BCMS – Updates From The DR

 

 

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

I would like to begin with a very special thanks to those who continue to support the work here in spite of the difficulties and changes that have occurred over the last couple of years. Without your help and faithfulness in the past, we would not have been able to do what has been done over the last almost ten years. God bless you.

My desire is to resume and add to much of what we have not been able to do, due to insufficient funds, continue helping, teaching and serving the people of the Dominican Republic and the many Haitians and Venezuelans who also live here among us. Right now the biggest need we have is more mission partners. Without funds, I’m stuck. Without help from brothers and sisters back home I am forced to rely on the very little bit of money  I can generate here, and it doesn’t provide enough for myself, family needs and expenses of doing ministry. I would love to resume the medical clinics, bible distributions and different outreaches and workshops we do. I would love to resume the work in Haiti with Leonel. I haven’t been physically back to Haiti since the pandemic, though Leonel and I keep in contact frequently. Sadly, I have had to draw back on some of what I was doing before the pandemic.

Right now, I am in survival mode. Almost living check to check trying to do my best with the little that trickles in these days. I make here about 1/4 of what I would make at a secular job back home. I work at the orphanage to pay my bills. Furthermore, I love the work, the children and teaching and helping others here. But it does not pay enough for me to pay my bills and do ministry and offer help to others. I really love the work, but with each passing month I am realizing the need for much more help from the outside very soon. Even so, I have still helped as many as I can, but won’t be able to soon, if something doesn’t change in the funds that come in or if new mission partners don’t come on board.

For years, we depended on the generosity of others to help me live and work and serve here, as Paul did on his missionary journeys. Praise God for the help we received over the years. When I arrived here in 2012 we came with very little, practically nothing.  And although there has been changes, there is work to do, the needs remain, and there are many. I am committed to stay. I am committed to serve. But Yeison requires help, and sometimes I fear that soon I will not be able to do so as I have in the past. Even though I trust in God’s provision, the thought of not being able to not only help people, but not even provide for my own very much terrifies me, if I am honest. My only options are to pray and ask for help.

Please share the need for help with your friends, church, or other brothers and sisters who the Lord may touch to help and become a part of the work that is being done here.

Even the Apostle Paul rode the emotional roller coaster, rejoicing at times, but suffering needs and moments of feelings of abandonment. In the letter to the Philippians writes in the beginning a very warm thank you to these special brothers and sisters.  

“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.” 1:3-5

But later in the letter we see why this church was so special and beloved by Paul. It appears that at one time, many turned their back on Paul, and in the beginning only the Philippians were willing to help him in his journeys. Later in the letter he writes:

 “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly because once again you renewed your care for me. You were, in fact, concerned about me, but lacked the opportunity to show it. I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him[d] who strengthens me. Still, you did well by partnering with me in my hardship.

 And you Philippians know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone.

First we see how he rejoices at the fact that the Philippians gave, and even though for a time they were not able, but when able they began to send him help again. Later he states that at one time, no other church helped, they were the only ones supporting.”

I  can relate to the situation. Content with little, trusting the Lord, but not afraid to ask for help and rejoicing when brothers and sisters back home get on board and are willing to support again. To the Romans, he wrote that he expected them to help with his needs and travels. 

I am planning to go to Spain, and when I do, I will stop off in Rome. And after I have enjoyed your fellowship for a little while, you can provide for my journey. – Romans 15:24

So asking for help isn’t bad, in fact it’s biblical when working in foreign and cross-cultural ministry. Over the years things change, people change, situations change, but the work and the mission remain the same. And the need for help also remains. Please pray about becoming a mission partner and/or sharing the needs here. Thank you for your prayers and support, God bless.

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 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

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

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. Click the link below for that option.

https://www.paypal.me/SalgadoDRMission

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!

 

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