Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
Thanksgiving. What do you think about when you hear the word Thanksgiving? Possibly, your mind connects with the year 1621 where “after the first harvest in a new world,” Governor Bradford of the Plymouth Colony invited the Pilgrims to keep a day of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. On the other hand, maybe your memory carries you back into history, in 1863, after the bloody Battle of Gettysburg. After this battle, President Abraham Lincoln urged the nation to observe a day of prayer and thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November. Traditionally, you may think about the Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. Truly, thanksgiving triggers many memories for us.
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;[a]
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound
So very thankful on this morning for the opportunities that GOD has put before me. Because of HIS amazing GRACE we can face every challenge with excitement and peace knowing that the victory is HIS. I will say that as we come to the end of 2011 it hasn’t been without it’s challenges and difficulties. We always remind our missions teams, there is a reason Paul wrote in Ephesians 6 about putting on the whole armor of GOD, we forget that we are in Spiritual Warfare and the enemy is not going to let the road be easy.
2011 was and exciting year for Pam and I as BWCM began to change directions and we were able to be more involved in the work in Nicaragua. We are VERY thankful for all the teams that joined us in serving the people of Nicaragua, thankful for all the pastors that helped with the training center, thankful for the provisions that helped to meet the needs of thousands of locals. A very special Thank You to all our friends, both churches and individuals, that supported us financially in 2011. It’s very easy to say that where GOD leads HE provides and HE does but it’s another thing to take that next step and you helped us to do that.
2012 looks to be just as exciting as GOD continues to fill the calendar with teams, many that have served with us in the past an several that will travel to Nicaragua for the first time. Our pastor training is already scheduled for the first 3 months both in Nicaragua and Honduras. I was approached last month by the president of the Nicaragua Baptist Convention about teaching in other parts of the country. That’s truly something we will have to pray about and seek God’s will and guidance. Because of the generosity of MANY the construction of the clinic will start back after Christmas and with much prayer be completed in 2012. This past year the training center went through an amazing transformation due to the technical support of many. This next year we will continue to seek out people here in the states with agricultural back grounds to support that work and continue the training of the nationals.
Our promise to you in 2012 is to continue to be faithful to our call and obedient to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Pam and I simply ask that you continue to pray for us on a daily bases and remember, It’s All About Jesus…..MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR