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Rick and Suzanne York, Missionaries

Dominican Update
October 29.1995 / Volume 23. Number 3
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This issue: New ministry
opportunities in the Dominican
Republic make for exciting
times! God continues to open
doors for the mission work of
the Christian Churches/Churches
of Christ!!
Summer Furlough a
Blessing!
After driving over 15,000 miles and
living out of suitcases for over two
months, it was good to get backhome
again on August 18! We had such a
wonderhil time in theU.S., visitingsup
porting churches, seeing old friends
(whoare gettingolderjust likewe!) and
spendingtime withourfamilies in Ohio
and Illinois. Suzanne and Laurie had
not been off of the island since 1991,
so they were readyfor a break and a
few American shopping malls! They
quickly discovered, the first dayback,
the newest shoppingtrendin the U.S.-
-the Outlet Mall!
We started our trip in Florida at the
NewSmyrna Beach Christian Church
where we were warmly received and
we finished our trip at the Beaver
Road Church of Christ in Rochester,
NY, where we were received just as
warmly. Each church made us feel
reallyspecial and welcome! We were
able to do two church camps and two
VBS programs and were able to be at
the North American Christian Con
vention in Indianapolis.
We sawMickeyMouse and the gang
at Disney World in Orlando and saw
the Chicago Cubs play at Wrigley
Field in Chicago (theylost, ofcourse).
We climbed some hills in the Smokies
and white water rafted down the
Ocoee River in South Tennessee,
which was a real adventure!! Su
zanne and I got to go back to ourAlma
Maters, Milligan College andJohnson
Bible College. That was a joy for us
to see the great progress made at both
schools. Emily was also able to visit
Lincoln Christian College, where she
plans to attend after high school in
1997. It was a wonderful, refresh
ing time for our family. Thanks
to all who made it possible!!
New Ministry Opportunity in Santiago!!!!
The last thing I thought I
needed was another job in the
mission work here, but the Lord
sometimes has a fiinny sense of
humor! As you know, Suzanne
has been teaching at the Santiago
Christian School for the past five
years. She has taught not only
because she enjoys teaching and
she is an excellent teacher, but
also because it helps pay for the
tuition for Emily and Laurie.
The school was founded in
1967 by missionaries here in the
Santiago area for their children.
Theystartedwith 10 students and
have close to 400 today. The big
majority ofthe students are from
Dominican families and many are
non-Christian families. The
school is the only accredited En
glish-speaking school in this part
of the country and one of only
four in the entire country.
In April of this year the School
Board approached me about tak
ing on the job of Director of the
school and myfirst reaction was,
"No way!" My schedule was al
ready fiill, but the Lord began to
lay the burden of the school and
the opportunity for ministry on
my heart and I began to look
again at the job.
My first step was to consult
with the Board ofDirectors ofthe
mission work here. We have 9
Dominican leaders (soon to be
12) plus myself on the board.
They were all enthusiastic about
the idea so that made mydecision
a lot easier.
One of the first blessings that
camefrommydecision to take on
this newresponsibility has been
the need to delegate some of the
work I was doing. Those of you
who have been here know the
quality ofleadershipwe have in the
Dominican men and women we
workwith. Thevare more than ca
pable to do manv of the things I
do! One of the hardest lessons
most missionaries leamis to let the
National leadership lead!!
The men here in the Santiago
area have taken on a lot of the vis
iting and encouraging aspect ofthe
ministry which I was doing. Our
plan is to have a team of Domini
can leaders out in the area
churches during the week. I am
still doing a lot of preaching and
teaching. Our Leadership Training
seminars continue as they always
have. I amalso able to do some of
my correspondence and transla
tion work at school during the day.
Myschedule has been swamped,
to say the least! That's one of the
reasons this newsletter is so late in
getting out. We've had a great start
to our school year. We have 371
students in Pre-Kinder through the
12th grade with 273 families rep
resented. We're making positive
steps towards evangelizing the
families we have and we're really
excited about what God is doing
in our work.
I made a five-year commitment
to the school. Laurie will graduate
from High School in 5 years and
then we'll see what the Lord has in
store for us. We're planning to con
tinue on in the work here ifthat is
the Lord's will!!
Family Gamp
Draws Over 400
for Weekend!!!
We had the 18th Annual Fam
ily Camp at LaVega over the last
weekend in September and it
was a great time offellowship as
always. We had over 400 in at
tendance all weekend and the
Sunday morning service drew
about 450-475 people. Great
singing and preaching, along
with great fellowship, made for
a fun-filled weekend. This is the
last time we will have camp at
the La Vega center.which-we.
rent every year. We're praying
and planning to meet next year
at our own camt> in Salcedo.
Tnrcl willing! Everyone is ex
cited about that and just a little
overwhelmed by all that is left
to do!
We're quickly gearing up for
our 6thAnnual YouthConfer^
ence onJanuary 4-7. Again this
year, Christ In Youth, from
Joplin, MO, is leading the con
ference and we're praying for
our largest gathering ever. We
have the best dates we've ever
had, being over Christmas vaca
tion when schools and factories
are closed. Please be prayingfor
the conference this year. The
theme is, 'To the edge, and be
yond," talking about going be
yond the boundaries of our faith!
I wish each one of you could
have been there last year on the
last day of youth conference.
The theme was, 'Tear Down the
Walls," and the last sermon
spoke on the walls of Jericho.
The young people marched
around the camp propertyseven
times singing a very popular cho
rus, "The Israelites Marched 7
Times Around Jericho." It was
an awesome thing to see!
Our deepest thanks to CIY
and their wonderful staff. A
special thanks to Dick Gibson,
Robin Sigars, and John Mouton
for their many hours of work
for the DR!!
Camp Construction Plans for the
Summer of 1996!!!
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New Church in Santiago!!
We're happy to announce a new
church has begun in one of the bar
rios of Santiago called El Cinco. This
is a daughter church of the Hoya del
Caimito church where Ramon
Gabiel is the minister. Ramon has
been an excellent motivator of his
young people. This is the second
church they have started in the past
three years! One of the young men
of the church, Fausto Canela, is as
suming the leadership of the new
work. He is a fine young leader.
Leadership
Seminars Continue
toTrainWorkers
We continue to place a lot
of emphasis on training our
national leadership. We're
thrilled with the maturity we
see among our leaders. We
just finished a weekend semi
nar on Leadership with Bud
Yoder from Cogan Station,
PA. Bud is a very enthusias
tic teacher and a great moti
vator. He challenged our
men and women to be train-
iiig others for the Kingdom's
work.
We're looking forward to
having Keith Wise from St.
Louis, MI with us in a few
weeks. Keith has been here
before on a couple of occa
sions and does a great job
teaching. We'll be studying
Church Growth with him.
We're excited to have classes
that have suchpractical appli
cations for the work.
I've mentioned before, but
I want to stress again to each
ofyou, that 100%ofthe evan
gelistic work is done by our
National workers. They are
the ones who do the church
planting and calling and bap
tizing. My job is just to teach
them how and help provide
the resources for them to get
the-job-doner
We have also emphasized
more formal trainingfor some
of our workers. We just had
two of our yoimg men, Ed
ward Gabriel and Felix
Ventura, graduate from
Colegio Biblico in Eagle Pass,
TX. This is the only Spanish-
speaking Bible college in our
brotherhood. Theyhave done
a fine job inpreparing leaders
for Latin America. We sent
Roberto Rivas to begin his
four years there and hope to
send two more of otu: young
men next year as well. They
come back with a solid, well-
rounded Bible foimdation.
Arroyo Hondo Christian School
Continues to Grow!!
When we came in 1990, the Chris
tian School in Arroyo Hondo in
Santiago was struggling. The govern
ment had taken the former property
andbuilt the churchandschool a new
building, but it was about a mile from
any housing! There was no road to
the school, either. So, for the next 3
years it continued to struggle and
barely make enough money to payits
bills.
Last year the school began to flour
ish as the government finished 700
apartments aroimd the school area
and we finished the school year with
300 students. This year it has grown
to 4711! That's a lot of children to be
responsible for, but we have a great
staff, headed by Rosa and Benito
Martinez, who have been tireless in
their workfor the school and church.
Besides working full time at the
school, they are also pioneeringa new
churchworkwhich is averaging over
100 on Sundays now, many ofwhom
are students diey have at school dur
ing the week.
Ingeneral, one ofthe greatest bless
ings for the work that we have seen
from the school is that it began last
year to provide support for the mis
sion work of the Christian churches
here. Right nowthe school is provid
ing about 1/3 of the monthly income
for the Dominicanworkers whowork
with the mission here! What abless-
ing for the work here!! What that
means is that the work here is taking
some significant steps to becoming
selfsupporting! We think within the
next two years we'll be able to raise
that amoimt to 1/2. All of the funds
that were being used in those areas
are beingfieed up to begin newworks
or better support existing works un
til they become self-supporting. The
quicker we can become self-support
ing, the better for the work and the
churches. They learn to be respon
sible for their own church.
One of the newplans we are think
ing of is the union of two of our
churches in Santiago to formone large
church and building a new building
in Arroyo Hondo that will seat 400-
500 people. We have not tried that
but we thinkit might be a blessing and
also give us more recognition in the
community. Please be praying as we
think and plan for the future!
Medical Ministry Continues to Bring Help
from the Great Physician!
Gary and Cindy Klein continue to
do an excellent job in leading the
medical aspect of the mission work
here. They have reported over 200
baptisms this year in the medical cam
paigns. Each trip is a victory for the
Lord's Kingdom! People hear the
Gospel preached and they also see it
in the "Jesus Movie," which is an ex
cellent rendition ofthe Book ofLuke.
Please be praying for the medical
ambulance/four-wheel drive vehicle
that has been donated by F.A.M.E. If
you were at Indianapolis at the North
American, you probably saw the ve
hicle at the F.A.M.E. booth. It has four-
wheel drive, diesel motor, roomin the
back for examining tables and opens
on three sides for good ventilation.
Pray for its safe arrival soon!
We also were able to purchase 20
used computers for the school in Ar
royo Hondo from Harvey Waddelow
at Missions Alive in Indiana, at $20
each!! Harvey refurbishes old com
puters and sells them (or gives them
away) to missionaries around the
world. We're going to use them in
the High School department at the
school, Lord willing. Please be pray
ing that they arrive through the cus
toms check without much dutv!
(jary and Cindyare also planningon
having some groups down from the
Northwest part of the U.S. to help in
the work and build a newbuilding in
Las Canoas, near San Juan de la
Maguana next spring. Lord willing.
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A p i U B J
December 30. 1995
Dear Friends in Christ.
Greetings once agciin from the Dominican Republic. 1995 wcis a wonderful year for the mission work here
and we're especially excited about what 1996 will bring. We are expecting new churches to be pleinted,
hundreds more won to the Lord throu^ our 51 congregations cuid our Church Ceimp in Salcedo should be
ready to use by the end of the summer. Lord willing! Tliat will be a true blessing for all of the churches on the
islauid.
One more goal we have set for our family is to have our house finished bv May 51. We steirted building on the
"SU CASA" pro|ect in February. 1994 and we moved into the first floor on Janueuy 11 of 1995. We have
been able to get the block leudon the second floor and the roof poured and we can really see the "light at the
end of the turuiel." We still need to plaster the second floor, put the windows and doors in. put the tile down
emd the electrical fixtures. We are estimating that we'll need to raise another $15,000 to get this project
finished. The house will be our mission center also, with my ofiice and room for our many guests that visit
throughout the year.
Many of you have helped with this project euid we're thankfijl for theU help! You've made it possible for us to
get this far - farther than we believed possible a couple of yecirs ago! Many of you have wanted to help but
have been unable to. so perhaps now is the time that you'll be able. Several churches have helped cind many
more have also expressed a desire to help and now is the time for that help to come.
We're hoping to have the $15,000 raised by March 15. Lord willing Please give this need
special prayer and please bring it before your mission board or committee. We appre-
ciate your help and we are sure that the Lord will continue to provide, as He has
faithfully done for us. We're entering our 24th year on the field and His hand
has been protecting us and providing each step of the way!
Please use the enclosed envelope for your gift and make sure your gift Is
marked "Su Casa Fund." Thanks for your help and love. May the Lord
continue to bless you in this new year.
In Christ,
Rick and Suzeinne York
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