Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Giving Tuesday Engage in Mission

ETH Missions DR would like to take the opportunity to Thank you for your partnership throughout this past year. Here is a seasonal update of the continued work in the Dominican Republic and an opportunity for you to continue or even begin in this journey with us to see the Love of Jesus be made known in the Dominican Republic.
THE GIFT OF WATER...Imagine never having running water in your home.    PHOTO :BOBBY BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY
Living in the heated Caribbean climate is something that sounds great to us especially this time of year. But our neighbors in Casandra face a very real challenge everyday one that we take for granted. Water. We all know how essential water is even in the winter. One very practical way ETH Missions DR is able to shine the Light of Jesus is to daily offer free water to the community from the deep well that is on the property of the mission base. So many families count on this convenient source of fresh water to carry out the daily routines and provide for the needs within their family. If you have a desire to help with this ministry please feel free to send in your donation with Water in the designation. Our monthly expense to keep the pump running and available for the community is $250.00 USD. We desire to upgrade the system to add more capacity and as funds come in we will also be able to increase the amount of time that the water is available each day. 
John 4:13-14 NKJV
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him iwill become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Pastor Wilkins who is also the Director at the Childrens School in Batey Central has become a vital part of God's handiwork in reaching into the heart of Batey Central with the Word of God and the Love and Hope that Jesus offers. As the School has grown and the doors are literally bursting forth it is time to construct a stand alone building that will be used solely for the Church that is in Batey Central. Please pray about organizing a team to come and Construct this facility in the Spring and Summer of 2016. The financial costs to get the materials for the footers foundation and walls will be $8,000.00 US DOLLARS. If you would like to designate a gift for this project please indicate BATEY CENTRAL CHURCH on your donation.
Wilkins faithfully teaches the Word of God to the Church that is in Batey Central.
Pictured: Wilkyns, Melissa, Wilmely, and Little Wilkyns
Not too long ago there stood an empty shell of a school that had not seen a student or a teacher or even a formal lesson taught. ETH Missions DR has seen many trials come but with all of those trials and many opportunities to quit, we have also had the same amount of opportunities to continue. So once again as we brace for another year of dreams for the Batey Central community, and for the community of Cassandra (where the mission base is located) we are also faced with the opportunity to continue forward out into the uncomfortable areas where it is not easy. The places that seem empty but we know one day will be filled just as God was faithful to fill this little school with dreams and hope of a future and most of all relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Play pray about being a part of the future and the continuation of the work God has began in Barahona and into the uttermost parts of the world. 
John 4:36-38
"Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. "For in this case the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps.' "I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor."
Romans 10:14-15
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!"
Partner with a Native Missions Family
The relationship with Ariel goes back a long ways to when Shawn had a youth group meeting in the back yard before we had the mission base. Ariel and his wife Lola were faithful attenders. Over the years we have seen Ariel grow in his relationship with God and his desire to serve God through Ears To Hear. As housing and utilities are provided for Ariel and his family would you consider a monthly donation to help support Ariel and his family as they serve full time as missionaries with Ears To Hear. If you would like to send a one time gift for his family for Christmas please indicate Gift for ARIEL or if you would like to sponsor his family with a monthly Donation please designate ARIEL in the memo.
Ariel and Lola Faithfully serve as the Watchman and Caretakers of the Mission Base in Barahona
ETH Missionary partner Wolfgang Grotendiek is blazing a Media Missions trail that could reach Thousands.
The Project:
1: A Spanish translation and recording production of The Gospel of John film.
2: A workbook in English and Spanish accompanying The Gospel of John film.
3: A DVD workbook in English and Spanish accompanying The Gospel of John film.
Background Information:
The universal worldwide rights to the 2003 Gospel of John film belonged to the Klemke Foundation. In 2015, these rights were given to Peter Terrell with the responsibility to translate the film into different languages. Peter Terrell is partnering with Wolfgang Grotendiek and Michael Kohan, whose focus is to create workbooks accompanying the film. (See below for more information on Peter, Wolfgang, and Michael.)
The English version of The Gospel of Johncan currently be accessed on YouTube.
As roughly 70% of the world’s population learns through oral methods, Christian films are a great tool for evangelism, to bring the Gospel to the illiterate and blind, and to strengthen and enlarge the church body. The 2003 Gospel of John film is a high-quality production that re-introduces the story of Christ from a slightly different platform than that of the popular 1979 Jesus film, which is most likely the most watched film worldwide. Translations of this project into different languages will open doors in reaching more people, newer groups of people, and people in different levels of society, with the focus being to bring the film to both developing and under-developed countries.
The purpose of an accompanying workbook is to teach the people about the cultural, historic, and spiritual background of Christ’s words and lessons. The workbook is designed as a discipleship workbook to give people a stronger connection to the Lord’s truth, which speaks equally to the mind, heart and conscience. It will be presented in common, practical language. It will emphasize how the truth is holistic and applies to the individual, the family, and the community.
Current Status:
Peter is finishing the recordings for the film in several native Mexican languages- Tzeltal, Ngiva, and Atzingo. He is working with Campus Crusade for Christ to reproduce the film in Columbian Spanish. Campus Crusade is re-dubbing their Spanish translation of the 1979 Jesus film and the idea is to have the same voices for the same characters portrayed in both films. Columbian Spanish is chosen because it is the clearest of the Spanish dialects. The Spanish recording for The Gospel of Johnwill begin in Bogota, Columbia in the spring of 2016 and is scheduled to finish by summer.
Wolfgang and Michael began working on the English workbook in September 2015. They are scheduled to finish by the summer 2016 and immediately begin the Spanish translation. DVD workbooks will follow the written translations and will be filmed and recorded on-site in Israel.
All fund-raising for these projects is the responsibility of Peter, Wolfgang, and Michael; however, Campus Crusade for Christ is willing to promote this project through their own network.
Estimated Costs:
Spanish translation and recording of the Gospel of John film: $54,000 
Accompanying workbook in English: $24,000
Spanish translation of the workbook: $5,000 
English DVD workbook, including filming in Israel: $46,000
Spanish DVD workbook recording: $14,000 
Consulting team: $ 8000
Total Cost: $ 151,000
Peter, Wolfgang, and Michael:
Peter Terrell is an American missionary living in Mexico. He has worked in audio-visual recording and production with such organizations as SIL International, Wycliffe Bible Translators, New Tribes Mission, Answers in Genesis, Campus Crusade for Christ, The Mexican Bible Society, The Reformed Church of America, and The Conservative Baptist Association of America.
Wolfgang Grotendiek is a German missionary pilot who has lived in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. His home office is in Michigan from where he is directing different ministries in the US and Latin America.
Michael Kohan is a Messianic Jewish man with a working knowledge of Biblical and Modern Hebrew. He is a teacher and has lived and taught in the US, Afghanistan and Israel. His desire is to see the Christian church come into a fuller understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of John film 
Translation and Workbook Project
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Radio 102.3 FM 1 year Update

continued from email.....

Ebed Jacques-Director RVS
Listeners call for prayer requests for them and for families too. We sometimes ask how they receive the radio and the answers always come positive with telling about our radio programs: Pastor Serge's Teaching, Sermons, Morning Christian magazine, Bible reading, music etc...
Our listeners surely appreciate the work that is being done here. People who did not know us before even thought we were a radio from Port au Prince.

Jimmy, Odnes, Jonet, Polidort are our principal hard workers here. Their work encourages me to be able to work harder for the Lord.

Shawn and Pilot Wolfgang

 Radio Air Drop

In April, the Ears To Hear air plane radio drop-out impacted the whole town but the people from the NW were complaining that they are too faithful with RVS that we did not think of them. The prison distribution was such a great experience too.

Galcom Solar Radio

Hand sewn Parachutes

Solar Powered Radios Fix-Tuned to 102.3 FM

A radio dropped from the plane with the parachute deployed.

Loading the plane to prepare for the trip to Haiti.

Flying over Port au Prince on the way to St Marc

Power Problems

Some weeks later we were about to organize our programming but a sudden power problem happened in the town, we stopped working. When the power came back we found out that the Church's cable that connects to the street power was stolen and it took some time before the church repaired the connection. We do not know what happened but the power was fixed after more than a month without working, we found out that our inverter was broken while there was not enough street power time to operate our equipments. The programming we were building, organizing little by little could not continue due to power problem but we still had the few time on air that people enjoyed and they called all the time to ask why we are not as we were. 

We need a diesel 7KW Generator similar to this for RVS

We finally thought, through this power trouble, that we needed a generator. By searching Port au Prince’s stores we eventually found out that a 7 KW Diesel Kubota would be ideal for us to use as a power source. Later twelve hours of power became available for us.

When the power came back again to the normal 12 hours we still needed a power inverter to make our eight 6 Volts bring more power time to the not-regular/daily-12-hour power time.

On November, thanks to the Lord and people praying for us, there was a fund that was available for us. It was from the Nazarene Mission and was about exactly the amount needed to buy a new inverter to replace the one we could not fix. We decided not to fix the inverter but buying a new one. It took us time to buy the new one since we could not find a store where the same quality is available. By the help of the Lord Jesus we finally found a store who had it on January and we bought and installed it.

The radio is at least airing 16 hours daily; this poor power time is now due to our old batteries that are at the end of their life. Three more generators came to Saint Marc power plant are being installed and it announces to be a lot more power time in the town. This makes us not able to take a decision whether to launch the generator project or the batteries project. We will restart to build our programming soon again. The people still have great love for the 102.3 FM. They call us all the time to thank us and tell us what they would like. We tell them to be patient and to pray as we are working on things.

So far, despite difficulties, we are doing great these days! We learn from our experiences and difficulties to better understand the future. Our equipments are still the same except one of the microphones stand that has a minor damage. We still need a two or three more computers and some other things too. We hope God will provide soon.

Thank you for your heart for this ministry in Saint Marc, Haiti. God Bless You.

note from ETH: if you have unwanted laptops we have several needs at this station and the one in Constanza for working Laptops, and external Hard drives to store Radio Programs / editing and broadcast. Please drop a line to ETH if you would like to help out.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Update 2 Constanza

Hi Guys
Just wanted to send you a quick update....a request and a few reminders.
Alfredo said that a number of people talked to him on the street about listening to ETH radio... these were unsaved people.
Alfredo is well known in town, so this is a good way to get feedback.
Yesetrday Alfredo and I went to several pastors to start showing the christian films we are using in cooperation with churches throughout Constanza, we will also use these outreaches as an opportunity to promote ETH.
This Sunday we are also starting a new permanent outreach in what is so far the most remote place in the mountains where we are working.
Recently we were in the city of La Vega and talked with the local prison of 900 inmates... however they were not very thrilled to see Audio Bibles, as the prison does not allow access to electronics for inmates.
We still need to talk with the prisons head hancho to see if we can get an exemption.
We recently brought in 40 Audio Bibles with MFI into the city of Santiago.
Customs wanted $1000 in  taxes for the units which was negotiated down to $345.
This was a fluke thing as MFI was dealing with a customs lady they usually dont have contact with as she is new.
However we learned a few important things out of that mishap.
First of all, once anything with customs is in their computer it can not be reversed, even if it were taxed too high...at least that is what it seems like as the customs lady simply searched the internet to get a price on the units instead of looking at the actual stickers on each Audio Bible. Also the taxes cannot be returned or waived if the items are returned to the US because they are broke or because of damage. 
Second ... and this is the good news, MFI has a good Dominican guy on the ground who is doing all the processing with customs for all their shipments.
He told me that it is not a problem to get electronic equipment through customs if he is advised of it prior to arrival so that he can work this out with Santiago customs beforehand.....good to know as this helps eliminate at least in some cases lengthy trips to the capitol in order to get the tax exemption papers.
.... I would like to get the (ETH frequency anylyzer) equipment to Constanza so that we can start the same (frequency study) process here.
We recently talked with missionaries in the town of Jarabacoa who were surprised about radio in Constanza and asked if it were possible to get radio into Jarabacoa if possible.
Jarabacoa is half way between Santiago and Constanza and I would have thought that they could receive Christian stations from Santiago, however that does not seem to be the case.
If you want me to I can investigate more on that further down the road.
Keep up the good work.
Much joy in our Lord
Greetings Wolfgang
Tobi and Sina are back from Australia, they send greetings and had a great time hunting Roo in the outback

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"One of the farmers from the first village we started working in told us that we are the only hope his village has."

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partners in Constanza Update

Grotendiek Update Constanza, DR

January 2014
Dear friends,

As we continue to settle in Constanza, we are thankful that the Lord has brought us here to serve Him.

The new video system is working great! Wolfgang has completed the initial outreaches in 3 villages, first showing the Jesus film and second showing a film about the Bible, called the “Hope Project.” He now plans to use the video series “Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” to help the people study through the Bible. This phase is more intense and Wolfgang hopes to visit each village once a week for regular Bible study.
One of the farmers from the first village we started working in told us that we are the only hope his village has. He of course was referring to spiritual hope. What a privilege it is to be a part of the work the Lord has been doing here! We know that people have come before us and we are reminded of 1 Corinthians 3:7-8 “..neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose….”

Going out to these mountain villages requires constant maintenance and repair on the motorbikes. We currently keep 2 bikes going so that Wolfgang can bring someone with him. We are praying for more helpers from the local church to share in this work and eventually take ownership of ministering to a particular village. Wolfgang usually travels out to a village in the late afternoon and returns at night. One in particular is not totally accessible by motorbike and the last trail segment requires hiking down to the river. At the urging of our Dominican friend Miguelito, Wolfgang, our friend Holger from Germany, and Miguelito hiked into this village to make initial contact and a plan of return to show a film. The next week Wolfgang returned, this time with our missionary friend Shawn from Ears to Hear Radio and his daughter Kylie. However due to rain, the river had risen and they got wetter than anticipated. Once in the village, they discovered the school was locked and they would have to show the film outdoors. Not a problem really until five minutes into the movie it started raining…. But this didn’t keep people from staying or more from coming! The villagers huddled under a tree for one and a half hours watching the entire film. Finally in the foggy, rainy darkness, Wolfgang, Shawn, and Kylie hiked back up to the motorbikes, drove down the mountain trails, and arrived home covered with mud. 
Kelly has started volunteering in the office of one of the schools in town. She hopes to learn more about the education system and how it functions within the culture. Going to school in the DR is not enforced and we know many older kids who either have a very poor education or none at all. Because of their age, we would like to help them learn something practical in order to find a job or generate income. Kelly has some ideas and is praying and waiting for clear leading from the Lord on when, how, and what exactly to start doing.

The BD-4 aircraft is still currently in Wauchula, Florida. We are awaiting completion of Stateside paperwork before Wolfgang can fly it over. Meanwhile Wolfgang hopes to meet with various airport authorities to begin investigating the building permit process for a hangar. He also continues to pursue an exemption for airplane parking and landing fees. Although we have been told this is possible, it seems actual success depends on with whom you talk and on what day. Please pray for Wolfgang, the authorities, and mostly that we remember all things are under the Lord’s sovereign control and in His perfect time.

Great news! Radio Alpha 99.5 FM Constanza now airs 4 hours of Christian programming 7 days a week! This more than doubles the airtime as before. Ears To Hear Radio provides the programming for the show while 2 local pastors (that’s Pastor Carlos in the photo) run the equipment and answer the phone. Keep praying for the positive impact of Christian radio in this community! 
As you have read, there are many things going on here around us. It is our joy and privilege to be a part of them, and we thank you for your part in our lives,

Wolfgang and Kelly