Prayer request for Valentina

Here is a brief report on Rafael’s daughter Valentina’s health:

My dear brothers and sisters, may the Lord bless you.

“I’m writing to give you a short update on Valentina Rodriguez’s health. Unfortunately, the inflammation in her right parotid gland hasn’t gone away despite the treatments and the special diet she’s been on. There’s also some slight swelling in her left parotid gland now as well.

The current treatment plan aims to boost her immune system and eliminate some parasites that might be contributing to the inflammation. The doctor extended both the diet and the treatment for another three months. The new diet is quite restrictive, requiring her to completely avoid flour, dairy products, gluten, processed meats, and sugar. Thankfully, she hasn’t experienced any pain or discomfort so far, and we’re grateful for the Lord’s blessings in that regard.

We would truly appreciate your prayers for Valentina. Our ultimate desire is for her complete recovery, and we’re hoping to find a more effective treatment that can truly cure her. Right now, we’re trying a natural treatment approach. We also ask for your prayers regarding the financial burden of the treatment, which involves several different medications and the specialized diet. Finally, please pray for Valentina to have strength and patience as she adheres to this strict new diet.”

Thank you for your continued love and support.

Grace and peace

Rafael and Yohanny Rodriguez

BCMS MISSION UPDATE

BCMS MISSION REPORT FROM VENEZUELA

 

Dear brother and sisters, 

By the great grace of the Lord, we continue to serve despite the difficulties. The Lord has not quit showing us His grace.

EVANGELISM   

By the grace of the Lord, we continue to preach in squares and in the lines of gas stations. We have had many good moments and conversations while out preaching the Gospel.

We ask you to please continue praying that the Lord will allow us to start a home Bible study this month, where we can gather people to study and to preach the gospel to them. Our home is in the same town as our local church, but it isn’t very close by. We are aware of the need in our own community. Pray that the Lord would be pleased to begin a new work through us there.

It is our desire that many people may come to know the grace of our God in Jesus Christ, and we want to do so by all means possible.

LOCAL CHURCH

In our local church, we continue to help in the time of worship leadership and in the discipleship school to new people who have arrived at our local church. Approximately 14 people will be added to the membership if the Lord allows it for the month of July. Praise God!

I ask you to pray that the Lord will raise up more men for service in our church, that the Lord will raise up more pastors and deacons in our congregation.

FAMILY

We continue as a family grateful to all the beloved brothers and sisters that the Lord has moved to give and pray to support missions so that more may go to the mission field, may the LORD BLESS them, thank you for your love for Christ.

We appreciate the messages to of our daughter Valentina and for praying for her, it really is something that has us a little anxious, since we do not yet have a clear diagnosis, but we rest in the Lord. Please continue to pray for her.

PRAYER REQUESTS

For our daughter Valentina’s health, for myself to be a biblical husband and father, for the salvation of our children and for a new amplified speaker system for street preaching.

May the peace of Christ be with you all.

Rafael Rodriguez

BCMS worker serving in Maracay, Venezuela

“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

Please pray for our BCMS workers serving faithfully in hard places. May the Gospel continue to go forth, to God be the glory.

If the Lord so lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry, you can easily donate online through PayPal. Click the donate button below to send support of any amount directly to the ministry. This is the fastest option to get funds to the mission field.

 

 

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
You may begin sending your support to 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 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. PayPal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field in case of emergencies. 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. Grace and peace.

 

“LA PODEROSA PATRICIPACIÓN DE PABLO CON LA IGLESIA DE FILIPINAS”

 

Y vosotros sabéis, filipenses, que desde el primer día del evangelio, ninguna iglesia compartió conmigo en lo tocante a dar y recibir, sino vosotros solos.

Pues aun estando yo en Tesalónica, me enviasteis socorro una y otra vez para mis necesidades. No es que busque dádivas, sino que busco el fruto que abunda en vuestra cuenta.   – Filipenses 4:15-17

 

Tema principal: El libro de Filipenses enfatiza la importancia de mantener la alegría en el Señor aún en medio del sufrimiento, mientras se avanza el evangelio a través de la colaboración.

 

Tres aspectos clave de la poderosa colaboración de Pablo con la iglesia de Filipos:

 

1. Dios provee a través de la colaboración (Filipenses 1:3-5):

Doy gracias a mi Dios siempre que me acuerdo de vosotros, siempre en toda oración mía rogando con gozo por todos vosotros, a causa de vuestra colaboración en el evangelio desde el primer día hasta ahora. – Filipenses 1:3-5

Colaboración = κοινωνία

Koinonía: colaboración, es decir, (literalmente) participación, o (social) relación, o (económica/que involucra dinero) beneficencia: (comunicar) -ación, comunión, (contribución), compañerismo.

  • Pablo expresa su gratitud por la colaboración (koinonia) de la iglesia de Filipos en el evangelio.
  • Koinonía es un término multifacético que abarca la participación, la comunión y el apoyo financiero.
  • Esta colaboración significa su compromiso compartido de difundir el mensaje del evangelio.

 

2. Cuidado y compromiso continuos (Filipenses 4:10-11, 4:14-16):

Me regocijé en gran manera en el Señor de que al fin habéis vuelto a renovar vuestro cuidado de mí. En verdad, vosotros os preocupabais por mí, pero os faltaba la oportunidad de demostrarlo. No lo digo por causa de la necesidad, pues he aprendido a contentarme cualquiera que sea mi situación. – Filipenses 4:10-11

Sin embargo, hicisteis bien al colaborar conmigo en mi tribulación. Y vosotros, filipenses, sabéis que desde el primer día del evangelio, ninguna iglesia compartió conmigo en lo tocante a dar y recibir, sino vosotros solos. Pues aun estando yo en Tesalónica, me enviasteis socorro una y otra vez para mis necesidades. – Filipenses 4:14-16

  • Pablo destaca el continuo apoyo y compromiso de la iglesia con la colaboración, incluso cuando las oportunidades de expresarlo eran limitadas.
  • Menciona su contentamiento en todas las circunstancias, enfatizando una completa confianza en el Señor y la capacidad de abstenerse de quejarse por las necesidades materiales. Pablo deja claro que está bien dar a conocer las necesidades, pero quejarse de nuestras circunstancias no lo es.
  • Sin embargo, reconoce su colaboración en su dificultad y su único apoyo financiero a lo largo de su ministerio, convirtiéndolos en una excepción entre otras iglesias.

 

3. Promesa de provisión (Filipenses 4:17-19):

No es que busque dádivas, sino que busco el fruto que abunda en vuestra cuenta. Pero lo he recibido todo, y tengo abundancia; estoy lleno, habiendo recibido de Epafrodito lo que de vosotros enviasteis, como olor grato, sacrificio aceptable, agradable a Dios. Mi Dios, pues, suplirá todo lo que os falta conforme a sus riquezas en gloria en Cristo Jesús. – Filipenses 4:17-19

  • Aunque Pablo está agradecido por sus regalos, enfatiza que su principal preocupación no es su propio bienestar, sino el crecimiento espiritual de los filipenses. Sus palabras acerca de su generosidad y apoyo incondicional hacen eco del lenguaje utilizado para describir los sacrificios en el Antiguo Testamento, ofrendas agradables a Dios.
  • Reconoce su completo apoyo a sus necesidades y expresa su abundancia gracias a sus dones.
  • Por último, Pablo vincula su colaboración a una promesa divina: Dios suplirá todas sus necesidades según sus riquezas en gloria en Cristo Jesús.

 

Esta es solo una vista panorámica de algunas verdades maravillosas que se encuentran en Filipenses. En este pequeño y singular libro, encontramos un excelente modelo bíblico para las misiones que deberíamos esforzarnos por alcanzar. El libro revela una notable asociación entre Pablo y la iglesia de Filipos. Compartían el objetivo común de difundir el evangelio, y esta asociación se manifestó a través del apoyo mutuo, el compromiso y las contribuciones económicas. Pablo destaca la provisión de Dios a través de su asociación, no solo para él mismo, sino también para ellos, prometiendo que Dios suplirá todas sus necesidades. Esta asociación sirve como ejemplo del poder de la colaboración y la generosidad del pueblo de Dios para avanzar en el mensaje del evangelio mientras se mantiene el gozo y el contentamiento en circunstancias desafiantes.

 

Con promesas tan maravillosas, un mandato claro y un patrón bíblico a seguir, debemos preguntarnos…

¿Qué más nos impide hacer la obra del Señor a la manera del Señor? ¿A qué estamos esperando?

 

“La obra de Dios, hecha a la manera de Dios, nunca carecerá de la provisión de Dios.” – Hudson Taylor

 

Escrito por Antonio Salgado

 

Please pray for our BCMS workers serving faithfully in hard places. May the Gospel continue to go forth, to God be the glory.

 

“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 lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry, you can easily donate online through PayPal. Click the donate button below to send support of any amount directly to the ministry. This is the fastest option to get funds to the mission field.

 

 

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

You may begin sending your support to 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 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. PayPal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field in case of emergencies. 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. Grace and peace.

LA LIBERTAD DEL PERDÓN

LOS PERDONADOS PERDONAN

“Soportándoos los unos a los otros y perdonándoos mutuamente si alguien tiene una queja contra otro. Así como el Señor los ha perdonado, así también deben perdonar ustedes.” – Colosenses 3:13

El Evangelio no es solo para los no creyentes; es un recordatorio constante y una fuente de libertad para nosotros, los creyentes. Tendemos a olvidarlo, por lo que predicarnos el Evangelio a nosotros mismos es vital. Necesitamos maravillarnos de la cruz, de la profundidad del perdón de Dios para nosotros, tal como dijo Charles Spurgeon:

“Tengo que postrarme humildemente al pie de la cruz de Cristo y maravillarme de ser salvo.”

Este perdón nos humilla, pero también nos libera. El Evangelio nos recuerda la inmensa gracia de Dios a través del sacrificio de Cristo y la profundidad de nuestro propio pecado, mucho mayor que cualquier ofensa que otro pueda cometer. Nuestro pecado es contra un Creador Santo e infinitamente Digno.

Entonces, al contemplar el Evangelio, nos desarman y nos encontramos sin argumentos. Nos libera del egoísmo y nos abre los ojos al lento pero seguro envenenamiento que nos inflige el no perdonar, a menudo arraigado en nuestro orgullo. Entonces somos humillados por la gracia de la cruz, que nos da poder para perdonar a los demás.

La lucha es natural, especialmente cuando hay heridas profundas o seres queridos involucrados. Podemos tropezar, pero el Espíritu Santo fomenta un deseo de perdón, que eventualmente debería llevarnos a una verdadera reconciliación.

Como cristianos, el perdón es un distintivo. Cuando luchamos, meditar en la gracia de Dios hacia nosotros y la profundidad de nuestro propio pecado nos ayuda a perdonar. El sacrificio de Cristo pagó por todo nuestro pecado, sin dejar condenación para aquellos que están en Él, incluidos aquellos a quienes nos cuesta perdonar. Se nos ha mostrado una gracia y un amor tan increíbles.

“Pero Dios, que es rico en misericordia, por su gran amor por nosotros, nos hizo vivir con Cristo, aun cuando estábamos muertos en transgresiones. ¡Ustedes están salvados por gracia!” – Efesios 2:4-5

Así que ora, perdona y deja la amargura. Sana y crece a partir de la experiencia. “Sean imitadores de Dios”, mostrando gracia y perdón a los demás, tal como Dios lo ha hecho con nosotros en Cristo. Porque al final del día, nosotros también deberíamos postrarnos humildemente al pie de la cruz de Cristo y maravillarnos de que cualquiera de nosotros sea salvo.

Necesitamos escuchar el Evangelio todos los días, porque lo olvidamos todos los días. – Martín Lutero

Escrito por Antonio Salgado

 

Please pray for our BCMS workers serving faithfully in hard places. May the Gospel continue to go forth, to God be the glory.

“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 lies on your heart to give back to Him by supporting this ministry, you can easily donate online through PayPal. Click the donate button below to send support of any amount directly to the ministry. This is the fastest option to get funds to the mission field.

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

You may begin sending your support to 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 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. PayPal option is the fastest way to get funds directly to the field in case of emergencies. 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. Grace and peace.

La Canción de Yeison: Un Susurro Contra el Rugido (ACTUALIZADO)

El mundo ruge con argumentos sobre el aborto, cada lado ahogando la voz más preciada: el grito de una vida silenciada. Pero no puedo quedarme callado con la historia de mi propio hijo pidiendo ser escuchada. Esto no es una diatriba política, sino un lamento, un susurro contra el estruendo ensordecedor, tejido con la esperanza nacida de una realidad brutal.

Muchos conocen a Yeison, nuestro milagro bilingüe y brillante. Lo que quizás no sepan es la oscuridad que lo dio a luz. No sólo nació de una madre con necesidades especiales, sino en las secuelas de un acto monstruoso: una violación que destrozó su mundo y lo dejó a él, un alma inocente, aferrándose a la vida.

Esta es la verdad que me desgarra. Mientras la rabia por el perpetrador arde con fuerza, una brasa de gratitud parpadea: gracias a Dios que el aborto no era una opción legal aquí. Pero la sombra de su posible existencia futura se cierne sobre nosotros, recordándonos la escalofriante verdad: cada vida, desde su primera chispa, tiene un valor intrínseco. Cada latido, independientemente de su origen, susurra una canción que sólo el cielo puede escuchar realmente. ¿Y quiénes somos nosotros para silenciar esa canción?

La madre de Yeison, aunque atrapada en sus propias luchas, lo ama con fiereza. Brilla en sus ojos, un testimonio del vínculo maternal que trasciende las limitaciones. ¿Cómo se atreve nadie a afirmar que este niño, nacido de semejante horror, merece algo menos que amor y protección?

En la época en que estaba orando por otro hijo, Dios me llevó a una comunidad donde predicaba y enseñaba Su Palabra. Respondió mis oraciones, pero de una manera que nunca esperé. Me puso en el camino de ayudar a Yeison, a su madre y a la que sería la cuidadora de Yera.

La escena que nos recibió era desgarradora. Yera, débil y desnutrida, apenas podía cuidarse a sí misma, y mucho menos a un bebé. Si el aborto hubiera sido una opción, la vida de Yeison se habría borrado, su pequeña melodía se habría apagado antes de empezar realmente.

El pensamiento me hiela la sangre. Incluso en casos de traumas inimaginables, el niño no debería cargar con los pecados del perpetrador. Quitar una vida, en cualquier etapa, no es una solución, sino una tragedia agravada.

Hoy, la risa de Yeison resuena en nuestra casa. Él prospera, amado y querido por sus hermanos y muchos otros. Pero su historia no es sólo sol y sonrisas. Es un recordatorio crudo de la oscuridad que existe, de las vidas que se balancean al borde del silencio. Es un llamado a la acción, una súplica para que nos elevemos por encima del ruido y escuchemos los susurros de aquellos cuyas voces apenas se oyen.

El Evangelio se hace eco de esta súplica. Cuando estábamos perdidos y rotos, condenados y separados de Dios, Cristo no nos condenó, sino que vino a salvarnos, a ofrecernos el perdón y el asombroso privilegio de convertirnos en hijos de Dios. Como un niño adoptado en un hogar amoroso, ya no somos parias, sino hijos e hijas amados. Esta verdad alimenta mi compromiso inquebrantable de vivir para Él, de ser un faro de esperanza en un mundo que la necesita desesperadamente.

Pero las palabras por sí solas no pueden cambiar el mundo. Debemos actuar, nuestras acciones reflejando la compasión de Cristo y la gracia del Evangelio. Unámonos, no sólo para denunciar, sino para ofrecer apoyo y sanación a los afectados por el aborto. Recuerde que, incluso en la oscuridad más profunda, el perdón y la restauración son posibles.

Cuando miro a Yeison, veo más que un hijo. Veo un superviviente, un símbolo de esperanza, un testimonio vivo del valor de cada vida, incluso de las nacidas de un dolor inimaginable. Veo un hermoso reflejo del Evangelio. Que su historia toque su corazón, despierte su compasión y le inspire a unirse a nosotros para alzar nuestras voces, no sólo contra el rugido, sino por los susurros de cada preciosa vida.

Oremos por los afectados por el aborto, tanto por los niños como por los que se enfrentan a decisiones difíciles. Incluso en la oscuridad más profunda, el perdón y la restauración son posibles. Que estos encuentren consuelo y esperanza en el amor inquebrantable de Dios mostrado en el Evangelio.

En Cristo,

Antonio Salgado

BCMS Prayer Requests January 2024 Venezuela

To our friends, mission partners, brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you for your faithful prayers and support.

Please help us bring these petitions before the Lord. Prayer requests from BCMS worker Rafael Rodriguez in Maracay, Venezuela

-“Pray that the Lord gives us more healthy men and churches in our nation Venezuela, that the Lord would bring reform to every pulpit and that the regular pastors and preachers would be faithful in the exposition of the Word of God.

-Pray for the Lord to raise up more men in the midst of our local church for the offices of pastors and deacons, we need it. (At the moment there are two of us, my pastor, and I am the deacon of the church) 

-Pray for the church that we are supporting, it is the biblical church of Cagua, so that the Lord helps them in their ordination and that the Lord would raise up men as pastors and deacons there. 

-Pray for the mission of Mapuey. 

-Pray for Nina who has great need, provision to continue helping them. 

-Pray for us as a family, so that the Lord grants us to continue serving. And that we can continue to have a faithful ministry to the Lord. 

-Pray for financial provision.

The peace of Christ be with you all.”

 For more frequent updates, prayer requests and photos from the work in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Venezuela, join the private Facebook group “Biblical Missionaries and Church Planters” by simply clicking on the link below.

 BIBLICAL MISSIONARIES AND CHURCH PLANTERS

 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

BCMS UPDATE: DR, Haiti, Venezuela and more.

BCMS UPDATE: DR, Haiti, Venezuela and more.

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

Thank you for your faithfulness. For praying, for giving, for remembering.

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

Yeison Update

Yeison is getting ready to start school again soon. He is heading into third grade this year! He struggled quite a bit last year, but thankfully I was able to get him some tutoring, which made quite a difference. Please pray for him since he will be starting a new school. Due to the lack of funds, unfortunately I was not able to get him back into the good school he was in.  But Lord willing, he starts next week with the new school opening here near the orphanage. They are starting a little behind schedule this year compared to the rest of the schools due to some finishing touches and furnishing of the building. 

Venezuela Update

From July 21st to August 5th, we had boots on the ground in Venezuela. Although we have helped several people there over the years, this was different. Thank God we were able to raise $2000 dollars to help several families in Caracas and in Maracay. Although the needs were so great, we went over the budget by $400 dollars, but it was necessary. Although we send some aid every month, as of now it has been low. With only 8 more commitments  at  $100 a month we could support a couple of good men and have a decent mercy ministry with much more consistency.

There is a solid brother named Rafael in Maracay that I desire to support on a monthly basis. I have gotten to know him over the years, but much more so recently. He serves faithfully in his local church, he is passionate about evangelism and teaching, but also humble and teachable. He serves in and out of his local church diligently. He has a wife and three young children, one of them a newborn son. But the brother needs a little help. With a few more mission partners, I recently shared an update prior to this one that projects the funds needed monthly for each place. For the $1000 needed here in the DR, so far we have $450 of the $1000 needed. But for Venezuela, so far we have two commitments, one for $100 and another for $50. Please pray about joining as a mission partner and that the Lord would provide for Rafael and the many other needs. 

Haiti Update

I have been speaking with Leonel a lot over the last few days. He and the children are well, but there are things they need, and we wish to help if and whenever possible. The children need school uniforms, school supplies.

For ministry, Leonel is in need of a speaker and microphone for use in and out of the church in Savange Longe. The ideal type of speaker would be the bluetooth rechargeable kind. There is no electricity or running water where Leonel lives, but with a little help, he could pay a small amount to a person who lives near him with solar panels to charge it. Or he can charge it at the church which is not too far from his house. We could purchase him a good quality one that would last for less than $100 dollars and send it from here.

Sadly, for several months now, the Haiti project is low on funding. Very low. When funds are this low, we constantly are in need. Therefore, we share the needs on social media and in newsletters and pray for the Lord would put the desire in some generous brothers and sisters hearts to come alongside and help. Please pray for the Lord to send us more mission partners to provide enough for the $1000 needed monthly for funding the basic needs there. This way, we would not have to spend so much energy and time raising the funds, but able to focus more on getting resources to those already diligently doing the Gospel work, discipleship and helping “bearing one another’s burdens and so fulfilling the Law of Christ”.

Help us support these “faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

Immigration paperwork

I need to get back to the States sometime soon, before the end of the year to file and renew some paperwork for a license renewal and for a visa process. Please pray that the Lord would provide for those and the other needs aforementioned.

Work at the oprhanage

The work at the orphanage is going good. I started teaching a series in Philippians with the staff in the mornings. The turnout is great so far with lots of participation. Pray that it will continue to grow and that the staff would be edified. I’ve been spending a lot of time and energy trying to better things spiritually in the work environment lately. But there is so much work to do that one can easily get distracted from the most important things at times. Pray for me.

I have been recording a couple of video series at the orphanage. Eventually you will be able to see them on their website. But for now, it is being used for the children and adults within the orphanage. One series is more devotional in nature, and the other is a Catechism made for children and the family worship setting. A friend and good brother created it and I translated it to Spanish. We have used it at the orphanage before, when we came as volunteers, and at the church in Hato Mayor. For now, we share the videos that are being recorded onto memory drives for the children to watch on TV at night for memorization. The youth are doing a great job recording. I am very proud of them and their willingness.

Boxes and Distribution Update

We received a large box of donations recently, there is also one on the way and another one almost ready for shipping. Hopefully, with the next couple of boxes, we will be able to help some children with their school supplies. It may not seem like much to people back home, but without uniforms or school supplies here, you can’t even go to school. So it certainly can bless some families. Especially those with more than one child. Low income families struggle to provide these basic needs so that their children can go to school.

Praise God for the brother that sends boxes of donations for the distributions. Over the years, has been a blessing to many with sports equipment, clothes, food items and medicine.

Please also pray that we get the vehicle repaired soon to kick that distribution in high gear. I almost have all the parts, there are just a couple more to track down in order to start working on it. It can be slow and dreadful sometimes waiting for parts here. In some cases it doesn’t appear and has to be sought out of the country. I pray that isn’t the case. Praise God for the generous souls that are helping me fix the problem.

As you can see, I have a lot on my plate, and there are a lot of needs. Please pray.

In Christ,

Antonio Salgado

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

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 to send support of any amount directly to the ministryThis is the fastest option to get funds to us. Click the link below for that option.

https://www.paypal.me/guerofino22?locale.x=es_US

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 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.