May 25th Update

The first day of the pastor’s conference was a tremendous blessing from our great God. 400+ pastors, leaders, & wives came in from all over the country today in order to simply sit under the teaching of the word of God. We had a sweet worship time in the morning and then Ron and I both taught on the “calling of God”. After the morning session we broke for lunch and fed all of the people rice and bread. There was plenty for everyone to have seconds and even take some home in bags! After lunch all 3 of us sat on the stage and entertained questions for the Q&A time with the pastors. I was overwhelmed as I sat and spoke with pastors and heard their stories and their desire to attend this conference. A man named Dolphin (yes like the fish) who lives and plants churches among indian tribes in northern Nicaragua, had to take a small boat, with an oar and a small outboard motor for six days in order to get to a town where he then rode a series of different buses for about 6 hours in order to be in Managua for this 2-day conference. Another group of men left their village which is approximately 6 miles just north of Costa Rica riding in the back of a half pickup-half dump truck vehicle with no idea of where they would stay or sleep once they got here. People have literally come from all over the country hoping to hear from God and to glean anything they can that will help them in their ministry. It is extremely challenging to see and hear about their hunger and thirst for the word of God. It only validates the need for more pastor training events like this in the future. Pastor Eddie (who coordinated this conference) had to turn away 300 people who registered simply because we did not have enough room. We could literally host one of these a month and I believe that it would be full. It is also extremely humbling to be one of the voices on that platform. Am I that hungry to hear from God? Are you? What “inconveniences” have kept you from going to church in the past? What “busy schedules” have kept you from a daily time in God’s word? I have stayed on my knees and in his word this week to make sure that they hear a word from God and not from me. These people have not traveled hundreds of miles because they saw my name on a flyer or heard my name on a radio promotion. They have no idea who I am. It literally has NOTHING to do with me. These people have come to hear from God. What an unbelievable responsibility! Pray for us as we continue teaching and leading these faithful men and women this week.

Chris Dowd
Executive PastorBedrock Community Church
www.bedrockchurch.com

May 24th Evening Update

God was so good to us today in Somitillo! We started off the day at the radio station where joshua Bryant was able to share his testimony and Jonge shared the word from 1 Kings. We then were able to head to Pascaula to see the start of the 14th house that BWCM has sponsored. Praise the LORD! Our group was also able to shard the story of Jesus with the dolls that 2 churches in Roanoke, Va helped to make that had the 6 colored beads based on Jesus life on earth, and the children thuroghly enjoyed it. We then headed back to the casa to prepare for our journey to Ojache. The students really enjoyed the trip out to that village because of the wonderful children who were so excited to simply play with them. We had several activities including water balloon launching in which the kids loved to get wet! We were also able to share the story with the doll again. On the way back to the casa from the second village we gave out lots of ‘CARAMELLOS” and clothing for the houses on the roads back to Somitillo, and many of the people were so joyed to recieve simple things like candy and clothes our students were blown away by the reactions to such simplicity. The most amazing thing was that the rain held up just long enough for our team to finish the work for the day and now the heavens have opened up to bless the soil once more. We hope that the rest week is just as touched with God’s hand as it was today!


Lindsay M. Evans
100 Accomac Turning
Yorktown, VA 23693

Old Dominion University
Vice President 2009/2010: Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Secretary 2009/2010: Sport Management Association

May 24th Update

This is the day that the Lord has made… and we’ve rejoiced in it!  Our first day on the mission field has been incredible.  We worshiped with people from Leon this morning and with those in Somotillo tonight.  It’s great to reconnect with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  This morning as we began to worship I was reminded of my church family back home and all the followers of Christ that will gather to worship our God.  The Kingdom is BIG and by His grace and power this week it will grow.  Names were written in the Lambs book of life today as BWCM was preaching in three separate cities here in Nicaragua.  People from all three churches gave their lives to Christ.  The Gospel is Powerful!  We are so grateful for so many back home that made it possible for us to be here.  May God find us Kingdom Minded as we serve him this week.

May 23rd Update

Blessings from Managua, Nicaragua.  Part of our team is on their way to Leon for worship then on to Somotillo another worship service tonight at Prince of Peace.  I’m staying in Managua for the week.  Worship this morning at The Fathers House, youth rescue tonight with Pastor Ron …..Pray, Pray and Pray some more….

Pray that Dr. Dowd and Pastor Ron arrive safely today….Travel Mercies for all

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

May 22nd Update

Blessings from about 33000 feet, somewhere over Fl heading south.  We made our Atlanta connection and now heading to Managua.  The only thing I don’t know at this time is if our bags are on the same plane that we are on.  I will say that Jonge wasn’t at all concerned, thought he was good for a couple days any
way.  Thanks for all the prayers…Pray for the bags and also remember to pray for the services tomorrow in Managua, Leon and Somotillo.  IHL, Donald & Pammie

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

May 16th Update

Home from our trip to West Jefferson, NC. and a day at Bethany UMC. Thank you Lord Jesus for a great day of worship and Nica lunch with the Bethany Church Family. Oh Yes, they raised enough money to build house #15 in Pascuala, Somotillo Nicaragua with their Nica Lunch     THANK YOU LORD JESUS…..Please pray for our team that will be leaving on Sat.  Part of the team wil be traveling on to Somotillo and part of the team will remain in Managua to preach at “The Fathers House” and a pastors conference with more than 400 pastors in attendance.  IHS, 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 5th Update

Good morning and blessings….Looks like its going to be another beautiful day on the mission field.  Its always amazing to set on the patio early in the morning, listen to the sounds of Nicaragua and reflect on all that was accomplished yesterday.  Over the past 10 years Pam and I have made hundreds of friends that sometimes  get disconnected.  Yesterday was one of those days that God allowed us to reconnect and we praise Him for that.  Great day of ministry in Jinochauo, Esperanza and Mata de Cana.  Last night we had a youth rally at Prince Of Peace Baptist Church with close to 100 in attendance.  Can’t remember when I have laughed so hard as we engaged them through games and then great time of Praise and Worship.  I often wonder how somethings are received, one young man ask, “when can we do it again”, I guess it went well.  Pray for us today as we travel into the mountains for a day of ministry.  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

May 3rd Update

Blessings from Casa De Shelly….The sun comes up and the sun goes down, day one on the mission field.  The morning began by going to Pascuala to visit the family that just moved into their new home and visit with another family that will be getting a new home next week.  The new house in the picture is the house that was started 3 weeks ago by the students from FBC Roanoke, Va.  After lunch we travel with Dr. Briones nurse to Santa Cruz to do medical, feeding and worship.  We did introduce the kids to the water balloon launcher.  I do believe they would have played all day if we would have stayed.  On the way off the mountain we stopped to visit with a family that had just moved to the area.  A couple of things that they shared with us, (1) they were hungry because they had no food, (2). No one had every presented the gospel to them.  After a few minutes Oscar shared the gospel and ask if they wanted to pray with him to receive Christ.  The father, mother and 15 year old daughter prayed the sinners pray, received Christ into their life and began their walk with Jesus.  It seems tonight that everybody wanted the experience to be their God moment for the day.  Continue to pray for the work in the clinic and that we will be faithful in following God’s will.  IHS, Donald and Pammie

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

April 30th Update

Good morning and blessings to all…….Tomorrow morning we leave out bright and early for Nicaragua.  It is amazing that we are as excited about this trip (somewhere close to 120 trips) as we were about our very first trip to Nicaragua some 10 years ago.  I can honestly say that there is NO place more exciting than in the center of God’s will for your life.  We do covet your prayers as we will be; starting house #14(thanks to some dear friends), pouring the concrete floor in the clinic, evangelism, medical,feeding and engaging in several different villages.  Plan to spend one day searching out NEW Villages and I’m sure there are a few that we haven’t found.  Please pray for travel mercies, protection and that God’s will be accomplished through us.  IHL, Donald and Pammie

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

April 24th Update

Blessings all…..One word has been stuck in my mind for the past several weeks and its there for a reason.  That word is “CHANGE”, I understand the word but what is hard is to “embrace” what change is all about.  I can honestly say, “The older I get the harder it is”.  I’m not sure that in my 33 years of ministry that I have seen as much change in the way we worship and serve as I’ve seen in the past year.  I can look at several different areas such as church planting, corporate worship, youth ministry and even our work in Nicaragua.  Not one single one of these areas when  I first heard change or the way we are going to do something was I truly able to “embrace”.  I even told my pastor once, “are you crazy”.  Now the reason I’m saying all of this is to encourage you to embrace and not reject.  I have seen great success in these areas that I had a hard time embracing.  In my heart and soul I’m now reaching out to change with one desire and that is to grow the kingdom and bring glory to GOD. I can hardly believe that on May the 4th that I will be leading the youth at Prince of Peace Baptist Church.  Bottom line, if I make myself available to be used of God then that is in every area that HE leads, change or no change.
With all that said we covet your prayers as we return to Nicaragua next Sat. to continue to serve where God is leading.  We will be working with Ronaldo the youth pastor, starting house #14 and pouring the floor in the clinic.  I do hope to spend time in Managua making final preparations for the Pastors Conference.  We still need more help ($$$$) for purchasing bus tickets and food for the pastors.  IHS, Donald and Pammie

One last prayer request:  Short Oscar called last night to request prayer for his wife, ” Veronica”.  She is pregnant with their 1st child and they discovered yesterday that she has some form of cancer.  Please lift them up….

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