Thursday, 13 August 2015

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Branson News Ministry Update

Dominican Republic           August 2015

3rd Annual Conference

We praise God for sending Dr. Keith and Kimberly Attles from New Jersey to minister to the local Dominicans for the third year in a row.  This year, a group of seven came, each with their own, unique talents and knowledge to share and teach.  The conference was three days long with large attendance at each session.  Many local pastors and spouses attended, as well as church leaders, believers, youths and those of other beliefs.  We thank God for opening the door to minister to each person who attended.  We thank God for sending this amazing group from New Jersey to teach and minister to so many.  


We had a pastor friend from Northern Haiti come to the conference.  Pastor Eddy had one church before the earthquake.  That grew to 3 churches after the earthquake.  He now pastors 9 churches and over 8000 Haitians since the change in immigration laws in the DR this past June.  We were thrilled to see Pastor Eddy, catch up with him and that he could be refreshed, learn some things and be prayed over while at the conference.  At the last evening of the conference, time was spent to pray over and for each person individually who wanted prayer.  The presence of God was so apparent!


The theme this year was Building the Church for the 21st Century.  For three days, teachings were given on various topics such as Biblical financing, Activating Volunteer Ministry, God's Mission for The City, Growing the Church, and Christian Home & Family.   On the first day, Chris and Charles who have a financial background, held one-on-one meetings with anyone who wanted.  They were able to meet with 12 different people to give them Biblical financial advice and pray for them.  On the third day, at noon, Chris and Charles were invited to speak on the local Christian radio station and took calls for listeners.  It was a great opportunity to minister to many over the radio waves.  We are thankful to our three translators who volunteered their time.  We received great feedback on the teachings and many requests for the speakers to return again next summer.

Kids & Youth

This year, we did something different.  We had ESL and Math classes for 8 - 12 year olds in the morning.  We had about 12 kids attend and they had a great time with Kimberly.

Thursday afternoon, the teaching was centered more for the 12 - 18 year olds and parents.  Aaron taught the youth about the importance of being careful on the internet and social media, how what you post is forever there and how it can affect you for years to come.  He also spoke on the dangers of accepting friend requests from people that you do not know and then tied it all together in how we can use the internet and social media for God's glory.  The parents were taught about social media, the dangers and suggestions on how they can help their kids to have a healthy social media presence.
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