Hello Team, I must start by confessing that I feel uneasy every time I post about needs... I realize that we all have our own personal needs and also we all are inundated with request for help... Yet I must balance that with the fact that I am the director of a non-profit, support-based ministry and we are reliant upon needs being expressed and met via our supporters...
Please understand that I do not send these requests with any specific expectation of you other than that you pray about them... I fully believe the Holy Spirit will impress upon those that need to step up to the financial plate for each request. (And He may impress upon you to give somewhere else... and I am good with that as long as each of us strive to honor His leading!)
In May I am returning to the Dominican Republic to specifically work on furnishing/preparing our apartments there for the teams that will be coming down to minister in the Tireo Valley... InBounds has a very nice facility in which we are furnishing a couple of bedrooms where we can provide lodging for a family or a small team up to 6 members. There is a very nice kitchen and a conference room that will be used for orientation of all groups. We are working in conjunction with Wills Valley Community Church from Alabama as they are furnishing a team room that sleeps 14 comfortably... SCORE International also has 2 units in the same building.
Estimated costs of immediate large needs that we will purchase in the DR:
BEDROOMSBunk beds (2 sets): $250 per set [very heavy wooden bunks that easily sleep teens or adults]
Master bedroom suite: $500
Misc. Supplies: $200
Tables/Chairs for conference room: $750
Projector / Accessories for conference room: $250
Propane Tank: $100
Back up batteries: $300
We are also in need of basic items such as shower curtains, towels, curtains, twin sets of white sheets/pillow cases, blankets (yes it gets cool in the mountains of the DR), pillows, utensils, pots/pans, etc - for these items we prefer to simply take earmarked monetary donations and purchase while in the DR for ease (but willing to transport some items you may have available or good deals on): Estimated $250
We need help in in getting this ready... If you feel so led to partner with us please contact me. This will enable me to go ahead and order some of the bigger ticket items that I could possibly have shipped to the DR.... and/or to have money available in the account to purchase during this next visit.
I already have our first team confirmed to stay at the new facility in June...excited to host Watermark Church out of Troutman, NC! And I am working on dates for a group from South County Baptist Church in St Louis for July!
Side note of praise: Cross Works Thrift Store in Ft Payne, AL (an InBounds Ministries partner) has provided the funds to Wills Valley Community Church to purchase a vehicle while we are there in May. This is going to greatly enhance the ministry in the valley; and greatly benefit the full time missionaries that are moving in later in the summer...
Exciting things happening as we obey the Great Commission while exercising the Great Commandment via the Acts 1:8 Game Plan...