The Hendricks Family
April 15, 2022
Dear Faithful Supporters and Praying Friends;
Greetings in Jesus Name, I pray you are all well and busy in the Service of the Lord. Things have been very busy for us these two months. We are grateful for some things getting back to something close to normal.
We’ve gotten several calls this month from Prison Volunteer Coordinators letting us know that the State of North Carolina has dropped the vaccine requirement for Volunteers to enter the Camps for services. This is a big answer to prayer for us. Amen! They are hoping to begin the training process to get our Blue Cards in hopes that the Prisons will soon be open for us to go in and do in person services again. Until then, we are still going to Wilkes Correctional every Monday and holding services via FM transmitter. Please keep praying for the Camps to allow in person services soon.
I got a message from Brother Jeremy Scott, in Grenada last month that they have begun to build again in Chantemelle on Gethsemane Baptist Church. Things were put on hold due to Covid curfews and restrictions. But by God’s grace, the work has begun again. Please continue to pray for this work to be completed. Many of our men have begun to visit and have services that were stopped for a time, due to the Corona Virus. God is still changing lives. TO GOD BE GLORY.
I received a message from Brother Timothy Mitchell in Bequia. They are excited to have been able to incorporate the Church and are looking forward to getting the land put in the church’s name. The church has a wooden building that has served well for many years but, as wood will do there, it is in need of repair. Brother Timothy is praying to rebuild a building with concrete blocks. They plan to make their own blocks to save money and get a better block. Do pray for Gospel Light Baptist Church in Bequia and Brother Mitchell and for the work going on there. They are having plans drawn and trying to get a list of what they need to build.
I want to give you an update of what God is doing in Dominican Republic. The Lord supplied the money to purchase the property in Villa Mella, Santo Domingo. Thank you to all who gave and prayed for this to happen. We are so blessed to have each of you as prayer partners and supporters. God is on the move there. Thank you for being a part of what he is doing. We are blessed to be a small part of what God is doing.
Brother Keith Phelps and I went back to Dominican Republic, March 21-29. Brother Iliobert Destine again crossed the border and met us at the airport. We were blessed to work again with Brother David Jean. We dedicated the property for the church during this trip. Hallelujah! Brother Keith also held training classes for the Pastors to begin schools to train their young men.
We preached each night at a different Church, while we were there, on Missions. Challenging them to give to Missions. It was a blessing to see the response from the Churches concerning giving. We saw two ladies saved during these meetings.
We also went into two Schools while we were there. We preached in 4 different classes in one School and in the Cafeteria in the other. Many of these young folks asked God to be their Savior. Glory! We have an open door to go back each time we are there. They asked for Spanish New Testaments; we are hoping to send a pallet of those there this year.
We dedicated the Land on the Sunday we were there. It was a blessing and an emotional time for all. I preached on, “Let us rise up and build” from Nehemiah. Through your giving, we were able to purchase 2 wheelbarrows, 5 shovels and 2 picks, along with some other tools they would need to begin to build. God is so God to us. I challenged them to give to the building of the Church. So far, the people, of the church, have purchased 17 bags of cement. We left 1,000 dollars there to get started on paperwork and clearing the land to build. Would you help us pray for the funds to build this work for the glory of God? We are trying to raise $35,000.00. We have already received or had promised about $15,000.00. Glory! We are still praying for about $20,000.00 dollars more. If the Lord would lead you to help; you can send it to the Mission Board marked, “Dominican Republic Church Fund”. It will be used to purchase materials and build the Church.
I plan on returning to Dominican Republic August 27- Sept.3. I am hoping to take a group of men to help build the Church. I am thankful for God allowing us to be a part of what He is doing there. I am getting older and can’t do what I once could; but I will do what I can. What about you?
In closing, let me say again, THANK YOU for all you do for us and the men in the Islands. If I can come by and give an update on what God is doing with us, please contact me. I would love to share with you in person what God is doing in these days. I am so thankful for your love, support and prayers for me and Becky. Thank you for giving to the Lord.
Your Missionaries in His Service;
Joe & Becky Hendricks