Stephanie’s friends came with her cousin to minister in a few of the orphanages in the capitol. We always enjoy visiting and ministering to these precious children, and Stephanie especially was thankful for this time with her friend while she was here.
With our visas, Timothy and the children are beginning the process for their yearly visa renewal. This renewal process is not as involved as the initial application, but we are asking for your prayers that there would be no complications and that they would be able to receive it quickly.
We had another milestone this past month-we moved to the Dominican Republic two years ago! It is hard to believe that two years have passed, but we are so thankful for what the Lord has done and taught us in our time here. Thank you also to those of you who have prayed for us and supported us. We are looking forward to another year of service here in the Dominican Republic.
Thank you for those of you who have prayed for us during this storm. Today was very similar to Hurricane Irma two weeks ago for us in the capitol. We experienced some rain and wind, but it was not like some of the other areas of the Dominican Republic or the other islands here in the Caribbean. We are praying for those who were effected, especially those in Dominica, Puerto Rico, and the other islands!
Thank you for your prayers for our family and the ministry here this past week with Hurricane Irma. The Lord protected us here in the southern side of the island, and we were blessed to have only faced thunderstorms with gusty winds and rain. Please continue pray for those who were affected on the northern side as well as those on other islands here in the Caribbean.