Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Please read on about what God is doing in the mountains of the DR.
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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.



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!

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 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!

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Thank you for all your love, support and prayers.
Paul, Sharyn, Noah & Samantha
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