Tony Cornelius' Blogs & Commentaries

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Welcome to the Dominica Cornelius Blog.
Various blogs of ministry and family.
Numbered Blogs are my personal commentary of I John.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Dominica Dispatch August 19, 2015

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


Monday, June 1, 2015

Dominica Dispatch June 1, 2015

Warm sun shining greetings from the Corneliuses in Dominica!

Below is a picture I just took from our porch of our van under the almond tree. It used to be dark blue but as you can see it is light blue. Rust had begun to take its toll on the exterior and with a special gift last month, we have been doing a lot of work on the van or bus as it is called here in Dominica. From steering, to suspension, to body work, to reupholstered seats, to a new clutch, and tomorrow replacing a defective cam shaft, we almost have a new vehicle. This van is our ministry lifeline and we praise the Lord for supplying at just the right time to keep it going for a few more years. Just click on the picture for more photos if you are interested.


Last Sunday, I had the privilege of baptizing two adults and two teens. Three of them are from our new church plant in the Kalinago Territory. The four individuals to my left in the picture below testified to me of their faith in Christ and publicly testified before the church prior to their baptism. The exciting fact is that Betty, the adult lady who was baptized was largely responsible for bringing the adult man, Papit, and the teen girl, Vernel, to the Lord. I had the privilege of leading Leo, the tall teen, to the Lord a few years ago. With these taking this step of obedience to the Lord, we are very encouraged and our hearts are full. Please pray for Betty, Vernel, Papit, and Leo that they will keep turning their eyes to our Savior and helping others do the same. You may also click on the picture below for more photos of the baptism.


Your investment in this ministry continues, by God’s mercy and grace, to reap eternal fruit for His Kingdom.

To God be the Glory!

By God’s Grace and for His Glory,
Tony & Martha


Baptism May 2915

Last Sunday, I had the privilege of baptizing two adults and two teens. Three of them are from our new church plant in the Kalinago Territory. The four individuals to my left in the picture below testified to me of their faith in Christ and publicly testified before the church prior to their baptism. The exciting fact is that Betty, the adult lady who was baptized was largely responsible for bringing the adult man, Papit, and the teen girl, Vernel, to the Lord. I had the privilege of leading Leo, the tall teen, to the Lord a few years ago. With these taking this step of obedience to the Lord, we are very encouraged and our hearts are full. Please pray for Betty, Vernel, Papit, and Leo that they will keep turning their eyes to our Savior and helping others do the same. You may also click on the picture below for more photos of the baptism.

















The Bus

Here are some pictures of work being done on the bus this past month. The bus used to be dark blue but as you can see is light blue. Rust had begun to take its toll on the exterior and with a special gift last month, we have been doing a lot of work on the van or bus as it is called here in Dominica. From steering, to suspension, to body work, to reupholstered seats, to a new clutch, and tomorrow replacing a defective cam shaft, we almost have a new vehicle. This van is our ministry lifeline and we praise the Lord for supplying at just the right time to keep it going for a few more years.















Friday, May 15, 2015

Our Bus

We have been working on our bus or van (depending on your preferred term) lately. It has needed a lot of maintenance and the Lord has provided for some of this work to be done. The seats are now being upholstered while the body, both inside and outside, are being repainted with a lighter color. With this work done, and a few more things, it should be in good shape to keep carrying the Gospel for a number of years. Seeing that she is 18 years old, she has done well though going through some rough patches a few years back. 


Friday, May 8, 2015

Dominica Dispatch May 8, 2015

Greetings from a very dry Dominica,

We have had several weeks of no rain with one exception last night when we had a brief shower. At times there seems to be no rain spiritually in the ministry. I was reminded as I preached 2 Corinthians 10 Sunday our battle is not a physical one but a spiritual one. Paul strongly challenged the Corinthians to remember that the power of the Gospel comes from God and is able to break through the most impossible situations, completely diffuse arguments against the knowledge of God and submit every thought Christ. I am not one of those fiery preachers who command authority by my ability or persuasion so this passage was an encouragement to me because I know that behind the Word I preach is the Almighty power of God. He will accomplish His Word in my life and in the lives of those to whom we minister.

We had our first service in the Kalinago Territory Sunday and I have included a picture of our little group. We are excited to see God work in these precious lives. After the service, Puppet, the bald young man in the picture approached me and asked to be baptized. One week ago at our fellowship group, Betty (light green blouse) asked me to explain the Gospel to Collins. He has some mental limitations but knew what sin was and that he is a sinner. He wanted me to help him pray to be saved so I did. God knows his heart and we look forward to see God’s power evidenced in his life. Collins is also in the picture on the left in the back. A neighbor and fellow soccer player spoke to me on the field last week as well indicating his deep desire to follow Christ and acknowledged his sinfulness and that he is trusting Christ as Savior. I actually led him in a salvation prayer many years ago when he was a little boy. We don’t put our trust in a prayer but trust he is putting his faith in the Lord. So pray for Gevin. He is struggling with various sins which he has acknowledged openly to me.



Your prayers on our behalf are also backed by the power of God so please pour them out often for Dominica and rejoice with us as God answers those prayers.

By God's Grace and for His Glory,

Tony & Martha Cornelius


P.S. Martha and I just celebrated 26 years of perfect marital bliss (except for those times when it was not so blissful J). Martha is an incredibly godly woman. I thank God for her! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekly Dispatch from Dominica April 28, 2015

Greetings from St. Vincent!

Well, at least I was in St. Vincent last week. I had wonderful fellowship with God’s people serving the Lord at the Baptist Bible College of the Caribbean.
This college was founded back in the early 1950’s and has been used by the Lord to equip many His servants. Lately, Pastor Keith Inniss has taken the helm of the school leading as the administrator. The school does not presently have a president and are seeking God’s wisdom and direction for the future. Pastor Inniss has a career in the financial realm behind him and retired early to answer God’s call to pastor the Calvary Baptist Church in Prospect, St. Vincent; the same village where the college is located. While I am not in total agreement of every little detail at the school, (what institution is there that would be different) to my knowledge at the present, there is nothing that would prohibit me from recommending this ministry to my God’s people, and supporting this ministry in any way God allows. I have found in Pastor Inniss and the other faculty and staff, a sweet, humble, and loving spirit yielded to God’s will and Word, and willing to spend and be spent for the spiritual success of every student.

On another bright note, we have received permission for the use of the Sineku Primary School buildings for services in the Kalinago Territory. We are grateful to the Lord for His provision and to you for your prayers. Please continue praying as we continue ministering to the Kalinago’s we were transporting to Marigot and to many others who live in the villages surrounding the village of Mahout River, where the services will be located. Pray for us as well for endurance as we will be involved in two services Sunday morning; me preaching twice and Martha ministering to the children twice. This will mean a very early start to our Sundays. We thank the Lord for the privilege we have to begin this ministry and thank you for your faithful prayer support.

God bless you all!

By God’s grace and for His glory,












Tony & Martha Cornelius