We are just over two weeks away from the beginning of our first furlough. It is hard to believe that we have been in the Dominican Republic for three and a half years already! We are currently finishing up many different odds and ends before our trip back on May 1. Will you please pray that we would be able to finish what we need to before our trip? Also, please pray as there are some things that we need to get in order like purchasing a vehicle and other matters once we arrive in the States. We would greatly appreciate it.
Below is our updated prayer card for furlough! We look forward to seeing many of you as we visit our supporting churches as well as present our ministry in a number of new ones.
Here is our latest prayer letter for January and February 2019! Thank you for your continued prayers for our family.
The following video is an interview that we did with the kids about the Dominican Republic for a Christian school. We hope that you enjoy it and continue to pray for the work here in the DR!
We apologize for not publishing as often as we were beforehand on our blog. We wanted to fill you in on the past two months as well as our upcoming Christmas outreaches. In October, Tim filled in on Sunday evenings for a fellow missionary who needed to take a brief furlough. Also, he preached the thirty-ninth anniversary service for Resurrection Baptist Church. Bro. Autrey worked first in this ministry at Resurrection upon arriving in the country before planting New Life years later. The theme for the conference was “Come unto Me” taken from Matthew 11. Praise the Lord for a packed house as well as for those who trusted Christ as their Savior and those who made other decisions. In the school, Stephanie has had many opportunities to share the gospel these past two months with her students. Two of these students on different occasions asked to know more, and she was able to share the gospel with them again. We were excited to see them both place their faith in the Lord in salvation. Please pray as we have open doors in the school that we would be able to clearly present the gospel again with our students.
In November, Tim’s sister and brother-in-law came to visit for a few days. We enjoyed time with them as well as showing them around the city and the island, and Landon and Elena especially had fun with their aunt and uncle. We had a great Thanksgiving celebrating with the Autreys and their family. Even though it is not a holiday here, we take time each year to get together as well as thank the Lord for all that He has done for us. We also celebrated Elena’s fourth birthday this month. It is hard to believe that she was born four years ago! Throughout the month, Tim worked on the renewal for his and the kids’ visas. He submitted and paid for them last week, and we are only waiting on the picture in order to receive them for another year. Once we renew a few more years, we will then only have to renew them once every five years.
Each year in December, we participate in a number of Christmas outreaches with the ministry here. On December 22, Bro. Autrey will host the national pastors who have been trained through the ministry and will give them all food and monetary gifts for Christmas. At the beginning of next year, we will visit one of the local orphanages as well as travel to one of the sugarcane villages to celebrate Christmas with the children. Please pray for these different outreaches, for God’s provision, a time of refreshment for these pastors, and opportunities to witness. Also, we were wanting to take a trip out to Barahona earlier in the fall, but the Lord closed the door. Lord willing, we will visit the city as a family for a few days in the coming weeks in order to do some surveying and scouting. Would you please join together with us in prayer for the different outreaches as well as our trip to Barahona?
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for our family. May God bless you!
The Lord has placed it on our hearts to plant a church in the city of Barahona, Dominican Republic once we return from our furlough in 2020. This video shows some brief shots of Tim’s trip there in July. Lord willing, we will visit the city again in the coming month. Thank you for your continued prayers for us.