Centro Biblico de Juan Tomás

Centro Biblico de Juan Tomás is the church in Juan Tomás where the Fountain of Life Christian School is located. Paul and Linda McMillan are missionarys from Potter's Wheel Bible Church in Zeeland, Michigan. They are with the school and the church in Juan Tomás. In addition to Paul, Richard Acosta and Argenis Taveras Sabala serve as pastors with the church. The following are news letters they send about their ministries to keep us informed about what is happeing with the the people in Juan Tomás.

Pastor Richard Acosta

Pastor Argenis Taveras Sabala


5/14/2017

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From the Fountain of Life School

As the end of this school year approaches, our graduating class of seniors is in the process of taking their necessary final exams - a requirement before they can take the state exams. There are 19 of them, and we thank the Lord that several of them have made professions of faith and are growing in the Lord.

Juan Tomas Bible Church

Two of our teachers, Ariel Herrera and Anabelis Valdez were joined in marriage at the end of May. As it usually is, the wedding was a big occasion for both school and church. Since they decided to have the wedding at our church, there was a lot of action getting prepared and trying to compensate for the rain that did affect some of the plans, but didn’t cancel the wedding. Both of these teachers were sort of “home grown”, since they had both attended the school and have ministered in the church. It is wonderful to see what God has done in lives of so many of the children and young people here.

Ariel is our music director at the church and music teacher in the school. It was interesting to see how he could both participated in the music of his own wedding and be able to also have the music the way he wanted it.

It was one of the most beautiful weddings we have had with all of the participants dressed so modestly yet so elegantly.

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Pray for our school teachers:

Pray for our seniors as they finish their exams and make plans for future university studies. Pray especially for the ones that have make professions of faith.

Pray also for our leadership as we try to plan for the next school year, both in the area of economics and how best to use the work teams coming down. We want the school to have improved facilities for our students since we foresee a possible increase in the enrollment.

Pray for the Bible Church –

The Lord has guided our deacon, Roberto Araujo, along with several of our members to start a small congregation in an area of Villa Mella where there was not a fundamental church. He has been receiving between 20 and 30 people from the neighborhood, including some of our hypertension patients. Pray for God’s blessings in this new work and especially for Roberto and those helping him in this effort.

Thank you for your prayers and in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


4/11/2017

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From the Fountain of Life School

From March to April, we have seen God working in the hearts of several of the high school students from the Juan Tomas public school. Again, we find the impact of Lentrail’s testimony and witness involved in the lives of these high school students. Even with his limitation of the Spanish language, He reaches out to these young people with God’s love and covers this outreach with sincere prayer.

God has blessed this couple (Lentrail and Ingrid) with the coming of a new little one into their lives. It has been somewhat difficult for Ingrid to adjust to this new life within her, but she is overjoyed with this reality of God’s blessing. Her schedule of activities in the school has had to be adjusted somewhat to accommodate this change.

Juan Tomas Bible Church

The big event for our church in March was the large group that came from Ashland University for the medical program. The group totaled 40 made up of doctors, nurses and several that came with them to carry out different construction projects. In spite of the inconvenience of having 7 of their suitcases full of medicines confiscated by the customs agent in Punta Cana where they flew in, the group’s hopes were still high, believing God had allowed it for a purpose. We went ahead with the program, receiving the majority of the hypertension patients on the first Sunday, and offering them the noon meal after our regular morning church service and them receiving their check up and medications. Many were grateful for this special attention.

We received over 1000 patients during the week for a variety of medical needs, and the pastor that came with the group shared daily during the week with the patients waiting to be checked. A special prayer of dedication was given for the new medical building that was almost completed. The 7 suitcases were released from customs within 3 days, so were able to meet the needs of all the patients that came. Several of the patients shared their testimonies during the morning service, explaining how grateful they were for the medical help they were receiving.

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Pray for our school teachers: With the departure of our high school science teacher, several of our teachers have had to fill in for his classes, since we didn’t have another teacher to take over this position.

Pray for the Bible Church – Pray for a number of people that made professions of faith during this week of the medical outreach. We did have a list of names, but are now challenged to try to follow up with these people. Several were from outside the community.

Thank you for your prayers and in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


11/13/2016

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From the Fountain of Life School

We have recently begun the high school small groups’ discipleship program for three days of the week (Mon.-Wed.), 10 to 15 min. a day. Each adult man and women involved in the high school plus several from our church who are spiritual leaders are responsible to share in the lives of between 7 and 11 students in each small group – men with the guys and women with the girls. Immediately following the raising of the flag in the morning, the students go to their assigned leaders and spend 10-15 minutes in sharing the Scriptures and any related topics with each other. This relationship with these students is not only for this brief time in the morning, but as each leader mingles with the students during the morning and even outside school hours, he or she touches base with their students and encourages them. We have noted in our past experience with this program that we see notable changes in the lives of these students.

Juan Tomas Bible Church

Several ministries of our church include the Agua Bereana (Berean Water purification plant), the high blood pressure program and two outreach ministries to our village: one to the whole village and one to the public schools (grade school and high school). The Lord has been blessing us recently in each of these ministries.

The water purification project was struggling in the first couple of years that we had it operating, but now that it has been supervised by one of our recent graduates – Juan Irelvis. His father is a business man and Juan has improved the operation of our water plant in getting more customers and maintaining the necessary quality of the water.

Due to a recent visit of Lisa Young, the nurse practitioner from Ohio, we have added more patients to this program, now approaching the 300 mark. GUMF (Spanish initials for a United Generation for a Better Future) is a group of young adults from our village, Juan Tomas who are working to improve the quality of life in the village. Some of the members are unbelievers but the leaders are believers from our church and a large Pentecostal church in the village. The fourth ministry is to the public grade school and high school, each Wednesday afternoon, where our church members present evangelistic programs to the students. Each of these ministries is reaching out to our community with the witness of believers in action.

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Our school is still in need of desks. We are investigating different options. Pray that we may be able to get a good quality of desk and that the teachers will be able to show the firmness necessary to protect the desks from being mistreated (which has been a struggle in the past). Pray for the discipleship program in the high school, that God’s Word will take effect in the hearts of these students.

Pray for the Bible Church – for each of the four ministries mentioned above, that God would be glorified in these efforts and the gospel given out faithfully and truthfully. Thank you for your prayers and in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


6/14/2016

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From the Fountain of Life School

We were blessed this past month with a sports group from Ashland University, led by Pastor Joe Maggelet, from Ashland Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, OH. He works primarily as a chaplain at Ashland University, Ashland, OH, where he has an enthusiastic ministry among college students. Most of the 15 some students that accompanied Pastor Joe had never been here. Their specialty was in basketball, so besides providing some basketball fun time for most of the grades at Fountain of Life, for a couple of days, they visited other basketball courts giving clinics and sharing the gospel.

School was interrupted for a day (May 16) due to the national elections on May 15. Thank the Lord it was a peaceful event, since in past elections, we have had frequent protests from the losing party – even to burning tires and shootings.

Our 8th and 12th graders had to take their final exams early, since they will be taking the national exams later this month.

Juan Tomas Bible Church

Pastor Joe also shared the scriptures in our church several times, furthering our understanding of the complexities of the book of Revelation.

One of the work teams coming this month will be working on the house of one of our faithful farm employees who lives in Juan Tomas. Marcos has not yet made a profession of faith, but has come to church with his family several times.

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We have three consecutive work teams coming this month.

Our teachers are required to be here all this month, so, with the groups coming and going, it may cause some distractions. We value this time, so the teachers can be preparing for the next school year.

Pray that all may run smoothly with all the activities and that our teachers will be able to take advantage of this time to prepare for the coming year.

Pray also for the three work teams coming: 1) the Westminster Catawba school from Rock Hill, SC (June 3-14); 2) Ashland Grace Brethren group (June 14-June 21); 3) Proclamation group from Pennsylvania (June 21-28). Praying for all to go well with these groups and wisdom for both their leaders and our leaders here.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


5/2/2016

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From the Fountain of Life School

With Richard in the US, the school kept going, but we all felt his absence. He had a profitable visit to a church and school in Philadelphia, PA that has visited us numerous times and has a genuine interest and involvement in the whole ministry here – both school and church. They have generously supplied our church leaders’ library with many good resources in Spanish. They have also contributed to Fountain of Life School’s recent financial deficit, helping us be able to raise our teacher’s salaries favorably.

Richard also visited several schools and churches in Ohio that have an ongoing part in the ministry here.

A snowy picture we saw that Richard took through Carl Key’s living room window excited Richard and he even managed to get out in the snow – a frigid first for him!

These visits helped both Richard and us, since he could share firsthand what the Lord has been doing here, and learn more of the skills of school administration.

Juan Tomas Bible Church

Our church attendance has grown considerably due to the growing number of high blood pressure patients that are coming on Sundays to be checked and get refills on their meds.

Since many of these patients are not believers, our messages and interaction with these people have to be focused on reaching them for the Lord through the preaching and share time before and after the services.

The reflection Sunday School time for the adults after the morning service is the main opportunity to verbally interact with these patients. Although many are somewhat reserved and silent during this time, others will speak out and share even though they are not believers.

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Pray with us that the hearts of these numerous patients will become responsive to the Word being preached and taught. A number of these people are from the main part of Juan Tomas and their grand children attend our school. They have been exposed to the Gospel for many years and now they are actually sitting under the preaching of the Word and we have a great opportunity to share with them through their physical need of medicine that are helping their bodies.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


3/27/2016

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From the Fountain of Life School

We had another special visit to Fountain of Life School this month. Dr. Lynn Hoekstra, a teacher from Columbia International University, directed a group of her 12 students from the University. Their visit provided some stimulating conversations for many of our school leaders and teachers -- from educator to educator. They did some student teaching in several of our elementary classes, and were able to visit the colonial section of Santo Domingo and find out first hand some of the historical facts about this part of the world related to the travels of Christopher Columbus in 1492. The guide, Roberto, who is our social studies teacher for the high school said this group was one of his best groups that he has had for this kind of tour. They showed genuine interest in all of the sights and sounds of the Old City.

Dr. Hoekstra commented on the interest that was shown by her group to possibly help us for our summer English camps. This would be a great help for us.

Juan Tomas Bible Church

The large medical team of 42 people from Ashland University came even while Dr. Hoekstra’s group was still here. This was a bit of a challenge for a day or two but both groups managed quite well to accomplish their goals. CIU group left two days after the AU group came, so it wasn’t too difficult. Aaron and Lisa Young, the two doctors who were leading the AU group had everything well organized and were able to get ready over the weekend and spend 4 1/2 days seeing some 1300 patients, including the students from FOL.

We had to hold some of our high school classes in temporary rooms in our elementary school so we could use their school rooms for doctor consultation rooms.

We praise the Lord that we had 5 Dominican doctors come from Santo Domingo for part of the time to help the medical team receive patients. To our knowledge these doctors haven’t made professions of faith.

We did see several professions of faith with some of the patients and one of the AU students that had come as an unbeliever.

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Pray that these Dominican doctors will see their need of salvation.

Pray for wisdom and strength for those of our church working with the medical program. We signed up around 90 new patients, making our total patient list around 240 patients. All of these patients will be coming to the church throughout the month in groups of between 25 -30 a week to get their pressure checked and receive their medicine.

Pray for Richard who will be leaving at the beginning of next month to visit churches and schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Pray for his family here and the school that will miss him.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


2/29/2016

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From the Fountain of Life School

Fountain of Life School was blessed this month with the visit of 12 of our sponsors, most of whom came from Ohio. Connie Boyd, from Mansfield, OH, is the Sponsorship coordinator for the US side of our sponsorship program. She did a great job of encouraging these sponsors to venture out of their comfort zone down to the tropics to visit their sponsored children.

They had a full 5 days here going to the classes with their “kids”, visiting their homes, and taking a tour of the city together.

Our sponsorship program has enabled our school to continue financially, since so few of the school families can afford to pay the real cost of their children’s education.

Included in this group were Roger and Ginny Clay, also from Mansfield, OH. They are old time visitors to our ministry here, as well as sponsors of children in Fountain of Life School. Since they stayed on for the week following the visit of the sponsors, they were able to spend time in our classrooms and give their valuable opinions of how our school is functioning and how it could improve in some areas.

Linda benefitted greatly from Virginia’s skills in the English classes, as did Ingrid with what Virginia could share with Ingrid, our elementary principal. Since both Roger and Virginia have rich backgrounds in teaching, they left encouraging observations in both our grade school and high school.

Roger’s business and career preparation expertise helped out in the 11th grade class that Paul is teaching. Paul is trying to fill in for one of our teachers who was giving practical technical courses to the 10th and 11th grade students last year, but could not return.

Juan Tomas Bible Church

We have been receiving a steady flow of high blood pressure patients in our morning services during this month. God had enabled our daughter, Kathryn to help direct a group of our church members to work with these patients and they come to have their blood pressure checked and a refill of their medications.

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Pray for the upcoming medical project for March 5-12, when a large group of medical personnel will be coming from Ashland University, Ashland, OH, to spend a week here offering medical services to this community and surround communities.

This will be a very busy week, since we typically see around 150 -175 patients a day, and still have to keep the school operating.

Pray that the gospel of Christ will be shown to the many that will be coming without a personal relationship with the Lord.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


1/25/2016

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From the Fountain of Life School

We are rejoicing for seeing the hand of the Lord work through the visit of the 12 graders from Dayton Christian School to our school recently. This is the second year that Dayton Christian has sent their 12th graders down to join our 12 graders for a week of community endeavors where they worked on two different homes in the village that needed cement floors as well as putting a floor in one of our future computer labs. They also spent an afternoon in the Juan Tomas public school, where they ministered to the public school children. The greatest blessing was a real answer to prayers since the beginning of this school year when we sent out a list of the seniors with this news letter requesting prayer for their salvation. At least two of our seniors did make professions of faith during this week, or shortly afterward.

Juan Tomas Bible Church

We had requested prayer for Pastor George Logan in our last newsletter, and can thank the Lord for bringing him through this time of physical crisis. He has been started on dialysis and is feeling much better, even to the point of getting back into his pulpit, where he so dearly loves to be. Thank you for your prayers.

Thank you for your prayers for our need to get our vehicle repaired from the accident suffered at the end of December, 2015. We also thank the Lord for a loan vehicle provided for us by one of our church members.

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Continue in prayer Pastor George Logan that he may recover his strength and be able to resume his regular ministries.

Also, continue to pray for our high school seniors. Several others were under conviction and we want them to respond to the working of the Holy Spirit and come to Christ.

Pray that the insurance company as well as the repair ship will cooperate rapidly in getting our vehicle repaired. We know the Lord permitted this to happen, and we want to be alert to whatever He might want to do in and through us during this time without our own vehicle.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


10/1/2015

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From the Fountain of Life School

As we are moving along in the beginning of this school year we have become aware that one of our new 5th graders appears to have Asperger’s syndrome. A brief definition of this condition is as follows:

Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development.

Benjamin’s parents and previous teacher have visited us and explained how we can work with Benjamin. They wanted us to know that their son needed to be in a normal school in order for him to be able to develop as normal as possible. We feel privileged that the parents have placed their confidence in us that we will work carefully with Benjamin so he is properly treated by the other students. I am pleased with the interest he has shown in “Director Pablo”, and how he comes in to chat with me frequently (although sometimes leaving his classroom in the middle of a lesson!). Thankfully, he has a good teacher that has come to understand him. What he appreciates most is praise for accomplishment. I gave him a little New Testament in Spanish and trust that he will be interested in it. We’re not sure his parents are believers, but we do want to do what we can to help Benjamin know the Lord.

We must also praise the Lord for a good graduation ceremony for the 12th graders that finished in June.

From the Juan Tomas Bible Church

We want to thank the Lord for helping our daughter, Kathryn, to recover from a bout of pneumonia that she suffered recently. She had to be hospitalized for five days, and this allowed her to be treated and observed by the good medical personnel we have in the clinic we use. This situation was somewhat difficult for me on the home base, but God’s grace, wisdom and strength was felt.

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Continue in prayer for Kathryn that she may be able to fully recover her health and be restored to her place as mother of the four children and her duties in the other ministries God has given her.

We just received notice that our 7th grade teacher will not be continuing with us as of now. Pray that God will soon send us a replacement for this position.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

NOTE: Please pray during this school year especially for the salvation of each of these students

Fountain of Life School - 12TH GRADE STUDENTS, 2015-2016

1. Jose Luis Abad Heredia 2. Anyerlina Alfonseca Geraldo 3. Vicente De Jesus 4. Andreina De la Cruz Arvelo 5. Jeziel De la Cruz 6. Genesis Garcia Lluberes 7. Edgar Giron Fortunato 8. Yan Carlos Luna Rojas 9. Brandy Martinez Zabala 10. Jamilett Montero Mercado 11. Lesterlin J. Olivares Olivo 12. Ruth Esther Oquil Ogando 13. Cristino Paredes Cabral 14. Starling V. Pimentel Rosario 15. Jesus Augusto Ramos Grullon 16. Cristian Daniel Recio Arias 17. Bienvenido Rodriguez

Paul McMillan


9/82015

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From the Fountain of Life School

We have finished the first three weeks of school and our enrollment is now over 350! We have actually had to turn away several because we just didn’t have room.

This is a blessing over and beyond what we expected during the summer when the situation looked so discouraging for the school. Almost 50% of the students are coming from outside of Juan Tomas. Generally speaking this indicates that they are making a real effort to pay the transportation for their children to come and really want them to be in the school.

We had our first parent / teachers meeting today and had full seating capacity in the church (with around 160 parents attending). There was a good spirit among the parents and they responded well to the presentations.

Since our last newsletter, which mentioned getting three new teachers, we have actually added two more. We needed an assistant for our 1st grade class and another English teacher. We are thankful to be able to have teachers that are believers and appear to be godly people.

From the Juan Tomas Bible Church

Our young adults in the church have been a real help in getting things ready for the school year. God had blessed us with a wonderful summer of work team that accomplished a lot in the school, but with some major changes in our computer lab ( expanding one of the classrooms and remaking our high school office area) there was (and still is ) some work to be done to get our computer lab ready. Our young adults from the church are doing a lot to help finish this project.

The medical group from Nashville brought in around 40 new patients. This means that the attendance of our Sunday morning services has gone up considerable. We are averaging around 30 additional people on Sunday mornings. Most are there to get their blood pressure checked and the medications for the next few weeks, but a growing number are coming just because they want to be in the church.

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Pray with/for us as we need God’s daily guidance in both the school and church. We want to be faithful in both small and large responsibilities.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


8/14/2015

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From the Juan Tomas Bible Church

A month has come and gone, and with it a number of wonderful events.

Since Argenis and I were in the US the first two weeks of July, we missed out on part of the Junior camp, but heard good reports of how it went.

We both returned to the Bible Center on July 17, the same day that our large group from Westmont Baptist Church in Nashville came in. With some 37 people in this group we had a whirlwind of activity – divided between the two ministries that this group offered - medical and building. Approximately 1000 people were seen during 5 days by the different specialties: General medicine, pediatrics, optometry/ ophthalmology, gynecology, and dentistry. Our church participated with the ministry of the Word through videos and tracts. The Westmont Baptist group left on July 26 and our Young Adults’ Camp began July 26 – Aug. 1.

It was a challenge to get everything ready for this camp since we hadn’t thought it would be possible. God blessed through the Bible teaching ministry of Pastor Bill Kessler each day and both of the Sundays he was here. Ecclesiastes came alive and alerted many of our young adults who were not believers that this world only could offer them lives filled with vanity.

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The “dust” no sooner settled from the Young Adult Camp when our school leaders hurriedly met to evaluate our preparations for the opening of school. It has been a very busy summer for all of us, but we see the importance of getting the school ready. The Lord willing we plan to open Aug. 17, the day most schools will be starting nationwide here. God has blessed us with some excellent summer seminars both here in the D.R. at the Logos School and what Argenis and I had at the International Institute for Christian Education in Columbia, SC.

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Pray for our teachers as they finalize their lesson plans and prepare their classrooms. Pray for three new teachers that will be joining us this Fall: Adriana, Claribel and Luis Angel. They are all from our community, two of them are graduates of Fountain of Life and will be able to identify well with the students.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here. Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


7/12/2015

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From the Juan Tomas Bible Church

With June gone, July offers interesting activities.

We had two wonderful groups come through the Bible Center. The group from Westminster Catawba Christian School, Rock Hill, SC, was able to improve the conditions of the house of one of the school children families in Juan Tomas.

This group also furthered the remodeling of our computer lab, which has been moved to what was our 12th grade classroom.

The second group returning again from Bryn Mawr, PA, the Proclamation Presbyterian Church, blessed us, as they have done in the past, by bringing a generous numbers of pastoral Spanish books. This is enriching to our Dominican leadership and their ministry from the Word.

The Juan Tomas Bible Church has greatly benefited from these gifts. The preaching has become richer and deeper over the past several years that we have received these kinds of literary resources. Our young adults are more challenged to study the Scriptures and theological discussions occupy more of the time of these young students of the Word – time that was previously used with electronic gadgets.

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The Junior English Camp (12-14 yr. olds) proved a real success. All of the beds were taken in the boys’ cabins and in most of the girls’ cabins. This means that close to 50 campers showed up. Jim Strickling and Bill Fisher, along with several young adults from the US and some of our Dominican young adults, have had their hands full. The camp ended July 8th.

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Pray for the seeds of God’s Word that have been planted in the hearts of the young people in the Junior Camp. Many of the young people in this camp come from non-Christian homes with little positive influence for these young teens.

Pray for the plans for the Senior English Camp. Even though the team from Columbus, OH could not come this year, the Lord has moved in the hearts of Pastor Bill Kessler and his wife Hazel to come and help us with the chapels and English teaching of the camp. Pray for this couple that God will give them the health and spiritual preparation for this ministry July 26-31. Pray also for our mature church members as they will also be helping.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul, for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


6/13/2015

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From the Juan Tomas Bible Church

As we come into the season of work teams, we need to “change gears” in our church services. When the teams number more than 15 or so, we need to have translation for the services, English to Spanish and Spanish to English. Although this might be confusing to some and cause a lengthening of the services, the presence of these teams is usually a blessing because they often have children’s Bible clubs and activities for the young adults.

One of the blessings we had recently from a visiting work team from Ashland Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, OH, was a spontaneous one day women’s retreat for the women and older girls of the church and the women of the team. One of the ladies of the work team had some preparation of teaching materials that applied to the women, and it turned out to be a blessing to all. Several of our church ladies shared with us their blessings in our regular Sunday evening share time.

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As we move toward the summer months, we are starting to anticipate the time for the English Camps. We are looking forward to being able to hold an English Camp for the 12-14 year olds this summer. It has been several years since we have had one for this age group. The dates will be July 5-11th. We praise the Lord for the two men who have decided to direct this camp – Jim Strickling and Billy Fisher, both of whom have visited here numerous times and love working with young people.

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Pray for our church and their leaders. We sometimes sense that as God begins blessing us in different ways, then the enemy comes in from unsuspected sources and tries to upset what God is doing.

Pray for the English Camps. Pray for the 12-14 yr. old camp. We believe that those leading it are chosen men of God and that God wants to do a real work with that age group of young people.

The regular English Camp for 15 years old and up, has had changes since the group that was planning to return from Columbus, OH, will not be able to come as a sponsoring group. We are investigating different options to enable us to still have a camp, that will enable the gospel to get into hearts of the unbelievers that might come.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


5/22/2015

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From the Juan Tomas Bible Church

We have an encouraging note to report from one of our church members that for a while was not attending our services. She actually lives next door to the church, so, ever since she was a young girl she and several of her siblings have been in (and out of) the church over the years. Lucy did get “married” with a young man that has attended our church, but we’re not sure of his spiritual condition. Apparently their relationship has gone sour and she is living back at her folks’ home and trying to raise a baby boy. Lucy surprised us several weeks ago when she stood up in our Sunday evening share time and began repeating from memory, not just verses but chapters, of the book of Ecclesiastes. She has actually quoted much of the book from memory. Also, Lucy’s older sister, Maria Rafaela, has returned to congregate with us now after being away from the church for some time. It’s great to have them with us once again.

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God has blessed the school, enabling us to remain in the black, financially, so far this year. Things are difficult for many of the parents but a good number of them have been able to make the tuition payments.

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Pray for Lucy and Maria Rafaela, that they will continue fellowshipping with us (or at least in some other evangelically sound church) and growing in the Lord. Pray for their family which has been generously exposed to the gospel through hearing the songs and preaching, unavoidably, since they live right next to the church. It appears that only the two daughters in the family have shown genuine interest in the things of the Lord. Lucy’s youngest brother is in the Fountain of Life school, and although at times is somewhat difficult to control, he is still young enough that we are trusting that his heart won’t become hardened.

Pray that we, the school leaders, will be able to make contact with several of the larger businesses in Santo Domingo, to share with them what the school is doing and to find out if they would be interested in some kind of investment in our school.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


4/30/2015

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From the Juan Tomas Bible Church

It was a real blessing to see one of our 7th graders, Franel, stand up during the testimony time a week ago Sunday night and express that his body now belonged to the Lord and he wanted to grow in the Lord since he had recently made a profession of faith. Franel is the son of Franklin, who himself was just a young boy when we came to live here. Franklin “grew up in the school and Church” but has basically gone his own way and apparently never made a profession of faith. Franel has gone to our school from kindergarten, and has been somewhat of a troublemaker, with frequent visits to my office, as headmaster. We trust that this decision will be a genuine one and that other middle school-age children will be influenced by his step of faith. Franel came to me a couple of days ago requesting the list of verses to memorize to earn a Bible.

Fountain of Life School

We thank the Lord for bringing the board members safely from the U.S. and helping us in our recent board meeting. There were some difficult decisions to make. We appreciate those of you that were upholding us in prayer.

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Pray for Franel. There are many more “Franels” in the school, both guys and girls that need the Savior to transform them. Many of these “tweens” come from unsaved homes and have very little spiritual influence as they enter the precarious adolescence years. Pray for our teachers of 6th and 7th grades. We have had some of these young people seem to be strong in the Lord entering these years and because of peer pressure, fall away and become all the harder to bring them back to the Lord.

Pray especial for our 12th graders. We are sure of a possible two or three that have made professions of faith.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


4/4/2015

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From the Juan Tomas Bible Church

Well, our recent church services, following the medical program, have been quite busy. With the increase of patients coming on Sundays for the high blood pressure program, we have seen quite a number of new faces in the church services. One of our members commented that a person from Juan Tomas that she has never seen in our church came and showed real interest in the message and the Sunday School time where we open up opportunities for interaction.

This increase has taxed our supply of medication that many of the patients use. This kind of medicine is available here but is quite expensive. The cheaper varieties found here do not produce the same results in many patients, so we look forward to being able to get the good quality medicine brought in from the States.

We are grateful for Dr. Ariel Mejia, a young Dominican doctor who met Aaron Young in Ohio where Ariel was investigating the possibility of doing his medical residency. Dr. Mejia helped us while Aaron’s group was here for the medical program, and assured us that we could contact him for any help we might need in the area of medicine. He is presently finalizing the arrangements for us to have an official permit from the government health department for our high blood pressure program.

Fountain of Life School

We had the PISA evaluation test last week and it went really well. The Ministry of Education personnel that supervised it commented that our students had shown better cooperation than the other schools they had been visiting. The 17 students that participated had been diligently prepared by Argenis, our high school principal and Yanko, our computer teacher. Because of the nature of this test, we won’t know the specific results of our students or our school. The results will come out next year and will only say how the Dominican Republic did in comparison to other countries. The experience was positive, because it showed us the importance of education that makes the students think critically and be prepared to use practically what they are learning.

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We are approaching the time for our next board meeting (later this month) where we will need to make some important decisions regarding the next school year. We will probably need to increase our teachers’ salaries and we should have at least two or three additional teachers. We are trying to include additional buildings with the consideration of a master plan for the whole Bible Center complex. We need God’s wisdom for this planning.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


3/9/2015

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From the Juan Tomas Bible Church

As a church, we have much to be thankful regarding the events of the past week. God has blessed us in several different areas – such as the growing group of young adults, both married and single, who have become quite proficient in English. This ability enables them to participate with the visiting work teams from the States wherever translation is needed.

From February 28 to March 7 we had a community medical project with a group of 39 men and women coming from Ashland, OH. This effort required the availability of a number of translators who could work with the nurses and doctors to communicate with the patients. Many of our church people went all out to help get our church building and several classrooms ready for this ministry and then helped throughout the week to translate for the medical personnel.

We don’t know yet the final count of patients, but it was over 1000 that were ministered to both their physical and spiritual needs. Most of those that came here from the surrounding communities received the gospel and free medical checkups as well as medicines.

Around 80 of these people were selected to be added to our hyper tension program, which had close to 100 active patients before this project started. One of these, Luis Bido, here pictured, is the man we purchased our land from, 26 yrs. ago. He has a congestive heart condition.

Fountain of Life School

Our school was one of 70 selected in the country to participate in the PISA evaluation testing this month. You may want to go online to find out more about this evaluation. It is the first time for the Dominican Republic to participate, and is intended to help improve the level of education in the country.

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Pray that God will work in the hearts of those who came to receive medical checkups, that the gospel message they heard will work in their hearts. Pray especially for Luis Bido that he may be confident of his relationship with Christ before he passes out of this life.

Pray for those from our church that are working in the high blood pressure program as they include all of the new patients into the monthly checkups and administration of medicines.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.


2/12/2015

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From the Juan Tomas Bible Church

Even though Facebook gets the jump on the news from the Juan Tomas Bible Center, publishing pictures of the events here, I think this letter still has its value to put into words what the pictures have shown. What has been happening recently with our church could be an example.

January 20-27 for our church and the Bible Center was a special time. We were honored with the visit of Pastor Russ Enzor with his wife Sue and Mike Barr (youth director) from the Southview Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio. Even though it was the first time for Pastor Russ and his wife to leave the U.S. and of course to visit a tropical country, their visit was a special one for all of us.

God used Pastor Russ to bring special messages from His Word and opportunities for our church members to ask questions. All of us and even a number of unbelievers, who came for the high blood pressure checkup, were greatly edified by this servant of the Lord. He walked us through the Old Testament to see the numerous accounts where we could see our Lord Jesus in His pre-incarnate state.

The question times gave our members great insights into some of the difficult passages of God’s Word and the significance of end time events in the book of Revelation.

The overall consensus of our believers is that we want Pastor Russ to come again, perhaps next year at the same time (or even sooner!). He and his wife are gifts from God for the Body of Christ.

Fountain of Life School

Another blessing that has come is the opportunity to offer some help in teaching some of the English students that my wife Linda is teaching. She had several students that needed extra help to finish Level 1 English, so I’m now busy with this class four nights a week from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. These young adult students (9 for now) are not all believers, nor are most of them in our school. This opportunity offers an evangelistic outreach as a secondary purpose for the class, the primary one being, of course, to help them learn English.

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We have a rather irregular school schedule in January and February because of the numerous religious and political holidays. January’s holidays included the tail end of the Christmas celebrations with the 6th being Kings’ Day and two other holidays religious and recognition of one of the founding fathers. February 27th observes the national Independence Day. Pray that our students and teachers will be able to keep focused in the learning and teaching processes with these interruptions.

Thank you for your prayers and involvement in the work here.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


1/22/2015

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God has blessed His Church here in Juan Tomas by giving us some wonderful believers who are led of His Spirit to receive the Word and allow it to work in their lives and be reproduced in other lives. As we mentioned in our last letter, seven believers desired to follow the Lord’s command by being baptized the first day of this New Year. We wanted to include some pictures of this wonderful event. We praise God for what He has done in these lives and so many others that have passed through the baptismal waters in the Juan Tomas Bible Church.

As the New Year begins and the second school semester takes off, we are thankful that our basic teacher positions have been filled. God sent us not only a first grade teacher to replace the one who left us for the public school system in December, but also a kindergarten assistant replacement for the one who dropped out at the end of last semester.

We started off this semester with a different approach of interaction with the work teams that come to us from the US. Dayton Christian School, from Dayton Ohio, sent their 12th graders with several adult leaders to join our 12th grade class, working on several houses in the village of Juan Tomas. For a full week our Fountain of Life 12th graders ate, slept and worked with the Dayton kids, joining them on the work sites to help improve the living conditions of 3 families that either come to our church or have students in the school here. The interesting factor is that many of our 12th graders are not (yet) believers. This was actually an evangelistic effort to help our students see how God works in lives of those of their same age, although they come from another culture.

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We ask that you pray for these seven baptized believers: Fifa, Dina, Adalgelis, Darianni, Antonio, Fransisco, and Edgar. Several come from unbelieving families, so need our prayers so that they can show the reality of God’s presence in their lives before their families.

Pray also for our 12th graders in the Fountain of Life School. They have been thoroughly exposed to the gospel, lived out in many lives during this past week, and shared in different meetings that were held. We would like to see each of these young lives given over to the Lord before they finish the school year.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.


12/16/2014

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Rejoicing at Fountain of Life School

God has blessed us throughout this semester in several ways. After beginning of our Fall semester, we were faced with the leaving of our 6th grade teacher. We lifted up this need to our Lord and within a short time we had good prospect. Her name is Reyes. We decided to give her a three month opportunity, and have been pleasantly surprised.

About a month ago our first grade teacher informed us that she would be leaving at the end of the semester to accept the offer from the public school sector. She is presently finishing up her obligations for this semester and God has sent us another teacher who will be able to join us as our new first grade teacher. Her name is Marleny. She is young, but shows some good qualities that appear to qualify her for this position.

We praise the Lord for providing these teachers.

Rejoicing at the Juan Tomas Bible Church

God has been working in our midst over the last few months. We have had several decisions for Christ from young adults and through the ministry of God’s Word, we have noticed a deeper dedication in the lives of our young adults.

The real evidence of God’s work came last Sunday when, after the announcement was made that all believers who still hadn’t been baptized and wished to do so should speak with me. Nine believers, adults and young adults, came to give me their names for the list for baptism. We have traditionally had baptisms on January 1st of the New Year, so, after interviewing each of these believers, we hope to be able to baptize most or all of them this coming January 1st of 2015.

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Pray for these two new teachers that they will be able to integrate into the group of teachers we have and provide the quality of teaching that our students need.

Pray also for the newly married couple, Joel and Leudi, as they begin adjusting to this relationship. Pray also for a number of other young adults that are developing this kind of relationship, that God may have preeminence in their lives and actions and that the community of Juan Tomas will be able to see the difference God makes in the Christian marriage relationship.

Pray about the possibility of our Church beginning a Bible Institute. Several young adults have been expressing their desire to be able to dig deeper into God’s Word in a more organized and demanding way.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


12/9/2014

Rejoicing at Fountain of Life School

We had a good turnout of parents at a recent parent’s (family day) meeting at the school on Nov. 24th. One of our board members who is the high school economics teacher, Ramon Laureano, challenged the parents to get more involved in their children’s lives in light of the social dangers of modern technology and the lack of respect that students show towards teachers and parents. The parents then went with their children to one of various activities where they would participate with their children. At the grade school, tables were set out with blank canvases for the parents and students to each paint scenes representing their family. The high school had several different presentations having to do with computer skills and current events. The high schooler’s parents interacted with their young adults.

Even a short down pour didn’t dampen the spirits of parents and students.

God has provided an architect, who is a believer, to help us develop the master plan for the complex here. He has already shown us some initial drawings to consider. He is offering his services without charge.

Rejoicing at the Juan Tomas Bible Church

On Sunday, Nov. 23, the day previous to the parents’ family day, our church celebrated family day, where members were asked to invite their families to the evening church service. An emphasis was made throughout the day on the importance of the family, and what the Word of God says about the family. We had a large number of families show up on Sunday evening, many of whom have not made a profession of faith. The gospel was clearly presented and we had a time of fellowship with refreshments where our members could interact with many of the families that are still unbelievers.

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Pray for the families of our church members. Many have heard the gospel and receive it from the lives of our members that still live with their parents and have frequent contact with them.

Pray also for our outreach to the public schools on Wednesday afternoons. A number of our members hold children’s Bible classes in the public school. One of our church members is a teacher in this school and is presently struggling with actual physical abuse from some of her students. The authorities don’t seem to take any action with these abuses. The prevailing philosophy in the educational leadership is to prioritize the rights of students and of children to express themselves. Pray for this teacher – Fifa is her name – she is trying to endure these trying times and be the witness that she can in that secular environment.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


11/10/2014

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Rejoicing at Fountain of Life School

We thank the Lord for bringing the two board members from the US for our meeting on October 23. We were able to express gratefulness for the Lord’s provision to enable the school’s books to get back into the black after several months of struggling in the red. It was a relief to hear the report of a positive balance in the school’s financial books.

We can also report the graduation of 16 more 12th graders. We believe that at least 6 of these have made professions of faith.

One of our previous graduates, Justina, is seriously pursuing a medical career. She has been assured of assistance from a group of believers in the US that are quite involved in medical visits for the high blood pressure program that we have been developing here. She was visually absorbed in all the areas of a cardiology hospital that we visited here recently.

We are excited with the development of a possible medical facility here including the expansion of our curriculum to offer classes in nursing to the community. The Ashland School of Nursing is interested in joining our efforts to help develop both a clinic and nurses training center here at the Bible Center. We were able to visit the professional technician department of the Ministry of Education in Santo Domingo. They are willing to visit our school and share with us how we could proceed with this possibility. We also have the cooperation of the assistant director of the Cardiology Hospital to enable us to be recognized and authorized by the Health Department.

We have just completed a short medical program with Dr. Aaron Young and his sister Lisa Young. They were able to check most of the Fountain of Life school children and the high blood pressure patients during a four day period.

Rejoicing at the Juan Tomas Bible Church:

This four day period included a Sunday. At the Sunday morning service we had around thirty visitors, most of them being the high blood pressure patients. It was a great opportunity to be able to share the gospel with them in message and song as well as the personal contact with our church members during the recess period and after the service.

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We continue to ask for your intercession for our teachers, especial in the high school. So many of the high school students are subjected to bad influences in their homes and it is a real challenge for our high school teachers to be able to keep the gospel message before them both in the words the teachers speak as well as their actions.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


10/7/2014

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Rejoicing at Fountain of Life School: With a student body of 310 children and young adults, we are moving along in the school year. We had our first parent – teacher meeting about two weeks ago and had the school auditorium/church building almost full. There were around 15 cars parked out in front of the school. This indicates a large percentage of parents with the capability of owning a vehicle. We estimate that almost 50% of our students now come from outside of Juan Tomas.

Several of our students performed for the parents, some singing English songs while others were quoting some of the slogans of the values we are promoting for this school year. There was a lot of enthusiasm in the audience.

We thank the Lord for sending us two new teachers and a teacher’s aide. Two of our teachers from last year couldn’t continue with us, so it was a blessing to be able to start the school year with a complete faculty. Our new teachers are teaching 2nd and 6th grades, and the teacher’s aide is in 1st grade.

Rejoicing at the Juan Tomas Bible Church: We have several evangelistic ministries of our church where we can reach people from the community that normally wouldn’t be attending the Church. The medical program for high blood pressure patients is functioning quite effectively in that we now have between 10 to 15 adults coming regularly to our services on Sundays and Wednesday night. They come to have their blood pressure checked and receive the next allotment of medicines for their high blood pressure, and several of these are showing real interest in the Sunday morning Sunday School classes. Another outreach is the Bible School classes in the two public schools in Juan Tomas on Wednesday afternoons. The school directors have given complete liberty for a group of young adults from our church to give Bible classes and activities to the children in the two public schools during their last class periods.

The Berean Water Plant is increasing its sales, now to about 2000 5 gallon bottles a month. We praise the Lord for enabling us to acquire a small truck( with low interest) to distribute the water to the surrounding communities.

We praise the Lord for a safe delivery of Naomi – Richard and Yajaira’s new daughter – on Sept. 23rd. Mother and daughter are doing well.

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Continue in prayer for Richard and me during our visit to the U.S. We are about half way and have had great opportunities to share with several churches and schools. Pray for our families in Juan Tomas, since the homes without the presence of the husbands and fathers tend to be struggling to carry on the many duties and responsibilities.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


9/17/2014

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In our last news from Juan Tomas, I mentioned that we had “some 270 students enrolled in the Fountain of Life School”. Well I checked with Richard after sending out the letter and discovered I hadn’t noted the amount he had told me. What he told me was 257. Well, we are praising the Lord that we now have over 300 students enrolled!

We had a lot of concerns with what was happening in the public school sector, since they were offering students free snacks and meals in a number of public schools because they were extending the school day to 4 pm. However, from a combination of circumstances, the Lord chose to bless us with a good number of students. About 25% of the students come from outside the community. And we believe that those from the community, although they were getting new facilities being built for the 2 public schools in Juan Tomas, many parents decided to keep their children in our school. Perhaps it is because we can offer better control of the children as well as providing a strong emphasis in English being taught in the school.

Classes have now been in session for some three weeks. The request for an English teacher was partially met when one of our English teachers that was planning to leave us, decided to stay on. Yajaira, who will be shortly giving birth to their daughter, has given up her position as grammar teacher in the high school. Our sixth grade teacher did not return, but we had a second grade teacher come in new, who had helped us with substituting several times last year. By shifting some of the teachers to other grades, we were able to fill all the grade school positions for the time being.

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I mentioned for the time being in the last paragraph because we were disappointed that our 6th grade teacher had to leave because of being chosen by the government schools to teach for them. She had informed us a while ago that this might happen so it really didn’t really come as a surprise and she had informed us that she couldn’t sign her contract.

Thus, our first prayer request is for a 6th grade teacher ASAP. We have had several interviews but are not really satisfied with most of them. One of these may be the right one. Pray for wisdom as we decide on one of the interviewed ladies who might be able to fill this position.

Continue praying for the safety of Yajaira’s pregnancy. She is just about 2-3 weeks away from the suggested time and needs to be especially careful with not overdoing it.

Pray for Ingrid as she is trying to fill in the need in the 6th grade along with her other duties.

Pray for Richard and me as we leave for the US on Sept. 25 for the Partners In Christ board meeting on Oct.4th, as well as other engagements in Ohio and Michigan. Richard will probably be going down to North Carolina to share with a school and church.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


8/19/2014

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God has been good to us these past couple of weeks. We have a number of items of thanksgiving. First of all the eye surgery took place on Aug. 12, in the town of La Romana, a town about 2 ½ hrs. from here. Surgeons for Sight is the US based organization that sponsored the program. Of the 15 patients that had been selected by our medical group, 4 actually went to this clinic in La Romana and received the surgery they needed – mainly cataract surgery. Others of the group of 15 will be receiving their medical help here in Santo Domingo at an eye clinic related to the one in La Romana. The transportation and lodging needs were reduced through the help of people near the clinic in La Romana.

A second item of thanksgiving is that to date we now have some 270 students enrolled in Fountain of Life School. This is a thanksgiving item because we have lost a number of students due to various reasons here. About 25% of this number is new students.

A third item where we have seen God’s grace and comfort is in the death of the father and husband of a family that has been with our church for quite a few years. It was a sudden death and quite difficult for several in the family who have come to the Lord quite a few years ago, but we have sensed God’s love shown to them through our church and other believers acquainted with the family. We had a wonderful memorial service in our church yesterday, actually packing the church and in the middle of a heavy tropical rainstorm. Special singing and testimonies accompanied a message the Lord gave me from 1 Cor. 15. Probably around 200 of the some 250 people there were not believers.

Even though I am basically recovered of the Chikungunya virus, I still have pain in the feet and other joints. Thanks for your prayers.

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Continue in prayer for consolation for the wife, Fifa and her three children Dario, Yajaira, Joel who are all members of our church. Also for the other members of the family, some of whom are believers, but others have not yet yielded to the Lord. Several of these have heard the gospel and need to commit themselves to the Lord.

We will be starting classes tomorrow. We are still in need of an English teacher and perhaps another teacher that can help fill the place of Yajaira, who will be having their second child next month and won’t be able to continue as our high school guidance/grammar part time teacher.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


8/5/2014

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Argenis and I returned on the same flight with our last group, a combined medical/work team from Woodmont Baptist Church, Nashville, TN. We were able to accompany them through Dominican Customs and all the luggage came through in good shape. Tired but enthusiastic, the team settled in and the medical personnel were ready to receive patients at 9 am the next morning. There was a gastroenterologist, an internist, and an ophthalmologist. Over the next 5 days they were able to see some 700 or so patients. Most of these patients received the gospel message as well as medical treatment and medicines.

The work team part of the group was able to get the dining room all screened in and a refurbished classroom finished. Most of the final touches were put on the classrooms so we would be ready for the new school year.

The ophthalmologist selected some 15 of his patients that needed surgery for cataracts and other eye conditions. Since he couldn’t provide this surgery for them due to a lack of the right instruments, we were able to make contact with an eye surgery team that was coming to one of the other towns in the DR in August. We are in the process of helping this group of patients make the preparations to receive this treatment the second week in August.

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Pray that all would go well with this eye surgery program, so these people, many of them from the community of Juan Tomas, will see the hand of the Lord in receiving this help for better vision. Pray that the people will be able to get the needed funds for transportation and lodging where they will be attended on August 12-13.

Continue to pray for the high blood pressure program, which was increased in number of patients by 40 as a result of the visit of the doctors in this last group from the US. Pray for the group of young adults from our church that is working with these patients each Wednesday afternoon, Sunday morning and Sunday evening. Several of the patients need to be visited at their homes, which opens the door to sharing the gospel with a number of the family members as the patients receive their blood pressure checked and medications.

School will soon be starting up (Aug. 18). Pray for our teachers and staff as they meet and begin to make preparations for the new school year.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,(especially since I came down with the Chikungunya virus two weeks ago and am still recuperating!)

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


7/11/2014

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English Camp is now in progress and the reports I get are that all is going fairly well.

For the pastoral ministry, the Lord has provided a Spanish speaking missionary and the reports are that his messages are dynamic. There are a number of the campers from the community that are unbelievers, so this is a great opportunity for evangelism both for the visiting group and our own young adults that will be in this camp.

Argenis and me are presently in the US (North Carolina) spending some time with two of my daughters and two of the six grandchildren. We will be going to the International Institute for Christian Educators in Columbia, SC this Sunday for four days of inspiring interaction with other international delegate and edifying challenges from experienced educators.

We were able to spend a few days camping in Stone Mountain State Park in the northern part of North Carolina. It was a great opportunity to see the marvels of God’s creation. It was a new experience for Argenis, and he thoroughly enjoyed it; especially the five mile canoeing excursion on the New River.

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Continue in prayer for the English Camp, since the visiting group had very few young men and there were a large number of Dominican guys at the camp. Many of these young men would not be believers, so pray that the messages of the visiting pastor and the influence of our own young men would provide the impact in the lives of these unbelievers.

Pray that Argenis and I will have opportunities during this visit to share with others of the work in Juan Tomas and that we would be able to distribute the brochures of the need for teacher sponsors. Connie Boyd sent us a number of these brochures, so we want to get them into the hands of those who could join us in praying and participating in this need.

Continue in prayer for the economic situation of Fountain of Life School, especially for wisdom for with decisions that need to be made to trim the budget as much as possible to fit the income we anticipate having.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


5/9/2014

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A recent parents’ meeting at Fountain of Life School encouraged us at a time when we most needed it. We have been struggling recently to make ends meet due to the failure of a number of parents to make their tuition payments on time. Added concern has come because of the elaborate construction projects by the public education sector in order to put into place new school buildings, complete with kitchens and dining rooms so the students can begin to have extended class hours into the afternoon – snacks and lunch free of charge! Our concern is that the lower class families in our school will be attracted to this kind of school primarily because of the meals offered.

In our recent parents’ meeting the students from both the grade school and high school offered the parents a great variety of special presentations, most of them done in English! The purpose of this was to show the parents the emphasis our school has put on learning English. Most of the public schools offer some English, but not near the quality we can offer.

The parents thoroughly enjoyed these presentations and agreed to fill out a survey that we offered to find out their interest in our school offering afternoon technical classes that would be beneficial to the youth in this community and nearby communities. The initial results of the survey indicate that most of the parents show genuine interest in developing this afternoon program of technical and career classes.

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Thank you to those of you that were in prayer for our board meeting. It was one of the most difficult meetings we have had, since the main issue had to do with a shortage of finances. Please be in prayer for wisdom on our part to know how best to use the available funds and where to make the necessary cuts in expenses.

Since much of the shortage of funds comes because of parents who haven’t paid the tuition, pray that these parents would carry through. We are not permitted to dismiss students for lack of payment of their tuition.

Pray for our teachers in these last weeks of school, as they work with the students helping them to prepare for final exams and getting all records finished.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


4/21/2014

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The medical follow up program continues to provide opportunities of outreach into the community and new people visiting the church.

The high school devotional/discipleship time is giving rich opportunities for interaction with these young adults – some believers, some interested and others coming out of obligation but all of them are being exposed to the truth of God’s Word and what it can do in their lives.

The Freedom Christian School group finished up when our Easter week was beginning, so it was quite a change to see this big group off, back to the U.S. and then have the whole school off for a whole week.

Easter week here is called Holy Week – quite a religious name for Easter week, but for most of the Dominicans, it is anything but holy, since so many of them take to the beaches. Licentiousness abounds, so, many churches plan retreats at places far from the beaches and offer spiritually healthy enjoyments and fellowship. The Juan Tomas Bible Church planned a retreat last week close to home. A couple of miles up the road from the Bible Center is a mini zoo with facilities for group gatherings and a pool. For a relatively low price we were able to have a singles’ retreat where we could spend a number of hours together, fellowshipping in the Word with several of the leaders sharing different pertinent themes, dividing into discussion groups, eating a delicious lunch and then enjoying together, the pool and the variety of birds, deer, monkeys, and even a tiger in the small zoo!

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Our school begins again Monday the 21st, so it’s back to reality for all.

We will be having our bi-annual board meeting this week, on Thursday, April 24th. Pray especially for those coming in from the U.S. for this meeting. We have important decisions to make, particularly in the area of budget planning since we are faced with attractive competition by the public schools that are now offering an extended school day with free snacks and lunches to the students. The public school here in Juan Tomas is one of these schools. Thank you for upholding us in your prayers for this meeting

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


4/9/2014

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We continue with the medical follow up program Sundays and Wednesdays (as well as some of the days in between for people that missed the two main days for checkups. We are seeing a regular attendance of 10-15 people on the weekends and 4-5 on Wednesdays. Apart from the multiple opportunities to share the gospel with several new people at these church services, we also see a “house visit” gospel ministry for some of the patients that can’t get out very easily to get their checkups and they have requested a visit to their homes and are open to someone sharing the Scriptures with them.

Another note of rejoicing comes from an experimental one-on-one devotional/discipleship program with our high school students. We have divided up the 9-12 graders among the teachers and staff for a brief devotional/discipleship time (the first 20 min. of each day, Mon.- Thurs.) Each teacher or staff has between 6-10 students – men with the young men students and women with the young ladies. We are hoping this will give these students a closer relationship with us, especially with the unbelieving students.

We are presently enjoying the visit of the high school work team from Freedom Christian School, in Hudsonville, MI. They are already making some significant changes towards finishing the front part of the security wall and remodeling an classroom.

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Keep holding up in prayer our church members, especially those that have direct contact with the high blood pressure patients. Pray that doors will open for sharing the gospel and challenging these people to open their hearts to the Lord.

Pray for the devotional times with the high school students, that both teachers/staff and students will be able to develop a relationship of confidence and that the unbelieving students will have their hearts softened by God’s Spirit and Word.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


3/19/2014

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Life continues here at the Juan Tomas Bible Center after the busy week we had of the visit by the Ashland medical group. However, we are now receiving regular visits from some of the 130 patients that were enrolled in the high blood pressure follow up program. Since we had instructed the patients to come on the days we have church services (Sundays and Wednesdays), we had a number of people come last Sunday morning at around 8:15 am (45 min. before our morning service). Our car port was converted into a waiting and blood pressure checking area and a number of the trained young adults from our church began checking the people that came.

At least 6 of them came to our morning service and Sunday School, and were able to hear the preaching of the gospel and join us in discussing the teaching of God’s Word in Sunday School.

Our trained adults from the Church were able to check the patients’ blood pressure, find out if they were taking their medication and advise them about being faithful in continuing to take it.

Kathryn McMillan was chosen to supervise this group of trained young adults and make sure each patient’s data was recorded on their file card and that they were told when to return.

We anticipate more coming during the week, so this keeps the door open for sharing the gospel and encouraging these patients to come to the Sunday services.

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Continue to pray for these 130 some patients that have received free medication, that they will follow the doctor’s advice to be diligent in taking their medications and then come on their scheduled date for being checked. Pray for an opening of people’s hearts as they come in contact with the love of Christ shown by our church members.

Pray for Aaron and Hillary Young, the main doctor and his wife from Ashland University, OH, who helped direct the team, since they would like to come back for a follow up, long weekend in May. Their hearts are really burdened for the people here. They have a strong desire to pour themselves into the ministry here.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.


3/7/2014

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As this letter is being written, we are in the middle of the visit of the doctors and nurses from Ashland, OH. Many other routine activities and schedules have been set to one side so many of us here can join hands with these servants of God who have come to touch already almost 1000 suffering bodies of the people of Juan Tomas and the surrounding communities. Thousands of pills have been given to the hundreds of men, women and children to help their physical needs and Pastor Joe Maggelet has been able to share evangelistic challenges each morning to the hundreds of patients waiting in line for the doctors. He has also shared with our teachers morning devotions and our Wednesday night prayer service. Argenis had him sharing in his math classes. Numerous opportunities were given for members from this team to share the gospel with the patients that came, especially since so many of them had severe cases of high blood pressure.

To date we have registered some 130 patients that agreed to return to the church for follow-up checking of their blood pressure, receiving more medication and attending a service at the church. Each of these patients will be souls that can be exposed to the preaching of God’s Word.

As special sideline praise item is that one of our 11th grade students made a profession of faith this week. This really wasn’t in connection with our medical team ministry, since Edwin has been very interested in spiritual things for some time.

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Pray for the hundreds of people that came to the health clinic and came under the sound of the gospel. Pray especially for those who agreed to return at specified dates to refill their medication, that their hearts will be opened to the gospel presented to them both in word and actions they find here.

Pray for each of the team members as they finish up their time here. Many of them have been impacted by the ministry here. Pray that they will be able carry this excitement back with them to share with their families and friends in the U.S. and increase the prayer support base for the work here.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


2/17/2014

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The blessings we enjoyed with the group of student sponsors, far outnumbered the number of sponsors that came! Both Connie Boyd and Rose Mery (Argenis’wife) had developed a unique itinerary for the group that allowed both the students and their sponsors a lot of interaction, even with the language barrier. Translators from among our English-speaking high school students accompanied them. Both Mark Boyd and Roger Clay gave us considerable help - Mark doing some repairs on our computers and, along with Roger Clay giving us some valuable help and advice for a better functioning water purification plant.

Both Linda and I sensed the uniqueness of this group – as a group that was fully involved and interested in all of the ministries here, even more that just their sponsored students. It was a tearful time of parting for sponsored children, sponsors and even some of those not in either of those groups.

The overall opinion of all of us was that this must be repeated and even include more next time.

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Pray that the fruits of this visit will be encouragement to the sponsored students and their families, to be more involved in our church and allow God to have a greater presence in their lives.

Pray for the upcoming visit of doctors, medical personnel, and work team people from Ashland University, Ohio, the 1st - 8th of March. Their goal is to not only be of help spiritually and physically to hundreds of people of this community, but to establish a program of follow –up for at least 100 high blood pressure patients for a complete year – including regular check-ups and medication.

These patients will be required to attend a church service each time they come to be checked and receive their medications. A number of our Church members will receive training for this follow-up program.

Pray that God will prepare all of our hearts for this challenge and ministry.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


2/4/2014

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We thank the Lord for allowing Pastor Bill Kessler and his wife Hazel to minister to our church last weekend. Along with a number of their church members from the Grace Presbyterian Church in Columbus, OH, Pastor Bill and his wife have been coming down for our English Camp for the past several years. His ministry at the English camps, and now at our annual church retreat, has been a real spiritual feast each time he comes. We were challenged to first know the Living Word, so that we might be able to “Live the Word”.

Another blessing that we experienced during Pastor Bill’s visit was his participation in the ordination of our first deacon – Roberto Araujo. Roberto has been serving in several capacities in the church for several years and has been one of our high school teachers for a number of years. His wife Elizabeth has a beautiful voice and is working with our small choir in the church.

We has a brief visit from Rebecca and Abel (visiting here from the US) during our retreat when the choir was singing, and both Rebecca and Abel commented how amazed they were with the quality of the choir and how well they sounded. Rebecca was very influential in helping our church get started in the music program of our church.

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Pray for our church as we are trying to implement additional divisions of our children by ages in our Sunday School. With number of children coming, we need to have classes for different groups so we can more effectively minister to each child.

We also want to begin an AWANA – type program so we can reach more of the children and their families that do not come to the church. Pray that we will have wisdom to know who to select as the leaders of this program, as well as be able to get the instructional materials we need.

Pray for the group that will be visiting us this week. It is a new group – some 18 of our sponsors from Ohio will be coming down this week and meeting their sponsored children. Connie Boyd, who is directing the sponsorship program in the US, will be leading the group.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


1/19/2014

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We rejoice that the group from Philadelphia arrived in good time in spite of the snow and cold in Pennsylvania, and were able to get a lot of painting and organizing done as well as making several more bunk beds made for the men’s cabins.

Our teachers benefited from Dr. Sue Hutchison’s workshops, giving them some good guidance in the area of reading fluency. She also accompanied some of the girls in her group in the evening English classes that Linda gives. One of our other Dominican English teachers had to discontinue teaching in the evenings, so Linda has some additional students for her first level class. Having some native English speakers helped with some of the beginning classes for this semester.

We thank the Lord for Rodney Troyer’s help here this week. His quiet, persistent, diligent and thoughtful work has given a better appearance to many areas of the campus.

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Continue to pray for Pierre and Liliana and their family, who returned to Haiti last year. His ministry is growing, but he is having a hard time finding a job to support his family. God has brought a number of souls to Himself in this new ministry, but it is a struggle for this Haitian brother to care for his wife and 4 children with no steady income.

Pray for the leaders of our church here in Juan Tomas, as we decide how to manage the large influx of children attending the services. Many come unaccompanied by their parents, but we can’t turn them away. We would like to provide better divisions of the Sunday School, to accommodate the different age groups. God has blessed us with a number of dedicated young adults that should be able to take the responsibility of leading the Sunday School classes for these children. Pray for wisdom in know which persons to consider and that they will take this opportunity seriously.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


12/16/2013

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“Give and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure – pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” ( Luke 6:38)

This verse was literally fulfilled at our school recently. Several weeks ago we had a “food drive” to collect basic food items to share with poor families in the community. Our students responded amazingly well and then went in groups to deliver the food to families that were so grateful to have the food that they struggle so much to obtain.

This past week we were surprised to get a call from one of the classmates of Argenis and Ingrid in their Masters studies at the Logos school in Santo Domingo. This sister in Christ, the assistant director of a Christian School, told Ingrid that their students (175 or so from K to 6th grade) had decided to bring presents to our elementary students. So last Friday morning a bus drives up and a group of teachers and students from the school unloaded some 160 Christmas boxes of all sizes, each identified for a boy or girl, the age, from 2 yrs. old to 8 yrs. old, each beautifully wrapped. They had a small program and then began distributing the gifts, large and small boxes with a variety of toys, clothes and some food items. God had kept His Word and many of our students and their families were blessed by this event.

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Our students have basically finished their semester exams and now the teachers have the job to grade them and fill in their grade books before the Christmas break which begins this Friday, Dec. 20th. Pray that the teachers will be able to correctly record each student’s efforts and provide the parents with the information they need to know how their children are doing in the school.

Pray for protection of our school during these days. In past years, the Christmas season has been the occasion of break-ins and thievery here. Not only do we need protection of our material things, but also the physical safety of our people here and their families.

Our church is planning a baptism for the 1st of January, 2014. Pray for this event as a number of our young adults take their stand for the Lord in this public expression of their faith. Most of them come from non-Christian homes. One of our adult new believers is among the group to be baptized.

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO ALL OF YOU FROM THE BIBLE CENTER OF JUAN TOMAS!

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


12/10/2013

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We thank the Lord for the decision by United Faith Christian School in Charlotte, NC, to sponsor a building project for our grade school. We sent them 3 options with pictures and they have decided to raise the funds needed to put ceramic tile in our grade school bathrooms. This will greatly facilitate the cleaning of these bathrooms as well as their appearance. United Faith will begin collecting these funds in January and hope to have them by April or May, 2014. This is the school that Dario and I visited in October, where two of my grandchildren (Jennifer and Joseph) attend.

We praise the Lord for talented teachers and gifted students here that recently were working together to prepare a variety of art projects for our Parent’s Day celebration. Several grades had what was called “Paint my Family” project, where our art teacher, with help from our artist-computer teacher, had the children do paintings of their families on real canvas boards. There was a special program where several classes put on dramas and pantomimes, with a Christian message.

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We are now into the semester-end exams. Pray for both the students and teachers since some of the students typically “freeze up” and the teachers need to be alert to avoid cheating.

As we usually request at this time of year, our youth, both in the school and church, need our prayers for protection during these festive days of Christmas and New Year. The temptations to follow the crowd in the discos and celebrations is great.

Pray for healing of Argenis’ knee. He had a severe fall while playing championship basketball game in Villa Mella recently, and has a cast covering his right leg. He is in pain and has a hard time sleeping. It has to be on for about 21 days, which will be very trying for Argenis, who is a very active person, especially on the basketball court.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


11/21/2013

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We thank the Lord for His provision to get our farm generator rebuilt (overhauled). It had around 33,000 hours on it and was beginning to leak oil and use a lot of fuel. We are grateful for the skilled Dominicans who were able to hook up the farm to the school’s generator while I was in the US. It was an emergency measure that we had considered previously, so thankfully there were knowledgeable people from the company that services our generators that could take care of the need. After some 25 days of work, we now have the “renewed” generator running again on the farm.

Another blessing that has come our way is an offer from a Christian grade school in Charlotte, NC. It is the school where our two grandchildren attend, where Dario and I visited during our recent trip to the US in October. They want to raise the funds to cover an urgent need in Fountain of Life School. We are presently getting together the information and pictures for three options for them to choose from. They want to begin in January.

One of our high school students, 10th grader, Starling Bladimil Pimentel recently (Oct. 16-18) participated in Argentina at the juvenile para-Pan-American games for 2013. He competed in the disabled division, since he was born with only one arm. He won gold medals for the 200 meter dash, the 100 meter dash and the broad jump.

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Pray for Starling, as he has not yet made a profession of faith. He has a good rapport with the other students and the teachers, in spite of his handicap. He and many of our students need to come to a saving knowledge of Christ. Pray that our teachers will be sensitive to opportunities of sharing the gospel with the students.

As we are approaching the end of the first semester, the teachers are preparing the students for the semester-end exams, pray that there will be diligence on the part of both teachers and students.

Continue praying for Pierre and his family as they get established in Haiti. Pierre recently called me and said he couldn’t find a church with doctrine he could agree with, so he has decided to begin ministering right in his community, setting up a make-shift shelter with poles and a tarpaulin. The first meeting he had 18 attending and the second service, 24. He’s confident that this is what God wants for him. Pray that his needs will be met.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


11/7/2013

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Much has been happening in the past several weeks, especially in preparation for the semiannual board meeting and our 6th graduation, both occurring at the end of October and beginning of November respectively.

Returning from our trip to the US on October 19 didn’t give me much time to get everything in place for both events. I praise the Lord for His enablement, such that we can now look back and breathe a sigh of relief that all went quite well. God has blessed us with a great team here and even with a limited supply of funds, the school leaders and high school students all helping, along with Fireley’s creativity (although she isn’t a teacher here now she willingly offers her creativity) and direction, the graduation was a great success – even though we did get some rain showers!

We are thankful to the Lord for bringing us to the 6th graduation. The school has now been in operation for some 20 years, and the Lord has continued to bless us with good teachers, unified leaders, faithful sponsors and prayer supporters to bring us to the place we now are.

These 18 young adults pictured here represent many hours of work by all of the above mentioned people and others that have worked “in the shadows” to keep things together during the frustrating moments.

At least two of the graduates are faithful members of our church and have shown real potential to continue with us as they venture into further preparation in university studies.

We had a fruitful board meeting the day previous to the graduation. We thank the Lord for the Dominican members and their willingness to take from their busy schedules to not only come to this meeting but to meet at times between our two semiannual meetings.

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Pray for these graduates as they go from the school. Most of them did not make a profession of faith, to our knowledge, but they received the truth for countless hours in and outside of the classroom. Continue to pray for Argenis, our high school principal, as he carries the hearts and lives of the high school students in his heart.

Keep in prayer, also for our grade school teachers. Children’s hearts are usually more tender and do respond to the gospel with more sincerity.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.


10/19/2013

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After some 3230 miles (by air and land), Dario and I are winding up our visit, spending a few days with daughters and grandkids in Charlotte, NC.

We had a very encouraging time in the two churches in the Pontiac, MI area. One of the comments we heard from several people ( one even with tears of joy) was that now, after so many years of praying for the work in Juan Tomas, they could see, living proof of the fruit of their prayers in Dario.

Our time in Holland, MI was rather unique. Our mission director, George Logan, took us up to his hunting grounds near Muskegon, where we stayed for three days, enjoying the woods and lakes. Practice shooting with bow and arrow, crossbow, and .22 rifle. We went out fishing a couple of days, only catching 6 fish between the three of us. Dario won the prize catching three of the six. Because they were under the legal size limit, we had to throw them back.

We had an enjoyable time visiting the school where Sandra’s two children attend in Charlotte, NC.

Lord willing we should be boarding the plane to leave for New York at noon today, and then to Santo Domingo arriving at about 7:30 pm.

An answer to prayer is that Liliana, Pierre’s wife did have her baby by natural birth about a week or so ago, and they have gone back to Haiti.

We have had considerable trouble with our generator on the farm, but we praise the Lord for His help for those there at the Bible Center as they worked to keep the electricity going to the farm. We praise the Lord for providing funds to overhaul the farm and house generator.

Also, we praise the Lord for helping our two pastors, Argenis and Richard with the church ministries and the school, in our absence.

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Pray that the Lord gives us a safe return trip to the DR, and that we will have His wisdom in the ongoing decisions and activities of the ministry in Juan Tomas.

Pray for the leaders of the Fountain of Life school and the Bible Church of Juan Tomas that we will be able to work diligently and be good stewards of all that God has provided for us.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


10/7/2013

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I’m writing this from Mansfield, OH, where Dario Cruz and I are thanking the Lord for a safe trip here and the opportunity to begin a “tour” of visiting several churches and friends for the next couple of weeks. This time of year, I usually come up to Ohio to participate, as a board member of Partners in Christ, in their annual, international board meeting.

Dario Cruz, one of the graduates of our first graduating class in Fountain of Life School, had wanted to take his vacation in the U.S., since he has a 10 yr. visa with the IT company he works for in the D.R. So we decided to join together and visit several of the churches and friends that I usually visit in Ohio and Michigan in October.

We arrived here on Thursday, Oct. 3rd and have had an enjoyable time already, participating in the Partners in Christ board meeting and introducing Dario to many of the people from Partners that have come to the DR. Dario knows quite a bit of English, so can communicate freely in each of the places he goes. While I was in one preliminary meeting yesterday, Dario went with Connie Boyd to visit the grade school of Mansfield Christian School. He enjoyed talking with the children, especially the Spanish classes.

Our plan is to go from Ohio up to Pontiac, Michigan for a few days and then over to the Grand Rapids area where there is a small church that I first visited last year. We also plan to visit our mission director and his wife, and church in Holland, MI.

From there we will be going down to Charlotte, NC where my daughters and grandkids are. We will make a stop in Columbus, OH on the way.

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We will appreciate your prayers for our safety and opportunities of ministry during this trip.

Continue to pray for Liliana, Pierre’s wife, that we mentioned in the last newsletter, as she is being pressured to have the baby by cesarean, rather than normal birth. Pray that all goes well in the birth. This should happen at any time now.

We would still like to fill the void of a high school math teacher, since the new teacher could not continue with us. Pray that God would supply this need soon and guide us to do what we can to make this happen.

Continue in prayer for Junior’s need for personal documents (birth certificate, etc). He is the young Haitian teen whose mother past away several months ago, and needs these documents before he finishes high school.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


9/18/2013

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God has blessed us with a faithful group of Haitian believers. We have been meeting on Sunday afternoons now for about 5 years. Language has always been a limitation, but God has always had one of the Haitian brothers that knows more Spanish than the rest translate my Spanish into the Haitian Creole.

Pierre Jocelyn has been with us the longest of the Haitian brothers and began translating for the Sunday afternoon Bible Studies until he felt the Lord leading him to attend a Bible Institute being offered at a nearby Baptist Church, for 3 hrs. each Sunday afternoon for a four year program. Pierre stayed with the program for all four years and now has graduated, as the picture shows.

Pierre is planning to return to Haiti at the end of this month to prepare a home for his family to join him after his wife gives birth to their fourth child. Another reason for returning is that it is very expensive to obtain and retain Dominican residency here, especially with four children.

Thus, we thank the Lord for allowing us to have a part in Pierre’s life, and rejoice with him for the way God has blessed him here and will use him in Haiti in the coming months. Their whole family will be greatly missed here, but we see others in our Haitian group that are growing in the Lord and we thank the Lord for trusting us with this ministry.

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Pray for Pierre, Liliana, his wife, Andy, Dafley, Ester and (soon to be born) Josue. Pray that the whole family will be shinning lights in their own country, as they have been here.

A sad note in another area is that our new math teacher turned in his resignation last week. He felt his physical condition was not adequate to comply with his responsibilities as a teacher here.

Pray that the Lord will soon help us find another teacher. The short time this new teacher was able to teach provided relief that Argenis needed to better carry out his role as high school principal.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas


9/5/2013

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God has once again answered prayer in sending us teachers for this school year.

The much needed (and prayed for) high school science teacher responded to our newspaper add, and is now on staff! Now, along with our new math teacher, we have one of our own young adults who has progressed sufficiently in his English studies that he can become one of the English teachers we needed for the grade school. This gives us nine men on our teaching staff this year – a record for the number of men teachers at our school!

We had our first parent-teachers meeting today and, even though we scheduled it for 7:30 am, we had probably close to 150 parents in attendance by 8:00 am. God enabled each staff member that was sharing, and we believe it was a positive beginning for the school year. The parents received a powerful biblical challenge concerning their roll as parents, by one of our Dominican board members, Ramon.

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Now that we have the teachers that we prayed for, we all need to be praying that each of these teachers will be able to put forth the effort by their lives and their teaching to carry out our vision for this school year, along with the values that we presented at the parent/teacher meeting today. The emphasis of our vision is that our teachers will build Christ-centered foundations by their teaching and living as well as offer quality education to all students.

We want our students to be followers of Christ, critical thinkers, communicators and contributors. Since most of the parents are not believers, much prayer is needed to be able realize these goals.

We have approximately 285 students enrolled to date, and probably will reach 300 by next week. A number of parents are struggling to comply with debts from last school year before being able to re enroll their children for this school year. Pray that God will provide for those that should have their children in the school.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


8/19/2013

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Continuing the rejoicing from our last letter, we praise the Lord for the diligent and energetic help we received from the Woodmont Baptist Church group in the area of construction. With school starting this coming Monday, August 19, a lot needed to be done to have the classrooms ready. Several needed some (or in the case of our K/1st rooms, a lot) of work to make them useable for classes. A number of our Dominican brothers and sisters joined hands to work on painting, repairing, organizing, cleaning, etc. While there some minor details to be completed, the school by and large is ready to open its doors for another school year.

We thank the Lord for sending us two new teachers – one for high school math and the other for our fourth grade classroom. I need to clarify that these two new teachers have come from outside our group of people here in Juan Tomas. From within, we will begin using two of our own young men in the school – one in the area of music and the other in teaching English.

We praise the Lord for Victor, the neighborly architect and engineer, who has put out a lot of effort working with several of our young adults finishing the final touches on a number of the projects that the groups couldn’t finish.

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We still are in need of a high school science teacher. Pray that God will lay this on the heart of the person that would best meet this need – be it in response to our news paper add or from our sharing by word of mouth concerning this need.

We also need your prayers for a number of the parents that have been hesitant to reenroll their children – most likely because of a shortage of money, but possibly also because the public school here in Juan Tomas was recently remodeled and may attract some who are just looking at external appearances and not the quality of an education with biblical values and corrective, loving discipline.

We became aware of the need to rearrange our computer lab after the work teams had all finished, so there remains some carpentry work to be done, which should be finished up this week.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


8/6/2013

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To begin with, our hearts are overflowing with thanksgiving to the Lord for the great things He brought to us through the group from the Woodmont Baptist Church, Nashville, TN. All of the 30 people in that group wholly gave of themselves and their talents to the Bible Center, the community of Juan Tomas and the nearby community of Proyecto. As was mentioned in the last WHIJT newsletter, 10 of this group came with construction skills and 20 of them with medical related skills.

A number of our own people joined each group, making what could be described as two small “armies”, each with their commanding “general” to “attack” the needed challenges of work projects and physical ills that appeared for the five work days available to the group. Among the challenges that the construction team faced were getting our K/1st grade building put back together after having a wall rebuilt at one end and a room expansion put up at the other end and bathrooms in between.

Other projects included repairs and painting in at least four of the other grade school classrooms.

As best as I can determine, the total number of patients seen by the medical team was around 700, both at the Proyecto site and at our high school area in Juan Tomas. All of this very important medical work (including general medical exams, eye exams and dental work) was done with individual concern for each patient, but, as 13:13 says, “the greatest of these is love”, the love of God and the gospel message that was shared with many of the patients by the doctors. We praise the Lord for giving each of these teams good health and strength to work in the hot tropical climate, while maintaining positive attitudes.

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Pray for the hundreds of Dominicans that heard the Gospel along with medical treatment. Several did make professions of faith, so we are asking that they will follow through in their commitment.

Pray for our young adults here that have been working so hard with the different groups and now have to get ready to return to their studies and “normal” activities at the school and Bible Center.

We are presently in the process of evaluating several teachers that have responded to our news paper advertisement. We need God’s wisdom to make correct decisions.

Pray for our teachers and staff as we prepare for the coming school year. We have designed new vision and mission statements and values and we want each of our teachers and staff to be able to internalize these statements so that we can be the school that glorifies our Lord and is instrumental in helping to produce changes in many lives during the coming school year.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


7/21/2013

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Upon our (Argenis and Paul) return to the DR, we arrived at the closing of our English Camp where the Dominican young people had prepared a “formal” dinner setting for the American group, with balloons, decorations and special table service. Special (pork) typical Dominican food was served with all the trimmings. The next day the big bus left the camp at 5 AM to take some 55 or so campers and families of the leaders to the famous Dominican Ocean World in the north part of the island. Along with seeing all the ocean wildlife, the group went up a cable car to enjoy a scenic view of the ocean and nearby country side. Needless to say all were well ready to settle down that night soon after their 9 pm arrival back at the camp.

Argenis went on this trip and I stayed to enjoy the evening we arrived back to help Linda get ready for a surprise visit to the grandkids in Charlotte, NC the following day. She hadn’t told any one here because she didn’t want a “Facebook leak” to take away the surprise to our grandkids, since their mothers (our daughters) use Facebook so much.

The Sunday following our return from the educational conference in South Carolina, Argenis and I enjoyed the good preaching of Pastor Kessler both morning and night.

A special thanksgiving item is for a truckload of many miscellaneous items for pre-school and primary school was donated to the school in a small community near us that was closing down and wanted our school to have these things. Many of them were useful for setting up classrooms for the beginning of the school year.

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Pray for the medical/work group here from the Woodmont Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. They have finished one full day of work – 20 of them in medical related skills and 10 with construction skills. Tomorrow – Monday, July 22 we will be going with the medical part of the team to Proyecto, a community about 3 miles from us and then Tuesday – Thursday they will be back at the Bible Center to provide the skills of general medicine, dentistry, and eye examination and glasses. Pray that God will use this group to help open hearts to the Spirit’s work as well as helping to heal the physical needs.

We plan to begin working with our teachers for this coming school year as of August 1st. Pray for the unity of God’s Spirit among us and His direction in preparing each teacher to effectively use the gifts God has given them for equipping the numerous young lives for godly living in their homes and communities.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


7/10/2013

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This letter is being written from Columbia, SC, in the middle of the Summer Institute for Christian Educators at Columbia International University. Argenis and I spent some pleasant and busy days with my three daughters and the 6 grandchildren in Charlotte, NC, before driving down to Columbia. We helped the girls and grandchildren by putting up a playground unit with slide as well as a number of other needed small jobs. Argenis was able to enjoy his first 4th of July celebration at at a stadium in Charlotte, complete with a glorious fireworks display. We had to play hide and seek with rain showers that were threatening our enjoyable wait for the fireworks, but were finally rewarded with the beautiful show in the skies above the stadium. Argenis was able to meet a number of the young people from the Catawba Christian School of Rock Hill, when we went to the lovely lakeside home of one of the families whose children go to the school. We enjoyed a delicious meal, swimming pool and boat ride on the lake.

Both of us were given the opportunity to share in a 5 min. presentation in the Catawba Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning, to not only members in three separate services, but also to thousands who were watching the services over a local TV broadcast.

A number of people responded by sponsoring several of the remaining unsponsored students from the Fountain of Life school.

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We also had a meal in the home where Camila will be staying for this next school year. We were able to share with Camila and encourage her to set her mind to do her best in school and most of all to let God have His place in her life. Continue to pray for her and her parents as they will be separated at least until December or maybe even next June, unless she is able to make it back to the DR for Christmas.

Pray for the Senior English Camp which is now in progress in Juan Tomas. We are not sure at present how many campers showed up, but we know that the Lord has used this camp experience in past years to bring a number of young people to Himself in salvation. Pray for the team from Presbyterian church in Columbus, OH, that is at the camp, that they will be instruments in God’s hands this week to help these Dominican young people come to Himself.

Pray for Argenis and me as we complete this Institute, that what we learn here might be what will best help the Fountain of Life school -- its teachers and students for this next year, so that it will be our best school year.

Pray for our two families - Argenis’ wife and three children and my wife, Linda as they continue for a few more days without their husbands and father. Pray for our safe flight back this Friday, July 12th.

Thank each of you for your prayers,

Paul and Argenis

Paul McMillan


6/16/2013

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Now that Doug Diehl has joined with Rod Troyer to help supervise the different work projects, things are humming here. Typically when Doug comes here we seem to have an increase of plumbing problems. His specially is more in the construction field, but he is becoming a good plumber. Perhaps the substructure of our complex is beginning to show its age and a need for some major overhaul of plumbing as we did with the electrical last year. We praise the Lord for men like Doug and Rod who can keep the work projects going with the visiting groups and make the needed improvements.

We also thank the Lord for Victor and his wife, Firelei, who have been working along side with Doug and Rod to supervise projects. Victor has offered some interesting suggestions for modifying several of the buildings here to improve our classroom space and arrangement. We are presently working to accomplish one of the five goals that Faith Laughlin and Ingrid had developed from the surveys given to our teachers earlier this year. This was the goal of remodeling the classrooms to provide a better learning environment.

Our high school principal, Argenis, has completed one of the activities for another of the five goals that Faith and Ingrid developed – the goal of developing higher levels of thinking and writing. Argenis presented a workshop last Friday on the usefulness of Bloom’s Taxonomy in preparing lesson plans and goals.

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Pray for Victor and Firelei’s daughter, Camila, who has just returned to the US to take her last year of high school at the Catawba Christian School in Rock Hill, SC. This is a different school than where she was last year when she stayed with our daughters in Charlotte, NC. Camila is quite typical as an adolescent and has been exposed to many of the attractions and interests of teenagers in the US, but we aren’t sure that she has committed her life to Christ, even though she has been exposed for several years to fundamental Bible teaching. Pray that she will do so this coming school year. Also pray that her father, Victor, will make the same decision of committing his life to Christ.

Pray that we will soon be able to have a reliable internet system. Work is being done toward this end but it is taking time.

Pray for Argenis and me as we will be attending the annual educators institute at Columbia International University, SC, July 7-11. We have an invitation to share at a church in Rock Hill on July 7th, where we will be presenting the ministries here. Keep us in your prayers for this opportunity.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


6/5/2013

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Most of our students have finished their final exams, so by the end of this week things will be quieting down in the school, but with our first summer group here, things are beginning to hum with repairing, remodeling and maintaining in many parts of the campus. We thank the Lord for the high school group from Catawba Christian School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, which always comes with a lot of ambition and energy to work on changes and repairs that have been awaiting the arrival of this group.

We thank the Lord for Rodney Troyer, who has been coming down to offer his skills in a variety of maintenance projects. He arrived a few days before the big Rock Hill group, and will be here until June 19th. He has already done a lot to help us get ready for the coming of the Rock Hill group, especially working in the new location for our work shop, getting it organized and functioning to provide a better control of the dispensing and receiving of tools. Many tools have been “lost” because of not being returned to the shop.

Our teachers were gratefully surprised when Richard announced that one of the brothers from the US who has been down here several times had sold some of his paintings and sent a portion of the proceeds to be divided among all the teachers. We thank the Lord for the thoughtful generosity of this brother. I sure this became an answer to the prayers of many of the teachers who are struggling financially.

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Pray for our eighth and twelfth grade students that will be preparing for their government exams. Our teachers participate in “clinics” of special classes during several weeks before the exams are given, to help these students do well on these exams.

Pray for our up coming teachers’ and school administrators’ conference at the end of this month. It is a two day conference and the Logos Christian School in Santo Domingo hosts this conference, receiving and ministering to 5 to 6 hundred men and women from all over this country.

Pray for the safety of many who travel for several hours and have to have accommodation overnight so they can maximize their time at this conference. It has proved to be a blessing and encouragement to numerous Christian teachers who are faithfully serving the Lord throughout the country.

Continue in prayer for our need for teachers for the coming year. We have mentioned the specific areas of need in several recent news letters.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


5/20/2013

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We are praising the Lord here because many of the sufferers of the cold virus, now are relieved and we have had a number of refreshing rains to cool the climate and restore green to our surroundings that had been turning brown from the dry season.

Another word of praise is that not only was Argenis granted a visa to the US, but a 10 year visa!!

This is quite unusual, considering his income and youth, although married with three children. God has a purpose in allowing this and we look forward to seeing it unfold. Argenis will be going to the administrators and teachers institute in Columbia, SC, along with me, in July. We look forward to a great time of fellowship and learning.

A third reason for praise is that Linda’s ears were able to be cleared of the wax build up with just one visit to the doctor (after suffering through the effects of the drops to soften the wax), giving her back her normal hearing. This is important for her since she needs good hearing for teaching her English classes.

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We covet your prayers for our activities here at the school and Bible Center as work groups begin coming and we are involved in a variety of work projects. What we are presently facing is the immediate need of several major remodeling jobs on existing buildings to provide improved classroom environment – more space, brighter rooms, ceiling repairs, etc. – so that the classrooms offer improved learning atmospheres. However we are also looking down the road to perhaps building, “from scratch” multi-level classroom buildings, built with the correct classroom dimensions that favor the diverse teaching techniques within a classroom.

What we are asking is for your prayers for those of us that are in administrative and supervisory positions to make the right decisions now – to fix up what is necessary but not invest so much time and money into what will be possibly leveled in the future to make room for structures that favor quality learning experience to the children that come here.

Pray for our students who have begun to take their final exams. Pray also for so many students and parents that have been exposed to the gospel and yet chose to reject the Only Way, the Only Truth and the Only Life. Our parents committee is trying to plan a parents/student day and we are trying to encourage them in this effort, knowing that it offers further opportunity for a gospel witness.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


5/7/2013

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Health is a precious gift from the Lord and when it fails, we have one of two options, to complain and become depressed or to find consolation in God’s faithfulness in giving the strength to bear up under the discomfort.

A number of the brothers and sisters in our complex have suffered a rather vicious kind of cold that brings aches, fever and often requires a visit to the doctor for relief.

I guess the Lord wanted me to sympathize with the other victims of this cold, because a week ago it hit me and only now do I feel some relief. God is gracious and faithful and I thank the Lord for other brothers that could fill in for me in the leadership position when I just had to lay low.

We praise the Lord for an opportunity for our music director, Ariel, to take music classes with Alberto, a very talented young man who directs the music program at a large evangelical church in Santo Domingo. Alberto has opened a classical music academy and even directs an orchestra. This opportunity should help Ariel to improve his musical capabilities as well as receive training in the selection and composition of conservative Christian music and songs.

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As the time draws closer for the end of the school year, we foresee the need for teachers (with degrees) in several positions in the school: A high school science teacher, a high school math teacher, a sports teacher, a fourth grade teacher, an English speaking couple who could give us a year to teach English as a second language to our grade school children, and at least one teacher’s assistant.

Pray that our high school superintendant, Argenis, will be able to get a visa again this year so he can attend the Columbia International University teachers and administrators summer institute, in Columbia, South Carolina in July.

Pray for Linda as she is presently being medicated to help soften a build up of wax in both ears so it can be removed this coming Wednesday. It has caused her some discomfort, and a certain amount of temporary deafness. This has made it hard for teaching her English classes. Pray that the medication will take its effect and that both ears will be able to be cleaned with one more visit to the doctor.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


4/22/2013

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Even though several of our Dominican board members could not make it to our board meeting on April 11, we had a fruitful meeting. Our Dominican brethren are taking a more active part in the planning and directing of issues that will affect the future wellbeing of the school. It was difficult to plan the budget for the next school year, but God has provided some additional funds which enabled us to provide the much needed increase for our teachers.

One of the highlights that our board enjoys is the delicious barbecue lunch that we have recently enjoyed having after our meeting. Caroline Beyna, a Jamaican-German sister in the Lord and member of our church. She and her father operate a delicatessen meat shop in Santo Domingo.

We are also praising the Lord that it’s now raining, since we have had quite a severe dry season, and everything around here was drying up.

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Pray for wisdom as we begin the process of evaluating our teachers for the next school year. God has sent us a good group of teachers, but we still need several more in specific areas. Some of our teachers will not be returning for various reasons, so pray that those who know of our need and are qualified will be willing to respond in faith to join the ministry here.

Pray for Doug Diehl as he plans the work projects for the groups coming down from the States. Several of our buildings are showing their age, and we what we build or repair needs to fit into a master plan for the future of the ministry.

The Haitian ministry needs our continued prayers. It appears that the brother whom we were counting on to develop into the leader/pastor of the Haitians in this community has informed us that he plans to return to Haiti with his family to finish his high school and minister there in Haiti.

The Sunday afternoon Haitian Bible studies continue, so pray that God will continue to lead in that ministry and perhaps from that group raise up someone who can lead them.

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


4/5/2013

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We praise the Lord for His protection of our Church members during an assault on one of our church members – Firelei (Victor’s wife). Thankfully she wasn’t harmed, but quite shaken up. Apparently the attackers were involved with drugs, since later that evening there was shooting in Juan Tomas and a person with drugs was killed.

Another blessing is that there is a growing interest to learn English, such that Linda has her hands full now with three afternoon classes and one early morning class (6-7 am). The total comes to probably around 80 young men and women, a number of them not yet believers. This opens the door for spiritual opportunities to share the Lord with them as it can be integrated into the teaching material.

The results of a survey given to our teachers (prepared by Faith Laughlin, our new school advisor), have been gone over by Faith and Ingrid (while she was in the U.S. recently) and produced five well thought out and inspiring goals for the overall improvement of Fountain of Life School during the next 2-3 years. These goals will become the guiding principles for the school in the areas of classroom remodeling, reading improvement, cross-curricular instruction, increased use of technology and higher levels of thinking and writing.

We are excited to see how the Lord will use Faith (and perhaps others) who is skilled in education with a Biblical worldview, to help us realize these goals.

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The above incident in the village left many of the people of Juan Tomas quite fearful. A few days later several of the mothers came to the school to take their children home early, saying that there was a rumor of someone going around the village threatening to kill adults in revenge for the killing. This was only rumor, as we found out after investigating with several of the village leaders. We need your prayers to uphold our believers in prayer, for their protection, especially at night when they have to walk home from the church. Also pray that they will take advantage of this situation to show their family members and friends and neighbors, how they can have the peace of God in their hearts regardless of the situation around them.

Pray for Linda, as she takes on this ministry opportunity, that her health will hold up and that God will give her wisdom to communicate the love of God with these young people.

Pray for Faith and our entire school faculty as we work together to glorify the Lord in the ministries here. We want to continue . . . .

Trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


3/20/2013

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God truly blessed the medical outreach ministry we just completed. The Lord provided a Dominican doctor to join the medical team. Dr. Joanna is the daughter of our fourth grade teacher. She recently graduated and is now planning on a year’s work to satisfy the government requirements before beginning her practice. The efforts put forth by this team coupled with a group of translators from among our budding English students resulted in a successful medical outreach first in Juan Tomas for the first three and a half days and then in the neighboring village of Mal Nombre. The total number of patients seen in four and a half days came to an estimated 1200 adults and children; about 700 from Juan Tomas and the remaining 500 from the village of Mal Nombre.

The spiritual leader of the team, Joe Maggelet, who is the Ashland University Navigator leader, provided an effective witness to many of the patients as well as to our church. We can say that gospel “seeds” were planted and we look to God to continue His work in the lives of those who listened. One of the patients from Juan Tomas that came was 96 year old Luis Bido; the man that sold us this property some 27 years ago. He thought he was getting rid of his worst piece of property, but God has not only physically blessed the land but spiritually used this land to develop the Bible Center of Juan Tomas into a thriving Christian complex, bringing glory to Him.

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Pray for the lives touched with the gospel through this medical outreach. Pray especially for Luis Bido. They had to practically carry him in to see the doctor because of the difficulty he has walking. I sat by him and was able to converse, pressing upon him the importance of letting God into his life before it ended. He listened, but I don’t know how much really got through to him. Pray that he will allow God to change his heart before death overtakes him.

Pray also for Dr. Joanna, the Dominican doctor mentioned above, who helped us with this medical project.. As the medical project drew to a close, Joanna told her mother that she would like to be a missionary doctor and do what the American doctors were doing here. We’re not sure that Joanna is a true believer, but we want to continue to encourage her in her desires to follow the Lord.

Pray for the preparations of our up coming board meeting, April 11. We need wisdom to know how to best help our teachers with the difficult economic situation in the country. The public education sector is presently on strike demanding higher wages, and they probably will get much of what they want. So we are . . . . . .

Still trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us, and through us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


3/5/2013

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When we have events such as the celebration of Independence Day, February 27th, we thank the Lord for the teachers He has given us and the students that are here.

This year for the celebration, we decided to have the activities at our school instead of marching into the village ball field. It did require some modifications of the activities, but it turned out a real success, showing us both the good work our teachers had done to prepare students from most of the grades, as well as how gifted the students could be, with encouragement and patience. Having the activities in our auditorium proved a challenge, since we had over three hundred children packed into the auditorium!

With the overhead screen we were able to portray songs and pictures to go with the historical presentations of how this country received it’s independence from Haiti in 1844. (The DR had also received independence in 1821 from Spain.)

The flag and coat of arms you see in the above picture was not just painted. I happened to drop in the day before the celebration, to the teacher’s work room and found a group of creative 6th graders painstakingly gluing different colors of yarn, piece by piece, to make the different displays. Songs and realistic dramas reenacted the military displays of the independence struggles.

Another, somewhat obscure, activity that goes on several days a week in our house is the small preschool that our daughter Kathryn started last year. Although Kathryn is now in the US with her family for an indefinite time, Sunshine Christian School is continuing with three or four mothers from the community. Andrea, the wife of our computer teacher, Yanko, is directing the school, and doing a good job.

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Pray for this little school, mainly because two of the four mothers are not believers, so this becomes an evangelistic ministry as well as being an educational opportunity. Pray that Andrea and Liliana, the two believers, will be able to be a positive Christian influence on the two other mothers. Pray for the upcoming medical outreach next week, with a group of Christian medical people from Ashland University. The past medical outreach we had here in July of last year was instrumental in reaching numerous people with the gospel, where around 60 or so made professions of faith.

We hope to spend at least three days of medical services here at the Bible Center, and possibly a day or two in Mal Nombre, a nearby community.

Still trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas


2/18/2013

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We thank the Lord for bringing the Christian dentist, Ironelys and her husband, Juan Esteban Valdez to our school. Her husband, who is a pastor first visited our farm, from an interest in seeing our goat project and finding out more information about the buildings we use for our high school. Further conversation revealed their interest in helping communities with visits to give dental health talks and offer actual dental work to schools and communities. These visits materialized with the dental health talk a week ago for the whole school and then the dental work visit yesterday. Each interested patient had to provide about US$ 4 which covered a checkup, cleaning, fluoride treatment and extractions, if necessary. Additional dental work was available for reasonable prices. Over thirty students came yesterday and the dental team will be returning every two weeks to offer dental work to any and all of the children and adults of the community.

Thank you for your prayers for Liliana. She is still struggling with some of the effects of her pregnancy, but is improving in her health.

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Pray for Ingrid, our grade school principal and English department teacher and supervisor, as she will be leaving for a three week visit to the U.S. from Feb. 21st to March 13th. She will be visiting churches and schools to share about what the Lord is doing here and pick up good ideas from the schools that will help our school here.

Pray for wisdom for our high school teachers in dealing with issues affecting a number of the students due to the liberal Pro-Family group in the government that promotes “protected” sexual freedom among high school-age young people. These students and their parents need to heed the Biblical counsel that we are giving to them.

Still trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas


2/4/2013

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We are thankful to the Lord for the ministry of Pastor Rob Barlow at our annual church retreat as well as adults that accompanied him. The Bible teaching was refreshing and the diligent work offered by the whole group left us with most of the plumbing problems resolved, painting projects covered and greatly need shop organization.

Our school attendance is back to normal and now all we need is to get through the numerous political and religious holidays to get the school back on daily routine of classes.

Little Maciel, the new addition to the teacher’s apartments, and to Argenis and Rose Mery’s family is taking her place in the complex and keeping both Argenis and Rose Mery quite busy. She is doing fine physically, sleeping peacefully during the day but being a normal nocturnal baby during the night.

We are anticipating a dental care ministry here next week, offered by a pastor’s wife and her dental crew, after the pastor had come to look at our goat project and was impressed with the opportunity for a ministry.

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Continue in prayer for the project that Faith Laughlin has begun, to help our teachers improve their teaching skills. We now have a Faculty Survey that she sent, translated, and we plan to meet soon with our teachers so they can fill it out and get the results back to Faith.

Pray also for the up coming dental ministry. It will be open to the whole community, so that means evangelistic opportunities.

Pray for our teachers, employees and school parents as they try to cope with the increased taxes put on many food items and goods in January. What we can pay most of our teachers and staff is below the cost of living average for their category of wage earners. They need wisdom to be able to make their incomes stretch. We are sure this is a reality for many of you that receive this letter. We all need God’s wisdom to be careful stewards of what God has blessed us with.

Pray for Liliana, the wife of one of our dedicated Haitian believers, and farm workers. She is in her fourth pregnancy and is struggling with physical ailments while trying to work and care for her three other children. Pierre, her husband has a full time job at our farm and is studying in a Bible Institute in the nearby town of Villa Mella.

Still trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


1/17/2013

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I’m thankful that the Lord brought Linda back safe and sound. Her visit with Sandra, Carol and the grand kids was restful and enjoyable.

School got off to a slow start, as usual (unfortunately), with about 50% of the students showing up for the first several days. We’re thankful that the Lord watched over all our students, in spite of all the holiday activities that many of them were exposed to.

We have an update on Argenis and Rose Mery’s new family member – Joana Maciel – born this morning. Argenis didn’t have the specifics on his new daughter (weight, length, etc), but just said she was long and had some difficulty breathing, but was receiving good medical attention.

We also praise the Lord for the arrival of a work team of eleven adults from Ashland Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, OH. They are eager to get to begin to work making their gifts available as the opportunities come. A couple of them are good at plumbing, so will be put to work tomorrow fixing some annoying water leaks.

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Pray for Faith Laughlin, a retired teacher and school administrator from Ohio, as she prepares materials that will be used to help our teachers to “use proven methods and ideas in teaching” (as she said) so that their teaching will eventually raise the student achievement levels. Faith has committed herself to provide assessment for Fountain of Life School over an extended period of time.

Pray for Rose Mery and little Joana that they will keep healthy and be able to join the rest of the family soon.

Pray for Argenis, who is taking a master’s module this week, trying to keep up with his classes and now the birth of a daughter and the supervision of a work team. Richard and I will be with the work team to relieve Argenis of this.

Please pray for several of our church people who want to be baptized but need to legalize their marriages so they are complying as much as possible with Biblical principles.

Pray for the working of the Lord through Pastor Rob Barlow, who is with the group from the Ashland Church and will be sharing the Word with our church this weekend – Saturday night and the two Sunday services.

Still trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God to do His work among us and in us.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


1/3/2013

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We enter this New Year with praises and gratefulness to our Lord for His goodness.

Pierre returned from Haiti with the good news that he was able to get his documents for a very reasonable price. We (the pastors) have met with him and plan further meetings to seek the Lord’s guidance in organizing to begin the Haitian services this month.

We have had good get-togethers here at the Church during the holidays and it was encouraging to see how many children – pre-teens and young teens – have been coming to the services. Even the New Years Eve service included these children, accompanied by older brothers and sisters.

We have some family news that has brought some changes here – at least for our family. Kathryn, her husband, David and the four children have moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL! They left Dec. 28th along with about 15 pieces of luggage including carry-ons! David has some leads for jobs to check on and will begin his paper work for residency. It left a big “hole” in our family here, but we believe the Lord is in it and will meet their needs. To make the house even more empty for a few couple more weeks, Linda had gone Dec. 7 to visit the grand children in Charlotte, NC, and will be returning shortly – Jan. 7th! Skype has come in handy to provide the visual and auditory communication.

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Pray for Linda’s recuperation from an infusion she had to have today, there in Charlotte, where she is staying with Carol and Sandra. This is to help her body defense against osteopenia. It’s once a year treatment that helps the body to keep the bones strong. Pray that the side effects will be minimal and not last too long.

Pray for Kathryn and David and children as they try to get settled; especially that David will be able to determine the right job for him and his family. They are presently in David’s sister’s home, where it’s a bit cramped for the family with four little ones needing lots of play space.

Pray for the pastors and members of the Juan Tomas Bible Church as we consider Pierre as a Bible pastor for the Haitian work here and a part of our Church body and ministry.

Pray for our teachers coming back in, that they will have renewed strength, wisdom and eagerness to teach. Pray for the administration as we guide the teachers and overall school environment for the remainder of the school year.

Still trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


12/19/2012

REJOICING WITH THANKSGIVING

We are thanking the Lord for helping each of our teachers to come to this point in the school year. Several have had health issues or pregnancies to interrupt their regular teaching activities. We praise the Lord that the one teacher that did have her baby in November was able to have her sister fill in for her, doing an acceptable job as a substitute for our 7th grade class. Luciana, the regular teacher had a safe delivery and will be out at least until February. Kenia, our kindergarten teacher is doing better, but has had to miss several weeks of class. Again we praise the Lord for our teacher’s assistant, Yalmina, who, with Rose Mery’s help, has been able to fill in for Kenia, and keep on schedule.

Exams are over now and our teachers are finishing up their grading for the end of the first semester. Overall it appears that the students are doing well. We are grateful to the Lord for giving us a semester with few severe discipline issues to deal with. We have had a better interaction with many of the parents this year than in previous years.

Some of the fruit of the recent Sunday night parents’ service is giving evidence in the following services. Several of the parents have continued coming to these services.

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Pray for God’s protecting hand on our student body during the holidays, since so many come from unsaved families that follow the typical traditions of parties and drinking during this season. We don’t want many of them who have become interested in spiritual things to be hardened again by the negative influences of the traditions of the Christmas season here.

Pray that our teachers will be able to relax and rejuvenated for the second semester.

Pray for Pierre, Haitian brother we mentioned in the last letter, who has just left to go back to Haiti, primarily to renew his documents. He wants to be able come back here by the end of this week with what he needs to be here legally. Pray that he will be able to get all the paperwork taken care of at a reasonable rate. So often the legal officials handling this paperwork take advantage of those wanting to have their legal documents.

At this point he is not sure that he will be taking his family back to Haiti, since he sees the great need of his gifts to be used in this area to help the many Haitians around here grow in the Lord. Also he wants to be able to finish his Bible Institute studies here.

Still trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

SEASONS GREETINGS TO EACH OF YOU

FROM THE JUAN TOMAS BIBLE CENTER!

Paul McMillan


12/5/2012

REJOICING WITH THANKSGIVING

The cool “winter” breezes are a pleasant relief to the tropical heat we have during much of the year. I’m sure for many of you, “Old Man Winter” is spreading his cold and wintery influence quite effectively. We heartily welcome any of you to our pleasant weather during the next two or three months, if you want to escape the cold, but not suffer the heat of summer here. We have a job for everyone who would like to come down. We are grateful for this weather and the anticipation of Christmas decorations and celebrations it accompanies.

Our Haitian ministry has some interesting developments. Pierre, a Haitian brother, who, along with his wife and children, is a faithful member of our church, an employee of our farm and who is studying at the Bible Institute program at the Baptist church in nearby Villa Mella, came to me a couple of nights ago with some encouraging ideas. He has been discussing with another Haitian brother, Ramon, the possibility of beginning regular Sunday services in Creol for the group of Haitian believers that I’ve been meeting with on Sunday afternoons. Because of his Bible Institute studies on Sunday afternoons, Pierre isn’t able to attend these studies, but does come to most of the regular Spanish Sunday and Wednesday night services.

This need of a regular service for the Haitians has been on my heart for some time, so we believe that the Lord is in this. Pierre had been considering taking his family back to Haiti for a number of valid reasons, including the complications here to maintain legal immigrant status, living conditions for his family and the fact that he has a plot of land and building materials stored in Haiti. We believe God has placed Pierre here and gifted him in the area of pastoral ministries and that there is a real need for a fundamental Haitian church here in Juan Tomas..

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Our students are studying hard, preparing for their mid-term exams which begin this week. Pray for the teachers and students, that there may be effective preparation during this time, and successful accomplishment during the exam time before the Christmas holidays.

Pray for our church leaders as well as the Haitian leaders as we discuss the details of beginning Haitian church services here. We want this to be God’s work and have His blessings.

Pray for our Christian young adults during these festive days. Temptations are strong for them now, most of whom live with unbelieving families and in a very “pagan” environment.

Pray for a special Sunday evening evangelistic service we will be having for the church members and their unbelieving families, relatives and friends this coming Sunday, December 9th. We are looking to the Lord to work in the hearts of these families at this time. Pray that most will at least respond to the invitation to come to the service where the Seed of the Word can be planted.

Still trusting in our Great Miracle -Working God

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


11/21/2012

REJOICING WITH THANKSGIVING

We are in one of the most “traveled” weeks of the year (in the US), since it’s Thanksgiving time. However, this celebration is not significant here, so our school keeps on a regular schedule, and most Dominicans are gearing up for Christmas. I really appreciate Linda’s reminder that we need to celebrate Thanksgiving before getting the Christmas decorations out.

As we reflect back over the 34 years plus that God has sustained Linda and me and our three daughters (and more recently our 6 grand children), we have much for which to be grateful. Our ministry has changed its focus several times since we responded to God’s redirection for us from the Congo, Africa to the DR in 1977, and began studying Spanish in Edinburg, Texas in stead of French in Albertville, France. God’s grace, faithfulness, guidance and protection has abounded for us each step of the way. After serving the Lord in Bible Institute work here for 6 years or so, we followed the Lord’s leading to resign from our mission board because of policy disagreements, and lost half of our support. God enabled us to continue serving Him in the DR and even though this change of mission boards meant giving up our vehicle and being “on foot”, as Dominicans say here, we had a new vehicle within 6 months, and have never lacked a vehicle since then for more than a few months. Also, the Lord has always provided for food on our table and clothes on our backs.

We praise the Lord for those He has brought to Himself here in the 25 or so years we have lived in Juan Tomas. Argenis and Ingrid, our high school and grade school principals, recently attended an ACSI administrators retreat here where the focus was on the importance of teaching English in the schools here. Both of these young adults, fruit of a local Baptist church and our own Juan Tomas Bible Church, came back to share with us their excitement of the prospect of developing a strong, bilingual-type program in our school that will equip our graduates to enter some of the prestigious job markets in this country. We praise our Lord for what He holds for us in the future of His work here!

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Pray for much wisdom as we try to plan for the future of, not only the school, but also the church.

Pray for our kindergarten teacher, Kenia, who has a delicate pregnancy, and must take extra precautions so not to loose the baby, as she did the previous pregnancy. She is struggling with the concern that she needs to work to bring the needed income to her family, but cannot risk over doing it with this pregnancy.

Pray for Yajaira, Richard’s wife, who is so happy with the little one God has given them, but has a big heart that reaches out to several of our special-education needs children. Little Jhadiel needs his mother, and she doesn’t want to neglect him now, but she wants to give the needed time to these other children.

Continue to pray for our other new teachers, Marcia (high school science teacher), Ana Dircia, 5th grade teacher, Melania, 1st grade teacher and Yanko, our computer teacher.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


11/5/2012

REJOICING WITH THANKSGIVING

The Lord gave our board members safety in their travels, even after they arrived in the country. We had the tropical storm Sandy upon us and there was a lot of roads flooded, making it difficult to drive out to the school from the city. We had most of the board members present and a profitable meeting.

Another related item of praise – for God’s blessing on our 5th graduation ceremony the day following the board meeting. It had been raining a lot, but the Lord held off the rain for the ceremony and we had a good attendance and great program.

Although we did have two Dominican “snow days” at Fountain of Life School because of the storm, we didn’t have any damages and there wasn’t any significant damage done in our area of the country – just a lot of rain.

Although it brought sadness to a number of lives, we are praising the Lord for taking Yulisa, the Haitian lady in our church, home to glory this morning. She had been suffering much and her body was full of cancer. The Lord blessed in the funeral and burial ceremonies.

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Please pray much for Junior and Jonny, Yulisa’s two sons that are left here without parents. Junior is 15 and his older brother probably in his late teens or early twenties. Junior is a student at our school and now has no home to go to. We are presently trying to decide what is best for him with the available families around here. There are numerous complications for him to just move in with one of the families here. He is in 8th grade and still doesn’t have a birth certificate. One of our teachers, Roberto and his wife have been working on getting Junior a Dominican birth certificate which would enable Junior to be registered the school system and become established here as he gets older. Pray much about what to do with Junior, where he should live and his need to have a birth certificate.

Pray for Richard and Yajaira, as well as Argenis and Rose Mery, since both of these young families have taken in other children from their relatives. They also are trying to “mother” several of our older teens that don’t have stable homes. Pray that God would supply their material and emotional needs as well as the wisdom on how to “raise” these other children for the Lord.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


10/20/2012

REJOICING WITH THANKSGIVING

We are praising the Lord for His watch care over my travels in the US and care for the family and friends at the Bible Center.

The visit in Ohio provided opportunity to visit with many of the folks that have been participating in the ministry at Juan Tomas over the past years. Our focal point of celebration centered on Carl Key who was celebrating his 80th birthday. God has faithfully enabled Carl to serve many of these years in the DR and specifically in Juan Tomas. We praise the Lord for Carl and Pat and their years of ministry and personal involvement in so many of the lives of those who have come to know the Lord and are now in positions of leadership in Juan Tomas and other towns and cities in the DR. We also had fruitful Partners in Christ board meeting, evaluating the past and planning for the future of what we hope to be able to continue developing as our Lord leads and provides strength and means to do His will.

My travels led me from Ohio up to Pontiac, Michigan where I participated in a week-long mission’s conference challenging the church members of Marimont Community Church to become more personally involved in some project that directly helped the dozens of missionaries that were attending the conference. Hands-on activities occupied a complete morning at the end of the conference. It was a joy to see the eagerness of these people.

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One of the sad situations I encountered upon my return to Juan Tomas was the failing condition of Yulisa, a Haitian lady suffering in the last stages of breast cancer. She had not received the needed attention when it was first detected and now is failing rapidly. Her food is given to her liquefied through a straw, and she must be assisted to be bathed and her open sores cleansed. Pray for her peace of heart and endurance in suffering. We believe she has shown faith in the Lord and a relationship with Him. Pray also for her children, now mostly grown up. Her son Junior is a student in 8th grade at our school. His father is deceased and we are not sure how he will be cared for when his mother passes on.

Pray for those coming from the US for our board meeting next week, that they will have safe travels. Also pray that wise decisions will be made in the board meeting and that we will know the mind of the Lord regarding the school’s future in light of the spiraling inflation here.

Pray also for preparations for the graduation ceremony to be held the day after the board meeting.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


9/21/2012

REJOICING WITH THANKSGIVING

We do have answer to prayers for a high school science teacher. She lives relatively close to the school and meets our requirements for the position. Our other new teachers are fitting in well and we anticipate a good school year.

We thank the Lord that He has redirected the hurricanes away from us thus far. The closest one only caused us a tropical “snow day” of cancelling classes.

We are grateful for the donation of a quantity of new library books (worth several thousand dollars) that were donated to our library this past summer. They are quality books offering good reading to each of the grades of our elementary school.

We are also thankful for God’s blessings in our church during our recent Sunday morning series on the Christian family. Our method of using the Sunday School to follow up the morning service sermon material has proved very practical and useful for the number of families in the church.

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Keep in prayer for our new (and returning) teachers. It is becoming increasingly difficult for many of them to make ends meet, economically, with the wages that we are able to pay them at this time. God has given many of our teachers missionary-minded hearts to be willing to serve Him and trust Him for their needs.

Pray that God will give these teachers the joy of seeing young lives transformed as they receive the integrated Truth and love in the daily routine of teaching math, science, social studies and literature along with the other subjects.

Pray for our church as we will be starting up the after school Bible clubs this week. This is a wide open door to many public school children en Juan Tomas that do not attend our school or church and really are rarely exposed to the teachings of God’s Word.

Pray also as our church works to reach into more of the homes of our members and their friends and neighbors with the Gospel.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


9/4/2012

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In answer to prayers, my wife, Linda is recuperating well. She will have to be careful of lifting things for a couple of months (which includes the grandkids, unfortunately). This didn’t stop her from starting her English classes this week, but she is still not going “full steam” yet.

We praise the Lord for helping our high school principal organize the schedule in light of the shortage of teachers for the high school. Even though we still need two more qualified teachers, we do have a young man (Yanko, baptized last January) from our church who has considerable experience in computers and teaching, so he will be making the effort to teach the high school grades in computer to begin with and then maybe later add the grade school.

Just today we interviewed a young man who is in his final studies of chemical engineering, and is interested in helping us with the high school science classes. We have yet to confirm this decision. Thank you for your prayers regarding this.

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Pray much about our difficulty in getting a reliable and consistent internet system here. We do need someone who understands networking to be here on a regular basis and keep all the equipment working, but even prior to getting that person, we need an internet supplier that can offer us a strong and consistent signal, so that all, including our computer lab, can have access to internet.

As you pray for your US government leaders and the coming elections in November, pray for the new leaders here who took office the 16th of August. It’s the same party here but new people who have been left with to try to manage a very precarious financial situation that suffered so much mishandling by the previous leaders.

Pray for Melania, Ana and Yanko, our new teachers, as they get adjusted to teaching here. Also for each of our teachers, that they will be able to meet the challenges of difficult classroom situations with wisdom and patience, and maintain a unified spirit among them. Pray especially for Luciana (our 7th grade teacher) who begins the new school year several months pregnant, and will be giving birth in January or February. Pray that by then we will have an assistant teacher that will be able to fill in for her.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


8/19/2012

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We praise the Lord for guiding us in accepting two new teachers of the needed 5. They will be teaching in our 1st and 5th grades.

We are very grateful for the ministry of Faith and Connie with our teachers. They put in 5 very full mornings of training sessions and were able to equip most, if not all, of our teachers with many practical ideas to work with students and prepare better lesson plans. Faith has coordinated with Ingrid, our grade school principle, to send a follow-up sheet after the first month of school to see how the teachers are using the skills they receive during the 5 days of the teachers’ workshop.

We didn’t announce Linda’s minor surgery, which occurred last Monday, Aug. 13th, since the decision of a date came up rather quickly, but we are thankful to the Lord that all went well. She only had to be in the clinic overnight, and is recuperating successfully. We will know better of her progress this coming Monday, the 20th, when she goes in for a check up.

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With school starting on August 20th, we ask for your prayers to be able to work out the details where we are lacking teachers, and that we may (very soon!) have the needed personnel. Our immediate need is for a high school science teacher, a computer teacher and a high school grammar teacher.

In our July 3 newsletter, we mentioned that Camila, the 14 yr. old daughter of Victor and Firelei who do a lot of work projects here, had been accepted to study at a Christian school in Charlotte, NC. She is now in that school, living with our daughters, Carol and Sandra. Sandra’s daughter, Jennifer now is attending the same school – United Faith Christian School. Pray that Camila will adapt well to all the new experiences and that most of all her heart will be open to the gospel of Christ, as she will be exposed to it in the home, school and church. We would like to see her as well as her father make decisions for Christ.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


8/4/2012

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All praise and thanksgiving to our Lord and God for His had of safety during my travels in the U.S. and returning to the D.R. My three daughters and the six grandkids had safe travels to and from the McMillan reunion in Akron, PA, as well as a great time at the four day reunion. There were some 45 McMillans there and still others were missing, not being able to make it.

Additional thanks goes to our God for watching over Linda during my absence and giving her the wisdom and strength to “hold the fort” in my absence.

The work and ministry group that came from Nashville, TN, after our last English Camp and carried out a much appreciated community medical care outreach in both Juan Tomas and another small town near here called El Proyecto. Several hundred people were checked, receiving counsel, medicines and a Gospel witness. At least 40 names were recorded of people who made professions of faith.

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Please join us in prayer for these new believers and for the members of the Juan Tomas Bible Church that we will not be negligent in the follow up that is necessary for them to become established in their new-found faith.

We look forward to additional medical work teams that may be coming in March of 2013 and later. This is a wide open door of ministry that we want you to pray for.

Pray for our team of teachers from the Fountain of Life School, which is presently receiving some teacher training from Faith Kidwell and Connie Boyd, who have come down from Ohio to dedicate special attention to our teachers and better equip them for the new school year. We need teachers that are willing to give of themselves to reach into the hearts, lives and homes of so many young people in Juan Tomas. These children desperately need a solid Christian philosophy of education that will help to give them a Biblical world view. Pray that these gifted ladies may help provide that.

We have received several resumes from interested teachers that we will be interviewing next week. Pray that God will give us wisdom and discernment in evaluating these teachers, since our need is great for teachers, but we only want those that God would have for us and that will fulfill our need.

Also pray that we would know how best to incorporate Rebecca and Abel, as skilled musicians, into the school program to provide students with this opportunity to develop musical talent in those that could best use it.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


7/19/2012

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The junior camp finished successfully with several of the young people making professions of faith. The senior camp was well attended, with over 50 in attendance including the group that came down from Columbus, OH to manage the camp. God blessed their efforts with a number of well presented sermons, planting the seeds in a number of hearts of those who have not yet made professions of faith.

I (Paul) left for the US on July 7th, so was not able to be involved with the senior camp, nor the succeeding activities with a group that comes from Nashville, TN. My trip to the States has been profitable so far, beginning with the annual CIU International Institute for Christian educators. God blessed in the plenary sessions with Glenn Scholz, as well in the different workshops for administrators and teachers. Argenis was also blessed and encouraged from this conference, and making several new contacts with other men from different schools. He had to return to the DR to help with the ending activities of the senior camp, but I went up to North Carolina to spend a week with my daughters and then go with them to a family reunion in Pennsylvania, returning to the DR July 28th. It is great to be with the grandkids and help Carol with a number of projects in her new house.

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Pray for the many lives that have been touched with the gospel and teaching of God's Word in the two English Camps this summer.

Be in prayer also for Rebecca and her new husband and baby as they find their place once again in the DR both in their home church in Villa Mella as well as at the Juan Tomas Bible Church and Fountain of Life School. They received permission from the US immigration authorities to make the trip to the DR and be able to stay there for at least 6 months. They are still waiting for the final documents for Abel to be able to travel back and forth to the US from the DR.

Pray for the group coming from Nashville, TN, July 21-28. Part of the group will be involved in a medical program at the Bible Center. There will be several Dominican medical personnel joining the medical team from the US to offer consultations and treatment for a variety of illness as well as eye exams and pediatric work. Pray that these Dominican workers will be positively influenced with the Christian witness of the believers.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


7/3/2012

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The Lord faithfully protected Dario Cruz with his training session in Utah. He returned with a joyful heart because at one of his lay-over stops he was able to meet up with two of our daughters, Carol and Sandra, and Sandra’s two children, Jennifer and Joseph, who were on their way back to Charlotte, NC from one of Jennifer’s gymnastic meets in Florida. This was the highlight of Dario’s trip.

Another note of praise, especially for me (Paul) is finally being able to graduate from the Masters studies at Logos Center of Education in Santo Domingo on June 23rd .

We are presently in the first of two English Camps scheduled for this month. Some 38 active 12-15 yr. old Dominican young people are enrolled with the sponsoring group of 14 from Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Athens, Georgia. This is a challenging group to work with, but we praise the Lord for the good turn out of young people and the dedicated members of the group from Georgia that have made a great effort to come and present a top notch English Camp.

We praise the Lord for making it possible for one of our high school students, Camila, to be granted a student visa to study in the States this next year. She is the daughter of Victor, our construction foreman here with his wife Fireley, and has done well in our school and in learning English from Linda’s English classes. She will be going into 11th grade in the same school where our granddaughter, Jennifer is studying, and will be staying with our two daughters, Sandra and Carol.

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May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


6/18/2012

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The Lord blessed the efforts of the large group from South Carolina to accomplish a number of work projects here. With the floor poured, the water project building now only lacks the a few ceramic tile, the doors and the interior paint in order to begin installing the equipment. We hope to have the incoming group, that arrives on Mon., June 18, paint the interior, while the doors are being ordered and then the doors can be installed.

This same group also painted all the classroom interior walls, the window bars on all the rooms that had these metal bars, including on our house. Other crews poured cement walkways and worked on electrical installations or repairs, among other projects.

This group also had afternoon Bible clubs for the children from the village and put in floor in a house of one of our school children in Juan Tomas.

Our teachers are finishing up their grade registers and report cards. We all look forward to the annual teachers convention at the end of June in Santo Domingo at Logos Christian School. They have been able to receive some EMT training and a special art teaching class from some of the visiting people from the US.

Argenis, our high school principal and math teacher was granted a visa to go to the ACSI Christian educator’s summer institute in Columbia, SC in July.

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Besides needing the teachers that we requested prayer for in our last WHIJT letter, we now also need a high school science teacher and a 5th grade teacher. Pray that the Lord will touch hearts of those He would have join the ministry here in these areas.

Continue to pray that Argenis would be able to soon get his car fixed up from the accident several months ago.

Pray especially for Dario Cruz, one of our graduates and church members who has just left for the US for special computer training to enhance his capabilities for the international company he started working for here. Pray that he would be wise and strong to overcome temptations that come his way in the areas of pride and relationships, and that he would be alert to opportunities to share his faith.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


6/3/2012

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We are praising the Lord that the election process went rather calm, with the present party winning, composed of a member of the existing party as president elect and the existing president’s wife as vice president elect. Naturally the opposing party proclaimed the process fraudulent, but no significant protest was manifested.

Another item of praise – personal for me (Paul) - is that I can finally announce the date of graduation from the Masters course that was started almost four years ago – this coming June 23rd. This has been a great experience, and I am grateful for the encouragement from those who have visited here and known about this program.

The Water Purification project building is ready to have the floor poured – a job that will be done, the Lord willing by the Westminster Catawba Christian School group, which has just arrived.

The students have finished their final exams and the 8th and 12th graders are preparing for their state exams.

Praise the Lord that our daughter, Kathryn and her four children arrived safely in North Carolina this past week to spend the summer with her sisters, Sandra and Carol and Sandra’s two children.

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Pray for our need in the school for a computer teacher, as well as the grammar teacher for the high school. We also still need part time teachers for high school math as well as an English teacher.

Pray for the upcoming English Camps in July. These are always both challenges and opportunities to reach unsaved kids. Pray for the two teams of sponsoring groups for the junior high camp (June 30 – July 6) and senior high camp (July 7 – 14th).

Pray for our teachers as they work on the final grades and begin making preparations for the next school year.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


5/17/2012

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Here are a couple more updated views of the construction of the water purification building. We are grateful to the Conde Construction Company for their donation of the concrete roof which was finally poured after a number of heavy rains and problems with their cement pump truck that delayed the pour. The plastering inside should be completed by the coming week and ready for the work team from the Westminster Catawba Christian School who will be here at the beginning of June to help us with the floor and perhaps the painting of the walls and ceiling.

A note of praise from our church is the blessings we have enjoyed with the beginning of our morning worship service and Sunday School. We have begun with the method having the worship service first and then using the Sunday School teaching time as a follow up, discussing the points of the morning message, and seeking to emphasize and explain applications.

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Be in prayer for the coming presidential elections on May 20th. The recent polls show the main candidates are nearly tied in popularity, so there could be some disturbances and possible violence from the supporters rejecting the voting results.

Pray also for our students as they prepare for and take their final exams. The eighth graders and 12th graders have to also prepare for the state exams, which are important for their continuing studies or graduation.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.


5/2/2012

REJOICING WITH THANKSGIVING

Can we be thankful for the rainy mornings here? It may depend to whom you are talking. When we wake up to rainy weekday mornings, we (Americans) compare it to snow days in the northern US during the winter. In that case, talking to the school children, it means they are glad because they may get to stay home, since most of them come by foot through quite muddy streets. If you’re talking to the teachers, most have the benefit of transportation, so they are more willing than the students to brave possibly getting wet to meet their obligations to be here even though only a third of their class may show up.

But if you’re talking to the McMillan family or their farm workers, they are glad for the rain because it means that the Lord is helping to relieve our shortage of green chop for our goats, by sending rain to keep it growing rapidly. Bailed hay, although of a poor quality for our goats, has become prohibitive in cost, forcing us to forage in the surrounding community for a variety of leaves and cuttings from trees for the goats. Our expenses have reduced and with the abundant rains recently, we have been able to find the good variety of forages that the goats thrive best on. This has actually increased the quality and production of the milk. We praise the Lord of creation for His management in Nature.

All would agree that the rains provide us a cooling relief from the hot tropical sun – almost like turning on the air conditioner.

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We had hoped to have the roof poured by now on the building of the water project, but the cement pump truck needed repairs. Pray that it can be repaired soon so the roof can be poured.

Pray also for plans we have been discussing with several of the Dominican believers concerning setting up a economy food coop for the different groups of families related to the ministry here – teachers, church people, farm workers and school parents. Pray that we will soon be able to have this organized to help several hundred families be able to get the staple foods they need at reduced costs. We hope that this will also provide a ministry for several Dominican brothers and sisters in the Lord who will be working in managing, packaging and possibly distributing. this food.

Pray that the Lord will open up contacts of the large food suppliers/ importers here to favor this project and give us prices that will make a difference for so many of these families that need this encouragement for their efforts to send their children to this school here and for those who are involved in teaching these children.

May the Lord bless each of you who continue faithfully in prayer and support of this ministry.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


4/4/2012

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These last two weeks have been very busy, but we are thankful for the enthusiasm and energy brought by the two groups that have come here to work on needed projects. Our first group, from Springfield, OH (Emmanuel Christian School) came while our classes were still in session. Since both the high school administrator (Dan Bragg) and one of the high school math teachers (Dan’s wife Annette) were leaders of this group, both of them were able to be of real encouragement to our high school teachers and, in part, to all of our teachers. Dan and Annette Bragg, who have been here on several occasions, came with two of their sons and left a good impression on our teachers. We look forward to their return.

Annette’s father, Wendell Shipley, and Rod Troyer, both gifted electrical repairmen, accomplished a much needed “clean up” of two of our central electrical breaker panels in the elementary area of the school. We had had major power failures from the poor connections in these two breaker panels. It’s wonderful to have these kinds of brothers in the Lord so willing to come and give of their time and talents to these areas of need.

Here are a couple of recent pictures of the construction of the new water purification building. The visiting groups have helped a lot in reducing the costs of construction.

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Continue your prayers for Rebecca and Abel, who had both been involved with our school and church in the music area, have gotten married in the US and are still waiting in Georgia for Abel’s legal US residency papers to be approved. Pray especially for their lawyer who had assured them that he could finish up this process quickly. We need them as does the Baptist Church in Villa Mella to minister in music direction and training.

Pray for each of the Lord’s servants working here and the many young lives beneath our care.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.


3/16/2012

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Well, the first pick was swung yesterday to begin the digging of the footers of the water purification building. Victor, our neighbor architect/builder/engineer/electrician/plumber, etc., has his crew busy digging the trenches for the footers. A divider was put up next to the basketball court to keep the school children safely out of the construction. Victor says he should have everything ready for the first group to begin pouring the footers after they get here next Wed., Mar. 21st.

We praise the Lord for those who so generously donated the funds for this project. There are a number of such projects, both large and small, in Santo Domingo, the capital city here, and in most cases they have had to take out bank loans to build this kind of project.

Another praise item is that the Lord has sent us a part time high school grammar teacher, Cenaida. She is retired from the public school system and a member from the Baptist Church in Villa Mella, the large town that is about 5 miles from here. Several of our teachers have come from this church. She has agreed to teach our 12th and 8th graders grammar classes so they can be better prepared for the national exams at the end of the school year. She also is working with the other teacher, Ramona, who is teaching the other high school grammar classes, to help her improve her skills in this area.

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Pray with us for the progress of the water purification project construction, that it will be built with skill and care. Pray that, as the groups come and our church members participate in this construction and other work projects in the community, that the Lord would open hearts of people of the community who have not yet come to the Lord.

Pray for the emotional health of Yesenia, our 6th grade teacher. She is presently on medical leave from the school. Pray for Yalmina and Jansel, both of whom are studying education, as they work together to substitute for Yesenia. Yalmina is from the local Pentecostal Church in Juan Tomas, and Jansel is one of our own graduates. Jansel is a responsible young man and we would like to see him develop into a quality teacher here.

Be in prayer for the ministry as a whole during the coming weeks as this is an election year and campaigning is beginning to pick up all around, since the presidential elections are May 20th. Politics is very strong here and the competition between parties can get quite heated.

Pray for each of the Lord’s servants working here and the many young lives beneath our care.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


3/4/2012

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There’s so much that we have to rejoice about that this space should be filled up shortly.

We had visits from two wonderful couples from Berean Church in Mansfield, OH. First of all, we received Mark and Connie Boyd. Mark had been here shortly after the 1998 hurricane to help us get a roof on our goat barn. His skill however isn’t so much in building as it is computer technology – IT as it is called. He was able to give us a boost in getting the internet system back on its feet here at the school, and what he couldn’t get done for shortage of time or materials was communicated to Joel, our all around young man living here who has begun to study in this area. Mark was also able to “nail down” much of the plans for building the water purification plant.

Mark’s wife Connie, who directs the US side of our sponsorship, brought her information up to date with our on campus person, Rose Mery.

The second couple was Roger and Virginia Clay. Roger has been here numerous times to work on odds and ends of building projects, and Virginia, who had been away from here for some 22 yrs., contributed a lot to the educational interests, present and future, of our school leaders. We look to receive these and other such couples in the future. Aside from the physical help they gave, we were enriched with their words of encouragement and advice.

The BIG NEWS which many of you may already know about is the miraculous birth of Jahdiel, son of Richard and Yajaira, born on Feb. 27. The miracle of this birth was that the baby had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and was not being nourished properly in the womb. He could easily have died as did the previous baby Yajaira had over a year ago. God’s hand of protection was on Jahdiel, and even though he weighed only 4.5 lbs., he is busily making up for lost weight, and keeping both mom and dad busy. MAY OUR GOD BE PRAISED, and thank each of you that were praying for this birth.

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Pray for wisdom for Richard and Yajaira as they begin raising their new son in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Richard is still waiting for his car to be repaired, so this can be a continued item of prayer, as well as for Argenis’ car repair.

We anticipate beginning the construction of the water purification building in a couple of weeks. We hope to make use of groups that will be coming down toward the end of this month. Pray that the rains will hold off at least until we get the footers in place.

Pray for the health of two of our teachers who are presently not able to teach – Yesenia and Yisidra, our sixth and fifth grade teachers. Pray also for our decision of hiring two other prospective teachers that we are considering for the high school.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


2/16/2012

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After the joys of baptism and the ordination service, now come the trials, but we still have much to praise the Lord. Both Richard and Argenis have their cars out of commission, Richard’s because of engine damage from a water leak into the engine block – causing sufficient damage to require major engine overhaul; and Argenis because a potentially injurious accident. God’s hand was upon him and his wife and two children. The other car was parked with the driver away from it, but it was quite severely damaged. The cause of the accident was a “crazy” motorcycle driver swerving in front of Argenis and making him swerve to avoid hitting the motorcycle.

I guess after driving down here now for some 33 years, I am grateful to the Lord for His hand of protection over me and our family. I think the most that has happened to me was about the 3-4th week after we arrived in the country, I had not adjusted to the traffic and bumped the front of another vehicle as I pulled out to pass, on a bridge over the river in Santo Domingo, of all places! It was my uncle’s car and the insurance covered it. Needless to say it left me jittery, but I learned to watch much more carefully all around while driving here.

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Pray that both Richard and Argenis will soon be able to get their vehicles back; especially Richard as his wife, Yajaira is scheduled to give birth early in March. Having a vehicle is definitely a blessing in that situation.

Be in prayer for a peaceful campaigning and election time this spring. Emotions tend to get riled up quite easily. The elections are on May 16th and the permission to begin full campaigning has been given, so we have to put up with increased traffic jams and loud music up and down the streets.

We are working to get all the “wrinkles” out of the details of the proposed water project planning so we can soon begin construction – hopefully within a couple of weeks. Pray for those that are directly involved here in the supervision of this project, that we might be wise in the use of the funds that have been provided.

Pray for Yulisa, a Haitian lady from our church who is undergoing treatment for cancer. In spite of her pain, she always seems cheerful and makes much effort to come to the services. Pray for her older son Jony, that he might be diligent in carrying through with his responsibilities to help his mother. As an older adolescent, he is capable of working to help provide the funds his mother needs for her treatment and food. Also pray for his salvation.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


2/2/2012

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What a joy it was to hear the testimonies of six of our believers on Sunday morning, Jan. 22! Each of the six – 4 young men and two ladies that were being baptized– gave testimony that they were invited to the church and/or made their profession of faith with members of our church. It was wonderful to hear how the Lord worked in their hearts to bring them to Himself and to hear how God’s people here are following the Lord actively, making known their faith such that others also want to know about it.

An additional cause for rejoicing came last weekend when Pastor Rob Barlow and his wife came to minister in our church, not only sharing the word in a very powerful and complete way, but going into the village frequently and meeting people and even talking to them with their limited Spanish. We had four Spirit-filled sessions from Saturday to Monday, and well planned musical renditions by several of our young adults who are blossoming in their musical talents, enriching our worship times in the services of the church.

A highlight of the conference was on Sunday night when, after much prayer, teaching and guiding two of our young men, we presented them to the congregation as God’s gifts to our church as elders. They are Richard Acosta and Argenis Taveras. God has been using them greatly in both the school and the church, at we believed it was time to follow the Biblical teaching to appoint elders in the Juan Tomas Bible Church. They both comply with the qualifications given in 1 Tim. 3 and Titus 1, and we rejoice in what God has done in their lives to prepare them for serving in this capacity.

We had added encouragement from a visiting pastor from Mexico (Douglas Gibson), who joined Pastor Rob and myself in laying on hands on Richard and Argenis to ask God’s blessing on them as they began serving the Lord in this capacity. This service was truly a God-honoring service.

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Pray for Richard and Argenis and their families, since by being recognized in this position, they will become targets for the evil one. Especially continue to remember Richard’s wife, Yajaira who is nearing the time to have her baby. Pray that she will continue in good health and that she will have the strength to have the birth normally.

Please pray fervently for our need in the school for a high school grammar/literature teacher. Pray for Ramona, who came in as a teacher’s assistant, but is having to carry this teaching position with very little experience.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


1/17/2012

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With the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations now behind us, we praise the Lord that all went quite peacefully for the “team” here in Juan Tomas – this in spite of the fact that the steadying presence of Linda was a long ways away - up in North Carolina with our two daughters, Sandra and Carol and our other two grandkids.

Linda returned safe and sound yesterday and is once again making the rounds of the farm and teaching her English classes. It’s sure good to have her back!

We are thankful for a small group that came down from Philadelphia – from Delaware County Christian School – and has left us with a new look in our high school rooms – painting the steel ceiling beams and walls of most of the class rooms. They also dismantled the wooden playground structure that was becoming precarious due to rotting after a number of years of frequent use.

Dr. Sue Hutchinson, an educator in the area of special education, and the leader of this group, spent some time with our teachers, to encourage them in the important area of reading instruction.

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Pray for Doug Diehl as he continues to plan for and direct the work teams coming down here this year. His job in the US also entail’s removing old and installing new playground units. He has been offered some of the old units that would be destroyed otherwise. Pray that he would be able to get some of these units to ship down here to replace the ones that have had to be taken out because of deterioration.

Regarding our Haitian outreach in this area, pray that our Haitian brothers and sisters would be able to comply with the immigration requirements to continue here without the constant worry of being deported back across the border. It costs them around $US 225 to acquire a residence visa for a year’s stay. This is, in most cases more than a month’s salary for most of them. In the last three months, two of our Haitian workers have been picked up and taken to the border. Pray that they these believers will be able to find the funds to comply with the regulations and be able to make it a priority of being here legally.

We are planning to have another baptism soon for 5 of our church members. Pray especially for them as several come from unsaved families, and this step is not always looked upon favorably. Pray for others that are in the discipleship class, held Thursday evenings. A number of these also need to take this step of baptism.

We are also planning to present two of our young men for consideration for the elder/pastor position in our church. We hope to have this service at the end of this month when Pastor Rob Barlow and his wife Cristy come for a weekend church retreat. Pray for God’s direction and glorification in these activities.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


1/2/2012

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SEASON’S GREETINGS TO ALL!

We are praising the LORD for His goodness to us during this holiday season. The first semester closed with all in order in the school, the students receiving current grades to let their parents know of their progress; and the teachers as well as students enjoying a time of festivity and relaxation.

Linda has enjoyed her time in the U.S. with our other two daughters and Sandra’s two children in South Carolina. Linda had a special surprise when her sister Sandra came down from Idaho to see the New Year in together with her and the others there in SC. They had not seen each other for several years.

Since both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day came on Sundays, we made some alterations in our times for the services. Both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are big social occasions here, so we held our Sunday morning services at a later time on Sunday morning. The faithful ones showed up, although somewhat sleepy.

Our church choir prepared several numbers to sing for the Christmas night service. We opened the service to any who had a special thank you to give the Lord for some gift He had given them during the past year. It was a spiritual feast for all who came.

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Continue to remember Yajaira with her pregnancy. She has close to two months before the baby is expected to be born. The Lord has blessed her with a safe pregnancy thus far and we want to see her go to full term, Lord willing.

We have been contacted recently by a Haitian pastor living near Juan Tomas who is looking for a place for his congregation to meet. There are 40 some members in this group of Haitian believers. The church building they were using burned to the ground. It was a rented facility, so now they don’t have a place to meet. Most of them are from Haras Nacional, the little community near Juan Tomas on the way into the city. We have offered them the use of the building we use, if they would like to come on Sunday afternoon, so we could join with them in worshipping the Lord.

Apparently the distance is too far for many of these believers to come each week. Pray that the Lord will guide this group and our small Haitian group as we meet weekly. We would like to see our Haitian group grow into a dynamic group of believers and maybe somehow these other believers could join with us. The young pastor who spoke with me impressed me with a fervent desire to preach sound doctrine to his people.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


12/4/2011

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We praise the Lord for Victor Brito and his wife Firelei. They live close to the school, have a daughter in the 11th grade and have dedicated many hours of work to both the school and our farm. Victor is an architect by profession but knows a lot about building, plumbing and electricity. Victor and his wife have helped with a number of the building projects here and have impressed us with their “togetherness” in their work. They are often seen working together on the building projects. Firelei is very gifted in art and decoration, and has often helped with various ceremonies and school and church social activities. All this is said in order to say that we thank the Lord for their diligent example and attitude toward work. We would like to see more parents involved in the school like these parents.

We are also rejoicing in the Lord for the opportunities that have opened up from the home school that our daughter, Kathryn, has initiated with Rose Mery (the wife of Argenis, our high school teacher and principal) and her daughter Rose Mariel. Several neighbor mothers have approached Kathryn and Rose Mery to find out how they could have their children in this school. Kathryn has Jonathan, a soon-to-be five year old, and Katie, a three year old in the school along with Rose Mery’s 4 year old Rose Mariel. Our house dining room has been transformed into the little school room.

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We would like to see both Victor and his wife, Firelei give their lives to the Lord. Although Victor has not yet made a profession of faith, Firelei professes to be a believer. They have come to many of the church services here, but still lack lives given over to the Lord. Pray for them and their daughter, Camila that they will all open their hearts to the Lord and be sold out for Him.

Be in prayer for our Dominican Executive Committee, as they work on the plans for developing a vocational school to provide both graduates and high school students with training in different trades useful for them when they finish their required studies here. We need to locate where a building could go, the means to acquire a building, qualified teaching staff, equipment for the courses we decide to start with, and funding for the teachers. We also need a person from our school or church that would be capable of administrating such a school.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


11/16/2011

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We praise the Lord for another good parents’ meeting. Besides a very helpful presentation to the parents of the subject of parental discipline by Ramon, one of the Dominican board members, the parents were allowed to elect three parents for each grade to become class officers in the grades where their children attend. It is actually a requirement of the Ministry of Education. Each grade now has three parents: a president, vice president and a vocal. They will represent the students to the teachers and administration and be involved in many of the activities of their children’s classes. This group of 36 parents will then meet to elect the president, vice president, secretary and vocals from among their group to form the school parents’ association.

Other benefits from this parents’ meeting were that several have offered their skills and career preparations to share with the students during the school year, especially with our junior and senior high school students that are trying to decide on a career.

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It has been recently impacted on a number of our teachers the dysfunctional condition of many of our students’ homes. Almost every grade has children and young people from homes where very little attention or the wrong kind of attention is given to the children, resulting in students showing poor response in the classroom, and some severe discipline issues.

We have recently noticed even some signs of child abuse and abnormal sexual responses among some of our third graders.

Pray for wisdom for our teachers who deal first hand with these problems and need to meet with parents of these children.

We did have a visit by a young man that might help fulfill the need for a computer person with networking capabilities. Pray that God will continue to lead in this decision.

Continue to remember in prayer those of our Dominican board members that are taking a real interest in helping us get the water project started. Just today we had a visit from some believers experienced in setting up this kind of project. They have given us the assurance of continued follow up. Pray that we will make the right decisions that will provide a lasting foundation for the water project here and perhaps in other communities.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


11/4/2011

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We praise the Lord for the safe arrival and safe return of the 4 board members that flew in for the meeting on October 20, as well as Paul’s safe return from his visit to the US. Our board meeting was encouraging as our Dominican members continued to show their active involvement in the development of the ministries here at the Bible Center of Juan Tomas. We are also encouraged for Doug Diehl’s increasing participation in preparing for the work teams coming down and organizing the work projects for the Bible Center. He is doing a great job, picking up the heavy and varied responsibilities that Carl Key has had over the years.

The day after the board meeting, our board members joined probably 150 or more enthusiastic people for our fourth graduation at the Fountain of Life School. The 2011 graduating class had 29 students, all showing great joy in completing their high school studies.

Paul’s trip to Ohio and Michigan allowed him to share the ministries in three different churches, one being a new contact in Hudsonville, Michigan, using the Freedom Academy school facilities, (Freedom being one of the schools that has sent numerous work teams to Juan Tomas over the years). At two of these churches several more sponsors signed up for students at the Fountain of Life School.

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We URGENTLY NEED YOUR PRAYERS for a replacement of our high school Spanish grammar teacher at the school here. The new teacher that took that position in August decided to quit right at the time of our board meeting. Since we had already requested prayer for two part time teachers to help with our high school and grade school principals, this situation is quite strenuous on our faculty since this subject is one of the main subjects for the students and it must be taught at least four days a week.

Continue to pray about the decisions the Dominican board members need to make regarding the water purification project. An adequate location is crucial for its success in the community of Juan Tomas. We want to maximize the use of the funds provided to install a facility that will best suit the needs here for purified water. The decisions for this project will be in progress during the next two weeks.

A further urgent request is still our need here for a computer person skilled in networking and hardware knowledge, to service this important area of our school on a regular schedule. We presently have three computers in the shop for repairs: our main server, the student computer at our house and Paul’s computer.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomás.

Paul McMillan


10/2/2011

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We are praising the Lord for His hand of protection over Richard, our school administrator. Last week, he and several others from our church decided to clean the cobwebs that had collected on the ceiling of our church building. Since it has a high ceiling, it required either a long pole with some kind of broom fastened to it or a tall ladder. Not being able to find the pole, they took our 16 ft. extension ladder over with some other step ladders and began the cleaning process. Richard decided he could handle the extension ladder alone and put it up on one of the end walls, extending the ladder to be able to reach most of the way up. He no sooner had climbed up to star cleaning, when the base of the ladder slipped out and down crashed Richard with the ladder on top of him. The others rushed over and were thankfully surprised that at least he didn't have any broken bones, and had only a few scrapes on his legs and a nasty cut on the side of his mouth, which did require a few stitches. It could have been worse, but God knew this was as far as the damage should go for Richard. The Lord also protected his wife, Yajaira's emotional reaction from not being excessive, with her being pregnant, and not needing anything to cause her a lot of concern.

As you might notice, this version of our bi-monthly newsletter is a bit different than the normal one. I am in the U.S. and not too sure how to produce the same format of newsletter that I normally send out. This trip to the U.S. had a very exciting and significant event which occurred in my lay over in the Miami airport. Space doesn't allow me to give all the details, but I did want to share briefly some events which I believe bring glory to our Lord and cause for praising and thanking Him. I was able to meet six Cuban exiles in the Miami airport that -47 years ago - had been used of the Lord to rescue some 25 of us missionaries (mostly women and children) from being slaughtered by Congolese Simba rebels, who had been defeated by Belgian paratroopers and Cuban mercenaries. In 1964 the Congo was been overrun by Communist influenced rebels and would probably have succeeded had not these people come when they did. For 47 years these Cuban exiles had been living in Miami wondering who it was they had rescued and were very eager to meet them. A lady, Janet Ray, whose father had been executed by the Cubans when his plane had been shot down over Cuban during the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, was working close to these Cubans trying to help them maintain their status in the US, and as she began investigating found one of my brother's names online, called him, and from that contact this meeting was arranged in the Miami airport, where I had a layover on my trip to the US. It was a very moving encounter.

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Pray that God would open some new doors of opportunity for me on this trip to the US. I plan to visit at least one new church near Grand Rapids on Oct. 9. Pray also that God would sustain, protect and encourage my family left in the DR. It is always a strain on Linda when I leave, because of situations that come where difficult decisions have to be made. Pray for Richard, Argenis and Roberto, and perhaps others who will be invited to share the pulpit of our church in my absence.

Pray for the security of the school and all who live around it. We have had several attempted break-ins, and as we increase the security measures, the would-be thieves could become aggressive and violent.

Pray for our upcoming board meeting, Oct. 20, and the graduation Oct. 21. As usually occurs, several of our board members come from the US for this occasion. Pray that there will be unity and wisdom in decisions that need to be made.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement,

Trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team at Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


9/16/2011

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One of the highlights of last week, (Friday, Sept. 9th to be exact) was our first parent-teachers meeting for this school year. It was, perhaps, one of the best attended meetings like this that we have had, even though we scheduled it for 9:30 a.m. Morning meetings like this have been poorly attended in the past, but we decided to make it a priority for the parents, and we must have had around 120-130 or so parents show up. One of the features we planned was a presentation of principles for parents in working with their school children – given by Ruth Sims, a sister in the Lord, from the Baptist Church in nearby Villa Mella. Ruth is a technician, working for the Ministry of Education. She interacted well with the parents, and brought several helpful handouts for them to use with their children.

After the general session, the parents visited the classrooms and teachers of their students, where the teachers informed them of various evaluation methods they would be using with their students during the school year. At one point, one of the parents, visiting the 5th grade, sat down in a school desk and said, “I’d really love to go to this school, it’s a great school!”

We had a feedback session with the teachers the following Monday and received a number of favorable comments that parents had shared with our teachers.

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Pray that we, as administration and teachers, will be diligent and faithful this school year, being true to our mission statement, which says, ‘To glorify God by teaching our students to know Him and make Him known by means of the study of His Word and His world.” We don’t want to disappoint these parents and their children, and most of all, God.

Pray for Argenis, Ingrid and Dario as they work with a new group of young adults in a weekly discipleship class. The purpose of this class is to train these believers in how to disciple.

Continue to remember Yajaira, Richard’s wife, in her pregnancy. There is a very annoying flu virus going around (that I also managed to pick up and am still fighting it), that could be harmful to Yajaira at this time.

Pray for our daughter, Kathryn, who has ventured to begin homeschooling her children – at least two of the four are ready – but the other two still need attention! Argenis’ wife, Rose Mery, (along with her new baby), has brought her little girl, Rose Mariel over to join the little school at our house.

Our house is quite the attraction for any who may stop in to visit us!

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement.

Still trusting in our Great Provider, Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


9/2/2011

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Now that we have passed the customary “first-week-of-school-absence” week, and the week of the threat of Hurricane Irene, we have finally been able to establish the present enrollment of students in the school: 216 in the grade school and 104 in the high school making a total of 320 students. This figure could increase some as late comers show up.

We are grateful to the Lord for His protection over us from Hurricane Irene, although we are saddened by the damages that it caused in the New England states of the U.S.

The Lord provided a third teacher, Ramona, coming in as an assistant teacher. She began helping and then taking over our 4th grade class, since Marcia had to take a few weeks off due to a long awaited, and needed, surgery. Marcia is now at home, but needs to take some time to recuperate.

We are grateful for our new teacher’s workroom in the grade school area, which we “inaugurated” this past Tuesday. It provides a “get away” place for the teachers, where they can work on classroom decorations, class preparation, and hopefully we can have computers installed for their use. Also, a small kitchenette will be equipped at a future time..

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Pray that we will be able find, a better internet provider for the school. Also, we have been trying to locate a networking person to help us maintain our present set up.

Pray for Marcia’s full recovery and for Ysidra, our fifth grade teacher, who may need to have surgery in the near future.

Pray for the efforts of Esperanza Internacional (Hope International), the non-profit organization of Carlos Pimentel (one of our Dominican board members), as they work on getting the water purification plant set up as well as the teacher’s cooperative going at the school. Both of these projects are needed now for the community and the school. We were encouraged at our recent Dominican Executive board meeting to see how this board is becoming actively involved in the school and church complex here.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


8/17/2011

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Well, the new school year is off and running!

We praise the Lord for sending us two new teachers, one of whom is able to fill in for Yajaira’s place as a high school grammar and literature teacher. Both this new teacher and another one for the grade school came to us with degrees, which is a real help to keep us in good standing with the Ministry of Education, as well as give us teachers who can now continue towards their masters in education.

With her pregnancy, Yajaira didn’t want to take a full teaching load, but is planning to work some with special education children and possibly have some special reading classes for grade school children, among other school activities.

As of the date of this letter, we have approximately 320 students enrolled so far for this school year. Close to 1/4th of these students are new students. One pastor who had his own children in the school last year enrolled 15 grade school children from his church from a town about 10 miles from the school. He plans to bus them in the church’s van.

We are thankful that the tropical storm, Emily, down-graded to a typical rain storm last week, and didn’t do the damage that was anticipated.

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Pray for our two new teachers: Ingrid and Antonia. Ingrid (not the Ingrid who is from our church and is our grade school principle) is our new high school grammar and literature teacher. Pray that these two new teachers will adapt well. Antonia will be our 2nd grade teacher.

We have asked, in the past for prayer for another high school math teacher (part-time), as well as a part-time English teacher for the higher level of English.

Pray for the Lord’s continued protection, as we are coming into the peak of hurricane season.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement.

Still trusting in our Great Provider, Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


8/2/2011

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God did bless in both of the English camps.

Since I missed most of the first camp, because of being at the educators’ conference in the States, it was good to be able to see how the Lord worked through the group from Georgia that came down – mostly composed of Rebecca Dzmianski’s family.

Their diligent preparation and tireless work resulted in a well directed camp and a positive ministry in the lives of these young teens. This group (ages 12-15) provided a real challenge, but the fruit was evident. At least one of these young people, Arturo, did make a profession of faith. He is in our high school, and needs our prayers for his spiritual growth.

The Dzmianski family added their delightful combination of singing and instrumentals, and at the end of the camp many of the Dominican children were singing the songs in English as well as Spanish. Even though she was now married, Rebecca did come down with her family, leaving her husband, Abel in Georgia, still awaiting the interview for finalizing his US residency papers.

This family left on Monday, July 25th and our teachers came back on duty on the following Monday, August 1st.

This meant that we had to begin “changing gears” to begin preparing for the new school year with just a few days to get ready. Our administrator, Richard, had the burdens of both English camps on him, and with hardly any time to catch his breath, be back in the office enrolling new students.

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Pray for all of our returning teachers, and several new ones that will be starting with us to fill some vacancies. We want this to be a school year of true unity among our teachers and staff. It seems that certain clicks begin to form among the teachers, and gossip gets started, which can then become a deadly poison to the unity that we seek. We want the genuine control of God’s Holy Spirit of each life in our group of staff and teachers, so He can work though each person to produce the necessary spiritual fruit in their lives and thus begin providing the needed changes in so many lives of students that have no true influence from their homes.

According to Richard, our enrollment will be up this year, with quite a number being new students, from outside the community.

Pray especially for Richard’s wife, Yajaira, who is again looking forward to having another child.

Your prayers will mean a lot for this couple, and especially for Yajaira, having suffered the birth of a dead baby last year.

Thank you again for your faithful prayers and encouragement.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


7/17/2011

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We lift up our hearts in thanksgiving for the various ways that God has blessed us in these last two weeks.

Our teachers had been setting aside a small portion of their salaries over the past year and were able to receive the benefits of this investment in the way of a retreat at one of the nice hotels on one of the beautiful beaches not too far from Santo Domingo. Even though it was not an extended stay, the two day and one night did offer relaxation, good food and fellowship for the teachers and their families.

Two days after returning from that retreat, I left for the annual 4-day ACSI Christian educators’ conference in Columbia, SC. The benefits of this trip were not only the rich plenary sessions and workshops (and good food) that this conference typically offers, but an opportunity to spend a couple of days with our two daughters, Carol and Sandra, with Sandra’s two children, Jennifer and Joseph. It’s always enriching for grandparents to catch up on their grandkids growth and development.

A further blessing came as a surprise shortly before my trip to the US, when we were informed that Rod Troyer was coming down here with the group from Columbus, OH for the first English camp. He actually came in the same day I left for the States, so was able to step in and continue to meet the ever demanding maintenance needs, and be on hand for the usual maintenance emergencies that happen in my absence.

I arrived back from the US towards the end of the first English camp and find that God has been blessing and working in this effort.

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Pray for the second English Camp, which is geared toward the 12-15 year olds, and will go from Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22. God has laid this ministry upon the hearts of Rebecca’s family from Georgia (Rebecca’s our music/art teacher). They need our prayers especially because these adolescents are not easy to handle, yet need the right kind of treatment and challenge so they will commit their lives to Christ.

The Dzimianski family offers the combination of a sound evangelistic emphasis, beautiful God-honoring music and the experience of a unified, large, well-disciplined family with a “no nonsense” control needed for this age group.

Pray that God will work through the preaching, teaching and life-example of this family, to reach a number of these campers for the Lord. Among them are some young people that we want to see come to Christ and rescued from the pervading, provocative and sensual influences of this community. Several of their parents are close friends of ours and we want them also to come to the Lord. Although Abel, Rebecca’s husband is still in the US awaiting the final approval of his documents, Rebecca did come down for this camp. Continue to pray that God would move in the hearts of the government officials to finalize the necessary procedures for Abel’s US documents.

Still trusting in our Great Provider,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


7/5/2011

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After a busy three weeks of groups, we have a brief respite before the English camps begin. The groups worked hard and left clear evidences of their hard labor – new paint on most of the buildings, two alarm systems to help security as well as beginning a cement block wall behind the high school buildings for additional security.

A new roof was put up on the entrance way to our house – a much needed project, since the old roof was actually slowly falling down due to wood rot in the posts.

Doug Diehl, the person replacing Carl Key in directing the work teams here, did a great job with this roof as well as the roof for the new teachers work room. Rain did affect part of the work time of the second group, but thankfully not such that actually hindered the work.

Tom Carson, a cabinet maker from Ohio, was able to finish all the cabinet doors of our science lab, as well as work on several other doors that needed repairs and some plumbing work.

We also rejoice in the opportunity our teachers and staff had to attend the annual teachers and administrators conference at the Logos Christian School. Our teachers and staff are grateful to Partners in Christ for contributing to the cost of the conference for us for the past several years. This year’s plenary sessions were presented by Dr. Kevin D. Washburn, on Training the Thinkers of the Future.

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Pray for the upcoming English Camps, both for the two groups coming from the US, as well as our campers here. Typically we have several unbelievers among the campers, and our goal is to be able to make the gospel clear to them, so if they don’t make professions of faith during the camp, they will have had ample information and examples to make a future decision.

Continue to pray with us concerning our teaching staff for next year. Not only do we need at least two more teachers (English and 6th grade), but we would like two teachers that could fill in part time for Argenis and Ingrid because of their positions as high school principal and grade school principal.

Especially remember the official interview that Rebecca’s husband, Abel, is scheduled to have within a week, so he can complete his residency requirements for the U.S. that will allow him to travel to and from the U.S. They are waiting for this process to be completed so they can return to their ministries here. We need them to return, since they have the talents and gifts that are needed both in our school and church.

May God move the hearts of these officials to act promptly.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


6/16/2011

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Linda and I and a few other friends recently had the joy of attending the high school graduation of one of our faithful church members, Mony (her real name is Andrea Cabral de los Santos).

She is a mother of three children (in our school) and responded to the challenge a couple of years ago, that Linda gave her, of finishing her high school. It has been a real struggle for her to be able to mother her school-age children, work and take Saturday classes, but she persisted and with the prayers of her brothers and sisters in the Lord in our church, she has now graduated from high school.

Dario Cruz, another one of our faithful young men in the church, attended Mony’s graduation, acting as her escort (actually called the “padrino” or “godfather” here).

It is a struggle for both young men and women who are past the normal age of high school students, to go back to school, but we try to encourage them to do it, since there are adult study programs available here.

Another recent blessing is the birth of Ismael Javier, born on Tuesday, May 14th to Rose Mery, Argenis’ wife, and our official representative for the Partner’s Sponsored Children program here. This gives their 3 yr. old daughter, Rose Mariel a new baby brother.

Needless to say, Rose Mery will be quite busy now, but thankfully the school year is ending and she will be able to dedicate the necessary time for this new addition to their family.

REMEMBERING WITH INTERCESSION

Continue in prayer for the group ministries here. June 20, we have the Proclamation group from Philadelphia. Pray for Doug Diehl, the new director of Short Term Missions with Partners in Christ, as he comes in this week to direct our next group. He is still recuperating from a recent operation, and can’t be his usual energetic self with the work projects.

Starting July 10, we will begin the first of two English Camps. Be in prayer for the two groups coming from the U.S. to direct these camps, as well as our young adults that will be helping to reach out to the unsaved young people that attend these camps.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.


6/2/2011

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After (Linda and Paul) living here in the DR for some 32 years (going on 33), and having to make regular visits to the immigration office about every two years to renew our residence papers, paying from around US$50 in past years to now around US$150 each, plus several hours and repeated visits until we had the document in hand, we finally have been blessed to get them for ten years, completely exonerated from payment! Caroline, a Jamaican sister in the Lord from our church brought to our attention a decree that had been made several years ago, that applied to non residents who have been here more than thirty years and are over 60 years old, allowing them to get resident papers exonerated. In our case it proved to be a blessing to be over 60 and sure helped us financially.

Another blessing is that Kathryn is now cleared by her doctor to resume her normal physical activities, since her operation and then the birth of Josiah. Of course, she now has the four young ones, in stead of three, but the Lord is giving her (and David) the strength and wisdom to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”. Grandpa and grandma still need to put in their word every so often!

School is winding down now as the final exams are being taken this week by both high school and grade school. Thank you for your prayers for our family and the ministries here during this past school year.

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Pray for our eighth and twelfth graders who will be taking the national exams next week.

Also pray for Richard and Argenis as they are preparing for and will be working with the two large groups coming from the U.S. this month.

Pray for the safe arrival of the group from South Carolina this Saturday, as well as their ministry and work here from June 4-15th.

Continue in prayer for the teachers we need for next year. We have received several résumés, and need God’s wisdom as we consider them.

At least one of our teachers, and possibly another one, will not be returning next year.

Pray especially for one of our 1st graders, 7 yr. old Mary Laura. We don’t know yet what is causing her periodic violent fits. She lashes out at other innocent children and which ever adult that is trying to control her – hitting, kicking, scratching, and biting – all the while screaming.

It is not the normal actions of a child that age, even when provoked. We intend to meet with her parents soon to try to understand what might be the causes. It appears that they too are not sure what the causes are.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


5/3/2011

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“DON’T LET TECHNOLOGY ROB YOU OF YOUR TIME!”

I’m not sure who originated this statement, but I know that we have been suffering “robbery” of our time because of the inefficiencies of our present technology related to the internet system we are using and adequate maintenance of the computer equipment. Now it looks like we may have the “police” on the “robber’s” trail!

One of our board members, Carlos Pimentel, directs Esperanza Internacional, a non profit Christian organization here in the DR. Among the various ministries they oversee, is installing and maintaining computer systems in different parts of the country here. God placed on Carlos’ heart the desire to become more directly involved with the center here, helping us to clear shipments in customs of different equipment sent here and presently to help us with our internet/computer systems here. This past week two brothers in Christ from Esperanza came to our center and spent the whole morning taking down information about our technological equipment and systems. They gave us hope that soon we will be able to improve our computer communications situation.

Most of you that receive this letter have computers and are quite heavily dependent on technology for your daily activities and ministries. I’m sure you will agree that it is important to be able to function efficiently in the area of technology.

I think this use of technology for Christian ministry fits into the scripture text of 1 Cor. 9:22 “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” The Apostle Paul didn’t have computer technology, but I’m inclined to believe he would have used it, based on his philosophy of ministry in this verse.

REMEMBERING WITH INTERCESSION

Remember our brother, Carlos Pimentel, in prayer that God would give him wisdom with his very busy schedule and discernment with priorities for the many activities all intended to further the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ.

We have about a month of classes left. The seniors and eighth graders will be taking their final exams towards the end of this month because they will be taking their state exams in June. Pray for these students that they will be diligent in their sessions of review and preparation for these exams. Pray also for the teachers who will be starting to review with their students for their final exams.

We will be meeting with each teacher for the renewal of their contract. We would like the wisdom of the Lord to know His will regarding each of our teachers for the coming school year. Our teachers form the heart of the school, and we want that “heart” to be beating right!

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


4/18/2011

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Well the big day finally came – that is the day when our daughter, Kathryn went in to give birth to her fourth child – making our total of grandchildren now six. We greatly thank the Lord, and many of you who were praying for Kathryn, that He allowed her to go almost full term, and give birth (on April 12th ) to a 7 ½ lb. son – Josiah Edward.

We mentioned Kathryn’s situation with the cyst, in our Feb. 16 WHIJT letter, and how God guided the doctors to be able to remove the cyst without harming the fetus. Now, little Josiah is in his mother’s arms and making quite a show with the three other siblings all very curiously watching their baby brother find his place in the family.

Another blessing was to unite once again with our board members, just a few days prior to Josiah’s birthday, and discuss budgets, plans and proposals of the Fountain of Life School. We thank the Lord that more parents have been meeting their financial obligations with the school, which definitely helps the overall economic condition of the school.

We thank the Lord for enabling Doug Diehl and Rod Troyer to come here for about a week to do a number of much needed maintenance jobs. We could use such men on a monthly basis, should the Lord make that possible.

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Pray for Kathryn and her husband, David as they take on another little life to care for and raise in the fear of the Lord. David especially needs our prayers for wisdom in his job. His truck was totaled by one of his workers, no one being seriously injured, but a real loss for the business. Pray that David will be able to make wise decisions to recuperate this loss and be able to get the business stabilized.

The school needs several additional teachers for the coming school year, as well as a cleaning and maintenance person. Specifically, we need a high school math teacher, two English teachers, a physical education teacher and a teacher’s aid. Pray that God will touch the hearts of those that He would want us to have.

Also remember to pray for our music and art teacher, Rebecca, and her new husband, Abel, who are in the U.S. trying to get his U.S. papers, so they can return soon to continue their ministry here with us.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


4/3/2011

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Allow me to begin with a personal blessing. It’s been over two years since I finished studying the courses for my Masters in Christian Education here at the ACSI department of Logos Christian School, and what was lacking was writing the final thesis. I was slowly getting information together towards this project, but had not enrolled for the thesis. Then an email showed up a week and a half ago from Karen, the ACSI secretary at Logos School stating that they were offering the first of two three hour courses that would be recognized as valid for substituting for the thesis project. This was a blessing for me since it meant I could finally be able to complete my Masters studies with these courses. I now have to take a final exam and turn in the project for the first course and then take the second course when it becomes available, and this will complete my Masters in Christian Education.

I should also mention that Linda finished her Masters in English as a Second Language last December, which she had been working on for about two years, with an online university program with the Dominican University in Chicago.

We praise the Lord for His goodness in providing these opportunities of furthering our education so we can be more effective in His Work here.

Two of our teachers recently talked to me about enrolling in the same Masters program that Logos is offering. Another of our teachers, Raiza, our high school science teacher, has just four more classes to finish her Masters in this same program.

Another note of praise is that we now have another Dominican brother on our Board now. He is Ramon, our high school economics teacher. He has a sincere desire to help the school here as well as be involved with the parents and the community.

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Remember to pray for our Board meeting this coming Thurs., April 7th. With Ramon joining our team, we anticipate improving our quality as a school from a national perspective.

Continue to pray for our need for strategically located land for the church and water purification project. We want this to be God’s leading and not just our wants or ideas, so that it will result in a more effective outreach of the gospel to the village of Juan Tomas and the surrounding communities.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


3/16/2011

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GOD WORKS IN WONDERFUL WAYS, sometimes without us asking Him to so.

Several years ago, Bruce Van Strien came down with a high school group from Hudsonville, MI. He had recently suffered the death of his wife, and came on the trip to help divert his thoughts to something else. It was still a very difficult time of his life, but the “something else” for his thoughts was that we were interested in getting an automatic milking system for our dairy goat farm. The installation and maintenance of automatic milking equipment was, and still is, his line of work in Michigan, so we could help him take his thoughts off of his grief and find out what we should be thinking of for this process. God brought healing to Bruce and brought another wonderful lady into his life to fill this vacancy, and become wife and mother to his children. Meanwhile God provided us with an automatic milking set up as a trade for goats that were sold to Venezuela. By then we knew a lot about this equipment, and had communicated with Bruce to let him know we had it and would like him to come down. The Lord worked out the expenses so Bruce could come down with his new wife a year and a half ago to help us begin the installation of this equipment. The time ran out for Bruce to finish it, and in spite of several efforts to get local technicians in this country to finish the installation, the dust began accumulating on the unfinished milking parlor, and the dust began to accumulate on our hopes of finishing it, when, a month ago we received a surprise email from Bruce saying that the Lord had laid it on their hearts to come down and finish the project. God wonderfully provided the funds for their trip from friends and their church in Michigan, and they came down March 3-10, and the automatic milking equipment is now in full operation!

TRULY GOD WORKS IN WONDERFUL WAYS. This is sort of a long story for this WHIJT, but Bruce’s words, when I picked up him and his wife and young son, Alex, at the airport, were, “I’m coming for more that what my skills and business will enable me to do with your milking equipment.” I knew what he meant, because he had gotten to know Victor, our neighbor and engineer/builder of many of the structures here. Bruce wanted to see Victor come to the Lord, as a result of his visit here. We know God brought Bruce here and he spent many hours working with Victor on the project. We believe God is working in Victor’s heart, and soon he will make his decision.

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Continue to pray for Victor that his eyes and heart will soon open to receive the truth.

And pray that this new milking equipment (since it is a novelty here) will be an instrument, as the goat project has been for many years, to allow us to share with visitors of God’s blessings here and how they can personally know Him and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Continue also to pray for our acquisition of the property titles for the school properties, since we finally did get the remaining document from the mayor in Juan Tomas.

Pray for our up coming Dominican Executive Committee meeting later this week, as well as the bi- annual board meeting of all board members on April 7th. This latter meeting entails the travel of several members from the US to the DR.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


3/4/2011

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In our January 19 edition of WHIJT, we mentioned that a brother in the Lord from the large church in Santo Domingo (IBSJ) was working on getting the deeds for our school and apartment properties. Well, this past week he brought an official from the government land office to look at our school and the apartments. This official was very impressed with what we were doing and after getting several items of information from us related to the properties, left stating that he would speak to the director of this department and try to get these properties donated.

We have contacted a brother in the Lord from another church in Juan Tomas who is interested in working as a gateman for the high school. He will be working on a trial basis for a week to see if he can fulfill this need to our satisfaction.

Another note of praise is concerning Yajaira’s father, who has been suffering from heart problems, and had several life threatening reactions in the past month. He was rushed to the hospital about a week and a half ago, thinking that he could be having a heart attack, but it was a severe respiratory condition. He was crying out on the way to the hospital, “I’m going to die! I’m going to die!” We have been praying much for his salvation, and even though he had made a profession of faith a couple of months ago, he did not show evidence of a genuine decision when he returned from a hospital stay. Since this recent experience, he has come to church for the last two prayer services, and seems to be making an effort to get his life right with the Lord.

We had a very positive response to a recent parent/teacher meeting this week. Our auditorium was almost full of parents, which shows us their growing interest in participating in their children’s education.

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Pray that the mayor of Juan Tomas will respond to our request to get a remaining document that is needed for one of the properties. With this document the process of requesting the donation of this land will be complete, and the government will make the decision about donating the land.

Pray much for Dario, Yajaira’s father. Pray that this recent experience in the hospital will cause him to genuinely give himself to the Lord.

Pray that the words shared by Ramon, one of our high school teachers, in a recent parents meeting will further stimulate our parents to be more involved in their children’s education, especially in the area of discipline.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


2/16/2011

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Even though this blessing is more oriented to our family here, we would like to share how God undertook in the life of our daughter, Kathryn, who, with her husband and family, is presently living with us here in Juan Tomas.

She is now 6 months pregnant and about two months ago was diagnosed with a cyst in the uterus. Her gynecologist said that to remove it would probably mean removing the fetus also, and basically loosing the baby. Two weeks ago, she began having severe pains in her side, and her doctor thought it might just be the baby moving around and causing it. The cyst was not decreasing in size, and the pain was becoming almost unbearable. Finally, on Feb. 8th, desperate to get relief from the pain, she went in to find out what could be done, the doctor sent her to a surgeon friend of his who had her get a sonogram and after looking at it, decided she needed to be hospitalized immediately and have surgery to remove the cyst. Needless to say, we all were concerned that this surgery could easily result in loosing the baby. But God had it arranged that there were four qualified doctors at her bedside in the surgery: her gynecologist; his surgeon friend; Kathryn’s brother in law, who is the President of the DR’s personal doctor and her gynecologist’s son, who is a doctor.

With God directing the hands and minds of these men, they were able to remove the cyst (weighing about 1 ½ lbs.) and leave the baby intact, to go to full term.

Kathryn is now free from this pain and able to return to “normal” life, caring for her three young ones and husband and bring #4 to his birth sometime in April.

We truly have a great God!

REMEMBERING WITH INTERCESSION

We want you to join with us in concentrated prayer for the Fountain of Life School. The special needs we are facing now are the following: 1) We need a gateman for our high school. Students are managing to sneak away from the high school during morning classes. 2) Several of our teachers recently shared the struggles they are having with discipline issues in the classrooms. There are several students that take advantage of the fact that they are not disciplined at home and they know their parents won’t correct them. Our teachers need wisdom to know how best to handle the situation in the classroom, without having to send the child out.

Be in prayer for the decision by the government land authorities in granting us titles for the land where high school and the teachers’ housing is located. This could be decided this next week, after a visit they make to the school.

Continue to pray for the land our church needs for both the church and facility for the water purification plant.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


2/2/2011

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Two of the brothers from our church, Richard and Joel, and myself went in to Santo Domingo on Friday, January 21st to meet with Bob Eredics and Jose Perez . “Coincidently”, our family had met Bob (on Jan. 4th) on the plane that was returning us to the Dominican Republic from our vacation in Florida. Bob’s exuberant Christian witness to his neighbors on the plane attracted Linda, who was sitting behind him on the plane, and especially when she heard him mention a water project he was coming to work on in the Dominican Republic. He gave us his card and told us to get in touch with him. We did finally get to meet and speak with Bob on Jan. 21st, along with Jose Perez, the Dominican business man who sells and install complete water treatment plants.

After speaking with Bob and listening to his God-honoring conversation and sincere desire to both honor the Lord and help the Haitian communities in the D.R. with the water project, we talked with Jose, who explained the technical aspect of the project, and showed us his well-equipped shop, with quality equipment for water purification.

Bob had to return to Florida on Jan. 22, but Jose agreed to visit our Bible Center on the 24th and give us an estimate for installing the equipment we would need. Bob sincerely offered his services to help us with this project, especially the church and community involvement aspect. We don’t know the end results of these contacts, but we do believe God is sovereign in bringing people into our lives.

Another blessing our church enjoyed the same weekend of Jan 21st was a spiritual life conference with Pastor Rob Barlow and his wife Cristy, from Ashland Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, OH. We were challenged in five inspiring sessions to know the Holy Spirit better and allow Him to produce His spiritual fruit in our lives.

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Pray with the Juan Tomas Bible Church that what we have heard from God’s servant in this retreat would bear fruit in our lives and that we would see an increased work of His Spirit in this community.

The next step for proceeding on the water purification project is acquiring the land. The men of our church have been actively investigating property on the outskirts of the village, but the prices are highly exaggerated. Pray that God would lead our men to the right property with a reasonable price within the next couple of weeks.

Please pray for our daughter, Kathryn, who is still suffering from the virus several of us got while in the U.S. over Christmas. Kathryn is 6 months pregnant and is under doctor’s restrictions for lifting anything heavy, even her toddler and 2 and three year old.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


1/19/2011

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School has finally gotten under full steam now. Even though it officially began January 11th, many of the students don’t come the first week, and some wait even later. This presented a challenge for our teachers to be diligent even though the classroom was half full.

We thank the Lord for work done by a group that came from Delaware County Christian School in Philadelphia. They were able to help do some finishing work on the teachers housing and help with some of the preparations for restarting school.

We thank the Lord for the spiritual blessings from Dr. Rick Horne and Dr. Sue Hutchison, who came with the Philadelphia group. Both of these servants of the Lord shared with our teachers and church in their areas of gifts and training. Several of the teachers were commenting on the encouragement and blessings received.

An answer to a much prayed for request came just this past week. The father of several of our young adults in the church, accepted the Lord and it apparently is genuine. He has a history of drinking and abuse toward family members, so it is a blessing to see the change in his life.

Another encouragement is that a brother in Christ from the large church in Santo Domingo, is advancing in helping us get the property documents for the school’s properties. He recently asked me to photograph and send him some pictures of the properties to show to the authorities that will be deciding on the approval of the titles. He said they may even want to come and see the ministry here. It could be that since the land where the high school and teachers’ housing is located is actually government land, their visit could be favorable to a reduction of the cost for these documents.

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Pray with us that we can get these documents completed with a minimal cost in the near future.

Continue your prayers for our church as we look for property.

The Lord willing, I hope to be in contact this Friday with a person in Santo Domingo that is helping to supply equipment for some other water projects in the country. Pray that this contact will help us to have a better idea of knowing how to proceed with this water project for Juan Tomas.

We appreciate your continued prayers for our personal needs, as the cost of fuel continues to rise, and the frequent power outages continue, requiring us to use the generator a lot.

Still trusting in our Great Provider

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


1/10/2011

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We praise the Lord for His protection and blessings on our family (three daughters and 5 grandchildren) during the two weeks we could be together this Christmas season.

The delay date for this letter is due in part to our return Jan. 4th as well as the fact that all of us contacted some cold virus in the cooler weather we encountered in Florida. Another factor was the coming of a group to the Bible Center the same day as our arrival.

We can also praise the Lord for His presence here at the center during our absence. He permitted a robbery of the church sound equipment on Jan. 1st after the activities of bringing in the New Year. The electronic piano was taken also, but recuperated the next day in an adjoining field. The real loss (so far not recuperated) was our amplifier. Our church looks at this incident as the Lord telling us to be more careful for what He has entrusted us with.

It was encouraging for me to find that Richard, our school administrator, and Argenis, our high school principal, had everything ready for the group from Philadelphia that came in the same day as our family did. They have done a good job managing this group and all the details involved.

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We ask for your prayers for the Bible Church of Juan Tomas, as we formalize plans this New Year to biblically select elders from among the young men in the congregation. God has blessed us with several dedicated and godly young men to choose from. Most of all we want to know God’s choice in this matter, so our enemy, Satan, does not interfere in the work God is doing among us.

Pray also that the church would be able to locate and purchase property near the Bible Center. Being located off of the Bible Center property will give us more of an entry into the people of the village.

We have been informed that funds are being allocated for the installation of a water purifying plant to supply purified water for the people of Juan Tomas. It is to be administered by the Juan Tomas Bible Church. Pray that we will find a suitable location and be able to offer purified water at a reduced price to the people of Juan Tomas by September of this year. This will further enhance the ministry of gospel in the village.

May each of you have a blessed New Year

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


12/17/2010

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We praise the Lord for His comforting mercies on Richard and Yajaira in the loss of their first baby -- having died in the womb. This was a difficult time for them and their other family members. We had notified you to pray during this time, and God answered, enabling Yajaira to birth the dead infant and thus avoid an operation which would have endangered her well being. Many of the brothers and sisters in Christ surrounded the grieving parents when they returned from almost a week at the hospital. There was a song and sharing time which further helped the couple to cast all their care on the Lord. Thank each of you who prayed; and continue to pray for their emotional healing.

Since Lourdes Guzman (the teacher who became ill and could not continue giving classes in the 6th grade) decided she could not continue to teach here, we have temporarily put Josefina, (our assistant teacher in elementary school) in to carry on as teacher of 6th grade for now. We thank you for praying for Josefina. She has done well to help the students finish up their first semester.

Our family here will be uniting for this holiday season with our other two daughters, now living in the U.S., and spending some time in Florida. This is a long awaited and planned for R

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Continue praying for Yulissa, who did go in this week to start further analysis for her apparent breast cancer. There weren’t any results yet, but continue with us in prayer for her and her two sons, Joni (20 yrs. old) and Junior (11 yrs. old).

Pray that we, as the administration will know the Lord’s will concerning asking Josefina to continue on as the 6th grade teacher. If she does continue on as full time teacher, she needs our prayers that she will have patience with stubborn and obstinate students, and God’s wisdom to handle these students in a biblical way. If we decide to observer her further as assistant teacher, she will need to graciously accept this decision.

Pray for the Church and ministry here during the days we are absent, that the problems will keep to a minimum, and the brothers in Christ here will have wisdom to deal with whatever situations might happen.

Most of all pray that God will work greatly through the lives and testimonies of these young adults, to touch the hearts of their unbelieving loved ones, and that we would return to find new babes in Christ. in the Church here.

Seasons Greetings to all and may each of you be drawn closer to the Christ of Christmas, during this season.

Paul for the team in Juan Tomás.

Paul McMillan


12/2/2010

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We praise the Lord for His grace and mercy so far in this school year and finishing the calendar year. The Christmas season is upon us so the decorations in the classrooms add a unique decoration for each of the areas where our school children meet daily.

One of our teachers, Dolores, who was expecting, has given birth to a precious little boy, and is happily caring for him at home. Ysidra, who came in to substitute her is doing a great job with her 5th graders.

Lourdes Guzman, our 6th grade teacher continues with her delicate heart condition, but Josefina, our teacher’s assistant, is doing well with her students. She was able to work with her students to win the classroom Christmas decoration contest last week for the elementary school. This encouraged her and her students.

On another note, we are further encouraged with the evidence of God’s work in the lives of the two sisters in our church whose brother died a while ago and they had decided not to follow the traditions of the village for the dead, but instead, hold services at their home.. Their names are Francia and Nana. They have decided to take upon themselves the cause of a Haitian lady, Yulisa, who is apparently suffering from breast cancer. Francia and Nana have accompanied Yulisa to the hospital for various tests.

Yulisa has no relatives here other than her two sons, Jony, 20 yrs. old and 12 yr. old Junior (studying in our school). She doesn’t have the proper documents to be living in the Dominican Republic. She has given us evidence of having made a profession of faith and is very regular in coming to the church, even though she doesn’t understand Spanish very well.

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We need you to join us in prayer for Yulisa and her sons. Up until recently, her son Jony has been “sponging off “of his mother instead of working to help the family. We are trying to get a more complete analysis to know the extent of the cancer. Pray that God will move the hearts of the medical personnel to consider the conditions of Yulisa and help her.

Since we have impressed on Jony the seriousness of his mother’s illness, he has changed and is seriously trying to work at a job, and helping his mother more now. Pray that he comes to Christ at this time, while his heart is tender.

Please be in prayer for our students (especially the high school students) during the Christmas holidays as well as our church members. A number of them have made professions of faith and the temptations during this time of the year are great for them. Many of their friends and families have parties and the drinking and dancing, etc. are very common and they can be easily led into sin.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us

Paul for the team in Juan Tomás.

Paul McMillan


11/16/2010

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With the heat of summer and the hurricane season now behind us, we can look forward to cooler weather and the coming events of the Christmas season.

Apart from a brief earth tremor a few days ago, I think the weather and climate conditions will not occupy much of our thoughts.

We are grateful for the teachers and staff God has blessed us with this year. It is encouraging to see how He is using them in the lives of the students.

We thank the Lord for what He has done in Josefina Mendoza’s life. She is our teacher’s assistant this year, and has worked tirelessly to maintain her family as well as finishing her university studies in Elementary Education. Her husband has been ill for a considerable time, so the burden of the support of the family has fallen on her and the resources coming from her small convenience store.

Recently, our sixth grade teacher, Lourdes Guzman, has been ill and Josefina has stepped in to manage that class of some 36 very lively young adolescents. It is a challenge for her, but it has encouraged us to see how she is managing. Several years ago, she was a concern to us because of her fiery temper and constant conflicts with her husband and family at home. We were cautious in putting her into a teaching position in the school, but it is evident that she has yielded her life to the Lord and is allowing Him to control that temper.

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Pray for Lourdes Guzman, who came to us this school year to help fill the void of one of the three teachers that left us at the beginning of school. She has been out for almost three weeks, due to some heart condition (an enlarged heart is the report). It appears that she won’t be able to return to her teaching position.

Pray also that we would have the wisdom to know if now is the time to allow Josefina to fill the position of full time teacher, or if we should find someone else. We will need to find someone in any case, as we do need to have a teacher’s assistant available for helping with some of the larger classes and children with special needs.

Pray for God’s protection on the Dominican Republic in light of the cholera outbreak in Haiti. The government health officials are working hard here to control the border crossing, and warning Dominicans to be extra careful in their hygiene.

Pray also for our neighboring country, Haiti, especially for so many believers that are still living in precarious conditions and exposure to the cholera outbreak. The families of some of the Haitians working here ask us to pray for their families exposed too this threat.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


11/3/2010

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Even with the tropical storm Tomas creeping up on us from an unusual, southwesterly direction, we can thank the Lord for His controlling power in nature, in redirecting the hurricanes away from us during this hurricane season. We are very aware that our neighboring country, Haiti, doesn’t need a deluge of rain at this time, since so many are still living in tents since the January earthquake.

The report give by Ramon, our graduated senior class guidance counselor, regarding the senior retreat, was very positive. I’ll admit that I had certain doubts about sending a group of high school graduates to a resort. But there were some trustworthy chaperones with them, and at least one responsible adult in every room. The overall report was that all went well, and with great opportunities for the believers in the group to have one on one sharing times with the non Christians.

A rather lengthy report in Spanish was submitted to us, so we will try to get it into English for those of you that would like to see it.

We hope that this will be setting a good pattern for future graduating classes, with the motivation necessary to challenge them in their studies and conduct.

We thank the Lord for moving in the hearts of several interested contributors to make possible the purchasing of inverters to help alleviate the costs for our school generator. Our electrical situation is precarious here, with frequent black outs, so we believe these alternate sources of energy will permit better stewardship of the funds coming into the school.

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Pray for our high school teachers: Argenis, Yajaira, Raiza, Roberto, Orlando, Maria Rafaela, and Narciso, as they have daily challenges with a number of hardened hearts and resistant wills. Each of these teachers has the desire to be an effective teacher, and many of them are putting out great efforts even during their own time after school, to work with a number of these difficult cases.

Pray for Yajaira, who is expecting and due to give birth in February, 2011. She loves teaching and pours her heart into it, but now God has entrusted her with a new life inside her, and she realizes this new life will need her foremost attention, even before coming into the world.

Pray that God would provide an adequate replacement teacher for her before she has to withdraw from teaching, so this person can transition into her position smoothly.

Pray also for Dolores, our fifth grade teacher whom we mentioned previously, as she is to give birth very soon. The Lord has sent Isidra, a good replacement for Dolores during the three months or more she will be out. Pray for Isidra as she adjusts to this teaching position with a lively group of pre-adolescents.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


10/19/2010

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I am thankful for internet that works -- even if it’s been out of order for a few days when most needed, hence the delay for this letter!

My return to the DR happened right before our board meeting and 3rd graduation service, so, needless to say, I basically “hit the road running” as soon as I got home. There was a lot to do to prepare for the board meeting on Oct. 14th and the graduation on the 15th.

I thank the Lord for safe travels and several opportunities to share in several churches. These opportunities came after a profitable meeting with the Partners in Christ board members in Ashland, OH. We are looking forward to greater things in the coming months and years as we see God’s people join hands in the ministry of this insignificant little village of Juan Tomas.

It was encouraging to see our 3rd group of graduates march up to receive their diplomas. God has been good to us to use so many of you and others that may not read this news, to sustain this ministry in prayer.

For the first time in our school’s history, our graduates are venturing on a senior trip. One of our high school teachers, Ramon, has acted as the guiding counselor for this senior class, and motivated them to get a number of local companies to sponsor them to spend three days in a resort, along with the proper chaperons and several teachers. This was to be a time of not only enjoyment and relaxation, but also with several career guidance talks by a qualified business person from one of the churches.

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Pray for these graduates. Seven of the 18 graduation have made professions of faith and they need our prayers as they leave the supportive influence of the school to begin higher education in secular institutions.

Pray that God’s Word shared in hearts of the different groups that I visited, may bear fruit of greater prayer participation and greater involvement in God’s harvest field here in Juan Tomas.

Pray for the Juan Tomas Bible Church, as we seek the Lord’s mind to soon proceed with recognizing leaders in the church, specifically in the positions of elders and deacons. We want to do this in strict accordance with the teachings of Scripture for the New Testament church order.

Continue to prayer for the health of our teachers. When one calls in sick, we are quite limited to being able to get a substitute.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas

Paul McMillan


10/3/2010

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The delay of this letter is partially due to the fact that on Oct. 1st, I was some 35,000 ft. in the air flying to Ohio where I was to be in a board meeting with the Partners In Christ board and then visit several churches in Ohio and Michigan.

I praise the Lord for a safe trip to Ohio, and only suffering a one day delay for my luggage to catch up with me.

It was so encouraging to know that I was leaving the ministries and activities in capable Dominican hands whom the Lord has enabled to fill in during my absence. Lord willing I will be returning on October 12th.

Another praise item is the provision of funds to install several back-up inverters to provide the electric power for the school buildings for when the grid power goes off. Our school generator was doing the job but costing the school around US$1000 a month to provide this power.

We believe these inverters will greatly reduce this expense. The generator will be used in situations where the grid power is off for an extended time or when we have groups and need it for running the camp equipment.

We had a profitable board meeting with the Partners In Christ board in Ashland, Ohio yesterday, and are confident that the decisions made were led of the Lord and will result in a greater effectiveness for the Juan Tomas ministries in the future.

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Pray for those that will be managing the church, school and farm in my absence.

As my wife, Linda often says to me, “things usually go wrong after you leave.”

Prayer for Linda as she has to shoulder much responsibility in my absence and it adds to her already full load of various activities and ministries. Pray also for Victor, our neighbor and one who will be checking in on the school and farm while I'm gone. He is capable of dealing with many of the mechanical and technical problems that come up in my absence. He still has not given in to the Lord.

Pray for Richard and Argenis who will have the main responsibilities in the church and school. They are capable, but will need extra wisdom from the Lord during these days of my absence.

Pray that the Lord would open doors of opportunity for me as I visit churches and friends. The time is short, but God is not limited by time and He has His people in places we've not thought of. Pray that I might be sensitive to His leading in sharing His work with churches and people previously visited and perhaps some new people and places.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team in Juan Tomas.

Paul McMillan


9/16/2010

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An encouraging praise item came to us as a result of the death of Corporan, the brother of one of our faithful members. Corporan had been suffering with some kind of bone disease for several years. His sister, Francia, had worked for our family years ago and her house and the nearby open areas had served as our original places of Bible studies where the Juan Tomas Bible Church had its beginnings. She had committed her life to the Lord and has been faithfully attending our services with her sister, Nana.

Corporan passed away Monday of this week. Several of our members went by Francia’s house to offer her consolation for the death of her brother, and Tuesday evening I went over with several more members talk with her. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that she has firmly refused that there be the typical nine day mourning ceremonies where scores of people go to the house of the deceased, and there is a lot of loud weeping and different rituals that follow: a mixture of catholic and pagan activities.

Francia asked that we hold several services at her house during the evenings of several days following the death. Last night, we held our regular Wed. night service there, and had a gathering of 50 or so people, a mixture of our church members and Francia’s family members. With the singing and the sharing of the Word, God blessed and we were very encouraged to see Francia’s stand for the Lord in this way.

Another encouraging note was that Corporan had come to the Lord about four months ago, and gave genuine evidence of his belief, repeatedly telling Francia that he wanted to go to our services here at the Bible Center, as well as other conversations concerning the Lord. He did come once this summer in a wheel chair, and that was the last time we saw him alive. We believe we will see Corporan in glory.

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Pray for Francia and Nana as they suffer the separation of their brother. He struggled much in recent months with pain and complications, but now he is at peace. Pray that the services held at their house during these days will help open the spiritual eyes and hearts of other family members.

Pray for our high school teachers and their students. There is evidence of drug activity in the community of Juan Tomas, and we need wisdom in knowing how to confront it. Our high school teachers, Argenis, Yajaira, Raiza, Roberto, and Orlando are the home room teachers for the 8th -12th grades, and Maria Rafaela, Narciso, and Ingrid teach some high school as well as grade school classes.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.

Paul McMillan


9/1/2010

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Those of you that were praying for our teachers need to know that your prayers for three of them were answered in an unexpected way, and of real concern to our school. Our 2nd, 6th and 7th grade teachers all decided to resign last week because of an offer of the state schools for them to work a morning shift as well as the afternoon shift, which included an additional salary and better retirement benefits.

So, why do I write about this in the section on rejoicing with thanksgiving? Because we believe when God takes away, He has a divine purpose for this and we also believe that the three new teachers that he miraculously brought to us will be for something special He has in mind for the school, this school year and hopefully longer.

We praise the Lord again for Dona Luz, the experienced educator from the Logos School in Santo Domingo, who willingly came out last Friday to interview several candidates we had contacted. Her choices were two of the four interviewed, and the third teacher that we needed came to us Monday morning, well qualified and believed that God wanted her to join our team.

Another note of praise is that we also have a new secretary, Aly, to replace Erica, who decided to pursue her legal career, as well as bring a child into their family, so gave us her resignation last spring.

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Pray for our new teachers: Yesenia – 7th grade, Lourdes Guzman – 6th grade, and Luciana in 2nd grade, and our new secretary, Aly, that each of these will adjust to their new positions and soon be ministering for the Lord with the talents God has equipped them with.

Two of our existing teachers, Dolores and Yajaira are expecting and will give birth during the school year, so we will need to have additional replacements when that time comes.

We don’t have the final count of children enrolled, yet, but the number will probably be close to 360. Possibly between 20-25% of these are new students, which offers us additional souls that God has brought into our school so we can direct them to the Way, the Truth and the Life—even our Lord Jesus. Pray that more so that ever, our team of teachers and staff will be one in spirit and effort throughout this school year.

Please remember this director in your prayers. Some important changes could occur soon unless we see God’s provision of additional personal support. It has gone on too long with too little to meet the basic obligations to live as we are now.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here

Paul McMillan


8/17/2010

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Feverishly is probably a good word to describe the activity and energy that has been expended in the last several days, getting ready for the opening of school here. With our last group leaving on August 8th and school to begin on the 17th we had only a few days to scramble and get all the loose ends tied up before the students returned to class.

One big item of praise during this time is for the tireless work that Victor and his wife Firelei have put out to help us get ready for school. His work during the summer has been supervising the work on the second apartment complex, and the different projects that the groups were doing around here. We appreciate the cooperative spirit in this couple.

Our teachers have also been busy during this time with their course planning and classroom preparations.

We again thank the Lord for each of the teachers He has sent us and for our administration personnel.

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Pray for our teachers. I feel led to mention each of their names specifically, and ask that as the Lord would lead you to select one or more and pray for them regularly during these next two weeks. Here are their names: Argenis – high school principal and math teacher; Roberto – high school social studies teacher; Raiza – high school/8th grade science teacher; Yajaira – high school/8th grade literature and grammar teacher; Orlando – high school/8th grade English teacher; Maria Rafaela – computer teacher; Rebecca – music/art teacher; Narciso – physical education teacher; Ingrid – grade school principal and English teacher; Josefina Sosa – 7th grade teacher; Sabina – 6th grade teacher; Dolores – 5th grade teacher; Marcia – 4th grade teacher; Andrea – 3rd grade teacher; Miguelina – 2nd grade teacher; Santa – 1st grade teacher; Kenia – kindergarten teacher; Josefina Mendoza – teacher’s assistant.

Also pray for Richard, our school administrator, and his new secretary, Ali, as they process the enrollment information for the students for this school year.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.

Paul McMillan


8/1/2010

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The two English camps have finished and we can truly say that God was working through those who helped sponsor them and minister to the 35 some young adult Dominicans who came to the older camp and the 24 or so youth in the second camp. God’s word was clearly presented in both camps and we know of at least 3 youth that made professions of faith in the second camp of young people 12-15 yrs. old.

The second English camp had a distinct emphasis of musical talent, since several friends had come, accompanying Rebecca’s family, each with their instrumental or singing ability. They had a strong evangelistic emphasis, with nightly preaching by two dedicated young men who shared the Word to both the campers and invited guests from the community.

This second camp had hardly concluded their time here when our final work group flew in from Ashland, OH. The are presently hard at work, putting additional efforts into the new teacher housing to get it ready for use this fall for Richard, our school administrator and his wife, Yajaira, one of our high school teachers and is now expecting their first child and are excited about having their new housing facility.

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Pray for the Dominican youth that made professions of faith and the many others that receive the preaching and teaching of God’s Word through these summer camps. We believe that these young people will reflect on these teachings and songs as they return to their homes, and that the seeds planted will be watered at a future time. Pray with us that this ministry will show permanent results in many of these young lives in this community.

The lateness of this letter is in part due to my not getting on it sooner, but truthfully, we have been very busy with the camps and getting ready for the coming school year. We are now working with our teachers in the middle of this last camp. The two activities together keep me quite busy, since both require my presence. Pray for wisdom for our administrative staff in directing the teachers that our teaching staff will be well prepared for this school year.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us

Paul for the team here.

Paul McMillan


7/16/2010

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As the days drew closer to the registration for our annual young adult English Camp the whole complex began taking on a very clean and orderly appearance. This was due not to our efforts as leaders and administrators, but to the eager Dominican young adults that were earning their camp payment by cleaning away brush, cleaning walls and many of the classrooms and bathrooms. 35 or so young adults enrolled in this first English Camp for the summer. Probably 30 -40% of these young adults are unchurched and unbelievers. We are grateful for the efforts of many of our church members and their concern for the souls of the youth. We also praise the Lord for the pastor that came down with the sponsoring with the sponsoring group from Columbus, OH.

As I write this, I’m on a plane in the U.S. having attended another educators conference in Columbus, S.C. and now going to a Congo M.K. (missionary kid) 50 year reunion. I look forward to seeing MKs that I haven’t seen since 1960 in the Congo where my parents supervised a missionary children’s home so the parents could carry on their ministries in the interior of the country. I praise the Lord for making this possible.

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Pray for the young adults that attended the English Camp – especially for those that are unbelievers. They will have received the gospel at the Camp – both directly from the devotionals and messages preached, as well as indirectly from observing the lives of their peers who have made commitments to the Lord and are living lives that honor the Lord.

Pray for the next English Camp from July 24-30 for the 12-15 year olds. The family of our music teacher – Rebecca – has organized a group from their church in Georgia and will be directing this next camp. Pray that God will use their evangelistic efforts to open and soften these young hearts to the gospel.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.

Paul McMillan


7/1/2010

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We find it a real blessing to see how the groups interact with the children and youth here when they present their Vacation Bible Schools. These children are truly blessed beyond what they imagine. There are thousands of children like these in the surrounding towns and villages that don’t have the love of Christ shown to them and that can hear the words of Christ from dedicated Christian young men and women. These children are the future youth and adults of Juan Tomas. Will they grow up to make a real difference in their community for having received this steady dose of Bible teaching and the positive examples of believers around them, both Dominicans and Americans?

We praise the Lord for funds provided for our teachers to once again attend the Christian Educators conference in Santo Domingo at the Logos Education Center. The speaker, Dr. Randall A. Ross, Director of ACSI in the Ohio River Valley Region, gave two plenary challenging messages contrasting mediocrity and excellency in our perspective of Christian teaching and living.

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For the first time our Bible Class outreach recently faced genuine antagonism towards the gospel from the Catholic element in a nearby town. Their teaching happened to be the importance of worshipping only God and not any other idol or image. Several older children told our young adults after the first day that there would be fewer children the following day, because they would go around and tell the parents what our students were teaching, and that the parents shouldn’t let their children go to the Bible club the next day.

I told our students that this was a good sign, because it meant that the truth was being given since the enemy was active. Pray for these young adults as they continue to grow in the Lord, that they would be strong in faith and be bold for the Lord.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.


6/16/2010

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We have experienced one of the most amazing groups that the Bible Center has had. The Westminster Catawba Christian School, from Rock Hill, SC has once again proved their worth to our ministry and the building and maintenance that the Center needs on a continual basis.

The 39 adults and high school students that came this year definitely left a lasting impression in almost any part of the complex here. If you will go to the Partners in Christ website and look up the group from Rock Hill, SC, you will find many pictures and information of what this group accomplished.

God has certainly blessed both the school, church and our home and farm with the work this and other groups have contributed.

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Our teacher, Argenis, who had applied for a visa to the U.S to attend a Christian Educators conference, was rejected again. We don’t understand God’s purpose in this denial, but would ask your prayers for Argenis, that he will continue to grow in his learning and experience in the work here at Fountain of Life School. He has a heart to serve the Lord here and needs to be kept in our prayers.

Please pray for our daughter, Sandra, who now will be experiencing life as a single mother in the U.S., with a 5 year-old daughter and a one year-old son. She has taken an important step to honor and obey the Lord and needs much prayer support to find an adequate job to meet her needs and the fellowship of believers where she will be living.

Also be in prayer for our teachers as they will be attending a Christian educator’s conference here in the Logos Christian School in Santo Domingo at the end of this month. We want them to be encouraged and edified so they will be better teachers next fall. We want their hearts to be enlarged and strengthened.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.


6/1/2010

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As we leave the school year behind, we enter the hustle and bustle of the summer activities. We basically have groups back to back, which keeps things going for those of us that are involved full time here at the mission complex.

The group we mentioned in our last letter, from Hood River, OR, was truly a blessing. They weren’t necessarily a large or dynamic group, but showed sincerely and love for the Lord. We will look forward for their return if the Lord so wills.

We praise the Lord for relative calmness over the past congressional elections here, on May 16th. There were several killed in confrontations of different parties, but this unfortunately is normal during elections.

We are praising the Lord with Yajaira and her family that her father is home from the hospital and feeling much better. There was a time in when he was in the hospital when the doctors thought that they had to operate on his gallbladder, but didn’t want to risk it because of his heart condition. Prayer was made and the pain went away from his gallbladder and the operation was called off.

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We reported the tragic death of one of our Kindergarten children recently. As far as we know none of the immediate family are believers. Continue to pray that the contacts made with family members will be opportunities to share the love and compassion of Christ.

Pray with us for the upcoming Summer Camps. As of now, it appears we will be having just two camps: the main one for the 16 – 20+ year old young adults from July 4-11th, and the 12-15 year old youth scheduled later in July. We have a new group from Georgia, from Rebecca’s (our music/art teacher) family and church that is eager to come and minister to these youth.

Argenis, our high school principal, is planning again to request a visa next Monday to get to the States for the educator’s conference in Columbia, SC , July 11-15th. Pray that he will be granted this visa so he can benefit from the wealth of Christian Education teaching and sharing at this conference.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.

Paul McMillan


5/16/2010

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Well, we are beginning to wind down the school year. Our eighth and twelfth graders are now taking their final tests so they will be able to have the “study clinics” to prepare them for the national exams in June. The goal of the Secretary of Education is to complete all classes, exams, and grading in June so teachers and students will have July off.

The Lord has enabled us to manage these past few weeks in spite of the absences of several teachers due to health reasons.

We praise the Lord for the donation of the concrete roof for the second complex of our teacher’s housing. It is now poured and the progress is started with the plastering of the walls.

We have a new group visiting us here from Hood River, Oregon. They had an overnight trip on Friday to Saturday, so arrived here quite weary. It was a joy to see their good spirits and eagerness to get involved in the work projects and ministry.

Yajaira’s father is out of intensive care, but still in the clinic. The believers in his family have had frequent opportunities to share with him from the scriptures, and we believe God has allowed this to soften his heart and truly come to a saving knowledge of Christ.

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Pray that the doctors will have wisdom to know how to care for Yajaira’s father, Dario. He now may need a gallbladder operation for gall stones, but this can’t be done until his heart condition is stable. For the present it has been decided to hold off on the operation and try to treat the gallbladder problem with medication. Pray especially for his wife, Fifa, who is our teacher’s assistant, but has had to be with her husband a lot, in the clinic.

As I write today, the congressional elections are in progress. There are tensions among the two leading political parties which have resulted in one death so far, so we would ask for your prayers that there would be a peaceful acceptance of the results.

Pray with us that we would be able to purchase power inverters for the different areas of the Bible Center here to help alleviate the expenses of our generators.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.

Paul McMillan


5/2/2010

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We thank the Lord that our teachers are coming back “on duty”. Sabina is back, out of the cast. Ingrid in on the road to recovery from the typhoid, and Dolores should be back on campus by next Tuesday. Her ailment apparently was the beginning of a pregnancy.

Our high school students put on a science fair a week ago. There were many interesting and well thought-out displays, including: the effects of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or tsunami, a hotel, complete with reception, restaurant, children’s area, dining room and swimming pool. It was good to see the students join together working on this type of activity instead of what so many young people do in this village – wandering the streets, and getting in trouble.. A good number of parents came and were impressed with their young people’s efforts.

Yajaira’s father was taken into emergency last week, and apparently the problem was heart related, a situation just short of a heart attack. God’s hand was in this, and the reports that came to us from the family living near here were that he was having severe chest pains and quite affected emotionally from his condition one of his older daughters who is a Pentecostal believer was able to pray with him in a profession of faith in Christ. This has been our prayers for several years that Dario would come to the Lord.

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Pray for Dario that his profession will be true and that we will be able to work with him now as a true believer.

Please be in prayer for Rosmery, the wife of Argenis, our high school principal. Rosmery is now working with Yajaira in the sponsorship program. She has plans to begin visiting the homes of sponsored students, to become better acquainted with the students and their parents in their homes, and thus make the program more personal. This is a big undertaking, since she is a mother of a very active two year-old daughter. They are living in the new apartments across from the school.

Continue in prayer with us for at least two new personnel for the school for the next school year: 1) a physical education teacher and 2) a school office secretary.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.

Paul McMillan


4/16/2010

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We thank the Lord for the safe flights to and from here of our state side board members, and for God’s leading in the board meeting April 8th. One highlight was a favorable response of the board members present to the invitation for two new board members: Rafael Sena and my son in law David Montero. Rafael is an accountant working now for a Christian foundation located here in Santo Domingo, and David has his masters in business administration and is now living here with his family and can contribute directly to the ministry here. We believe it is crucial to broaden the leadership base of the organization here with national brothers, so the ministry can become nationalized.

A further note of praise is for what was accomplished with the two visiting U.S. Christian School groups this month, especially in the Haitian village of La Luisa Prieta. Between the two groups, the village was visited four times, and Bible classes were held for the children of the church there along with a number of children outside of the church. Quantities of food and used clothing were left to be distributed to the 25 some families that attend the church.

We rejoiced with the four of our Church members who had visited Haiti, that God had blessed their ministry and protected them as they travelled many miles and even had to sleep on the bus one night to save time and accomplish their objective to erect the chapel building, and minister to an orphanage there.

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Please be in prayer for the health of our teachers. In the past month we have had two who have had to have casts on their legs for fractures from falls. Several have had to miss classes for illnesses of different kinds. Since we work on the bare minimum of teachers for each grade and only one teacher’s assistant, it makes it difficult to assure a qualified teacher for each class during the whole morning of classes each day of the school week. Especially remember Ingrid (our English department director and grade school superintendent), who was diagnosed with typhoid fever, Sabina (our fourth grade teacher) who has a cast on her leg and now Dolores (our fifth grade teacher) who has had to be out with some ailment that is yet waiting to be diagnosed.

Also we are dealing with several high school students that insist on running around with questionable companions from Juan Tomas (who have a type of gang organization) that negatively influence them and cause unrest among the students in our high school. Pray for Argenis, our high school principal, that he would have wisdom to deal with these students and their parents.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.

Paul McMillan


4/4/2010

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We praise the Lord for a beneficial Dominican Executive Board meeting March 23rd. We had to meet almost two months later than planned because of recuperation efforts related to the Haitian earthquake.

At the writing of this letter, four of our church members are in Haiti finishing up the construction of a chapel and related ministries sponsored by TIME Ministries. Ingrid, Richard, Yajaira and Argenis left our center last Sunday, March 28, to spend a couple of days at the Baptist Church in Villa Mella in training and prefabricating the parts for the chapel that they then transport by truck to assemble on site. The group and truck left for the Haitian border on Wednesday, the 31st. At our prayer meeting Wednesday night we were informed that the truck was being held at the border because they lacked a small document. We prayed and it wasn’t more that 10 minutes after we’d finished that another call came that they were able to cross the border. Truly, “before you call, says the Lord, I will answer”. God was working on the hearts of these officials to permit the truck to cross over. We await their return this weekend, probably with other accounts of God’s working through them.

This week we have off from regular school activities, but not really restful since we have a group from Springfield, OH. As usual with the visiting groups, we have the combination of additional responsibilities, but the blessings of projects being done and fellowship with adults and teens full of ambition to work on projects and minister to the children and youth here. Rod Troyer is here for the two groups we have overlapping each other, and as always it is a blessing to have him here. We’re thankful that the cut he received on his leg from the portable cutting disk tool wasn’t very serious, although it required four stitches.

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Again we ask prayer for our upcoming board meeting this next week, April 8th. As a board, we need God’s wisdom to be the correct guiding influence for the multiple ministries here. Pray for unity of mind and sensitivity to God’s will in the matters that will be discussed.

We would ask your prayers for a physical education teacher for the school. Now that we have the recognition from the Secretary of Education, we must be complying in all areas possible, one of which is to have teachers that have their degrees, or are studying towards that end. Our present Phys. Ed. teacher does not comply and has been helping us because we have not yet found a qualified teacher for this area. The same God who can move the hearts at the Haitian boarder can move in the heart of some young man with the right qualifications.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here

Paul McMillan


3/16/2010

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We rejoice again that our Lord is blessing us and the work here. We are in the dry season and the evidence is obvious when one walks around the complex and looks down at the ground. The earth has numerous cracks because of the clay found beneath the black soil where the grass is. In spite of the dry earth, we are rejoicing in the showers of blessing from the Lord and the “humid earth and lush” spiritual growth that He is giving us, in spite of our afflictions.

Recently we had a parent-teacher meeting, but this time at 11:00 a.m., instead of the normal 6:30 p.m. We were pleasantly surprised with the attendance, since so many of the parents work and it would be difficult for them to get off work. The attitudes were positive and we feel that it was a good meeting. Evening activities here can be dangerous for some who have to take public transportation after dark.

Another note of praise relates to the Sunday afternoon Bible studies we have with Haitians living in this area. Our normal attendance averages 6 adults and 3 children. Last Sunday, we had 12 adults and 7 children. One of the men attending was the Juan Tomas local witchdoctor’s helper. He didn’t want to enter at first, but with persuasion from Pierre, the leading Haitian believer here, he came in and listened.

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Pray with us, especially, for our teachers as a number of them are faced daily with numerous students who show the scorner’s attitude (Prov.9:8; 15:12; 21:24; 24:9). This attitude is frequently developed from their homes, and from other street kids. Proverbs tells us how to deal with this kind of person, but the parents do not want to accept it.

We have been asked by our school district director to help the two public schools in Juan Tomas to put all of their students’ pictures on the Ministry of Education’s web site. We recently did this for our own students, and are grateful to have internet access to be able to do this. Pray that we will be able to not only comply with this request, but in so doing, also present a Christian testimony and share the gospel with these teachers and students.

Pray for our upcoming board meeting, April 8th. Several of our board members will be flying from the States, and we need God’s wisdom for making decisions that will affect the next school year.

The Dominican executive board will be meeting here March 2

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.

Paul McMillan


3/1/2010

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In our last newsletter we mentioned the plans to visit a Haitian village near here. Well, the visit last Sunday was quite interesting. The village, called La Luisa Prieta, is located about 8 miles north-northwest of Juan Tomas. It is a former sugar-cutting worker village where the Haitians are housed. Now that this source of income has been discontinued, the 390 families living there are finding it very difficult to get income.

The church is the uniting of two evangelical churches, after one of them lost it’s building, due to a decision of the owner of the property. There are some 80 children and around 50 adults. The village does have two public schools. The young pastor, Antonio Jan, also serves as a community leader. He obviously loves the Lord and his people.

Our group of 8 people from our church was warmly received and asked to share the Word and testimonies as well as some songs. Since our morning service ends around 10:30 a.m., we arrived at La Luisa Prieta around 11:15 a.m. as they were concluding their morning service. We enjoyed our time of sharing and then meeting with some of the leaders of the church afterwards.

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As we joined the Haitian believers in this simple building where they were meeting, we could see several needs. The building was adequate, but did have a wall that was cracked and in need of repair. The pastor told us that all the chairs were borrowed from the community center. Our joining them meant that several were left standing so that we could be seated.

As we met with the pastor and group of deacons and church leaders, we asked about their economic situation. Pastor Antonio explained the desperate need that many of the adult members have trying to find work to provide for their families. We couldn’t really do much more for them than offer to pray, so we pass along this request to you to pray for this congregation and that these men and women might find work and be able to adequately sustain their families.

Pray especially for Loleta Paul, one of the dedicated women of the church who has a mentally deranged husband that she has to keep chained up while she is out of the house, so he doesn’t destroy things in the house.

It is possible that our church could help train some of the young adults of this church so they can give Bible classes to the children. We are in prayer about how best to help them, and would like you to join us in prayer for this outreach that the Lord has opened for us.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here.


2/17/2010

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One note of thanksgiving is regarding the construction of the second duplex for our teachers. As some of you may recall, we had serious trouble laying the footers because of heavy down pours caving in the ditches. This cost both time and money to recuperate and continue the construction. We are praising the Lord that the construction of the footers for the second complex has gone very nicely, with only minor problem of caving in. Possibly it is a better time of year to be digging, since we are not in the rainy season. Within a couple of weeks we hope to be up to roof height with this construction.

Another item of praise is to see how a number of our students responded to our announcement of bringing in the needed items to help with the crises in Haiti. The school was able to send a lot of bottled water, canned goods and money though the large evangelical church in Santo Domingo, which is channeling these items to needy people in Haiti.

Argenis, our high school math teacher and high school principal, is now living with his family in the one of the new teacher homes, right across from the grade school. He has repeatedly expressed that he believes God has called him to minister fully time with us, at the school and church. I will be going to his church today (Wed. February 17) to share with his church our ministry and express our gratefulness of their involvement with us in the work here. Almost half of our teachers come from this church.

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Our church here, Juan Tomas Bible Church, is contemplating extending our efforts to a Haitian village about a half hour’s drive from here. This village, a former sugar cane worker village, has two evangelical churches that they want to consolidate into one, and the young pastor is asking us to help train some of their adults in solid doctrine and also work with the children. I hope to go there this coming Sunday for a brief visit and then we are planning to make this village an outreach ministry of the different groups that come here during this year, to not only help with material needs, but most of all spiritual. PRAY that the Lord will guide us in this effort and that He, by His Spirit, will bring men and women to Himself and that they will be built up in the faith.

Pray for Linda, in one of the ministries that God has opened to her, teaching English as a second language, to young adults in the community here. We attended a very well- preformed program last night, with drama and testimonies, by her students. Many of these are not believers and do not attend the church here, but come to learn English. It is an open door to bring them the gospel, indirectly. Linda is presently studying to get a Master’s degree in ESL. Thank you for your prayers.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here in Juan Tomás..

Paul McMillan


2/1/2010

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“PRAISE YE THE LORD. PRAISE GOD IN HIS SANCTUARY: PRAISE HIM IN THE FIRMAMENT OF HIS POWER. PRAISE HIM FOR HIS MIGHTY ACTS; PRAISE HIM ACCORDING TO HIS EXCELLENT GREATNESS” PSALM 150:1-2

Probably one of the greatest happenings in the history of the Fountain of Life School occurred last Wednesday, January 27th. About 11 o’clock in the morning a call comes to my cell phone from our school district office. I expected the usual – the announcement of a meeting of school directors, or, that we needed to take in some documents for school or student records, or that they were going to pay us a visit, BUT, it was none of these. The secretary said in a casual voice, “Are you the director of the Fountain of Life School?” When I responded, “yes”, she went on, “you can come by and pick up your certificate of recognition for your school”. I had to have her repeat it, to be sure I had heard correctly, and it was so. The document for which we and many of you have been praying for was finally a reality.

I must admit, that, as I drove over to the office, doubts jumped into my mind. – much like the believers in Acts 12 who were praying for Peter’s release from prison, and couldn’t believe the word of Rhoda that Peter was at the gate, even though they were praying for his release. I began thinking; surely it is only some more documents that we have to fill in to further the process of being recognized. Surely it couldn’t have happened. But, it was really so. When I arrived and Carmen Luisa, our district representative, came out of a meeting to hand me the recognition document, she gave me a warm, Dominican hug and said, “I’m so glad for you and your school”. “You are now recognized by the Secretary of Education”

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A letter that accompanied the recognition document stated clearly, that this present recognition can be suspended temporarily or definitively if it can be proven that the school has been careless in complying with the established requirements for recognition.

This means that all of us here need to be doing our part, and you helping us by praying, so that we will not only comply with the requirements, but go beyond these requirements to excel in doing our best, not to please men, but God, Who has done so much for us here and moved the hearts of the authorities to grant us this recognition, even though we did not meet their requirements for 80% of our teachers having their degrees.

With thankful hearts and rejoicing in God’s goodness to us,

Paul for the team here in Juan Tomás..

Paul McMillan


1/17/2010

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Since the thoughts of many are on the Haitian earthquake crisis, we do want to communicate that no significant damage occurred in the Dominican Republic, even though the tremors were felt by many.

We are rejoicing with these two families that finally they have moved into the new teacher housing built across from the school. Even though Roberto is missing because of having to go to classes at the university, his wife and children were glad to see this welcome cake that our daughter, Kathryn made for each family.

These teachers have chosen to identify themselves in a more complete way with the ministry of the Fountain of Life School, by leaving the proximity of their families and friends to be closer to the ministry here in Juan Tomas.

Both families come from a thriving Baptist church in the town of Villa Mella, about 5 miles from the school. They form an integral part in the ministry here, not only in teaching at the school, but also in the spiritual development of many of the high school students and their families.

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Even though we were not affected by the Haitian earthquake, we have a number of Haitian believers that are worshipping with us here. As far as they know, none of their relatives living in Haiti were harmed by the recent earthquake. They are asking prayer for their country and friends there as there are many affected by material losses and deaths of loved ones.

Continue to pray for our Haitian Bible studies on Sunday afternoons.

With thankful hearts and confidence in our Lord’s promises,

Paul for the team here in Juan Tomás..


1/3/2010

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As you can see from the picture, another wedding has taken place here. This is our second wedding and our first Haitian wedding – Pierre and Liliana Jocelyn. Pierre has been here now for about three years and they have both been baptized and are actively involved in the weekly Haitian Bible studies we have, as well as the regular church services. Pierre works on our farm and Liliana brings the workers breakfast each day.

They have three young children and are growing in the faith.

We are also thankful for the talent the Lord is raising up here among our young adults. The small choir offered a wonderful chorus of praise this past Christmas season. The young man that is directing this group has been insistent that each member of the choir maintain an exemplary Christian walk and regularly be involved in evangelistic outreach.

We praise the Lord for the ministry Rebecca (our new music/art teacher) has had, both in the school and church. She was able to return to her home for the holidays and will be coming back tomorrow.

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Pray for Pierre and Liliana. They have contacts with many other Haitians, a number of whom are not believers. We had a large number of Haitians come to the wedding, so there is a real opportunity of ministry among this people. Also, Pierre would like to finish his high school so he can be better prepared to teach French.

The two new teacher homes are virtually completed and their occupants hope to be moved in before school begins this week. Pray for the adjustments they will be making with this relocation, especially the greater effectiveness among the students of Fountain of Life School.

With thankful hearts and confidence in our Lord’s promises,

Paul McMillan,

For the team here in Juan Tomás.