I had to be in my Father’s house
Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house? Lc 2:49.
Greetings beloved brothers, from the Dominican Republic. My most sincere apologies for not having sent any report before. It happened to me like General MacArthur when President Truman asked him to appear in Washington and he replied that he cannot go because was very busy. The president did not like the answer, and this become the beginning of the end of the general carrier (at less in what I read) however, although mine case is similar, I hope I find mercy on you, remembering always that you are a very important part of what we do.
What we’re doing
Many things have remained the same in recent months. English classes in Haitian churches on Tuesdays where Jacqueline accompanies Emily (a young missionary who lives with us). English classes at my house, on Thursdays. In both cases, English and the gospel are taught. Saturdays Bible club where Jacqueline leads with the help of Emily.
On the other hand, on Thursdays and Fridays we continue to train churches with the course “Disciples who make disciples” every week for the last few months we have had an attendance of more than 30 participants per section. It has been a blessing to serve alongside 3 other American missionaries training Dominican and Haitian churches.
We have also been preaching once a month at our local church, as well as once a month at one of the 13 Haitian churches we work with. It is a blessing to be able to share the Word of God with the churches. But, above all, it is a great blessing for me to be able to share a little time with the Haitian pastors and their families. It always blesses me to know what they do, how they do it, always by faith.
In February we managed to install the studio for a Haitian radio station here in Santo Domingo. We achieved the donation of equipment, computers, mixer, microphones and technology for the radio. Which is already heard by 380 people monthly. Which is great because we haven’t officially made it known yet. We must train first how to speak in radio, how to operate a radio day by day, how to produce. Many of this is in process but soon I will travel again to meet with the radio team.
Land for Bible School
One of the projects that has been delayed the most has been the acquisition of land for the construction of the Haitian Bible Institute. The idea is to build a temple that will serve the local Haitian church and will also be used for training by the institute. We have already received from 2021, 20000 dollars. The problem is that in the Dominican it is difficult to find people who have their papers in order. Keep praying as we have a ministry interested in building the temple.
Another piece of news and perhaps the most recent is that we are in the process of building a house. Over time in the Dominican Republic, we have paid almost 9,000 dollars in rent, which seems to me to be a bad investment. We have asked God for wisdom and grace. We have moved in the same way that we built the house in Nicaragua. A friend has lent me 20,000 dollars to buy a piece of land which Jacqueline’s father gave us for 22,000 dollars, but which has a value of about 45,000. A blessing, with a block wall, a cistern and located in the town of Las Calderas, a place that has no churches present at the moment, but about 8,000 people. The goal is to use the same money we pay for rent to pay back our brother.
The idea of construction lies in several aspects: 1. Use the resources that God gives with wisdom. 2. Supply a place for the family. 3. A new place to minister. 4. Over time we want to build a second floor to put a guest house there, similar to the one we built in Nicaragua. 5. Have a place where every 3 months we can receive one of the families of the Haitian pastors so that they come to rest for a few days. 6. Have a place to receive missionaries or mission groups. 7. Generate some income for the mission work.
I tell you with great joy that the same brother who lent us the money, to be paid over 8 years, is also willing to bring two missionary groups to help with the construction, one in May and the other in July of this year. That means that we must start building the foundation of the house soon, so that there will be some work before these groups arrive.
For this, we need about 12,000 dollars. 2,000 for building permits, which I didn’t know we needed, and about 10,000 for materials. This would allow us to start with the foundation and floor and some walls, but above all it will allow us to have areas where the groups work in the few days that they will be there. Thanks to brothers and churches we receive for this project already 8750 dollars, so we are 3250 dollars from this goal. We hope to start construction in about 3 weeks if God allows us. The general cost of the house (first floor) is 25000.
1. Pray for the family that is a little sick. Jaimeline spent a few days in the hospital.
2. Pray for wisdom in building the house, for resources, for helpers, for the missions’ teams.
3. Pray for the classes we give at the Bible school on Mondays for pastors. I forgot to mention it in the report.
4. Pray for the English classes, Bible club, preaching and other ministries that we are doing.
5. Pray for new outreach a podcast in English, Spanish and French. Thank God radio ministries have expanded into these languages. The podcasts are called In Grace and Wisdom. They are written by a brother in Argentina, Emily translates them, and we produce them in my house. Here is the link in English. https://www.spreaker.com/show/in-grace-and-wisdom
Thank you, very much beloved brothers, for your great love, for your prayers, for your affection, for your financial support. If you want to follow us, remember that you will always see photos on social networks. Especially on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/516NOW
If you wish to support any of the ministries, you can do so at: https://516now.org
Blandon Guzman family, Jaime, Jacqueline, Jaimeline and James.