January 2015

1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.

IT TAKES A TEAM!

A few years ago it became obvious that help was needed here at Don Shire Ministries. As God blessed us with more opportunities to serve, it became very difficult to keep up with the many details that arise.

We asked God for help. AND HE ANSWERED!!! WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR OUR STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS! We would love for you to know some of those who make it all happen.

God Almighty! He continues to lead this ministry in marvelous ways! He put together the team below. He gets all the credit! (There isn’t enough room here to tell of His awesome leadership!)

Don Shire represents the ministry in churches and other venues. Along with other duties required in the office, he oversees the ministries to orphans and widows in India and Haiti. He also recruits mission teams and leads most of them. Don is also president of Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministries, an outreach to the orphaned and abused children on the island of Roatan, Honduras.

Kathy Shire is our Office Manager. She does just what the title describes in overseeing all the details in the office, and she oversees the widow’s scarf ministry. (She also keeps Don in line…the best she can!)

Priscilla Eastman does the bookkeeping. She also volunteers to organize and implement the Child Sponsorship Program. Her husband, Craig, assists Don with Mission Teams.

Ruth Garcia schedules concerts, sends the info to the pastors, and provides the details to Don.

Shan Glewen coordinates the short-term mission trips. She takes care of travel details and provides valuable information to team members as they prepare for their trip.

Crystal DeLong maintains the e-mail list and gets it out in a timely manner each month.

Debbie Short collects the mail, sends the information to the bookkeeper, and helps get Don’s concert supplies stocked and ready for travel. She also helps in many other ways in the office.

Dan and Jane Pierson do all the planning for the annual Mission Cruises. This is a huge responsibility!

Pastor Prabhu Varam heads up the “Faith In Action India” ministry to the orphans and widows. This is also a huge responsibility and would be very difficult without him!

Pastor Cenor Lineus is an evangelist and pastor in Haiti. He and his wife, Merline, care for the children and all the details of running the “Faith in Action Haiti” orphanage.

YOU!!! Without your prayers and financial support the team could not function.

It is hard to start mentioning names as there are so many others that help in countless other ways. We wanted to begin 2015 by thanking our team members for their wonderful service and especially thank our God for sending such wonderful people to join us in ministry! We are truly blessed! As we continue to grow, we will need more volunteers. As God leads, please feel free to contact us to see where other opportunities to serve might be.

December 2014

John 21:25 "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written."

Don Shire Ministries December 2014

WHAT REALLY MAKES YOUR DAY?

Here's some things this past month that really made my day:

1. A teenager sat next to me after a concert and said that during the concert he rededicated his life to the Lord.

2. One of our orphaned girls in India saved her money and bought me a Christmas present.

3. A widow you help support shared how she was a Muslim; and when she became a Christian, her family threw her out onto the streets. But she knew God would provide... and she is now in one or our widows' homes and thrilled to share how God answered her prayers.

4. We took a step of faith while I was in India and started building the security wall that will protect the orphanage (to be built later).

5. I received a report from Zambia that our intern, Colton, has been a huge blessing during his 3 months there. Many were led to Christ. Some are now being discipled.

6. We were able, through your generous gifts, to make provision so that all the widows and orphans we support will have a nice Christmas.

These were just the first things that came to mind!... see verse above!!

MINISTRY NEEDS AND PRAYER REQUESTS

$50 per month sponsors for putting orphans into homes of India Pastors (see sponsor page for details).

Praise God! Construction has begun on the cement block wall to protect our orphanage property in India. After that we will wait on the Lord for the $280,000 to begin construction of the buildings.

Each year it is the special one-time year end gifts that help us through the next year. Would you please consider including us in your end-of-year giving?

Pray for our intern Colton as he serves this month in Ghana.

November 2014

Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Don Shire Ministries November 2014

EVANGELISM

Quite often in our newsletters we talk about our ministry to orphans and widows. It is very obvious to us that this is a part of God’s leading in our ministry. However, it is also important to remember that our primary calling and focus continues to be evangelism. There is no greater thrill than to see a life changed for eternity! As you pray for us, please continue to pray that doors of opportunity will continue to open for evangelism. This month I will lead a team of 4 to India. While we will spend time with the almost 300 orphans and 175 widows that we support, we will also hold several evangelistic street meetings. Would you pray for us as we share the good news of Christ?

MINISTRY NEEDS AND PRAYER REQUESTS

$50 per month sponsors for putting orphans into homes of India Pastors (see web site for details).

Praise God! Construction has begun on the cement block wall to protect our orphanage property in India. After that we will wait on the Lord for the $280,000 to begin construction of the homes.

Each year it is the special one-time year end gifts that help us through the next year. Would you please consider including us in your end-of-year giving?

Our evangelism trip to Ghana, West Africa has been postponed. Either the Lord is closing the door of opportunity or Satan is trying to block the way. Would you pray that we will be sensitive to God’s plan? We now hope to go to Ghana in February. Do you want to come?

Pray for our intern Colton as he serves this month in Zambia and South Africa. Praise God with us that he has had the opportunity to lead several people to the Lord.