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.

August 2014

Don Shire Ministries July 2014

Phil. 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Last month we sent almost $10,000 EXTRA to India to get our orphans in school (uniforms, tuition, backpacks, books). It drained the account, but just a few days after that a couple of special gifts came to more than cover that amount! God did it again!!!

Our orphans receiving new textbooks

Someone asked a good question recently. “Why do you need $280,000 to build a new orphanage in India when you have built widows homes and orphanages in the past for about $25,000?” I had asked the same question when I saw the quote! Then it was explained to me that those previous buildings were for 20-30 people. The property that we have been given will allow us to have two buildings. Both will have 2 floors . One building will be for boys and the other for girls. Right now they all live in one room and they are growing up. We need to have separate buildings as they mature. The new buildings will also have adequate kitchens and serving areas. The children presently sit on the floor (where they sleep) to eat and the cooking is done in a crowded area. There will be rooms for house parents to sleep also. I have detailed plans as well as material lists and costs for the materials from the contractor. Can we do it for less? Maybe a little, and we will try, but, what is being proposed is already minimum cost. Keep in mind these buildings will sleep over 125 children. God has provided the property and the funds to put electricity, water and tons of land fill on it. I am confident that somehow, someway, God is going to provide for the rest! I even get excited as I anticipate how He will do it! I love seeing God at work!

Speaking of God at work: I did a concert at a Wisconsin prison recently and about 12 inmates accepted Christ as Savior! When I asked them to take a stand for Christ they jumped up to say they had prayed to receive Christ! AWESOME!!

Once again Kathy and I want to thank our regular support team for their faithful gifts each month. Thanks also to those that gave one time gifts. All of you are a part of the monthly miracle of helping so many, and reaching out with the gospel message.

CURRENT NEEDS, PRAYER REQUESTS :

1. HAITI: Pray for Pastor Cenor’s wife, Merline. She has been diagnosed with diabetes and her sugar counts have been pretty severe.
2. INDIA: Praise for the safe delivery of a baby girl to Pastor Prabhu and wife! This is child number three for them.
3. URGENT NEED: Funds needed to build an orphanage in India. We own the land, have dug a well and presently are buying the fill to level it for construction. We need to raise $280,000 to build a boys home and a girls home.

4. SPONSORS NEEDED: We recently lost 2 of our sponsors. The children are in homes but we are covering their sponsorships until we can find new ones. $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.

July 2014

Don Shire Ministries July 2014

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Kathy and I just finished a week of “Camp Grammy and Grandpa”. 6 of our 12 grandchildren attended this year. We loved every minute of it, but were exhausted when the week ended. It got us thinking about those orphanages we support in India, Haiti and Honduras and especially those faithful adults that care for the children. They must experience times of complete exhaustion as they care for dozens, even hundreds of children full time. Would you take a moment to pray for Pastor Prabhu and his wife Sowjanya (India), Pastor Cenor and Merline (Haiti), Orsy and Banesa (Honduras) and all those that assist them? We accepted another 18 children this month in India. It is your faithful giving that makes it all possible. Again, we thank you VERY much for partnering with us.

Our team from Storden, MN treated our Haiti kids to a day at the beach.

Yes, that is the name of the beach.

Showing off the new shoes Alice and Friends sent for our kids in Haiti.

CURRENT NEEDS, PRAYER REQUESTS AND PRAISES:
1. Last month several HIV infected street widows in India asked for help. They moved into one of our widows homes. Please pray for their health and that they will see Christ in the lives of those around them.
2. URGENT NEED: Funds needed to build an orphanage in India. We own the land, have dug a well and presently are buying the fill to level it for construction. We need to raise $280,000 to build a boys home and a girls home.
3. More orphans in India came asking for help. They are now in school and part of our growing family. Please pray for them as well as those caring for them as our homes are very crowded.
4. SPONSORS NEEDED: $50 per month will place one of our orphans into the home of a pastor in India. 100% goes to the pastor. Information is available at www.donshire.com.
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.
6. There is a mosquito spread virus in Haiti. Several of our staff and children continue to be infected. Please pray for their health and protection.
7. Praise the Lord with us for a very successful garage sale at the Judson Baptist Church in Joliet, IL. Over $22, 000 raised for our orphanage in Haiti! WOW!!!

June 2014

Don Shire Ministries June 2014

James 4:14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

A mother came up to me after a recent concert to thank me for being at her church last year. She shared how her son, a devout atheist, had attended my concert and that night accepted Christ as savior. His life radically changed for the better. I asked if he was there that evening. She burst into tears and shared that he tragically died several months later. She was so glad to have that assurance that he was in heaven. It was a vivid reminder of the urgency of sharing the good news both here in the States and in foreign lands. Kathy and I want to once again thank you for partnering with us, making it possible for us to go and share this wonderful news of God’s grace! You just don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Let’s make the best use of today!

CURRENT NEEDS, PRAYER REQUESTS AND PRAISES:
1. The ladies at our widow homes in India are known as the “prayer widows”. I often send them requests. Do you have one? We will send it on to them.
2. Funds needed to build an orphanage in India. We own the land, have dug a well and presently are buying the fill to level it for construction. We need to raise $280,000 to build a boys home and a girls home.
3. SPONSORS NEEDED: $50 per month will place one of our orphans into the home of a pastor in India. 100% goes to the pastor. Information is available at our sponsor link.
4. 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.
5. Pastor Prabhu in India and Pastor Cenor in Haiti are the 2 men that run our “Faith in Action” ministries. Both have been dealing with personal sickness as well as sickness with their families and children. Please lift them up in prayer.
6. Don will lead a mission team to Haiti June 6-12. Please remember them in prayer as they serve.
7. We have a lady that desires to join the mission team to India in November. She doesn’t want to be the only woman. Is there another out there interested?
8. The India widows moved into their new home near the rice paddies. Praise the Lord with us!

WOULD YOU OR A GROUP FROM YOUR CHURCH CONSIDER HAVING A GARAGE SALE TO BENEFIT OUR ORPHANS IN INDIA AND/OR HAITI?