Greetings from a presently very hot Dominica.
It seems all of the heat of summer likes to concentrate in August. We have had weekly rains but the heat has been blistering. We hear there will probably be some relief next week with the coming of tropical storm Danny who is expected to become a hurricane soon. The possible track includes Dominica but these storms usually begin turning north as they approach the islands. We have not seen a hurricane come near us for some years.
By God’s grace, we keep plugging away with the ministry. There continue to be many opportunities to both live and share the Gospel in our community. One of our neighbors died suddenly late last week. Several who attend our services have close connections to her. As a result, we were asked to organize a “pray” at her house. Monday evening, Martha and I gathered with family and friends as part of Mrs. Auguiste’s wake. We sang some hymns and choruses, had a time for folks to reflect on the deceased, read together Psalm 23, shared a brief challenge, and then had a time of prayer. These times are usually filled with just family and friends being together and more often than not, drinking alcohol. There were even some around who were drinking at this wake. As far as I know, Mrs. Auguiste’s children who were present do not know the Lord. One son’s girlfriend and children have been attending services with us regularly and Lisa, a granddaughter, and her little baby girl have also been attending. There is often a nominal profession of faith from some of our attendees. As we continuously proclaim the Gospel, our prayer is that they will come to full assurance of faith.
I have also been asked to speak at a local camp (tomorrow) Thursday night. I will be speaking on Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. I know many youths who will be present do not know the Lord. Please pray that the Gospel will, with the power of God, penetrate the hearts of these precious souls and bring them to faith in Christ.
Our kids have begun their homeschooling again. The summer has really slipped away. We are hoping to get done early enough to return to the States for a few weeks for Stephanie’s graduation from BJU. Stephanie is a Cross Cultural Services (Missions) major. She had the opportunity to serve the Lord this summer in Cameroon with GFA missionary Ellen Doyle.
Vernel, one of our young people recently graduated from Primary School. She invited us to take part in her happy day. Vernel has recently given her life to the Lord and not too long ago I had the privilege to baptize her along with her Aunt Betty who led Vernel to the Lord. Our little church in the Kalinago Territory is going well. The group of mostly new believers and some seekers are very faithful to our Sunday worship and to our Friday evening Fellowship Group where we focus on discipling one another.
Thank you for your partnership with us in the ministry of the Gospel here in Dominica. Your prayers and financial support are a great blessing and encouragement to us and are what God uses to continue His work here in Dominica.
May God bless you as you serve Him where you are.
By God’s Grace and for His Glory,
Tony & Martha Cornelius