Dear mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ,
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. First of all, thank you to all the people who regularly pray for and give towards our family and mission, and who God has used to keep us here on the ground doing ministry. Thank you and God bless you! There is so much to be thankful for and so much that the Lord has done as of late that it is difficult to know where to begin, but here’s an update on what we have been up to lately.
I finally finished my series on the cost of following Christ in the month of February. Now that I think the people have gotten used to my style of preaching, I felt comfortable about diving into a book and staying there for a while. I really do prefer expository preaching, but I felt in the beginning it was necessary to begin with some introductory but necessary topics like the person of Christ and the purpose and mission of the church. I have also presented our own vision as a local church in the community that God has us in. It is based on Philippians 3:8-
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…
The surpassing worth of knowing Christ. This is the thrust of our discipleship. Christ centered, Christ exalting teaching. When the church understands and views Christ in the same high and lofty way that Paul is talking about in this verse, they most certainly will want to make Him known. That is what we want to do. Know Christ more and make Him known!
We have been meeting at the church and praying for many different needs on Wednesday nights before we go out and share in the community. We are planning to do an outreach event at the church building at the beginning of May and invite the community. We will be having some brothers we know play live worship music and have an evangelistic message at the end. Please be in prayer for that.
As we systematically work our way through the neighborhoods, we have made some contacts and spoken with a lot of people, but we still have a long way to go and a lot of ground to cover. We plan on trying to start home Bible studies with people as we go as well. They would be like cell groups and we would invite the neighbors of the home hosting the study. Please be in prayer for our evangelism efforts as this is one of the most important things we do here.
We still have the fundraiser going for the children’s education and we have quite a long way to go. It is to get them into a school founded and run by American Christians that will give them a good education and meet their individual needs better than we can. Please pray that the Lord will meet this along with the many other needs that we have. We do want everyone to know that since we have been here, the Lord has met every major need we have had. We praise Him for that and understand He knows our needs before we even ask. We can rest and trust that if it is His will it most certainly will happen.
We are also still praying for more partnerships with churches back home willing to pray for and provide resources for our family and ministry. We have three major needs now: monthly mission partners to support our family’s bills and personal needs, money and resources for ministry at the church, the education fundraiser we mentioned earlier in the letter. This is done most effectively with churches or even individuals willing to partner for at least a 3-5 year period. Regular prayer, financial support, and even sending small teams to encourage us and bring resources we may not be able to get here, or are much cheaper back home. Pray that the Lord brings across our path those willing to partner with us and willing to sacrifice and pray to make Christ known and glorified here in the Dominican Republic.
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In service to our Lord and King,
The Salgado family