House Upon the Rock Ministry is a Canadian, non profit ministry that is ministering in the rural mountains of the Dominican Republic. We minister through our medical clinic, construction, mission teams from Canada and the US, Bible studies, school sponsorship and, most importantly, evangelism. Our goal is to share the Word of God and His love to all that we meet. We have been ministering here since June 1997.
Friday, 15 April 2016
Read on to learn
what amazing things God is doing in the Dominican Republic and Canada
at a time, futures are being changed through school
sponsorship. This young man is Christian. I first met
Christian when he was four weeks old. He had been born
prematurely and weighed 2 pounds at birth. After four weeks
in the hospital, the doctors sent Christian home to die. His
mom was 17 at the time. Christian had a very serious
infection on his foot from where the nurses had put in an IV at
birth, and left it for four weeks. The nurses told Liliana,
Christian's mother, that she could not breast feed because her milk
was bad because she delivered Christian prematurely. By
this time, Liliana had no breast milk to feed Christian and no
money to buy the highly nutritional milk needed for her son.
Liliana's sister came to the clinic, begging me to go to her
sister's home and help her new nephew. When I met Liliana, I
met a very young lady who loved her son so much and was not willing
to listen to the doctors and watch her son die. Christian was
very tiny. He was only two pounds. I knew that he
needed antibiotics and breast milk. I had recently become
friends with a retired Neo-Natal specialist from New York who had
come down on a medical team. I called him, explained the
situation. He recommended the antibiotics and worked out the
dosages, based on Christian's weight. Liliana's aunt had
recently given birth and she agreed to feed Christian, as well as
her own son, for as long as she could.
It took daily visits, many phone calls back and forth with my
Neo-Natal friend and amazing care by Liliana, but most importantly,
the prayers and faith of many and the will of God for Christian's
life, and Christian survived. As you can see, Christian is
doing great. This photo was taken two weeks ago. Due to
the health crisis at the start of his life, it did affect his
development. Christian is mentally challenged. Liliana
has recently applied to our sponsorship program in order to send
Christian to a local Special Needs School called
"Genesis". If you would like to sponsor Christian,
or another specials needs student or any of the 70+ students on our
sponsorship wait list, contact us.
been getting opportunities to preach recently,
and he is loving it. He is a natural pastor and
preacher. When we are using the talents that God has given
us, it always amazing me how much we love what we do. Last
Saturday, Paul preached to our Dominican congregation. It was
an honour to be with our Dominican church family and to share
with them. This is a small group of people who have been
worshiping together for many years and through many difficult
times. Paul felt God telling him to preach on God's love and
it certainly seemed to be the right message at the right
time. Our congregation shared with Paul how meaningful it was
to them and the timing was so Godly.
Paul's pastoral heart is always evident whenever he is helping
people. After so many years in the DR, people often come up
to us asking for help with personal issues. We are not
counselors but we do want to be available for God to use us.
Paul is really good at pastoring and helping those who come to
Paul is always willing to share the messages that God lays on his
heart whenever possible. Even though the nerves never seem to
go away, Paul thoroughly enjoys preaching and loves to be used by
God in this way. If you would like Paul to share at your
church or Bible study, just ask him.
few months will be busy and exciting. 6 - 11 May
we host Professor Bill Nyman, Prairie Bible College to teach local
church leadership. If this goes well, then Prairie is
considering partnering with us to send more professors and teach
certified courses to the local believers through our
ministry. Wendy and Nena have been working, together
with us, to promote and prepare for this conference.
Paul will be in the DR until May 20th.
& Nashley will fly to Canada with Paul on May
20th! They received multi entry visas. Please pray for
them. Thank you to friends who used their air miles to
purchase these plane tickets!
We will be in
the DR for most of the summer. We have our
annual conference the second week of July followed by four mission
teams from Victoria BC, Mount Airy NC and two teams from Charlotte
NC. We will all be busy and it will be so good to be in our
other home for the summer. Noah and Samantha will be
celebrating their birthdays in their other home country this
Canada, Sharyn continues to spend about 40 hours a
week on ministry work, keeping various ministries going,
communications, scheduling, sponsorship program, preparing for
teams, etc etc.
Paul is finishing up a course at Bible College while preaching here
and there. He also just returned from the DR where he was
very busy doing a 1000 different ministry things. A fair
amount of his time spent on preparing for May's conference.
Noah and Samantha are in their last quarter at school. It has
been a hard year for them but they have worked hard and continue to
work very hard to do their best and get good grades.