Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Read on to learn what amazing things God is doing in the Dominican Republic and Canada
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Shoeboxes of Love

This past Saturday, we hosted a party for 153 kids and their parents (about 300 people).  It was quite a day!  We started with Wendy sharing a devotion about God's love and faithfulness and then she prayed for everyone.  Cake was eaten and then shoeboxes were given out to 153 kids.  83 kids are in our sponsorship program and 70 kids are from poor families in the area.  So many smiling faces and joyous kids and parents.  So many blessings.

The blessings came in various forms.  There were the obvious blessings of toys, candy, clothes and other goodies.  We had cake and juice for everyone.  For someone with little money, any food is a blessing.  Then there were the blessings that are harder to see and touch.  The Word of God was shared.  The love of God was shared each person not only by our staff, but through each shoebox from the person who built that shoebox and sent it.  This is the blessings that count the most.

We want to thank the sponsors, Mount Airy Church and Mosaic Church for building and sending all these shoeboxes, as well as for helping with the cost of shipping to the DR and Dominican taxes to bring them into the country, which was about $1300US.  Without each person and the organizers in the churches, there would not have been any shoeboxes to give out.  It is through the shoeboxes that we had the opportunity to share God's Word with over 300 people this past Saturday.  Our prayer is that each person grew one step closer to God in their hearts'.


January 28 - 31, MissionFest Vancouver BC.  Booth P02   If you are in Vancouver next weekend, we will be at MissionFest at Canada Place for three days.  We have a booth where we will be promoting the ministry.  Sharyn will be teaching a seminar at 1:30pm on Saturday called Talk is Cheap: Supporting Your Missionaries Non-Finaincially.  We would love the opportunity to visit with you.  You can find us at Booth P02 in Hall C.

February 14 - 22, New York & New Jersey  Paul and Sharyn have been invited to teach for eight hours at the Mission Training Academy in Teaneck, NJ. This is something new for us, taking us outside of our comfort zone and stretching us, yet, at the same time, we are excited and really looking forward to how God can use us in this opportunity.  On February 21, we will be sharing in the Sunday morning service at Covenant Life Ministries Church in Teaneck.

While in the area, we will be visiting with longtime friends, Henry and Dick.  Many of you know them from mission trips.  Dick and Henry have been coming to the DR for years to minister with us and we have never met their wives.  We are thrilled to be blessed with the opportunity to spend a few days with Dick & Henry on their turf and to meet their wives!

May 14 - 28, Dominican Republic  A professor from Prairie College is coming down with his wife, for a week, to teach a certified theology course that will be offered to pastors, church leaders, and anyone else who wants to take it the course.

After the course, a team will arrive from Mosaic Church, Charlotte NC for a week of service.

Summer 2016 will find the Branson Family in the DR for numerous weeks.  Exact dates are still to be determined.  We have our annual conference with pastors and speakers from Teaneck NJ, plus three weeks of mission teams. 


Property:  As we announced in our December newsletter, the ministry has purchased the property that we have been renting.  Thank be to God and donors, we were able to $4000US off the balance owed.  We now have paid $6220 US of the $55,000 US purchase price.  We have until April 2017 to have the entire amount paid.  Donations can be made to MSC, CMML or Sonlight.

Clinic:  The clinic began January with many patients and everything going smoothly.  There is a new mosquito disease in the area called the Zika Virus and a lot of concern for pregnant women as Zika can cause birth defects.  Our medical staff are staying busy keeping up on the new diseases and treating the usual medical conditions.

Construction:  Pochy and Anthony moved into their new home in December, in time for Christmas.  Seven mission teams worked hard to build this house and it is a huge blessing.  Thank you.  We have one project on the go right now; an addition of a bathroom and bedroom to a 2 bedroom house.

Mission Teams:  At this time, it looks like we will host at least 5 mission teams and two conferences/courses this year.  We are thankful to every church and every team that is planning to come down and service in 2016.

Branson Family:  We are still in need to sell our house in Hatillo in order to buy a house in Three Hills.  This is a huge need!  Noah & Samantha have had some health issues but are doing better.  Sharyn began 2016 with bronchitis and is now better.  Samantha is playing basketball again.  Noah decided not to play this year but rather take the time to concentrate on his academics.  Both kids begin Exam Week, starting this Thursday.

Paul is fulfilling a dream.  He is acting in a play put on by the local Arts Academy.  He will be playing Ray in The Odd Couple the first weekend in March.  Paul is also managing the construction department, mission teams and continues to take courses from Prairie College.  Paul will also be preaching in Alberta in April and June.

As you read, we will be busy with travel and teaching in January and February and then lots of travel and time in the DR the rest of the year.  Sharyn stays very busy, spending over 40 hrs a week managing many aspects of the ministry.

The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.  Habakkuk 3v19



  • Praise God for shoeboxes of love given to 153 children and God's love shared with over 300 people.
  • Praise God for donations to help buy the ministry property.
  • Praise God for the opportunity to serve Him and share God's love through the full time ministry that He has called us to.
  • Praise God for you, who are reading this.  For your prayers, love and support.
  • Pray for safe travels and that God's word will be shared wherever He sends us.
  • Pray for funds to purchase the ministry property and financial support for the Branson family.
  • Pray for the Branson's house to sell and ability to buy a house.
  • Pray for only God's words to be shared as Paul and Sharyn share and teach in the coming weeks at MissionFest Vancouver and at the Mission Training Academy in Teaneck NJ.




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