Southeast Caribbean Dispatch
March/April 2014 Newsletter
We are trying out a new Bi-monthly format in a
different layout also. So please let us as know
what you think as we adjust to all this new
Sometimes mission work can be very
discouraging. People are not receptive, or they
really don’t want to change their ways. They
have assumed things are one way and when
they find out they are wrong, they just don’t
want to bother with it, so ignore it and go their
own way. Many of us are like that! Problem is,
how are we going to come closer to the Lord if
we are not willing to change? What are the
missionaries in the field to do? Matthew 10:14
tells us, “If anyone will not welcome you or
listen to your words, leave that home or
town and shake the dust off your feet.”
Personally, we keep praying and teaching what
we know to be the truth anyhow. Sometimes
we are able to plant seeds. The rest we have to
leave in God’s hands.
When we came to Barbados, four and a half
years ago, the marriage rate was reported at
13%. That is, only 13% of the population is
married. Now we have heard that it is 7% and
the literary rate is heading south also. Things
seem to be going the wrong direction. They still
refer to themselves as a “Christian Nation” but
how can they when they don’t follow basic
Christian teachings. Teaching is our all the time
Churches have become very stagnant. Getting
churches to look outward instead of inward all
the time is very frustrating. Everyone wants
you to see their need but, does not want to look
outward to see their neighbor’s need. This has
been the biggest road block we have faced.
Getting people to see beyond themselves,
whatever their needs may be and taking care of
their neighbor’s needs first. One church we are
working with is doing that!!! Below is
information on what they are doing.
News from the Oistin’s Church of
They have partnered with members of
the Wesleyan Church in a community outreach
service in the Oistin Fish Market area. This
service has been named:
“Step down, Step up.” The interpretation is
that they carry the physical and spiritual food to
the homeless and hungry and point them to
Christ so that they can be moved from the state
they are in to a higher, and better state.
Step One - Every Saturday at 6:30AM they
provide breakfast for about 20 men at Oistin.
They also have prayer, sing, counsel and preach
Step Two - the men are assigned to a home with
the intention of restoring their social
independence and dependence on Christ.
Their food basket is a permanent service in their
church. It provides food to members and
visitors to their church weekly. Some visitors
may have an emergency that week and some
maybe homeless. Every 3 months they pack
food hampers and share with selected
individuals, also they have a benevolent fund.
There are from 10-17 that faithfully attend their
Discipleship class we teach.
We Are Praising God for the work He has
begun!!! Small seeds planted and the fruit is
being produced. Eyes are being opened and
hearts are being touched and this is what Jesus
taught His disciples to do. Are we not all His
disciples too? We give Him all the praise!!
Please pray that small seeds planted will grow
Some from Oistin’s visiting for Church Villages
Harvest was really good this year and very Spirit
filled. Children dancing to, “He will make a
Pictured below are Sis Melanese Pinder-
Marshall from Ruby CC, Sis Stephanie Prater-
Clarke from Church Village CC and Sis Brenda
Bend from Fairview CC.
Kandi had the opportunity in March to get
together with the other Pastor’s Wives for
dinner one evening. It is hard for them to find
time to meet but they all feel it is very
important that they do for the love and support
they get from each other. We can laugh, cry,
pray, share and sometimes we do all of them.
Our joint Koinannia Service the first Sunday of
March had nearly 350 in attendance. Church
Village lost the Bible Bowl to Ruby CC this year
and it was a hard fought battle too.
Congratulations to Ruby’s Youth. Great job!
April brings a New Start within the
Men of Barbados
It started in March with three Men’s groups
getting together for a discussion of problems
relating to men in the home, church, work and
The following month there was another
meeting and men from five churchs attended to
talk about men of faith. In that meeting the
men decided to do this once every three
months and to encourage men from all seven
churches to attend. Only three of the current
churches have a Men’s Fellowship Group.
Please be in prayer that all the churches will
We had our Sunday School Picnic the first
Saturday of April and we had 5 bus loads of
people show up from five of the churches we
work with. Was a great day!! We took over the
whole picnic area that day.
Easter the House was full, Glory Be to God!!
Blessings in Christ, Orvel & Kandi.
Global Church Growth
Southeast Caribe Mission
P.O. Box 157
Nevada, MO 64772
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