Wednesday, July 5, 2017

NY Mission Team Update (Day 3)

Monday - July 3rd (Day 3)

We met the kiddos today! After our morning prayer & devotion and a subway ride (with a 40 lb suitcase & and a few flights of stairs) we arrived at the church, welcomed by over 60 children. ALL the kiddos had high ENERGY! The group was divided into 3-4 smaller groups for Bible study lessons. Space is an issue for this church but it doesn't keep them from getting maxed out with neighborhood kids. Have I mentioned ALL the kiddos had high ENERGY! So having extra adults to help refocus the kids appeared to be much appreciated. We have team members ready and willing to be used however directed by staff even if your are English speaking only yet asked to take over a lesson that has just been given in Spanish - no clue what the lesson was about, but you do have 30 seconds to review the lesson 😂 Morning session also included at least a 10 minute walk to the park. A walk to the park with busy intersections and 60 high energy kiddos 😲 Afternoon session was the time our team divided up and overseen the games, crafts, and music. Each with its own learning curves through the session but really mostly laughter. Looking forward to the adventures God has for us in the remainder of the week. - Lidenia Servin

Sunday, July 2, 2017

NY Mission Team Update (Day 2)

July 2, 2018 - Sunday (Day 2) 

The team was able to attend Sunday service at the church were we will be serving at this week, and get a glimpse of were we will be set up our VBS activities. Our afternoon outing was to visit the 9/11 memorial. Each team member was to choose a person who lost their life on 9/11 atleast a week before we left for our trip. We were to familiarize ourselves with their story and the family they left behind. When we got to the memorial we searched out the persons names, each member shared about the person they chose, and then we prayed for their families. Amazingly and God orchestrated, Terah chose a 2 year old girl and another team member had chosen the little girl's parents. Side note: There's interesting people in the subways (and Time Square) -Lidenia Servin 

NY Mission Team Arrives Safely

Saturday - July 1st (Day 1)
Arrived safely to our destination, if you were praying🙏 thank you!
Today was about getting settled in at Metropolitan New York Baptist Association and buying some of our groceries for the week. Continue to pray for our team as we prepare to help with VBS activities at First Spanish Baptist Church of Manhattan. - Lidenia Servin 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

You can make a difference... even when you aren't on foreign soil!

Everyone has a part to play in sharing the gospel. So many believe that if they aren't going on an international mission trip, they aren't as important. But that's just one of Satan's lies. When a team is on the mission field in another country, we all have a role to play... There are those that helped financially to send the team, there are those who gave of their time and helped the team prepare for the trip, but there is something we can all do no matter our age, race, gender, denomination, or income... PRAY! 

Hardee County has two youth teams out in the field this week. They are finishing up the work they've been called to do and will begin preparation to come back to the U.S. Departing from a foreign country after falling in love with the people is always bittersweet.

  • Pray for each of the team members as they say goodbye and return to their home mission field in Hardee County. 
  • Pray for the conversations they will have with other students next week as they return back to school and that God give them the same boldness they have in Haiti and the Dominican Republic at Hardee Senior High School. 
  • Pray for safe travels home. 
  • Pray for their spiritual walk with the Lord and their conversations with Him throughout the next few weeks. May they apply what they've learned and seen to their every day walk with Christ.
  • Pray that the impact of this trip forever change their lives and that they always seek opportunities to share the gospel with others and show love. 
  • Pray that each team member recognize that they are always on mission for the Lord and that our mission field is where we are each and every day. 
He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out worked into his harvest field." - Luke 10:2

Haiti Mission Team - Florida's First Assembly 

Dominican Republic Mission Team - First Christian Church

Friday, March 10, 2017

Spring Break Mission Trips for Hardee County Youth

For many, Spring Break means vacation or time off, but for two of our local youth groups, it means leaving the country to serve others.

Pray for both of these teams as they will be leaving Saturday morning and returning later on in the week.

Florida's First Assembly Haiti Mission Team

First Christian Church Dominican Republic Mission Team 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Feliz Navidad de Guatemala! Merry Christmas, Marvin!

We are so excited about our child sponsorship with Orphan's Heart! Thanks to the proceeds from your poinsettia purchases, SendMeMissions sponsors Marvin, a little boy living in Guatemala.

Last December Marvin and his family were invited to a Christmas party for all of the children in Guatemala sponsored through Orphan's Heart. 480 children and parents enjoyed games, door prizes, a Guatemalan Christmas dinner, and each child received a present. In addition, the Christmas story was told so that everyone could hear the Good News of Christ our Savior.

We are grateful for Orphan's Heart and the ministry they have in Guatemala and across the globe. If you'd like to read more about their mission or see more pictures from the Christmas party, check out the Orphan's Heart blog. Pray that the Lord would continue work in the lives of Marvin and his family.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hardee County Mission Teams Update 1-22-2017

First Baptist Church Bowling Green - Ecuador 
January 20, 2017 
It has been a rainy day here in Tabacundo. We started the day with half of our group having a Bible study with a gentleman whom the group unanimously agrees has been showing a positive change in his openness to the Lord. Satan is attacking him and his family presently and they are in need of much prayer.
The other group went up to the ministry above Cayambe that does work with the elderly. The ministry had a presentation of which they wanted us to be a part.
The first team made arrangements to visit with another family later in the day and that fell through because of a family health issue. We will keep trying to get over to see them. Pray for this family as well. We sense, but are not certain, something is in the air between them and our ministry. This family has been a vital part of our work here the past three years and things have just been different this trip.

I mentioned that it has been rainy today. Some would even say chilly or even cold. As a result, we only had 7 people make it to our Bible study tonight and 4 of them were new for us this week.

The young man who received Jesus last night was 1 of the 7. The man who brought him last night also came back and he brought another friend with him. At the end of the night these 3 were still with us until 10 p.m. talking. The new friend has not received Jesus as his Lord and Savior, but we encouraged him to truly think about it and we invited him back to the remainder of our studies.
1 of our repeat Bible study attenders has brought us a great deal of joy this week. We have seen some amazing growth in her life and she told us that her entire family did the Bible study lesson together and that her husband really enjoyed it. The mere fact her husband did the study with her is huge and an amazing praise report. Pray for God to do a work in his life.
Tomorrow is a "free" day, but we are already making plans for more contacts and trying to build on the work we have already done.
May the Lord be brought glory throughout the remainder of our time. - Pastor Scott Tharp 

January 21, 2017 
This is Saturday and our fourth update. The pastor has passed the duties along, so the content may lack some continuity with the previous ones. :-)
The team had hoped to have an off day today up on Mt. Cayambe, but the weather prediction for the mountain was for heavy rain all day, so we cancelled that and spent the biggest part of the morning trying to see and encourage those we have yet to make a connection. Part of the team was finally able to spend some quality time with the wife of the family that has been so vital the ministry the last three years. The husband and wife have both made professions of faith, but it seems satan is working on choking out their growth with the busyness of life. We left a copy of the Bible study we have been covering each night and encouraged her to try to include the whole family when completing it. At the the same time the other team mates made a couple of visits and shared some scripture on the other side of town.
We were all then treated to lunch with our sweet Ecuadorian family in Cayambe. It's so neat that we have friends in our own church at home that have family here that we can have such a special fellowship with.
With the cool, rainy conditions continuing, the number attending tonight's study was eight besides the team. But, among those were three new faces. Now the wonderful thing is that the new faces were not invited by us, but by others who have attended during the week! It was especially sweet to see one of our preadolescent friends, who's family has been attending for several years and who's mom has been baptized, show up again tonight but this time with a friend of his! They immediately sat down and, with heads together, began working on the study. (Prov. 22:6)
Quite a few who have been attending, have said they will be joining us for worship tomorrow. This includes the family in the previous post who has been in Satan's crosshairs for several months now. We know that our God is greater so join us in praying for restoration of this marriage.
Once again our pastor has been invited to share the message in the morning. Pray not only for the message and open hearts, but for our translator as she shares the message for us.
We have a full day of visits after church tomorrow that include two in La Esperanza. Please pray for those on our team with some cold symptoms to improve. (As my Sharon often says, "Ain't nobody got time for that!")
Praying for you all at home as well as you meet for worship tomorrow!
Bendiciones! -Janice Durrance 

January 22, 2017 
One of our other members has written tonights post, but I am typing what they wrote.
We began this beautiful Sunday morning meeting some friends and walking to church. Where a member of our team had the opportunity to share the gospel. We learned that we need to have a relationship with God on His terms instead of our terms. We also learned that we need to pray believing that God can and will answer our prayers, instead of just half believing. After church, we were invited to visit some friends for a meal.
In the afternoon, we went to visit a family and shared the gospel and gave our testimonies. Some members of the family were very interested in what we shared with them. Please pay their interest would grow and they keep learning more about God.
We also ask prayers as one of our team members is a little under the weather.

Chris Bishop & Family - Nicaragua 
January 21, 2017 
Since it has been a couple days since we posted I will try to be quick. Friday was a very full and busy day, we did two bible clubs on at 9:30am and one at 2pm and it was also the warmest day so far. btw the weather has been unseasonably cool and we are still getting the occasional rain shower but Friday was definitely warmer and sunnier so after a late night Thursday preparing and an early morning preparing, we went to morning club, then to lunch at a friends home, then to pick up our supplies for the afternoon club from the house and then back to the school for another couple hours. When we finished we cleaned the school as a thank you for letting us use their facilities, swept, mopped, clean windows, wipe down walls, doors and desks and donated the cleaning supplies to the school as well as a few tools for their projects with the students. We had planned on eating at home but After the long day we went out for pizza!
Yesterday we took as many helpers a spas could go to the river and waterfall near Juigalpa, it was beautiful and a fun day for those who could come. It is a blessing to bless those who serve so faithfully all year pouring in to the lives of these kids and their families in this neighborhood.
Today I am teaching Sunday School, then we will go town for the afternoon to Maxi Pali and the local market then to evening service. Hope everyone in the states has a great Sunday! Glory to God

Disaster Relief Updates from 2016


In 2016 so many of you said, "Here am I. Send Me," when we called for volunteers to serve with us during 2 different Disaster Relief trips. Thank you for your willingness to serve! We wanted to provide both teams with some updates from just a few of the families we impacted...

Please also keep those who are currently experiencing bad weather, including tornadoes, as the night begins to fall and the winds pick up. 

LA - Penny & David (House #1)  

Penny & David have kept in touch with SMM since we worked on their home in August. So we wanted to share with you all how they are doing...

Below are a few pictures that show their house coming along... One of the pictures also shows a painting that was donated by a local Hardee County Artist that we mailed to Penny & David just before Christmas as a reminder to them that God is faithful even during hard times.

They've asked for prayer in the following ways:
 Flood insurance is not paying enough for people to rebuild their homes. Pray we make very wise financial decisions and that God will bless and multiply the funds we do have. There are only so many Louisiana state licensed workers so most of them have inflated their prices. We had a painter that stole from us yesterday so we are trying to find an honest painter at reasonable price. Still a lot of work to do and pray for honest workers. Thank you so much for your prayers, work and continued support. - Penny 

FL - Nanette Hill (House #1) 
Ms Hill sent a card to us recently with the following update: 

11-18-16 Have to apologize to you great folks - taking so long to send from my heart a most grateful THANK YOU. You were a God "send" to me, I couldn't have asked for better people that surrounded me with the Lord's blessing. I have been going since the hurricane trying to get back to some sort of "normal." Today is the first time I haven't done something to clean or mend from the storm. I can now breath and slow down but my body have a much needed rest. My house is safely enclosed. I have continued to feel his blessing with others that have crossed my path. Thank you very much! God Bless you all, Nanette Hill (Mims, FL) 

Trip Photo Albums 
We were able to complete a photo album from the Melbourne Trip. If you did not get one and would like one, they are $23 each. Click here to view.
*We are still working on one for the Louisiana Trip.*

Disaster Relief TrainingFor those of you who are interested in Disaster Relief Training, there are several dates and times available in 2017. Currently SMM has not decided on 1 specific date that we will be attending. We will however, include this information in our monthly newsletter and post online via social media, when we have decided. 

Click here for Training Dates