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Dominica Update

November 2008
Tony & Martha Cornelius

PO Box 701 Roseau Commonwealth of Dominica Local 767 445-8637 Internet 864 248-6169

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, I Thessalonians 1:2-3 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father. We recently began a study in I Thessalonians and noted that the Thessalonians' “work of faith, labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” was done “in the sight of our God and Father”. Our human nature lusts for praise and recognition, and we are tempted to labor “for” the Lord “in the sight of others”. However, if our labors are to yield eternal reward, it must be for God's eyes. We greatly appreciate your laboring for the Lord with us through your sacrificial giving and consistent praying for the Lord's work here in Dominica. It is encouraging to see our prayers answered. We have been praying that if Dean and Urmilla Charles truly knew the Lord He would show us some fruit. Recently they requested baptism, and though they are going through some very hard trials, their trust in the Lord is becoming more visible. Pray for us as we teach them the true meaning of baptism and that they would continue to grow in the Lord. There is a misunderstanding about baptism here in Dominica that is very prevalent. It is often viewed as entrance in a Christian church and another step in salvation. Mr. Dorsette has been visiting our church the past several Sunday mornings. I have witnessed to him in the past, and he has asked religious questions when I have given him a ride. Sunday He told me he was challenged by a sermon I preached years ago at the Lighthouse Baptist Church. He claims to be a Christian as many people do. Pray that the Lord will continue drawing him and working in his life. Martha and the kids (including Curt and and Oullie) continue plugging away in school at a blistering pace so we can be done in time for our furlough in March. It is hard to believe we will have a college student next fall. Our children are a blessing to us and the ministry, and it is fulfilling especially for parents to see their children cultivate devotion to the Lord. Joyfully Serving Christ, Tony & Martha, Jamie, T.J, Stephanie, Kimberly, Emily, David, Daniel, Curtley, Oullie, and Glendel

Octavia Alexander is in the hospital. She was born with one kidney, and the doctors believe it may be failing. She is in good spirits and trusting the Lord. She was singing hymns on the way to the hospital. Her brother Guery and his wife Vernie are keeping her three boys and we are keeping her little girl Marie. Tony's Health: I have been off of the heart drug for over a week with no SVT attacks. I am still on one medication but am trying to phase it out. My body is reacting to the chemical changes, but Lord willing I will be free of that soon. Thank you for your prayers.