Prayer Requests

We are approaching the end of our visit here in the U.S. and we will be back in the DR before we know it.  Our good friends the Duncan’s have made it back to the DR safely with their new baby daughter on Tuesday. Please keep them in your prayers as they readjust to life in the DR with the new addition to the family. We are very thankful for all the people who have shown us such hospitality and love  everywhere we have been, and for everyone who financially supports this mission. But we are most thankful for the prayers. Continue reading “Prayer Requests”

Salgado DR Mission Newsletter 20

Dear mission partners, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Greetings to  you in the name of our Lord. We are still stateside as I write this newsletter but by the time you receive next month’s newsletter, we will be back in the DR. This month our children will finally take their tests for school. Please pray that they do well. It has been difficult for the children to stay on track in school with all the traveling we have been doing, sharing our ministry and trying to raise support.
We have been here longer than we were on our last visit, but it has given Christen a chance to spend the extra time needed with her father who has alzheimer’s and dementia and has unfortunately been declining. Continue reading “Salgado DR Mission Newsletter 20”

Faith comes by hearing

We first would like to say thank you for everyone’s prayers for our family as we traveled. We are back in Ocala, Fl. now. We spent a few weeks on the road sharing with others about our family and ministry, the great needs and challenges we face, and the many things that God is doing in the DR that we are privileged to be a small part of. We met many brothers and sisters in different states and were overwhelmed to find out how many people knew about and have been praying for us. We are so grateful, and in so many ways we are in need of the continued faithful prayers of the saints back home. We are confident that the Lord hears them.  Thank you.

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,- Philemon 1:4 ESV

One of the biggest challenges we face in discipleing adults and training men for leadership is illiteracy. There are a lot of adults in the area we minister to who cannot read. There a several different reasons for this, Continue reading “Faith comes by hearing”

What is man?

I often wonder why an Almighty, Holy, and Sovereign God is concerned about my needs.  Who am I? I know Jesus said that we are not to be anxious about food or clothes, and that He provides for the ravens and we are of much more value than them ( Luke 12:24). But why does He provide so many times and is so faithful to do so? Now, I know it is because of who He is. And I know that He does not change, and because of this, whatever He has promised we can trust that He will do. But, in light of who He is and who we are, if God did not answer one more prayer, or provide one more thing, He would still be worthy of worship. It is thinking of all this that leaves me so in awe of Him. There is nothing special or worthy about me or anyone else, it’s just who He is. It’s all grace. Which makes His blessings and answered prayers that much more beyond my understanding.

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Salgado D.R. Mission Newsletter 19

Dear mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ. We are presently back in the United States for a visit. It is great to take the opportunity to see family and friends. The kids get the chance to see their old friends, and today they got to see fresh snow fall for the first time! They were pretty excited about it. There is none of that in the DR (or Florida either for that matter, lol). And although we love to be here as it refreshes and recharges us, we miss our brothers and sisters in the DR. We are currently in Tennessee as I write this, but we wanted to share a  few different reasons why we are here on this trip. Continue reading “Salgado D.R. Mission Newsletter 19”

The fire

We have been so blessed recently as a family. God has provided in many different ways for us, even a place to live while we are home on this trip as our kids do some testing for school. Some friends of ours have a  furnished home in a patch of woods not far from our home church and they let us stay there when we are in town. The kids love it out there. There are lots of trees, and occasionally the old ones fall down and need to be taken care of.  So I usually do some cleaning up with the chainsaw whenever we are in town. It also gives me a reason to do something else I love, bonfires. Continue reading “The fire”

I know, but….

As many of you know I recently spent the day at the hospital. Even after a year and a half in another country you can eat things that just mess you up. I am feeling a little better but the doctors never quite figured out exactly what is wrong with me. I really wanted to think I was getting better even though I knew something was wrong. Even after three weeks I was drinking lots of fluids and even went for a three mile run shortly after getting here to Ocala. I neglected going to see a doctor because of wanting to go see family and spend time with my dad who I pretty much only see once a year. Everyone kept telling me I ought to go to see doctor, but I just kept saying “I know, I know but…” followed by an excuse. Well, after seeing some family but starting to feel worse and worse, I finally broke down and went to the hospital. They said I should have come a long time ago. I was dehydrated and they ran many tests but never quite found out exactly what was wrong with me. But I actually was very sick. The funny thing is that I had deceived myself into thinking that everything was alright. The same is true of our spiritual lives as well.  Continue reading “I know, but….”

Salgado D.R. Mission Newsletter 18

Dear mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus.  The last couple of months have been somewhat difficult in the sense of ministering and trying to make adjustments in light of what we have been doing in the past, and considering trying some new things too. We also have an upcoming trip we have been busy planning for. But even in the midst of all the business and cloud of difficult decisions to make, we would like to begin this letter by acknowledging and giving thanks and praise to God for His provision and faithfulness. This is basically a praise report.

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I guess they were right…

I haven’t blogged in a while. But today’s experience would have been too long as a fb post, but is also definitely a story worth sharing. If not for anything else, to help you pray for us and this country more specifically We have heard the many stories. The protests, the riots, or what they call here the “huelgas”. The word really means “a strike”. There are many days the kids here do not go to school because of them. Class is canceled and the teachers refuse to show up. They happen often and for various reasons. The people get together and protest in such a way as to send the government a message. I have seen the beginnings of one getting back from teaching at night in other towns. I have seen the aftermath of them. Tires and garbage burned in the street. Giant rocks and blocks thrown in the road to keep vehicles from passing through. But they aren’t as bad or as often in our town of Esperanza. At least not that I have seen yet.

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