Pray For The Big Event

Pray For The Big Event

We have been planing this event for the past two months. It is a Kids Club expansion event. We are bringing in a number of teams to pull off a great time for the kids. We have singers, musicians, face painting and much more. It is this Saturday and we need your prayers. We are hoping the Lord will draw fifty kids to our event. There will be 18 volunteers to make this the best time every for the kids here on the island. They will parade down the streets trying to draw the kids out like the pied piper. Our kids club attendance has been around twelve kids since we started the club in January. Now we are hoping this kick off event will expand the kids club and our contacts into the community.

Pray for the following:

Friday’s team will find the kids out on the streets and talk to parents.
Saturday that Wayne can pick everyone up in his boat.
Saturday the kids will come (50 of them)
That the river will be calm so that Wayne can return everyone back to the city.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move and change hearts with open doors.

Capture The Rain

Capture The Rain

We live in a rain forest. This year the rain has not let me forget this because it seems to have stopped so many of our gatherings or plans we have made. Monday was the mens bible study, it was calm with the thunder in the distance. George the fishermen told me it was going to let lose so no one else was coming. It did just that. The wind blew hard and rain came down at a good rate of six inches an hour. Then their was to boat ride home last week. It was a white out. I could not see where our island was as we traveled home. One of my friends lost his cell phone because it got wet and it was in a plastic bag. The rain is just part of our life. Pray for me as I deal with the rain and lean that it is mightier then me, so it make me pause in my day as we wait for the rain to pass.

Pray for the Two Kids Clubs

The kids club is just the door we are hoping will open to give us access to the family. We are looking to have our new leaders build relationships with the families. This week we have two kids club happening one Saturday and the other Sunday. Paul writes that we are in a Spiritual Battle, and I have found this to be very true. It requires the Holy Spirit to open the door for us to access these families and that means prayer , lots of prayer. This is were you can help. We need you to pray for our two kids club programs and the visits we make to the kids homes after the program. That the Holy Spirit opens the door for us and that our volunteers can tell Bible Stories to the family along with praying for the family. It is a very important part our our ministry and it is a key role that you play. Please Pray!

A Nice Long Beach – Sigh?

A Nice Long Beach – Sigh?

It is a great joy that we have lots of ministry and a need for our boat. We are using the boat most weekends but, we have to get it into the water. The boat is keep at my house which is a five minute walk down the beach. And I mean down the hill to the beach and then there is that long beach a low tie. Are you starting to see my point, it is a long trip to push a boat trailer, with the boat. I have also discovered I can not do this alone. It takes four our five guys to move the boat down and back. Once we hit the beach with the boat trailer it is hard to push or pull. When the beach is wet it is a drag not roll along like I had planned. So every week I find myself praying that God will provide men to move the boat. Please join me in this weekly pray that God will provide 4 men each week to move the boat and one to travel with me as I pick up our volunteers.

Farol Point Of Light

Farol Point Of Light

Stephine lives on the Farol beach with her family and she is a new believer who opened here home to be used for a kids club ministry. Since January we have been hosting a Saturday kids club that has now blossomed into a secondary ministry for women. Our volunteers decided to invite all the mothers of the kids from kids club to morning coffee while the kids did their club activities. It was a hit!

From there we held a baby shower for one of the expecting mothers and many of the same women attended the party. This inspired Stephine and Ester (Pastor Jeu’s wife) to open a womens group, the same format they have on Tuesdays at our end of the island. This birth the Thursday womens group at Farol with Stephine and Ester as the leaders. We have several women attending since it started on April 20. Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw other women to this weekly meeting of crafts and sharing stories from the Bible.

Amazon Boats

Amazon Boats

The new look on the river is aluminum boats, I own one similar to this one. It is like a new fashion statement on the river. These little 24 ft aluminum boat are popping up all over the river. Many have a 20hp Yamaha outboard motor or a Habeta as seen in this photo. It is a small lawnmower engine with a prop attached at the end. These are quite dangerous but common in our area. The next question is how many people would you put in this boat? I have seen these boat packed with ten people with gear. Life on the river is very different from the city. Pray for us as we try and reach these river people with the God News.

City Boys On The River

City Boys On The River

The river is massive as we travel around in this small aluminum boat. Claudio and Mario have joined me out on this river to develop kids clubs for some of these small communities. They are both city boy’s who have no idea how to live on the river but they do know that God is calling them to this ministry. They are two of my team leaders that are building a kids club ministry. One is located at Farol beach on my island and the other is Possum Island a small island community. Pray for us as we figure out this ministry together. Pray for wisdom as the Spirit leads them in this ministry.

She Will Miss The Plane

She Will Miss The Plane

As many of you know Ellen is still in the states recovering from her knee surgery. The plan was to return  the first part of May but she will have to miss that flight. After consulting with three doctors they all have recommend surgery for a shoulder injury she received while bicycling here on the island. Bicycles are our major from of local transport to visit people and attend events. It has been a difficult decision because the doctors are not sure how extensive the damage is nor how long she will have to remain in the states to recover. At the moment we are looking at 6 to 12 weeks recovery from this surgery, depending  what is fixed. The surgery is scheduled for May 10. Please pray!

Youth Retreat At Our House

Youth Retreat At Our House

Where do you sleep 35 people at your house. In my case everywhere. It is our joy to host two churches as they have brought their youth out for a three day retreat. They are also exposing them to our island ministry. This morning a group of five headed off to our Farol Kids Club location to run this mornings club. It is exciting to see this new church in voled in this ministry.  It was God’s hand that arranged them to be here and we see God opening a new door for us in ministry. I have been in discussions with this church for the past year to become involved with our Kid Club outstretch. Now they are very interested after   being out here and experiencing a small sip of what we are doing. Please pray that the Lord will open the door for them to become part of our ministry to reach the islands for Christ.

Stingray Sting

Stingray Sting

I have been stopped in my tracks by a stingray. What an experience, they do sting. One of the hazards of  boating on this river is the local fish life who are quite aggressive. On our beaches we do have stingrays and I found mine the hard way. I had been trying to get two teams of youth delivered to a youth retreat. The first day the water got rough so I could only deliver one team. The next morning we set out to take the second team of youth only to be stung while holding the boat. It did not hurt so much at first so I drove the team to the Monkey Island Church. It is an hour and half round trip. When I got back my foot was in fire.

We have a medical clinic on our island and they took care of me as an emergency case. He cleaned the wound and sent me on my way with a prescription for antibiotics. Now I am in bed with a slight fever and a very swollen foot. Pray for my recovery, I have a youth retreat at my place next week with 50 kids.