July 2nd Update

Another glorious day on the Mission Field has passed:  good works were performed, children laughed, prayers prayed, gospel shared, and our Lord magnified!  The team began the day at Pascuala.  The ladies on the team entertained the children and women of the village with games, bubbles, songs; while the men on our mission team worked diligently on hauling  rocks and other material to deposit inside the village where water does not readily drain and eventually creates stagnant water and unhealthy conditions within the village.  More work remains but hopefully will be continued by future teams.

In the afternoon the team headed out to Villa Esperzana with a medical team, supplies, and eager folks ready to  help.  After a time of play, sharing the gospel and blessings – members of the village and Mission team traveled to the Grande Alto River for a Baptism. Two men and one woman participated in this public profession of their faith. This is proof that lives are being changed and God’s presence is undeniable.

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
WWW.BWCM.ORG

June 29th Update

Today was an awesome day on the Mission Field.  The morning started with the radio show.  Six of the team had the privilege of sharing our testimonies with the people of Somotillo.  Josh, Katie, and Oscar ministered in song.

The team then went to village of Pascuala where the men worked to start a sidewalk into the village.  The women spent part of the time ministering to the children.  We performed a skit showing the children how we can accomplish much more for each other and for God if we work together.  The ladies painted the children’s fingernails, gave out stickers, and played games.  The older women of the village also enjoyed having their fingernails done and laughing at the fun their children were having.  The ladies also helped the women of the village and the children pick up rocks from the side of the road to assist with building the sidewalk.

During the afternoon, the team went to the village of Los Lemones.  We were able to take the doctor with us to the village where he provided medical care and medicines to approximately 30 families.  The team played several games with the children.  Diane ministered to the children with a skit about the miracle Jesus performed with the two fish and five loaves of bread.  Josh used a couple of the village children to demonstrate the sin of Adam and Eve and how Jesus came to provide a way for our salvation.  He lead the children in prayer and many of them raised their hands when asked if they had accepted Jesus as their Savior for the first time.

“Youth Rescue” was the highlight of our evening.  We had the opportunity to minister to approximately 80 youth from Somotillo.  The Lord’s presence was among us during the worship service. The team played games, shared snacks and ice cream with the youth of Somotillo.  Josh then led in an altar call.  Many of the youth prayed for salvation.

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
WWW.BWCM.ORG

June 28th Morning Update

The team arrived in Somotillo this morning excited and ready to get onto the mission field. We spent the afternoon in Jinochauo. Even though the heavens opened up and poured down rain off and on throughout  the whole afternoon, the team still had a great time playing soccer and with water balloons (we obviously weren’t wet enough from the rain…) and slingshots. Ed shared his testimony and presented the gospel, and then Josh prayed over the people who were suffering from various sicknesses. We spent a wonderful evening praising at the Prince of Peace church. The team members sang, and then Tom shared a message from God’s word. Two men came during the altar call and made decisions for the Lord. It was a full day on the mission field, and we’re excited about the blessings that God has in store for us tomorrow!

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
WWW.BWCM.ORG

June 28th Update

Another day on the mission field in the words of the infamous Donald Gillette.  We have had another great day on the mission field.  We went to the village of Pascuala in the morning.  The ladies gathered all the kids and passed out  stickers & played games. The children of the village sang several songs to our team.  The guys began digging the footers in the middle of what has been a common theme, rain.  Did I mention rain?  Try water soaking rain.  We finished up our time with a gospel message.  The Lord has been good to us to sustain our water logged clothes & shoes and spirit.  We went to Las Mesas in the afternoon.  We played with water balloons, painted finger nails of the young girls, passed out stickers.  We also played soccer.  We finished with a gospel message where several people received Christ & then passed out the rice & protein packets.  Another great day on the mission field.

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
WWW.BWCM.ORG

June 22nd Update

Good morning and blessings to all…….The reports are in and it’s official, SUMMER IS HERE.  A number of folks that we know are in camp, VBS or going to camp and VBS very soon.  Please join us as we pray God’s favor on all the summer activities where so many young folks will be traveling and upon arrival be exposed to the Gospel and prayfully lives changed.
With that said we will be leaving on Fri. and our team of 20 enthusiastic missionaries will follow on Sat.  Please pray for safe travels, airline connections, baggage arrival, bus travels and a safe arrival at Casa De Shelly on Sat. afternoon.  Team Faith Fellowship will be working on the medical clinic, painting a couple houses and starting construction on another house in Pasquala as well as youth rally, medical, feeding program and spreading the Gospel Message on the radio as well as in a number of villages.  We Covet you prayers, Donald and Pammie

Oh!!  By the way, we now have on line giving available to all our supporters.  Just go to the web site,WWW.BWCM.ORG, scroll down the home page to the “donate button”, click on the button and follow along. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT….

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
WWW.BWCM.ORG

June 12th Update

Good morning and blessings to all…….Over the past 20 months I have watched 3 young pastors step out in obedience to plant a new church in a small city not to far from where Pam and I live.  I have learned a lot from them in the area of FAITH, OBEDIENCE, TRUST, GUIDANCE, VISION and GOD’S WILL.  These are all areas of our Christian Life that we talk a lot about and teach about but it truly is a whole different enterprise when it comes to putting them into practice.  Over the past 10 years Pam and I have tried through the leadership of the Holy Spirit to be faithful to the vision and call of God as we serve in Nicaragua.  The Bible says in Ps 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in His way.”  We believe that we are being “ordered ” to take some steps in a new direction.  This morning we seek your prayers and support as we begin the next phase of our obedience to the call of God for our lives.

Our hearts desire and we believe the will of God for us is to step out by faith and begin to spend more time in country (Nicaragua) working with the local pastors, churches and villages.  Our vision from 10 years ago “To Grow the Kingdom” has not changed.  What will change is our everyday presence and ability to work with and stand by those that need us the most.  We could never praise God enough for what HE has allowed us to do and be apart of over the past 10 years but it is time now to step up the work.  What I’m sure of is that the churches that have been planted need help to grow and be productive and that is why we believe God is leading us in this direction.

Sometime near the end of 2010 we plan to leave our secular jobs and commit every fiber of our beings to work in Nicaragua.  As I type this letter this morning I can honestly say I’m not real sure what this is going to look like but we are going to take that 1st step by faith and just wrap our arms around the WILL of God and see where these steps lead us.  I do know that we will continue to have the monthly teams join us in the work and blessings as we serve the churches and villages around Somotillo.

Let me once again THANK many of you that have supported us both financially and through pray all these many years.  I can honestly say that you are a big part of what got us to this point.  With that said we are asking many to pray about monthly support and please continue to pray for God’s work through Because We Care Ministries.   Over the next several months we will be “CASTING THE VISION” with many of the church groups that have worked with us in the past as well as many individuals.  I don’t know any other way except to say we need your help, both through pray and finance.  If you have any questions please feel free to call or write and we will get you the answer.  In His Service, Donald and Pammie

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
WWW.BWCM.ORG
540-774-4197

May 28th Update

5 AM…Awake and packing for our return trip home today.  Thank you for your prayers and support for another amazing week on the mission field.  Part of our team returned to Managua after their week in Somotillo.  Always interesting to listen to their stories and reports about their trip and also listen to their plans to return for another week.  The Managua team did another radio broadcast yesterday morning and then just hung out and started planning for our next Pastors conference.  I have no idea this morning how many “Pastor’s Conference’s” I have been apart of but I will say, this one has been one of the best planned and well organized….THANK YOU PASTOR EDDY AND CHURCH FAMILY.  Please pray for our safe travel today…Donald and Pammie

Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018
WWW.BWCM.ORG

May 27th Update

It was a wonderful day on the mission field.  We awoke knowing this was our last full day at work here in Somotillo.  We prayed and read the scriptures as a team before we started our day.  Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  All week we put this verse into practice as each day began and ended with seeking the Almighty.  It’s amazing what happens when we simply put into practice what we know we should do.  HE WORKS!

It has been a refreshing week here in Nicaragua as we’ve had rain every day.  In fact, today we had some “monsoon” rain for a few hours as we played with the children of Pascuala in their classroom.  It was fun to get creative as a team as we adapted to the wet surroundings and continued to share the love of Jesus.  As we often say, the Holy Spirit holds the trump card on everything!  Our job?  Be obedient!  As you’ve heard before… God always blesses obedience.

After lunch we drove out to a village in San Francisco.  With the rain coming down the place almost looked deserted as everyone was inside their homes.  However, as our presence was known God quickly drew a crowd of children and adults.  Water balloons were launched, tossed, thrown, parachuted and I even had one thrown at me.  Our team of college students did a skit that I’m confident they are still laughing at.  If laughter is good medicine for the heart (Proverbs 17:22) then God used our visit to drop the whole pharmacy upon their hearts.  Joy comes from a passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ.  It is FUN to follow Jesus!

Tomorrow morning we’ll pack up, load the truck and head to Managua.  I depart with the next trip in mind and a deeper love for God’s Kingdom work in Nicaragua within my heart.

If you’ve been… come again!
If you can’t come… send someone who can!
If you don’t know someone…send money…we’ll help you find them!

Thanks for partnering with Because We Care Ministries to make an eternal difference in a place so desperate for the hope of Jesus.

Jonge Tate
Lead Pastor
Bedrock Community Church
www.bedrockchurch.com

May 26th Morning Update

Day two and final day of the Pastor’s Conference at The Father House Church has come to an end. What an amazing blessing it has been to be part of it all. God has His man there to be their Pastor. Eddy is a Man of God after His heart. I count it one of my greatest privileges in life to have had the opportunity to stand behind his pulpit and speak God’s message. Pastor Chris and I each spoke this morning and he spoke again tonight. He challenge the church to come and pray for their pastor and the response was great. Along with this Donald requested an offering this morning from all present to bless Eddy and his family. Again, a wonderful response. Q& A again after lunch. Great questions. My favorite was “What do we do to help our churches cross denominational lines?” My response was look around you. The room was full of Baptist, Pentecostals, Presbyterians and more. You as the Pastors have the responsibility to make the effort to continue what you are doing here today, speak it from the pulpit and bring your people into unity with others.

Tomorrow Donald will be on a local TV station and then the three of us will head off to two secular station which Eddy has built a relationship with. Got to be a God thing. Usually the realization of going home doesn’t set in until a Thursday evening or Friday morning. It has happened tonight. One more full day then Chris and I head home Thursday morning. This week is an answer to year long prayer for myself and I know one for Eddy and Donald. The Kingdom has been strengthened through Pastors trained in the Word. The weapon is the Sword of Truth which they now have a better grip on. I look forward to returning to find out what they have done with it.

May 26th Evening Update

Another exciting day on the mission field!  This morning on the radio, one of the members of the team gave her testimony and Jonge continued his series on Elijah from 1 Kings. Then, we went to Pascuala again and played with the children there while they were on a break from school. In the afternoon, we visited Villa Esperanza with the doctor, engaged the kids, presented the gospel, and handed out some beans and rice. This evening we went to the church in Somotillo (Prince of Peace) and held a youth rally. We played a few games to get them involved.  It was fun to watch them laugh and enjoy each other.   Jonge spoke about filling our lives with Christ, rather than the things of the world.  To the Glory of God, several students gave their lives to Jesus Christ.