Ministry Report - October 2010
I found myself in Arkansas on a Sunday morning with no concert scheduled until that evening. I decided to get in the car and find a local church where I could enjoy a worship service. I asked God to help me find a good church. I saw a small Community Bible Church and walked in just as the service was beginning. All 20 people turned to see the new visitor. God put me in the right place! The service really touched my heart! Great worship, wonderful people and a sermon that I needed to hear. When I introduced myself after the service the pastor asked if I played trumpet? I said yes and he mentioned that he had one of my recordings in his car. He is the band director at the local high school and also a trumpet player.
We scheduled a Wednesday night concert at his church. The offering for our ministry was over $600 (20 people!) and the church is interested in supporting our ministry on a regular basis. The pastor will be going on a mission trip with us next year. A few people in the church expressed an interest in sponsoring our orphans in India.
I remain amazed at how our Lord continues to provide for our personal and ministry needs! We all know this was no “coincidence”, but that once again , God, in His per- fect way of doing things, orchestrated that meeting.
Aren’t you glad you know Him too!
On October 18 our team of 10 travels to India. We will do pastor’s seminars, evangelistic meetings in Hindu communities, build a home for 35 homeless widows, build a bathroom at an orphanage, and do repairs at yet another orphanage. As I write this letter we remain $8,000 short of being able to purchase the rest of the building materials for the widows home. Any help towards this is appreciated very much! God has provided for everything else, we are confident He will provide for the widows as well. It is always an honor to see Him at work!
A special prayer request: Jim Jeske, founder of Faith in Action, and my partner in ministry, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Please continue pray for him. We are encouraged throughout the scriptures to call upon God. Let’s call to our Lord on behalf of our brother in Christ.
AN UNEXPECTED GIFT!
Students from the Nicolet Bible Institute at Silver Birch Ranch came to our home recently and cut and stacked firewood for us. With all the traveling we have been doing for missions and concerts it was one of those jobs that was not getting done. Thank you students! We also want to thank all of you that help throughout the year in so many ways, making it possible for us to continue in ministry!
Don and Kathy
Ministry Report - September 2010
Thank you for your continued interest in our ministry. As you know, God has led us to help the less fortunate and to share with them His love. As we travel, we often see people crying out to God, praying He will provide for their basic daily needs. It has been heartwarming to see how God is providing for many of them through your gifts to our ministry. The needs seem to never end. As we share in this newsletter some of those needs, please know that we understand many of you are already giving sacrificially. The following is simply information so you know how to pray and to those that have been blessed with funds to give and might be able to help.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!
A special prayer request: Jim Jeske, founder of Faith in Action, and my partner in ministry, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. He hopes to go to Mexico soon for a special treatment for his cancer. Please pray for his recovery. We are encouraged throughout the scriptures to call upon God. Let’s call to our Lord on behalf of our brother in Christ.
The bus will need a new transmission this month. Estimated cost is $12,000-$13,000. Ouch!
INDIA IN OCTOBER
In October we will take a team to India to build a home for 35 homeless widows. We currently have $11,000 of the $20,000 needed for building materials. Possibly you know of someone or an organization that can help…even a little. Any help is appreciated. Also, while in India with our team of 10, we will hold pastor conferences. We have a pastor from Virginia traveling with us preparing to teach. Pastors from far distances desire to attend. However, we need to pay their travel expenses as they are very poor. We also need to feed them while they are with us. About $20 per pastor is needed.
HAITI IN MARCH, 2011
We still have some room available on the team to Haiti in March, 2011. We will do a VBS and also maintenance at an orphanage near Port au Prince. Go to the missions tab on this website for details and dates. We also hope to go back to Haiti later in the year to build a church for Pastor Cenor. His church was destroyed in the earthquake.
HELP STILL NEEDED AT ORPHANAGE
Our children’s home in Roatan, Hondu- ras continues to be in need of volunteer help as well as funds to keep the place open. Go to www.sblmroatan.org to check out that ministry. Don serves on their board of directors.
Don and Kathy
Extra Update from Chief Shoefoot
This email came in today from Sharon, Dawson, missionary in the jungle village of Coshiloäteli in the rain forest of Venezuela. Many of you have heard me speak of my friend, Bautista (or, Chief Shoefoot) a Yanomamö Indian. Some of you met him when we toured here in the States a few years ago. He spoke to his village in church this morning. Following is the note and report on his sermon by Sharon:
Church service was really good! Bautista, whom many of you know as “Chief Shoefoot”, brought the message. I thought that you all would be blessed and touched to read some, so here is a bit of what he taught.
“When I was a young man, before I knew the Lord, I was bound and tied up inside by all the things that Satan taught me, but it wasn’t until God sent me my good friend Don Pepe (what they call my dad) and he told me all about the God who really loves me and how He sent His Son to die for me; when I accepted Him into my heart, that that was when I finally felt released from the chains that kept me so bound. But there were two things that I didn’t give up...
Ministry Report - August 2010
YOU JUST NEVER KNOW HOW A CONCERT AFFECTS A LIFE!
A man came up to me recently after a concert to share that he recently went through a difficult surgery. The doctor said he would never be off of a respirator. He told the doctor that with God all things are possible. He requested that my CD’s be played in the operating room as well as in the recovery room. To the doctor’s surprise, within weeks he was off the respirator. He said, “Good job, Doc!” The doctor replied that this was more than he could have accomplished, and that the man’s faith in God had done the rest. “A miracle!” I was honored to know that my music was used as an encouragement to this man. To God be the glory!!
SERVE IN ROATAN, HONDURAS!
We are currently without an administrator at our children’s home in Roatan, Honduras. While we search for a new administrator, we are looking