Hello everyone, this is Dennis. The students are here with us and they have been for over a week. There has been a lot of stuff going on. The ministry is continuing as usual, but now we’re having lots of children’s services and work projects to keep this many people occupied. Joel and the guys put up a fence with a gate across the front of our property. They also moved several boulders around to make a retaining wall to keep our land from eroding away any more than it already has. The fence will keep the larger animals out (horses, cows, burros) and hopefully we can get some grass to grow here now.
Andrew & Lalo have been taking the students along with them to their weekly services. That includes Sunday services in our church on top of the mountain here, Wednesday night bible teachings there as well, and Saturday bible teachings on the island of Agua Escondida. Also on Saturday some people (Chely, Tyler, Eliud) went with Lalo & Andrew to the mainland after they were done in Agua Escondida. They visited the brothers in San Pedro and then went on up into the mountains to San Felipe for a church service. Since then we’ve had a few kids’ services here on our property as well.
Saturday the rainy season returned 3 weeks early. It has rained almost every day since then and will continue this way until December. Normally the rainy season doesn’t start until the first or second week of June. It cooled everything down real nice, so the terrible heat is gone for this year, however, we traded the heat for the mud. Personally I’d rather have the mud.
Joel left today to take a bus out to Texas. He’s going to Wade’s wedding and then he’ll return around June 3. Shortly after he returns he and the students will all leave again for other parts unknown (unknown to me that is). I’ve heard rumors that some or all of them will be back for part of the summer, but we’ll see. We got a big picture set up and we’ll get another one up covering the second part of the time they’re here. We fixed “Pineapple Pollo Asado” here last night. It was a theoretical recipe we thought up and have been wanting to try and it turned out great. The best barbecue chicken in the world and you can only get it here, on La Isla Del Viejo Soyaltepec. Something to look forward to for when we can start bringing mission groups here.
I’m posting the needs list again. Hopefully we can start marking some stuff off of it soon.
01. The most urgent need right now is to get a thatch roof up on the new structure before the students get back here in mid-April. It will take Maximo and his sons 2-3 weeks from start to finish and cost about 2000 dollars.
02. We’re looking at a property on the mainland in the town of Pescadito. There is already a partially built structure there. This would serve as a staging area to launch boats from and provide a place to park vans and boat trailers when we’re on the island. There is also an open door for ministry there and a small community of Christians there with no church. We have been visiting them when we’ve been able and this property could also serve as a church and enable us to work with these people more often. The property is going for 100,000 Pesos. At the current exchange rate that’s only about 8000 dollars.
03. Boats. The boat that we had was a small fishing boat and could only transport 8 people. With the students on the island plus ourselves and school staff there will be 20 of us in April & May. Add to that the fact that our ministry is expanding to other islands faster than we can keep up with it. By next summer we could easily be having services on more than one island at the same time. This means we need more boats. We can buy a boat down here that can carry 15 people for about 5000 dollars. They may be a lot cheaper in the states in the winter time where things like that are more seasonal. Down here it’s summer all the time and boats are like gold here.
04. A second bathroom. With 20 people here at once the bathroom is gonna be packed all the time. We can put up another bathroom with a concrete floor for 1000 dollars.
05. Sound System. A speaker system for services with several people to enable everyone to be able to here the message. Also for praise & worship. A 250 amp Fender Passport system runs for about 1000 dollars. I’ve found them on ebay and amazon for 450 dollars.
06. Projector. We’ve been wanting to eventually start having a movie night where we show a different Christian movie every week. We’ve done this before in other areas of Dayspring’s ministry with very positive results. A projector costs about 600 dollars and would be used in conjunction with the aforementioned sound system.
07. Keyboard. We’ve got no real worship team at this time on the island. Eduardo plays keyboard and can lead worship very well himself. He has an old one that doesn’t work very well, but he’s looking for a new one. I don’t know what they cost, but I’ll ask him what he’s looking for and we’ll post it here next time.
08. Bibles. We need bibles badly. Reina Valera version in Spanish. Whole bibles with old & new testament. We need as many as we can get. There are lots of people down here that need one.
09. Computers. We could use a couple computers. Right now my laptop is all we have. Andrew & Lalo both use it to write sermons. Lalo also is organizing worship songs on the computer a lot. Also for storing the photos that everyone takes. We hope to eventually have internet here and maybe a cyber café (a place where the local youth can come and use internet). This would be very helpful in starting a youth group ministry here. Right now a couple hand-me-down laptops for Lalo & Andrew would be good and several desktops for a cyber café next year.
10. Appliances. We could use any kitchen appliances that still work. Refridgerator, Microwave, toaster, etc.
Thanks for all your prayers and support. We’ll talk to y’all in a week or two.