Nica News 5/30

      Blessings once more from Choluteca, Honduras……Today we were at “Arch of Christ” Baptist Church doing another Leader/Pastor training.  GREAT day, I love my job.  Great time sharing from the Word of God, life experiences and my time as a pastor.  I will say a lot of what we are teaching is info from what I’m seeing going on in the states.  It’s amazing how much the Nica and Honduran church resembles American Church’s.  The Third World church has the same struggles as our North American Church’s.  It is amazing to talk to a local pastor and then begin to see yourself in their shoes.  The good thing is that in many cases we are able to identify with them and simply share our experiences as a Pastor.
     Tomorrow we will travel to another city named “Maria Conception” for Pastor/Leadership training in the morning.  In the afternoon we will travel to “El Triunfo” for our final Pastor/Leader conference for this trip.  We are praising God for all that HE has allowed us to do and be apart of while here in Honduras.  Once we get back to Somotillo Pastor Diomedes and I will set down to compare notes and see where GOD is leading.  We are very thankful for the prayers and support during our travel.  I’ll have to admit that after 2 weeks of Pastor training and teaching I’ll ge glad and thankful that we will be finished for a while.  God is our strength and we will praise HIM in all that we do and say……Donald and Pammie

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News 5/28/2011

      Blessings from Honduras…..Sorry that we didn’t send out news yesterday but the Hotel I was staying in didn’t have Internet.  Today we met with Pastors and leaders from Guaymaca City which we traveled to yesterday.  Gauymaca City is 300 kilometers north of the border and takes about 5 hours by car.  I have to admit that Honduras is one of the most beautiful mountainous countries I’ve ever visited.  From what I can see the country is a little more prosperous and a lot better off than Nicaragua.
     Much like our Nicaragua Pastors these men and women were very eager to learn and expand their world.  We were literally begged to come back soon and help the Honduran church.  Certainly something that Pam and I will have to pray about and seek Gods guidance.  Anyone want to bring a small team to Honduras?
     One thing I have learned in nearly 11 years on the mission field is that you had better be flexible.  We were told around 1 PM that all the plans were canceled for Sunday in Tegucigalpa due to political unrest.  We traveled back to Choluteca where we will stay until Monday.  Pastor Diomedes got on the phone and now has us booked in a church here Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.  It all amazes me how quickly things in Central America can come unraveled and how quickly new plans can be put in place.  Thank you Lord for obedient servants.   IHL, Donald and Pammie

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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nica news – 5-26

Buenos Días. Our team here at the Casa de Shelly was in for an extraordinary treat this morning.  All week we’ve been hard at work spreading the Gospel, supplying physical aid, and discipling both potential and active leaders living in the surrounding villages.  All the while God has been hard at work sculpting the missionaries here at Casa de Shelly. Two of our team members wholeheartedly took up their crosses this morning in Baptism.  Tears swelled and hearts overflowed as the team rejoiced in the tremendous victory.  The radio station was extremely special this morning.  One of our youngest members, age 9, shared her testimony followed by a prayer for salvation.  She wrapped up her testimony by saying, “If you prayed that prayer, I’ll see you in Heaven.”

After the baptisms in the Río Negro (Black River), our team pressed on to share in song and drama with nearby villages.  On our ride back into our quarters we emptied every item we had brought to give away, tossing them off the truck as we drove.  Children lined the sides of the street awaiting our gifts.  Undoubtedly, they received them: Everything from the “¡Caramelos!” (candy) to the shirt off of one of our member’s back!
It was a blessing today to reflect on the diversity of strengths that God has brought together this week for this mission:  A spirit-led Photographer, a heartfelt Sketch artist, a group of talented singers, a group of talented instrumentalists, a group of strong speakers, a group of knowledgeable translators, a group of GREAT COOKS…and the list goes on.

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News 5/25

Buenas Dias – another day of God’s faithfulness in Somotillo
It’s was a great morning at Casa de Shelly.  The majority of the team made a couple of trips to the river and finished up the bottom layer of rocks for the parking pad (pending Donald’s inspection)!   It was a blessing to see the pastors show up again at the Casa, hungry for another morning of training on lessons about the Holy Spirit.
More testimonies were shared on the radio this morning, and praise and worship songs in Spanish were sung.  After the radio team rejoined the others at the riverbed, to continue gathering rocks, they met a couple of locals who were also gathering rocks and water.  Two of the young boys on horseback had heard the radio broadcast and were enthusiastic to listen in again tomorrow. 
Mama Maria’s pasta salad for lunch rejuvenated the group, and we all set out for Pasquala.  For those who had been before, it was a treat to see some familiar faces and to encourage those there in their walk with the Lord.  Pray that those who heard the Gospel would come to know Him and join the others in the village on their journey with Christ.  Please pray for continued “eternal successes” as the team finishes the second half of the week.
Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News 5/24

This morning our team started with work projects.  Some of the women went to the market to get food to serve in the village later while others stayed back and prepped walls to paint and filled water balloons to play with the kids in the village later.  The guys went and filled the truck with rocks to bring back to the Casa to make a pad for the bus to park on during the rainy seasons. 
After lunch, we went to the village, Los Torres.  We engaged the villagers through playing soccer, painting fingernails and playing with water balloons.  We broke up into small groups and the gospel was presented to the guys playing soccer and the children in the village.  Many seeds were planted in the village.  We also took the nurse with us to provide medical care and prescriptions to those who needed it.  Donald gathered a group to pray for healing over a two month old who had a severe case of pneumonia.  Prescriptions were provided to her as well.  We were reminded through this situation, as Donald says, “What would happen if missionaries didn’t come?”
We were also able to provide hot nutritious soup to the villagers.  They brought bowls, buckets, plates, or whatever they could find to hold food.  We were able to pass out some of the bowls provided by team members to those without any.  Dry food packets were handed out for families to provide additional meals as well. 
Our team really enjoyed serving the village of Los Torres.  
Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News 5/23

Hola amigos!
The trip down to the Casa was a little more exciting than usual. When we landed in El Salvador for our 37 minute layover, we discovered that our flight was canceled and that we actually had to wait for six more hours. However, our team remained in very high spirits and we used the time to play some icebreaker games and got to know interesting facts about each other! From the very beginning we could tell that Satan was attacking but we knew that God always wins.
This morning we left the hotel in Managua for Somotillo. We arrived at the Casa around noon, and prepared to visit our first village- La Flor. The team was very excited to minister to the people and handed out candy, played soccer, painted nails of young girls and played fun water balloon games with the children. After engaging with the villagers, we split into small groups, and with the help of translators shared the gospel. Then, Oscar and Johanna led us in some Spanish songs while others prepared the meal. We had the opportunity to feed the people a nice hot meal before we left to return to the Casa for the night. God spoke to the group through our surroundings, other group members, and the joy we could see in the villagers. We’re excited to see what God has in store for us the rest of the week.
You have to admit that a day when the Kingdom of God is enlarged, it’s a GOOD DAY.  Today we had five of our team members share the Gospel, some for the very first time…..Thank You Lord 

 

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News 5/18

      “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.” Hudson Taylor.  One of my favorite sayings is, “if it were easy everybody would do it”.  Pam and I have traveled to or from Nicaragua every week-end for the past 5 weeks.  I’m beginning to learn a lot about scheduling and checking my schedule on a very regular basis.  As many of you know we had planned to stay in country more and reduce the amount of travel, well you can see that hasn’t worked out very well.
     Once more we will be traveling this weekend to Nicaragua with a team from Bedrock Community Church.  Really excited because next week we will be leaving the team and traveling into Honduras to meet with several groups of pastors and leaders.  We will return to Nicaragua on the 31st of May for a few days rest, then travel to Managua on 6/4 to pick up a team from Blackshear Place Baptist Church, Gainesville, Ga.  Thank you Jonge Tate for leading your team and affording us the opportunity to go into Honduras.  One of our hearts desire through the years has been to have others to lead the teams that we might be free for other things, thank you LORD JESUS for answered prayers.  Pastor Jonge will also be helping with our monthly Pastors training at Casa De Shelly on Monday and Tuesday.
     Pam and I also want to thank you for your prayers and support.  The Kroger Gift Cards have truly been a blessing to the ministry and has given us extra income over the past several months.  Please continue to use them and of course share this opportunity with family and friends.  Anyone can just send us an e-mail requesting a card and we will mail it out.  We also want to thank you for your support of the,  “1/2 container of Food”.  Every time I think about the thousands of children that will receive food, my heart overflows with join and gratitude.  THANK YOU LORD JESUS   IHL, Donald and Pammie

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News 5/10

      Blessings from a rainy and stormy Somotillo…..Hard to say anything bad about the rains since the country needs rain so desperately.  It’s  been months since we have had significant rain thus many of the hand dug wells are dry and families are really struggling to meet their daily water needs.  Unfortunately a lot of people are getting water from the rivers and we know that’s not very good water with animals up stream.
     Happy to report that all our pastors showed up for class and we actually had 2 guest.  I wish I could explain to all what it is like teaching these men.  I have never been with men of God so hungry to learn and understand the Bible and the things of GOD.  For instance, today we spent almost 2 hours discussing Acts 2 and didn’t get close to explaining everything the guys wanted to discuss.  These guys surely cause ME to spend a lot of time in prayer to make sure of our direction in teaching and mentoring.
     This afternoon we ventured into Honduras to see what we would face as we cross the border and begin our Northern work.  Pretty simple, it only cost $34.00 for Pam and I to cross the border into Honduras and then travel back to Nicaragua.  We have also been given our itinerary for 5/27-31 which I will give to you so that you might join us in prayer.

5/27…we will travel from Guaymaca City, meeting on the 28th @ Good Samaritan Church with 40-50 pastors and leaders, leaving that afternoon for Tegucigalpa to visit a church and leader then spend the night.

5/29 we will leave Tegucigalpa for Choluteca, later that day we meet with Pastor Rene Soza

5/30 we will have a Pastor and Leader Conference in Choluteca with another 50 Leaders.

5/31 we leave Choluteca for Maria Concepcion for another leaders conference and lunch with another 50 leaders.  We will travel that afternoon to El Triumfo for a conference with Pastors and Wives’,  we will then travel back to Somotillo.

Thank you for your prayers and support, IHL, Donald and Pammie

r and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News 5/9

      Blessings from Casa De Shelly…..At 7:30 AM as I’m walking around the farm I saw one of our pastors walking towards the training center more than 11/2 hours before class was suppose to start.  I stopped what I was doing and thinking to simply remember what these men go through each day to come here and allow us to teach them.  Knowing their day and sacrifices is very humbling, I’ll introduce these men to you and share their lives with you in the future.  Getting to know these men in a personnel way has truly been a highlight of our service here in Nicaragua.
     This afternoon Pam and I had the opportunity to take three of these men home, by doing so we got them home several hours earlier than the bus.  Only one of the three had to walk any distance,  so we made their day a little easier.  Would you work really hard to make someone’s day a little easier?  IHL, Donald and Pammie

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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Nica News – 5-4

      It’s those little things that count the most.  Most of you are aware of the feeding program that we carry out in Nicaragua, for the past several months we have been cooking a chicken stew in the villages we visit and serving a hot meal to everyone.  Over the months we have seen just about anything you can imagine being used as bowls.  This past week members of our team from Canada brought Frisbee’s for the kids to play with.  Needless to say at the end of the day they became plates for their food.  I think the the most disturbing  for me was watching a mother empty her little plastic medicine bags to put food in and take home.  With that said  Pam and I began to look at things we use on a daily bases that could be used for food bowls in Nicaragua.
     SO, I’m asking you to look at how you can collect these items or anything similar through Life Groups, Sunday School, ball teams, church, civic group, family and friends.  When you have collected your bowls just send us an e-mail and we will pick them up and get them to Nicaragua.  Be Blessed and have a great day…..IHL, Donald and Pammie
Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
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