Recent Peru trip—Flying directly from Houston to Lima, Peru then another short flight, we arrived in Pucallpa, an area of about 750,000 people. For 2 years we explored the possibilities for STCH Ministries in Peru. So much to consider—political stability, family-friendly logistics, ministry opportunities to children and families, and partnerships led by committed local staff. We believe we have found that in the TEC center—focused on children and families in a holistic manner—sharing the Gospel while reinforcing education, and basic hygiene and nutrition. There are multiple opportunities to serve an orphanage, several schools, including a school in English that ministers to the children of missionaries. Wonderful Peruvian staff—hearts dedicated 24-7 to children and families. More news coming with details about future trips.
High-Five to medical and dental teams for repeated mission trips to the DR. Lipscomb University for their 5th mission trip to the DR, in addition to sending 3 pharmacy interns to the Dominican Republic for 4 weeks. Through their
CMDA—a record number of 43 professionals and students in the medical and dental field joined together to share their abilities in ministering to the health needs of Dominican children and adults, as they also intentionally shared the Gospel.
Higuey orphanage—the boys faced expulsion from their rental home. God provided funds through generous donors, plans were drawn, and then
In early June four churches combined—not an easy task. The 2019 theme song, “Only Jesus” drew our hearts together in one great prayer, “I’ve only got one life to live…I’ll make every second count for Him.” Morning devotionals challenged each one to use their gifts, … follow Jeremiah’s example, “the prophet that didn’t quit.” Whenever and wherever God calls, He will sustain us. This mission team set the bar for unity and common purpose through VBS, and as they built benches for children’s Bible classes, ministered to orphanages, and celebrated with Samuel’s Fund sponsored children.
After a nightmare of missed flights, and midnight arrivals in distant cities, teams from Portland and
Together with our Dominican staff, each team rose to the
challenge—old-hands and “
A child recently asked, “Why are you here?” Good question. Why so much effort? Why the sacrifice of time and resources? Participants report, “In giving, I received so much more—joy, faith, personal renewal.”
One person summarized, “I think it is what James calls pure religion. It is compassion for the neediest. Not just social, but spiritual. We address their physical needs, but also their need for the Gospel.”