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.
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.