Monday, 13 October 2014

Just some of the children we want to protect by educating their parents about the internet and social media.
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As part of our school sponsorship program, we have parent meetings to teach parents things that we hope will help them with their parenting and keeping God centre of their homes.  Sharyn felt that it was important to teach about protecting our children on the internet and social media.  Social media has reached the poorest of villages but the education to parents and teens has not.  On Monday night, we had a parent meeting.  Nena and Sharyn worked (electronically) on the talk for the evening.   The meeting was open not only to the parents in our sponsorship program but to anyone who wanted to attend.  Parents from some local churches, the community and our program all attended.  There was a lot of information taught as well as stories shared by parents in attendance.  Suggestions and ideas were talked about on how parents can protect their children on the internet and social media.  It was a great meeting and we pray that it was helpful to many parents and kids.


In just ten days, we will host two back-to-back teams from South Carolina who are coming to Jarabacoa and Pedregal to serve.  These teams will be building two houses for two very needy families in the village.  Praise God for sending these teams.  We are excited to see how God uses each person on these teams to further His Kingdom, sharing God’s word and love with every person.

As God has us transitioning to living with one foot in the DR and one foot in Canada, we find ourselves having to be separated for a two week period.  Paul and Sharyn’s brother, Michael, will be in the Dominican Republic from 24 October to 8 November.  They will lead these teams, along with our incredible Dominican staff.  Sharyn and the kids will be staying in Canada for this trip.  During these same two weeks, the kids will end the first quarter of school with projects and exams due.  Both kids have volleyball tournaments on both of the weekends (one is an overnight tournament in Canmore).  Samantha has a two day, overnight band retreat also during these same two weeks and Sharyn needs to go as one of the parent chaperones.  As you can see, with all these commitments, Sharyn and the kids need to stay in Canada for this trip.

While in the DR, Paul will also be able to touch base with each one of our staff and see how their lives and ministry is going.  It is important to be able to return to the DR regularly to check in with out staff.  As much as we are able to accomplish electronically these days, nothing is the same as face to face.

Friendship Community Church will be having a silent auction fund raiser on 22 November for their mission team that is coming to the DR in March 2015.  Paul and Sharyn will be attending this event and presenting a bit about the ministry, House Upon the Rock.  If you are in the area, contact Friendship Community for details and come join them for a great evening. 

As we will be in Victoria for about 48 hours, we will not see everyone.  We will be back the third week of February for about ten days.  If you would like us to share at your church, Bible study or home group, please contact us directly.

Our house in the DR is on the market.  Once it sells, we will be able to purchase a house in Canada.  Our family is ready to be less in transition and to settle down into a house that we can call ours.  We trust God for His perfect timing, will and the house that He has chosen for us.
We are waiting to hear back from a couple places about presenting about the ministry and are looking for more conferences and churches who would like to learn more about what God is doing in the mountains of the Dominican Republic.

In March, we plan to go as a family to the Dominican Republic to lead the Victoria team.  We also plan to be there for part of the summer and in November 2015.  Your prayers are appreciated for God’s perfect planning, not ours.

The kids are adjusting to being in school in Canada.  They are more comfortable with school routine and expectations and both are enjoying being a member of the Jr A. Volleyball teams.  Noah is now a student driver as he obtained his learner’s license two weeks ago.

As we have a very busy two months ahead of us, we appreciate your prayers for safe travels, God’s ministry to be accomplished, not ours, health and that we always stay focused on God.

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


  • Praise God for amazing staff who put God first.
  • Praise God for God's provisions in our necessities.
  • Praise God for ability to continue to serve God in full time ministry in a different manner.
  • Praise God that each month the clinic is seeing more patients than the previous month.
  • Praise God for the mission teams and pastors who are coming to minister and serve with us this year.
  • Pray for the continued service to God as we are instruments in His ministry in the DR and Canada.
  • Pray for protection from mosquito born virus; dengue & chikunguyna for Paul, Michael, our staff, their families and all the team members.
  • Pray for finances for the Branson family and the ministry.
  • Pray for God's will and, if it is God's will, provisions to purchase the property for the Bransons.
  • Pray for safe travels for all of us in the coming months.


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