Update / prayer letter from Antonio in The DR

Greetings mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ. I am eternally grateful for the grace and provision the Lord has shown us through generous people like you. Here are this month’s updates, prayer requests and needs. 

Mercy ministry:

We have three boxes of donations, mostly foods and clothes that have been delayed in getting to us. They were shipped weeks ago, so I am sure they are in the country by now, but I am in touch with the brother who sent them to locate them and get those donations distributed to those who need them as soon as possible. Pray that there won’t be any more setbacks there.

 

Family:

Yeison struggled in school. He needed a lot of help and he did better with a tutor studying virtually to reduce distractions, but it looks like he is passing to the third grade. Unfortunately, this year his scholarship runs out, so I must make a tough decision soon. Unless we receive help with his enrollment and tuition for the next school year, I don’t have many more options than to put him in a public school. I pray we won’t have to do that. Yeison is a special kid that needs lots of help, and I’m sure he won’t do well in that environment.  The public school system here is very poor and education has been a priority for me, with him and our other children. Apart from the poor education, Yeison’s attention deficit and learning disability, there are several other reasons I don’t think he would do well at all in a public school at all, and it really concerns me for him. Please pray about helping with this need.

Giving:

Donations have dwindled significantly right before things opened up here without all the restrictions after the pandemic. I find myself struggling to keep things going at times and working full time at the orphanage just to make ends meet. Even though my job is very much ministry, I work more due to necessity. In the past I have worked with the orphanage and schools for free teaching English and ministering to and evangelizing the kids and employees, apart from all the work I did in the church plant and in the barrios, doing Bible, clothes, food and medicine distribution, in Haiti where I also worked. Even in the pandemic, I worked A LOT. I am praying to get back to that without abandoning the orphanage. The Lord is doing a good work there and I hope to stay involved in the future. But there is a great need for new mission partners in order for us to continue working with those we are committed to and more. It is difficult for me to get back to the states to speak and share what the Lord is doing here. That certainly doesn’t help. As the saying goes and is unfortunately true, it’s out of sight, out of mind. Thank God that social media has helped me stay somewhat connected to friends and donors. But the need is still great. Pray about sharing the work this ministry does with others and about becoming a mission partner.

Please pray that the Lord would bring more mission partners on board to help the financial strain we are experiencing or pray about joining our efforts by sharing the needs, praying and/or financially supporting this ministry. 

New projects and opportunities:

About six years ago there were thousands of Venezuelans seeking refuge here in the DR fleeing from poverty, violence, and lack of resources because of the dictator Maduro and his regime. A one time rich and prosperous country became poorer than Haiti. The poverty in Venezuela has tripled (over 75%) since Maduro took charge. Since then, I have shared the Gospel with, and helped many who came here with little more than the clothes on their backs. Some who are still close friends and brothers or sisters until this day. I have stayed well aware of the situation there and it isn’t getting much better. Professionals with degrees make about 5-7 dollars a month! Imagine that for a minute.

 


(A home that some friends of mine in Venezuela live in.)

 

Having said that, we are doing a fundraiser for Venezuela. We need to raise 3,000 dollars within this next month to cover travel and supplies costs. There are risks and lots of planning going into this, but we still need lots of help meeting our goal. Please pray about joining us in this effort through prayer and giving.

At the orphanage a new young man recently began working in the boy’s department. He seems to be a solid and trustworthy brother and I’m pretty excited about working with him and teaching him to see what the Lord will do through him. Pray for Wilfren.

Pray that the boxes that were shipped will show up soon. I have already identified the area and people who will receive the donations. 

Pray for the Bible studies and devotionals I am preparing and sharing with the personnel of the orphanage, especially the evangelistic aspect of the job. Pray that the Lord would use me in the orphanage, out of the orphanage and in the other places we are working. Pray.

In service to Him,

Antonio Salgado Jr.

I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,- Philippians 1:3-5

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.

If the Lord so lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry:

You can  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. Click the link below for that option.

https://www.paypal.me/SalgadoDRMission

Also,

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

The ministry of (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 room to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and the liberty in making needed adjustments.

You may begin sending your support to the BCMS (Antonio Salgado) 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

For tax exemption, you must send your donation through Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC) at the address above. But the Paypal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field.

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!

 

 

Update from Antonio in the DR

Greetings dear mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ. We are extremely grateful to those who pray for, donate and even visit at times. I would not be able to do what I do if it weren’t for brothers and sisters back home to pray for and support this mission.

 

At the orphanage, I am working A LOT. Right now I am working on an evangelism teaching and how to study the Bible workshop that I do in my meetings with the supervisors for the purpose of evangelizing the personel, and teaching them how to prepare a devotional/Bible study. I am training the supervisors under me, so they  then can train the caretakers who work directly with the kids, who then can eventually prepare their own devotionals to teach the children. Apart from that I’m working on some leadership resources with the team as well. It’s going well and the boss wants me to be in charge of ethics now too. So the workload is pretty heavy. Apart from book and important article translations, we are working on a manual for the institution with protocols for each department and every situation we can possibly think of. It’s a monster of a job that needs to be very extensive with lots of prevention rules and processes to protect the vulnerable children we work with the best that we can.

A good brother recently donated a very good study Bible which I then  gifted to Dr. Ignacio from the orphanage, he’s a great brother who loves the Lord and I’m sure he’ll put it to good use.

At home, Yeison has struggled in school. I´ve had to pay a tutor 200 bucks every two weeks for him since the school wanted me to pay for another teacher to help him and work one on one. The school was charging more but thankfully we found a tutor who would do it cheaper and Yeison is finally progressing, thank God.

That’s quite a bill here. And I don´t make much here working, so I very much depend on and need the support from brothers and sisters back home, to not only help my family, but also to provide the resources needed to do the ministry and activities we plan. Thankfuly there is a sister back home helping with Yeison’s need for now.

We have a eldery lady (Lourdes) who still needs help who lives in horrible conditions. Her granddaughter is a friend of ours. We still need donations for that. Please pray about helping us help her (see last months newsletter). But there is another need we have that will help many, God willing.

I am working on trying to get into Venezuela and so far so good.. It isn’t possible right now from the U.S., BUT…IT IS very possible from Santo Domingo or Mexico. I almost have all  the paperwork I need to request the visa now from here and a friend who is a lawyer is helping me with that.

We have many friends and family in the faith over there. We have helped in the past, sending funds to faithful brothers and sisters who helped us get the resources to where they needed to go, back when we first started receiving Venezuelans at the church years ago. There are thousands of them here now and all over Latin America after Maduro and his regime ruined a beautiful and one time prosperous country. The truth is, it’s bad over there right now. Really bad. 

My stay there would be short of course. I have many responsibilities here and I can’t stay apart from Yeison for too long either. However, apart from the funds I need to get there, I cannot go to such a place empty handed. Apart from my personal traveling expenses, I need at least  3000 dollars above and beyond that to buy what we need to to help others. Please pray about helping towards that need. There are some good churches in Caracas and we can work through our other trustworthy contacts there as well.

On another note, there are things we´ve done in the past that unfortunately we have not been able to resume since the pandemic. The medical clinics out in the communities, conferences and workshops that have been edifying for many in the past are something that I would love to resume again as soon as possible. More evangelism, medical clinics, distributions, workshops and discipleship. I have a few good and trusted brothers who have helped us in the past, who desperately would love to get back to work as we used to. Here in the DR, in Haiti and now in Venezuela too. But we desperatley need your help to make this happen. The Lord has opened these doors, we see the needs, but we need your help. Please pray about joining us in prayer and support in order to get the job done. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions about the needs or how you can join us in this worthy labor for the Lord. Thank you and God bless.

In service to Him,

Antonio Salgado Jr.

 

I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,- Philippians 1:3-5

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.

If the Lord so lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry:

You can  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. Click the link below for that option.

https://www.paypal.me/SalgadoDRMission

Also,

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

The ministry of (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 room to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and the liberty in making needed adjustments.

You may begin sending your support to the BCMS (Antonio Salgado) 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

For tax exemption, you must send your donation through Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC) at the address above. But the Paypal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field.

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!

 

BCMS: Update from Antonio in the DR

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

 We are extremely grateful for each and every person who has taken time out to pray for this ministry, our family and those we serve. Especially those who take the time to personally reach out to us on occasion for much-needed encouragement.  For every person who has donated any amount throughout the years. Thank you, we love and appreciate your love for the Lord and the desire to be involved His work.

Yeison just turned eight years old this past Sunday. He is going through a growth spurt and  is getting very tall all of a sudden.  And even though he is struggling in school, he is becoming very responsible for his age. Right now he is doing school virtually and I have a tutor working with him one on one during his school hours. That alone is an expense, but thank God  there is a sister helping with half of that cost. But we’re still short about 100 US dollars a month to cover that. If the Lord lies on your heart to want to help with that, it would be appreciated.

Another personal need is that my vehicle needs many repairs. We were in an accident a couple of months ago, then and got ripped off by a shady painter and lost about 300 dollars in that incident. Apart from that,  there are other things that still need other things fixed with the steering, tires and front end. Any help with that would certainly be a blessing. Those are a couple of personal needs and there are others. But there are those we serve and who are in need as well.

Over the years, the Lord has used this ministry as a means to reach  and to bless others. As of recently, there are many needs that we presently have and have identified to help others and wish to continue doing so.

 

Yeison´s biological mother and her caretaker are in need. Brunilda, who cares for Yera (Yeison´s biological mother), has had some serious health issues. And although we sent her relief recently when her son passed away, we haven’t been able to help much more until we have more resources to do so.  Please pray about helping us help them.

 

This past Sunday, we took a good friend and sister to visit her grandmother, who she hadn’t seen in four years. It was a sweet reunion, but also very sad at the same time. We met Lourdes for the first time, an elderly woman who lives in a house by herself and has almost nothing. The holes in the wall where the windows should be, and are covered with old tin nailed into the blocks. She has a son who she can barely care for. He is about 40 years old, who suffered a severe head trauma when he was young and now cannot live a normal life or care for himself.

Lourdes, who can barely walk herself, actually uses a walker to scuffle uphill on a dirt trail to the small wooden house where her son lives to take him food and water. After spending some time there and getting to know her story, I felt moved to try to help. I am asking around in that area for a worker who can get me an estimate to install the aluminum shutters for her house and  do what we can to help at least with food and clothes for her and her son. Hopefully more than that. I f the Lord lies on your heart to help towards this need, it would be a tremendous blessing for them. I am waiting on an estimate to see what everything will cost to help her. Please pray about helping.

A couple of weeks ago we also did a food, medicine and clothes distribution. And apart from all that, I am still working at the orphanage. It takes a lot of my time, but they have given me great responsibility and freedom to create programs, evangelize and invest in the  children and adolescents there. It’s not just a job, it’s very much ministry, and I am thankful that the Lord opened this door. Especially since we already had a relationship with them since we used to come with groups  from the church in Hato Mayor to serve as volunteers. As the head of operations I do devotionals with the staff and my supervisors, give leadership training and create the tools and protocols that help us collect data on our progress and how to better serve the children.  We’ve seen a lot of progress in the last six months by the grace of God. Please pray for wisdom for me and to continue serving well with the many responsibilities and commitments I have at the present time.

In Christ,

Antonio Salgado Jr.

 

I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,- Philippians 1:3-5

 

 

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.

If the Lord so lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry:

You can  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. Click the link below for that option.

https://www.paypal.me/SalgadoDRMission

Also,

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

The ministry of (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 room to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and the liberty in making needed adjustments.

You may begin sending your support to the BCMS (Antonio Salgado) 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

For tax exemption, you must send your donation through Central Missionary Clearinghouse (CMC) at the address above. But the Paypal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field.

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!

 

 

 

 

Salgado DR Mission Video / Iglesia Bautista Hato Mayor

This is a video of some of the activities we did for the community of Hato Mayor with our friends from Morriston Baptist church. We were able to minister to 150 children in the mornings through Bible teaching, and have some fun with games, crafts, and music. There was also ministry for adults in the evening with bible studies for both men and women, a beading class for the ladies, a movie night and, a concert with worship music. Since these activities we have continued the beading class to share the gospel with ladies in the community and have had new visitors at the church. Soli Deo Gloria.