Missionary Update for October 7, 2013

I wanted to give an update about the Rineholt Family. The nature of their work is in transition and they have left the Dominican Republic and are now in Pennsylvania. I haven’t spoken to Shawn although I hope to soon. They will still be working with Ears to Hear Radio, but will be in the DR and Haiti in a more limited capacity. You can read the most recent update here and here. Please pray for the Rineholt Family during this time.

I am meeting today with a man who is in the process of relocating his family to the Dominican Republic for a new mission work. I am praying for the Lord’s guidance in this matter and for discernment on whether or not our church should partner with this new ministry. Be in prayer for this as well. The timing of one family’s departure and another family’s beginning in the Dominican Republic is not coincidence and I am asking God for wisdom about how our church might play a role in ministry in the Dominican Republic.

I hope to give an update about this on Sunday if I’m able.

Also, our first missionary family will be leaving the States next week. Be in prayer for them during their travels and the process of settling into their new home and community overseas. I’m hoping to speak to them before they leave so that I can update the church on them as well.

Missionary Prayer Update

I know there are some of you who don’t follow the Rineholt’s on Facebook so I wanted to post a quick update to help you know how to pray for them:

  • Pray for reliable transportation.  Yesterday their truck broke down and Shawn is hoping to get it fixed, but they really need a vehicle that will get them from “A to B”.
  • Pray for their time with missions teams. They are expecting another team to come next week. These teams are performing various tasks aiding the ministry. Please pray that these times would be helpful, encouraging, and aid in the preaching of the Gospel.
  • Pray for continued provision, good health, and God’s blessing on their family and ministry.

Missionary Update for 4/18/2013

If you haven’t been following the ministry of the Rineholt’s in the Dominican Republic on Facebook, then you should read their blog update here.  This week was the beginning of a new radio station in the town of Constanza, Dominican Republic. In addition to this milestone, there have been lots of other things happening with other aspects of their ministry (school, surf ministry, youth bible study, etc.) and they are preparing for a mission team to arrive soon.  They have had problems with their van, and just got it back last night. It has been awhile since I have posted an update, but I wanted to remind you to please continue to partner with them by remembering them in your prayers.



Missionary Update

The Rineholt’s have posted an update on their blog. Check it out to see all that is happening with them in the Dominican Republic and to see how you can pray for them:

Reckoning on God’s Power and Presence to be with us.

November Update from the Rineholt’s in the Dominican Republic

Here is a video from just before Thanksgiving from the Rineholt’s in the Dominican Republic. Let’s continue to pray for them. In the midst of both physical and spiritual adversity, they are also being given opportunites to impact people’s lives with the Gospel. Additionally, Shawn and I are praying about a potential trip to the DR in 2013 to see how our church might join with God in the work there. Please join with us and pray for God to show you what part you might play in that.  

Prayer for the Rineholt Family in the Dominican Republic

I wanted to ask that you be in prayer for our friends Shawn and Jen Rineholt as they minister in the Dominican Republic. They are enduring some significant difficulties today. Here are two messages Shawn posted on Facebook today”

Please pray for our city today as the water supply from San Rafael has been broken and one of the main purified water suppliers (Everest) uses this as the source of water. So purified water for the whole city of Barahona is very limited. Not sure but we may drive somewhere else to get water for the family.

I read this as I was in the library this afternoon. When I left the library, I stopped at the water fountain to get a quick sip. As the water swirled in my mouth before swallowing, I thought about the Rineholt’s. The next time you get a drink of water or wash your hands, please pray for them. Pray that the water supply would be restored very quickly.

A few hours later, this is the message he posted:

So now I am asking for prayer for us specifically. We just replaced the transmission last week in the van, and when Jen was leaving to take a neighbor to the hospital the engine through a rod and oil is leaking everywhere.

As you might imagine, having a van is very important for a family of seven. Also, it is a huge asset to their ministry. Please pray that they can get this fixed quickly and that it is affordable.

Please pray for these needs for the Rineholt family. But, most of all, pray that they would not be discouraged but would see the Spirit move in the midst of their trials. Pray that this difficulty would lead to fruitful ministry and that they would know God’s peace and provision in this time.

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Update on the Rineholt’s in the Dominican Republic

Shawn sent me an email to keep everyone in the loop about all that his happening in the Dominican Republic. I have edited it, but you can read it below:

The kids are doing better, Kylie has been throwing up for 5 days. I was looking for the medicine Phenergen here for her but was unsuccessful. If she is not better today we will send for it in the capitol. We had to reschedule our immigration interview for Nov 6th because the kids were sick on Friday and could not make the trip to the capitol. Our temporary residency expires on October 27th so please pray things go well for us in the immigration office.

Our van was making a noise so I took it to the mechanic and the transmission may be bad, he is currently working on it. I have been using Pastor Darrens Truck since his family is in the states working on their visa things. They will be back in a few weeks please pray our van is fixed by then.

The school is going well there are 60 kids attending of which 57 are sponsored through Mt Vernon Church www.sponsorchildrenofhope.com. Jen and Wilkyns are the only teachers right now as Christina is still in the states. Please pray, we really need help here. The children are doing well and it is such a blessing to see their lives changed. They are growing in the Lord and also in their education.

We just took delivery on the tables and chairs that were ordered for the school. It is such a blessing to see the children learning up off the floor. Wilkyns is teaching a Bible study at the school for the community and we were there yesterday for fellowship. Over a dozen adults are attending and the rest of the 50+ chairs that we have at the school were filled with children.

We had given a wheel chair to a young man, Jose Antonio, who lives near Wilkyns last year as we had one donated and were challenged to pray about who it was supposed to go to. When we happened upon Jose in the Batey he had a broken wheel chair that he was almost falling through the seat. We knew this is who we were to give it to. When I stopped to talk with him he was excited to receive the new chair. By giving him the chair, it opened up a relationship with him and Wilkyns. Although the chair we gave him last year is almost in as bad of shape as the one we replaced now the difference is the relationship has led to him attending the Bible study in the Batey and his recent public confession of faith. He is filled with joy now and it has truly been awesome to get to know him. Please pray, the roads are so bad where he lives and he is a young man so he uses his wheel chair on the rough terrain and it sure would be nice if i could find one that will not fall apart in a year.

We had our first Bible study last night at our house for the youth since we got back. we had 63 in attendance. I spoke on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 as we continue through Corinthians together. It was a great time in worship and the word. We have some practical needs here like plastic chairs and we could also use a few mic stands and a music stand, etc…the youth from the neighborhood have asked us every week since we got back when we would start this up again. It is encouraging to see they are excited about it. We are talking about a hike/campout to the top of the mountain here so Jen and I are praying about how this could be a “mountaintop” experience for them to get them out of the comfort zone and build community/bonding and also to challenge each one of them personally with the individual walk with The Lord.

Barahona Radio: Evelyn our lawyer is in the USA meeting with Helping Hands ministry (Rod Meyers) when she gets back the first thing we have is our residency meeting at immigration then we will set up a meeting with INDOTEL to get to the next step with our license. From this point on, it is imperative to have Evelyn involved in the conversations with INDOTEL to assure we do not miss any details.

I received a phone call from Amada our landlord for the house and the Ears To Hear (ETH) building. She said she owes the bank 10k USD and that she wanted to know if we were ready to buy the radio building yet. Her asking price is 30k and i know it would cost 20k+ to build what she has there. I think she would sell for 15-18k. She said we could pay the 10k and she would transfer papers and pay her the rest. I told her I have not the authority to make a deal with her. Besides I told her we were not financially in a place right now to buy. She said if she cant come up with the 10k she may lose the building to the bank. So…..please pray for God’s guidance through all of this. ETH has a lease paid up until January on the building. Obviously we do not want to put up the tower until we know for sure what to do here. I know Earl is supposed to be coming to Barahona in December maybe we could review all of our options while he is here. I know God will lead.

Bob Eredics just left on Friday he was here(Be His Witness Ministries, Sarasota, FL) to install what he calls a Reasonably Clean Water system. It is a new pump, automatic chlorinator, and two micro filter system to clean the water for our house to prevent the bad infections we had last year. Doing so we had to replace the Invertor in my house which being not so great news for me financially it is good news for ETH now we have a great 2.5KW invertor to use at the radio station. (this is the one we have used the past two years) it is a great machine but we needed 6KW to run the pumps.

My projects this week will include Internet at my house! and finding the parts for the van in the Capitol. There is so much more to write, but my fingers are cramping from typing on my phone.

We serve an awesome God who provides, protects, leads, loves, disciplines, correct, rebukes, encourages and has His will in mind and our best at heart. Please keep praying, trusting, and believing. God is not finished here yet. Sometimes we can get discouraged and everything seems so far away and out of reach, but if we do not lose heart we will have an “ON AIR” day here in Barahona. And somehow I believe that that will still only be the beginning.

Missionary Update for October 15, 2012

This weekend we received two updates from the missionary families with which our church is partnering:

The first family (for security reason, we don’t use their names) is in Germany for a few months, but this week, the husband is in Africa working with several missionaries there conducting training sessions regarding safety and security issues. While they wait for the opportunity to return to the field in Pakistan, God is using them in a support role. This isn’t “glamorous”, but it is essential work. Please continue to pray for them in these ways:

  • That God would open the door for them to return to Pakistan
  • That God would make this season of working in a support role successful
  • That God would continue to supply all of their needs.

Our second missionary family, the Reinholt’s have written an update here that you can read. Please continue to pray for the Rineholt’s in the following ways:

  • That God would provide for the several needs that they are working to remedy.
  • That God would sustain their health and give them the strength to accomplish their work.
  • That they would continue to see fruit as they labor for the Lord.