John and Colleen Schleh

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).

As we were leaving the field for our home assignment four years ago, we sensed God leading us to focus our ministry in the coming years on creating a mentoring environment in our Dominican Alliance National Church (DANC). Since arriving back in the Dominican Republic in 2013, we have developed mentoring relationships with the Dominican Alliance president and wife, national and district leadership, and key pastoral couples that we believed would, in turn, be willing to mentor other leaders. We also held mentoring seminars in each of the three districts around the country for pastors and their church leaders to foster a general interest in this area. God has blessed this ministry, and there is a growing desire in the DANC to learn more and to enter into mentoring relationships with others.

In March we saw God expand our mentoring ministry both abroad and here in the Dominican Republic. Colleen and I were invited to participate as speakers at a mentoring event in Medellín, Colombia. It was exciting to challenge influential leaders of denominations, national ministries and pastors in the area of mentoring. On March 21 we invited the pastors and wives from Santo Domingo to a special mentoring dinner. The purpose was to encourage them to see mentoring as an important aspect of their personal growth and to enter into accountability groups with other pastoral couples. Three groups were formed and they will begin meeting in May. Finally, the last week of March we held a three-day mentoring training seminar for 25 of our DANC youth leadership. They continue to receive training in an interactive online environment. We believe that this youth pilot program has the potential to change our national church for generations to come. Pray for the follow-up seminar planned for June.

Colleen continues to teach in the Alliance Bible Institute and is giving a course on Church History in San Francisco de Macorís (north). She will also be speaking at a ladies event in the northern region of the country on April 23. We both continue to be part of the pastoral team at the Encounter Cell Church, which we founded 15 years ago. It has been exciting to see both spiritual and numerical growth.

In October of last year, Colleen and I began to sense that part of God’s plan for us might be to return to the States this year for our home assignment rather than in 2017, when we were originally scheduled to do so. Due to transitions on the field with almost all of our team leaving permanently this year and next year, it seemed more strategic for the Mission and our national church for us to go now and to be returning when the others would be transitioning out of the country. After much prayer and discussion with our International Ministries leadership, we made the decision to return to the US in June 2016 and to return to the DR in June 2017. Please pray for us to finish well here as we conclude our present ministries over the next two months. Also, pray that God would prepare our hearts and give us His words to share on tour as we encourage churches about what God is doing in the DR. We plan to live in the Lima, OH area and would appreciate your prayers for a home to rent during this year of ministry.

Thank you for your faithful prayers for us and for your financial support, which allows us to continue to serve here in the DR.

Blessings,

John and Colleen Schleh

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Dominican Republic

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Updated: August 10, 2016

Children's Names
Chad
Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Dominican Republic

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