June 2015

PSALM 96:3 “Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!”

Colton Draeger, the newest member of the Don Shire Ministries team, will focus on our short-term missions outreach. Sign up now for one of our mission trips! Check the schedule to see when and where we are going.

FROM COLTON:
“About two and a half years ago I was in a very dark place, but by God's grace Don Shire reached out to me to show the love of Christ. I stayed at his orphanage in Haiti for a couple of months where I finally cracked open my Bible. It was by reading in Romans that I finally understood the vastness of my sin, and at the same time the infinite depth of Jesus' forgiveness! I attended Nicolet Bible Institute for a year where God set a fire in my heart for the lost, and towards the end of that year, I received the call from God to be a missionary. It was through short term service where He grabbed a hold of me, and now I have the beautiful opportunity to witness our Father work the same miracle on countless others! I am looking forward to serving with YOU! Where is God calling you to serve? Jer. 4:1-8 “Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak for I am only a youth. ”But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”




Pastor Prabhu, the pastor that oversees our India ministry, recently visited us here in the United States. We had a great time thanking God for the blessings of the past as well as planning for the future. One immediate need he presented is a roof over our present orphanage. He said our current roof leaks terribly and the children cannot stay dry when it rains. A new one will cost $6,000. As God leads, will you help us provide a dry covering for the children? There are 90 children sleeping on the floor. When the floor is wet, they are wet too. Thank you very much! PS: If any extra is raised it will go into the fund building the new orphanage.

May 2015

PSALMS 145:18 “The LORD is near to all them that call on Him, to all that call on Him in truth.”

PLEASE PRAY FOR PROTECTION

Last month Pastor Cenor wrote from Haiti asking for prayer. He informed us that orphanages have become a target for a gang of thieves. Some orphanages have not just been robbed, but also the directors were beaten, the girls raped, and anything of value taken. They have figured out that after mission teams visit they usually leave money, clothes, and other valuables. One recent attack was fairly close to our orphanage in Port Au Prince. Would you please pray specifically for the safety and protection of our staff and children?


THIS IS THE PROPERTY WE WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE IN HAITI

PRAYER REQUESTS AND PRAISES:

1. That God would provide the funds soon to build our orphanages in India and Haiti.
2. That God would provide English teachers for the orphanages in Roatan and Haiti.
3. Praise God for the efforts of children at the Fox Valley Christian Academy who recently raised $1900 for a playground at our India orphanage.
4. Pray for protection for our children in India and Haiti
5. Praise God for Colton Draeger joining our staff and pray that God would provide for his monthly financial needs.
6. Pray for Laza, the young boy we rescued from the slums of Haiti. He is a handful and needs special care. We need wisdom on how to best care for him.
7. Praise God for items that have been donated to the Haiti Garage Sale at the Judson Baptist Church in Joliet, IL and pray the sale will raise needed funds for our Haiti ministry.
8. Many have come to Christ, rededicated their lives to Christ, and have been called to missions at recent concerts. Pray that they will continue to grow in their new found faith.
9. Pray for wisdom as we plan for future ministry opportunities.
10. Pray for the adoptions taking place at our Haiti orphanage. The Haitian government is very slow in processing the papers needed to proceed.

April 2015

REVELATION 21:6 “And he said to me, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

WELCOME COLTON!

Colton Draeger, pictured below on the far right, has been a volunteer and an intern with our ministry over the past two years. During that time he also attended Nicolet Bible Institute. He feels called to serve in missions! He LOVES evangelism! As Don Shire Ministries continues to grow it is time to add to our team. We feel Colton will be a wonderful addition. His focus will be in the area of short-term missions. He will be needing to raise support. Would you like to help this young missionary get started?


THREE HARD WORKING TEAM MEMBERS TAKING A WELL DESERVED BREAK IN ROATAN. WE REPLACED A ROOF, FIXED DOORS, INSTALLED GUTTERS, REPAIRED SCREENS, SPENT QUALITY TIME WITH THE CHILDREN, MINISTERED AT THE LOCAL JAIL, ETC. IT WAS A WONDERFUL WEEK!

Guinea hens are popular love offerings in northern Ghana. We received 9 of them during our trip...ALIVE!!! Thanks to a local road stand with a grill, we would drop them off and return later to some very tasty fowl!

PRAYER REQUESTS:

1. Two of our team members came home sick from the Roatan trip. Please pray for their continued recovery.
2. Pray for Colton as he begins raising support and planning mission trips.
3. Don and Kathy will be doing a lot of traveling this month and next to 26 concerts from California to Virginia. Please pray for their safety and that the concerts will be Christ centered and effective as well.
4. Please continue to pray for the safety and well being of our orphans and widows in India and Haiti. Our orphanages are very crowded. As the children get older we really need better facilities and hopefully more will be sponsored into homes.

March 2015

REVELATION 21:6 “And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”

GHANA

Our trip to Ghana went well. We learned to be flexible as our plans changed, but we were able to see God’s plan unfold! Almost 200 came to Christ! To God be all the glory!!!


VISIT WITH CHIEF

On our last visit, this Muslim chief asked for water for his village. We prayed with Him asking God to provide, and many of you were led to provide a well for his village! We reminded him where the water came from, shared the gospel and prayed with him. He did not accept Christ, but he heard the gospel. May that seed be watered!


FAITH IN ACTION - POLAND?

Emil (left) enjoyed seeing our Faith in Action team so much in Poland that he started one there. We saw him in Ghana, building churches.


REMEMBER JIM?
We were able to go visit Jimmy in Ghana. He is the boy that we rescued from a garbage dump 5 years ago. He is happy at his new home and school. The home director said everyone that comes wants to know where Jimmy is! A family and church support the expenses for his care.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

1. PRAISE: The ministry trips to Haiti and Ghana in February went well. Thanks for praying!
2. We need to relocate our Haiti orphanage. We have found a property that would be wonderful to develop. The cost is $180k. Please pray the funds will be provided soon.
3. The security wall is being built around our property in India. After that, as God provides, we can begin construction of the new buildings for our orphans. We need an increase in donations like never before!
4. We will be taking a team to Roatan, Honduras in March. Prayers appreciated.