April 2014

Don Shire Ministries April 2014

Luke 24:6 “He is not here; he has risen!”

He is risen indeed!

My 7 year old granddaughter was being interviewed by her pastor before she was to be baptized. When asked “How are you growing as a Christian?” Lindsey replied: I am eating lots of Chicken!” We all laugh at her honest response. But to me what was so exciting was the answer to the next question: “Why do you want to be baptized?” And she replied, “Because I want all my friends to know that I am a Christian!” My buttons almost popped! Her two brothers were also baptized that morning and their responses were similar. Okay! I know I am just being a proud grandpa here, but, I get this excited every time I see someone accept Christ and then take a public stand for Him! I hope as we celebrate Easter that we will all resolve to boldly represent our risen Savior! Possibly this is the year that you will commit to a mission trip or take on some responsibility at your church. Friends, He is not only risen, BUT HE IS COMING BACK! Please make the best use of your time!

We want to thank the Judson Baptist Church in Joliet, IL for their continued efforts to raise funds to support our orphanage in Haiti. Mike T, a member of that church was led by God a few years ago to use his background as a business man and put it to use creating fund raisers to help our children in Haiti. Without him and the dozens from his church that help, we would be very under-funded. What a gift they have been from the Lord!!! If you live in the Joliet area please take the time to either donate some items or attend the sale this Spring.

Don Shire Ministries April 2014

Mike is willing to send you some of his ideas to help you do the same thing in your community. As we look at the possibility of purchasing or building a new orphanage in Haiti, we wonder how the Lord will provide. Possibly, this could be a way. Please prayerfully consider these ideas and feel free to contact us for more details.

March 2014

Don Shire Ministries March 2014

Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

For most of you in the snow belt (and beyond), you are probably hoping the big thaw comes soon! Here’s a great idea! Start planning now to join us next fall or winter in Haiti, Honduras, India, Ghana or on one of our Mission Cruises! Escape the cold!! For more information write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For Mission Cruise info go to www.missioncruise.org.

HAITI: October 11-18 2014 $1,700
INDIA: November 4-18 2014 $3,500
GHANA: December 9-17 2014 $3,000
MISSION CRUISES: Jan. 11-18, 18-25 2015 from $1,075
HAITI: Feb 7-14 2015 $1,700
ROATAN: March 7-14 2015 $1,700

PRAYER REQUESTS

1.We hope to build an orphanage in Haiti and in India this year. Plans need to be drawn and funds raised. Please pray we will be Spirit led as we plan. (God is already answering prayer!!)

2. There are weekends still available for concerts this year and we are also planning into 2015. Pray that doors will open for us to minister.

3. Kathy isn’t back to 100%, but she is feeling much better. Thank you for your prayers!

4. Please pray for Pastor Prabhu (India) and Pastor Cenor (Haiti) as they lead our ministry to orphans and widows and as they continue to lead their churches. Also pray for Orsy and Banesa as they head the home in Roatan, Honduras.

5. We have 4 adoptions in progress from our orphanage in Haiti, but we are lacking one more signature for us to complete the adoptions. Please pray that the official in Haiti will show up for work and sign the many forms that await him. We still wait!!

6. We praise God that last month we sent over $24,000 to support our outreach to orphans, widows and the unfortunate. Your prayers and gifts are appreciated so very much! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

February 2014

Don Shire Ministries February 2014

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14





Don Shire Ministries mission cruise February 2014

WHO IS MISSING IN THIS PICTURE?
Last month we took two teams on our annual Mission Cruises. Dozens prayed to receive Christ. Neighborhoods were cleaned, homes painted, and gospel presentations took place at orphanages, prisons, and nursing homes. Others were encouraged in their faith. Hundreds of Bibles were distributed as we went into homes and shared the love of Christ to those on street corners. The only thing missing was you! Go to www.missioncruise.org to sign up now for January 2015 cruises sailing out of Galveston, TX.

HAITI
This month we go to Haiti to minister to our children at the orphanage, do some repairs at the home, and keep two dentists very busy pulling teeth. Your prayers are appreciated. Next month we go to Roatan to minister at that orphanage.

PRAYER REQUESTS
1. We hope to build an orphanage in Haiti and in India this year. Plans need to be drawn and funds raised. Please pray we will be Spirit led as we plan.
2. There are weekends still available for concerts this year and we are also planning into 2015. Pray that doors will open for us to minister.
3. Kathy has had a lingering illness since our trip to India last November. Please pray for healing.
4. Please pray for Pastor Prabhu (India) and Pastor Cenor (Haiti) as they lead our ministry to orphans and widows and as they continue to lead their churches. Also pray for Orsy and Banesa as they head the home in Roatan, Honduras.
5. We have 4 adoptions in progress from our orphanage in Haiti, but we are lacking one more signature for us to complete the adoptions. Please pray that the official in Haiti will show up for work and sign the many forms that await him.

January 2014

Don Shire Ministries January 2014

Philippians 3:13, 14 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

2014!
WHERE ARE WE GOING? GOD HAS A PLAN!

INDIA
WHAT A GIFT!!! We are very excited to announce that a parcel of property has been donated in India for our widows and orphans in Vijayawada. We currently rent a building that is too small. In addition, the landlords have been pressuring us to move. We believe that the donation of property is an answer to prayer, but will need to build soon before we are pressured to move out of the current facility.

GOD HAS A PLAN! As God provides, we will build a home for about 100 children, a church and a small home for Pastor Prabhu and his wife and children. Plans are being drawn this month and soon we will have a sketch of what is needed. The property is directly across from a school! At this time we have no idea where the funds will come from, but we know God who does!

PRAISE THE LORD with us as we give thanks for His provision and also seek His perfect will. Our Lord must have some very special plans for these children. He sure continues to take care of their needs!

SPONSORSHIP: We now have 156 children sponsored into the homes of pastors. WOW! So far the program is working very well. We hope to see that number grow as more sponsors come forward to help.

AVAILABLE SUNDAYS FOR CONCERTS: Following are Sunday mornings I still have available for concerts in 2014. (lots of Sun evenings and weekdays as well) Please contact Ruth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you think your church would be interested in having me come to do a concert with an emphasis on missions. Hopefully these dates will fill soon: MARCH 16, 23, 30, APRIL 6, 27, JUNE 15, 22, 29 JULY 20, 27 AUGUST 3, SEPTEMBER 14, 21 OCTOBER 5, 19, 26, NOVEMBER 2 DECEMBER 7, 21, 28

HAITI
God has provided a committee of leaders to work with us as we care for our 23 children at the Haiti Faith in Action Orphanage. For that we give Him thanks! This orphanage is a rented home and it is likely we will need to make a move into a more permanent place as our children grow and need some room to stretch. We have seen miracle after miracle as God continues to provide for their needs. Already some funds have been donated to start a building fund. It is so much fun to see God at work!

ROATAN, HONDURAS
Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministries has its own Board of Directors. Don is currently president of that board. We also help to fund SBLM, a ministry to abused, abandoned and orphaned children of the island. In the last month God provided a large gift that covered some of the outstanding debt the ministry has been carrying for many years. The generous gift now allows the board to look toward the future. Once again we are seeing God at work in wonderful and awesome ways!

YOU ARE MAKING THE DIFFERENCE!
God has raised an army of generous and caring people like you who have come along side of us. We want to thank you very much for your trust and partnership! Please take a few minutes when you receive this letter each month to rejoice with us as together we see lives transformed! Pray that this year will see many coming to a true knowledge of Jesus Christ, and that we will honor His name in all of our decisions. Together we are making a difference with eternal results!

Don and Kathy Shire