SALGADO DR MISSION NEWSLETTER

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

Thank you all for your ongoing prayers and support. Without your sacrificial giving and prayers we would not be able to do what we do. To God be the glory.

We have committed to a few other things in this new year. One of which  includes another church plant, Lord willing of course. It is a very new endeavor. We are assisting another couple working in the community where they live, a community we are familiar with.  Right now we are with them two days a week doing evangelism and a bible study on Fridays and a meeting on Sunday evenings. It’s in the community of the school we worked with the last two years. Please pray for this.

 

People praying for us back home play a very important role in this ministry and are very important to our family and the work we do.  Here are some other areas that you can help us with by bringing these petitions before the Lord in prayer.

Some prayer requests for our family:

– Pray for Christen that the nodules on her thyroids would shrink with the meds she is on before her next appointment in a couple of months. She is feeling better, praise God. Hopefully her blood work will get back in normal range soon. She is exercising and eating better now. Actually the whole family is now after the health problems we have had between us. So we all exercise several times a week now and have changed many eating habits. This is important for our health in general, but also for our longevity and effectiveness on the field.

– Pray for Nito. He has been well and active and eating healthy for the most part. But we still worry about him since discovering his condition. The cardiologists say he can lead a normal life and should even exercise and should not limit himself, but he may need a procedure in his fifties or sixties.  The fact that we never knew about this since his birth still kind of shocks us, but we are thankful it isn’t worse. He should see a doctor every few months to keep an eye on it. He has another appointment in a couple of months.

 

 

Prayer requests for the ministry:

– Pray for the hearers of a series in Ezra that I am teaching through in Sunday School at the church in Hato Mayor. I am moving fast and trying to cover several books of the Bible throughout the year looking at the main themes of the chapters of each book. It’s been a blessing for me studying and going through these books I haven’t taught before.

– Pray for me as I hope to get my bachelors in May. I still have a few things to turn in. My final work will be a paper about 40 pages long, but Lord willing, I can finish everything in time. I am hoping to continue my studies after that.

– Pray for a project I am a part of with several others who are working on a Theological Magazine available in Latin America and the U.S., where I am the editor of the missions section of the project. By God’s grace, my first article got published in the new issue. It was on the topic of the church in Latin America having the potential to send the next big wave of missionaries out to the nations in the coming years, but there is still a need for local churches to teach on and focus on the task. I’m pretty sure I am the only guy on the team without a masters degree, most have their doctorates. I don’t even know what I’m doing there really, but they approached me about helping. Apparently the Lord does use the foolish things of this world!

– Pray for the plans this year at the church of Hato Mayor. We have some outreach activities, conferences and medical clinics planned. Pray for the Bible studies in different homes every Wednesday night, and for more neighbors and family members to begin attending these meetings.

– Pray for me as I begin teaching in a Bible institute here based out of a good local church. I will be teaching homiletics and missions on Tuesdays nights over the course of the next two years. It’s a great two-year program and very organized. It’s a privilege to join the team of Dominican  pastors and professors working together in this labor of love.

– Pray for a conference we are having on the 7th and 8th of February on early church practice in the New Testament with a visiting speaker from Atlanta. Stephen Atkerson is a great Bible teacher and brother. This will be his second time coming to teach for us.

– Pray for the students and teachers of the school we teach English at as we have had many opportunities to share the Gospel with them. One teacher is already attending Bible studies with us. Pray for Jailin’s salvation.

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive and has chosen to continue partnering with us in prayer and giving in this new year. We have a lot more going on than we have in a long time, so we certainly need your help now more than ever. May God bless you for your prayers and sacrificial giving. Pray.

I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you,always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.’ Philippians 1:3-5

If the Lord so lays on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry,  you can send your tax deductible gift to:

CENTRAL MISSIONARY CLEARINGHOUSE
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
1-800-CMC-PRAY (1-800-262-7729)
Office: 281-599-7411
Fax: 281-599-7511

CMC (who receives funds for us) serves hundreds of missionaries, but they ONLY receive the funds for us and in no way have control over how the funds are to be spent or what we are to do as a ministry, which gives room to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and the liberty in making needed adjustments for emergencies and priorities. This is one of the reasons why we went with CMC. There are also three trusted pastors which sit as our mission board.

You may begin sending your support to the Salgado DR Mission at any time at the address above. (Checks should be made payable to Central Missionary Clearinghouse or C.M.C.) But please include a note on a separate piece of paper that says Antonio and Christen Salgado / Dominican Republic.

You can also  give to the ministry here in the DR online through “click and give” at the CMC website.

You can also donate to this ministry online with Paypal. Click the donate button below and you can send support of any amount directly to the ministry. You can choose the option of doing a one-time donation and this is the fastest option to get funds to us.

Unfortunately through Paypal we are not set up for receiving recurring donations at this time. But the other online giving option above does the recurring monthly donation option. Simply register one time and that’s it.

For tax exemption, you must send your donation through Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC) at the address above.

We do not use a sending agency that gets a percentage of the money donated, so you can be sure that your gift goes directly to the mission field.

Whatever you decide, thank you so much for praying for us and helping this ministry. God bless you!

THE FATHER OF MERCIES AND COMFORTER IN OUR AFFLICTIONS

Let’s face it, everyone has problems they are dealing with. And it can be hard, very hard. Whether it be some bad news about your health, a life changing or terminal diagnosis of a child or someone very close to you. It could be behavioral issues of a small child or a rebellious teen, marital strife, loss of employment or some other financial crisis that can seriously compound and worsen any of these issues. To be sure it can happen in the seemingly safest of environments. How much more will it happen on the mission field, in a different context than your own, far from all that was once dear and familiar. Where stress and dangers are multiplied and difficulty becomes a way of life. It  just comes with the territory. Our difficulties at times can be rooted in our own sin, neglect or irresponsibility. Or we could find ourselves caught in the crossfire of someone else’s sin. Or just the effects of a fallen world on those closest to us. It can still affect us deeply.

It can be enough to send someone spiraling into depression or some other unhealthy state of mind or spiritual low that feels like an inescapable dark valley of despair. During those moments God can seem distant and our prayers and groans of anguish towards heaven can even feel to us as if they go unheard. Thank God that is not the case! But if we are honest, it can feel that way sometimes. As believers we can be  truly trusting the Lord through the storm, but it doesn’t always make it easier, humanly speaking. We may even find ourselves at our wits end, crying out in fear like the disciples did on the boat “Lord save us! We are going to die!”

Even though a season of peace and tranquility may be coming afterwards (maybe), at the moment, it can feel crushing and almost too much to bear. Some suffer for a for a season, some deal with it for a lifetime.

“Even when I go through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4

Many “storms” in life wreak havoc and leave a path of destruction in their wake just like actual  storms. And just like an actual storm, it usually takes a long time to “rebuild” after the damage has been done. Some storms can be life changing and for some, even life ending. Many find themselves in shock and rattled to the core, left only to mourn over their situation  and pick up the pieces as they move forward limping from the traumatic and hurtful experience. This happens every day to some people, for different periods of time, somewhere. We should not be surprised. We should actually learn to expect it eventually if we understand what Scripture says about the fallen nature of the world in which we live and the effects of sin as long as we live here.

God does in fact give us more than we can handle. Please don’t be one of those people who says that He doesn’t, or that He only does so because He knows we can handle it (as if were were actually so strong in and of ourselves). If we could do it on our own and in our own strength, we wouldn’t need Him. Gideon comes to mind. (And may I briefly say, the popular but often misquoted verse in 1 Corinthians does not mean what you may think it means.)

The Lord brings suffering to our lives more often than we like. But He has His reasons and we must trust Him through it. We must. Sure we can know God’s plan and will in general, but His plans for us as individuals in the details of our lives are not so easy to see or understand sometimes. God’s plans for us are often quite different from ours.

But if we find ourselves really struggling while suffering, we should ask ourselves this.  When things get hard, where else can we really go? Where does our help really come from? Sure the Lord will use people as a means to comfort us and help us, but ultimately only He can give us peace. True peace. Where will we find our strength to endure other than in our Lord’s unchanging nature, faithful promises in Christ and loving care?

He is our Strong Tower, our Rock, our Shield and Fortress to which we run to for comfort,  shelter and peace. Only in Christ are we truly safe and apart from Christ we can do nothing.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I have what I need.- Psalm 23:1

I’m reminded of a well known modern hymn that beautifully says:

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

 

Beautiful moving words right? But the question is, do we believe it? Do we really believe Him? Do we really trust Him? Do we really believe that He is good? Do we really believe that He is working out all things for good for those who love Him even when we can’t see it? It is important to remember that regardless of what we believe, He will be glorified. Even through the seemingly most terrible of circumstances. But we must also remember that He is a kind, compassionate, unchanging and faithful Father and draw near to Him. We must learn to abide in Christ. His Sovereign hand and love for his people will be the pillow we rest our weary heads on.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart celebrates, and I give thanks to him with my song. – Psalm 28:7

The unchanging nature of God is an anchor that keeps us clinging to the Rock that shall never fail us or cast us out during those difficult moments, or ever for that matter if you are in Christ. As I write this many people I love come to mind. Close family members and family in the faith who are presently dealing with some of the very things I mentioned at the beginning, or even worse at this very moment. Pray for us and other missionaries close to us that know of these storms all too well. But also pray for those in your church who are suffering. A neighbor, a friend or maybe even someone in your own household.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

To them I can only say  trust Him,  praise Him, get alone with Him and His Word and pray. He is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our affliction. The Lord is our Shepherd, we have what we need. If we persevere, we will be more like Jesus when it’s over. And believe it or not, we will even be thankful for those difficult but transforming storms in our lives. Pray.

I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.- Charles Spurgeon

Written by Antonio Salgado Jr.

Salgado DR Mission: La historia de Yeison (version en español)

“Muchos de ustedes saben acerca de la adopción de nuesto hijo Yeison. Muchos de ustedes saben que lo hemos tenido desde que tenía solo tres meses, saben que nació de una madre que presenta una discapacidad mental y que vive en circunstancias muy pobre y difíciles.

Pero aquí hay algo más que tal vez muchos no saben…

Y es que nuestro hijo es un producto de una violación. Su madre fue abandonada, maltratada y violada por un hombre desconocido y más tarde se descubrió que ella estaba embarazada. Esto es trágico y horrible, y todo aquel que cometa este delito debe ser llevado a la justicia. ¡Castrado incluso!

Sin embargo, agradezco a Dios que el aborto no es legal aquí en Rep. Dominicana. Al menos no lo es todavía, aunque lamentablemente puede ser solo un cuestión de tiempo.

Su madre biológica debido a su condición tiene la capacidad mental de un niño de cuatro o cinco años y nunca puede vivir sola y siempre necesitará atención, aun así ella sabe que tiene un hijo, sabe su nombre y tambien lo ama. Al mismo tiempo estoy seguro de que ella recordará lo que le sucedió, y tal vez no pueda procesar todo lo que sucedió durante esa experiencia traumática.

La pregunta es, ¿es culpa de Yeison?

Pues no, por otro lado lo que otros no saben es que Christen (quien es mi esposa) y yo habíamos estado orando durante algunos años para tener otro hijo el cual no podíamos concebir. Es cierto que al principio yo no quería volver a empezar de nuevo. Nuestros hijos estaban grandes y yo tenía mis planes. Pero mi esposa oró por mí y el Señor cambió mi corazón.

Oramos por un largo tiempo, y curiosamente, durante ese tiempo, Dios nos tenia trabajando en un lugar donde no teniamos recursos, solo compartiamos el evangelio, daba estudios bíblicos y predicaba con frequencia.

Luego el Señor orquestó las cosas de tal manera que no solo contestó nuestras oraciones, sino que nos puso en una posición para ayudar a Yeison, a su madre y a la hermana quien cuida ahora de ella. Yera (su madre biológica) está en una situación mucho mejor hoy que el día en que la encontramos con el bebé Yeison, por la gracia de Dios.

Probablemente habría muerto si el Señor no hubiera cruzado nuestros caminos. Yeison estaba malnutrido y deshidratado cuando lo encontramos. La madre de Yera se estaba muriendo a causa del cáncer y Yera no tenía idea de cómo cuidar de él. Ella ni siquiera podía cuidar de sí misma.

Pero esto me hizo pensar y realmente me horroriza pensar, ¿qué hubiera pasado si el aborto fuera legal aquí?

Estoy casi seguro de que tendríamos un hijo menos de lo que tenemos hoy. Me rompe el corazón solo en pensarlo. Incluso en casos de violación, como con nuestro hijo, el niño nunca debe ser quien pague el precio. Nunca está bien asesinar a un niño en el vientre de su madre.

Si Dios quiere, Yeison podría ser el primero de su familia en estudiar y tal vez en ir a la universidad. Hoy en día es bilingüe y muy brillante. Lo amamos tanto y realmente no podríamos imaginar la vida sin él el día de hoy. Sus hermanos lo aman y lo cuidan. Él ha traído tanta alegría a nuestra familia y Dios nos ha enseñado mucho a través de él durante los últimos cinco años. Estoy muy agradecido de que el Señor le haya permitido a Yeison nacer en un país donde el aborto todavía no es legal, o él no estaría con nosotros hoy. Solo pensarlo hace que mi corazón se ponga pesado. El aborto es asesinato, y aunque debemos ser amables al abordar el tema, los cristianos deben trabajar juntos para ponerle fin. Ministrar y dar esperanza a quienes hayan tenido un aborto y que ahora sienten la profunda pérdida y el dolor.

Cuando veo a Yeison me veo a mí mismo. Él es un recuerdo constante del Evangelio para nosotros. Porque cuando no éramos hijos de Dios, Cristo vino a rescatarnos y a través de Él, podemos ser ADOPTADOS en la familia de Dios.

Para mí, aparte del matrimonio, la adopción es una de las imágenes más hermosas del Evangelio.

El Creador Todopoderoso se convierte en nuestro Abba Padre. Pasamos de ser enemigos perdidos y rebeldes a convertirnos en hijos e hijas privilegiados. Esto hace que mi corazón se regocije y sea extremadamente agradecido.
Esto debería motivarnos a adorar apasionadamente y vivir para él. ¡Alabado sea Dios de quien todas las bendiciones fluyen!

Que vivamos y actuemos de tal manera que las personas puedan ver el Evangelio en todas las áreas de nuestras vidas y que de ningún modo sea de palabras solamente.”

By: Antonio Salgado

Ministerio: Salgado D R Mission
web: www.salgadodrmission.com

Salgado DR Mission

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

The month of March was somewhat difficult, but by God’s grace we are feeling refreshed and much better than last month. In good news, the work at the school has gone well. Well in the sense that there constant opportunities to share the Gospel with teachers and students alike.

I began meeting again with anyone who will come on Tuesday nights for a Bible study. It resulted that a large group of youth began showing up although it was open to everyone. So pray for those who are coming and others at the school who have heard the gospel as well as for me, that God may continue to give me boldness and love and that He would continue to give more opportunities to serve.

The other side of the coin is the sad and utter depravity we experience and deal with in ministering in hard places. Just below and around the school is a very tough area. The school goes through teachers pretty frequently. It is hard work, stressful, emotionally and spiritually tolling work. Very few children and youth there are easy to deal with, they challenge your authority and call you vulgar things, the older ones fight a lot and bring weapons to school,  but we are patient to correct and love them.

You have to understand their world and be merciful. People raised there, and other places like it are regularly exposed to acts of debauchery and even perversion in some  homes and neighbors homes. They begin to imitate and speak about these things from a very young age. It is hard for them to even see or better yet even imagine above and beyond the horizon of their immediate context and the only little world they know. A lot of these kids are basically raising themselves and their younger siblings. Pray for them, that at some point the Lord would graciously allow them to hear the Good News, and respond in repentance  and faith in Christ.

The church in Hato Mayor has several members who need much prayer. Sister Arelis who cared for her husband Pedrito who needs lots of help himself after his stroke, is now down herself after a knee surgery. Their daughter is there helping and caring for them both. Another sister in church has had a string of difficult trials after a bout with cancer, please lift up sister Fidelina.

Unfortunately we have had to make several expensive trips to the mechanic for maintenance and repairs. The amount spent was very significant and unexpected so it hit us pretty hard. We have only a few more repairs to do that are necessary.

But, our overall health has improved greatly, praise God that we are healthy now, aside from a few stress related symptoms, we are very thankful. But many brethren here are not so fortunate and are suffering from illness that have no near end in sight, please pray for them.

There is always a tension one feels as a missionary when the needs are overwhelming and people fall between the cracks because time and resources are so limited. I want to encourage the brethren back home, that within your own circles of influence, to not go throughout your day (work, school, home, next door, or out somewhere) without being intentionally praying and seeking for someone to help and share the Gospel with. We miss too many opportunities to bless others and be faithful to our calling in announcing the Gospel, often times because we get too consumed with…ourselves. May we remember the words of John the baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

But praise the Lord, that in even spite of much temporary suffering, the brothers and sisters of Hato Mayor are united and committed to move forward in the work of the Lord and soon, Lord willing, I will be helping evangelize and bring in some brothers from other places (apart from those currently helping us with preaching, among those is Daniel Toribio) and help organize some activities with other churches that we fellowship with to help encourage the brethren as well. Pray.

We are financially supporting (and will be for a while) the work in Hato Mayor as a local church, who are not near being ready to financially be independent. As we begin supporting national pastors and evangelists as BCMS, we will need the help, prayers and resources of our brothers and sisters back home. We are praying for more mission partners to come alongside of us in order to teach and equip these men with the resources they need.

We have begun officially supporting one Dominican brother, Daniel Toribio  and will begin supporting a Haitian brother, Leonel Riviere now in this month of April, both of which we have known for years. As the Lord provides the funds, we desire to support other like minded and faithful men,  who can teach or preach.  It is important that we or other trusted brethren can also testify of their walk and integrity.

This is a huge but very important  task and commitment of equipping, discipling, encouraging, praying for and visiting these men. Doing what we can to help them become men of God who can properly handle the Word of God. We want to encourage and help them to be effective right where the Lord has placed them, proclaiming the Gospel and faithfully teaching the saints.

But in order to do this well, and enable us to come alongside other men that the Lord is raising up, we will definitely need your help. We are presently completely stretched as far as we can be financially each month. But this is a project you can take on as an individual or as a church.

We want to help poor or financially struggling candidates who really cannot afford anything, but truly desire to serve the Lord and can teach others.  Some we will help on a monthly basis with $8000 Dominican pesos , which is the equivalent of only $160 US dollars.

For example, a church can support two men for $320 dollars and know the money is going directly to them, or to help purchase things they absolutely need like resources such as bibles,  some online seminary, good books, tracts, or a laptop to mention a few. All in an effort to elevate the quality of  the teaching and preaching to be more biblical right  in the places these men are presently ministering for the glory of God, and in the context of their local churches of course.

There is much work to do and this is an opportunity to help invest in the men the Lord is raising up to work in His harvest, to care for His people. Please pray about helping. The new website with the men’s profiles and backgrounds is in the works. Pray.

“Those who give and pray for missions, play a role just as important as the missionary on the field.”

We purposely do not use a sending agency with large overhead costs that retains a significant percentage of the money donated, so you can be sure that your gift goes directly to the mission field.

If the Lord so lays on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry,  you can send your tax deductible gift to:

CENTRAL MISSIONARY CLEARINGHOUSE
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228
1-800-CMC-PRAY (1-800-262-7729)
Office: 281-599-7411
Fax: 281-599-7511

This ministry (CMC) serves hundreds of missionaries, but they ONLY receive the funds for us and in no way have control over how the funds are to be spent or what we are to do as a ministry, which gives us liberty to make real needs a priority and yet have room to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading. This is one of the reasons why we went with CMC. There are also three trusted pastors which sit as our mission board.

You may begin sending your support to the Salgado DR Mission at any time at the address above. (Checks should be made payable to Central Missionary Clearinghouse or C.M.C.)

You can also now give to the ministry here in the DR online through the new giving solution called “click and give” at the CMC website.

To get started you just need to click on the link below and register the first time. Just a simple click on the donate button on their page (see link below), and then click the “click and give icon/button”.

https://www.cmcmissions.org/donate

You will then have a private giving solution that comes with many benefits to you the donor. If you have any questions please call the office (tel:1-800-262-7729 or 281-599-7411), and they very kindly will walk you through what you need to do.

You can also donate to this ministry online with Paypal. Click the donate button below and you can send support of any amount directly to the ministry. You can choose the option of doing a one-time donation and in emergencies this is the fastest option to get funds to us.

Unfortunately through Paypal we are not set up for receiving recurring donations at this time. But the other online giving option above does the recurring monthly donation option. Simply register one time and that’s it.

For tax exemption, you must send your donation through Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC) at the address above. 

Again, we do not use a sending agency that gets a percentage of the money donated, so you can be sure that your gift goes directly to the mission field.

Whatever you decide, thank you so much for praying for us and helping this ministry. God Bless You!

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:3-5‬ ‭

 

Salgado DR Mission: update

 

“Those who give and pray for missions, play a role just as important as the missionary on the field.”

 

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

Now that our donations will be handled through Central MIssionary Clearinghouse, you can now give to the ministry here in the DR online through the new giving solution called “click and give” at the CMC website.

To get started you just need to click on the link below and register the first time. Just a simple click on the donate button on their page (see link below), and then click the “click and give icon/button”.

You will then have a private giving solution that comes with many benefits to you the donor. If you have any questions please call the office (tel:1-800-262-7729 or 281-599-7411), and they very kindly will walk you through what you need to do.

Thank you for the prayers and support, God bless!

https://www.cmcmissions.org/donate

 

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:3-5‬ ‭

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

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

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

The feel of things here is beginning to change. But change for the good. The church, though still relatively small, is beginning to grow in other ways. There are new people coming. Some new converts, others who have come from other unbiblical churches and are seeking truth and wanting to be fed. The most encouraging thing is the answered prayers we are receiving. We have a good amount of men coming to the church now. Most have come through intentional outreach efforts, evangelism and home visits.  They are learning and asking to meet more often. They are wanting to spend more time together and they look forward to going out sharing the Gospel. We even have some aspiring the office of an elder.  We are  now putting together a plan for the next phase of growth. Pray about those plans. Lord willing, it is just a matter of time before our men grow in knowledge and maturity and we discover their gifts before we consider planting. Pray for this.

Christ is building His church here, there is no denying it. And God is so gracious and loving in His use of such flawed and weak vessels to do so. But it hasn’t come without a price. Many missionaries would steer clear away from sharing bad news or anything remotely negative at all in a newsletter. I have personally been told by other missionaries not to do so, that it isn’t good for supporters to hear, but we know the importance of prayer, and we NEED your prayers.

In the great awakening of the 1700’s during the time of Jonathan Edwards, early America experienced waves of revival and a moving of God’s Spirit unlike any other. According to the biography ‘The Short Life of Jonathan Edwards”, after times of great movements of God’s Spirit, there were some strange and evil things that followed. An obvious working of the evil one, people were hearing voices and having thoughts of suicide. Though futile in comparison, there certainly was a “counter attack” if you will, by the enemy in response to the many who were experiencing true repentance and strong new affections for Christ with an awe and fear of the holiness of God.

It is probably safe to say that it is not strictly unique to the great awakening, and has probably happened elsewhere in the world after times of revival and salvations during different periods of church history. Though on a much smaller scale, this has been our experience as well.  The last year and a half, we have experienced some of the hardest times with many challenges and periods of attacks on our family, our marriage, our children. It can take it’s toll. God has done so many great things around us in a remarkably short period of time, but the battle has also been most fierce during this time. Discouragement, deep emotional wounds and despair are no strangers. By God”s grace we stand united and trusting in Him. We stand still waving the flag of our Lord, proclaiming His glory and His mighty power, but we stand as those injured and weary after the war.

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 2:3

We still continue and will not surrender, but we do need your prayers. We are pushing forward and see that God is still working in so many things. We are praying for wisdom in when we can take a furlough for a time of rest and recuperation. But in light of the Gospel, to be sure we have made no sacrifices.

I never made a sacrifice. -Hudson Taylor missionary to China

Nothing is too great a cost to pay in comparison to Christ’s work on the cross on our behalf. But we are just weak humans and we need a little rest from time to time. We pray that our soon to be five years on the field can justify our need for a furlough for the health and longevity of our family on the field.

Please pray for Yeison’s visa. We are still waiting for that process to be finished. Then we would take a furlough so we can be together and Yeison can meet the rest of our (and now his) family for the first time. Christen has not seen her father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, in a long time and now her mother is discovering some medical conditions affecting her health and she desires to see and spend some time with them.

I will be in the states sharing the things the Lord is doing here and seeking further support for the Biblical Christian Missionary Society. A plan to send out of Hato Mayor and support both Dominicans and Haitians, closley working with them in the spreading of the Gospel, in the city, and to other parts of the island. This requires a much larger network of supporting churches partnering with us. Lord willing, and with the help of the brethren and mission minded churches back home, we will soon be able to send and support  local missionaries here out of the city. We believe that the Lord has brought us to this place for this purpose.

We have worked in more rural areas in the past, and the Lord has blessed those efforts, but our philosophy of missions has changed over the years. Now it is geared more towards equipping local men in the city who can be sent to reach their own people in places like where we used to work, and with the prayer, resources and proper training, do so more effectively than we could. Please pray for the Bibical Christian Missioanry Society and for the Lord to open doors to new partnerships that would help make this possible. The Lord is rasing up faithful men and we are reaching a point where we only lack the resources to be able to effectively and consistently send more laborers into the harvest and more soldiers into the battlefield.

Those who pray and give towards missions play a role just as important as those on the mission field.

It was only a few years ago that we were praying for the Lord to send us men. There were days when I would sometimes preach to just my family and a couple of other people. That is still our continued prayer, for Him to send more laborers,  but it is a beautiful thing to know God heard and answered those prayers. Not always how we would expect Him to, but in better and often time bigger ways. Just yesterday I sat with a brother who was expressing his love for the Word and desire to preach the Gospel and teach others. Wow, just wow.

Our God is Good and He is Faithful, blessed be the name of the Lord and to Him alone belongs all the glory forever and ever.  Pray.

… For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts. – Malachi 1:11

Salgado DR Mission Newsletter

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

First let us say that we are thankful for each  of you who pray for and give to this mission so that our family may minister here. Thank you and God bless you for your faithfulness.

It has been a long time coming but we finally celebrated our first wedding at Hato Mayor. There have been two couples we have been trying to get marrried for over a year now. But there were many challenges in getting paperwork done here. Especially when people are from small towns out in the country where old documents have been lost and there are no offices that keep public records in that area. Both couples we have been wanting to marry have had much difficulty in obtaining copies of birth certificates which are necessary to be married by law here. We were forced to make a decision.  Allow them to continue to live in sin, or do a ceremony as a church where the two make a covenant together, before God, with the church as witnesses to that blessed and holy union. They understood they had been in sin for too long and wanted to be right before God and be a good example to their children.  So as the church, we married them!

This is a couple that has been together for 23 years!  After showing them through the Word of God the importance and meaning of marriage, they knew it was time and no longer wanted to live in sin.

This is a very big deal and we wanted to celebrate it, because it is a relationship that is a reflection of Christ and the church, the most important of all human relationships, and for them to be an example to the church and others.

 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. – Ephesians 5:31-32

This is in a culture that for the most part does not value marriage at all. They call anyone here living together “married”.  The wife has been a christian for some time but the husband may have just come to Christ in his time with us this year. We will still help them with their legal documents and try to marry them through the civil court, but that could be a very long process in proving who they are and where they were born. We have another couple in the same situation we hope to marry soon as well. These are just some of the things you deal with on the mission field.

There are many other things going on as well. We are still adapting to the changes of having the two other girls living with us. Moises the Haitian young man from Esperanza, was with us for a little while as well. He was recently reunited with a sister he hasn’t seen for 12 years. He was very young last time he saw her and did not remember her, but found out she was here in Santiago when visiting his mother in Haiti, who he hadn’t seen either for just as long! When we had him with us we had nine people in our home!  That’s a lot of mouths to feed on a small budget.

Please continue to pray for our family. We are stilll being challenged and stretched in ways we never imagined, even after four years here. Here are a few prayer requests:

First and most important is our family’s spiritual lives and health. Pray for the church to maintain spiritual growth and unity. Pray for our evangelism efforts. The Gospel is being shared here by some faithful brothers and sisters on a regular basis. There are other prayer requests as well. Maya is struggling very much in school, the kids have needed dental work, Yeison has been sick a lot and still coughs pretty bad at night, the van is in the shop, giving has been down significantly, and we still have money to raise for our family’s monthly budget and a project at the church building. Please keep these things in prayer.

We are thankful for the Lord’s gracious provision and He has been so very kind and faithful to us.  Please continue to pray about giving and share these needs with others as well.

If the Lord so lays on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry, you can send your tax deductible gift to:

Romeo Baptist Church 20545 SW 5th Pl. Dunnellon Fl, 34431.
*Please be sure to write Salgado DR Mission in the memo.
You can also donate to this ministry online. Click the donate button on the home page and you can send support of any amount directly to the ministry. Unfortunately we are not set up for receiving recurring donations at this time.
For tax exemption, you must send your donation to our sending church at the address above. We do not use a sending agency that gets a percentage of the money donated, so you can be sure that your gift goes directly to the mission field. Whatever you decide, thank you so much for praying for us and God Bless You!