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Author: Antonio Salgado

Christian husband, father, missionary to the Dominican Republic
Salgado DR Mission

Salgado DR Mission

Dear friend, mission partners, brothers and sisters in Christ,

The last week of October we did a massive medical clinic that extended over four days and was in three different locations. The first two days  were at the church, the third day was at the school San Lucas, the fourth day we did at a christian clinic in downtown that helps people for very low costs and can sometimes offer some medications for free. Over all it went very well. All praise and glory to God.

Before that we had Brother Kenny Rodrigue from our friends at Woodside Baptist in Ocala, visit us and do an excellent three day conference on the church being the temple of God. A wonderful and edifying time of preaching and teaching. Praise God for that time of teaching and fellowship!

Just a week later, A wonderful young couple (Anthony and Stephanie Willis) had been wanting to do something with medical missions for sometime. They were put in contact with us through a good brother who had visited us on a trip a couple of years back. We had never met and it was going to be their first mission trip that we knew of. And although we have been part of countless medical trips and and likes, it wasn’t something we had ever set up completely on our own like this one. So it was a first for both of us in that sense. We have organized all kinds of different trips ourselves but as far as the medical ones, we were usually called in to help organize, translate, or share the Gospel with those coming through. Thankfully we had the help of experienced friends who did help guide us in certain areas we needed a little more knowledge in.

In all of the teams we have received over the years, (and there have been a lot), we have never had an issue getting the meds through customs since they were very obviously for helping the people here of their country , and thankfully in the past they have been usually gracious and appreciative about that, usually. Unfortunately on this occasion, like always customs had no problem and released the meds to be allowed in the country after a short explanation about who we were and what they were for and where we would be working.

This time though a woman from public health got involved and really complicated the situation to the point  that we still haven’t been able to obtain the medications. we spent money sending a rep´representative of the mission to the capital with the paperwork they gave us to the office they told us to go, but after investing the time and money, still to to no avail. Upon returning to the customs office at the airport here in Santiago they were again very gracious and nice (even repeatedly apologizing for the other department’s  behavior)and said that according to them they were released but there was now a conflict between customs and public health officials about what to do with the meds in  the capital city. A simple non issue suddenly became an issue.

We then were instructed in a confusing process to supposedly properly be able to obtain the meds. At this point, and very frustrated to say the least, I personally asked the public health representative herself to guide me through the steps online, that according to them were so very simple. Now she as the government representative of the Dominican public health department was not able to answer my questions or show me exactly what we had to do but assured us it was as they said , (although she was not able to even to it herself, and getting frustrated stopped attempting to try to show us herself!)

We are still trying and will be making a trip to the capital soon to hopefully finally resolve this. But a side from all of the problems, the Lord was glorified and the Gospel was preached and many were people were helped. At the end of the day that is what mattered.

Aside from that , we have been taking a much needed break from ministry. A sort of in country furlough, at least until we get Yeison’s visa. The convention and other churches we fellowship with have been very helpful in helping the church and supplying a rotation of preaching men to help with pulpit supply We were even able to help people out in Piedra Gorda, a much needed area, with many left over meds to people we know needed them. We are very thankful for Anthony and Stephanie and their willingness to come and serve and do such a  massive project with us, basically with the funds from their own pockets, no team, no other churches involved, just a couple who love the Lord and decided to come and serve needy people instead of taking a nice vacation for themselves. Certainly an example worth imitating. The Lord is has been very gracious over the years to bring such people across our path.

Please continue to pray for Yeison’s visa to be approved. Please also pray for our sending church “Romeo Baptist” which is dwindling as a church. We will be switching very soon, (Lord willing) to Christian Missionary Clearinghouse which a ministry that helps independent missionaries like us for a very very small fee and they presently help hundreds of missionaries like us.  Pray that the transition will be quick and not difficult. Please be aware and we will be emailing everyone immediately as the switch takes place so that your donations can be sent to the new address. The same tax write offs will be available to donors and the processing of checks should be much quicker and smoother. Our papal account is still functioning the same for quick online giving or one time gifts and there may also be a click and give button on the website of Christian Missionary Clearinghouse for us as well.

We do apologize for the inconveniences of the past, but we are eternally grateful for Romeo and the support and love they have showed and continued towards our family. They will always be a very special group of brothers and sisters to us, especially since the Lord saved us there, I was ordained there and we were commissioned out of there. Pray for Romeo, Pray for Pastor Rob, pray for our family, pray for the church. Pray.

Salgado DR Mission

Salgado DR Mission

Thank you to all of our friends, mission partners, and brothers and sisters in Christ for your ongoing prayers and support. This month I will briefly share some urgent prayer requests and share an article I wrote a couple of months ago from personal experience in the ministry which was originally written in Spanish, but due to some encouraging and  positive feedback, I decided to translate it to share it here for everyone in English as well.

But first and foremost, Pray!

Our entire family has been under attack in every way imaginable. Our marriage, our children, the church, an all out war of the worst kind. Sadly, we feel at times that we are barely remaining afloat but desperatley desire the prayers of the saints back home. Please pray for us during this time of difficulty. We have been affected spiritually, emotionally, physically and it has been just all around draining. Enduring the storm is never easy, and we don’t recall a time it has grown to this intensity, but we know that the Lord walks with us through it. I ask that you please intercede specifically for each of us by name when you remember our family.

Antonio Salgado Jr, Christen Salgado, Trinity Salgado (although not present with us here), Maya Salgado, Antonio Salgado III, Sahira Lora, Yeison Rosario, and our nephew Dominic who is here spending a few months with us. May the Lord protect us, strengthen us, and teach us in this process for our own good and His ultimate glory. Pray brethren. Thank you and God bless.

 

The article begins below, and I pray some pastor or preacher out there may be encouraged by it. Also that some brother or sister out there would stop, think and come to a realization to show the love that they may be lacking in situations as the one presented. If the shoe fits…wear it.

 

“For it is said, “His letters are weighty and powerful, but his physical presence is weak and his public speaking amounts to nothing.””
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭CSB‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The apostle Paul was an extremely intelligent man. To Him had been revealed the mysteries of God hidden to those generations before him. His letters and sermons were extremely deep and theologically weighty.

However, we see it had ironically been said about him, “his presence is weak and his public speaking amounts to nothing”. (really!?)

Even with the incredible amount of knowledge he had, by God’s grace of course, there were critics (and we all have them, especially preachers), that simply did not like his preaching or way of speaking. He would speak true and beautiful things, pure words from God, nothing unbiblical in any way. But perhaps he was not as eloquent as other preachers or even the philosophers of his day. You should remember this before we are so quick to judge your pastor, or any other preacher of the Word of God.

God has given us pastors and teachers as gifts to His church for our edification. At the same time, just like with the different human authors of the gospels, each of them have, (and each of us too) will have a unique way, due to our different characters, personalities, education, etc. of communicating the same truths. Some may just sound better than others, some may have more passion that others. Some are certainly more eloquent and academic or teacherly than others. Each one of them are their own individual persons as God created them. And its is quite probable that none of them may ever meet your own persoanl standard, please you in their way of thinking or philosophy of ministry, according to your personal preference, opinion, or tradition perfectly. (NONE of which ultimately matter anyway).

The question is , are they preaching the Scriptures or not? Do they love the Word, do they love the Lord, and do they love and care for His church?

They may or may not preach exactly to your preferred method, they may fail at times. We all have those days where we just preach a bad sermon, or miss a point of the text or a certain detail you thought should have been emphasized more in the text here and there.

But he question is, is the Lord using this man to grow and edify the church or not? This is not about if he will have his own weaknesses, struggles and even sins? Of course he will! Someone once said that even the best men are still just men at best.

Will they perhaps even have even a few different (hopefully secondary) theological views on certain things that you may understand differently in the Scriptures? Yes of course, and if you don’t see it now, eventually you will.

Almost always, there will be something you eventually will disagree with for sure. But guess what…its ok! Its good and well so long as they aren’t missing the mark on the fundamentals of the faith. Isn’t it time we show ourselves mature? There should always be unity in the main things, liberty on the secondary issues, but love in everything. And there is truly an amazing beauty in such a diversity.

We have examples in Scripture of men who preach or tell of histories correctly, but in slightly different ways or with some different details. Many men praised Apollos for his great eloquence, while others despised or at least had no appreciation for Paul. Some preachers today include some details and applications that others don’t. So what!

But again the question is,  “are they preaching the Word in such a way that what they are saying can be seen and understood from the text, and is the congregation being edified and benefitted from the teaching/ preaching!?”

Are people in the church joyful and expressing so after the preaching, as God has spoken and taught them something new through His living Word that they now understand that something should change in their life? Are giving thanks to God for those same sermons that others despise and judge?!

Just look at the men that God has used greatly in the past and compare their sermons. Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, Whitfield, Pink, Tozer, Piper, MacArthur, etc. Everyone preaches the Word, and most with excellence! Some with different methods, some with more passion. Not only in the communication of the message, but also in the way of organizing it.

But it is beautiful how God, through different men and in different ways, always does His will through His Spirit to speak through a man and edify His people. Anyone familiar with Spurgeon’s sermons could attest that many times they sounded more like poetry than anything else.

When we cry out to everyone that we all must cling to only ONE single method, and in our useless way, try to limit the Holy Spirit of God by saying that only in SUCH a way should a sermon be delivered, and if it is not, then people will not be edified, we are showing nothing more than a deep pride in our hearts and very much immaturity. (And this is coming from a person who is an avid promoter of good, sound exegesis and expository preaching.)

Now, THE most important thing in any message of any preacher is that God is being glorified and Christ is being lifted up, … but also brothers, there is much wisdom in the following verse. Dont miss it…

“Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying: “Nothing beyond what is written.” The purpose is that none of you will be arrogant, favoring one person over another.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭CSB‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

It is true that there are better and more accurate methods of preaching than others. There are ways to preach more effectively academically than others, but when we place ourselves as the judge of these things, (especially when it comes from those who are not pastors), we do not know the inner struggles of each man, or when we are not appreciating the time and effort that man dedicated  to be able to preach that message to the best of his ability at that moment, the time spent in prayer and mediating on the text….. we are doing just what the Word forbids. Just being a discontent hater and, murmuring…

“Do everything without grumbling and arguing,”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭CSB‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
(For my theologians out there- yes I understand the immediate context of this text, however this can easily be applied to every aspect of the Christian life)

Oh how easy it is to judge another man instead of loving him and receiving the much good of the message that was preached! Mature people eat the meat and spit out the bones. But sadly, it seems that for many it is far too easy for them to desire another church, another pastor, or a better specific method of preaching, INSTEAD of loving and serving the church they have, loving and helping the pastor they have, and looking for the good in what was preached instead of judging with arms crossed as the expert that most certainly are not. There seems to be at least one in every crowd these days. Especially moreso among certain circles that shall not be named. That overly critical spirit is one of the ugliest personality traits a child of God can show, ESPECIALLY when its towards another brother or sister in Christ.

Let us be very careful as to how we treat our spiritual family. Philippians 2 teaches us that the humility of Christ is what brings unity in His church. And the lack of humility in any member of the church for any reason, will only bring division and the opposite of what Christ wants from us.
Pray.

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭‬‬‬‬

“A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:2‬ ‭

“The one who has knowledge restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a person of understanding.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:27‬ ‭

 

 

Pastor, su manera de predicar es despreciable

Pastor, su manera de predicar es despreciable

 

“Porque ellos dicen: “Sus cartas son severas (pesadas) y duras, pero la presencia física es poco impresionante, y la manera de hablar despreciable.””
‭‭2 Corintios‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭NBLH‬‬

 

Pablo era un hombre de tremenda inteligencia. A él se le habia revelado los misterios de Dios. Cosas que en los tiempos de antes fueron ocultas. Sus cartas y sermones eran de profundidad y de gran peso teologico.

 

Sin embargo, se decía de el, ¨la manera de hablar era despreciable¨. Aun con el conocimiento que tenia, muchos no le gustaba su forma de hablar o de predicar. Decía cosas verdaderas si, puras palabras de Dios, nada que era no biblico. Pero no era tan elocuente como otros predicadores, o aun los filósofos de su dia. Debemos recordar eso cuando juzgamos a nuestros pastores, o cualquier predicador de la Palabra.

 

Dios ha dado pastores y maestros a Su iglesia como regalos para edificar. A la vez, igual a los diferentes autores de los evangelios, cada uno tiene su forma distinta de comunicar las mismas verdades. Unos suenan mejores que otros, unos tienen mas pasión que otros, unos mas elocuentes y académicos de otros, cada uno es una persona individual. Y ninguno va complacer tu estándar de preferencia, opinion, o tradition o preferencia perfectamente.

 

La pregunta es ¿si están predicando la Biblia o no? ¿Aman la Palabra y el Señor y la iglesia? Tal vez no predican de la manera que es su preferencia. Tal vez fallan en un punto o se les escapa un detalle de un texto. Pero la pregunta es si ¿Dios esta edificando Su pueblo o no por medio de ese hombre? ¿Tiene sus debilidades? ¿Tiene sus luchas y pecados? ¡Claro! Van a tener algunas diferencias teologicas con lo que tu entiendes de las Escrituras en ciertos aspectos tambien, si!

 

Casi siempre, por lo menos en algo por seguro. Pero esta bien y normal mientras que no son cosas fundamentales de la fe en donde ellos fallan.

Debemos siempre tener unidad en lo principal, libertad en lo secundario, pero amor en todo. Y hay verdadera hermosura en esa diversidad.

 

Tenemos varios ejemplos en las Escrituras de hombres que predican o cuentan historias correctamente, pero de diferentes maneras. Muchos adoraban a Apollos por su elocuencia …. mientras que otros despreciaban a Pablo. Algunos incluyen detalles que otros no y vice versa. ¿Pero estan predicando la Palabra del tal manera que se ve claro lo que ellos dicen en el texto, y los hermanos en la congregacion estan siendo beneficiados y edificados por medio de las enseñanza? ¿Estan gozosos y te lo expresan de como Dios les ha hablado y enseñado algo que ahora entienden deben cambiar en su vida, dando gracias a Dios por esos mismos sermones que otros desprecian y juzgan?

 

Miran a los hombres que Dios ha usado grandemente en el pasado y compara sus sermones. Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, Whitfield, Pink, Tozer, Piper, MacArthur, etc. Todos predican la Palabra, y con excelencia! Algunos con diferentes metodos, algunos con mas pasion. No solo en la comunicacion del mensaje, sino de de la forma de organizarlo tambien. Es algo hermoso como Dios, por medio de diferentes hombres y de diferentes maneras siempre hace Su voluntad por medio de Su Espíritu para hablarle a y edificar Su pueblo.

 

Los sermones de Spurgeon sonaban mas como poesía que cualquier otra cosa.

 

Cuando nos aferramos a un solo metodo, y en nuestra inutil manera tratamos de limitamar el Espiritu Santo de Dios por decir que solo de tal manera debe se un sermón, y si no es asi, el pueblo no va ser edificado, estamos mostrando nada mas que un orgullo profundo en nuestros corazones e inmadurez.

 

Lo mas importante en cualquier mensaje de un predicador es que Dios es glorificando, …pero también hermanos, hay mucha sabiduria en el siguiente versiculo.

 

“Esto, hermanos, lo he aplicado en sentido figurado a mí mismo y a Apolos por amor a ustedes, para que en nosotros aprendan a no sobrepasar lo que está escrito, para que ninguno de ustedes se vuelva arrogante a favor del uno contra el otro.”
‭‭1 Corintios‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭

 

Es verdad hay metodos mejores y mas exactos que otros. Hay maneras de predicar mas eficaz académicamente que otros, pero cuando nos ponemos como el juez de estas cosas, especialmente cuando no somos pastor, no conocer la luchas interiores de cada hombre, o cuando no estamos apreciando el tiempo y esfuerzo que da ese hombre para poder predicar ese mensaje lo mejor que el pudo en ese momento, estamo haciendo lo que La Palabra prohíbe. Quejándonos….

 

´ “Hagan todas las cosas sin murmuraciones ni discusiones,”
‭‭Filipenses‬ ‭2:14‬
(Para los teólogos- si entiendo el contexto inmediato de este texto, sin embargo esto se puede facilmente aplicar a cada aspecto de la vida cristiana)

 

Cuan facil es juzgar el otro en vez de amarlo y recibir lo bueno del mensaje que se predico. Cuan facil es desear mas a otra iglesia, otro pastor, o un mejor metodo especifico de predicar, EN VEZ de amar la iglesia que tenemos, amar el pastor que tenemos, y buscar lo bueno en lo que se predicó en vez de juzgar con brazos cruzadas como el experto que ni somos.

 

Cuidado como tratamos a los hermanos, Filipenses 2 nos enseña que la humildad de Cristo es lo que trae unidad en Su iglesia. Y la falta de humildad en cualquier miembro de la iglesia por cualquier razon, solo traerá division y lo contrario de lo que Cristo desea de nosotros.

 

“Sobre todo, sean fervientes en su amor los unos por los otros, pues el amor cubre multitud de pecados.”
‭‭1 Pedro‬ ‭4:8‬

“A los necios no les interesa tener entendimiento; solo quieren expresar sus propias opiniones.”
‭‭Proverbios‬ ‭18:2‬ ‭

“El que retiene sus palabras tiene conocimiento, Y el de espíritu sereno es hombre entendido.”
‭‭Proverbios‬ ‭17:27‬

LA CENTRALIDAD DE CRISTO EN TODAS LAS COSAS

LA CENTRALIDAD DE CRISTO EN TODAS LAS COSAS

“Entonces él les dijo: —¡Insensatos y tardos de corazón para creer todo lo que los profetas han dicho! ¿No era necesario que el Cristo padeciera estas cosas y que entrara en su gloria? Y comenzando desde Moisés y siguiendo por todos los profetas, les declaraba en todas las Escrituras lo que de él decían.”

“porque si creyerais a Moisés, me creeríais a mí, porque de mí escribió él.”

Por que Cristocentrico? Hay mucho en las redes sociales entre los cristianos que usan este termino, muchos libros, sermones,  canciones. Pero que significa y exactamente, y porque se usa? Por que tanta enfasis? Tal vez la pregunta mas importante será,es bíblico darle tanta enfasis a la persona y obra de Cristo? Este tema es uno cual es simple pero a la vez muy profundo y tiene que ver con la teología del “cumplimiento” y es un tema que el mismo Antiguo Testamento da prioridad. Es el mensaje que Juan el Bautista predicó,Jesus y los apostoles predicaron, y es el tema que llega al mismo corazon del evangelio.

El Apostol Pablo declaro que Jesus vino cuando el tiempo fue cumplido. Por lo menos esto implica que hubo un tiempo de preparación. Preparación de algo grande anticipado. En el plan de Dios progresivo, todo de lo que había sucedido tenía su proposito y meta de señalar hacia, y exaltar a Cristo. La era de Moises puntaba a este momento de cumplimiento y dio enfasis a ese momento venidero. El envío del Hijo de Dios indicaba la culminación de ese tiempo. Hasta este punto en la historia, esto había sido la meta de TODO que había sucedido en el pasado. Hablando de las promesas de Dios, todos eran de, y son para Cristo.

El Señor prometió en varias ocasiones un Redentor, Salvador, el Mesias, el mejor y mayor profeta y dador de ley. Todos los tipos y sombras en el Antiguo Testamento eran solo sombras De el que ha de venir.  Se puede decir que nunca ha existido un verdadero rey, un verdadero,  profeta,un verdadero juez, un verdadero maestro. Por que en un sentido todos del pasado eran nada mas que sombras del Verdadero, el Señor Jesucristo!

Desde Genesis a Malaqúias hay algunos 353 profecias acerca de Cristo cumplidas en el Nuevo Testamento!

La Biblia fue escrita y preservada para nosotros, pero no es acerca de nosotros, las Escrituras dan testimonio de Cristo! Todas las promesas son a Él, a Cristo, y somos herederos de esas promesas por fe en Él.

“porque todas las promesas de Dios son en él «sí», y en él «Amén», por medio de nosotros, para la gloria de Dios.”

Agustín es que está acreditado con decir, “el antiguo está en el nuevo revelado, y el nuevo está en el antiguo ocultado”.

Desde Genesis vemos en el ‘protoevangelio”, la primera promesa de redención, que se cumplio en la cruz.

“Pondré enemistad entre ti y la mujer, y entre tu simiente y la simiente suya; ésta te herirá en la cabeza, y tú la herirás en el talón.”

En Deutoronomio vemos la promesa de un profeta como Moises… Pero mejor, mayor.

“»Un profeta como yo te levantará Jehová, tu Dios, de en medio de ti, de tus hermanos; a él oiréis.” Deuteronomio‬  18:15

En el Nuevo vemos El Padre decir lo mismo de una nube de gloria en la transfiguración.

“Y se les aparecieron Moisés y Elías, que hablaban con él. Entonces Pedro dijo a Jesús: «Señor, bueno es para nosotros que estemos aquí; si quieres, haremos aquí tres enramadas: una para ti, otra para Moisés y otra para Elías.» Mientras él aún hablaba, una nube de luz los cubrió y se oyó una voz desde la nube, que decía: «Éste es mi Hijo amado, en quien tengo complacencia; a él oíd.» Al oír esto, los discípulos se postraron sobre sus rostros y sintieron gran temor. Entonces Jesús se acercó y los tocó, y dijo: «Levantaos y no temáis.» Cuando ellos alzaron los ojos, no vieron a nadie, sino a Jesús solo.”

Moises y Elias, quienes siempre han representado a la ley y los profetas, en este instante muy significante, desaparecen y el texto dice que alzaron los ojos, y no vieron a nadie, sino a Jesus solo! ¡A él oíd! Esto es el mensaje de la Biblia. Jesus es el verdadero Profeta, el verdadero, Rey, el verdadero Maestro, el verdadero Juez, el Sumosacerdote de el mejor y nuevo pacto basado en mejores promesas, y el verdadero y mayor dador de la ley, Su ley, ¡la ley de Cristo!

Todo punta a Cristo, los sacrificios, el templo, el tabernaculo, el Sabado, y podemos escribir ejemplos inumerables de los tipos y sombras de Cristo en el Antiguo Testamento. Pero el Nuevo lo declara con mas claridad.

Cristo está-

“sobre todo principado y autoridad, poder y señorío, y sobre todo nombre que se nombra, no solo en este siglo, sino también en el venidero.”

Cristo es-

“Él, que es el resplandor de su (Dios) gloria, la imagen misma de su sustancia y quien sustenta todas las cosas con la palabra de su poder…”

¡Es Cristo que sustiene todo en la creación!

En Cristo-

fueron creadas todas las cosas, las que hay en los cielos y las que hay en la tierra, visibles e invisibles; sean tronos, sean dominios, sean principados, sean potestades; todo fue creado por medio de él y para él. Y él es antes que todas las cosas, y todas las cosas en él subsisten.”

Todas las cosas por medio de él fueron hechas, y sin él nada de lo que ha sido hecho fue hecho.”  San Juan‬

¡Cristo es todo! Y en la infinita sabiduria de Dios el Padre, el lo decretó asi y El Espiritú lo glorifica y nos guia hacia Él.

Como critianos, debemos tambien ser Cristocentricos por queCristo es el centro y en la Palabra de Dios es asi.  Y si Cristo es el centro de la Biblia (Y el universo) entonces debe ser el centro de nuestras vidas tambien. Nuestra nueva identidad está en él y en todo momento debemos adorar y dar gracias que por fe, y con un corazon humilde podemos acercarnos a este Rey de Reyes y Señor de Señores a quien merece toda honra y gloria y poder por los siglos de los siglos amen.

El gran misterio en todo esto es esta hermosa verdad:

Pero Dios demuestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros.Romanso 5:8

Arrepientate de tu pecado y de confiar en ti mismo.  Venga a Cristo, crea en Cristo, confia en Cristo.  Tendras paz para con Dios, perdon de tus pecados,  descanso para tu alma. Centre su vida en Cristo, porque él verdaderamente es el centro de todas las cosas.

 

Antonio Salgado Jr.

Misionero, Pastor fundador de la Iglesia Bautista de Hato Mayo en Santiago, fundador de la Sociedad Misionera Cristiano Bíblico, esposo de Christen Rodriguez de Salgado, padre de cinco hijos para la gloria de Dios.

SALGADO DR MISSION NEWSLETTER

SALGADO DR MISSION NEWSLETTER

Dear mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ,

First we want to thank everyone who prays for and  financially supports our family and ministry regularly so that we can serve and continue to bring the Gospel to the Dominican people. We are thankful to the Lord for you and your faithfulness.

There are many things to report this month, but in this letter I would like to share some important prayer requests:

Please pray for Christen, over the last few months she was diagnosed with elevated blood pressure. A couple of months ago it got so high that she was not allowed to leave the clinic until they got it under control. She is now taking medication for it. But recently she has had pain in her chest, jaw and the back of her neck. We had many tests run and everything came back fine, thank God. But the symptoms come and go. The heart doctor said it is stress related. She did pull a muscle in her chest picking up Yeison with one arm, but other than that, all the symptoms she has been experiencing seems to be from stress. Between the school, the family and ministry, things seem to be catching up with her and affecting her health. Please pray for her.

Please pray for Yeison, last Friday he swallowed a large coin. We have been back and forth to the hospital with him many times this week. He is acting fine but the coin still has not come out. Every X-Ray shows progress but he has been constipated which really slowed things down. It’s been over a week and we still have yet to confirm that it has come out. The doctors said that as long as he does not have pain, and there is no swelling of the belly not to worry. But it’s been over a week and it’s hard not to.

We are giving him medicine that stimulates the intenstines and helps him “go”, but please pray. We are going very soon to do another X-ray to see if it has come out or not. It is possible he went to the bathroom and flushed without us knowing (which would be great if it is gone), but as far as we know it’s still in there.

Aside from that, we need to start taking him to physical therapy for his legs again. We are noticing one of his feet is turning outward more than it used to. We especially need prayer that the US embassy here would approve a visa for him which would allow him to travel to the states with us. It’s been over six years now with no furlough and it’s time for a break. But we can’t leave him behind. He has a passport and we have papers showing legal guardianship, but we just need the visa. Please pray for this.

Please pray for me as well. I had become ill and have had lots of symptoms which had us a little worried. I lost almost 25 lbs., had sever pain in the abdomen, vomiting and stomach issues. The doctors ran lots of tests and even an endoscopy and biopsy which cost us almost $400 since I do not have insurance. My hair has begun falling out too. The results… a mild case of gastritis!? That is all they could find! Now this didn’t make much sense to me and I expected worse news,  but the doctors said this too is mostly stress related and it has begun to affect my health.

The last few months have been a whirlwind of problems between the church and all the worries that come with pastoring (especially in this context), the discouragement from the sinfulness of sin  and how it slowly destroys people you love, shortage of resources, carrying such a large burden here and how it is now impacting even our health, expensive vehicle repairs, it seems to just be catching up to us and it is finally showing. Please pray that the Lord would allow Yeison to be approved for a visa. Only then could we go home and rest for a season. We realize that we really need it.

The church is doing well and we are seeing significant spiritual growth in a few people and regularly seeing new faces, that is good news! Our series in Philippians seems to be edifying many, certainl myself in my study and preparation. I am very thankful for what the Lord is teaching us as a church, us as a family, and  personally through this absolutely rich and wonderful letter.

Pray for Trinity who is in the states working for a while trying to save money. She is still planning on going to Indonesia but is still quite a way from reaching her goal and January is coming faster than we know it. We regularly share her fundraiser from our Facebook page. You can also find it on gofundme.com under “Trinity serving in Indonesia”.

We are also at a point where we really need the classrooms at the church property. Please pray that the Lord would provide the resources to be able to finally begin building. During service the children are in the kitchen or sitting outside in the the sun. We hope that a church or group of churches would be willing to take this on as a project. Pray and consider if this could be something you can be a part of. Please pray and share these prayer requests with your churches and friends. Thank you and God bless!

In service to our Lord and King,

Antonio Salgado and family

Salgado DR Mission

 

Salgado DR Mission

Salgado DR Mission

Dear mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ,

As always I would like to begin by giving thanks to God for His faithfulness and provision over the years. We are thankful for everyone of you. It is the Lord who has put many of you in our path and moved you to give and to pray for this ministry. May the Lord bless you for your obedience and your love for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. – Philippians 1:3-5

Here are some of the most recent things going on:

Last week we did a three day vacation Bible school at the a school  we are working with. It went quite well. There was a group who was supposed to come with the owner of the school who lives in Florida. Something happened and the group was unable to come. Thankfully we have left over things we have used in the past from when our mission partners from Morriston have come down and supported us in coming (and many other ways too!) and in bringing the resources neededin order to put on such an activity.

The result was that we have more contacts and a presence with the people in the community to follow up with we didnt have before. People in the immediate area already know me and have attended a Bible study there held at the school. We still have a lot of work to do there but this allowed us to meet and speak with people in the community that we did not have an audience with before. Now we continue to evangelize but especially with those we have recently met.

The main thing of course is the Gospel. Different kinds of outreach like this are great, but the reason for all of it is the proclamation of the Gospel. We dont trust in any specific method of reaching people at all. We do no good just singing with and playing games with kids if we don’t share the Gospel with them. We trust in the power of the Gospel. For this reason I prepared the Bible lessons myself to be sure the lessons were Christ centered and  would take the children to the cross. Please pray for the efforts in that community and that the Lord would save and allow a new work to be planted there.

Evangelism follow up down in the “hole”. A drug and crime ridden community near the school.

At the church in Hato Mayor,  we just began a new expository series on Philippians titled “Gospel Joy and the Missionary Church”. We will learn important lessons like, joy, generosity, contentment, unity, mission partnership and of course the humility and exaltation of Christ. Pray that the Lord would give me wisdom and that the church would be edified and grow.

We are still planning things for later in the year including a medical clinic around October where we offer free exams and medications to the poor. These have been a great way to serve the community while at the same time meeting new people and obtaining new contacts to follow up with. During these kind of outreach events, we put together a small team of people to share the Gospel with everyone who comes through. Pray for that upcoming activity.

We still would love to have others come and teach for us. Having likeminded brothers come and teach for conferences has been very edifying and beneficial in the past. Pray that the Lord would open new doors and lay on peoples hearts to partner with us in this mission and have a willingness to committ.

This is Milagros

The needs are great as always, and our resources are very limited. Here are just a few of the needs at the present moment. We hope that one or more churches would partner with us and take one of these needs on as a project of their own.

-There is a sister in the church who is very ill. She has to have surgery to remove a finger that has gangreen and has begun to rot still attached to her. Her husband is a former pastor and works but they barely get by. Her insurance is spent and no longer covering any of her procedures, removing the finger being one of them. She is also receiving dialysis and a diabetic. Any help towards this couple would greatly relieve the burden of brother Nico and his wife who’s health is already in a delicate state and would be greatly appreciated.

-We are still short on our children’s funds for schooling.  The schooling is expensive unfortunately, but the only school around that has teachers specially trained to help our daughter Maya with her learning diability. We homeschooled for years but eventually it got very difficult not being able to give Maya the help she needed. Since attending the school Maya has made great improvements. We still need $6000 for that need to cover the upcoming school year. Please pray about helping.

Our oldest daughter Trinity.

-We recently launched our first arrow (oldest child left the nest). Trinity is in Florida now, but still quite a way from meeting her goal for her time in Papua, Indonesia in December to work with the Johnson family. You can find that fundraiser on our facebook page and in past newsletters. We can email it to you directly if you wish to help. Salgadodrmission@gmail.com

-The church building is still in need of classrooms. By God’s grace, last year we were able to replace the old roof. As the church grows the classrooms are needed more and more. It would be an addition upstairs to the half of the building that has a concrete plate for a roof. The plan is to add at least two rooms and a bathroom. This would  help tremendously as we are very cramped for space and the ministry would greatly benefit from the extra room as it would help and play an important role in the process of growth for the church. Especially for the much needed theological training of the men. We are presently seeking an estimate for this project will share asap.

If you or your church would like to help in this or any other need, corporately as a church project, please contact us at salgadodrmission@gmail.com.

We strongly believe that those who give and pray for missions play a role just as important as the missionary on the field.

Teaching children during last week’s activity.

We pray for new mission partners to join us in our ministry. We strongly believe that those who give and pray for missions play a role just as important as the missionary on the field. Please share these needs and prayer requests with your church and others. Thank you  for your prayers and support, God bless!

You can give online here on our website, or you can send a gift of any amount to the Romeo church address in Florida. Click on the “donate” button to give online and/or for the address to send support as monthly mission partners or to meet a need.

In Service to our King,

Antonio Salgado and family

Salgado DR Mission

salgado dr mission newsletter

salgado dr mission newsletter

Dear mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ,

I would like to first thank each of you for your continued prayers and support for this ministry and our family. Although we go through different seasons of life and ministry, the goal is still the same. Preach the Gospel, and make Christ known in every place the Lords may have us.

We are certainly approaching a new season ourselves. Trinity is graduating high school and will be 18 next month. She plans to go back to the States in the Summer. Her plans are to begin studying to become a nurse, but first she will go back and work for a few months before heading to Indonesia, Lord willing. She will serve a missionary family there who are both nurses and have a ministry in the jungle. The plan so far is to stay for five months, from December of this year until April of next year. She still has quite a bit to raise, but Lord willing she will meet her goal and learn a great deal about what she wants to do with her life serving the Lord. You can find the fundraiser on Youcaring.com under “Trinity serving in Papua Indonesia” and there is a link at the bottom of this letter as well. Please pray about helping.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.- 1 Corinthians 10:31

We also will be focusing most of our time and energy on a new work. Some of you may have heard about the small christian school I am serving at during the week. The owners live in Florida, but sought me ought to evangelize the children, their parents, the teachers (yes, the teachers too), and the surrounding community of San Jose Las Minas. The school sits just above an area called the hole (one of about four in this city) that is drug and crime infested with many people living in extreme poverty. Some of the children who attend that school live there, and most of the others live nearby. It is going well so far but very much a challenge on many different levels. Right now there is a bible study open to the teachers, students and neighbors on Tuesday nights. But we still have much work to do in evangelizing the area. Please pray for this endeavor, that God may be glorified through people who presently have no hope in receiving Christ and being transformed through the power of the Gospel. 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel,[i] because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.- Romans 1:16

As we begin focusing more of our efforts in the new area, I will certainly be in a somewhat different role for a season. Much more evangelistic for a while and a little less pastoral. But still teaching and discipling this new group of people as this work grows. Please pray for the much planning, footwork and resources needed to be effective in saturating this area with the Gospel, bibles and other helpful literature. Pray for the Lord to raise up others to join us in the work as well.

He told them, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.- Luke 10:2

Last month we had the privilege of hosting some wonderful brothers who visited to teach a four day conference. Brothers Steve Atkerson and Dan Trotter have experience in church planting and teaching in countries all over the world. We held part of the conference here in Santiago and the other part with Pastor Jose in Boruco with members from four different churches. It was very edifying and I had the privilege of getting to know and translating for the brothers who did the teaching.  It was also wonderful to see and spend some time with the brothers and sisters there that we haven’t seen for a while.

Please pray for Christen as she has had some health issues recently with some pretty high blood pressure and headaches for several days. She is on some medication to get it under control for now, but we are still waiting on the results of her EKG and the many blood tests they ran. We will share the results and keep everyone updated. You can check our facebook page (Salgado DR Mission) for more frequent updates and prayer requests.

Please remember to pray for the church in Hato Mayor and Pastor Jose who is still laboring in Esperanza, Boruco and Pierda Gorda. Pray for Trinity as she prepares to leave home, and for our family as we adjust to not having her here with us. Pray for her to meet her goal as well, and that the Lord would protect and use her during her time there in Indonesia.

May God give us the strength and the grace to keep running the race and redeeming the time. Pray.

In service to our Lord and King,

Antonio Salgado Jr. and family

Salgado Dr Mission

 

Trinity Fundraiser at Youcaring.com (copy and paste web address below)

https://www.youcaring.com/trinitysalgado-1144515#

Salgado dr mission newsletter

Salgado dr mission newsletter

Dear friends, mission, partners, brothers and sisters in Christ,

First of all we would like to thank all of you who have prayed for, and supported this ministry. It is because of those prayers and your financial support, that we are able continue to minister here. Thank you so much for “holding the rope” for us. May the Lord bless you for your sacrificial giving.

This past month we have been VERY busy. We were asked to translate for a medical team that was visiting from Arizona which was a great blessing. We did a medical clinic with them for five days in and around  Santiago. We got to work with new brothers and sisters, able to help hundreds of people, but most importantly, we shared the Gospel with almost everyone who came!

Last week we were in the southern part of the country with a visiting pastor and friend, to bring encouragement and resources to him. It was good to see  the different places and ways Franklin was serving the people there. The drive was pretty long, and turned out to be about seven hours one way. But it was certainly worth it.

Here in Hato Mayor, we have a lot on our plate and need your prayers. Visiting and new baptism candidates, serving at the orphanage, prayer and Bible study, sharing the Gospel at the school, and soon a bible study there too. We also have a weekly men’s meeting, bi weekly women’s meeting, a bible study with the youth, and a new bible study in Creole that we began with several Haitians in the community. Enough to keep us busy for sure!

May God give us the strength and the grace to keep running the race and redeeming the time.

Our oldest daughter Trinity has started a fundraiser for a five month trip to Papua, Indonesia. She will be serving in the jungle there with a missionary family. Although she will be mainly be serving that family, and helping the wife many tasks, the husband and wife are both registered nurses. They have a school, church, and treat disease and injuries there. It is such a remote location that they are the only medical attention, education and bible teaching that the people there have access to. Trinity wants to study to become a nurse and then use those skills on the  mission field. This is a wonderful opportunity for her to get some experience doing that on the field, and shadowing this precious family. Please pray for her, and give if you can. You can find that fundraiser on our Facebook page.

Please begin praying for a new evangelistic endeavor, as we move a bible study that is presently held in a home, over to the school and begin evangelizing that community.

There are many needs and giving has been down, please pray that the Lord will supply the funds needed for the work here. Pray as we consider making steps to becoming a 501c3, and for the fundraising needed to continue the work here. Our desire is to expand and to help support some local missionaries and pastors in the area, for the future leaders, and Lord willing, future church plants. Pray.

In service to our Lord and King,

Antonio Salgado Jr.

Salgado DR Mission

 

 

Salgado dr mission newsletter

Salgado dr mission newsletter

 

Dear mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ,

Thank you so much for the prayers and support over the years. Truly God’s goodness and faithfulness has been revealed through the love and commitment shown to us by our mission partners. We thank God for you! We are now planning out our year, contacting churches hoping to have some brothers come and teach for us throughout the year. We usually hold at least three conferences per year. We would love to do more and we pray the Lord would move others to come and teach for us to edify the brothers and sisters here. We use the opportunity to invite others from the surrounding area and even other cities that they would be exposed to solid biblical teaching. It is very needed and it always helps when an outside party comes and reaffirms what we have been teaching here. Usually they are on topics like, biblical family, marriage, the Gospel, the church, etc. Please pray that the Lord provides those willing pastors and teachers.

After two years we have finally finished our journey through the gospel of Mark. We have now begun two new expositions, one in Romans and  the other in 1 John. I  began doing something different on Wednesday nights. Instead of going through a different book of the Bible, we revisit the sermon and the text the sermon was based on to go a little more in depth, and also to have more time to discuss implications, application and to answer questions. So far it seems to have been a good decision and appears that more of the material is “sticking” and there has been a lot more interaction from the congregation. That is great and also helps us to also gauge where the people are at in their growth. Pray that the brothers and sisters here continue to grow in knowledge, wisdom and practical godliness.

Apart from the preaching and teaching at the church, we manage to stay pretty busy. Monday Christen and Yaris spend a good part of the day visiting with different sisters from the church or other women who have recently visited for the first time. Tuesday we go to the orphanage, and as one group works with the smaller children, some of the men and I split the older boys into small groups and do some mentoring/ Bible study with them. Wednesday night is prayer and Bible study at the church building. Thursdays I visit a school and counsel the kids who get in trouble and share the gospel with them and the employees of the school as well. We hope this is the first step in reaching the parents of the students and the surrounding community with the Gospel. In the afternoon I do a bible study with the youth from our church, as well as with some other curious young adults we met through an outreach in the barrio who have begun attending. These three young men have even begun visiting the church. Praise the Lord!

Friday nights the sisters of the church have a meeting and on Saturdays a group of us have been taking some seminary classes in the afternoon and then a men’s bible study in the evening. Then on Sunday we meet for worship in the morning. Please pray for these various ministries and evangelism opportunities that present themselves along the way. Pray that people would be saved and that God would be glorified.

I am planning on taking a small group with me into Haiti later in the year. Hopefully to establish a partnership with a church there who we want to help through our preaching and teaching ministry. We have a very dear brother there in a town near the border who is helping us set up a meeting with the leaders of that church. Pray for that.

Last year the Lord provided for us in amazing ways. We are praying He will do so again. We have had some big expenses over the last few months which hurt us and giving has been down. Please pray the Lord will provide new mission partners throughout this new year. As the ministry grows the expenses do too and there are still many needs. This ministry totally relies on God’s provision through generous and sacrificial brothers and sisters back home. Pray that the Lord would provide above and beyond our family’s needs, and for the projects and plans we have as the ministry continues to grow.

The money that comes to this ministry does far more than simply support our family and pay our bills. It pays the church’s bills, it keeps the lights on and the water running, it buys medications for poor brothers and sisters that can’t afford them, helps people in need and pays for food and clothing, even surgeries and medical testing that we have covered as a ministry for brothers and sisters in urgent need. Of course we believe in helping the family of faith first, but we help others as well.

Why do I share this? Not for any recognition or glory for we deserve none. All glory goes to God. But we do want those who pray for and support us to know what is going on in this ministry, and what the money they provide is going towards. You should want to know who you’re giving to and where that money is going.

Because we follow a biblical model, we have a high view of the local church and do all ministry through the local church. Preaching the gospel and church planting IS the ministry God has called Christians to. Not separate disconnected parachurch organizations who do their own thing apart from the church.

But that same local church should be doing much more than simply meeting and participating in activities that are only inward focused. We should meet needs too, using those opportunities to show the love of Christ, and as a means by which we preach the gospel to the lost.

Pray.

 

In service to our Lord and King,

Antonio Salgado and family

Salgado DR Mission

 

Salgado DR Mission newsletter

Salgado DR Mission newsletter

Dear mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ,

Thank you for your sacrificial giving to this ministry and faithful, prayers over the years. Our family deeply appreciates your support and is thankful to God for the opportunity and privilege to serve on the mission field here in the Dominican Republic.

Here we find ourselves at the close of another year. We all tend to say “it went by so fast”, BUT, his year actually did feel as if it flew by quicker then our previous years here. At least to us!

We experienced a lot in 2017. Wonderful times of growth, friends and brothers who came and taught for us, many answered prayers, but there were other things too. The unwanted but necessary troubles that come with ministry. Spiritual attacks on the family, many trials and sicknesses experienced by the brethren of the church, some financial low points and concerns coupled with the desire to help and do more. But God, as always, has been faithful and provided just what we need. We look forward to 2018 with great anticipation eager to see what God will do.

We recently had a meeting with one of the directors of the orphanage and arranged for us to do more there in the near future. With Christmas around the corner, we wanted to do something special. We also have wanted to bring a child home for sometime. Especially during Christmas and allow him or her to have a few days with our family, receive some gifts, enjoy a special meal, and just have a break and enjoy a different environment for a while as we loved on them. We took the opportunity to express this to them and now it looks like we will be bringing two home! A four year old boy and a teenage girl. We are thankful that they are allowing this and over time we have established a great relationship of trust with them. We even received donations from a couple of our supporters that will ensure these children are taken care of. Thank you for your love gift for these children! You know who you are.

In our church services, we wrapped up the Gospel of Mark a couple of weeks ago which we have been preaching through on Sunday mornings. It took us two years but it was a blessing for all of us. Now we are almost done with 1 Timothy on Wednesday nights as well. So in the new year we will be shifting gears and starting off with two new series, and I am really looking forward to it.

Most recently I began a discipleship group with some of the young people in the church and we will soon begin planning outreach activities and evangelism strategies with our leaders for the new year. We also are praying about topics for teaching as we hope to have some brothers from the US come and teach a few conferences throughout the year. The few we have had have blessed the church tremendously and were very edifying. It certainly has been beneficial to have a neutral outside party come and reinforce much of what they have heard from us already.

We have been in touch with Senator Marc Rubio’s office and they emailed us some paperwork to fill out. We are praying they will be willing to help us with Yeison’s visa. Please continue to pray for this. We want very much to be able to schedule furlough with him and for him to meet our family. This has been a desire of ours for some time and we have already been denied a visa for him twice, so please join us in prayer for this.

Our family wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year! May God richly bless you all as we have been blessed and may we together work towards the goal of furthering the Gospel and bringing God glory in the coming year. God bless!

In service to our Lord and King,

The Salgado family