The LaRue Family

Dear Friends and Family, Psalm 127:3-5 “3.Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4.As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5.Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” As I am writing this letter we are waiting for our next arrow to be born. Susan is now officially one week over due. The doctor said that he would let her go two weeks before manually starting the induction process. Please pray we don’t want that. I guess everyone’s quiver is of a different size, and the rewards just keep coming. This will be number 6 for this happy man. God didn’t say they would be easy to raise, but they are a reward to God and to us. Please also pray for our children as they grow up on the foreign field. God didn’t say that would be easy either.

Future church property in Las Tayota.

As I look back at the first year on the field, it is amazing how fast it went. Time sure flies when your having fun. God has really begun a real work in our ministry this year. Around forty people (that we know of) accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour through our preaching and soul-winning efforts. Some of these people are Dominican and some are Haitian. Most are very faithful to come to the services. Some, if not most of the Haitians that we work here move back and forth from the D.R. to Haiti. During harvest seasons in the D.R. (Coffee, sugar cane, etc.) there are many Haitian people there who at other times of the year live in Haiti. This is just their way of life, really the only way they have to live. Pray for this part of the ministry, it is hard to grow a faithful church from these people as you can imagine. June the 6th-13th I was back in the D.R. with my pastor, Stephen Williamson, Missionary Bro. Darren Truel, and thirteen other men. I went to tie up some loose ends from when I left in May. As I reported in my last letter, Senior Lorenzo in Los Tayota, whom after we had preached and given him the gospel, gave us a piece of ground for the church in Los Tayota. But I hadn’t had the opportunity to prepare a document making the gift legal and binding. So on June 12th 2006 we prepared and received the property. When I return in September I will start construction on the building for Iglesia Bautista Cristiana Calvario de Los Tayota. At first the building will be what the people call a “Rama”. This consists of small trees or limbs buried and sticking up vertically into the air at the corners and wherever else needed.
Senior Lorenzo (left) & his brother.

At the top of those are more limbs horizontally tying the tops together. More limbs for the rafters and thatch, tin or a tarp for the roof, and VOILA! You have a church building, will not last through a hurricane there, but they do work. The people there are really excited about what God is doing for them. Please pray

for their spiritual growth. Please pray for Mrs.Carmen Santana, my first convert in Los Tayota. She is nearly forty years of age and has never been able to read. None of her family members are willing to help. Please pray especially for her growth in the Lord.

Pastors Darren Truel, Stephen Williamson and Nathan Gey with the new motorcycle.

When we there in June we were able to purchase a motorcycle for Pastor Natan Gey. He will use this for traveling into the mountains to preach the gospel in the many areas we are now trying to reach. I have been praying for this for a few months now. Thank the Lord for his faithfulness. Thank you all again for your faithful support, both prayer and financial. You have played a major part in the souls being saved in the Dominican Republic this past year. And without your help we will not be able to continue to carry out the “Great Commission” in the years to come.

Pastor Nathan and his new motorcycle.

In His Service,

Brother Chris LaRue