The LaRues - Missionaries To The Dominican Republic January ‘06 - February ‘06

2 Tim.2: 3 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” Greetings to all of you from the LaRue Family here in the Dominican Republic. I am truly sorry for the lateness of this letter, but we felt it necessary. ATTENTION: CHANGE OF MAILING ADDRESS. We receive our mail here from Mission Flights International in Florida. For the last 42 years they have operated from Palm Beach Airport. But now have moved to the Port Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce, Florida. Because of this move our mailing address has changed. Before if someone wanted to send a letter, they sent it to one address and packages to another. But now they can be sent to the same address. At the end of this letter I will give the new address. Again I am sorry for the tardiness, but hope that you understand. It is with great joy that I write this prayer letter in reporting what the Lord is doing here. God has used the last two months to show our family the contrasts on the field. Our last letter was an example of how the preaching of the Word of God can set men free. But 1 Peter 5:8 says: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: We have to remember that we do have an adversary to what we are doing here. Also 2Cor.2: 11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” The last two months have been filled with problems. I have found it very difficult to stay faithful to the services, because of increasing problems with the vehicle that we are using here. We have had multiple problems with tires. The roads that we must travel daily here are very hard on tires; I have had as many as five or more flat tires in one week. On one occasion, as we were taking a lady from the Haitian church here to the clinic, we had two flat tires. One of them blew out and the other the tread came loose and we had to return home 20 –25 miles at about 10 mph with the tread flopping. I was then forced to purchase new tires. But the problem was that the tires I needed to purchase were in the capital three hours away. So I had to wait for a brother in the church in Polo who has a truck to have a load to the capital. This was a wait of five days. But thanks be to God we haven’t had any problems since. The mountains here also cause problems for brakes. The first week of December I replaced the front brakes, after three week the rider side brakes were gone. But not only that they had eaten into the rotors. The rotors had to be turned, not an easy task here, and the brakes had to be replaced again. But the truck was down for two days for this. Two weeks later the other side did the same thing. This time due to electricity problems in this part of the country the machine shop couldn’t do the work for two days so I was down for three days that time. The Lord knows my heart and that I am doing my best. A number of time we have tried to pay for some one to take us to the services, but due to the remoteness of these places no one wants to go and stay for two or three hours for the return. And these roads are very treacherous in the daytime let alone at night. Most people just aren’t willing to help. We have even tried to borrow or even rent a motorcycle to no avail. I have been praying for the money to purchase a motorcycle to be able to travel to these places. It would be much more economical also. We ask you all for your continued prayers for us here. As most everyone we fight discouragement, when going through these things. But as my pastor said, God is just causing us to grow through the hard times. Amen As for the people here who have been saved, I can see many of them growing in their walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, but with others as with anywhere it is a slow process. Wednesday night the 10th of March I preached my first message in Spanish in the church in Los Arroyos. It was really funny an American preaching in Spanish to a group of Haitians. But God blessed and they said that they all got a blessing from God, which makes the hard times pale in comparison. We still plan on being back in the states for the birth of our baby. We will return to South Carolina in the middle of May and return to the D.R the last of Aug. or the first of Sept, this will give Susan enough time ahead of her due date to settle in before the baby arrives and afterwards enough time for her to recover before the trip home. We will do our best to try and see as many of you as possible while we are there, time permitting. Prayer Requests: Susan and the baby. More souls saved. El Higuero (A pueblo where we

handed out tracts three weeks ago.) Plane tickets. Place to live while in the states. Motorcycle for the ministry. A vehicle for our work. Inverter system. Learn more Spanish. Attention New Address: Chris LaRue Unit 4019 – CMBH 3170 Airmans Drive Fort Pierce, FL 34946 Please include this address for all correspondence sent directly to us here on the field. All mail and packages shipped via the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FED- Ex, DHL, Etc. Can be shipped using this address. Please don’t use this address until March 25th. Please do not forget the Unit # and the Mission ID for MFI says that in the past the Mission ID’s have been omitted about 50% of the time making it very difficult to sort the thousands of pieces of mail they receive each week. For they now serve 175 different missions. NOTE: Please remember that MFI charges us $1.25 per pound for packages sent through them. Thank you for your continued support, prayer and financial. May the Lord greatly bless you all. Brother Chris LaRue