It has been a fast paced New Year for the Germano family. We began 2014 by traveling to the Dominican Republic for our survey trip. We were able to stay for two weeks and survey the field in which God has called us. Thank you for those who faithfully prayed for us while we traveled and ministered in the country. We were able to preach and teach on a few a occasions in two churches in the capitol as well as visit some of the national pastors and their churches. The Lord has led us to partner with missionaries Ron and Chona Autrey and Jonathan and Jeanine Autrey at New Life Baptist Church. We will help in the church and school ministry while we attend language school and become acclimated to Dominican life. We have uploaded some of the pictures from our trip which can be viewed here.
Once we returned, we were able to visit two churches on January 19. First, we preached and presented our work at Little Creek Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA with Pastor Smith. We were thankful for the time we spent with pastor and his wife along with the church members. Second, we drove to Richmond that afternoon to present in Calvary Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, VA. We were grateful for the opportunity given to us by Pastor Haskett to speak more about our burden for the DR. On Friday, January 24, we had the chance to speak and present at Gospel Light Christian School in Walkertown, NC. Stephanie especially enjoyed giving her testimony at her alma mater.
The weather has had some impact on a few meetings we had scheduled. One was moved on Wednesday, January 22 to a later date due to snow. Another was cut short due to a second snow storm in the Virginia area. We were privileged to present the work at Liberty Baptist Church in Suffolk, VA on Sunday and Monday, January 26-27 before the snow came. Pastor Goebel set up a few extended sessions for us to speak to the church family.
Praise the Lord for His guidance and protection. We are now at 28% support with many additional churches promising to begin support in the coming months. We have also included a goal on our sidebar for outfit and passage. We give God the glory for helping us to already raise $2,500 of the $25,000 we will need to ship our belongings, purchase a vehicle, and set up our house in the Dominican. Please help us pray that God would provide the funds needed for our move.