Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Adjustments are the new normal in our lives. The challenges of Island living and missionary living are two separate challenges merged into one. Where do you go for a vacation? How about a day trip to town? Where can we go where we’re not Pastor? What do you do with time, when projects cost money and you have none? How do you escape 110-degree heat without A/C? Then you must deal with cultural differences. What do you do when the neighbor boy is at your place and it’s time for supper? What do you do when that same boy’s parents head to town and leave him with you without asking? What about unexpected visits at all times of the day? What about uninvited guests inviting themselves into your family time around the dinner table. How you deal with these kinds of things will make you or break you. (Sometimes we feel broken.)
In coming to Grand Turk, we knew our God-given assignment. God defined clearly to us that we were to see to the establishing of the church. We have found the task to be much different than pastoring stateside. We started at zero numerically on March 4, when we arrived! Our first Sunday we had three “Belongers”; the last Sunday of October we had 67 “Belongers.” (Special service) We have started at zero when it comes to Biblical understanding and living. This has proven to be a challenge as it is absolute, very basic teaching. It’s here that we work much differently than in the States. Stateside we’ve pastored established churches, here we are challenged to develop and make disciples. God is blessing in these efforts.
We are working with Mr. Demarco, a young man who has the capacity to be a strong spiritual leader. It is a thrill to see God working in his life. He recently stated, “When I’m struggling, I hang around godly people.” (Now, we know why he visits so often.) We work with Mr. Garret who recently was saved and baptized. Mr. Demarco now has taken Mr. Garret and is teaching him what he has been taught, creating another disciple. The last Sunday of October, I watched as an old friend of Mr. Garret came to church. It was so interesting watching a newly converted believer reaching out and beginning to teach what he had been taught. Mr. Garret recently stated, “I just feel like I’ve found a new family.” As is common with missionaries we tend to leave out the hard times. Times like when a young lady states, “I want to get saved, but I’m not ready to give up some things”; then watch her strong interest for God fade as she becomes very cold spiritually.
Yes, we are adjusting! God is blessing! But, please understand we need you! We need your prayer covering daily! We need your words of encouragement! We seriously need your financial support! we add as well, thanks for your prayers, encouraging words, and financial support. Thanks for your investment.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands
Greetings in Christ’s Name,
Six months have passed since our arrival here in Grand Turk. As we look back, we can see
the hand of God at work both here in Grand Turk and in our lives. The adjustments haven’t always been easy, but God has comforted us through the people He has brought into Bible studies and Sunday services. Since our previous newsletter some exciting things have taken place. We’d like to quickly share them with you.
For several weeks leading up to June 23, the church had been making plans for a church dinner after church. During the week leading up to this date, the Turks and Caicos radio station asked to broadcast our service live. When Sunday June 23 came, the church parking lot was filled, nearly all seating was filled, and most importantly God came. We had over 70 in attendance, and the church was introduced to all of Turks and Caicos. What an exciting time!
From March to June we didn’t meet on Sunday nights. Sadly, the tradition here is that every Sunday night is family night. (A good idea but on the wrong night.) On July 7 we had our first Sunday night service. Our service isn’t like yours; there’s no preaching, offering taking, nor set way of doing it. We sing a few songs or choruses, have a praise time (testimonies), time of sharing needs to help pray for one another through the week, then we study God’s Word. For the last nine weeks, we’ve been studying James 1. We’ve been blessed with 12-16 people in attendance.
One July afternoon, Demarco came by the church with Shards. Shards had been coming to Bible study for weeks. The Wednesday prior to his coming with Demarco, he had stated, “I’ll never be able to give up rum.” Demarco said four words that afternoon, “He’s ready to pray.” With tears and prayer to God, God came and delivered Shards. For six weeks, Shards has been rum free!! Please pray for Shards. His home is full of evil influences that fight him constantly about his choice to go with God.
As I close, I extend to you our thanks for your continued prayers and financial support. We deeply appreciate you partnering with us. To you who helped with Youth Camp expense, thanks. To you who helped towards needed A/C units, thanks. To the monthly financial supporter, thank you for giving and encouraging us through your giving. Monthly supporter, you’re the backbone to the work here in Grand Turk.
Blessings, The Lopers
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
We ask for your prayers in several ways: 1. There is a strong desire for a youth ministry but we need more local involvement. 2. Pray for Wednesday and Sunday night Bible study. 3. Pray for a need of a Sound System for the Church – it is very difficult leading services without this. We seriously rely on you pulling on the ropes of prayer for us. We count on numerous ones lifting our family and the ministry up daily in prayer.
We praise God for several things beyond what we mentioned above: 1. Supplying $7,500 of A/C for our home. 2. Supplying funds for Josh and Mike to attend Youth Camp. 3. Monthly supporters following through with their pledges.
Yours for Christ,
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Contact us at State-side # 937-867-0953
Friday, May 10, 2013
|Kids gearing up for a spirited baseball game. In a matter of weeks our yard went from having grass to mostly sand. Doesn't matter though, you can't take a yard to heaven with you!!|
|Our very first service March 4. We had 13 in attendance. God has been building a Church and to Him belongs all the glory. We have started a kids church and average over 24. Next week we are starting a Bible Study in our home. God is at work.|
|You just got to love Bro. Vaughn!! He is such an excellent example and leader. We really love him!!!|
|Happy Birthday "4" Eli|
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
1. Pray for and interest amongst the people for a Sunday night service.
2. Pray for our Children's ministry starting 4/7 at 6pm.
3. Pray for a gentleman who used to be a licensed minister with out Church who has been attending.
4. Pray for us as we try to adjust to the weather without air condition.
5. Pray for our oven that isn't working properly.
Thank you -
Mrs. Donna Lutton for heading up the project for ceiling fans and raising sufficient funds to purchase them. Thank you to every person who was involved in this. These fans will be a blessing!!
1. Many maintenance needs have arisen with house and Church not being maintained for several years. Cracked glass, termites, plaster and concrete repairs.
2. Across the Island as we meet people, most if not all strongly urge us to have some form of Air Condition for the summer months. Recently, an Air Condition project was approved stateside. The most energy efficient form of A/C is a Mini-split system A/C. We need at least $4,000 for the house and 4,000 for the Church. Help us in praying earnestly for and A/C system for the house!!
Friday, March 15, 2013
News from Turks and Caicos (TCI)
Thursday, February 7, 2013
David Livingstone once said, "If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?" We definitely feel it to be a great honor to be commissioned by God to assume the position of Pastor/Missionary on Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
It has been said that the reason some folks don't believe in missions is that the brand of religion they have isn't worth propagating. Thankfully, that is not our case! We have a brand that is worthy of being shared with every nation, every town, and every individual. However, not all can go to the foreign field, but all can have a part.
As we prepare to leave we face 4 needs: we need prayers, investors, supporters, and suppliers.
1. We need your prayers. Wesley Duewel once said, "We can reach our world, if we will. The greatest lack today is not people or funds. The greatest need is prayer."
2. We need investors. Currently the church is relying on financial support for operating costs. We seek individuals who will invest in replanting the Church.
3. We need supporters. Over the past few months many have pledged to support us as we leave for Grand Turk. Thank you for that pledge, and may God bless you as you follow through with your pledge starting this February. Your follow-through with your pledge is our lifeline for the work in Grand Turk.
4. We need suppliers. Along the way in mission works there are projects. God. Has supplied many needs through suppliers. Here are a few: digital piano, projector, freezer, and moving expenses. Some needs remain such as, schooling, legal paperwork, ceiling fans, and a PA system,
We are excited about what lies ahead and are looking forward to reporting back to you what God is doing. May God bless you for your prayers and support.
The Rob Loper family
- All pledges can be sent to: H.I.M - PO Box 1065 - Hobe Sound, FL. - 33475 (Be sure to mark for Rob Loper family)
- You may also click on the link below and make your pledge.
- All contributions made through H.I.M - F.E.A are tax deductable.