January 26, 2015 - Leave a Response

YOUR Prayers and Support Has Helped to Give Thousands Hope and a Brighter Future

An Update from Bearden Ministries

On our first trip to the Dominican Republic some 16 years ago, John’s mother helped Hannah pick out a card to give to us prior to our departure.

In the card, of course, were her precious sentimental thoughts. But also included was this scripture from Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I am reminded daily of God’s provision as well as vision for our lives as we go about His work.

Raising the Roof on New Community Water Houses

The summer months represent some of our busiest construction season in the DR, beginning with a huge three-week project in La Romana in June. This project included the completion of the construction of a chapel and also of a water house simultaneously in Villa Real. Three different churches assisted with this project, including Journey Community Youth, Augusta, Ga., First United Methodist Church, Waynesboro, Ga. and Grace Fellowship, Greensboro, Ga. Each team worked tirelessly to complete the project.

The water house will serve the Villa Real community of around 2,000 with purified water. Additionally, the water house will serve as a point of evangelism for the church, allowing the church to reach out to the community in Christian love.

In July, we focused on a house project in batey 7 for Nuris, the mother of one of our DR sons, Freddie. For years she has lived in a less than desirable house. There were instances when someone tried to tear down the wood-sided house to rob her while she was sleeping inside of the house.

With the help of another group from Journey Community Church, Augusta, Ga., we were able to provide her with a concrete house, which provides security and more space for her, her daughter and her new grandson. Freddie extended his gratitude to the group thru tears of joy. He not only thanked the group for the new house for his mother, but above all to God who so graciously provided for his family. I can assure you that there was not a dry eye in the crowd.

Following the house project in batey 7, we worked with a group from White’s Ferry Road Church, West Monroe, La. and Pegram Church of Christ, Pegram, TN. to provide medical care to approximately 600 people in Neyba, Vista Lago and Apolinar. Vacation Bible School was also conducted at a local orphanage by the visiting churches for children abandoned after the earthquake in Haiti.

We returned to our DR home in Bani to end the summer with a much needed ‘housekeeping’ project. With the assistance of a team from Shelby Presbyterian Church, Shelby, NC, we gave the IED Camp a facelift. The pavilion desperately needed new screens and paint. The group also completed Nehemiah’s wall, providing much needed security for the camp.

The most amazing partnership grew from this work. Eight different churches from all over the island were represented on the camp, assisting the US church team. Many wonderful relationships developed from this project. During the work, we took time out to visit two different communities with functioning water houses and also to conduct VBS.

God’s Will Be Done

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” PROVERBS 19:21

When John and I began this journey, we created Bearden Ministries to work for the glory of God. We decided we would be obedient to His calling and to be attentive to His nudges.

Over the past two years, we have partnered with Water at Work Ministry to help provide clean water in poverty stricken areas that have had no access to clean, affordable water. Water at Work’s main purpose is to “Advance the kingdom of God through the use of clean water.” Each water house was built in connection with a church and used as points of evangelism.

Our partnership with Water at Work Ministry has allowed us to put into practice the scripture in John 4:13, Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

It was during this time that God began nudging us. Our ministry flourished and many people came to know Christ through the use of water. John and I both believed in the Water at Work Ministry and became more involved.

Somehow in our hearts we always knew we would return to the states but were not sure of the timing. Before we left to come to the DR, John had approximately 5 years before he could retire from his previous job. In the midst of all this mission growth, John was approached by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to return to his previous position as Wildlife Technician Georgia Department of Wildlife Resources, assigned to Dilane Plantation Waynesboro, Ga. This is the place we lived for 20 years prior to coming to the DR.

The DNR would re-instate his retirement and allow us to move back to the same house where we raised our girls. Our biggest concern, of course, would be…how to continue doing what we loved so much from the states? In stepped God with his masterful plan…a position with Water at Work.

After much prayer, John and I have decided to return to the states at the beginning of April. John will continue his position with Water at Work on a part-time basis. I will assume a full-time position with Water at Work as the Director of Church Relations and Evangelism in the US/DR. This position will allow me to connect with churches in the US who believe in our mission and work with the DR pastors and in country evangelism team to continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As we look back over the past four years, we cherish the time we have had. God has allowed us to pour ourselves and His wisdom into individuals here in the DR. The ministry has allowed each of them to grow as individuals in Christ, committed to carrying the gospel to others. And each has worked extremely hard and they now have positions of employment with Water at Work.

We have 36 water houses functioning to provide clean water to approximately 2,000 people in each community. We have built houses for individuals, churches for worship and provided medical and surgical care for many people. We have provided individuals with reading glasses as well. We have resurrected the camp in Bani, which now will serve as a focal point of evangelism for the Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana (IED) church. God has blessed the ministry tremendously.

He also blessed us as a family. He allowed us to stand in His place in service here to be His heart, hands and feet. He has strengthened our faith through obedience to His calling. We will forever be grateful to individuals such as you who have prayerfully and financially supported this ministry. We are one together in service to Jesus Christ.

We Continue to Ask for Your Support and Prayers

We will continue to need your financial support until April, at which time we will transition home to the United States. We ask if you would like to continue to support us in our ministry contributions be made to Water at Work 1155 Mount Vernon Highway Suite 800 Atlanta, GA. 30338 or online at www.wateratworkministry.org. We will continue to maintain our Facebook, Instagram and ministry page for the next few months, and then eventually merge with Water at Work Facebook, Instagram and ministry page.

Please continue to cover us (our family and sons, Juanluis and Freddie) in prayer as we transition back to the US. It will be difficult to leave behind all the wonderful Dominican and Haitian people we serve. Please note, we will also leave our sons, Juanluis and Freddie here to continue to work in ministry with Water at Work. We are so proud of the Christian example they both set for young men.

In Christ,

The Beardens

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NEWSLETTER JAN-APR 2014

June 10, 2014 - Leave a Response

BEING CONFIDENT….

The New Year has begun and with it comes new opportunities to serve our Lord and Savior. January started once again with the medical group from various areas in North Carolina. This group serves to provide much needed surgical and medical care to patients in the southern and western regions of the Dominican Republic. One week is dedicated to provide vital surgeries to the impoverished in this area. During this week we were able to see and treat a variety of cases including: electrical burns to a child’s arm, removal of needle under the knee of another child as well as removal of appendixes and gallbladders. Each year the surgical cases become more and more complex. Many days we begin with a surgery for a hernia finding complications extending into the bowels and bladders. There are many cases we are not able to handle in the short time span we are given. These cases are referred to the hospitals in Santo Domingo. One such case will have long lasting effects. A terrified mother brought her three year old daughter requesting assistance with a tube going into the child’s stomach for feeding purposes. The mother stated she was unable to feed the child due to the tube being blocked. Upon further assessment of the child, it was assessed the tube was no longer in the stomach but had eroded into her abdominal wall. Huge amounts of pus oozed from the dressing over the tubal area. The child would scream with pain. Of course the mother was extremely distraught and cried continuously. This case presented a life or death situation for the child. In the DR, if the parents do not have money to buy supplies and medicines for the child in the local pharmacy, the child will not be treated. We worked feverishly to secure money and resources for the child. She was then transported to Santo Domingo for treatment. Each day I am thankful for the people who come and assist God’s ministry here becoming the hands and feet of Christ. The medical teams are such an asset.
At the end of the month we hosted the General Assemblea here at the camp. This is a time where each church on the island is represented. During this time worship as well as business services are held. This year an election for Bishop was implemented. Reverendo Miguel Angel Cancu was re-elected for a four year term.
The function of our partnership with Water @ Work ministries is to share the gospel of Christ through the use of each water house. The houses are constructed in connection with a local church in a mixture of communities. Donna serves as the In-Country Coordinator for evangelism. Her responsibilities center on coordination of evangelism efforts with the local pastors. In February, all the pastors working in conjunction with the water ministry assembled together to share their ideas for reaching their communities with the gospel. Three days were devoted to the cause. Innumerable viewpoints were presented. The conference was a complete success.
The end of February, we traveled to Juanluis’s hometown of Gaspar Hernandez with Journey Community Church to erect a water house in the small community of Magante. This water house will serve to provide clean drinking water to around 2,000 people in this poor community. Pastor Osvaldo Vilorio will also truck clean water to other surrounded communities as well. The pastor views each day a new day in which to reach people for Christ when they come to the water house to pick up water. We were so thankful for the presence of the local mayor on the day of dedication.
So many emotions surface when we step out of our comfort zone to serve Christ. Many people are driven to tears, others to anger and others to make a lasting profession of faith. It was during this time in Gaspar Hernandez, a member of Journey Community church made such a decision. Pastor Vilorio had the pleasure of baptizing this young gentleman in Magante. It is so wonderful to be such a small part of God’s bigger plan for all who serve Him.
While aiding on the mission field, you meet a variety of people who serve in different capacities. The IED (church in the DR) has nine other missionaries working in conjunction with our ministry to help in many ways. Each of us spend so much time serving others, we rarely find the time to wind down. March 4, 5 and 6 all of those serving communed here at the camp to observe a time of respite and worship. We all took turns leading devotional and worship times. An Ash Wednesday service was conducted allowing each of us to participate in the Lord’s Supper together.
The end of March thru the first of April, another team from Journey Community church joined us to provide medical clinics in other impoverished areas in the southwest. More than 400 people received medicines and care during this week. Each day was set aside for a diverse community. Conditions ranging from high blood pressure, to diabetes, to assorted cases of respiratory afflictions were diagnosed and treated. Every morning, prayer started the day.
Completing the month of April, we launched another water house in the community of Dona Ana. Rusty Rowell’s group joined us in the construction of this facility. It is always a special time when families can come and work hand in hand on projects. We were fortunate to have three families represented with this group. The children always enjoy interaction with children here. They perform Bible study activities and games.
Literacy is a huge problem in third world countries. Many people can not comprehend the magnitude. Patricia Hozey has served with our ministry in a variety of ways. Years ago, she served teaching young adults English. It was during this time, she noticed persons having difficulty reading. She also noticed in some cases it was not because they could not read but because they had vision problems. Thus began her and her late husband, Ira’s desire to allow others to be able to see to read. Out of this desire to serve they began an eyeglass ministry which provided reading glasses. In April, Pat traveled with Rusty Rowell’s team to aid in this capacity. It is such a delight to see a huge smile imprinted on persons faces as they are able to see.
The scripture Phillipians 1:6 “ Being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”, and Ephesions 2 :10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ring true for each group or individual who have come to serve our Lord in his ministry here.

In Christ,
The Beardens

Prayer concerns:
Visas
Endurance for the summer months
Spiritual nourishment
Financial concerns: additional church and individual donors
Mady’s new school year
Water@Work ministry

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Newsletter for September, October, November and December 2013

March 11, 2014 - Leave a Response

THEY GAVE THEM LIVING WATER!!!!!

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In September, we continued to work with the various communities surrounding the camp. During the summer, we partnered with Water@Work ministry. This ministry is dedicated to advancing the kingdom of Christ through the use of water. We agreed to partner with them; assisting them in constructing water houses and distributing clean water in impoverished communities through the Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana church. The ministry bases their evangelism efforts on the following scripture from the book of John.
Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman
4 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
The most important part of the ministry is to allow the gospel to be broadcast. The water houses which are constructed in each community, in conjunction with an IED church, allow us to witness to those in the community who may be unchurched. Water is an essential here. Almost the entire country is dependent on buying clean water. Those who cannot buy, drink from infected sources. These sources leave them with various parasitic infections and dehydration. Symptoms which include profuse diarrhea and vomiting with fever, chills and severe abdominal cramps. People come to buy water at the houses and various methods are used to witness to them.
We traveled to different areas where the IED churches were and completed site evaluations for projects for the upcoming year. We hosted a meeting with the Bishop and pastors to allow input into this new partnership. Each person participating in this new adventure is excited to see how God works through the use of water.
We are resuming our work with a variety of groups including medical, eyeglass, evangelism and construction. Projects for the upcoming year will center on these categories. We work in conjunction to meet the needs of the IED church and pastors. Please pray God’s work will flourish in the upcoming year. We are continually in the process of trying to obtain our Visas. With the change of laws within the Dominican Republic, this has been impossible at this time. Please pray God’s mighty hand will be at work in this matter. We are working under the auspices of the Bishop and Iglesia Evangelica Dominincana church who are assisting us with this difficult situation.
The last three months were spent in the states on furlough talking to churches again raising support for the upcoming year.

We want to continue to “Thank” each of you for your continued support of this ministry. God bless each of you richly.

In Christ,
The Beardens

Prayer request:
Mady’s school
Perseverance
God’s hand be upon this ministry
Clear vision
Ability to continue to carry the word to a lost and dying world
Visas

Newsletter May, June, July and August 2013

September 9, 2013 - Leave a Response

cross 4 Over the last two years we have served here in the DR, we have had the privilege to share in ministry with different churches and schools within our community. It is such a special time, sort of like Christmas when all the family comes in for the holidays. It is always nice to share in ministry with family. These churches and school represent our family in Waynesboro, GA.
The body of Christ serves as a lifeline for him in this desperate world. “But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies though his Spirit, who lives in you. Therefore brothers, we have an obligation but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Romans 8:10-14.
I have seen mission work bring life to the body of Christ. It allows people to directly be involved as God’s hands and feet. It allows them to put their feet to their faith, revitalizing and bringing joy and peace as they serve others.
The month of May we continued work here at the camp with Waynesboro First Baptist Church. Electrical repairs were made on the kitchen, dormitories and chapel. The chapel received a new coat of paint. The kitchen received new cabinetry also. Each night devotionals were held in the chapel with local people from the church leading the services. This was such a refreshing time of worship.
The first week in June we were home for our oldest daughter’s wedding. Hannah became Mrs. Hannah Bearden Woodard on June 1, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesboro surrounded by our beloved family and friends. Then we were back to the DR to receive a group from our church, First United Methodist Waynesboro. We began work on the second story of a local school in La Romana in a community called Villa Hermosa. The school is in one poor community. Approximately 200 children attend school here led by Reyna Caraballo, who is the pastor’s wife in Primera Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana (church) in La Romana. Reyna began the school in this poor area as a outreach of the larger church in town. All 200 children attend school in a four classroom building. Reyna had been praying for a team to assist her with construction of classrooms on the second story of the building. Imagine praying for 10 years, and we FUMC Waynesboro along with Edmund Burke Academy, Waynesboro, Ga. and Grace Fellowship, Greensboro, Ga. answered the call.
During the time, Edmund Burke Academy school were here, we were able to meet the children of a lady who donated the land for the school. It happened in the church service. God would see fit to send three of this lady Aracelis Brugera’s daughter’s to the church service we were attending. The daughter’s had no idea we were there. They had come to visit in the DR for a wedding. During this time they decided to visit the church they grew up in. We were all surprised to find out we were all there together. They came and visited with us and shared their mother’s testimony. God had told her to buy the land in Villa Hermosa some 25 years earlier to build a school. She bought the land with money she saved from her daughter’s who sent it to her from the states on a monthly basis. When the daughter’s realized she was saving the money to buy land in an area where there was such poverty they were furious. She continued to save and eventually bought the land. She later donated the land to the church knowing one day God would give the poor children in this area a school. The mother died soon there after. Reyna would keep her dream alive. The school was built and now stands as a testimony to their mother’s dedication to Christ. She would never see the fruits of her labor. God would reap the harvest. There is not only a school in this area but a chapel where the children who attend can worship our Lord and Savior.

In July, we would traverse the country and arrive once again in batey 7 for revival meetings. A group from Indianapolis, Indiana would come and lead the revival meetings. Along beside them, they arranged for a group of youth from their sister church in Venzuela to come and minister as well. Over 1000 people attended the revival in batey 7. Six youth from the batey gave their lives to Christ, and over 200 rededicated their lives to following him.
We then returned to the camp with St. Peter’s Lutheran from Lexington, SC. This team of youth completed the construction of Nehemiah’s wall. This wall provides security here at the camp. During their time with us, we experienced flooding on the camp. Many of their belongings were lost to flooding in the dormitories. To my surprise the members of the group were not upset. Their focus was on the children in the community in Villa Mejaga where they led VBS. They were crying focusing their attention on the homes which flooded in this area. God truly works in mysterious ways.
The end of July brought with it heat and more heat. We experienced the massive heat wave while working in batey 9 on Pastor Abel’s home with the team from Journey Community church in Augusta, GA. This group worked diligently each day in the heat to provide a better place of housing for this pastor. A small concrete house would provide better housing than the tin shack which had been his humble abode. It seems like such a small gift, but was received as if it were a fortune.
During this time, we were also able to meet with Judy Chung, Executive Director of General Board of Global Ministries from New York. Traveling with her was Malcolm Frazier Director of United Methodist Volunteers in Missions. It was such a pleasure meeting with them. They were able to see the construction of Pastor Abel’s home and visit the clinic in batey 7.
August would bring us back across the island to San Rafael, a small community outside of San Cristobal nestled in the mountains. Clean drinking water is a necessity here. Many people become infected with parasitic infections from dirty water. Water@ Work ministries has partnered with Bearden Ministries and the IED to provide purification systems housed in water houses in poverty stricken areas. This water house is used to not only provide clean water but also as an evangelism tool. During the time, people come to get their bottles of water fillled, the employees of the water house take the time to minister to them. Sikeston UMC in Missouri wanted to partner with us to construct one of these houses. Work began on our first water house in August in San Rafael at the local church. There are so many creative ways we can minister to others.
So, as you can see, we at Bearden Ministries have been quite busy this past year. We will be returning home in October to travel and share our testimony with churches across the United States. God bless you all for your faithfulness in prayer and financial support. God is moving here in a mighty way and we are just the vessels he chose to us to carry out His work for the kingdom. All honor and glory be thine, Dear Lord.

The Beardens.

Prayer concerns:
Spiritual renewal during winter months
Endurance for summer months
Fruits of the spirit
Mady’s new school year
Salvation for people in Dominican
Safe travels home
Boldness to witness to others

NEEDS:
Limb pole saw
Riding lawn mower
Monthly donors/church sponsorship
Honda 3000 portable generator
Weed eater
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OH GOD…..

May 10, 2013 - Leave a Response

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Oh, God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me
to remember the jobless;
When I have a warm home,
help me to remember the homeless;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer;
And remembering, help me
to destroy my complacency
and bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough
to help, by word and deed,
those who cry out
for what we take for granted.

For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed Me….” Matthew 25:35

Bearden Ministries Quarterly Newsletter Jan-Apr 2013

May 3, 2013 - Leave a Response

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Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passes away; behold, all things have become new.

He’s making all things new again!
We have just completed the first quarter of the year. God has moved in a powerful way here in the Dominican.

In January, we hosted the North Carolina Medical team. This is a medical-surgical team who has been coming to the DR for years. This team completed 90 surgeries. 831 patients were seen and treated in clinics in various regions in the southwestern part of the island. 2386 prescriptions were filled with free medications being given to poor patients in the clinics.
We also hosted the General Assemblea at the camp. Over 250 people from all of the churches on the island were represented. This is similar to General Conference in the Methodist church. Pastors and their wives as well as distinguished guest come to the camp for four days of relaxation, church business meetings and worship. This year, John and I had the opportunity to meet with Edgar Evitia of the General Board of Global Missions for the Methodist church.

In February, we hosted Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church from Augusta, Ga. This was a group of “workhorses for Christ”. This group of individuals has served over the entire world in various capacities. We felt so honored and blessed to have them here to share their unique experiences, offer guidance and spiritual renewal. We toured different areas for new projects on the island including areas for possible new medical clinics.
The Methodist conference in Oklahoma was well represented by a team from Bartlesville and surrounding areas. This team was able to fulfill one of the goals expressed by our Bishop Reverendo Angel Cancu. They were able to replace the concrete floor in the church on the camp with a new tile floor. This team also reconstructed the cross at the front of the church with larimar, a stone mined only in the Dominican, and mosaic tile. This was quiet and undertaking. The team worked diligently and completed other projects as well. Communion was administered during a small church service at the close of the week.

March took us back to areas in the southwest with a medical team from Journey Community church in Augusta, Ga. Three new areas, Mella, Neiba, and Jacquimeyes were served during this trip. Over 400 patients were seen and treated in these impoverished areas. We were also able to construct shelving in the clinic in batey 7 to organize and house new medications. The end of March led us back to the camp to begin construction of a wall with a group from St. Louis, Mo. This wall will serve to provide security and keep stray animals off the property. During this time we were reminded by a visiting pastor of Nehemiah’s plight to reconstruct the wall around the temple for security. We baptized two of the team members who were sisters at the Playa Salinas (beach). What a special opportunity to share with your sister.

The beginning of April, we hosted a team from Brunswick, Ga. This group of only men was able to remove and replace an existing roof on a building here at the camp. They also constructed a rocket stove for our night watchman, Michel. A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney which insures a complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface. It allows people to cook at high temps with less charcoal. Spiritual renewal is a must for all missionaries serving on the field. For the past two years, our family has had the opportunity to be ministered to by the team coming from Lakeview Baptist in Cochran, Ga. My cousin, Jim Ward and his small team held a service in the church on the camp on Sunday. Ladies from Villa Mejaga who work in the kitchen attended the service along with Chinito, a translator, his wife and daughter. Juanluis’s mother Rosa, who was visiting, joined us also. She was so proud of Juanluis as he stood beside Jim as translator. During the service we shared music in both Spanish and English. Each night during the week was spent in the word during devotionals and Bible study. The team assisted us with painting one of the dormitories we are trying to repair for groups. The last team for the quarter blessed us with new cabinets and shelving for the kitchen. The team from Hiltonia UMC worked to demolish an existing wall and create an open environment for constructing the cabinets. This team also traveled to San Rafael. The church has a small medical clinic open to the community on Thursdays. The team assisted the local pharmacist and nurse with medical care for this poor community. 83 patients were served this day. We also enjoyed praise and worship time each evening. This was an especially uplifting time for us. I enjoyed it so much. The old songs sung were songs I remembered hearing as a child. I would attend gospel sings on Friday nights with my grandmother. During this time I would learn many of these old songs by heart. Many of them bring tears to my eyes when we sang them with only the accompaniment of a guitar.

I remember two years ago receiving this devotional from a friend. I remember reading it and thinking… there is nothing that needs to be renewed in me. After having lived in the DR for two years now, I realize how MUCH needs to be renewed. This is the devotional I would like to share it with you now.

In order for us to grow, God has to strip away everything we put our security in—everything else but Him. This is because he is a God of restoration. He restores our minds, our emotions, our souls and our health. When we start to restore a beautiful, expensive piece of antique furniture, we have to first strip away the old paint or varnish before we apply a new finish. We have to sand it so the new application will stick. If you are going thru that stripping process do not be upset. Cooperate with God while He does His work. Do not be like a twig thrashing about in the wind because its props have been taken away. Instead put down some roots so that one day you can stand tall and steady and be a tree of righteousness. And remember whatever God takes away from you or requires you to give up, He will give you more than you previously had, and everything will be better than before.
Yes, as you can see God is making all things new again…..here at the camp and in the Beardens.
Just a few thoughts…..God bless you all richly.

NEEDS:
New pump for well at camp
Limb/pole saw
Invertor system for dining hall
Eight new batteries for invertor system
Monthly donors/church sponsorship

PRAYER NEEDS:
Endurance for summer months
Fruits of the spirit
Mady to finish school strong
Mady’s new school year
Salvation for people in Dominican
Safe travels home
Hannah’s nuptials

Newsletter for May, June, July and August 2012-MOVEMENT

September 21, 2012 - Leave a Response

MOVEMENT-a series of organized activities working toward an objective. Movement requires a call to action and an intense feeling. The movement of the Holy Spirit compels us into action for Christ. Constructing churches, carrying the gospel, healing the sick, feeding the poor were Christ’s commandments to all upon His ascension. We as disciples of Christ become His hands, feet and heart. We carry His light into the darkness. Muevete en mi. muevete en mi. Toca mi mente mi corazon, llena mi vida de tu amor. Muevete en mi Dios Espiritu muévete en mi.  Move in me, Move in me. Touch my mind, touch my heart, fill me with your love. Move in me Holy Spirit, move in me. This is a popular Spanish song sang by individuals in the Dominican. Pastor Alberto, moved with emotion sang this song in the church in batey7. The song rang out loudly as tears filled everyone’s eyes. It was sung upon completion of the roof.    I feel this song summarizes the sentiments shared by all the teams who gave of themselves here. This summer has been a full one. One filled with movement. Movement by the Holy Spirit in the lives of the individuals who have worked so diligently here at the camp and other projects on the island.  We have successfully completed a home for Michel, our night watchman, the church roof  in batey 7,an addition to Pastor Alberto’s house, and reconstruction on  the pavilion and dorms here at the camp. We conducted VBS’s in Villa Mejaga, Las Colinas and batey7. Completed medical clinics with a total of over 1450 patients seen and treated surgically and medically.

Here is a summarization of the events of the year:

  • 2 medical and surgical teams from North Carolina- 1000patients treated medically, 50 surgically
  • Pine Forest FUMC medical team 400 patients treated medically
  • Lakeview Baptist conducted street evangelism and assisted with construction on Michel’s house and kitchen at the camp
  • Edmund Burke Academy assisted with reparations to the dorms and construction on Michel’s house as well as conducted VBS
  • Journey Adult team-construction on church foundation in batey 7 and reorganization of pharmacy in clinic in batey7
  • Grace Fellowship-construction on church in batey7 and Pastor Alberto’s house
  • Waynesboro FBC-construction and electrical work on Pastor Alberto’s house and church as well as VBS
  • Waynesboro FUMC-construction on camp and VBS
  • Salem Baptist-electrical work at Michel’s house and camp, addition of fans in the pavilion
  • Vidalia-construction on camp
  • Journey Youth-construction on camp and Michel’s house and VBS
  • Hozey eyeglass ministry-conducted fitting for reading glasses in 7 different locations with 2000 patients seen
  • Disaster training with FUMC Puerto Rico here at the camp
  • Dominican Mission with IED Gasper Hernadez to Mella and Neyba
  • IED Women’s Conference
  • IED Jovenes  (youth) Conference
  • IED Men’s conference
  • Visitation of pastors and future projects
  • Lactation seminars at batey7 clinic
  • Disaster response and distribution of food after Hurricane Issac

 

In Deuteronomy 15:7-8 says “If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need whatever he needs. Then in Deuteronomy 15:10-11 scriptures says “You shall surely give to him and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him because for this thing the Lord our God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.”

The summer has been full of blessings and extending of hands to the poor. Scripture says in John 12:8 “ For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.” Many scriptures verses relate to the poor as commandments given to us by Jesus.  In Psalms 41:1-2, God blesses those who consider the poor saying “Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive and he will be blessed on the earth.”  Jesus’s teaching tells us to live differently in the world.  “Whatever happens conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”  Philippians 1:27 and “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6. In the end you will inherit life eternal, not by works but by faith. We are saved by faith, saved for works. Each one of us should bear fruit in our lives witnessing to others the truly awesome power of Jesus Christ. “ For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13.

I would like to end with this passage from “The Hole in our Gospel” by Richard Sterns, president of World Vision. “If your personal faith in Christ, has no positive outward expression, then your faith and mine has a hole in it.” Be empowered today to step out in faith to press on and lay hold of what God has ordained you to do for His glory.

It is well; it is well with my soul.

Thanks so much to all the teams and individuals who gave of themselves in the DR this year. Special thanks to all of our donors who consistently gave to support this ministry. I must extend a very special “Thank you” to my sister Dale Fordham and her husband Robert and son Julian who came and lived with us for one month to assist with the ministry here.  We can not continue to do God’s will without the faithfulness of each one who worked and supported us during this time. God bless you all richly.

 

In Christ,

The Beardens

I have compiled the newsletters for May, June, July and August for the purpose of showing the work completed throughout this year. Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Needs:

Donations for vehicle

Communion set for local church

Children Bible films in English and Spanish DVD’s

Small tv and DVD player

Projector for camp

Children’s Spanish Bibles

 

  We appreciate so much the donations for the truck here at the camp. We have been using as our personal vehicle a used van donated to us by the church. The van was purchased in 1999. We have had to make multiple repairs to it throughout the year. The van no longer is usable. We are in desperate need of a used vehicle for our family. We have been in prayer for this for some time now. Please if you or your church feels led to assist us with this we would greatly appreciate it.

 

 

 

Under God’s watchful eye

July 17, 2012 - Leave a Response

One year ago, my life changed forever….I said “goodbye” to Dilane and many, many good friends in Waynesboro. I left the only place my children had known for 19years and embarked on a quest for God. Tho saddened by our loss, I will forever be changed by the graciousness of the Lord we serve and the people He continues to put in our paths to minister to here in the Dominican Republic. I miss the simple things from home…sitting on the porch watching the hummingbirds, watching John and the kids play ball in the front yard, the smell of cut grass and the rain in the summertime. I miss sweet Georgia peaches and spending time with my family swimming. I thank God most of all for continuing to walk by my side through the good and bad times. I thank all of our supporters for their gracious giving and faithfulness to this ministry. I look forward with anticipation to what He has in store for us and anticipate His movement in our lives. Muevete mi Senor, muevete me. Move in me Lord, move in me. Toca mi mente, mi corazon, llena mi vida con tu amor. Take my mind, take my heart fill me with your love. Muevete mi, Dios Espiritu, muevete mi. Move in me Holy Spirit, move in me.

This past week I realized as I looked into the sky God has been watching us at the camp. We experienced a solar eclipse last Friday. As you can see by the pic, it is God’s watchful eye. He has showered us with blessings to numerous to mention. I will praise Him daily for his faithfulness, mercy and grace.

God bless you all richly.

April 2012 Newsletter

May 14, 2012 - Leave a Response

Here is the link to the April 2012 Newsletter. May God speak to you and work in a powerful way in your life. Many blessings to all.

Lost… and liking it…

May 12, 2012 - Leave a Response