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.

October 2014

Colossians 3:23-24 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."

         

Enjoying a day at the beach    Director/house parents Orsy & Banesa Cruz        Our private school

SOME MINISTRIES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

A NOTE FROM DON SHIRE:

It is my privilege to sit on the board of some awesome mission organizations. Along with being on our board here at Don Shire Ministries, I also am currently president of the board of Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministries serving on the island of Roatan, Honduras (WWW.SBLMROATAN.ORG) and a member of the executive board of Mission Padamo Aviation Support (MPAS WWW.MPAVIATION.ORG). Many of you have traveled with me to Roatan and Venezuela on mission trips. If you would like to know more about these organizations please go to their web sites and check them out.

I recently was in Roatan for our annual SBLM board meeting. It is exciting to see how the Lord continues to provide for our 17 children. One major step of faith was to promote Orsy and Banesa Cruz to full-time status after 6 years of serving part time. With 17 children and all the responsibilities involved, we believe this decision could not wait any longer. We are trusting the Lord to provide the needed funding. It will be so exciting to see His provision! If you would like to take part in this, 100% of donations sent to Don Shire Ministries designated for Roatan will be sent to that ministry; or, if you wish you can go to their web site and donate directly.

In the next few months I will also be traveling to Haiti, India, and Ghana, West Africa. Please continue to keep us in prayer as the schedule is full. May it be not just full, but effective! Also pray for our missionaries, Colton Draeger (Zambia) and Austin & Hannah Betz (Haiti) as they serve. Thank you so much for supporting our ministry! You help to make each month a new and amazing miracle!

September 2014

Don Shire Ministries Septemeber 2014

Psalm 102:28 The children of your servant shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.

Pastor Prabhu wrote and asked me to pray for 3 of our girls in India that have “come of age”. I asked why he was requesting prayer...they weren’t sick. I then learned that in India when a young girl “comes of age” it is a time of celebration. I discovered that their custom is much different than here. The girls are excited about maturing and the church has a celebration and special service on their behalf. Then they commit time to pray for the girl and dedicate her to the Lord that she will remain pure and live a Godly life. They pray for her protection.

While their custom is much different than ours, I must admit that it is a wonderful way to welcome a young girl into what is a new, and sometimes scary time of the maturing process. Several of our India girls have “come of age”. Our India children are growing fast. This is a reminder of the urgency to build our new orphanages to separate the boys and girls and to offer better protection. In India, once a girl is “used”, no one wants her as a wife. Recently a man was caught hiding near the bathroom at our largest rented orphanage. It was determined that he was waiting for one of the girls to come there during the night. A girl would never admit to rape as she knows the life long consequences. We really need to have a more secure home!

Our property for the new orphanage now has a water well, electricity, and level ground ready for construction. Our next project, as God provides, will be to build a security wall around the property. The cost for that is $27,000. It is a large cement block wall! It will offer the protection needed for these children. Then, again, as God provides, we will build the first of two large homes. One for girls and one for boys. Already God is touching hearts and gifts have arrived for this project. A lot more is needed, but, God doesn’t start something and then forget about it. This is so exciting to see God at work! Stay tuned!!!

CURRENT NEEDS and PRAYER REQUESTS :

1. HAITI: We are very excited to announce that our ministry team is growing! Austin & Hannah Betz will move to Haiti this month. They will host our mission teams and seek the best ways we can minister in Haiti with such need. They will also be a blessing to the orphanage and help us to understand how we can best care for our orphans at our Faith in Action Orphanage administered by Pastor Cenor.
2. ZAMBIA: Again, our team is growing! Please pray for Colton Draeger as he leaves this month for Zambia. Colton is spending the next year as an intern under our ministry. We have arranged for him to serve in Zambia, Ghana, and Poland during the next 12 months. Would you please include Colton on your prayer list?
3. URGENT NEED: Funds needed to build an orphanage in India. We own the land, have dug a well, and the land is ready for construction. We need to raise $280,000 to build a boys home and a girls home.
4. SPONSORS NEEDED: $50 per month until they are 18 (or as long as you are able).
5. Every month we need to pay for the expenses of all of our unsponsored orphans. It costs about $35 per month per child. Designate your gift to “India Orphans” and 100% will go to their support.