Wednesday, 17 August 2016



Exciting News!  Mission House for the Ministry
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MISSION HOUSE FOR THE MINISTRY

 
For two years, we have had our personal house in the DR up for sale but nothing has happened.  The past few months, we have been asking God “what are we missing?”.  While praying this prayer, God spoke clearly.... and quickly.  Back in 2006, when God first gave us this property and allowed us to build the house, He also said that the land was to be used for His ministry and His glory.  We have always tried to do this.  One of our visions was to use the property for a mission house so that we could house our own mission teams, but also to rent it to other ministries for their mission teams and/or short term missionaries, as well as renting to local churches for their various retreats that Dominican churches always have.

Just before we arrived back in the DR this summer, the people renting our house gave notice and moved out the day after we arrived.  We asked God “now what?”.  We cannot leave the house empty and unattended plus we have a monthly mortgage payment.  Somewhere in our hearts, we both had the idea of turning the house into a mission house, just like we had always envisioned.  However, to do this, the house had to be painted, a few minor repairs done, outside walls plastered, not to mentioned needing furniture for the entire house and hiring someone to care for and stay in the house when there are no teams!  What a task and cost!  Money has never stopped us from doing what we have thought God wanted us to do so we agreed to take a baby step in the direction of converting the house into a mission house.

A couple of the ministry Board members were in the DR this summer as they brought mission teams from their churches.  Having some Board members right there with us was a blessing as it helped us to pray with them and seek guidance in this major decision.  One team asked if they could help paint the house.  We had one day where we had an overlap of three teams with us at once and they helped us with plastering, cleaning and minor repairs.  What a blessing!  Everyone loved the idea of getting the house ready to convert into a mission house and that on their next trip, they would stay in this mission house.  We even received donations that totaled $1700 to help with furniture.

About five days after making the decision to take a step in the direction of converting the house into a mission house, I was visiting with a friend of mine who I have been blessed with 20 years of friendship.  Glori was telling me how her and her husband had recently been able to buy a house that they love and are renovating the house before moving in.  The house was owned by a well off couple who had since passed and their adult children, who all live elsewhere, sold the house as is.  Glori then asked what was happening with our house - so I told her about converting it into a mission house.  She loved the idea and then said “but you have no furniture”.  Then Glori lit up.  She told me how the house that they bought is fully furnished with really nice, high quality furniture but she wants to sell it all as they have their own furniture.  Glori would sell it all to us as a package deal if we take it all.  We took a look at the furniture and it is high quality, all made by a very famous Dominican furniture maker.  Glori wanted to help the ministry and offered to sell us everything for only $1700.  We agreed and the teams helped us move all the furniture.  We now have everything that we need in the mission house and could house a small team right now!  We need a few more bunk beds of which Paul is planning to build before our next team arrives in October.  There were five beds included in the furniture purchase so Paul only needs to build five or six bunk beds.

Our neighbour, whom we have known for ten years, has agreed to take care of the mission house, and sleep in it when there are no teams.  The price that we agreed to pay our neighbour is very fair so we no longer have the worry of the house sitting empty.

As we personally own the house, we are currently lending the house to House Upon the Rock Ministry to use as a mission house.   What we really believe that God is leading us to is to find someone(s) who would be willing to finance the purchase of the mission house for House Upon the Rock Ministry.  Then the ministry will own the house instead of the Bransons personally owning the house.  From the income generated from renting to teams, other ministries and churches, we do not foresee any problem making monthly payments to whomever God sends to help us our with financing the property.

Your prayers for this final step of financing the property are greatly appreciated!!!  God brought everything together so quickly and so easily to covert the house into a mission house that we know that it is His will and know that He will send a financier to help out with this final step.



Whatever we do, it is because Christ's love controls us.   2 Corinthians 5v14


PRAISE   &     PRAYER


  • Praise God for God's clear guidance and how quickly God converted the house into a Mission House.
  • Praise God for the six mission teams that we had come serve in various ways this summer.
  • Praise God for sponsors for 96 students for this coming school year.
  • Praise God for allowing us to come along side Him to serve in ministry on various fronts.

  • Pray for a financier(s) for the new Mission House
  • Pray for Dominican school children as they return to school on August 22nd.
  • Pray for our clinic and staff as we continue to see a growth in Haitian patients as they fear going to the public hospitals and that we can continue to help them physically and spiritually with all their needs.  Our Haitian patients are coming as far away as Haiti.
  • Pray for more monthly financial support for the Bransons; still in need of about $1000 more per month.



CONTACT:

psbranson4@gmail.com

www.houseupontherock.net

facebook:  House Upon the Rock

tel:  403 924 2060 / 587 321 0770 / 809 876 4631




DONATIONS:

MSC CANADA
https://msccanada.org/donee/house-upon-the-rock/
16-101 Amber Str.
Markham    ON
L3R 3B2


CMML
http://www.cmml.us/missionaries/m2293
PO Box 13
Spring Lake   NJ
7762-0013

 
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016



Please read on about what God is doing in the mountains of the DR.
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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO.

 
We started a new house this summer.  Sandra is a single mom with four children and eight months pregnant.  Her brother was in an accident and severely broke his leg, of which, he is still recovering from.  He was hobbling around the job site as we were preparing the re-bar for the footer so Paul started to talk with him.  He was very curious as to why all these foreigners were in his village helping to build a house for his sister.  After two days of conversations, he made the decision to ask Jesus into his heart and his life!   This is why we do what we do.

The place that we rent to house teams is called Las Villas Anacaona.  Vinicio is the man in charge at Las Villas.  He is about 33 years old and lives at Las Villas to handle all the needs of the people who rent cabins and rooms.  Other ministries also rent Las Villas for their teams.  We have known Vinicio for a few years now.  Two weeks ago, Paul started to talk with Vinicio about God and Jesus.  Vinicio has witnessed many ministries’ teams over the years of working and he was confused as to what a Christian is.  Some of the ministry teams drink a lot, swear, and culturally offend while others do not drink, do not swear and try to be culturally sensitive.  The testimonies of the various teams confused Vinicio about faith.  Paul and Vinicio had some great conversations.  After much thought, Vinicio made a decision for God and Jesus!  We have introduced Vinicio to the pastor of church close by and they are starting to meet once a week.  This is why we do what we do.

 


4TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE


The second week of July, Pastor Keith and Kimberly Attles, as well as their son and a church member came down for a week to teach at our annual summer conference.  It was so great to spend time with the Attles again.  As this is their fourth summer here, they have developed relationships with a number of the local pastor, church leaders and people.  As a result, the local people are listening and applying to their lives things that they learn at the conference.  This year, the following topics were taught: finances, marriage, united church, transforming the church (evangelism) and we had an afternoon for youth where we discussed various topics pertinent for the youth.  It was a very blessed week with the presence of God present!

RAFELINA
 
Years ago, a little neglected girl named Rafelina would come to my clinic every day.  Most days she had little clothing on, some days none.  She was always dirty, hungry and so attention starved.  Ana Maria and I would bathe her, then she would crawl up on my lap and just stay there when I did not have patients.  I would buy her some food most days before she would head out.  This went on for about two years until her family moved away.  Today, a young girl walked into the clinic and greeted me with big hug that said that I should know her.  Ana Maria quickly said that it as Rafelina!   Rafelina is a beautiful 13 year old girl and it was such a huge blessing to see her!!  She is living with her uncle and will be going into grade four in August.

 



Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength, we will sing and praise your might.  Psalm 21v13



PRAISE   &     PRAYER


  • Praise God for all the mission teams this summer.  May it all glorify God and God alone.
  • Praise God for the two men who recently accepted Jesus into their lives and hearts.
  • Praise God for amazing staff who are not only great workers but incredible prayer warriors, and testimonies of God to all who meet them.
  • Praise God for speaking clearly with a plan for our house in the Dominican Republic.  More to come in the next letter.
  • Praise God for smooth transitions within the ministry and staff for all the changes that God had for us all this summer.
  • Praise God for sponsors!  We have 97 students being sponsored right now for the next school year.

  • Pray for the mission teams still here and still to come this summer and that we can continue to serve God and bring the glory to Him.
  • Pray for God to reveal His plan for housing for the Bransons in Canada.
  • Pray for more monthly financial support for the Bransons; still in need of about $1000 more per month.
  • Pray for ALL the kids going back to school this month.  We have 97 students in our sponsorship program heading back for a new school year later this month.

We want to take a moment to thank you!  Thank you for your prayers.  Thank you for your friendship.  Thank you for your financial support.  Thank you for being such a huge part of our ministry family.  Without you, House Upon the Rock Ministry could not serve as we do in the Dominican Republic.   THANK YOU!



CONTACT:
psbranson4@gmail.com
www.houseupontherock.net
facebook:  House Upon the Rock
tel:  403 924 2060 / 587 321 0770
PO Box 2902
Three Hills AB  T0M 2A0


FIeld Address:
Unit#3023-MSCDR
3170 Airmans Drive
Ft. Pierce FL   34936


DONATIONS:
MSC CANADA
www.msccanada.org
16-101 Amber Str.
Markham  ON  L3R 3B2

CMML
www.cmml.us
PO Box 13
Spring Lake NJ  7762-0013


Thank you for all your love, support and prayers.
Paul, Sharyn, Noah & Samantha
 
Copyright © 2016 House Upon the Rock Ministry, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you requested to be kept informed on what God is doing in the Dominican Republic through House Upon the Rock Ministry.
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House Upon the Rock Ministry
PO Box 2902
Three Hills, AB T0M 2A0
Canada
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