June 18, 2009 |
Dear family, partners, and friends
Thank you for your continued prayers. I am doing well. I keep busy with the work of the ministry. It gives me a purpose to get up in the morning. Amen! Serving the Lord among the Mexican children is not only a calling on my life but also an awesome privilege.
As you all know, I have cancelled my summer trip to Tijuana because of the Swine flu pandemic. Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) lifted the travel bans to Mexico, but there
are still a few warnings. I am following this situation closely as I want to get down in early fall.
The violence has decreased although there are still too many random shootings. PTL last week, in Rosarito Beach, the federal police force arrested one of the main leaders of the Arello Felix drug cartel.
Recently, the Lord has answered one of my prayers. In mid-July we will be opening a TLCCM feeding Station in Terrazas del Valle. We still do not have the funds to build a kitchen. But, in the meantime, we will convert one of the existing classrooms into a “temporary” kitchen. The feeding station will be opened 5 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We will feed the children that otherwise go to school on an empty stomach.
Renovations expenses have been completely paid by friends of our ministry. We also have sponsors for 60 kids. Not only is this a fantastic answer to prayer and a great encouragement to myself and the TLCCM board of Directors, it is also a tremendous opportunity for TLCCM to be the love of Jesus in action amongst the poor children in that colonia. Terrazas del Valle is our poorest area. On Sundays we have 150-180 coming to our Sunday School program. The word will spread quickly and many more kids will soon come.
If you are interested in helping us with this feeding station program, $30.00 a month will pay to feed 2 kids a good meal 5 days a week. Contact me at this email address for further information.
Thank you for your prayers for Claudia (Pastor Martin’s wife). She is doing much better, but she still needs your prayers to stick to her diet and loose the weight necessary to stay healthy. In Centro de Amor the kitchen roof and walls collapsed after a heavy rainstorm in April. PTL, nobody was inside, so no injuries and no damage to the equipment. My faithful workers tore everything down and are now using an adjoining classroom until we have the funds to re-build. They are amazing, never a complaint and no situation will stop them in their endeavours to feed and teach the children.
To help us with rebuilding the kitchen in Centro de Amor, please contact me and I will direct you to our TLCCM Board member in charge of renovations and repairs.
In Rosarito, all is well. Pastor Angel is very happy now that the rainy season is over. The kids live so far away in the countryside that very few can get to the church when it rains. The clay roads get so slippery that the ministry van cannot pick up the kids as they do in good weather. At this time we are also making plans for our annual Vacation Bible School Program. Because of the Swine flu situation, the schools were shut down for days at a time. Therefore, this year, school will not end until July 17th. This gives us only one month to do VBS in the three locations. School starts again August 24th.
As you can see we are a busy but fruitful bunch. The Lord has given me some great and wonderful people both here and in Mexico. Together we are going forward in our goals to spread the gospel and feed all the children the Lord is sending our way. Please continue to pray for us. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Take care everyone and thank you for your continued love and support.
Rev. Denise Deschamps
Tender Loving Care Children Ministries
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“Those who give one of these little ones a cup of cold water because they are my followers will truly get their reward." Matthew 10:42