May 2016

Hebrews 3:4 "For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God."

COLTON SPECIAL UPDATE:

Greetings from Haiti, friends! These last few months have been a wonderful journey. As many of you know, DSM has been building earthbag homes in Haiti. However this past month I have had the opportunity to take that technology to the next level… “Compressed Earth-Blocks”. It is the same concept as the former, but the EarthBlock is more readily accepted by the communities in which we are building.






To create a quality Earth-Block, it takes specific portions of sand, clay, cement, and moisture content. Once the materials are well mixed, it goes into the EarthBlock press, and is compacted at 15 tons, resulting in a block that tests around 1000-2000 PSI. The blocks are also interlocking, easy to build with, and absolutely beautiful. They boast disaster resistance, low cost, bug proof, mold proof, and low embodied energy costs.                                        Putting the outer layer of cement
                                                                                    on one of the earthbag buildings

Don Shire Ministries is looking to use this technology to create jobs, build beautiful homes, and get widows off the streets! God has provided a beautiful piece of property to build 4 widow homes up in Mirabailis, Haiti. We hope to start construction this fall! If you want to help, or have any questions about this next venture, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Don at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




            Colton with our boys planting a box
               garden on the orphanage roof.

April 2016

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8) 

OVERWHELMED! By Don Shire

Sometimes we are simply overwhelmed! Last night I was trying to see what could be done to help the situation in India where the wells are dry at four of our widow’s homes and orphanages. We decided to try drilling the current wells deeper. Praise God there was money in our emergency water fund. Please pray that they will get to the water table! Hema, a little girl in India, has leukemia. The treatments are expensive. We sent enough for about half of the chemo treatments. We wait to see where the rest will come from. In Haiti there are many issues to deal with, including finding a new home for our children as our lease expires in June. Possibly we will be able to renew for another year if nothing is found. One of our workers there has cancer on her lips and throat requiring multiple surgeries. How much can we afford to spend in helping her? In Honduras we still have issues with the property deed at the children’s home. We live day to day wondering how it can be resolved. So far all we have found are lawyers that take money and then do nothing. Our monthly budget at DSM now exceeds $20,000 just for the support of widows and orphans, and that is before we pay our own bills. I AM SO GLAD THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL!!! Here’s the good news: Our children are doing well in school in all locations. They LOVE to worship the Lord! A rice farmer volunteered free water to one of our India orphanages until we can resolve the problem. Colton’s outreach is going very well in Haiti and he is making wonderful contacts. Teams continue to visit and encourage us in all of our ministry locations. This fall Colton will oversee the building of a school in Zambia. At concerts there is a wonderful presence of the Lord. Hearts are being changed! We are making plans to build 4 new homes for widows in Haiti. And there is much more to be thankful for!!! NO, GOD IS NOT OVERWHELMED!! THE FUTURE IS AND REMAINS IN HIS HANDS!


         PRAY FOR HEMA                        INDIA                       BUILDING AN EARTH BAG HOME
                                                                                                FOR A WIDOW IN HAITI



Don Shire Ministries December 2015 Colton spent time this month with the children at our children’s home in Haiti teaching them how to grow box gardens on the roof. They LOVED it! Please continue to pray for Colton in Haiti!

March 2016

Hebrews 3:13 "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today’, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.” 

ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE VENEZUELA JUNGLE

After being sick for a week and dealing with some stressful issues lately, I needed some encouragement. God sent it perfectly from my old friend, Bautista (Chief Shoefoot). I am sure he will not mind me sharing it. My missionary friend Mike Dawson serves the Yanomamo tribe in the Venezuela jungle. He said Bautista walked in this morning and said he wanted to send me a word of encouragement. The Lord works in mysterious ways!


FROM BAUTISTA:
"My good friend Don, I want to send my words to you. Like we are sitting together talking, I want you to hear my words. I am hoping you are well. Is your wife well. I pray for you all. Are you still rejoicing in the Lord? I think of our times when we traveled sharing God’s work. I wish I could travel one more time. But my traveling days are over. I am almost blind now and have a hard time hearing, but I know God loves me and my time is coming to go to HIM. I am a Yanomamö and I know God loves me, so I wanted to send my words to you. Although I am old now, I hurt a lot, and my body is failing, but God is good and my confidence is in HIM. This is why I wanted to send my words to you. I want to make sure you are still rejoicing in the Lord. I desire to hear your thoughts to me. Remember, our joy comes from the Lord not from what we are going through. When we get to heaven and see God, our time on this earth is going to not be anything. This earth is going to pass, but our eternity is with HIM. Let us rejoice in this fact. Let’s not be double minded, but let’s serve God with our whole one heart.
Don, these are my words to you,
I am your friend,
Bautista


PRAISE THE LORD WITH US FOR:

The Fox Valley Christian Academy fundraiser to build an earthbag home in Haiti. THEY RAISED ENOUGH TO BUILD TWO HOMES!!!

Construction began this month on our new orphanage in India. All permits were approved!



Don Shire Ministries December 2015 Colton is in Haiti and has hit the ground running! He recently traveled to Hinche, hung his hammock in the church and focused on evangelism. They showed the Jesus Film and shared the gospel. Please continue to pray for Colton in Haiti!





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February 2016

John 21:25 "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." 

This month our Faith in Action team will build a church in Hinche, Haiti. It will be our first church built with earth bags.

Another team will make a few chairs for this dear lady (below) and do some repairs to her home.





HAITI: A gang leader told us we were under his protection because we keep coming back to help his people. As we visited, he shared about his sick mother. I asked if we could pray for her. He took us to her humble home. Before we prayed, I shared with her God’s provision for eternal life. She prayed with me and received Jesus as her Savior. I asked her son if he knew whether he would be going to Heaven or Hell upon his death. Without hesitation he said “Hell!” He said it is because of all the people he has killed. He hears their voices in his head. He wasn’t ready to receive Christ for fear his own gang might turn on him. He did agree, however, to attend a Bible study with a local pastor. Would you pray for my new friend? We will be there this month. Our plan is to have an outdoor evangelistic service. We will also paint the home that one of our teams recently built for a widow with 7 children. Cite Soliel is said to be the poorest city in our western hemisphere. Your prayers are appreciated!


INDIA: 8 year old Hima, from our Vijayawada orphanage, started her treatments for leukemia in January. The doctors give little hope. But our God loves to hear from us. Would you add this young girl to your next conversation with God? We have established a fund for her treatments and for future health issues with the orphans and widows. As the Lord leads, 100% of any gifts towards this will go to that fund. Her treatments are $800 every two weeks. She will receive 16 treatments.



Don Shire Ministries December 2015 Please pray for Colton as he moves to Haiti this month for the next year to learn the language, the culture, and how our ministry can be most effective as we lead teams there in the future.