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Carrion Joseph - International Ministries The latest from Deliris Carrion Joseph https://internationalministries.org/teams/54-carrion-joseph.rss Our God knows the future <p>Greetings and love from us here in Tijuana, Mexico.</p> <p>Ten months have passed since we came to serve at Deborah's House. We have seen many families come and go. We have experienced some success, but also painful failures. We are still learning how to process those failures. The learning process is challenging and sometimes difficult, but if God is with us and called us to serve here, God will enable us to fulfill His mission. We are delighted to serve these families with respect and love and we are happy to show God's love not only by words but through actions.</p> <p>Last week, three families left the shelter. They decided to live together and help each other as they had learned to do in Deborah's House. One of the families lived there for ten months. They found a job, a house next door to their work and a school for the children. The next door neighbor is a church called El Buen Camino, "The Good Way." We trust that what they have learned at the shelter will help them for the rest of their lives. We believe that with God’s help and our continuing relationship, their lives will be transformed. They are special to us for many reasons and we pray for the best for each one of them. One thing is for sure, and that is they have experienced God's love and special protection while they were in our shelter and will continue to experience that as they seek shelter in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. God knows their future and I believe it is going to be a good one.</p> <p>On other matters, Moise and I are amazed about the thing God is doing in Tijuana. Years ago the chic theme among the nations was Globalization. The United States tried to have dollarization in all Latin American countries. As a matter of fact, in 2001 El Salvador was the only country that changed its currency from the colon to the dollar, and I witnessed that painful process. The European Union makes the Euro the currency of their countries and all the Powers of the World saw Globalization only in the economic sphere. After many years, God is teaching us through all the migrant movements happening around the world. What is the real meaning of globalization? What we are living here today is globalization from Gods perspective. It is a privilege to worship God with brothers, sisters and friends from other countries with different religious faith backgrounds such as Baptist, Adventist, Catholics, Christians, Muslims and Voodoo. They have different social backgrounds and life experiences and above all, different languages. Today we are speaking the language Jesus taught us, which is the language of love. We are preaching and teaching with actions what we have learned from our Lord and Savior. It is a joy which no words can describe what is happening today in Tijuana's Baptist Churches and certainly, God is with us.</p> <p>Psalm 139:3 assures us that God knows the future, it says, "For there is not a Word on my tongue. But behold, o Lord, you know it altogether."</p> <p>God knows the future... God knew that this massive migration was going to happen and he called us, Moise and I, to serve in Tijuana. Now we also know that we are here because God knew we could help the Baptist Churches of Tijuana at this moment in time. You should know that Moise Joseph, my husband is Haitian. He speaks French, Creole and English fluently and is in his third year of learning Spanish. He is a tremendous help as an interpreter and as someone that can listen, understand and calm people's anxieties just because he can communicate with them. He also has a tremendous ability to listen and comfort them just by being present there.</p> <p>A few weeks ago, before the Hurricane hit Haiti, Moise told me God has something big for us. He said, I don't know what it is yet, but I know something is going to happen. Now we know and we have said, here we are God, use us. We have been working with Iglesia Bautista Emanuel almost since they opened the doors of the church to receive the migrants. They have received people from Haiti, Iraq, Cameroon, Syria, Sudan, Congo, Ghana and South Africa. The four languages Moise speaks are very much needed and I also speak Spanish, English and Creole so God is using us in ways we never expected. To God be the Glory!</p> <p>As you can imagine we are in a tremendous need of help. So far we have five churches serving as shelters and we are serving more than three hundred migrants. The churches are receiving some help from the government, but it is not enough. If churches from USA and Puerto Rico wants to help in this effort with any kind of monetary offering that will be a great blessing. If there is some extra money the pastors dealing with this crisis can receive, that will be wonderful. This situation is expected to last until February or March of next year so we certainly need your help. You can do it through International Ministries by sending specifics to help with the migration crisis at the Tijuana, Mexico Border.</p> <p>Brothers and Sisters, if you want to come and witness what God is doing here you are more than welcome to visit. Please keep in touch and keep us in your prayers.</p> <p>With love and joy,<br> Deliris and Moise</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/63951-our-god-knows-the-future https://internationalministries.org/read/63951-our-god-knows-the-future Deliris Carrión-Joseph Begins Ministry in Mexico <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><font face="Calibri">T<span style='color: black; line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>he Rev. </span></font><a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/54-carrion-joseph" target="_blank"><span style='color: blue; line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Calibri">Deliris Carrión-Joseph</font></span></a><span style='color: black; line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Calibri">, an International Ministries (IM) missionary since 1998,&nbsp;began a new ministry serving&nbsp;at Deborah's House in Tijuana, Mexico in January 2016.</font></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style='font-size: 12pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Calibri">In describing this new work, the Rev. Adalia Gutiérrez Lee, area director for Iberoamerica and the Caribbean, says: "Occupational therapy and pastoral counseling are two of the many areas where Deliris is able to bring support to women and children at Deborah's House. I am confident that God will use her gifts to transform those former victims of domestic violence into thriving instruments of God's peace in this world."</font></span><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><br> &nbsp;<br> <span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>Carrión-Joseph's IM ministry began in El Salvador where she served for 10 years as the chaplain and Christian education coordinator of The Baptist School of San Salvador. She was also a professor of Christian education and pastoral counseling at the Latin American Seminary. After the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Deliris was invited by the Haitian Baptist Convention to minister in Port au Prince as an occupational therapist and to coordinate visiting groups that helped with the reconstruction of schools and homes.</span><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'> <br> <br style="mso-special-character: line-break;"> </span></span><span style='color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Calibri">Carrión-Joseph is an ordained American Baptist pastor, and before becoming a missionary she worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in Puerto Rico. This dual pastoral-therapy focus will continue in her new work in Mexico, as a visit to Deborah's House from July 30 through August 6 of last year revealed. She writes: "I was able to minister pastorally to the women and children there who are in need of love, encouragement, care and someone who listens without judging them. I also had opportunities to teach a mother how to work therapeutically with her special-needs son and to show a young some exercises so that he could better perform daily activities after having broken his wrist."</font></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style='color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Calibri">God will be using Carrión-Joseph's personal faith journey as well in this new ministry. She reflects: "I have seen God's grace and mercy in mighty ways, giving me faith, wisdom, strength and endurance. I know the truth of Psalm 18:30-'As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.'"</font></span></p><p> </p><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style='font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><font face="Calibri">Words of encouragement for Deliris may be sent to <br> <u><span style="color: blue;">deliris.carrion-joseph@internationalministries.org</span></u></font></span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13.33px;">.</span></p></span><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"> <br></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 12pt; line-height: normal;"><font face="Calibri"><span style='font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Learn more about Deliris Carrión-Joseph’s ministry and see photos and videos on her&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/54-carrion-joseph" target="_blank"><span style='color: blue; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>profile</span></a></span><span style='font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>&nbsp;page.</span></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"> <font face="Calibri"><span style='font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Download a </span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/uploads/document/asset/53571/G2GS_carrion.9.2015_web.pdf" target="_blank"><span style='color: blue; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>bulletin insert</span></a></span><span style='font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>&nbsp; with her ministry information, prayer requests and more. </span></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"><font face="Calibri"><span style='font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'><br></span></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal;"> <span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>IM welcomes comments on </span><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; 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mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><span style='font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>For information, contact c<a href="mailto:catherine.nold@internationalministries.org">atherine.nold@internationalministries.org</a>.</span></span></p></span><p> </p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 04:40:09 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/61120-deliris-carri%C3%B3n-joseph-begins-ministry-in-mexico https://internationalministries.org/read/61120-deliris-carri%C3%B3n-joseph-begins-ministry-in-mexico Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <p><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;">Luke 2:10-11 NIV</div></p> <p>Merry Christmas and happy New Year!</p> <p>I would like to extend warm greetings and blessings to all of you who are reading these words of thanksgiving. Another year has passed and we have experienced God's mercies and faithfulness through you, all along the way. We have met so many good people in our US/PR American Baptist family. We offer our gratitude and love to all of you. Thank you for making us feel welcome and special. Joy and love were overflowing in each church we visited, every meeting we attended and every family who hosted us. Thank you all for your words of encouragement and your faithful companionship in God's mission for his children.</p> <p>Last week, we went to Tijuana and celebrated Christmas with the women and children of Deborah's House. It was a very special time of worship and gratitude to our Lord Jesus. There we had the privilege of meeting women that lived in the house when the ministry started. Through witnessing what God has done in the lives of some of these women gave us hope. The Bible teaches us that we can do all things through Christ because He gives us strength. They have experienced that. God has been faithful and will continue being so.</p> <p>Thanks to your prayers and financial support we will be at Deborah's House in Tijuana, Mexico, in January 2016. Please keep us in your prayers as we move to this new ministry that God is calling us to do.</p> <p>With love and grateful hearts,<br> Deliris and Moise</p> Please pray for:<p></p> <ul> <li>Moise and his immigration process</li> <li>An affordable rental apartment in San Diego (near the border)</li> <li>We believe in miracles. We need a car (not necessarily new but in very good condition)</li> <li>20 faithful monthly donors of $25</li> <li>Healing of the Carpal Tunnel I have in both hands</li> </ul> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/60763-merry-christmas-and-happy-new-year https://internationalministries.org/read/60763-merry-christmas-and-happy-new-year Grace and Mercy in Times of Trials <p><div style="text-align: center;"><b><i>“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”</i></b></div><div style="text-align: center;">Psalm 18:30 NIV</div></p> <p>Greetings and blessings to all,</p> <p>It's been a while since you have read about what is going on in my ministry and life. I apologize for that. Life is not always easy and 2014 and the beginning of 2015 was extremely difficult in many ways. However, I have seen God’s grace and mercy in mighty ways giving me faith, wisdom, strength and endurance in times of trials.</p> <p>In March 2014, I left the country of Haiti to come on US/PR Assignment. I left Haiti knowing that my time of service in Port-au-Prince was over. The Center for Special Needs Children will still function under the care of the Haitian Baptist Convention and Hungarian Baptist Aid. The decision to leave the country was not easy but as a servant of God, I knew it was the best decision for my spiritual and emotional health.</p> <p>During the month of March 2015, I was re-assigned to go to the Dominican Republic to work with Haitians in the bateys and the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana. I was very happy. God knows how much I love my brothers and sisters in La Romana. However, at the end of April, the political situation started to change for Haitians living in the Dominican Republic. It was very sad what was happening there and I started wondering if that was the place God wanted us to go. Moise, my husband is a Haitian and that was going to be his first missionary experience. Due to that situation my spirit began to be troubled and I began to pray. I also shared my concern with my prayer partners in Puerto Rico.</p> <p>In June, we moved to Kansas in order to keep raising support to be able to return to the field. I was struggling with my financial support goals. We took this step in faith and obedience because we didn't know anybody there. I was still not sure about my new assignment to Dominican Republic and as I told you before, I was praying for God to give me a sign for me to call the office. One day, I saw my husband very disturbed by what was happening in the Dominican Republic and sending money to friends who were deported and were really struggling with the situation. That was my sign. I knew it was going to be difficult for him and for me to serve in a country were Moise would need to defend himself for being a Haitian, especially when this was going to be his first missionary experience away from his homeland. I called my new boss, Adalia Gutiérrez Lee, on a Wednesday to talk to her and expressed my openness to changing my missionary assignment if there were an opportunity. That is how Deborah's House came into the conversation and possibilities to serve. I told Adalia I was going to pray about it before making any decision. The next Monday, I was having a conversation with Ann Hunt, my new friend in Kansas, and I opened my heart to let her know about my struggle and the new possibility of ministry at Deborah's House. She was stunned. Deborah's House is a ministry that Prairie Village Church has supported for over two years. I was in shock. Then I understood why God brought us to Prairie Village, Kansas.</p> <p>After the Biennial, we decided that it would be good to visit Deborah's House and know firsthand what the project is all about. We went there from July 30 to August 6 and we had a wonderful. We shared with a group from North Dakota and it was as if we had known each other for a long time. I found myself in my pastoral role as soon as I entered the house. The women and children there are in need of love, encouragement, care and someone who listens without judging them. I know God will use my skills as a Pastor to minister to the lives of these women and their children.</p> <p>One sign of God's yes to this Ministry was David the special needs son of one of the women in the shelter. I spent a good amount of time teaching his Mom how to give him therapy. It was a very special time and even though it could be emotionally exhausting for a mother having to work with her special needs child, I know that if she works with him she will see results and the results will give them hope.</p> <p>I also had the opportunity to work with Kevin who broke his wrist and was just coming out of a cast. He was afraid to use his hand and I work with him on some exercises until he started to use it again in his daily living activities.</p> <p>There were four (4) women and three (3) staff people I listened to. During the afternoons, I spent time at the sewing shop, talking and getting to know the staff. We had a great time, we laughed and we talked a lot. Every night I spent time with each one of the women in the shelter. I listened to theirs stories and prayed for their future. I won't mention their names, but I have them in my heart.</p> <p>When I was a student at Andover Newton I did two Units of CPE in a shelter for women and children who were victims of domestic violence. It was a time where I healed my own wounds because I grew up in a similar situation. I was never abused by my father in any way, but I witnessed the pushing, the slap on the face and the verbal and emotional abuse my mother suffered without having the courage to leave. Today, I can give testimony that only God has the power to change this kind of situation, only through the power of God will women be able to stand and face life with courage and strength after suffering a situation of violence. My mother and my father are still married and I can say that only God could make the difference in both of their lives and in our family.</p> <p>I am still wondering what it is that God wants me to do at Deborah's House. The one thing I do know is that is where God needs me now. There are no doubts in my heart about it. Even Moise was amazed when our friend in San Diego, who is a musician, gave him six booklets of music for teaching children the basics of piano.</p> <p>We still have much more to learn about the whole project and we are willing to be guided in this new ministry that God is giving us. Even though Moise is not an IM missionary, he will be helping me in the ministry and eventually will be pursuing the possibility of formally becoming one of us.</p> <p>I cannot finish without giving you thanks for your trust, prayers, companionship and financial support. It is my prayer that God gives you His peace that surpasses all understanding and overflowing joy.</p> <p>With love and gratitude,<br> Deliris</p> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/60762-grace-and-mercy-in-times-of-trials https://internationalministries.org/read/60762-grace-and-mercy-in-times-of-trials Post-election Call to Prayer: Haiti <p>Unrest following the Haitian elections of October 25 has caused disruption and some acts of violence in Haiti. After disturbances in the north of Haiti and at least one election-related death, the Rev. Emmanuel Pierre, general secretary of the Baptist Convention of Haiti, shared: "The situation is really worrying these days, especially in Cap [Haitien] and Limbé. But God does not abandon us in the midst of these difficulties and the effects of your prayers reach down to us to encourage and protect us. We are very grateful.” </p><p>Home office staff have been in contact with American Baptist International Ministries (IM) personnel during the crisis: <a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/104-james">Nancy and Steve James</a> in Limbé report that they are doing well and adjusting their activities according to the situation; <a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/86-kihomi-and-nzunga">Kihomi Ngwemi and&nbsp;Nzunga Mabudiga</a>&nbsp;are in the U.S. on a previously-scheduled visit and have postponed their return to Haiti while awaiting the return of calm; and&nbsp;<a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/54-carrion-joseph">Deliris Carrión-Joseph</a> is in the U.S., preparing for a new assignment to serve at Deborah’s House, in Tijuana, Mexico.</p> <p>Voting on Sunday, October 25, elected new representatives to Haiti's parliament and narrowed the field of 54 presidential candidates to two, Jovenel Moise and Jude Célestin, who are scheduled to compete in a run-off election on December 27, 2015. Tensions between the various political parties and forces run very deep in this island nation and have repeatedly produced unrest and violence over many decades.</p> <p>American Baptist mission in Haiti first began in 1823, and IM personnel have been serving alongside Haitian brothers and sisters continuously since 1919. IM personnel and Haitian Baptist leaders together call for prayer that God will lead Haitians to a just and peaceful resolution to the current conflict, and to solutions for the long term-needs that the ongoing tensions reflect.</p> <p>Read more at <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article43666482.html">MiamiHerald.com</a>.</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:26:14 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/60278-post-election-call-to-prayer-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/60278-post-election-call-to-prayer-haiti God Is with Us <p>Greetings and blessings to all my brothers and sisters in Christ. Here I am reporting to those who pray, support and trust in the Ministry God has called me to do. Thank you for your patience and love through all this years. No other words can express my feelings... Thanks.<br><br>I have been on "Home Assignment" here in Puerto Rico since April 2014. It is a great joy to be reunited with family, friends and churches. It was a blessing been able to participate of the activities of International Ministries 200th anniversary celebration at&nbsp; Green Lake during the summer and meet many of my brothers and sisters there. Certainly we had a heavenly time where we were able to worship God and pray together as an international family. My words of thanksgiving to all of you that made this dream possible.<br><br>When I was getting ready for the 200 Anniversary at Green Lake and the year ahead of me, I looked for moments that marked my personal life as a missionary. I did wanted to share with you how God works in those moments we do not know what to do. Indeed, those are the moments where God invites us to Raise Up to the Challenge and HELP. I'll share with you two of those moments.<br><br>Once, I was asking God where He was in the midst of that much pain and misery the people from Haiti was suffering, and as a response I received from my dear brother Gustavo Parajón (today with The Lord) the words of a poem I want to share with you.</p><p><br></p><p></p> <blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"> <center><p><b><i>“...but God was not in the earthquake”<br>(1 Kings 19:11)</i></b></p></center><p></p> <p>The ground shook like a furious animal,<br> the mountains trembled and the ocean let loose its anger,<br> the ground opened and all that was built was destroyed,<br> and a village tired of suffering began to suffer anew.<br> We saw their faces and heard their cries,<br> the images shook and beat us,<br> people wandering about, crushed bodies,<br> destruction and death, pain and anguish<br> after the cruel and devastating earthquake.</p> <p>But God was not in the earthquake...</p> <p>Children without mothers, mothers without children,<br> siblings without siblings, friends without friends,<br> thousands and thousands of lives squashed in seconds,<br> histories, hopes, dreams, wishes<br> disappeared in the opening and closing of an eye.<br> The horror left its indelible mark<br> in the blank stares, in the desolate faces,<br> on the dead, on the trapped, on the mutilated,<br> in each life broken by what was not expected.</p> <p>But God was not in the earthquake...</p> <p>Someone shouted in shock, other voices joined in.<br> Someone offered up a prayer, others followed,<br> someone sang and many sang,<br> someone lifted a piece of rubble<br> and others began to lift the stones,<br> someone hugged one of the wounded,<br> and others carried the wounded<br> someone offered their hand<br> and thousands of hands were united.</p> <p>And God was with them.</p></blockquote><p></p> <p><br></p><p>Yes, God was with us, the thousands of volunteers that has come to Haiti to help in the process of reconstruction of their houses, schools, hospitals and the restoration of their hope. Today, I want to give you thanks on behalf of the thousands of Haitians families you have being helping throughout your visits, prayers and financial support. From the bottom of our hearts ... <i>thank you</i>.<br><br>In August 2011, two physical therapists from the Hungarian Baptist Aid Organization, came to teach a physical therapy approach called "Conductive Therapy." &nbsp;This approach is used in children with Cerebral Palsy and Hemiplegia. They taught for fifteen days but couldn’t be in the country for more time. Since 14 years before I used to be a pediatric occupational therapist in Puerto Rico, they asked me to keep helping in the training of this group of young people. Definitely God was inviting me to raise up to this challenge and I obeyed. <br><br>Five requirements were set in order to continue with the training:<br></p><ol><li>To love the children, because you can not work with them if you do not love and value them as children of God and their society<br></li><li>Patience and endurance... It take time to see results<br></li><li>Be joyful and playful - joy, laugh and trust must be present in the process<br></li><li>Have faith in God and in the therapy they were giving - therapy is going to make difference.<br></li><li>To touch the children with hope for a better future<br></li></ol>I have witness how God can heals and transform the life of those children forever, opening for them a whole world of opportunities. Today I am on U.S./Puerto Rico assignment, but back in Haiti, there is a group of four therapists in charge of a project we have called A Touch and of Hope. God is faithful.<br><br>Certainly, God is with us and still calling us to pass and help; to raise up to the challenges life post in front of us and be a channel of blessing. It is through us that God makes Himself present. There still people around the world crying for help and God is listening...and God is calling us, inviting us. We can go, we can pray and we can support financially. How would we respond? It is my prayer that God bless all of us with his peace and joy during this time of discernment. As you may notice I have included myself in this time of discernment.<br><br>Again thanks for your love, patience, trust, prayers and financial support towards my ministry.<br><br>With love and gratitude,<br><i>Deliris</i><br><br>Prayer Requests:<br><ol><li>Health for my aging parents<br></li><li>Guidance and clarity for our (Moise's and my) next step in ministry<br></li><li>Finances (I am in need of monthly personal supporters)<br></li><li>My home church in Puerto Rico&nbsp;<br></li><li>People affected with the viruses Chikungunya and Ebola&nbsp;<br></li><li>Christians that are persecuted around the world<br></li></ol><br><br><p></p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/56108-god-is-with-us https://internationalministries.org/read/56108-god-is-with-us Touches of Hope in Haiti <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> 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I would like to share some news with you about my work in Haiti. This is news that at the same time is part of what you are enabling us to do in the field where God has sent us to serve and offer a touch of hope.</span></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">A Touch of Hope is exactly what the volunteers give when they are working on the construction of a house or a chicken coop, and in the medical clinics that are offered in different communities where the Baptist Convention of Haiti has its churches and schools. Also, they provide a touch of hope by sharing hugs, kisses, and expressions of love with the orphaned children and the ones with special needs that we take care of at therapy center and the School/Orphanage “Source du Lumiere” in Delmas 19.</span> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">When I am very busy I thank God because this gives me the security that God continues listening to the cry of His people in this country. It gives great satisfaction to be able to serve those that God calls to leave their comfort zones and sacrifice their vacations to come to this country to serve their brothers and sisters in need. The work is done without great expectations but God always surprises us on demonstrating the purpose of each visit, and each group that we receive as well as each task that we carry out in His name.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">I would like to share with you a situation that happened in one of our Medical Clinics. Jetta, the lady that washes the children’s clothing at the Delmas 19 orphanage was pregnant. She did not know how many months pregnant she was but she was pretty far along. I called her so that she could get checked because I knew she had not received any pre-natal care. Much to our surprise her blood pressure was very high which made it necessary to take her to the emergency room. She was hospitalized for three weeks and had her baby without any further complications, thanks be to God. Today we can say that Jetta is alive due to the unexpected intervention of a group of doctors and nurses who accepted God’s call to serve the Haitian people.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">I would also like you to meet Peterson, a boy who lost his parents in the 2010 earthquake. Until January, Peterson’s parents had cared for him and taken him to hospital to treat a congenital deformity in his feet.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>They were never able to get the proper help for their child. When they died, Peterson was 3-1/2 years old and he was given to his Godmother, a young woman with no real possibilities of caring for the child. She came to the Touch of Hope therapy center believing that she could leave the handicapped child at the Orphanage. This was impossible because the child could not walk, nor even crawl well due the deformity of his feet.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">At that time, I knew that some orthopedic doctors were coming to provide free surgical care at the Adventist Hospital. A group of Puerto Rican doctors had operated on one of my patients and I knew there was hope for this child. I called the Haitian doctor who was in charge of the Orthopedic Clinic and I explained the case and they agreed to see him the next morning. They operated on Peterson and then after his surgery he was accepted by our orphanage. He was started on therapy immediately. Today, Peterson can walk, go up and down stairs alternating his feet and without assistance, he can jump, run, play football with his friends and most important of all, he is no longer labeled as HANDICAPPED and he is developing as a normal healthy child. To God be the glory for all that He allows us to do believing always that He is the Power and the Doer.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">There are so many testimonies that I have lived and for this reason I believe that my ministry in Haiti is about offering Touches of Hope. Each child that visits our therapy center, each father or mother that receives a word of encouragement, each child in the orphanage that we caress and carry daily, each family that receives a house, or a purchase of provisions, or medicines for their pain, these are all powerful examples that God gives me as the reasons for which He has sent me to Haiti. The task IS NOT EASY, the work becomes difficult and burdensome at times, but God always shows His faithfulness and that He is with us on this daily journey.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">I want to give you thanks for your trust, your financial support, your prayers and your direct contact through Skype, Facebook, and e-mails. It is so important to me that you know how grateful I am to be a part of the family of the American Baptist Churches of USA and Puerto Rico. I thank God for your prayers because as one of my colleagues said “your offerings send us to the field, but your prayers keep us there”. There is no way that we could face the daily challenges without the spiritual support that we receive from those who love us. </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">I want to give you a big hug and let you know that in Haiti you have a missionary you can visit and with whom you can serve the people of God. May God bless you more each day.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Rev. 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style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Quisiera compartir con ustedes algunas noticias sobre mi trabajo en Haiti.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Estas son noticias que a la vez forman parte de lo que ustedes nos permiten realizar en el Campo a donde Dios nos ha enviado a servir y dar toques de esperanza. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Century Gothic&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:ES-PR" lang="ES-PR">Precisamente, un <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>toque de esperanza es lo que dan los voluntarios que trabajan en la construcción de una casa o una granja para gallinas ponedoras; en las Clínicas Medicas que se realizan en las diferentes comunidades en donde la Convención Bautista de Haiti tiene sus iglesias y escuelas; y en el compartir los abrazos, besos y actos de amor con los niños/as huérfanas y con necesidades especiales que atendemos en el Centro de Terapia Un Toque de Esperanza y<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>la Escuela/Orfanato Fuente de Luz en Delmas 19. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Century Gothic&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:ES-PR" lang="ES-PR">Cuando estoy muy atareada le doy gracias a Dios porque esto me da la seguridad de que Dios continúa escuchando el clamor de su pueblo en este país.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Es una satisfacción muy grande poder servir a los que Dios convoca a salir de su comodidad y sacrificar sus vacaciones para venir a este país a servir a sus hermanos/as en necesidad. El trabajo se hace sin grandes expectativas pero Dios siempre nos sorprende al demostrarnos los propósitos de cada visita, cada grupo que atendemos y cada tarea que realizamos en su nombre.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Century Gothic&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:ES-PR" lang="ES-PR">Comparto con ustedes una situación que vivimos en una de nuestras Clínicas Medicas. Jetta, la Señora que lava la ropa de los niños en el Orfanato de Delmas 19 estaba embarazada.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Ella no sabía cuantos meses tenia pero ya estaba en un avanzado estado. Yo la llame para que pasara consulta pues sabía que no había tenido ningún cuidado pre-natal, para nuestra sorpresa su presión arterial estaba sumamente elevada por lo que se hizo necesario llevarla de EMERGENCIA al hospital.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Estuvo tres semanas hospitalizada y tuvo a su bebe sin mayores complicaciones. A Dios sea la Gloria.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Hoy podemos decir que Jetta<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>está viva por la intervención inesperada de un grupo de médicos y enfermeras que aceptaron el llamado de Dios para servir al pueblo Haitiano.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Century Gothic&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:ES-PR" lang="ES-PR">Hoy también quiero presentarles a Peterson, un niño que perdió a sus padres en el terremoto de 2010. Hasta ese Enero los padres de Peterson lo habían cuidado y llevado a los hospitales para tratarle una deformidad congénita en sus pies.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Ellos nunca pudieron conseguir como ayudar a su hijo.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Cuando ellos mueren, el niño de tres años y medio fue entregado a su madrina, una mujer joven sin posibilidades reales de hacerse cargo del niño.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Ella vino al Centro Un Toque de Esperanza creyendo que podría dejar al niño “impedido” en el Orfanato. Esto era imposible porque el niño no podía caminar, ni siquiera gatear bien por su deformidad en los pies.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Century Gothic&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:ES-PR" lang="ES-PR">Para ese entonces yo tenía conocimiento de los médicos Ortopedas que venían a operar en forma gratuita al Hospital Adventista. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Un grupo de médicos Puertorriqueños había operado a una de mis pacientes y yo sabía que había esperanza para el niño. Llame al médico Haitiano encargado de la Clínica de Ortopedia, explique el caso y aceptaron atenderlo al otro día en la mañana.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Peterson fue operado y luego de su recuperación post operatoria el niño fue aceptado en nuestro orfanato.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Inmediatamente comenzamos las terapias.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Hoy Peterson es capaz<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>de caminar, <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>subir y bajar escaleras alternando sus pies y<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>sin asistencia, brincar,<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>correr, jugar futbol con sus compañeros y lo más importante se le ha quitado la etiqueta de IMPEDIDO para desarrollarse como un niño totalmente sano. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>A Dios sea la Gloria por todo lo que nos permite realizar creyendo siempre que de Dios es el Poder y el Hacer.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Century Gothic&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:ES-PR" lang="ES-PR">Son muchos los testimonios que he vivido y por eso creo que mi ministerio en Haiti se resume en dar Toques de Esperanza.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Cada niño/a que visita nuestro centro de terapia, cada padre o<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>madre de familia que recibe una palabra de aliento, cada niño/a del orfanato que acariciamos y cargamos a diario, cada familia que recibe una casa, o una compra de víveres, o medicinas para sus dolores, son muestras poderosas que Dios me da de las razones por las cuales me envio a Haiti. La tarea NO ES FACIL, el trabajo se hace arduo y pesado en ocasiones, pero Dios siempre me da muestras de su fidelidad y su compañía en el camino diario.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Century Gothic&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:ES-PR" lang="ES-PR">Quiero darles las gracias por su confianza, su apoyo económico, sus oraciones y su contacto directo a través de Skype, Facebook y emails. Para mi es sumamente importante que ustedes sepan lo agradecida que estoy de ser parte de la familia de las Iglesias Bautistas Americanas de los Estados Unidos y las Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Doy gracias a Dios por sus oraciones pues es bueno que sepan que sus ofrendas nos envían al Campo pero sus oraciones nos mantienen en el Campo. No hay forma que podamos enfrentar los retos diarios sin el soporte espiritual que recibimos de aquellos que nos aman. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Century Gothic&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:ES-PR" lang="ES-PR">Una brazo fuerte y sepan que en Haiti tienen una Misionera a quien visitar y con quien servir a este pueblo.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Dios les bendiga cada día más.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Century Gothic&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:ES-PR" lang="ES-PR">&nbsp;</span></p> <p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times 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struggle to provide basic education to children in the aftermath of the massive January 2010 earthquake.&nbsp; Haitian schools, many of which are private and church-based, lack basic school supplies, books, pencils, paper, desks, chairs and chalk boards.&nbsp; Teachers who are dedicated to educating the youth of Haiti often lack adequate education themselves.&nbsp; </span> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">One organization addressing the educational needs of children in Haiti is the Philadelphia, PA-based non-profit BuildaBridge International. BuildaBridge Int’l. travels the world to restore hope and healing to communities affected by cultural and religious conflict, environmental catastrophe, poverty, illness, and social injustice. Their dream for Haiti is to train 1,000 ministers, community workers, social workers, and educators to effectively work with children in the context of poverty and crisis.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">“We envision a world where all children are resilient, experience self-efficacy, and have a vision for their future,” summarized Nathan Corbitt, president, BuildaBridge, in their project proposal to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In October 2012, $30,000 in OGHS Haiti Relief funds was granted to BuildaBridge Int’l. to continue development of a certificate-level curriculum to be used to train existing Haitian church and community leaders to work with children in Haiti.&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The BuildaBridge Int’l. project was initiated in 2010 in collaboration with the Université Chrétienne du Nord d’Haiti (UCNH), an International Ministries partner of 65 years, with funding for the development of the first courses of the curriculum provided by UNICEF.&nbsp; The OGHS funds granted were made possible by churches and individuals who contributed&nbsp; to Haiti Relief.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Ultimately, “BuildaBridge will prepare Haitians to serve their communities effectively as arts-integrated teachers, psycho-social support assistants and community workers,” explained Corbitt.&nbsp; “The project provides arts-based tools for hope, healing and resilience, and effective ways to better serve children in crisis and poverty.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">American Baptist Churches (ABC) has been a partner with Haitian Christians for 89 years.&nbsp; UCNH was founded in 1947 as the Haitian Baptist Theological Seminary by ABC missionaries, Harold and Ivah Heneise. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">As of October 2012, churches and individuals have given $2.9 million for Haiti Relief through IM and OGHS.&nbsp; $1.6 million has been provided for relief and rebuilding.&nbsp; An additional $1.3 million has been committed for multi-year projects related to Haiti rebuilding. Christian brothers and sisters in Haiti are grateful for the prayers and financial support given through the American Baptist Churches.<br> <br> <b>One Great Hour of Sharing</b> is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries.&nbsp; The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering.</span></p> <p>For more information, contact Catherine Nold: catherine.nold@abc-usa.org<span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><br></span></p> <p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:31:26 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45635-30-000-in-oghs-haiti-relief-funds-to-improve-education-for-children https://internationalministries.org/read/45635-30-000-in-oghs-haiti-relief-funds-to-improve-education-for-children Hurricane Sandy in Haiti 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font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">When Hurricane Sandy swept through the Caribbean and the Bahamas we were watching very closely.&nbsp; But when she spawned terrible destruction in New Jersey and New York, our eyes were drawn away from the week of heavy rain that continued in the Caribbean after the winds had subsided.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span><br></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">True to the old Sunday school song "…the rains came down and the floods came up..." wreaking new devastation on an already shattered<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>land. The Pastor of First Baptist Church in Cap Haïtien, Haiti told me of the problems at his house.&nbsp; Then he said that was nothing and went on to tell of women<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>in the widow’s ministries who had lost all of their inventory as the water currents swept through their small stands stealing rice, sugar salt, shortening, laundry soap, etc. <br></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">In Port-au-Prince, one man saw the flood<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>take his house and his family of six - swept away. <br></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">Just outside the town of Grand Goâve, a bridge that was severely damaged in the earthquake and was nearly rebuilt is completely gone. <br></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">The North of Haiti, in particular the Limbé Valley, has always been considered Haiti’s<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Bread Basket. It had been experiencing drought but the driving rain wiped out any surviving rice, beans and corn. The already high price of food has begun its climb upward. Pray for the resilient people of Haïti and the Dominican Republic, that they will once again have the strength to rebound from this latest calamity. </p> <p></p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:03:05 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45525-hurricane-sandy-in-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/45525-hurricane-sandy-in-haiti Join American Baptist Response to Hurricane Sandy at Home and Abroad <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">One "superstorm." Six countries. The impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Western Hemisphere is staggering. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">Long before Sandy came ashore in New Jersey, the hurricane had cut a deadly, destructive swath through the Caribbean. 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Sandy also brought destruction to Jamaica, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">And then Sandy hit the U.S., spreading death and destruction throughout a huge part of the heavily-populated Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern part of the country, in a drama that most of America was able to follow in real time through the media.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">There is an enormous amount of work to be done with and for the victims of Hurricane Sandy -- both in the U.S. and in the Caribbean.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>American Baptists began to respond even while the winds were still howling.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>American Baptist support for the One Hour of Sharing Offering each year enables immediate response after disaster strikes. &nbsp;American Baptist International Ministries is already sending $15,000 to partners in Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Similarly, American Baptist Home Mission Societies is also making initial grants for relief work inside the U.S. &nbsp;<span class="apple-style-span">But this is, indeed, just the beginning. Today's relief work will become tomorrow's reconstruction -- an effort that will certainly continue for several years.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">American Baptists who are eager to join the response can begin to do so by giving.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It is still too early for much to be done through donated goods and work teams--though that time will come soon. The most pressing need today is for funds to support the work of local responders, both in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">Your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) will make immediate relief and long-term reconstruction possible, both in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">In order to provide givers with a way to channel their support to the response efforts they choose, two separate One Great Hour of Sharing codes are available:<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>to support the work within the U.S., use this OGHS code:<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>" Hurricane Sandy;" to support the work in the Caribbean, use this OGHS code:<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>"Caribbean Hurricane."</span></p> <p 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This is one of my favorite Bible verses because I have seen over and over again how it becomes a reality in people's lives. Today I want to share the experience of a young man who was responding to God's call for his life when he first came to Haiti 28 years ago. It was his first time traveling by plane, the first time outside the USA, and his first missionary experience. He came to help in the construction of the First Baptist Church of Paillant. He was so touched by the kindness and love they received when they were there and always wanted to return. Last week he did.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Pastor John came to Haiti with a group from the church where he is a Senior Pastor in South Boston, Virginia. They came to work at Delmas 19 in Port-au-Prince and they did a wonderful job painting the school and spending quality time with the orphans there. However, in Pastor John's heart was the desire to visit Paillant. Even though he did not ask to go, I felt in my heart I should take him there and so we went. You should know that I have been visiting Paillant as part of my ministry with the Haitian Baptist Convention and lately, the Lord has directed my path and vision towards that Mountain region, which is away from the noise, smoke and the multitudes of people in Port-au-Prince. There is so much need in that area and this experience with Pastor John is another sign of God's direction in my own ministry.</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">For Pastor John, going there was like the icing on the cake. Even though he did not ask to go, God gave him the deepest desires of his heart. When we arrived I saw tears coming from Pastor John's eyes. There is a church that is alive, serving God and the community in a powerful way and back when he was young, he was part of the realization of this church’s dream, which was to have their own temple. Twenty eight years ago the people in Paillant had the foundation of the church done and the people from Virginia came and helped to build the rest. Today the church has the foundation of the school done and again Pastor John has the desire to help them in the realization of their dream of having the first Evangelical Private School in the town of Paillant.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Two months ago, I preached at a Revival week this church had, which was two nights of preaching and two mornings of prayer. We had a great time worshipping and sharing God's word with this congregation. Eleven people accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and I know God is accomplishing the promise He made to the First Baptist Church in Paillant. God will give them the desire of their hearts, and they will see their school finished. </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">My question for you today is this - what is your dream, what is that desire that only God and you know? My advice is to delight yourself in the Lord, follow his call for your life and God will give you that desire because in the end it is God's desire for you, too.</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">I send you warm greetings and blessings from our Lord Jesus.</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="text-align:justify"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Motives for Prayer</span></b></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="margin-left:.25in;text-align:justify;text-indent: -.25in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">1.<span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp; </span> Economic and political situation of Haiti</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="margin-left:22.5pt;text-align:justify;text-indent: -22.5pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">2. <span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp; </span>For volunteers to come and help in the construction of the school at Paillant</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="margin-left:22.5pt;text-align:justify;text-indent: -22.5pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">3. <span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp; </span>Financial support to pay for medications and transportation for the Special Needs children coming to the project “A Touch of Hope.”</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="margin-left:22.5pt;text-align:justify;text-indent: -22.5pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">4. <span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp; </span>For my emotional and physical health</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText" style="margin-left:22.5pt;text-align:justify;text-indent: -22.5pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">5. <span style="mso-tab-count:1">&nbsp; </span>For my personal financial support so I can reach the goal for this year. 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sisters, I’m still in Haiti and here, I’m living my dream! <br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">When God called me to be a missionary, back in 1991, I was working as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. I loved my job and leaving my profession was almost as hard as leaving my country.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Following God’s guidance in my new path, I studied to be an Ordained Pastor.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I worked as a Missionary Pastor in El Salvador for ten years and I loved it.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I treasured every lesson I gave and every lesson I received while I served there. However there was something I was missing and longing for, my kids with special needs, and God knew it.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In Port Au Prince, Haiti, I’m using both pastoral and therapy skills to minister to children with special needs and their families.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>It seems to me that God wanted me to learn to be obedient to His voice so God can give me the desires of my heart. In September 2011 we started the project, A Touch of Hope.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>This project has the purpose of giving training in Occupational Therapy to young people who love children and want to work with those who have special needs. It hasn’t been easy but I know this is the perfect will of God for my ministry now. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">So far I have trained 6 young Haitians to be assistant therapists. I was with them for seven months, every day of the week.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The training was given in Creole, English and Body Language (please use your imagination). In the process I discovered many things about the children in Haiti. For example, my trainees, who are college students, didn’t know how to play with a racket ball, jacks, clay, the game Connect Four or how to put together a puzzle for a three year old child. For me, training was a time of discovery and encounter with myself and with them. We have experienced laughter, joy, misunderstandings, frustrations, lot of tears, but above all, we have experienced and strengthen our HOPE. The therapists have learned to touch the children with love and hope, and the children feel it.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Every day I said to God, talk to me, I’m listening for your next assignment. At this moment I’m looking forward to take the project up to the mountains towns in Haiti. I’m convinced that following God’s call has been the most challenging and adventurous way of serving God and living my life.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>That is the reason I encourage you to listening to God’s call and follow it.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>If God is calling you to become a Pastor, Missionary, Prayer Partner, Project or Missionary supporter please do not hesitate to say “Here I am Lord, use me.” <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>I assure you that when you obey God’s call you will receive the desires of your heart beyond your own imagination. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Prayer Requests</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">1.<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">1. For the life of the people I am training and the families we are serving</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">2.<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">2. For God to move therapists to come and serve as volunteers </span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">3.<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">3. For God to provide finances to pay the therapist, buy medications and transportation for the children</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">4.<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">4. Provisions for the Therapy Center in the mountains</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">5.<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">5. For strength and health so I can continue doing this job</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">6.<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">6. For my personal finances</span></p> <p></p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:45:45 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44704-i-m-living-my-dream- https://internationalministries.org/read/44704-i-m-living-my-dream- What God is Doing is Another Story <p><span style="font-family: Verdana; color: black; font-size: 10pt;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Verdana; color: black; font-size: 10pt;">Hello, have a big hug from me and blessing from our Lord and Savior Jesus.</span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana; color: black; font-size: 10pt;">I have to say that I have a lot of stories to share with all of you when we get together at your churches, woman, youth and children groups.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>I’m a story teller not a story writer.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>One of my many weaknesses is not to write what God is doing in Haiti so you can know He is working marvelous things in the midst of His people in Haiti. I humbly ask for your mercy and understanding. I have to say that God is answering our prayers in mighty ways and I had witness his hand moving storms from our territory, quiet riots, healing his people from cholera and other illness and providing everything we need to accomplish the ministry he want us to do.<span style=""></span></span></p><p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes"></span>When people asked about my ministry in Haiti I always have to think what I am doing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>I am in my first full time year in Haiti, a country that is totally different in culture, language, politic, social economics, and so forth. Well, I’m learning the language, getting to know the people, dealing with cultural shocks, and learning to love the people as they are. I have being also working with the Haitian Baptist Convention in their different development projects in the city of Port au Prince.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Those projects include building houses, schools and churches, health clinics, rehabilitation center, and economic and social development.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>But that is what I am working on, what God is doing is another story. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>I want to share with you an email I received from one youth who came here to work on the construction of a house for a woman who was dying of cancer.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Here is his note…</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; COLOR: black">Dear Deliris<br></span></i></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; COLOR: black">Just wanted to let you know I've applied for Journeyman. It's a program through the International Mission Board where you're a funded missionary over seas for 2 years working with a team. I started half way through July and I've got until Dec 1 to finish the application. Journeyman is plan A and I don't have a plan B. I'm taking all my chips and placing my bet. If I lose I'm going to look like a fool...but a fool for God, so it's a win-win.<br><br>Without a doubt, it was my time in Haiti that moved me to commit to Journeyman. The way I saw and felt Bondye (God) working during the week in the people of Delmas 19, our group, and within me was totally incredible. I've never experienced anything like and I've never been more joyful and happy and peaceful as I was during that week of service. It's as if I've found that pearl of great worth or the treasure hidden in the field. How could I not follow the cry of my heart and pursue missions!?!<br><br>Thank you for being you and for walking alongside us and guiding us while we were in Port-au-Prince. Tell everyone I said hi! I'm hoping to make it back down there next summer, but I don't know if it will happen yet.<br><br>-Jesse<br></span></i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><br></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">His testimony filled my heart with joy and much hope for the people of Haiti and also for our own people.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>God still at work and keep calling us to know His Word, to believe, and to obey His calling… You all are very welcome to come and share what you have and to be transform by what God have for you. </span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">I want to say THANKS to all of you who have being praying, offering and supporting our ministries as ABC/PR International Ministries Missionaries.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>May God bless all of you with his Peace and Joy always. </span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Your Sister in Christ, Deliris </span></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:55:06 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41201-what-god-is-doing-is-another-story https://internationalministries.org/read/41201-what-god-is-doing-is-another-story What God is Doing is Another Story Dear Friends,<BR><BR>I have a lot of stories to share with all of you when we get together at your churches, woman, youth and children groups. I’m a story teller not a story writer. One of my many weaknesses is not to write what God is doing in Haiti so you can know He is working marvelous things in the midst of His people in Haiti. I humbly ask for your mercy and understanding. <BR><BR>I have to say that God is answering our prayers in mighty ways and I had witness his hand moving storms from our territory, quiet riots, healing his people from Cholera and other illness and providing everything we need to accomplish the ministry he want us to do. <BR><BR>When people asked about my Ministry in Haiti I always have to think what I am doing. I am in my first full time year in Haiti, a country that is totally different in culture, language, politic, social economics, and so forth. Well, I’m learning the language, getting to know the people, dealing with cultural shocks, and learning to love the people as they are. I have being also working with the Hatien Baptist Convention in their different Development Projects in the city of Port au Prince. Those Projects include building houses, schools and churches, health clinics, rehabilitation center, and economic and social development. <BR><BR>But that is what I am working on, what God is doing is another story. I want to share with you an email I received from one youth who came here to work on the Construction of a House for a woman who was dying of cancer. Here is his Note… <BR><BR><I>Dear Deliris,<BR>&nbsp;Just wanted to let you know I've applied for Journeyman. It's a program through the International Mission Board where you're a funded missionary over seas for 2 years working with a team. I started half way through July and I've got until Dec 1 to finish the application. Journeyman is plan A and I don't have a plan B. I'm taking all my chips and placing my bet. If I lose I'm going to look like a fool...but a fool for God, so it's a win-win. Without a doubt, it was my time in Haiti that moved me to commit to Journeyman. The way I saw and felt Bondye (God) working during the week in the people of Delmas 19, our group, and within me was totally incredible. I've never experienced anything like and I've never been more joyful and happy and peaceful as I was during that week of service. It's as if I've found that pearl of great worth or the treasure hidden in the field. How could I not follow the cry of my heart and pursue missions!?! Thank you for being you and for walking alongside us and guiding us while we were in Port-au-Prince. Tell everyone I said hi! I'm hoping to make it back down there next summer, but I don't know if it will happen yet. -Jesse <BR><BR></I>His testimony filled my heart with joy and much hope for the people of Haiti and also for our own people. God still at work and keep calling us to know His Word, to believe, and to obey His calling… You all are very welcome to come and share what you have and to be transform by what God have for you. I want to say THANKS to all of you who have being praying, offering and supporting our Ministries as ABC/PR International Ministries Missionaries. May God bless all of you with his Peace and Joy always. Your Sister in Christ, Deliris Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:40:42 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41194-what-god-is-doing-is-another-story https://internationalministries.org/read/41194-what-god-is-doing-is-another-story Escuchando el Clamor de los Pobres <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">“Porque El (Dios) no desprecia ni tiene en poco el sufrimiento del pobre; no esconde de él su rostro, sino que lo escucha cuando a El clama” Salmo 22:24</span></p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">Bondye beni nou, la pe Bondye avek nou, la Bib pa pale menti, Pawol Bondye se verite.</span></p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">Dios les bendiga, la paz de Dios con ustedes, la Biblia no habla mentiras, la Palabra de Dios es la verdad.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Esas fueron las primeras palabras que aprendí en Creole y se las comparto.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Dios es bueno y nunca se equivoca en sus planes.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Estoy teniendo un tiempo muy especial mientras aprendo el idioma Creole. Actualmente estoy viviendo en La Romana, Republica Dominicana, con parte de la familia de nuestros Misioneros Vital y Ketly Pierre. Mama Raymond, Guyvianie y Jose Marie son mis maestras de Creole y diariamente me veo forzada a leer, escribir y hablar el idioma pues de las tres solo Jose Marie habla bien el español.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Quizás sea importante mencionarles que de 7am-1:00pm Jose Marie va a la escuela o sea es hablar Creole o no hablar y el estar callada es imposible para alguien como yo.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">Llegue a La Romana en abril y desde entonces he tenido la oportunidad de visitar Haití en tres ocasiones. He participado de las Clínicas realizadas por el personal del Hospital Buen Samaritano en La Romana y voluntarios en el campo de la medicina que vienen de USA y PR para servir a nuestros hermanos/as haitianos. Hemos compartidos muchas experiencias, problemas para cruzar la frontera; que no permitieran pasar los alimentos y medicinas que llevamos desde La Romana hasta tres semanas después del último viaje; el calor intenso de Haití, lo pesado del trafico y también hemos escuchado las historias que transformaron nuestra manera de ver y vivir la vida hoy.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>En cada experiencia compartida se hizo necesario ejercitar nuestra fe, tolerancia, humildad y sobre todo el amor. Dios es bueno y utiliza maneras muy sutiles para moldear nuestro carácter y hacer de la Misión una experiencia de aprendizaje incomparable.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">En esta foto se refleja la historia de una joven mujer que estaba embarazada de su segundo hijo cuando ocurrió el terremoto del 12 de enero de 2010. Su esposo murió en el terremoto y hoy ella se enfrenta a la realidad de tener que criar a sus hijos sola. Es una realidad que la mantiene a la expectativa de lo que Dios hará por ella y sus hijos cada día. Sin empleo, sin vivienda segura, sin su ayuda idónea, solo con Dios, esa es la realidad de muchas mujeres y hombres, hoy en Haití.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Es ahí cuando Dios en su misericordia mueve hombres y mujeres voluntarios/as a ayudar a mitigar, en algo, el dolor del alma, la enfermedad, el hambre, la desnudez y la necesidad de sentirse amados/as que tienen nuestros hermanos/as. La necesidad es extrema pero cada día Dios escucha el clamor de los pobres y les provee lo que les falta.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Este es el testimonio de esta joven madre, hasta ese momento su Dios no les había fallado.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Ver la fuerza, la fe y la valentía con la que esta joven enfrenta su vida me dio una lección de lo que verdaderamente significa depender de Dios. <span style="">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">Como ustedes saben yo estaré en Haití a tiempo completo y si hay algo que necesito reforzar cada día es mi dependencia en Dios para realizar el trabajo que El tiene para mí. Todos los días me levanto con la convicción de que es Dios quien escucha el clamor de los pobres, es Dios quien nos envía a ser sus manos, sus pies, sus ojos, sus oídos y su voz. Es Dios quien conoce la necesidad de su pueblo y El es quien la suple, a través de mí y a través de ti. Es mi oración que Dios te mueva a obedecer su voz y te sientas motivado a venir, a renovarte y a dejarte transformar por el amor que Dios tiene por ti y por el pueblo Haitiano.</span></p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style=""><span style="">&nbsp;</span>A todos los que han orado, ofrendado, visitado y han venido a servir, muchas gracias.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Bondye renmen nou anpil, Bondye konne; Dios les ama mucho y Dios conoce…</span></p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">Les ama su hermana en Cristo,</span></p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="">Deliris</span></p> Wed, 25 May 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/36172-escuchando-el-clamor-de-los-pobres https://internationalministries.org/read/36172-escuchando-el-clamor-de-los-pobres Listening to the Cry of the Poor <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>For He has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; He has not hidden His face from him but has listened to his cry for<span>&nbsp; </span>help.” Psalm 22:24</span><span></span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><i><span>Bondye beni nou, la pe Bondye avek nou, la Bib pa pale menti, Pawol Bondye se verite.</span></i></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>May God bless you, may the peace of God be with you, the Bible does not tell lies, and the word of God is the truth.</span><span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>God is good and <span>&nbsp;</span>He does not make mistakes in His plans. I am having a special time while I am learning Creole. Actually, I am living in La Romana, Dominican Republic with relatives of our missionaries, Ketly and Vital Pierre. Mama Raymond, Guyvianie and Jose Marie are my Creole teachers and every day I have to read, write and speak Creole because of the three Jose Marie is the only one who speaks Spanish well. Perhaps it is important to mention that from 7 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Jose Marie goes to school and so I have to speak Creole or just not talk and being quiet is very difficult for someone like me.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>I arrived in La Romana in April 2010 and since then I have had the opportunity to visit Haiti on three separate occasions. I have participated in clinics that have been done by the staff from the Hospital Buen Samaritano in La Romana and medical volunteers who come from the USA and Puerto Rico to serve our Haitian brothers and sisters. We have shared many experiences, we have had problems crossing the border, and we were unable to carry food and medicines from La Romana until three weeks after the last trip. The heat in Haiti is intense, the traffic is really congested and we have also heard stories that transform our way of seeing and living life today. In each shared experience it was necessary to exercise our faith, tolerance, humility and above all love. God is good and uses very subtle ways to mold our character and to make Mission an incomparable learning experience.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>In this photo we see the story of a young woman who was pregnant with her second child when the earthquake hit on January 12, 2010.<span>&nbsp; </span>Her husband died in the earthquake and she is facing the reality of having to raise her children alone. It is a reality that keeps her waiting for what God will do for her and her children each day. She does not have a job, nor a secure place to live, and is without suitable help so can only rely on God and this is the reality of many men and women in Haiti today. It is there when God in his mercy moves men and women volunteers to help to mitigate in some way the sorrow, sickness, hunger, lack of clothing, and the need that our brothers and sisters have to feel loved. The needs are great, but each day God listens to the cries of the poor and provides for their needs. This is the testimony of this young mother and up until now, her God has not failed her. To see the strength, the faith and the courage with which this young woman is facing her life served as a lesson for me as to what it truly means to depend on God.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span><span>As you know I will be in Haiti full time and if there is something that I need to reinforce it is my reliance on God to accomplish the work that He has for me. Every day I get up with the conviction that it is God who hears the cries of the poor, and it is God who sends us to be His hands, feet, eyes, ears and His voice. It is God who knows the needs of His people and fills their needs through me and you. It is my prayer that God moves you to obey His voice and<span>&nbsp; </span>that you may feel motivated to come to be renewed and allow yourself to be transformed by the love that God has for you and the Haitian people.</span><span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>Thank you to all who have prayed, contributed, visited and have come to serve. God loves you very much and God knows.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>Your loving sister in Christ,</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span>Deliris</span></p> Wed, 25 May 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/36170-listening-to-the-cry-of-the-poor https://internationalministries.org/read/36170-listening-to-the-cry-of-the-poor December 2010 Letter <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">God bless all of you with His peace, love and joy.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>After a longtime absence from the media, I am writing a few lines just to let you know, I am very grateful with the family I have in the American Baptist Churches of USA and Puerto Rico.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>During all this year of adjustment to a new culture, learning a new language, confronting difficult situations in my personal life and in my Ministry, I have felt your support, prayers and companionship. There are no words greater than THANKS and I LOVE YOU.</p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">My time in Haiti has been a blessing.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>My life and vision for life has been transformed.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I am used to seeing poverty and people in need, but it does not compare with the people of Haiti.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>They are in need of food, clothing, shelter, health care and many other basic needs, but above all they need to hear the Word of God. They need Jesus. They need to know that the Power of God is greater than that of the Evil. They need to believe that in Jesus and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit they have the power to transform their homes, neighborhoods, and cities.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>As missionaries we have a huge challenge ahead of us, but we are not alone.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>God is already making ways so His Word is spread and people’s faith in Jesus is being strengthened. During this year I have witnessed miracles of provisions, healings, protection and the most important salvation, people are coming back to Jesus. I also have a word of thanks and recognition to my colleagues working in the areas of health and education.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>They are AWESOME, and I would like to express my love and gratitude to all of them.</p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">I want to share that my father is recovering well after his second surgery on December 12.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>He is much weaker now, but thank God he did not lose any movement of his extremities. His memory and speech skills are fine and his vision did not suffer major changes. Doctors said he is a Walking Miracle, so I have being praising the Lord even more than before.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>After my father’s surgeries, my mom went into an Anxiety Crisis and we have to deal with her high/low blood pressure and now Influenza. I am not having a great end of the year, but I am joyful in the Lord. He is good and He has proved that his Mercies endures forever…I love the LORD.</p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;">I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I pray we all can experience God’s peace, love and Joy while we remember the reason of our faith, the birth of Jesus our Lord and Savior. Have a huge hug from me and many blessings. </p> <p class="" style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><i>Deliris</i></p> Wed, 25 May 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/36168-december-2010-letter https://internationalministries.org/read/36168-december-2010-letter New Ministry in Haiti <span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana;">Greetings and blessings to all of you who are praying and supporting me with your love, offerings and care. </span> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana;">As you all may know by now, I was re-assigned to work in Haiti.<span>&nbsp; </span>I will be working there with medical teams who will be coming to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti.<span>&nbsp; </span>As an Occupational Therapist and as a Pastor I will be serving God’s people as well as I can in this new mission he has entrusted to me.<span>&nbsp; </span>In March I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti for the first time since 1995.<span>&nbsp; </span>On my first trip I met the leaders of the Baptist Convention in Haiti, my partners in ministry, and also had the opportunity to witness the devastation caused by the earthquake.<span>&nbsp; </span>During that trip I felt motivated to stay in La Romana, Republica Dominicana, and join a group of volunteers going to serve in Haiti.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana;">I traveled from La Romana with my colleagues, Kristy Engel and Ketly and Vital Pierre. They are wonderful servants of God and I am more than grateful to have them with me in this transitional process. During that trip I had the opportunity to experience what my ministry in Haiti will be like.<span>&nbsp; </span>I was able to observe and work on the logistics needed to manage a medical clinic in very challenging circumstances and was able to visit and work in communities very much affected by the earthquake.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana;">As an Occupational Therapist, during the Clinics I had the opportunity to evaluate and give words of advice to mothers who have children with special needs and who were severely malnourished. I also was able to give treatment to a girl who was injured during the earthquake.<span>&nbsp; </span>Marisse (not her real name) suffered an open femur fracture and it was a week after the earthquake before she received medical help.<span>&nbsp; </span>A group of volunteers from La Romana and the USA came and took her to the Hospital in the Dominican Republic.<span>&nbsp; </span>There she had surgery and remained hospitalized for two months. She came back home in a wheelchair and her mother thought she was never going to walk again.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana;">Knowing that the missionaries from La Romana were in the neighborhood the mother came to express her gratitude. Even though she was grateful she was very sad since her younger daughter had an amputation and Marisse came home in a wheelchair. I evaluated the girl. She had everything she needed to walk, but she was weak and very much afraid of walking.<span>&nbsp; </span>After the surgery her left leg was about one inch shorter than the right leg. This was knocking her off balance.<span>&nbsp; </span>Also, she spent two months in the hospital mostly lying in a bed and not able to put weight on either of her legs, which weakened them. She needed help and thank God she was very cooperative. She cried in the beginning with the stretching, but later on she had fully recovered her ability to walk. I worked with her for about an hour. We worked on stretching, weight shifting and stepping exercises. After working on a lot of exercises and with much encouragement she was willing to walk with me; first with assistance and towards the end of the session she was walking by herself. Marisse said goodbye to the wheelchair and gave us the most beautiful smile I had ever seen during the trip. At least that was true for me.<span> <span>&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana;">To God be the Glory and we are joyful in witnessing His mercy and care towards<span>&nbsp; </span>those who are suffering.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana;">Please keep me in your prayers while I am in the process of learning the language and getting to know a totally different culture. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana;">A very important note:</span></b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana;"><span>&nbsp;</span>Be aware of God’s calling in your life and be sure that God needs you in Haiti…so come, grow and be transformed by a powerful experience with the Lord here in Haiti.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jun 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/22809-new-ministry-in-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/22809-new-ministry-in-haiti Deliris Carrión Rosa, IM Missionary, Newly Assigned to Ministry in Haiti <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/54">Deliris Carrión Rosa</a>, IM missionary, is being assigned to international service in <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/places/haiti">Haiti</a>. She will begin her new Haiti ministry in April 2010. Deliris has been invited by the Haitian Baptist Convention in Cap Haitien to work as an Occupational Therapist. She will help in the recovery process of persons who have suffered arm or leg injuries during the January earthquake, and also help in the psychological aspect of dealing with the losses and results of this tragedy. Deliris worked as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist before becoming a missionary and is certain that God can use her to bless the lives of children with special needs and also of those who have been injured during the earthquake. <br><br>“Deliris is passionate about her ministry, she is consecrated in her relationship with God and eloquent in her personal testimony and in conveying the message of the Gospel,” commented José Norat-Rodríguez, IM’s area director for Iberoamerica/Caribbean.<br><br>Deliris will help Pediatric Medical Teams in their work with children and be a support for the groups who are planning to come and help in health care clinics during this critical time and beyond. Once she has made the contacts and has a place to receive work groups in Haiti, she will also help in providing a space to stay and be a facilitator between the visitors and the Haitians. <br><br>Deliris will be living in La Romana, DR for one year with <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly Pierre</a>’s (IM missionary in <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/places/nicaragua">Nicaragua</a>) relatives to learn Creole. She will be accompanying groups going from La Romana to Haiti. <br><br>Deliris has been a missionary serving with International Ministries since April 1, 1998 and has previously served two terms in <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/places/el_salvador">El Salvador</a>. She is an ordained American Baptist pastor.<br><br>To learn more about Deliris’ ministry or to make a financial contribution to International Ministries, please go to our website <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/54">http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/54</a>.<br> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19867-deliris-carri%C3%B3n-rosa-im-missionary-newly-assigned-to-ministry-in-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/19867-deliris-carri%C3%B3n-rosa-im-missionary-newly-assigned-to-ministry-in-haiti Seven-point Recovery Plan Discussed with the Convention Baptiste d’Haiti Recovery, rebuilding and strengthening the 87-year partnership with the Convention Baptiste d’Haiti&nbsp; (CBH) was the focus of the American Baptist International Ministries (IM) delegation to Haiti on March 17-19, 2010. &nbsp;<br><br>The IM delegation included Reid Trulson, IM executive director, José Norat-Rodríguez, IM area director for Iberoamerica/Caribbean and Ruth Clark, IM board of directors’ president.&nbsp; Roy Medley, general secretary, American Baptist Churches, USA had been invited to join the delegation but had to cancel for personal reasons.<br><br>The primary purpose of this trip was to propose and discuss a mid-term plan for Haiti recovery and rebuilding with CBH leaders.&nbsp; When completed and approved, the plan will be implemented over the next several years. José Norat-Rodríguez presented the seven-point plan summarized below at a meeting in the Haitian city of Grand Goâve in which a Baptist church and school were completely destroyed. <br><br>1.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In keeping with IM’s history and tradition of medical ministry in Haiti, IM will provide a medical doctor to work with CBH for one year and provide continuing medical care for earthquake victims<br><br>2.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Scholarship support for students who have been forced to move because their schools/universities were destroyed<br><br>3.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Reconstruction of medical facilities, orphanages, schools, housing and churches<br><br>4.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;An additional missionary to preach, teach and provide occupational therapy services to Haitian families, as well as a missionary with a background in economic development. These additional personnel will join IM’s current missionaries serving in Haiti: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Dr. Steve James</a> (medical doctor) <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Nancy James</a> (nurse), <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/86">Nzunga Mabudiga</a> (educator and eye clinic administrator), <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/86">Kihomi Ngwemi</a> (educator and women’s development) and Herb Rogers (former missionary to Haiti who returned to Grand Goâve after the earthquake for service from mid-February to mid-April). Missionary <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a> continues to bring medical teams from the Dominican Republic (D.R.) into Port-au-Prince. Missionary <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-López</a> continues to work with Haitians evacuated to the D.R. for medical care <br><br>5.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Micro-credit and other economic development approaches which will allow earthquake sufferers to move towards self-sufficiency.<br><br>6.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Organize a meeting of IM’s missionary medical doctors to reflect on the current needs within Haiti and will bring the results of this meeting to the CBH for discussion and possible implementation.<br><br>7.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Work with CBH to organize the distribution of large, heavy-duty tents to provide temporary shelter to families still in need.<br><br>Also traveling with the group were <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly and Vital Pierre</a>, IM missionaries to Nicaragua. The Pierres have been assisting the U.S. volunteer medical teams as they arrive in the Dominican Republic to work in Haiti. Also, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/54">Deliris Carrión-Rosa</a>, IM missionary who is starting a new ministry in Haiti and Catherine Nold, IM’s director of Communication and Mission Education. &nbsp;<br><br>Rounding out the delegation were three representatives from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) who were invited by IM to join this trip. Medical missionaries, Steve and Nancy James have been jointly appointed for their work in Haiti by IM and CBF. A representative from Mercer University also attended the trip.<br><br>The trip began on March 17 with a tour of devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti and an evening prayer service of remembrance and hope.&nbsp; Nearly 300 people attended this service with 12 CBH pastor leaders from other cities. Conducted in the cellar of a collapsed parking garage, the service was marked by poignant moments of remembrance of loved ones mingled with tales of courage and messages of hope and gratitude to God.<br><br>On March 18 the group traveled four hours to Grand Goâve to visit the Baptist staging areas for rebuilding a school and church.&nbsp; Just completed was a fresh water pump on the grounds of the demolished church that serves the entire community of hundreds of people.&nbsp; Herb Rogers, former IM missionary in Haiti, worked with volunteers and community members to remove rubble and debris and install two toilets and showers and erect tents for the U.S. volunteers who began arriving on March 21. <br><br>Donations to <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">One Great Hour of Sharing</a> continue to be needed for further projects.&nbsp; Donors can give through the IM website: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/items/80">www.internationalministries.org/items/80</a> or by check to: “OGHS- Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mailed to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.&nbsp; Support can also be given by American Baptists through their church by making checks payable to the church with “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” written in the memo section.&nbsp; These gifts will be sent from the church through the American Baptist region and then to International Ministries. <br><br>One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the General Board.&nbsp; The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering.<br> Sat, 27 Mar 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19486-seven-point-recovery-plan-discussed-with-the-convention-baptiste-d-haiti https://internationalministries.org/read/19486-seven-point-recovery-plan-discussed-with-the-convention-baptiste-d-haiti Enfoque de Recuperación y Reconstrucción en Viaje a Haití el 17 de Marzo En respuesta a una invitación de la Convención Bautista de Haití (CBH), una delegación bautista Americana está viajando a Haití el 17 de marzo de 2010. La delegación incluye a Roy Medley, secretario general, Iglesias Bautistas Americanas, EE.UU. (IBA-EE.UU.), Reid Trulson, director ejecutivo, Ministerios Internacionales (MI), José Norat-Rodríguez, director de área de MI para Iberoamérica y el Caribe y Ruth Clark, presidenta de la junta de directores de MI.<br><br>La Convención Bautista de Haití es socia en misión con MI desde hace mucho tiempo. MI ha estado proveyendo misioneros y trabajando en ministerios con los haitianos por 87 años.<br><br>El propósito primordial del viaje es comenzar a desarrollar un plan detallado para la recuperación y reconstrucción de Haití en coordinación con la CBH. La delegación se reunirá y orará en Port-au-Prince con los pastores haitianos y personas afectadas por este desastre. Finalmente, viajarán a Grand Goâve para visitar tres áreas Bautistas designadas para esfuerzos de socorro.<br><br>También están viajando con la delegación <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly y Vital Pierre</a>, misioneros de MI en Nicaragua. Los Pierre han estado apoyando equipos médicos voluntarios de EE.UU. que llegan a la República Dominicana y viajan a varios lugares en Haití para proveer atención medica a los sobrevivientes. <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/54">Deliris Carrión-Rosa</a>, misionera de MI que está comenzando un nuevo ministerio de terapia ocupacional en Cap Haitien, se une al grupo, junto con Catherine Nold, del equipo de comunicaciones y educación misionera de MI.<br><br>El cuerpo misionero de Ministerios Internacionales que ha participado en estos esfuerzos de rescate y ayuda incluye a <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-López</a> quien ha coordinado los voluntarios que llegan a la República Dominicana para cruzar a través de la frontera con Haití y la enfermera especialista en pediatría <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a> quien está transportando los equipos médicos y trabajando con ellos en terreno. Tanto Madeline como Kristy tienen como base la República Dominicana. Los misioneros médicos <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Nancy (enfermera) y Steve (doctor) James</a>, son misioneros médicos con base en el norte de Haití, en Limbe. El misionero retirado de MI en Haití, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/people/1477">Herb Rogers</a> llegó en febrero. El estará cooperando en los esfuerzos de reconstrucción durante su estadía de dos meses.<br><br>Desde el terremoto en Haití hace más de 60 días, el total de ofrendas recibidas por canales bautistas americanos han sobrepasado los $1.9 millones. $236,850 fueron enviados inmediatamente tras el terremoto que azotó a Port-au-Prince el 12 de enero de 2010. Según nuestros socios Haitianos identifican necesidades y proyectos específicos, fondos adicionales están siendo enviados.<br><br>Seguimos necesitando donativos a <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">Una Gran Hora para Compartir (One Great Hour of Sharing)</a> para estos proyectos. Pueden ofrendar a través de la página web de MI: www.internationalministries.org/items/80, o con cheque a nombre de: “OGHS–Haiti Earthquake Relief” y enviado a: International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851. También pueden enviar sus ofrendas a través de su iglesia bautista americana, con un cheque a nombre de la iglesia anotando en el memo del cheque: “One Great Hour of Sharing–Haiti Earthquake Relief”. Estas ofrendas serán enviadas por su iglesia a través de la región bautista americana y luego a Ministerios Internacionales.<br><br>Una Gran Hora para Compartir (One Great Hour of Sharing) es administrada por el Comité de Ayuda Mundial (World Relief Committee) de la Junta General. El Comité facilita esfuerzos bautista americanos de alivio de emergencia, rehabilitación de desastres, trabajo con refugiados y apoyo de desarrollo al establecer directrices de reglamentación y supervisando la distribución de esta ofrenda anual<br> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19333-enfoque-de-recuperaci%C3%B3n-y-reconstrucci%C3%B3n-en-viaje-a-hait%C3%AD-el-17-de-marzo https://internationalministries.org/read/19333-enfoque-de-recuperaci%C3%B3n-y-reconstrucci%C3%B3n-en-viaje-a-hait%C3%AD-el-17-de-marzo The Great Dream <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="">Blessings and greetings to all my brothers and sisters around the world,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="">I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your prayers.&nbsp; Each one of you has been an essential part of my ministry in El Salvador. Your presence, your letters and words of unconditional support strengthened me in times of difficulties. I can only say that God is faithful and that He fulfills His purpose in our lives when we are capable of exercising our faith and waiting on Him. God sent me to El Salvador in July 1998 and ten years later I was able to understand that the Mission entrusted to me has been fulfilled. The Baptist School of San Salvador (<i style="">Colegio Bautista de San Salvador</i>) has a very good Christian Education program. The program covers academic as well as pastoral areas. The time that I spent there was wonderful and what I learned in the daily sharing with my brothers and sisters has been very valuable for my life and ministry. I am in a period of transition where God has opened the door to serve in Peru. It is a new challenge and a new opportunity to continue to carry out the call that I have received from God.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="">&nbsp;This year the theme of the World Mission Offering is:&nbsp; <i style="">Be Surprised by Walking in Different Shoes</i>. This sounds good, but it is not so easy. Sometimes someone else’s shoes are too big, others are too tight, and there are ones that we simply do not like. Moreover if we really want to make a difference in our world we need to follow Jesus’ example. He walked in our shoes and although there were moments when walking in them was difficult; He continued to walk alongside us learning about each one of our needs and daily temptations. He was surprised by the needs of the poor and the rich in their social environment and walked in our shoes until fulfilling His redemptive mission for all humanity. Jesus came so that we would have life and that we would have it in abundance.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="">The celebration of life or of a birthday can be something simple and without much meaning in countries like ours, the USA and Puerto Rico. However for a teenager in a community in El Salvador, the celebration of a birthday can represent the realization of a Great Dream. This was the case with Erick, a boy that we met when he was only five years old. I visited Tacuba every year at least twice, and Erick was part of my family there. In June 2006, Erick had a Great Dream and in his innocence and with tears in his eyes he asked if my church in Puerto Rico could celebrate his next birthday with him. Erick will be ten years old and he never had a birthday party with a Piñata. He wanted to celebrate his birthday with his friends from school and from the neighborhood. We celebrated Erick’s 10th birthday and it was a wonderful event. We gave him his first bicycle and we shared toys with all the other children. In May 2009, a group of brothers and sisters from La Iglesia Bautista de Jerusalen (the Baptist Church of Jerusalem) in Puerto Rico visited our family in Tacuba, El Salvador. Erick was one of the first ones to arrive at our celebration of worship and gratitude to God. Erick did not come alone. He was accompanied by his Pastor, his grandmother and sister. He wanted to give us the news that at the age of 13, he had accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and that his dream was to become a Pastor. It was so beautiful and meaningful to know that the seed sown in that child’s heart was bearing fruit. His life is different and his eyes look at life with hope and today Erick reads the Bible of this missionary who was surprised when he shared his Great Dream with her. Jesus walked in our shoes and taught us to live with hope even in the midst of the storms of life. Believe me brothers and sisters that although the shoes might be tight or too big, the important thing is to walk with our brothers and sisters to be part of fulfilling their Dream. To God be the glory, the credit, and all the honor. </span></p> Wed, 28 Oct 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/15129-the-great-dream https://internationalministries.org/read/15129-the-great-dream El Gran Sueño <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">Bendiciones<span style="">&nbsp; </span>y saludos a todos mis hermanos/as<span style="">&nbsp; </span>alrededor del mundo. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style=""><span style="">&nbsp;</span>Aprovecho esta oportunidad para agradecer sus oraciones.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Cada uno de ustedes ha sido parte esencial de mi ministerio en El Salvador,<span style="">&nbsp; </span>su presencia, sus cartas y sus palabras de apoyo incondicional<span style="">&nbsp; </span>me dieron fuerza en los momentos de dificultad. Solo puedo decir que Dios es Fiel y que El cumple su propósito en nuestras vidas cuando somos capaces de ejercer<span style="">&nbsp; </span>nuestra Fe y de esperar<span style="">&nbsp; </span>en Él.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Dios me envió a EL Salvador en<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Julio de 1998 y diez años más tarde pude entender que la Misión encomendada había sido cumplida. El Colegio Bautista de San Salvador tiene un Programa de Educación Cristiana de alta calidad.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Dentro del Programa, además de cubrirse las áreas académicas también se cubren todas las áreas Pastorales.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>El tiempo vivido fue hermoso y lo aprendido en el compartir diario con mis hermanos/as<span style="">&nbsp; </span>en extremo valioso para mi vida y Ministerio.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Me encuentro en un tiempo de transición en donde Dios ha abierto puertas para servir en Perú.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Es un nuevo reto y una nueva oportunidad de continuar realizando el llamado que Dios hizo mi vida.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style=""><span style="">&nbsp;</span>Este año el tema de nuestra Campaña de Misiones es,<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Sorpréndete al Caminar en los Zapatos de Otro.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Suena bonito pero no es tan fácil.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>A veces los zapatos de otros nos quedan grandes, otras<span style="">&nbsp; </span>apretados y otras veces simplemente no nos gustan, más si realmente queremos hacer la diferencia en nuestro mundo necesitamos seguir el ejemplo de Jesús.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Él camino en nuestros zapatos y aunque hubo momentos en que caminar con ellos fue difícil Él continuó caminando a nuestro lado, aprendiendo sobre cada una de nuestras necesidades y tentaciones diarias. El fue sorprendido por la necesidad de pobres y ricos en su entorno social y caminó en nuestros zapatos hasta cumplir su Misión redentora para con la humanidad. Jesús vino para que tuviéramos vida y la tuviéramos en abundancia. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">La celebración de la vida, o de un cumpleaños, puede ser algo sencillo y sin mucho significado en países como los nuestros (USA/PR).<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Sin embargo para un adolecente en un pueblo de El Salvador la celebración de un cumpleaños puede representar la realización de un Gran Sueño.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Este fue el caso de Erick un niño que conocimos cuando apenas tenía cinco años de edad.<span style=""> Cada año yo visitaba Tacuba, por lo menos dos veces al año, y Erick forma parte de mi familia en ese lugar. En Junio de 2006 Erick tenía un Sueño Grande y en su inocencia y con lágrimas en sus ojos me pidió si mi iglesia en Puerto Rico podía celebrar<span style="">&nbsp; </span>con él su próximo cumpleaños.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Erick cumpliría 10 años de edad y nunca le habian celebrado una piñata.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>El quería celebrar su cumpleaños con sus amiguitos de la escuela y de la vecindad.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Le celebramos a Erick sus diez años y fue un gran acontecimiento. Le regalamos su primera bicicleta y compartimos juguetes con todos los demás niños/as.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>En Mayo de 2009 un grupo de hermanos/as de la Iglesia Bautista de Jerusalen en Puerto Rico, visitamos a nuestra familia en Tacuba, El Salvador. Erick fue uno de los primeros en llegar a nuestra celebración de adoración y gratitud a nuestro Dios.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Erick no llegó solo, lo acompañaba su Pastor, su abuelita y su hermana.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Él quería darnos la noticia que ahora que tenía 13 años de edad él había aceptado a Jesucristo como su Salvador y que su Sueño era ser Pastor. <span style="">&nbsp;</span>Fue hermoso y significativo saber que la semilla sembrada en el corazón de aquel niño estaba dando fruto.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Su vida es diferente, sus ojos miran a la vida con esperanza y hoy Erick lee la Biblia de esta Misionera<span style="">&nbsp; </span>que fue sorprendida cuando él compartió con ella su Gran Sueño.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Jesús caminó en nuestros zapatos y nos enseñó a vivir con esperanza aun en medio de las tempestades de la vida.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Creanme hermanos/as<span style="">&nbsp; </span>aunque los zapatos aprieten o nos queden grandes lo importante es caminar con nuestros hermanos /as y ser parte del cumplimiento de sus Sueños.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>A Dios sea dada la Gloria, la Honra y todo el Honor. </span></span></p> Wed, 28 Oct 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/15126-el-gran-sue%C3%B1o https://internationalministries.org/read/15126-el-gran-sue%C3%B1o