July 2015

Psalm 9:10 (NIV) Those who know Your name will trust in You, for YOU, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.

INDIA REPORT: Below is this month's report and request from Pastor Prabhu in India for our ministry there to orphans, widows, and the blind. We thought you would find it interesting. Should the Lord bless you or your church in a way that you can help with some of this month’s additional expenses, please designate your gift and 100% will go to that fund. Going back to school fees make this time of the year exciting as we see how God touches hearts to meet the need.

FROM PASTOR PRABHU:

Dear Beloved Evangelist Don Shire, Greetings in Jesus name from Faith In Action India. The summer was hot, but now the country is cooling. All 266 orphan boys and girls in our two Children Homes and sponsored orphans in pastors homes are back in schools and colleges as they were reopened in June. These kids may be orphans but have so much potential in them that can be developed if somebody like you cares to sponsor them. I am very happy to be a little part of the shaping up of their lives with shelter, 3 meals a day, clothing, schooling, and medical needs etc. I am able to do this ministry because of God’s providence thru faithful partnership with your ministry. I would like to request you to release the support for July 2015 and academic year of school and college fee.
Faith In Action Children home 91 children $2730
FIA Vijayawada orphans school fee $2552
School Books $1536
Two pairs uniforms $1440
FIA Widows in 4 widow homes $3280
Blind feeding program $200
Widow home rent $290
Electrical charge $29
169 sponsored children $7,925
TOTAL: $19,982

Please continue to pray for Pastor Prabhu as he leads our growing ministry in India. Also, please remember Pastor Cenor in Haiti and Orsy Cruz in Roatan, Honduras as they head up the orphanages in those countries.


FROM COLTON:
Hello Friends, I just joined the ministry this past year, but there is no time to waste! We have mission trips to Haiti, Zambia, India, and the Caribbean in the upcoming months. We also have a special trip from August 15-21 to Silver Birch Ranch. We will be building an alternative type of home to see how well it will work for the homes we build in Haiti. There are only 10 spots, so sign up quickly! Applications are on the donshire.com website. The cost will be $300 which includes food, housing, and helps out with the building supplies. By the way, a good cook/chef would be a much appreciated addition to the team! I’ll see you in August!

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.