Thursday, September 5, 2013

September Newsletter

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands

Greetings in Christs 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