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Pierre - International Ministries The latest from Ketly and Vital Pierre https://internationalministries.org/teams/89-pierre.rss Surprising Reflections from a Journey to the DR in January 2017 <p class="MsoNormal">At a Conference for Missionaries in Pennsylvania in 2015, the call came forth to go and visit the Dominican Republic. The call never left me and it grew in Cheryl as we asked God where we should go. Ketly and Vital were my neighbors at that retreat, far away from Nicaragua where they had just finished up serving. I knew of Ketly and Vital because of my daughter going and serving with them in Bluefield, Nicaragua. Madeline Flores-Lopez was also present at that conference and I found myself wanting to see the work God was doing within her life.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">So, in the months that followed the desire increased. God gave me air miles that could be used. Cheryl’s desire to go increased. We never knew why we were going but knew we needed to be there. So we made preparations and were set to leave town on Wednesday, January 4th. We could not even get an answer from these wonderful Global Servants as to what we could bring that might assist them. A few weeks before I knew, I needed to see my brother before going. Those of you who know me know I love being around groups of people. Yet, deep in my being I just wanted to be with my brother after the holidays so we could just be together the two of us. On that Sunday night, January 1st, I stood in my brother’s studio and he let me know, “God has given me this stuff and now I need to hear where it’s supposed to go.” The next morning, an e-mail came from the DR with a request for specific equipment for a radio station. At first my response was, “How in the world will I get that stuff?” The God gently reminded me of what was in the studio less than 100’ away from me. My brother and I spent the day laughing at how God so wonderfully directs our lives. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Cheryl and I drove away later that day with 135 pounds of radio station gear. The station will have three hours of prime time, from 6-9 p.m. Ketly and Vital describe the ministry in this manner:<o:p></o:p></p><blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p class="MsoNormal">A local station has given us three hours to broadcast a holistic program in Creole targeted for Haitians on the sugar cane plantations. While Jesus was on earth, he accompanied the people and cared for the whole person. Likewise, we are called to do the same. The program will seek to be educational, aimed at helping the people to live with dignity and raise their standard of living. It is another form of accompaniment.</p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The gear in two checked packages and one carry-on bag, as well as our two suitcases arrived safely. Customs opened up one package and we were through.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Our journey was in two phases. The first two days were spent with Madeline and a group from Puerto Rico. You all would be so proud of them. With Madeline they were busy celebrating Three Kings' Day. Gifts were loaded into the back of Madeline’s 14-year-old pickup truck. First, she drove her almost-worn-out pickup truck to a Haitian migrant labor camp where we delivered Kings' Day gifts to the children. It was beautiful to watch her and her Puerto Rican brothers and sisters embrace the children of that Community with love and grace. Second, we loaded up again and headed up to a leper colony way up in the hills and visited every person there giving hugs, prayers and care to the people. Madeline lives out the concept of being a "living reminder of Christ's love" and showing in her actions that “God does truly love the whole world.”<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The following day we headed off to worship in the morning with the mission team and Madeline. When we arrived at the church, a few minutes into worship Madeline said, “Pastor Gregg, the pastor is ill and the guest preacher and musician have not shown up. You are going to preach.” On that Three Kings Sunday, not only was I blessed to bring a message of hope but also was able to dedicate a young baby girl’s life to Jesus while the congregation joined in with words of prayer and encouragement to the young family.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">We were then whisked off to our next stop at Iglesia Bet-El. We enjoyed singing, hearing each of the age group choirs sing and I got to watch Vital be very animated as he shared with the congregation. Then once again I was asked to preach. In both instances, the presence of the Spirit was very real and guided me on Three Kings Sunday. We walked around the batey that day and interacted with many of the people. We watched as Ketly and Vital touched the people, listened to them and shared the presence of Jesus through their actions. Their deep love for the people was so evident in their actions.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">When we arrived at Ketly and Vital’s home, the radio station equipment had been all unpacked and set up. They were awaiting a computer and it will be ready to roll. In the days that followed we were blessed to experience more of the work by visiting different churches and hearing of their ministries. Without an exception, what I heard loud and clear was pastors wanting to touch their communities. I sat in a 2.5-hour discipleship training one evening with Vital and watched as he encouraged the future pastors on how to lead. They looked through scripture and studied many texts about servant leadership and what it means to pastor.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">When we would visit a church sight, I was amazed at how community based and engaged each one was. It was not about building a project for them, but it was about building so that others could know of the deep love of Jesus for them. They so wanted to care for their communities and invite people into new life. They wanted people to know they are genuinely cared for and Ketly and Vital are working closely with these new church plants and existing churches to encourage them to flourish and invite people into new life with Jesus. I witnessed Ketly caring for people deeply wherever we travelled and also she is loved deeply by others who knew her from 23 years ago from the Good Samaritan Hospital in the DR.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Many of the people that Madeline, Ketly and Vital work with are migrant laborers and have little rights, not to dissimilar to Jesus’ beginning days in Egypt after Kings' Day as told in our biblical narrative. Yet those laborers know that the circumstances of their lives do not define who they are, for that is found in the One who calls them “beloved daughters and sons.”<o:p></o:p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal">To each of you who are beloved by God, thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you do to make it possible for us to share God’s love “from everywhere to everyone.” Each person in the office aids in making these ministries possible. Each person who generously gives as the Spirit leads is partnering with God’s work around the world. Each Global Servant aids in our call “From everywhere to everyone.” God with us is doing so much to touch the lives of people in the DR and around the world. Thanks to all of you who partner with us and God in sharing the story of God’s amazing gift of love in Jesus.<o:p></o:p></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/64459-surprising-reflections-from-a-journey-to-the-dr-in-january-2017 https://internationalministries.org/read/64459-surprising-reflections-from-a-journey-to-the-dr-in-january-2017 Preparing the Way <p>Dear Praying Friends and Partners:<br><br>It is our joy to be in partnership with you. As we go through the advent season, we are reminded to wait expectantly for the Lord to enter into our world and into our lives in new and beautiful ways. Just like Mary, we say yes to the plans God has laid out for us. In Isaiah 40:4-5, the prophet tells us “every valley shall be lifted up and every mountain and hill be made low… to make straight in the desert a highway for our God. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” We see this in our return to the Dominican Republic. At the right time, God opened up a highway for His work to be accomplished, He made the way clear, and His glory is already being revealed.<br><br>During this time of re-entry into the culture and ministry of La Romana, the verb “to accompany” has defined our role. Accompany can have several meanings: to go with someone as an escort or companion, travel with, keep someone company. In music, it means to serve as background and support for more important parts. Similarly, we have been called to accompany the leaders, young people, and pastors of eight (8) churches collectively called Alianza de Iglesias Bautistas (Alliance of Baptist Churches). As we escort them, we offer our company and our support. Currently, this has taken the form of discipleship classes for two (2) groups of young adults, preaching, teaching, workshops, visitation in homes, welcomed work teams, etc. <br><br>Talking about discipleship classes, one 20 year old woman testifies that although she had heard the truth from the pulpit, through her discipleship group, she is now learning to live it and lead a life of personal devotion to the Lord. A young man of 30, who is a new deacon in the group Vital is discipling, shared that since being a part of that group, God is now the center of his life and all of his decisions are now guided by that reality.<br>&nbsp;<br>Prayer Requests:<br>• Radio - A local station has given us three (3) hours to broadcast a holistic program in Creole targeted for Haitians on the sugar cane plantations. While Jesus was on earth, he accompanied the people and cared for the whole person. Likewise, we are called to do the same. The program will seek to be educational, aimed at helping the people to live with dignity and raise their standard of living. It is another form of accompaniment.<br>• Strength - May God walk with us as we walk with others and lead them to Christ.<br>• Community Center - Offering prayer, passport and immigration services, and economic, psychological, emotional, and spiritual help.<br>• Two (2) new churches - In the coming year, Vital will accompany two young men from the discipleship group as they start 2 new churches.<br>• Four (4) new Discipleship Groups<br>&nbsp;<br>We invite you! Please come! Walk with us as we grow together. We will need work teams for:<br>• Construction of a clinic in San Pedro de Macorís, and two new churches.<br>• Vacation Bible School in July on the batey/sugar cane plantations.<br>• Training in how to study the Bible contextually for pastors, future pastors and leaders to the Dominican Republic and Cuba.<br>&nbsp;<br>Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!<br><br>Vital and Ketly</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/64072-preparing-the-way https://internationalministries.org/read/64072-preparing-the-way Great Friendships <p>Dear Brothers and Sisters,<br><br>I recently read a blog entitled, “Three Keys to Great Friendships.” The timing of this article coincided with our travels around the States and Puerto Rico visiting ABC churches. While I was reading about how poor a substitute social media is for real-live contact and interaction with others, I was thankful that I had the chance to visit in person with old friends as well as new ones. Quoting Mother Teresa, the writer reminds us, “I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. Together we can do great things.” One of the “keys to great friendships” is valuing partnerships. Without you, we cannot complete the ministry to which God has called us. Some of you saw pictures and heard the stories of Nicaragua. How God has raised up three flourishing communities of faith, which are now being led by Nicaraguan leadership. Thanks to your friendships, prayers, and support, you have been a part of this kingdom building.</p> <p>We had 16 amazing years in Nicaragua, but the time came when we and International Ministries knew that God was stretching us forward. So, we have made the transition to La Romana, Dominican Republic to do the same kind of community building that we did in Nicaragua. We will also be traveling to Cuba, intermittently, to come alongside the growing church there. One of our visions is to travel to Cuba with a group of young leaders from La Romana. God is doing an incredible work there.<br><br>To close, I would like you to imagine a spider spinning a web. As she scampers from point to point, her silk thread follows, connecting each thread and ultimately constructing a breathtaking piece of art. In a similar way, a thread of friendship follows us from Nicaragua to the all over the United States, and finally the Dominican Republic and Cuba. We are all connected in this partnership of building God’s kingdom here on earth. Thank you for your prayers and financial support. Please continue to pray and support us.<br>&nbsp;<br>Stretching forward to what is ahead,<br><br>Vital and Ketly Pierre</p><p>Our website for Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Cuba ministries: <a href="http://www.missionhadonibra.org">www.missionhadonibra.org</a><br></p> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/62783-great-friendships https://internationalministries.org/read/62783-great-friendships New Country of Service for Ketly and Vital Pierre <p>The celebration of a new year for Ketly and Vital Pierre included giving thanks to God for a new ministry that began in the Caribbean during the last portion of 2015. Having served since 1999 as International Ministries (IM) missionaries on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, the Pierres are now applying their skills to strengthen local congregations and encourage existing churches to start new ones on the East Coast of the Dominican Republic (DR).</p> <p>The couple's ministry will focus on leading and coordinating seminars and workshops to equip&nbsp;the DR&nbsp;church leaders to begin and strengthen a broad range of outreach ministries in their communities. The Pierres will also serve as a link with volunteer groups, matching them with local ministries according to where they would be the most effective, as well as encouraging and facilitating Haitian mission work both within the DR and beyond.</p> <p>Of their previous 16-year ministry in Nicaragua, which occurred in three different areas, Vital recently wrote: "Ketly and I worked ourselves out of job. We evangelized, made disciples and sent people out as witnesses for Christ. They are doing a tremendous job." He then specified how this ministry is being left in the capable hands of local church leaders whom he and Ketly trained: "Escarlet Fletes Córdoba is pastoring the congregation and directing the school in El Rama. Indira Fletes Sing is pastoring the church and directing the school in Kukra Hill. And Francisco Montiel is pastoring the church in Bluefields under the umbrella of a Council of Elders."</p> <p>Anticipating how God can use them in the DR, Ketly comments: "Reconnecting with people with whom we worked from 1993 to 1997 in La Romana, DR, has been refreshing because God has prepared our lives for such a time of harvest. At the right time, we were invited to return to the DR in order to encourage, walk side-by-side and disciple those that God has called for His service. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:12-13, 'to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.' Yes, it is our deepest desire for God to continue to use us as He did in Nicaragua, to do greater things in the DR and, through the Dominicans and Haitians who are here, in the world."</p> <p>As the Pierres begin their new ministry, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/people/40274-adalia-gutierrez-lee">the Rev. Adalia Gutierrez Lee</a>, area director of Iberoamerica and the Caribbean, says: "I have had the privilege to experience what true friendship and collaboration is about. Through daily discipleship, our Haitian-descent brothers and sisters like Ketly and Vital serve and empower their own people who work in the Dominican Republic's sugar cane bateys and team up with those visionaries from previous generations who first shared God's love and passion for mission among them."</p> <p>To learn more about the Pierres or to support their work, <a href="http://internationalministries.org/teams/89-pierre">visit their IM profile</a> for more information. Words of encouragement for Ketly and Vital may be sent to <a href="mailto:ketly.pierre@internationalministries.org">ketly.pierre@internationalministries.org</a> and <a href="mailto:vital.pierre@internationalministries.org">vital.pierre@internationalministries.org</a>.</p> <p>Download a <a href="http://internationalministries.org/uploads/document/asset/53592/G2GS_pierre.9.2015_web.pdf">bulletin insert</a> with their ministry information, prayer requests and more.</p> <p>IM welcomes comments on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/InternationalMinistries">Facebook</a>.</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/60932-new-country-of-service-for-ketly-and-vital-pierre https://internationalministries.org/read/60932-new-country-of-service-for-ketly-and-vital-pierre A Family of Disciples Carries On in Nicaragua <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:UseFELayout/> </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-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:18.0pt"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;MS Mincho&quot;;mso-fareast-language: JA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;MS Mincho&quot;;mso-fareast-language:JA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Here I am with Escarlet and Maria two weeks before Vital, Jose Marie, and I departed from Nicaragua on June 1. I went to visit Escarlet in Rama, and when we were walking to take the river speed-boat back to Bluefields, we were surprised to run across Maria.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Maria confided in us that she was troubled by stress in her new job. We were standing in the middle of the street, and Escarlet just said, “Let’s pray for God to give you direction.” This is amazing to me because eight years ago, Vital and I stretched out to Escarlet and gave her this message; and now Escarlet is doing the same for Maria. It’s like a family of disciples. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;MS Mincho&quot;;mso-fareast-language:JA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Now that we’re stretching forward to a new ministry in the Dominican Republic, I’m certain that through the work of the Holy Spirit in Escarlet at the Bethel Rama Church, as well as in the disciples at the Bethel Bluefields Church and the Bethel Kukra Hill Church, His work will continue in Nicaragua through the disciples in these churches.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;MS Mincho&quot;;mso-fareast-language:JA">Blessings in Christ,<br> <br> Ketly</span></p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-ansi-language: EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Note:</span></u></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> To see photos of the Bethel Bluefields, Bethel Kukra Hill, and Bethel Rama churches, and also to view videos of testimonies by the disciples in these churches, go to -- <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">www.missionbluefields.org</b></a></span><p></p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59914-a-family-of-disciples-carries-on-in-nicaragua https://internationalministries.org/read/59914-a-family-of-disciples-carries-on-in-nicaragua Status of our Missionary Assignment to Nicaragua <p>Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,<br><br>Ketly and I worked ourselves out of job. We evangelized disciples and sent the people out. They are doing a tremendous job. Escarlet Fletes Córdoba is pastoring the church and directing the school in El Rama; Indira Fletes Sing is pastoring the church and directing the school in Kukra Hill. Francisco Montiel is pastoring the church in Bluefields under the umbrella of a Council Elders.<br><br>First of all, Escarlet and Onell responded the call of God to continue with the work that her parents, Don Fletes and Argentina, started in El Rama, the church-plant and school of Bethel Church. Escarlet’s passion for ministry and giving her best to the community pushes her to go every Friday to Managua (a 6-hour trip one way) to the Baptist Seminary. Bethel Church in El Rama continues with the call of opening new churches in Muelle de los Bueyes, where the mayor's office gave a 3 1/2 acres of land three weeks ago to start a new church and future ministries.<br><br>Secondly, Indira and Richard responded the call of God to go and make disciples in Kukra Hill. This couple left the family business, where they earned a decent living, to attend Kingdom business where the church and school continue to bear fruit. <br><br>Third, Francisco and Adela walking side by side with the Council of Elders of Bethel Church in Bluefields, the mother church of Kukra Hill and El Rama, continue together with the different ministries of the Tutoring Program, Recreational Center, Daycare and Preschool. All of these ministries have served and continue to serve the community, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to make disciples.<br><br>Please, pray for the leadership of Bethel Church in Nicaragua, for our transition, visiting churches in the US and PR, and for our new ministry in the Dominican Republic. Please, stay in tune for more news of the future ministry!<br><br>Blessings in Christ,<br><br>Vital and Ketly<br><br></p> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59827-status-of-our-missionary-assignment-to-nicaragua- https://internationalministries.org/read/59827-status-of-our-missionary-assignment-to-nicaragua- Being Present! <p>Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,<br><br>As the time approaches to the celebration of the birth of the Son of God, taking the form of a human being, Jesus, our hearts are filled with gratitude for such love. Likewise, it has been an honor to have you walking with us in mission through your prayers, visits, and financial support. Jesus' presence was also manifested through you. Thank you!<br><br>Your prayers and support helped us to walk alongside these six young adults' disciples of Christ, who decided to take the step to get baptized on December 7th. It was quite a joy for the church family! Thank you for being part of bringing people to Christ and making disciples of Christ. <br><br>Below is the response of Denny and Joanne Jenkins to our last journal. May God continue to bless you with His presence through the Holy Spirit as the center of your life. His Spirit will guide us to see you during our US/PR Assignment, starting in July 2015 to July 2016. Your presence in our lives means a lot to us and we are looking forward to see you again next year.<br><br>Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Christ!<br><br>Blessings in Christ,<br><br>Vital and Ketly<br></p><hr><br>November 24, 2014<br><p></p><p>Dear Friends of Vital and Ketly Pierre,<br><br>My name is Denny Jenkins and I was part of the Missionary Partnership Team (MPT) for the Pierre’s for several years. Recently, the Pierre’s wrote a letter discussing my wife’s and my relationship with them over the years. It was a very humbling letter for both of us. It brought back many precious memories. I would like to digress a bit and be like the old commentator Paul Harvey and give you “The Rest of The Story”.<br><br>Back in 2001 our church in Anacortes, WA (FBC) was interested in a short-term mission trip so, I contacted Mike, the STMT coordinator at IM. I asked him where the in the world was currently the most need. He didn’t hesitate, and said Nicaragua because of the horrific hurricane (Mitch) that devastated the country. Mike set us up with a trip to support an organization called “PROVADENIC” under the direction of Dr. Gustavo Parajon. PROVADENIC was the forerunner of the now very successful medical ministry called “AMOS” under the direction of Drs. David and Laura Parajon Dr. Gustavo Parajon’s son and daughter-in-law.<br><br>While setting up the trip, Mike from IM, said that Joanne and I must go and visit this couple that has started a ministry in Bluefields, which is on what is called the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. We said OK as long as we were in country why not? We arrived at their home and said&nbsp; “Here We Are” and they said O.K. who are you? We explained that Mike said we had to meet you because you had such a passion for this ministry. That was the beginning of a wonderful and lasting relationship.<br><br>As the Pierre’s stated in their letter, we sat in their living room and I asked them where they thought God was leading them in their ministry. Vital said that God had directed them to buy property, build a swimming pool, a basketball/soccer court, a church/school, a Safe Harbor building for kids, and a building that later became a preschool and a housing for work teams and visitors. I asked the obvious question, do you have any money? The answer was “No but, the Lord will provide”. For every question I asked that night the answer was the same “No but the Lord will provide”. <br><br>When Joanne and I left their home we looked at each other and both said that these folks had great ambitions but boy they aren’t very realistic. That was the beginning of the greatest faith lesson I have ever had in my life, for in just a couple of years the Lord did indeed provide all they asked for! To this day I am amazed at what God has done on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Not only has He provided terrific facilities in Bluefields but also in Kukra Hill and Rama as well! When I think back of that day I’m reminded of Jesus’ comment “Oh Ye of Little Faith”, what a lesson!<br><br>Their ministry that started in their home with their before and after school programs and church has blossomed into evangelistic ministries in several towns. The Lord does indeed provide!<br><br>As I mentioned earlier in this letter, I was part of the Pierre’s MPT for several years and worked with a lot of great churches and individuals that supported the Pierre’s with prayer, financial support and with work teams. Without the support of God’s people in the states, none of this would have come to fruition. I am especially proud to have worked with the churches in Colorado, California, Pennsylvania, and in Washington State. The folks at the Riverside Baptist church in California, Karen Dutcher in particular has been a stanch supporter of the Pierre’s for several years. The church has sent work teams nearly ever year and sometimes twice a year. “Thank You” to all the churches for your tremendous support over the years!&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>As the Pierre’s mentioned in their letter, I was able to go to Bluefields and visit my friends there last September. It was kind of a bittersweet visit knowing that this was my last time in Nicaragua. Health issues have been a problem and going on work teams is not in my future. I thank God for the opportunities He has given me to work with such wonderful, dedicated, and passionate, Christians such as the Pierre’s. As they used to say in my motorcycle circles “What A Ride”! He does in deed provide!<br><br>We ask that you continue to pray for direction for the Pierre’s as they pursue what God has in store for them in their future ministry.<br><br>May God bless!<br><br>Denny and Joanne Jenkins<br>Servants<br><br></p> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/56715-being-present- https://internationalministries.org/read/56715-being-present- Our Encouragers <p></p><p>Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,<br><br>Denny Jenkins, our ex MPT convener, came to see once more the work of the Holy Spirit in the Atlantic Coast in Nicaragua last month. The Holy Spirit gave us Denny and Joanne from the beginning of our ministry in Nicaragua, as our encouragers, in a time when we did not have too many visitors from the United States and Puerto Rico. We shared with them God's vision for His people of buying a land to build the First Spanish-Speaking Baptist Church (which we started in the veranda of our home for three years), a recreational center, where children, young people and families will come to spend a great time in a safe place, an After School Program, a guest house, etc. When we shared the vision, they saw a great challenge, but we invited them to rise to that challenge by walking with us by faith in God, the one who can accomplish everything by His Word.<br><br>Denny and Joanne, who were at that time much younger, embrace the challenge and went home to share the vision with their church and personal friends. Our encouragers, the Jenkins came back to Bluefields, this time with a construction team, to build the basketball court which is a blessing for the community in Bluefields.<br><br>Following this further, the Jenkins invited us to their home during our US/PR Assignment. They took us in their yacht for a three-days&nbsp; trip, teaching us how to be or to kickback in the presence of the Holy Spirit. This was a good way to conclude a five year of mission work and a tremendous way to get re-charged for our next term in Nicaragua. In addition to that, their church became our church. Today, First Baptist of Anacortes is part of our family and our great supporter of what God is doing in our midst. We thank God for that relationship that started with rising to a challenge, which went beyond our thoughts could ever comprehend.<br><br>During these 16 years of ministry, we saw the hand of God in many ways by bringing the right people in the right time so He can do what His Word had promised. God did not only allowed us to build a church, a swimming pool, a basketball court where the children would have a safe environment to hear the word of God and also to enjoy their time playing, a Guest House a Day Care, a Retreat Center and a Preschool; but God called the church in Bluefields to rise to the challenge to build two more churches with schools in two different communities, in Kukra Hill and in Rama. More challenges continued to rise, but the Jenkins continued to walk with us along with many other people in the body of Christ, who helped us to continue to rise to the challenge of making disciples to all people that God gives us to accompany during these years. We are all amazed of His grace, who has given us the opportunity to walk in His challenge for His glory.<br><br>Moreover, after 16 years of mission work in The Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, Ketly and I realize that it is&nbsp; time for us to hand over the work to the disciples that were called by the Holy Spirit to accompany us in this endeavor of planting Spanish-Speaking Baptist churches in the Atlantic Coast&nbsp; of Nicaragua. We thank God again for giving us the opportunity to see our encourager, to be with us, to see his Nicaraguan friends, and also to see the fruits of his labor. We are looking forward to rise to the next challenge in another country that God will send us with International Ministries.<br><br>Victor Hugo said, "When I talk about me, I talk about you.” So, when we talk about Denny, we talk about you, who encouraged us through your prayers, work teams and your financial support. Thank you to all of you! We are looking forward to seeing you during our US/PR Assignment next summer. <br><br>We love you in Christ, <br><br>Vital and Ketly</p><p>To see the Pierre’s MPT website, go to -- <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a><br></p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/56167-our-encouragers https://internationalministries.org/read/56167-our-encouragers Joys Shared from our Nicaragua Ministries <p>1 John 4:9 - "In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him."<br><br>Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,<br><br>God's love and your love became real through us by supporting us throughout 2013, enabling us to be your hands and feet in Nicaragua.&nbsp; Our hearts were filled with gratitude to God and to you when we saw the joy of boys and girls in our first Kindergarten graduation at Bethel Church in Bluefields on December 3rd.<br><br>December is the end of the school year; graduations all over town celebrated the joy of finishing the race in spite of many obstacles. We also entered into a new phase of our journey with the celebration of the birth of Jesus and are looking into the new year with great expectations. <br><br>So much has happened this year where we can testify that Jesus lived through us, giving us the strength to continue until the end and become more like Him.&nbsp; Let us share with you the work that you have been part of so you can rejoice with us just as we have rejoiced with many graduates. <br><br>The 2013 school year started in February with three classes of children from 4 to 5 years old. At the beginning of the year, most of the children were crying for their parents because of the separation from their loved ones, the people that have cared for them since their birth. Likewise, we had to deal with new situations in the ministry: the opening of the school in Bluefields, dealing with government regulations for school, attending various meetings with the Minister of Education, taking care of a bipolar young man for during five months, facing obstacles from the government to open the school in Rama, working through internal problems with some members of the church, etc. All of these situations brought us closer to God, crying before the Lord so He could bring victory in all of the situations mentioned above. Yes, just like God brought us to the end of this school year with success, now there are no more tears. God gave us our diploma.<br><br>While we were going through difficult times in many occasions, God gave us surprises that really helped us to concentrate on His goodness:&nbsp;<br><br>1) The joy of seeing Indira and Ricardo responding to the call from God, from the marketplace in Bluefields to the church/school in Kukra Hill.<br><br>2) The joy of seeing three children taking over the music ministry in the church, playing the instruments, and singing to the Lord.<br><br>3) The joy of seeing lives being restored into fellowship with God.<br><br>4) The joy of the birth of many babies in the church.<br><br>5) The joy of seeing Jessica graduating from Preschool, helping us see the persistence in the eyes of a 5-year-old who was eager to learn in spite of the lack of interest of her parents.<br><br>6) The joy of a 19-year-old volunteer who had begun his trip to Nicaragua with no vision for his future, and who left with new vision after serving for two months.<br><br>7) The joy of receiving work teams and finances for the construction of the church/school in Rama.<br><br>Just as you have walked with us during 2013, please continue to make your love manifested through your prayers, visits, and financial support during this New Year 2014. Happy New Year!<br><br>In Christ,<br><br>Vital and Ketly<br><br>To see the Pierre’s MPT website, go to -- <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/52067-joys-shared-from-our-nicaragua-ministries https://internationalministries.org/read/52067-joys-shared-from-our-nicaragua-ministries Reflections on February 2013 Mission Trip to Nicaragua <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:major-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin"><i><b>The following journal was written by Karen Dutcher, a mission volunteer from California.&nbsp; </b></i></span></p><p><br></p><p>Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,<br><br>In February, a small group left Riverside, California, for a delightful reunion with our Nicaragua family. Everyone on this team has made multiple trips there, and we looked forward to connecting with established relationships and making new ones while we work alongside these beloved servants of God.&nbsp; As always, blessings abound when serving the Lord provides the focus for our intentions.<br><br>In Rama, we reunited with Doña Argentina, Scarlet, Onell, and little Esther. We also had time with Blanca and her daughter who has a precious connection with Esther. Here in Rama the Lord has established Centro Educativo Bethel as a secondary school ministry to the community with Scarlet’s primary leadership, along with her work in the church ministry as well. Since the government does not require students to continue studying beyond primary school, the community needs to be encouraged to see the importance of the children committing to further study over the choice to begin earning a little bit of money to help the family. Before we could begin teacher training, Scarlet and the teachers had to canvas the neighborhood talking to parents with students who recently finished sixth grade and should think about continuing with school. I know this is quite different from stateside requirements! Nevertheless, with their mission accomplished, the teachers were ready to sit down with us to examine the materials we brought for the school, and talk about being intentional with critical and creative thinking using tangrams. We all shared in the challenge and the fun, including Julio Rodriguez invited by Scarlet from the Ministry of Education. Critical and creative thinking can be part of the discussion every time, I think.<br><br>In the future, we pray that God will bless the school with microscopes, chemistry equipment, maps and books so the teachers can help their students learn the concepts set before them. The two woodworkers on our team spent the week making teacher desks and a work table. God made a way for this work in a situation quite different from the one they might have envisioned. Materials and tools are noticeably different when you leave the States. In the end, the products were awesome as you might expect with the Lord in charge. Our time in Rama was all the sweeter as we gathered together around the table for meals and worshiped together on Sunday evening.<br><br>In Bluefields, my teammate and I hit the ground straight away from the dock following a perfect panga boat ride out of Rama, thanks to absolutely wonderful weather on the river. We visited the brand new preschool filled with 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old boys and girls in their sharp navy blue and white school uniforms. The Bluefields church continues to be flexible with the use of the facilities that God has given as they stay connected with their neighbors and the needs of the community. The Day Care was a new idea a few years ago, and the preschool is the new idea this year. Working with government regulations is a challenge, but Ketly is up to the challenge with church elders at her side. She is always preparing regular church staff over time to move into new positions like the director’s role for the preschool.<br><br>The newest government idea to promote is the new country motto: “Live clean, healthy, beautiful, good/happy…with a focus on improving the environment”. We talked together about how this could work into thematic planning for lessons that can develop godly character. Our discussions looked into the use of centers designed with a bubble-map, using a flexible but intentional schedule, and considering appropriate service projects for the children to put lessons into action. In the afternoon, my teammate Torrie gave a very engaging read-aloud demonstration, as well as shared the materials we brought for the school along with suggestions for how they can be used in circle time (here the circle time could be called “momento de maestra!”). Future conversations can develop more thinking on age-level adaptations for lessons to provide a school-wide consistency, looking at variety in painting techniques. and considering indoor physical education ideas. The Day Care can benefit from these discussions about centers and scheduling, especially because a number of the preschool students move over to the Day Care for their afternoon time. Everything is these programs is promising and benefiting from encouragement. The staff works with joy, and we see that God is present in every way.<br><br>In Kukra Hill, we enjoyed a breathless few hours with Pastor Joel and his staff. After another perfect panga ride, we hit the ground running when we arrived, and saw all the teachers in their chairs waiting for us! With blessed teamwork, Torrie started to present on personal white-boards while I unpacked our bags of materials. I posted our objective: Today you will experiment with new materials by working in small groups. This objective helped me to review the idea of the 2-part objective which I followed with a review of concepts from Bloom’s Taxonomy. These teachers are already well-trained, but so interested in challenging themselves with new ideas and finding ways to make them fit their thinking! Getting into the materials further, we worked with story cubes, tangrams, and Cornell notes. Pastor Joel reviewed important points with his teachers before dismissing the group. Torrie and I expressed our thanks to Obelvis, who was a superb translator. Future workshop topics can include grouping for instruction and close reading strategies. Even though our day trip gave us limited time, we experienced rich blessings in the teachers’ attention and enthusiasm, as well as in Pastor Joel’s leadership. The growth in student body and skill in Pastor Joel’s leading are evidence of God’s rich blessing on the school.<br><br>Sweet relationships in the presence of the Lord flavor the work of short-term missions. Many people have never considered giving time and resources for this kind of ministry. Some people have already said it’s just not for them; they have no special skills to offer.&nbsp; All believers, however, need to listen to the Holy Spirit. Be surprised by God’s faithfulness; let your own faith grow as you move forward with obedience. Every time we have found that we can never out-give God. Everyone has a place in the family of God; let Him show you where yours is!<br><br>In Christ’s Service,<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>Karen Dutcher<br>FBC/Riverside Nicaragua Mission Trip Member<br><br>To see the Pierre’s MPT website, go to -- <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a><br><br></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/49783-reflections-on-february-2013-mission-trip-to-nicaragua https://internationalministries.org/read/49783-reflections-on-february-2013-mission-trip-to-nicaragua Freedom in Christ in Haiti and Nicaragua <p>Dear brothers and sisters:<br><br>Greetings in the name of the Lord!<br><br>Ketly went to Haiti in July with four young people called the Ignite Team to La Citadelle, a mountaintop fortress that was built by Henri Christophe, a key leader during the slave rebellion after Haiti gained independence from France at the beginning of the 10th century; at the end of July, we went to Washington, D.C., for the Youth Conference and visited different museums, all of which led to the same theme of freedom. In August, I went to Corn Island for the 160th anniversary of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Nicaragua and at the same time the island celebrated its 171st anniversary of emancipation from slavery.&nbsp; (The abolishment of slavery was an order of Queen Victoria of England and King Robert Charles Frederick of La Mosquitia, once part of the territory that the British crown was allied with on the Nicaraguan and Honduran Caribbean Coast.) On September 15 Nicaragua celebrated 191 years of independence from Spain; the call of freedom has been in her mind.<br><br>Human nature is willing to do anything for the sake of independence, including risking his/her own life.&nbsp;&nbsp; In these four different places, people heard the call of independence, believed in it and became free.&nbsp; Are we ready to hear God’s call for freedom in order to be really free from ourselves and to serve others?&nbsp; As Galatians 5: 1 and 13 says,&nbsp; “For freedom Christ has set us free.&nbsp; Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery. For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another.” &nbsp;<br><br>We will share with you how God is freeing people from the bondage of sin to the love of God through serving his/her neighbor.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br></p><h4>Freedom in Christ in Haiti<br></h4><p>Ketly heard the call to accompany four young adults called “Ignite Team” to Haiti for one month.&nbsp; All of us experienced in different ways the freedom in Christ by obeying God’s call to go.&nbsp; Freedom from fear of the past, present and future; freedom to serve others in love; freedom to let go and let God take control of our lives – Ebenezer (stone of help); freedom to look up the where God wants to take us.<br>&nbsp;<br>One of the experiences that stayed with Ketly was the great impact the Word of God is making in a small community in the city of Limbe, where Eden Church is educating children and adults, which in turn is freeing the people from sin, illiteracy, and basic human needs like bringing a well and teaching in Sunday School to the children and adults about basic health care.&nbsp; God’s freedom is total when we hear His call to serve!<br></p><h4>Freedom in Christ in Nicaragua</h4><p>• Bluefields -- Two weeks ago Delia came back to the church after being out of fellowship for approximately four years.&nbsp; Delia was part of the church for five years, faithful in her discipleship class, very active in the service of the Lord, giving fruits that honored the Lord. Suddenly, she decided to abandon the fellowship by not standing firm in the truth that she had learned.&nbsp; Many people from the church visited her but with no result.&nbsp; She was out of the church but could not go back the same way she used to live before knowing the Lord. <br><br>Upon her return, she confessed:&nbsp; “I have wasted too much time.” The freedom she once experienced in Christ was more appealing to her than to the freedom that the world has to offer.&nbsp; Immediately, she got married with the man she was living with and she started taking her discipleship class so she may continue to experience the freedom of Christ in serving others in love. <br><br>• Kukra Hill -- Pastor and Principal Joel Garcia, a fruit from Bethel Church in Bluefields, one who decided not to be subject to the yoke of slavery from sin is giving the real freedom in Christ to many children at Bethel School.&nbsp; A school of only four (4) years of existence is producing students who&nbsp; are being free from the bondage of drop out to excellency by earning the 2nd and 3rd place in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region.&nbsp; On September 15, marching bands that combine music and choreographic rhythms, composed of students from different schools are in the streets in Nicaragua.&nbsp; That day, Bethel School won the 1st place among the schools in the city, celebrating the freedom that we have in Christ and of independence. <br><br>• Rama -- Argentina, Escarlet and Onell continue to celebrate the freedom of giving up their fleshly desire in order to serve the people in Rama.&nbsp; They are teaching that same sacrificial love to others which in turn, they are being demonstrated in the new believers.&nbsp; The new Christians in the church are standing firm in the freedom to serve the community by giving themselves to the construction work of the church/school.&nbsp; Under the rain, women and men were lifting up materials to the work site in order to have the school ready on February 2013.<br><br>Some 160 years ago, Rev. Edward Kelly heard the call of God while he was in Belize to start the first Baptist Church in Nicaragua in the small island of Corn Island. The Lord continues to call each of us.&nbsp; Will we continue to hear the call? Reverend Kelly and many missionaries around the world have heard God’s call in order to set people free from the bondage of sin. &nbsp;<br><br>Thank you so much for hearing God’s call by giving your offering to International Ministries through the World Mission Offering.&nbsp; Through your obedience, the Lord is keeping the flame of His call in our lives so we may continue to do His will in Nicaragua. “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10b. &nbsp;<br><br>In Christ,<br><br>Vital and Ketly Pierre</p><p>MPT website: <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a><br></p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:17:17 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44860-freedom-in-christ-in-haiti-and-nicaragua https://internationalministries.org/read/44860-freedom-in-christ-in-haiti-and-nicaragua It’s Not Too Late to Go on a Mission Trip to Nicaragua! <p>Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,<br><br>It’s not too late!&nbsp; You can take the first step to building a long-term connection with missions around the world!&nbsp; This spring, First Baptist Church in Riverside, California, celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their sister-church relationship with Primera Iglesia Bautista in Bluefields, Nicaragua.&nbsp; Over the years, we have come alongside in many ministry efforts, including helping with children’s festivals and teen events, and building a new church building.&nbsp; In fact, we are currently helping to complete the new church/school building in Rama.&nbsp; More significant than anything is the powerful quality of relationships.&nbsp; When we get to watch our family in Nicaragua grow in the Lord, and we get to share with them how God is growing us, the focus is on the Lord and praise abounds!<br><br>Our story began in 2002 with our children’s pastor, who obeyed the stirring of the Holy Spirit calling her to explore something new in the world of missions.&nbsp; Her search settled on Nicaragua with Vital and Ketly Pierre, and she set out with the support of the senior pastor and the church body to discover what God wanted to show her.&nbsp; She returned with the recommendation that we establish a sister-church relationship with the church in Bluefields, and we have continued to follow the Lord to Nicaragua nearly every year since then.<br><br>Our first group, made of six people and led by our children’s pastor, traveled to Bluefields in August of 2003.&nbsp; It was a maiden-voyage for five of us; the impact was so strong that we simply knew we would return.&nbsp; Shortly after returning home, the conversation about going again began, and the next group nearly doubled in size.&nbsp; Over the years the groups have ranged in size from six to twenty!&nbsp; Every person who has made the trip has a personal story to tell about how God loves and leads!<br><br>The important thing seems to be obedience.&nbsp; God already has things worked out.&nbsp; Just get in motion with prayer before, during and after every effort.&nbsp; God will clearly reveal the way…including who should go and serve, what they should do and learn, how they should share and encourage.&nbsp; The advantages are greater than you can imagine.&nbsp; Faith will grow. Talents will surface. Love will prevail.&nbsp; We have even seen the effectiveness of children on the mission team because of the important language of play. We have seen the effectiveness of teachers on the mission team because of the intense desire of Nicaraguan teachers to be better at their craft.&nbsp; Skilled tradesmen and skilled homemakers all have a place on the team to serve and share.&nbsp; Artists have a place on the team because creative expression is in all people.&nbsp;&nbsp; Willingness is far more significant than any skill you may presuppose to be important.&nbsp; God really will direct a willing heart.<br><br>It really isn’t too late.&nbsp; Start praying and investigating.&nbsp; If God is leading you to Nicaragua, contact the Pierre’s right away, and start a conversation about how God may be leading you.&nbsp; Contact Ketly and Vital about being a Nicaragua mission team member.&nbsp;&nbsp; If you can’t travel there right away, perhaps you can partner in helping to provide supplies for their new church/school in Rama, although their preference is to work with anyone who can come alongside.&nbsp; God is so good!&nbsp; I’m excited for you to discover something new about His goodness by getting into missions.&nbsp; God bless you as you step out in obedience to His call.<br><br>In Christ’s Service,<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>Karen Dutcher<br>FBC/Riverside Nicaragua Mission Trip Member<br><br>To see the Pierre’s MPT website, go to -- <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a></p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:45:41 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/43253-it-s-not-too-late-to-go-on-a-mission-trip-to-nicaragua- https://internationalministries.org/read/43253-it-s-not-too-late-to-go-on-a-mission-trip-to-nicaragua- Update on Ketly and Vital’s Nicaragua Ministries <p>Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,<br><br>Ketly states that “Each day is a new opportunity to see what new things God has for us". It's my pleasure this month to write to you on behalf of the MPT (Missionary Partnership Team) and the ministry of the Pierre’s in Nicaragua.&nbsp; The ministries in Bluefields, Kukra Hill, and Rama continue to grow daily, and afford numerous opportunities to reach people on behalf of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. &nbsp;<br><br>By way of update in Bluefields, the sports and music camp in January gave many children the opportunity to hear the Word of God and to discover the gift of music through guitar, keyboard, drums and bass guitar taught by the university students from Haiti. For four weeks, the students had the opportunity to experience four different instruments. After a week with one, they would rotate to the next and then decide which instrument they wanted to pursue. The camp was extremely successful and many students desired to continue their learning each Saturday in Bethel Music School.<br><br>Additionally, the after-school tutoring program in Bluefields is now conducting an expanded and more comprehensive program.&nbsp; In Nicaragua, there are two half-day school schedules.&nbsp; One group attends class from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; and the other, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. With parents working, this leaves some children unattended at home, so this after-school ministry is very important. Bethel Church in Bluefields has had a before-and-after school program since 2000, but recently added more bussing and lunch to this ministry. There is a before-school program at Bethel from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.&nbsp; The afternoon students are bussed to the church/school at 12:00 noon, share lunch together, and then take part in classes and activities until 5:00 p.m. when they are bussed home.&nbsp; God has blessed the Pierre’s with a beautiful facility and staff at Bluefields, and they want to use it to its fullest potential to the glory of the Lord.<br><br>Ketly reported that during Holy Week, in addition to swimming and other recreational activities, the team shared the Gospel to those in attendance each day at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Haitian musicians also sang and played music in the afternoon.<br><br>The ministry in Kukra Hill under the leadership of Pastor Joel is growing as well. Pastor Joel spends the majority of his day shepherding the children’s hearts. He oversees the church/school of 200 students. Recently, the government agreed to finance an additional one year of high school for these students. Ketly and Vital praise the Lord for this added blessing.&nbsp; God is good!<br><br>-In Rama, in addition to the day-to day ministry, the team is focused on building a new church/school facility.&nbsp; O’nell is currently overseeing the construction; and his wife, Escarlet is attending seminary in Managua on Saturdays.&nbsp; Senora Argentina continues to assist in shepherding the flock.<br><br>So, as my friend Ketly says, “Each day is a new opportunity to see what God has in store for us“.&nbsp; A few new things planned for their ministry include: remodeling the kitchen and building a larger pavilion in Bluefields; getting volunteers to teach English; hosting more work teams; and getting more financial assistance to build the church/school in Rama.&nbsp; The roof for this project will be made from corrugated zinc and is very costly. Please prayerfully consider helping with this Rama Roofing Project, either by going on a Rama mission construction team; or financially, via a check made out to “International Ministries” with a check-memo of “Specifics/Roof Rama (Pierre)”.&nbsp; Specifically, we are asking you to be a co-builder of the Lord’s work in Rama.<br><br>In conclusion, we would also ask that you remember Vital and Jose Marie in prayer as Ketly prepares to go to Haiti in June for an intensive leadership ministry project through International Ministries called “Ignite”. She leaves for Haiti on June 9 to work and be a spiritual mentor/mother to a group of young people. She then travels to Washington, D.C. to attend “Immerse”, an ABC National Youth Gathering from July 24-28.&nbsp; Afterwards, she’ll spend a few days in Miami to visit her mother and then return home August 1.&nbsp; That’s nearly two months away from Jose Marie, Vital, and her extended Nicaraguan family.&nbsp; We pray that God will bless her, as well as Vital and Jose Marie, and keep them safe and strong as they continue to serve Him. &nbsp;<br><br>God Bless you and we appreciate your prayers and support!<br><br>In Christ’s Service,<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>Melodie Ellsworth<br>Pierre MPT Member<br><br>Click <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/uploads/document/asset/39469/ignite_bulletin_insert_2_up.pdf">here</a> for more information about “Ignite”. <br><br>To see the Pierre’s MPT website, go to -- <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org<br></a><br></p> Sat, 09 Jun 2012 17:14:13 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/43226-update-on-ketly-and-vital-s-nicaragua-ministries https://internationalministries.org/read/43226-update-on-ketly-and-vital-s-nicaragua-ministries “God plants the Dream in Children's Hearts” <h4>-- Interview with Pastor Joel David García Martinez<br><br>Pastor Joel was called to Kukra Hill while he was in his last year at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Managua.<br><br>After his first visit here, he prayed asking God for guidance in serving these people, and meeting their needs. God gave him a dream, "there were so many children here, and they did not&nbsp; have a dream." This message would form the basis of his calling in Kukra Hill. As it turned out, the children also lacked access to education.<br><br>Upon arrival as he was getting acquainted with the people of Kukra Hill he asked the Minister of Education, what was needed in the community. The public school in Kukra Hill did not have enough classroom space for all the children in the community. He was told they needed a school. "In my heart I knew they needed a different school.&nbsp; They needed a school where the Bible was presented first."<br><br>A land grant was signed by the Mayor of Kukra Hill and construction began February 16, 2008. Classes started one year to the day later on, Feb 16, 2009. The primary school started with grades 1, 2, and 3 and 56 children in attendance.&nbsp; In 2010, the primary grades expanded to include grades 4, 5, and 6 with 100 children.&nbsp; In 2011 the secondary school was added to include grade 7, with 156 children.&nbsp; In 2012 and the secondary grades in full swing, student population has swelled to 203, an increase of over 400%. &nbsp;<br><br>The school at Bethel Church is a Christian school. The presidential slogan for Nicaragua is, "Sandinista, Christianity, Solidarity."&nbsp; Yet there is no official curriculum for Christianity from the Minister of Education so it is not taught in the public schools. To include Christianity in the course of study, each day starts with a 30-minute devotional taught by Pastor Joel.&nbsp; Bethel school also teaches English at both the elementary and secondary levels, where in traditional public school English is only offered at the secondary level.<br><br>In the beginning when Pastor Joel asked the children what their dreams were, some would shrug and say they would work in the palm oil plant which is the one large industry in town.&nbsp; Most would say they did not know.&nbsp; Now as the school has grown, and the children are exposed to the gospel, along with their education, God is planting dreams in their hearts.&nbsp; One of Pastor Joel's dreams is that with the knowledge of the Bible as part of their education, each student will tie their faith to their calling for a career.&nbsp; Students are now beginning to answer the question in a different way. They say they want to go to university and become pastors, doctors, teachers, and missionaries.&nbsp; Already the Bethel School in Kukra Hill has sent student missionaries to Rama, Nicaragua to help with the construction of the next school and church.&nbsp; "Maybe we will send missionaries to the United States one day," says Joel with a wry smile. Amen!<br></h4><h4><u>The future for Bethel School</u><br></h4><h4>A University could also offer additional education for the teachers at Bethel School, allowing them to attend locally as part of critical continuing education.&nbsp; There is the possibility of a partnership with Universadad Politecnica (UPOLI), Managua, to bring classes and professors to Kukra Hill to begin offering sessions which could lead to the start of the University.&nbsp; Pastor Joel hopes to have the University started by 2016. <br><br>God's dream given to Pastor Joel has evolved to envision a University so that children have access to Christian education from primary school all the way through university.&nbsp; "There are problems in the homes of some families, such as alcohol, drugs, sexual promiscuity and other things." Kukra Hill has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in Nicaragua. A Christian devotional each morning gives them something to help deal with these problems. Children influence their whole families with what they learn here and become the church.&nbsp; "El corazón de la iglesia son los niños." (The heart of the church is the children.)<br><br>Pastor Joel also hears music when he thinks of the future and dreams of an orchestra tied to the university where students could learn classical music and have the opportunity to share the talents and gifts God gives them. <br></h4><h4><u>The school is the ministry of the church</u><br></h4><h4>The church demonstrates God’s love for His children by bringing His word as well as additional classrooms for the students of Kukra Hill. The after school program provides extra help for students in English, math and reading. The school reaches over 200 students sharing Gods love and His word. Discipleship classes are held to train the young Christians so they are prepared to answer Gods call when the time comes.</h4><h4><br>In order to continue to improve the school and the quality of the education as well as to introduce a university, there are several needs.&nbsp; There is a need for additional classrooms, gymnasium, computer lab, parsonage, the completion of the fence surrounding the campus, and perhaps most importantly, a library, stocked with books and materials for research.&nbsp; The heart of any school is its library. With today’s technology, digital libraries allow for Internet access to books, journals and periodicals which previously took up space on shelves. </h4><h4><br>All of the physical buildings to date and much of the training for the faculty of the school has come from the support of churches and individuals who believe in the work being done.&nbsp; The ministry has been so blessed to have come so far in just four years.&nbsp; In order to meet the vision God has for the ministry, church and school in Kukra Hill in next four years, additional help and support is needed. &nbsp;</h4><h4><br>To sum up the school, Pastor Joel quotes "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." Proverbs 1:7. Knowing about God is discipline. God is working here leading people to dedicate their life to God, which brings wisdom, but is also requires work. &nbsp;</h4><h4><br>Please pray and ask God to send the Holy Spirit to you with instruction as to how you can help make this dream a reality.&nbsp; God has planted dreams in the hearts of the children of Kukra Hill.&nbsp; Allow Him to plant a dream in your heart to help provide a lifetime of Christian based education in the lives of these students so they can change their world in the name of Jesus Christ.</h4><h4><br>Interviewer: Linda Reifschneider, First Baptist Church, Riverside, CA</h4><p><br></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:48:29 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/42180-god-plants-the-dream-in-children-s-hearts- https://internationalministries.org/read/42180-god-plants-the-dream-in-children-s-hearts- IM delegation visits missionaries in Nicaragua <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> 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mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Rodríguez</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">, IM area director for Iberoamerica and the Caribbean, the travelers include the Rev. Dr. Reid Trulson, IM executive director and the Rev. Dr. Leslie David Braxton, senior pastor of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Renton, WA, and his wife, Sheila.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;; color: black;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black"></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">The IM group will visit the holistic church planting work of the Nicaraguan Baptist Convention led by IM missionaries Vital and Ketly Pierre and their local ministry team </span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">in</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black"> Bluefields</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">, Kukra Hill and Rama, Nicaragua </span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black">(<a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org/">http://www.missionbluefields.org</a></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">), and </span>the holistic health work of AMOS Health &amp; Hope, led by IM medical missionaries, Drs. David and Laura Parajón (<a href="http://www.amoshealthandhope.org/Health_for_all/Home.html">http://www.amoshealthandhope.org/Health_for_all/Home.html</a>). <span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black"></span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">Dr. Braxton will be a featured speaker at IM’s World Mission Conference, <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Hear the Call,</i></b> May 18 – 25, 2012, at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, WI.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>For more information go to <a href="../../read/38513-may-2012-hear-the-call">http://www.internationalministries.org/read/38513-may-2012-hear-the-call</a>.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">To register, contact the Green Lake Conference Center at (920) 294-3323.</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">For more information about IM missionaries Vital and Ketly Pierre and Drs. Dave and Laura Paraj</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black">ó</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black">n, go to <a href="../../">www.internationalministries.org</a> and search PEOPLE.</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black"></span> </p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN" lang="EN">Nicaragua</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN" lang="EN"> is the largest country in Central America. American Baptists have been involved in mission in Nicaragua since 1917.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:47:33 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41345-im-delegation-visits-missionaries-in-nicaragua https://internationalministries.org/read/41345-im-delegation-visits-missionaries-in-nicaragua Update on our Ministry and Thanks for your Support <p>Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,<br><br>During this time of Christmas Celebration, we are reminded of the indescribable gift of God to each of us – Jesus Christ, who makes us very grateful for the precious gift of eternal life.&nbsp; It is also time to express our gratitude to you for your gift of prayers and financial support on our behalf during 2011. Your enthusiasm to give has stirred Bethel Church in Bluefields, Kukra Hill, and Rama - Nicaragua into action.&nbsp; Your gifts enabled our ministry to:<br><br>• Start a radio program through our Bethel Internet Radio Station (<a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org/Bethel_Radio">www.missionbluefields.org/Bethel_Radio</a>)<br>• Continue with God’s work, as we walk daily with the Nicaraguans<br>• Receive short-term volunteers from the USA, sharing your gift of love in person<br>• Inspire Nicaraguans to leave their comfort zones and to respond to God’s call, just like Don Fletes did until the Lord took him for eternity<br>• Support Escarlet, Onell, and Argentina in the church in Rama<br>• Allow Joel Garcia, Pastor in Kukra Hill, to finish his Seminary studies <br>• Pay the administration of Bethel School in Kukra Hill<br>• Buy the land in Rama<br>• Finish the building of the parsonage in Rama<br>• Finish the foundation of the multipurpose church and school in Rama<br>• Bring six Haitian musicians to Nicaragua for university studies and to teach music<br>• Continue with the work of evangelism and discipleship on the Atlantic Coast<br>• Pastor the hearts of many children and young people through the different ministries<br><br><br>As we enter into this New Year 2012 with great expectations from the Lord and as He continues to surprise us, let Him use us for His glory and honor.&nbsp; As God’s hands and feet, we pray that together, the Lord will use us to accomplish these and greater things in Nicaragua:<br><br>• Finish the multipurpose facility in Rama<br>• Continue to support Escarlet Fletes in her Seminary studies<br>• Continue and strengthen the ministry of Bethel Church and School in Kukra Hill<br>• Continue to evangelize and disciple in the power of the Spirit<br>• Increase the vision of the church for a greater expectation of God’s supernatural work<br>• Start a new church in Muelle de los Bueyes <br>• Continue to support the Haitians with their studies and music ministry<br>• Strengthen the ministries (Day Care, After School Program, Safe Harbor, Bethel School, AWANA Club) in the churches<br><br>As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 9:13-15, we say likewise:&nbsp; “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and&nbsp; for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.&nbsp; And in their prayers for you, their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace of God in you.&nbsp; Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.”<br><br>Love you in Christ,<br><br>Vital, Jose Marie, and Ketly &nbsp;<br><br>MPT Website: <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a></p> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:26:20 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40945-update-on-our-ministry-and-thanks-for-your-support- https://internationalministries.org/read/40945-update-on-our-ministry-and-thanks-for-your-support- Pierre MPN Newsletter Update <p>Dear Partners in Christ,<br><br>I’ve had the privilege to know Vital &amp; Ketly for seven years, and during that time I’ve come to know that not only do they love the Lord but they have an awesome vision for ministry. Recently in speaking with Ketly, it was exciting to see that the vision continues to become a reality in Bluefields, Kukra Hill, and Rama.<br><br>Bluefields is now the home of the Bethel Music Institute.&nbsp; In the summer of 2011, Vital requested that Daniel Lemes help create a music school at the church. Daniel first heard of Ketly and Vital through International Ministries.org in 2009. He has spent three summers in Nicaragua teaching instrumental music and music theory.&nbsp; Additionally, Daniel has trained the musicians from Haiti - Daniel, Gethro and Venelson to be the lead music teachers at the school.&nbsp; Classes at the school include piano, drums, guitar and bass.&nbsp; Please pray for the upcoming Christmas concert by the music teachers and the children scheduled in December.&nbsp; Also, the school is in need of additional instruments and various other music resources and accessories as well as people willing to come and serve who have a background in music. While a great deal of work still needs to be done, we praise the Lord that the school is an instant success.<br>&nbsp;<br>Other ministries continuing to do well in Bluefields are the daycare, after school programs and bus ministry. An exciting event coming up in December and January (Nicaraguan summer) is a Sports and Music Camp.&nbsp; Ketly has requested and is hoping that some of you reading this letter would be willing to travel to Bluefields and volunteer to be a part of this event!&nbsp; Summer camp in January sounds tempting!<br><br>The Bethel Church in Kukra Hill, the second church/school plant by the Pierre’s, continues to grow as well. Pastor Joel Garcia will be finishing his seminary studies this December. As pastor and principal he has been very faithful in pastoring the hearts of 125 children and focusing much of his attention toward their education.<br><br>In Rama, the third church plant by Bethel Church in Bluefields is continuing to have services in a tent. Construction on the church has begun and the foundation is finished. The work is slow but underway and being supervised by Jacobo who led the previous construction in Kukra Hill. Numerous work teams are needed to assist with this building project.&nbsp; A house that accommodates 20 people, where ministry teams can stay, has already been completed. Argentina, widow of the late “Don” Fletes, along with Onell and Escarlet (and 10-month-old daughter Esther Sarai) are shepherding the church family there in Rama. Ketly and Vital have requested that we remember Argentina in our prayers.&nbsp; She had experienced some loneliness and depression after the sudden passing of her husband.&nbsp; However, as a result of these circumstances, her daughter has recommitted her life to the Lord and Argentina continues to carry on the ministry that she and “Don” stepped out in faith to begin.<br><br>Overall, the ministries continue to go well in Nicaragua.&nbsp; However, there were numerous challenges for the Pierre’s upon returning from their 18 months away, and some refocusing and lots of encouragement have been necessary.&nbsp;&nbsp; But the Lord is faithful and His work is being accomplished through his servants in Bluefields, Kukra Hill, and Rama. <br><br>In closing, I would like to ask that you join me and the MPT (Missionary Partnership Team) in praying for the Pierre’s ministry and that these needs be met:<br><br>1) Mission teams to assist in building the church in Rama.<br>2) Volunteers to assist with the Sports and Music Camp in Bluefields this December and January.<br>3) A few special volunteers able to devote several months to a year to teach English.<br>4) Anyone and everyone willing to use their gifts in Nicaragua.<br>5) Enlistment of more prayer partners and financial supporters.<br>&nbsp; <br>It has been such a joy to serve our Savior alongside this precious man and woman after God’s own heart.&nbsp; On behalf of the MPT, thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for being a vital part in the work He is doing through our brothers and sisters in Christ.<br><br>In Christ,<br><br>Melodie Ellsworth – Pierre MPT Member<br><br>IM Website Profile: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89</a><br>MPT Website: <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a><br><br></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:04:18 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/39898-pierre-mpn-newsletter-update https://internationalministries.org/read/39898-pierre-mpn-newsletter-update "The Sending Church" Dear Partners in Christ, <br><br>May the peace of the Lord be with you.&nbsp; We want to express our gratitude to you for your continued prayer and financial support.&nbsp; You are an essential part of the ministry in the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.&nbsp; Thank you.<br><br>“The strength of a church is in the church that sends.”&nbsp; These were the last words spoken by Alberto Fletes, the shepherd of Bethel Church in Rama the evening of April 19, 2011.&nbsp; Pastor Joel Garcia, one who was sent from Bethel Church in Bluefields to start a new church in Kukra Hill, was sharing the Scripture with a group of missionary students from Bethel School in Kukra Hill when these powerful words were spoken……so powerful that Ketly was compelled to write them in the back of her Bible, not knowing that these would be the last words written of Alberto. <br><br>During the Holy Week, the church in Rama received a team of doctors, nurses and teachers of African-American and Hispanic origin from California, as well as a group of young people from the Bethel Church School in Kukra Hill.&nbsp; The team from California served by meeting people’s medical needs while the Church/School from Kukra Hill invested their time, talent and lives into the new construction project of the multi-purpose building (church/school) in Rama where Alberto and Argentina were sent to start a new church. It was during this week Alberto seemed to be in his best health, going up and down the hill with his bicycle and working for the Lord. But then on Sunday, April 24, 2011 Alberto laid down to take a short nap before going to Sunday School and passed into eternity.<br><br>Alberto became a part of Bethel Church 8 years ago.&nbsp; Up to that time, Alberto’s priority and most important thing in his life was his business, however, that all changed when Alberto gave the Lord priority and first place in his life.&nbsp; The presence of work teams from the United States to Bethel Church in Bluefields and Kukra Hill served as a valuable ministry to Alberto’s life.&nbsp; Each person’s willingness to go out of their comfort zone and serve the Lord left a lasting impression. So much so, that 2 years ago when Bethel Church in Bluefields desired to plant a church in Rama, the first person to raise his hand and leave his comfort zone to go was Alberto and his wife Argentina. It was a WOW! Only God could have done that.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><br>Now we fully understand those last words of Alberto that were planted in our hearts.&nbsp; “The strength of a church is in the church that sends”.&nbsp; This strength mentioned is the strength of the Holy Spirit in our lives that transforms us to be who God wants us to be, to do what pleases Him for His glory and to go wherever He want us to go.&nbsp; God’s presence will enable us to go and make disciples and produce fruit.&nbsp; Just as Alberto was discipled in Bluefields, he discipled others in Rama until the Lord called him home.&nbsp; We praise the Lord for Alberto and his willingness to serve Jesus Christ our Lord.<br><br>We are grateful that the work of God in Rama continues with Argentina.&nbsp; The construction of the multi-purpose building continues as well.&nbsp; Prayerfully consider serving on a construction team.<br><br>Please pray for:<br><br>• Argentina Fletes and family.<br>• The church and construction in Rama.<br>• The arrival of the Haitian musicians to Nicaragua in July 8th.<br>• Financial needs to be met for the Haitian musicians for their university studies in Nicaragua in January 2012.<br>• The music ministry of the churches with the Haitians.<br><br>Let us go in obedience to continue to build lives for His Kingdom at home and around the world.<br><br>In Christ,<br><br>Vital and Ketly Pierre<br><br>MPT Website: <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a><br> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/37064-the-sending-church- https://internationalministries.org/read/37064-the-sending-church- My Bluefields Encounter -- By Denny Jenkins (former Pierre MPT Convener)<br><br>Hello out there to my fellow supporters of Vital and Ketly Pierre, our missionaries to the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua! Last week, I had the privilege of being in Bluefields and was able to visit with our friends the Pierre’s. What a thrill it was for me and three other workers from our church to see what God is doing on the coast. <br><br>We arrived in Bluefields at 7:00 a.m. on a Monday morning, went directly to the compound, dropped off our large baggage, and headed for the ferry dock. Now let me explain what a Bluefields, Nicaragua ferry dock is. It is not a typical ferry dock such as we have in my hometown of Anacortes, Washington. No, the ferries are 22 ft. open boats called “Pangas” and seat about 20 folks in very close proximity. If you weren’t friends with your neighbor before you started the two-hour trip to Rama, you certainly were by the time you arrived. The trip up river is beautiful, and the breeze created by the 40 mile an hour speed is very refreshing. I recommend that you bring a pad to sit on, I thought I had enough padding back there, not so!<br><br>Once we arrived in Rama, we were met by Pastor Alberto and began another adventure. Have you ever seen “Amazing Race” and caught a glimpse of those three-wheel scooter things they inappropriately call “Taxis”?&nbsp; Well, we got to experience several of them, what a thrill! Anyway, we were dropped off at the new (and I mean “New”) team housing facility for the teams coming in to support the building effort in Rama. What a nice facility! Pastor Alberto, his wife Argentina, and Vital have done an outstanding job selecting this home close to the work site. <br><br>After dropping off our luggage, we started our trek up the hill to the building site, which is about the equivalent of six city blocks. What a lovely building site! It’s about 2 ½ acres and is tucked away at the end of a road, which terminates into a large pasture with a beautiful view of the rolling hills beyond. (Please see the photos below.) Dale Herrigstad and Jim Pemberton surveyed the land, and provided data for the EMI team that followed this week. Will Aldridge and I skillfully supervised the operation from our prone position at the improvised “Palupa”. <br><br>After working all day at the site, Will and I were exhausted. We went back to the team house and had a fabulous meal provided by Pastor Alberto’s wife Argentina and her assistant. Now, we all know that when you go on a mission trip for various reasons you are supposed to loose weight, not in Rama! Wow, the food was great and plentiful!&nbsp; After dinner, we toured the town, bought cold drinks, bought leather belts, and had another thrilling ride in those scooter things back to the team house. <br><br>The next morning we headed back to Bluefields in the Panga and met new friends. It only took a few hours to get the circulation back into my “Cowboy Backside”. Once again we experienced the thrill of Pastor Vital driving the streets of Bluefields. One has to experience this adventure in order to effectively describe it. I could hear one of my companions saying something like “Holy Mary something……. something………” in the back seat!&nbsp; <br><br>It’s always a blessing to sit down with the Pierre’s and discuss what God is doing there on the coast. The AWANA program has really taken off there at Bluefields. They have well over a hundred kids coming and they love it! Out of AWANA has come a separate Children’s Church that happens on another day. All of the AWANA kids attend this service that is just for kids only. What a way to reach these kids!<br><br>It’s also fun to see the folks that have worked there on the compound for years and renew old acquaintances. One of the workers is a man named Victor. Victor is kind of a quiet guy and does several tasks around the facility. When I first met Victor he was recovering from serious brain tumor surgery. That was in the early 2000’s. He has had an amazing recovery, and has done a multitude of tasks for the ministry including caretaker at Kukra Hill during the building process. Now back at Bluefields, he oversees the pool, acts as the lifeguard, is the Sergeant-At-Arms, and collects the few cordoba required to swim. I saw him climb the “Pear” tree next to the pool and distribute fruit to the kids and their parents. Victor’s real ministry is his ability to coach and teach kids the game of soccer. I observed him with about 20 kids one evening around the basketball/soccer court. The kids were in the bleachers and Victor was leading them in a Bible study. This was the norm prior to the game.&nbsp; I was amazed how attentive the kids were, they were absorbing every word!&nbsp; It was very evident that the kids loved and respected Victor. God is using Victor to impact these kids.&nbsp; <br><br>It was kind of sad for me departing Bluefields this time. I don’t know if I will be going back there. Father Time is catching up with me, and I don’t move as fast as I used too. As I sat with Vital and Ketly at the airport, we talked about the challenges ahead of them, the building at Rama, the leading of the Lord to expand the work into another community and the need for direction. As friends of this wonderful dedicated couple, I would challenge you to pray daily for them. We all know that when we are doing the Lord’s work and we see changed lives, Satan works overtime to discourage and disrupt our work. We also know that God is in control and He wants to hear from His people. So, please remember them in your prayers.<br><br>A not-so-secret admirer of the Pierre’s,<br><br>Denny Jenkins<br> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/32839-my-bluefields-encounter https://internationalministries.org/read/32839-my-bluefields-encounter Back in Bluefields Dear Friends, <br><br>As of the first of October, we’re back in Nicaragua and thankful to be home. We’re recuperating from months of both physically and spiritually demanding work. Because of the earthquake in Haiti in January, 2010, we’ve endured a year of unexpected challenges. International Ministries requested we serve several months of our deputation year in Haiti to assist in the earthquake relief work and to help the new missionary, Deliris Carrion, get established. Finally after returning home to Bluefields, we’re catching up on some much-needed rest, visiting and reconnecting with the people of Nicaragua, and devoting time to church, Bible studies, prayer, and fasting.<br><br><h4>Updates on Our Four Churches</h4>In Bluefields, three of the four young Haitian men mentioned in our last newsletter (who will be studying at the University in Bluefields) are engaged and will be getting married. The responsibilities of the four have quickly multiplied. All of their airline tickets have been paid for, but the $2000-$2300 per year tuition is still a major need and prayer concern. These young people are musicians who will greatly impact the ministry at the church by teaching music and starting Christian bands while they’re students in Nicaragua. After completing their studies in 4 or 5 years, they’ll return to their native Haiti as missionaries. We’d appreciate your prayers for these young people.<br><br>AWANA club is another important ministry in Bluefields.&nbsp; Every Saturday afternoon, more than 100 children go to the church for several hours of activities, games, and Bible study all designed to help young people mature in Christ. The participation in this ministry has also helped the church membership to grow spiritually as well.<br><br>Many things continue to go well in Bluefields. We praise the Lord for the leadership who, though young in ministry, shouldered enormous responsibility in our absence. One example is Natalie Carpenter, a young lady from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. She is in Nicaragua for a year working in the daycare and teaching English to the children. A few prayer concerns for the church in Bluefields include the need for a new kitchen, and the bus used to transport the children to church and events is in need of repair.<br><br>Onell and Escarlet in Bluefields are expecting their first child in February, and are moving to Rama to assist with the expansion of the ministry at this church plant. <br><br>At Kukra Hill, Joel Garcia is the young pastor and school director. He is an excellent teacher, and has been very busy with the church/school while finishing seminary going to classes every Saturday in Managua. Even with many troubled students, the school is thriving and has a very low drop-out rate compared to the over 50% drop-out rate in the public schools. Pastor Stewart from Scotland, the interim pastor at Bluefields while we were away, will be relocating to Kukra Hill to assist Pastor Joel.<br><br>In Rama, Alberto and Argentina Fletes are serving as well. EMI (Engineering Ministries International) from Colorado Springs will arrive in Rama the first week of February, when then construction for the church/school is scheduled to begin. Construction teams are needed, so prayerfully consider a mission trip to assist our brothers and sisters in Nicaragua.<br><br>In Muelle de los Bueyes (which means "Bull's Wharf"), we will do our fourth church plant. Mario and Adriana Acuna in Managua will be sent as missionaries (along with other members of Bethel churches) at the beginning of next year to start this fourth Spanish-speaking Baptist Church of the Baptist Convention on the South Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. Once a house is rented, the church and after-school program will begin. As for our other three church plants, this new church plant is located in an area where there are no existing Baptist Convention churches.<br><br><h4>Requests for Our Support</h4>For these ministries to be effective for the cause of Christ, we need your continued support. First, personally make these ministries a part of your daily prayers. Please continue to give financially as God enables you. Encourage others and your churches to come to Nicaragua and work alongside us. We are in desperate need of construction teams. Help us enlist additional partners who will pray for, support, and participate in our ministry.<br><br>God bless you, and thank you for your willingness to see the love of Jesus shared with all.<br><br>In Christ,<br><br>Ketly and Vital Pierre<br><br>IM Website Profile: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89</a><br>MPT Website: <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a><br><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: ComicSansMS-Bold;"><br>(<u>Note:</u><span>&nbsp; </span>The text is this newsletter was written by Melodie Ellsworth on behalf of the Pierre’s after conducting an interview with them prior to the newsletter’s publication on November 5, 2010.)</span></b><span style="font-size: 11pt;"></span> <br> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/28985-back-in-bluefields https://internationalministries.org/read/28985-back-in-bluefields Rebuilding Haitian Lives “My church was destroyed, but God saved my life!&nbsp; At the same hour of the earthquake, if I had been in Haiti, I would have been teaching music in my church” explains Géthro, one of nine young people ministering in La Romana on the day of the quake. <br><br>Dear Friends in Christ, <br><br>“…a hundred and fifty Jews and officials ate at my table, as well as those who came to us from the surrounding nations.&nbsp; …I never demanded the food allotted to the governor, because the demands were heavy on these people”&nbsp; (Nehemiah 5: 17-18).<br><br>These words of Nehemiah were a living example of the widow of Rev. Jean Luc Phanord, Pastor Elza.&nbsp; She is the shepherd of a Haitian congregation in La Romana in the Dominican&nbsp;Republic&nbsp;since 1999, the Missionary Baptist Church Beraca.&nbsp;&nbsp; This past January 1st, the church began a period of 40 Days for Prayer and Fasting.&nbsp; The church invited a group of musicians from the other side of the island, Haiti on January 9, 2010 to minister to the congregation through their gifts of music and preaching.&nbsp; Then, just two days after these young people arrived in La Romana in the Dominican Republic, the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12th.&nbsp;&nbsp; In minutes the country was devastated.&nbsp; Many lives were lost and families separated.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>Not knowing if their families survived&nbsp;back home in Haiti, these young men and women continued their ministry for Jesus Christ in the Dominican Republic.&nbsp;&nbsp; On many occasions, while they were playing their instruments and singing, we saw tears running down their faces as a living sacrifice to the Lord. &nbsp;<br><br>A week later, it was time for the team to depart and go back to Haiti.&nbsp; However, surviving relatives pleaded and told them that they should stay and not return because their homes were destroyed and none of them would have a place to live.&nbsp; Pastor Elza’s house became a house of refuge where these nine young people stayed and ate at Elza’s table.&nbsp; She could not demand anything from them because they did not have anything to give to her.&nbsp; Months passed and the musicians were under the responsibility of Elza. &nbsp;<br><br>During those months, Vital and I were traveling to Haiti every week and witnessed first-hand the hopelessness in the lives of the young men, especially those ages 19-30.&nbsp; For Haitians, there was now even less hope for the future.<br><br>In the meantime, back in the Dominican Republic, the Lord gave us these nine young lives full of energy and talent.&nbsp; “What can we do, Lord?”&nbsp; The Lord put in Vital’s heart the vision to challenge these young people to go as missionaries to the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua to teach music, start Christian bands and attend school at the University in Bluefields.&nbsp; Their eyes were now opened to something new…….something beyond the devastation they were continually seeing on the television.&nbsp; The walls of their lives were starting to be built up again even though their home city, Port-au-Prince, was in ruins.<br><br>We shared this vision with José Norat, our Area Director from International Ministries. We explained the situation and he recommended that we fill out a Grant Application for Leadership Development.&nbsp; The grants have now been completed and will soon be on their way to IM for evaluation.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>Six of the young people, including the youngest, have accepted the call to serve the Lord in Nicaragua.&nbsp; These young people will need to raise $850 each; $500 for travel and $350 to legalize their paperwork before they can depart on their mission. &nbsp;<br><br>We’re hoping you can help!&nbsp; We are asking you to share your resources like Nehemiah and Elza to help build the lives of these six (6) Haitian young people.&nbsp; At the same time, you will build the lives of many Haitians because they will eventually return to Haiti after their studies and help rebuild their country. &nbsp;<br><br>You could pray as Nehemiah:&nbsp; Remember me with favor, O my God, for all I have done for these people”&nbsp; (Nehemiah 5:19).<br><br>Vital and I deeply appreciate you taking the time to read our letters and the prayers you offer on our behalf.&nbsp; We realize the needs are many and at times seem overwhelming.&nbsp; However, we want you to know that God continues to bless and use this ministry in a mighty way.&nbsp; The peoples of Nicaragua, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are being reached with the person and love of Jesus Christ. We thank you for your help in making that possible!&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>In closing this letter, we ask that you join us in praying for these young Haitians who are embarking on the mission of their lives. We ask that you send a love gift to assist in paying for their travel and legalization expenses through International Ministries.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>We trust God is continuing to bless you, our extended family in Christ, and hope to hear from you soon.<br><br>In Christ,<br><br>Ketly and&nbsp;Vital&nbsp;Pierre<br><br>MPT Website: <a href="http://www.westinzambia.org/">www.missionbluefields.org</a> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/25047-rebuilding-haitian-lives https://internationalministries.org/read/25047-rebuilding-haitian-lives In Haiti, He is our Hope Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, <br><br>As we read Psalm 55:5-6 that says, “My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.&nbsp; Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me”, it reminds us of the voices that we heard of many Haitians who came to the medical clinics during these last three months in Port-au-Prince.<br>&nbsp;<br>We did not anticipate hearing these voices.&nbsp; We had four months of speaking engagements in different churches, reconnecting with friends and nurturing our relationships with brothers and sisters from East to West in the United States ending in December 20, 2009.&nbsp; We were looking forward to reuniting with Jose Marie, our daughter, in the Dominican Republic before Christmas.&nbsp; We had many plans in our minds during the months ahead as we were getting ready to go to Haiti in order to finalize the adoption process of Jose Marie.&nbsp; As the earthquake hit in Haiti on January 12th, everything changed.&nbsp; We needed to go help!&nbsp; As the Bible reminds us in James 5:14:&nbsp; “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.&nbsp; For what is your life?&nbsp; It is even a vapor that appears for little time and then vanishes away.”&nbsp; It was a daily reminder every week when we were accompanying Dominican and American medical teams to Haiti from the Good Samaritan Hospital in la Romana, Dominican Republic.&nbsp; Our voices from within were crying also, and it was overwhelming!<br><br>After the third week of seeing and hearing so much pain and discouragement, while Ketly was in the back of a truck, her eyes could not look out anymore on so much destruction.&nbsp; She had to lift up her eyes to heaven, to the Father, who in turn gave her the strength to continue to listen to hundreds of people during the four-day clinic.&nbsp; At the same time, Nehemie, a young girl of 13 years old, gave thanks to God for the earthquake because that day she was free from evil spirits that had held her in bondage for many years.&nbsp; Many other testimonies brought new insight of hope in the midst of this catastrophic experience of that earthquake.&nbsp; The fear of many Haitians from evil spirits has changed to a fear of the earth shaking at any time, recognizing that there is a Supreme Being that is in control of this earth, “Bondié,” the Good God.&nbsp; The evil spirits were called for help during the earthquake, but they could not help nor respond; they were quiet, sunk forever into the abysm of the earth.&nbsp; Only the name of Jesus made the difference in the life of Haitians on January 12th.&nbsp; Like David says in Psalm 56:13, “For You have delivered my soul from death.&nbsp; Have You not kept my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?”&nbsp; Yes, it is the word of most Haitians today.&nbsp; We praise the Lord for what He is doing in Haiti.&nbsp; He is our hope!<br><br>The body of Christ is worshipping under tents, trees or sheets, full of believers who are experiencing a new life in Christ, recognizing the power of an Almighty God.&nbsp; Poor and rich are on the same level.&nbsp; That experience has brought each Haitian to “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).&nbsp;&nbsp; We believe that God will lift up Haiti into a place where people will come from all over the world to see God in action among the lowly of the world.<br><br>Our involvement with Bethel Churches on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua continues very strong while we are away.&nbsp; Bethel Church/School in Kukra Hill is an example of the amazing grace of God for that community.&nbsp; The Ministry of Education (MED) has decided in our first year (2009) that we should not charge any fee to students.&nbsp; Therefore, we were able to open only three (3) classrooms instead of six (6) classrooms.&nbsp;&nbsp; By faith in our God, the teachers were all paid through your generous gifts from individuals and churches last year.&nbsp; This year, MED took the responsibility to pay for three (3) teachers, and we have added one more class, 4th grade.&nbsp; Praise the Lord, we have at this point 150 students, learning about the Word of God, teaching them with the love of God so they can become all God wants them to be.&nbsp; At this point, we continue to believe God for His provision through you, our partners, to pay the fourth teacher and two (2) administrative positions, with a monthly expense of $500.00.&nbsp;&nbsp; By faith, Bethel School has seven (7) more months to go before summer vacation at the end of November.&nbsp; We are counting on you for your support.<br><br>Bethel Church in Bluefields continues to thrive with the AWANA Club for children and young people who are growing in the Lord, and in turn the Lord is using them to bring their parents to church.&nbsp; It is marvelous to hear the amount of involvement from the members of the church, who are being kept in ministry and growing in the Lord while they are giving themselves to the Lord through sharing the love of God in the community. <br><br>Bethel Church in Rama, the newest church, is growing also.&nbsp; Alberto and Argentina Fletes have given up their business and home in Bluefields and have fallen in love with the ministry away from home.&nbsp; A great miracle happened in their lives with their younger child who was in her last year of High School.&nbsp; By faith, they responded to the call to go to Rama, not knowing how they were going to finance their child to go to the university, since they had given up their business.&nbsp; Amazingly, the Lord opened a door for their daughter to study abroad with room and board totally paid.&nbsp; Yes, praise the Lord!&nbsp; In the meantime, they continue to be faithful to their call and new people are coming to the knowledge of Christ.&nbsp; Alberto and Argentina are taking time to walk and disciple the new believers, just as we have done with them.&nbsp; As we are far away from our spiritual children, we are experiencing great joy to see them multiplying themselves by sowing the seeds of the Word of God in other lives.<br>&nbsp;<br>The Haitian churches in La Romana and San Pedro de Macorís in Dominican Republic, where we worked as missionaries from 1993-1997, kept us involved in ministry whenever we were not travelling to Haiti.&nbsp; We thank the Lord for using us in ways that we did not anticipate.&nbsp;&nbsp; Time to rest before more deputation was not available.&nbsp; We just came back to the United States on April 30th for more deputation until June 30th, reconnecting with the people like you, with whom God has put us together to extend His Kingdom wherever we are, for His glory.&nbsp; We are looking forward to the good thing that God has for us.<br><br>Please, pray for: <br><br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A new Haiti, full of hope for the future in the Lord<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; New strength and wisdom as we travel and share the ministry in Nicaragua with different churches<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; New individual donors and churches committing toward our support through IM Targeted Giving<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Churches‘ commitments to send work teams for the construction project in Rama<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A visa granted to Jose Marie to come to the USA this summer and for the completion of her adoption<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Health and strength for Joel Garcia, Pastor and Director of Bethel in Kukra Hill<br>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Spiritual growth for church members and new disciples in Bluefields, Kukra Hill and Rama.<br><br>Love you in Christ,<br><br>Vital and Ketly Pierre<br><br>MPT Website: <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a><br><br> Wed, 12 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/21291-in-haiti-he-is-our-hope https://internationalministries.org/read/21291-in-haiti-he-is-our-hope 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 60 días después del terremoto en Haití: más de $1.2 millones en contribuciones recibidas - $126,000 enviados para socorrer Al 10 de marzo de 2010 Ministerios Internacionales ha recibido $325,093.18 enviados por Bautistas Americanos para <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/topics/haiti_earthquake">socorro tras el terremoto en Haití</a>. El total de ofrendas recibidas a través de medios Bautistas Americanos asciende a $1,280,324.<br><br>$126,000 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>Esto incluye $15,000 provistos a la misionera de Ministerios Internacionales (MI) Kristy Engel. Estos fondos serán usados para equipos médicos futuros que vayan a Haití. El dinero ayudará a transportar estos equipos en bus y camiones de carga, así como proveerá medicinas y suministros médicos que usen los equipos en Haití.<br><br>Socios bautistas de todo el mundo también han respondido generosamente a la necesidad de ayuda a Haití. Las contribuciones recibidas por Ministerios Internacionales para el socorro de Haití son:<br><br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$8,744 del Concilio de Iglesias Bautistas Angami en el Noreste de India<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$5,000 del Instituto Misionero y Educativo Bautista en El Salvador<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$4,800 de la Iglesia Bautista Kwun Tong Swatow en Hong Kong<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$3,000 de la Iglesia Bautista Shalom en Ciudad de México<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,441.38 de la Convención Bautista de Nicaragua en Nicaragua<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,423.84 del Concilio Nicaragüense de Iglesias Evangélicas, Managua, Nicaragua<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,000 de la Escuela Técnica Bellasore en Bellasore, India<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,000 del Seminario Bautista en Ciudad de México<br>o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$217 de la Primera Iglesia Bautista de Managua, Nicaragua pastoreada por el Rev. Dr. Gustavo Parajón, misionero retirado 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-Lopez</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. También han estado presentes los misioneros de Nicaragua – <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly y Vital Pierre</a> quienes tienen familiares y amigos en Haití.<br><br>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. Herb informó con alegría que la ciudad de Grand Goave ya tiene suministro de agua limpia. La gente de la comunidad ha derrumbado edificios en peligro y están eliminando los escombros. Un ingeniero de estructuras ha llegado para inspeccionar la iglesia y otros edificios para evaluar los daños.<br><br>Seguimos necesitando donativos a <a href="http://www.abc-oghs.org/">Una Gran Hora para Compartir</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> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/19164-60-d%C3%ADas-despu%C3%A9s-del-terremoto-en-hait%C3%AD-m%C3%A1s-de-1-2-millones-en-contribuciones-recibidas-126-000-enviados-para-socorrer https://internationalministries.org/read/19164-60-d%C3%ADas-despu%C3%A9s-del-terremoto-en-hait%C3%AD-m%C3%A1s-de-1-2-millones-en-contribuciones-recibidas-126-000-enviados-para-socorrer 60 days after the Haiti earthquake: over $1.2 million in contributions received - $126,000 in relief sent to help As of March 10, 2010 International Ministries has received $325,093.18 given by American Baptists for <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/topics/haiti_earthquake">earthquake relief in Haiti</a>.&nbsp; Total giving through American Baptist channels is $1,280,324.<br>$126,000 was sent in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010.&nbsp; As our Haitian partners identify specific needs and projects, additional funds are being released.<br><br>This included $15,000 provided to International Ministries missionary Kristy Engel.&nbsp; These funds will be used by future medical teams going into Haiti.&nbsp; The money will help transport the teams by bus and cargo truck, as well as help provide medicines and medical supplies to be used by the team while in Haiti. &nbsp;<br><br>Baptist partners from around the world have also generously responded to the need for aid in Haiti.&nbsp; Contributions received by International Ministries for relief in Haiti include:<br><br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$8,744 from the Angami Baptist Church Council in Northeast India<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$5,000 from the Baptist Education and Missionary Institute in El Salvador<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$4,800 from the Kwun Tong Swatow Baptist Church of Hong Kong<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$3,000 from the Iglesia Bautista Shalom in Mexico City<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,441.38 from Convencion Bautista Nicaragua in Nicaragua<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,423.84 from Nicaraguan Council of Evangelical Churches, Managua, Nicaragua<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,000 from the Baptist Convention of Telugu Churches in India<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$1,000 from the Seminario Bautista in Mexico City<br>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$217 from Primera Iglesia Bautista de Managua, Nicaragua pastored by Rev. Dr. Gustavo Parajon, retired IM missionary<br><br>International Ministries missionaries engaged in the relief and response efforts include <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-Lopez</a> who is coordinating the volunteers arriving in the Dominican Republic on their way across the border into Haiti, and pediatric nurse <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a> who is transporting the medical teams and working with them on site.&nbsp; Both Madeline and Kristy are based in the Dominican Republic. Medical missionaries <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Nancy (nurse) and Steve (doctor) James</a> are based in northern Haiti, in Limbe.&nbsp; Also present are missionaries to Nicaragua – <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly and Vital Pierre</a> who have family and friends in Haiti. <br><br>Former missionary in Haiti, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/people/1477">Herb Rogers</a> arrived in February.&nbsp; He will be assisting with reconstruction efforts during his two-month stay.&nbsp; Herb was happy to report that the town of Grand Goave now has a clean water supply.&nbsp; People in the community have demolished dangerous buildings and are working to clear the rubble.&nbsp; A structural engineer has arrived to inspect the church and other buildings for damage. &nbsp;<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> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/19158-60-days-after-the-haiti-earthquake-over-1-2-million-in-contributions-received-126-000-in-relief-sent-to-help https://internationalministries.org/read/19158-60-days-after-the-haiti-earthquake-over-1-2-million-in-contributions-received-126-000-in-relief-sent-to-help Haiti Relief from the U.S. and Half a World Away The delay in mailing this is due to a mighty blizzard on the East coast. Our apologies.<br><br>$303,000 has been given to International Ministries in response to the January 12th Haiti earthquake with one of the latest contributions coming from half a world away.&nbsp; At its 125th anniversary celebration, the Angami Baptist Church Council, part of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council, collected $8,744 to fund Haiti relief efforts through International Ministries (IM).&nbsp; The council, an IM partner for more than a century, also collected $5,920 in support of IM’s mission that reaches people in more than 70 countries.&nbsp; The Angami is one of many tribes in Nagaland, a state in the northeastern portion of India.&nbsp; In 1885, four Angamis became Christians; today 27,245 members are part of 104 Angami Baptist churches.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Kristy Engel (center), a pediatric nurse practitioner and IM missionary in the Dominican Republic (DR), and Vital (left) and Ketly Pierre, IM missionaries in Nicaragua, have been overseeing medical care for Haiti earthquake victims not served by any other groups.&nbsp; Rotating teams, composed of volunteer professional medical personnel from the U.S. and elsewhere, travel from the DR each week to Port-au-Prince.&nbsp; Temporary clinics are set up in schools and <br>church buildings.&nbsp; Word-of-mouth advertising is initiated by school principals or church leaders 24-hours before each team arrives.&nbsp; Once a treatment place is established, different teams go to the same location until Haitians are equipped to provide care.&nbsp; When that occurs, teams under Engel’s supervision are sent to other critical neighborhoods.&nbsp; Volunteer doctors and physician assistants are asked to email a message to BIMvolunteers@abc-usa.org to become part of a team.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Adalia Schellinger-Gutiérrez, M.D., an IM missionary in Mexico, devoted a week in early February as one of a 30-member rotating team.&nbsp; She says, “On just the first day we were able to see 527 patients who were so grateful for the care they received.&nbsp; As American Baptists, we have a long mission history in Haiti and have avenues for providing food, water and medical supplies as we team up with our Haitian sisters and brothers.”<br><br>IM missionary Stephen James, M.D. and his wife Nancy, a registered nurse, requested prayer support as they left their home in the north of Haiti to return to Port-au-Prince.&nbsp; Their plans included helping to prepare a place belonging to IM’s mission partner, the Convention of Baptists in Haiti (CBH).&nbsp; When teams soon arrive during the rebuilding phase, they will be assured of a safe place to stay.<br><br>The rebuilding phase will also be the focus next week in Haiti when José Norat-Rodriguez, IM area director for Iberoamerica and the Caribbean, and other American Baptist and CBH leaders meet to refine plans for the immediate future.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Donations continue to be needed.&nbsp; Donors can give through the IM website: www.internationalministries.org/items/80, or by check to: “OGHS – Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mailed to: International Ministries, P.O. 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>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A new tax relief law allows people who contribute to Haiti earthquake relief by March 1, 2010 to take a tax deduction for the contribution on their 2009 tax return. This means donors can receive an immediate tax benefit, rather than having to wait until they file next year’s return. Donors may deduct these contributions on either their 2009 or 2010 returns, but not both. See: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7">www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7</a> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/18485-haiti-relief-from-the-u-s-and-half-a-world-away https://internationalministries.org/read/18485-haiti-relief-from-the-u-s-and-half-a-world-away $1 Million Requested by Haitian Baptists for Earthquake Recovery Contributions totaling <span style="font-weight: bold;">$254,000</span> in relief funds have been received by International Ministries (IM) in the wake of the destruction caused by the January 12 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. A draft proposal identifying $1 million for immediate and medium-term needs has been received from IM’s partner, the Convention of Baptists in Haiti (CBH).<br><br>The proposal included a summary of the extensive damage. Of the more than 21 Baptist churches in the convention, 11 church buildings were damaged and at least four were completely destroyed. Two pastors died in the earthquake along with 29 other church members. More than 400 congregants were injured. Among convention congregations, 438 homes were destroyed and 673 were damaged.<br><br>The CBH proposal outlined an immediate three-part action plan that calls for contributions to be allocated for distributing mattresses, tarps and other shelter necessities (50%), providing food for families (48%) and establishing a medical clinic and providing basic personal hygiene items (2%).<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr. Emmanuel Pierre</span>, general secretary of the CBH, expressed appreciation for initial assistance: “Thank you very much for the funds from IM and special thanks for the clean water system you sent via Dr. Vic Gordon.” Dr. Gordon, a pastor from Ohio and former IM board member, visits Haiti regularly to teach at the Christian University of Northern Haiti.<br><br>IM missionary <span style="font-weight: bold;">Steve James, M.D.</span> and Scott Hunter of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are working with the CBH to refine the action plan and continue to identify needs among the Haitian churches. A plan for the longer-term rebuilding phase will be developed in the coming months.<br><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Kristy Engel</span>, a pediatric nurse practitioner and IM missionary in the Dominican Republic (DR), continues each week to lead rotating volunteer medical teams from La Romana, DR to Port-au-Prince. These teams, composed of volunteers from the U.S. as well as Dominican physicians and volunteers, are providing medical care to victims housed in tent cities. In one such city, a single team treated nearly 1,000 patients during just one four-day rotation period.<br><br>Some of these teams have been composed of more than 75 people. <span style="font-weight: bold;">Ketly and Vital Pierre</span>, who serve as IM missionaries in Nicaragua, and <span style="font-weight: bold;">Adalia Schellinger-Gutiérrez, M.D.</span>, an IM missionary in Mexico, have been among members of those groups. “Over the next several weeks,” Engel reports, “we still need doctors and physician assistants to help fill the needs of our medical clinics. If you are able to assist in those areas, please send an email to BIMvolunteers@abc-usa.org to register.”<br><br>IM missionary <span style="font-weight: bold;">Madeline Flores-López</span> has remained in the DR. She and her Dominican colleagues are continuing to provide shelter and medical care to quake victims being brought to the Contreras Hospital in Santo Domingo. They also have been giving each earthquake victim a "duffle bag" where they can put their personal things like soap, clothes, medicines, etc. Flores- López says, “They came with nothing, now they can take a least a bag and clothes with it” – a reminder of God’s love being shown by God’s people.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr. Stephen James</span>, an IM medical doctor, recently visited the larger medical institutions in the north of Haiti to assess the response to earthquake patients that are being transferred by the hundreds from Port-au-Prince. He and his wife, Nancy, a registered nurse, have been serving as IM missionaries in Haiti for more then 20 years. They recently observed, “It is rare to find someone in Haiti today who has not lost a family member in the earthquake. We who have been in Haiti for many years have witnessed terrible tragedies. Yet this present disaster has shaken all of us in the scope and breadth of pain for so many. Still there are signs of God working through His people in Haiti, like a Haitian doctor in the slums of Port-au-Prince serving by himself for long hours with few supplies or a Haitian nurse caring for the wounded next to a demolished clinic a few miles from the epicenter.”<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Emergency donations</span> continue to be needed. 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, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851. 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. These gifts will be sent from the church through the American Baptist region and then to International Ministries.<br><br>A new tax relief law allows people who contribute to Haiti earthquake relief by March 1, 2010 to take a tax deduction for the contribution on their 2009 tax return. This means donors can receive an immediate tax benefit, rather than having to wait until they file next year’s return. Donors may deduct these contributions on either their 2009 or 2010 returns, but not both. See: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7">www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7</a><br><br>The ten people arrested for alleged child trafficking in Haiti are not members of churches affiliated with American Baptist Churches USA or with International Ministries. Some media sources have labeled these individuals as “American Baptists.” While the people involved are Baptists from the United States, they are not related to ABCUSA or IM. Thu, 04 Feb 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/18242-1-million-requested-by-haitian-baptists-for-earthquake-recovery https://internationalministries.org/read/18242-1-million-requested-by-haitian-baptists-for-earthquake-recovery International Ministries Missionaries Provide Emergency Medical Care American Baptist International Ministries (IM) missionaries have responded to the immediate medical needs resulting from the January 12 Haiti earthquake.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/104">Dr. Steve James</a>, IM missionary in <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/places/haiti">Haiti</a>, and <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/63">Kristy Engel</a>, IM missionary in the <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/places/dominican_republic">Dominican Republic</a>, have created response teams and ministered to earthquake victims in Christianville and Port-au-Prince.<br><br>James’ work has been at the Haiti Health Ministries Christianville Clinic, approximately five miles from the earthquake epicenter. Although their homes and the clinic were destroyed, the Christianville medical staff worked 30 hours non-stop through the night of the earthquake, giving primary medical care to hundreds of injured people that appeared in the front yard. On January 14, James and his team of four took over care of the wounded that continued to come every day, freeing the local staff to organize, salvage and move medical supplies and equipment out of the damaged clinic and set up a makeshift clinic in a nearby undamaged school building.&nbsp; James reports, “We were so inspired to see so many Haitian people sacrificially helping their brothers and sisters with so little resources available.”<br><br>Engel, a pediatric nurse practitioner, returned to La Romana, Dominican Republic (DR) on January 22, having taken her first primary care medical team into Port-au-Prince six days earlier. <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/89">Ketly and Vital Pierre</a>, who serve as IM missionaries in Nicaragua, were among that group.&nbsp; Engel is coordinating medical teams from La Romana to Haiti each week, including a team that went to Port-au-Prince on January 26.&nbsp; Volunteer doctors and nurse practitioners are needed for these teams. The volunteers arrive in La Romana on Sundays, travel into Haiti on Mondays, work for the week and return on Saturdays. Medical volunteers are asked to email <a href="mailto:BIMvolunteers@abc-usa.org">BIMvolunteers@abc-usa.org</a> to register.&nbsp; Engel reports, “There is still a critical need for medical response in this area.&nbsp; We are finding open fractures and wounds as well as many untreated injuries related to the earthquake.&nbsp; I have found most functioning hospitals unable to accept further patients due to lack of medical supplies and personnel to treat them.”<br><br>IM missionary <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/64">Madeline Flores-López</a> has remained in the DR.&nbsp; She and her Dominican partners are continuing to provide shelter and medical care to quake victims being brought to the Contreras Hospital in Santo Domingo.<br><br>International Ministries is closely coordinating earthquake response activities with the Haitian Baptist Convention and the Christian University of Northern Haiti.&nbsp; IM partners in the north of Haiti are providing medical care and relief supplies at the partially finished hospital at Quartier Morin as Haitians leave Port-au-Prince for safer locations.&nbsp; The United Nations estimates 235,000 people have departed from the Haitian capital using the free transportation being provided by the government.&nbsp; The additional number of people leaving Port-au-Prince by private means cannot be determined.<br><br>To date IM has released a total of $65,000 of One Great Hour of Sharing funds in response to the needs in Haiti. Emergency donations are desperately needed and can be made on the IM website:&nbsp; www.internationalministries.org/items/80.&nbsp; Donors can also write a check made payable to “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mail to: International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482, or make a check payable to their American Baptist church and write “Haiti Earthquake Relief” in the memo section.<br><br>A new tax relief law allows people who contribute to Haiti earthquake relief by March 1, 2010 to take a tax deduction for the contribution on their 2009 tax return. This means donors can receive an immediate tax benefit, rather than having to wait until they file next year’s return. Donors may deduct these contributions on either their 2009 or 2010 returns, but not both. See: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7">www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218645,00.html?portlet=7</a><br><br> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/17932-international-ministries-missionaries-provide-emergency-medical-care https://internationalministries.org/read/17932-international-ministries-missionaries-provide-emergency-medical-care God at Work in Haiti after the Earthquake Dear brothers and sisters: <br><br>One of the Haitian Baptist churches that we have been involved during our time in La Romana, Dominican Republic named “Beraca” started a “40 Days of Fasting and Prayer” on January 3rd with the theme of:&nbsp; “Where are you going to spend your eternity?” with the Scripture reference in Matthew 25:31-46.&nbsp; When the news came that a earthquake in Haiti had occurred on January 12, 2010, it really moved all of us to think deeper of our eternity since so many Haitians did not anticipate to die, neither to lose their loved ones.<br><br>In the midst of the pain, Beraca Church continued with fasting and prayer, which involved prayer-time every day from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and a worship service from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.&nbsp; The Lord really prepared us to receive such devastating news.&nbsp; At the same time, it prepared us go to Haiti, and to put in action the verse found in Matthew 25:40:&nbsp;&nbsp; “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” <br><br>Last Tuesday, January 19, one week after the earthquake, the Good Samaritan Hospital of the Haitian Missionary Baptist Church in La Romana (supported by ABC-One Great Hour of Sharing donations) responded to the crises in Haiti, and we decided to be part of the team in order to be with the least of Jesus’ brothers and sisters in Haiti in order to continue with our fasting (as mentioned in Isaiah 57:6-7).&nbsp; A medical team of Dominicans, Haitian-Dominicans, and Americans went as one body to accompany our brothers and sisters who are living under tents made out of sheets.&nbsp; Yes, this is the new home of the vast majority of the Haitians living in Port-au-Prince.&nbsp; Poor and rich are living under the same living condition of eating, sitting, and sleeping on the ground, a humbling experience that is leading each Haitian to look up to God.&nbsp; (To see photos of the Haiti tent camps for earthquake survivors, go to -- <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=111">www.missionbluefields.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=111</a>)<br><br>As we read in Isaiah 57:15 it says:&nbsp; “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in sprit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” We heard many testimonies of many Haitians who are in that lowly state, and are experiencing a revival in their spirit and heart.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><br>Midreille, the first woman who Ketly visited upon her arrival to one of the many tent camps in Port-au-Prince, said, “Each Haitian is a miracle”.&nbsp; Midreille’s house fell upon her, and miraculously she found a small hole in the rubble, a hole that God opened for her to escape through it so she can testify today about God’s power to do mighty things.&nbsp; Saving Midreille’s life is one of the many miracles that God performed so the glory of the Lord could be manifested in Haiti.<br><br>This crude reality of the devastation after the earthquake made many Haitians to think about eternity, and today we can testify as we visit with many people in Haiti, that their eternal assurance is in the Lord, the same God who gave them another chance to live for His glory.<br>&nbsp;<br>Please pray for:<br><br>1.&nbsp; Our return to Haiti with a medical team from the Good Samaritan Hospital on Monday, January 25th.<br><br>2. A singing group of 10 people from Haiti who came to participate in the “40 Days of Fasting and Prayer” in Beraca Church who need help to stay in La Romana for a time because their homes have been demolished.&nbsp; Their relatives are living in the tent camps. <br><br>3. Resources for Haitians living in the Dominican Republic who want to go to Haiti to look for their loved ones.<br><br>In Christ,<br><br>Ketly and Vital Pierre<br><br>MPT Website: <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a><br> Sun, 24 Jan 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/17866-god-at-work-in-haiti-after-the-earthquake https://internationalministries.org/read/17866-god-at-work-in-haiti-after-the-earthquake Our Time in America My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, <br><br>From the bottom of our hearts, we say as the psalmist:&nbsp; “Oh thank the Lord for he is so good!&nbsp; His loving kindness is forever.” (Psalm 118:1)&nbsp; God has shown His love toward us in many ways during these two and a half months on the road. We have been visiting churches, the family of God, from the East Coast to the West Coast.&nbsp; We thank Him for the relationships that we have renewed and strengthened, and for the new relationships we have been able to establish.&nbsp; Every home became our home, even though in some places it was for only one night! <br><br>We are grateful to be alive and to have been able to share with you some of God’s deeds in the lives of Nicaraguans during the last five years. He has brought many new people into our lives from Bluefields, Kukra Hill and Rama. The surprising acts of God have also transformed our lives.&nbsp; We are also very grateful to the Lord for opening the hearts of so many people in the U.S. churches to receive the message of the transforming acts of God in Nicaragua.&nbsp; The following comments are from two people who have e-mailed us concerning our recent visits. They are an inspiration to us and have given us the drive we needed to continue to live our suitcases for another month!<br><br>“I am so grateful for you both because if I hadn't gone on the trip to Nicaragua and heard you speak and how passionate you are about God's work; I might never have had the courage to answer God's call for my life. I would love to come back sometime!” <br><br>“We're also planning events that are not for "us" (the church) but for the community.&nbsp; It's exciting to see the people starting to catch God's mission for them as a church.&nbsp; So everything you were saying about reaching out to the lost in creative ways and not being comfortable was great!”<br>&nbsp;<br>Our attitude of gratitude continues before the Lord for Joel Garcia, Pastor and Principal of Bethel School in Kukra Hill.&nbsp; (Joel is shown in the photo with mission trip member Daniel from Illinois as they both help to build a new combined church/school in Kukra Hill in 2008.)&nbsp; He has shared with us his meeting with the Ministry of Education and the process by which the government has agreed to pay for six teachers (not administrators) during the next school year.&nbsp; Joel says:&nbsp; “Everything is a process.&nbsp; I believe that God has taught me once more to believe more in Him than in human strength.”&nbsp; Yes, the Lord did it again!<br><br>As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day next Thursday, let us give praise to God for what He has done in our lives through His Son Jesus Christ.&nbsp; Through His forgiveness, God creates a new relationship with us in Christ; consequently, God creates new relationships among us.&nbsp;&nbsp; We thank God for you! <br><br>In Christ,<br><br>Vital and Ketly Pierre<br><br>Our MPT Website: <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a><br> Mon, 23 Nov 2009 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/15717-our-time-in-america https://internationalministries.org/read/15717-our-time-in-america World Mission Offering: As Important As Ever Dear Friends, <br><br>"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).<br><br>Because Jesus offered Himself to the world, Ketly was able to receive God's call to be a missionary at age 22.&nbsp; Ketly saw herself going back to her birth country, Haiti.&nbsp; She said:&nbsp; "What a better place to go where there is so much need"!&nbsp; After that call, she had a great desire to go immediately to Haiti, but the Lord did not open the door.<br><br>God wanted her to see the world through His eyes.&nbsp; She had the opportunity to do her internship with Eastern University in the Congo (Zaire) for a period of six (6) months.&nbsp; It was in the Congo that the Lord enabled her to see and love the world as He sees and loves the world, not the places where she felt comfortable.&nbsp; God opened her heart for the people in Congo, which gave her access to people around the world, not only to the people in Haiti.&nbsp; The Lord must have said:&nbsp; "Now, she is ready to be a missionary."<br><br>God knows how to make changes in our lives.&nbsp; Once we were spiritually dead and we come to know Christ, He gives us new life from spiritual death and give us a call to ministry.&nbsp; When Jesus said:&nbsp; Lazarus, come out!"&nbsp; He calls us from our four walls, from our family, from our country and from our church family.&nbsp; And now, He gives the order to the church to "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."&nbsp; Ketly was sent in 1993 to the Dominican Republic through International Ministries from the World Mission Offering.&nbsp; Through your offering to the WMO in 1992, you were able to unwrap her body, just like Jesus' disciples unwrapped the body of Lazarus (John 11:44), so she could go to share the Good News of salvation in Christ Jesus around the world.&nbsp; When Jesus gives us a call, He is counting in our brothers and sisters to accompany us and loose us through your prayers, cards, personal visits in the field, financial contributions to the WMO, and to missionary Targeted Giving through ABC-IM..&nbsp; <br><br>In 1999, the Lord sent us through you to Bluefields, Nicaragua.&nbsp; During these last ten (10) years of our lives, we never imagined that His love in our hearts could have touched so many people of another country.&nbsp; Through your offering to the WMO and Targeted Giving, we were able to go in order for Angelica, Amelina, Joel, Escarlet, Onell, Osneyda, Iris, Alberto, Argentina, Jeffrey, Yesenia, Francisco and many others to come to know the Lord, to grow in His image and to change so that in turn we can see the surprising effect of reproduction -- they are making disciples!&nbsp; Thank you for allowing that to happen, and it will continue to hapen as you give to the World Mission Offering and to Targeted Giving.&nbsp; All of us say, Thank You!<br><br>We are inviting you to continue to set many other people free so they can in turn free others in Jesus' name through your giving to the World Mission Offering and Targeted Giving. <br><br>Love you in Christ,<br><br>Vital and Ketly Pierre<br><br>MPT Website: <a href="http://www.missionbluefields.org">www.missionbluefields.org</a><br> Thu, 08 Oct 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/14555-world-mission-offering-as-important-as-ever https://internationalministries.org/read/14555-world-mission-offering-as-important-as-ever