During the months of August and September (yes, we are a little behind on updates!), we had the opportunity to minister God’s Word to people of all ages across 24 municipalities in Puerto Rico.
Below, a map of the municipalities we visited in the months of August and September. Many of them were visited several times, as we ministered in 16 churches, 2 group homes or government housing facilities, 11 private schools and 6 public schools.
As you can see from the map above, the ministry’s reach has extended farther across the island with each passing month. We have been blessed to receive calls from places like Ponce and San Sebastian, and have very much enjoyed the beauty of the island as we drive to different out-of-the-way locations.
BACK TO SCHOOL
As the school year got started, we received calls from public school administrators eager to welcome the students back with a message of God’s love.
One public school principal invited us to bring a message to her first parents’ meeting of the year. She warned us that on a good day, maybe 20 or 30 parents will come to a meeting. When we arrived at the school, she told us she expected even less, as few parents had responded letting her know they would attend. For the glory of God, the cafeteria where the meeting was being held filled up to capacity, and many parents of this large San Juan public school were able to hear a message of exhortation from God’s Word about their duty as the stewards of their little ones. Below, some photos of our time with them…
We ministered in many private schools as well, for retreats, Grandparents’ Day and other special activities. Below, some photos of our time in private schools big and small…
YOUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN
During the month of September, many private schools commemorated Grandparents’ Day. We were invited to several of these activities to bring our ministry for the grandparents and grandchildren gathered. In God’s perfect providence, Ricky’s message to families has included some exhortations to grandparents for some time now about how to impact the lives of their grandchildren for God’s glory:
Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren…DEUTERONOMY 4:9
Ricky reminds grandparents that whatever they consume, their grandchildren will also consume. Grandparents are not exempt from guarding their minds and hearts by virtue of their age and experience. Now that there are tiny feet walking behind them once again, they should take special care to guard the minds and hearts of their beloved little ones by guarding their own minds and hearts from the pollutions of the world. Below, some photos of the different opportunities we had to bring a message from God’s Word to grandparents about their important calling and impact on the lives of their grandchildren…
DOCTRINE. REPROOF. CORRECTION. INSTRUCTION.
Below, some photos of other private schools that invited us to minister God’s Word to their students for retreats, special activities or chapel sessions…
FEEDING THE SHEEP
Below, some photos of the 16 different churches where we were blessed to minister in the months of August and September…
Also during the months of August and September, we were able to minister to people right in their homes. One was a visit to a group home for adult men who live with mental illness. The family who owns and runs the home wanted to do something special for Suicide Awareness Day. These men blessed us greatly with their enthusiasm for worship and the Word. Another visit was a ‘Grandparents’ Day’ at a local government housing complex. See the photos below…
ALL FOUR CORNERS
Since God called our family to Puerto Rico, our heart has been to reach all four corners of the island with a word of exhortation and encouragement to people of all ages and circumstances. While the Lord has confirmed our ministry and calling time and again, we are excited to see how He is expanding the reach of the ministry to places on the island where we have not previously been. It has been a joy to set out on these road trips to meet and spend time with new people from all over the island as we share our gifts with them. If you missed our ministry video that we posted a few weeks ago, be sure to check it out at the end of this post. It shows some beautiful footage from our travels throughout our little island.
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Below, our 2019 Ministry Video recently posted to YouTube. Enjoy!