Monday, October 10, 2011
History in a nutshell I like to call it! When Thanksgiving first began the people who initiated this tradition were all Christians, given to understanding the basis of why we must give thanks to God for what we have. Whatever the end result has become the premise for establishing the holiday was given by the people, a celebration to thank God for His bountiful provision; whether from persecution of a conquering country, or for God's provision for a large harvest of food. Even to the extent of thanking God for new found friends who provided new means of sustenance for people in a harsh New World. Whatever the case was, or still is today for that matter, we should all be Thankful for God's provision, with everything that we have it is not ours by any means that we have done, for everything belongs to God. Even after we have given thanks for all that we have gained, all that we have grown in our lands, for all that we have brought into our house, we are commanded to give back a portion of that gain to the Lord. It is in this act of giving back that we are truly thanking God for all He has done for us, our tithes and offerings are blessed by God and will return to us when we honor His request of us in this; "...Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed His people; and what is left is this great abundance." 2 Chron 31:10.
Laura and I are grateful for all that God has done for us, for His blessings upon us are truly great! Today we celebrate with family and friends from afar, wishing we could be with you all as you celebrate why we have been blessed with all of you in our lives! Over the past three years many of you have expressed your desire to be involved in our Mission Field here in the D.R. God has provided a means for His plans in the Dominican Republic to be known, the fulfillment of His Mission Guest House here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic is close at hand. Since our return to Sosua last week we have been busy working closely with our Ministry partners finalizing details for the land deal upon which we will build the project, the project God is blessing with partners like all of you! We are launching today our Capital Campaign in order to complete the funding necessary for the project; the goal of which we have been working on now for more than three years. The attached campaign brochure explains in detail where we are at within the project. Since we printed the brochure over a month ago even more details about the project have improved, giving promise to the completion of the Mission Guest House within a short time. We are now moving forward at God's pace, as each door opens we walk through establishing the plans He gave us some time ago. We want to invite all of you to look over the plans and join us as we continue to venture forward!