Monthly Archives: September 2017

“La Burrita” (The Donkey) has arrived

Category : Mexico

We want to thank all of you who prayed and gave towards the purchase of “La Burrita”.  Even the color matches that of a grey donkey!  After searching the internet, this weekend we drove 8 hours plus to Guadalajara seeking a economical used van.  We searched and searched but nothing good came up.  We drove Mon. another 8 hours to Mexico City and found this van!  We purchased it yesterday and drove a total of 11+ hours in two vehicles yesterday and today.  This is a 2013 Toyota HIAce with about 30,000.00 miles on it.  It actually cost about $4000.00 dollars over and above what had come in for the van.   This we paid out of our pocket.  We tried hard but could not find a 15 passenger van in good condition at a better price.  We are so very thankful to all of you who were able and willing to give!  If there is anyone or any church that was planning on giving but had not already, they can still send their gift toPresbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship, 100 5th St.,Suite 330, Bristol, TN 37620.  You can earmark it for :  van purchase.  This would be a tremendous help!
Also, we will be using a very inquisitive donkey, a buzzard, an iguana, a frog and a fish tomorrow and Friday to present the Gospel as they tell the story of Mexico’s Independence and end by proclaiming that the only one of all the heroes of Independence who is still living and who can bring order and peace to Mexico is Jesus Christ!  
Of course, this is a puppet presentation!  the one on Thursday will be in a independence celebration promoted by the city of Zihuatanejo.  The second, on Friday, the day that independence is celebrated, will be in the church.  Please pray with us that the message will ring clear and cut through to the lives of leaders in the city government.  
Thank you again for your prayers that have made transportation for the puppet/drama ministry a reality!  We are truly amazed at God’s goodness through you!
Your obedient servant in Christ,
Jennie Salinas

Dominican Republic Prayer Calendar

Category : Dominican Republic

Greetings dear prayer-partners,

I pray this finds you safe and well all across the country, as so many of you have been dealing with catastrophic fires and hurricanes.

I leave with another medical team in a little over a week, this time to the DR September 22-29.  Thank you for your faithful prayers on our behalf as we are called to share Jesus in Word and compassionate deed.  We are a team of 19, ordained by God I believe from before time, and we are desperate for your intercessions, as Satan does not want us to take the name of Jesus anywhere.  We go in faith because greater is He in us than he in the world, and you are a huge part of the “home team” undergirding the ‘traveling team’!

Please see the calendar copied and pasted below my signature.

May you receive many blessings in return!  (Watch for my newsletter in October, please.)

Until the whole world hears,


Ash (retired pastor) & Betsy C. Aeschliman (BSN-RN)
International Missionaries
MTW Medical-Health

c. 404 966 2971

            Prayer Calendar – Dominican Republic Medical-Evangelism Team

September 22-29, 2017

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  James 5:16b

 Fri. Sept. 22  Pray for safe travel, connections-made & arrival of all luggage with personal & medical supplies. Please pray for favor getting through customs and that we would be the sweet aroma of Christ to any agent we meet. 

Sat. Sept 23  Pray for our 1st day in clinic:  smooth organization & flow; that Betsy & Mary Fran focus on relationships rather than team-leading tasks; our team would be an encouragement to the local missionaries; we would see those the Spirit calls to our clinic through God’s eyes; correct diagnoses are made, providing treatment compassionately. Pray for our team’s nurses Anne Archerd, Nena Cadiente, Anita Chambers and Stella Sosuh.

“The greatest impact any of us can ever have on the missionary movement is to saturate it with prayer and lead other Christians to pray with us.”

David Bryant

Sun. Sept. 24 Pray for bi-cultural team unity all week, especially today as we worship with our Dominican brothers & sisters & for strength as we share the Gospel & provide medical care for the next 4 days. Pray for team health, humility, mutual encouragement, perseverance & stamina as well as for lots of laughter! Pray for the ministry of the Luke Society, Dr. Silvia, her husband Samuel, & (adult) children Fanny, Samuelito, & Pamela. Also, pray for endurance & wisdom for team co-leaders (& nurses!) Betsy Aeschliman & Mary Frances Morris.

“May the God Who gives endurance and encouragement give [us] a spirit of unity among [our]selves as [we] follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and one mouth [we] may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”  Romans 15:5-7 

Mon. Sept. 25  Pray for boldness in Christ in our 2nd day of clinic:  that we would see Jesus do miracles as we pray & seek His healing for our patients; His protection against very real spiritual warfare; that He will keep back the darkness blinding souls to the truth of the Gospel; grace to respond to anything He brings our way. Pray that our focus will be on lifting up Christ & we would experience his strength. Pray for U. S. providers Matt Heimann, Dave Hunter, Won Kim &Craig Lem.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Luke 4:18-19 

Tues. Sept. 26  Pray that God will work through our clinic ministry today to make Christ known to our patients & to encourage our national brothers & sisters in Christ. Pray for meaningful morning devotions & evening debriefs. Pray for U.S. providers Jenifer Van Barnes, Bo Bashkinsky & Leslie Haizlip.

“For this [we] toil, striving with all the energy He mightily inspires within [us].” Colossians 1:29

Wed. Sept. 27  Pray for our work today:  that the Spirit would use our team to bring increased credibility & visibility to the Luke Society; that the Holy Spirit would move in the hearts of those who come for medical care; any conflicts that arise be lovingly resolved with humility & compassion. Pray for our Dominican & Haitian interpreters who work so hard for us throughout our clinics to appropriately interpret for our patients & doctors, as well as God’s work in their hearts. Also, pray for our American interpreters Jossi Burkemper & Susan Service

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”  Matthew 9:36

 Thurs. Sept. 28  Pray for our final half-day of clinic & restful afternoon in Dominican Republic: bi-cultural relationships made during the week would deepen in Christ; for rich team fellowship & reflection. Pray for our churches & families at home who have sacrificed so much for us to serve. Pray for our nurse assistantAmanda Thomas & non-medical teammates Marty Baas (counselor) & Sally Mercer (MTW Medical Project Administrator).

“I will make them strong in the LORD, and they shall glory in His name’, says the LORD.”  Zechariah 10:12

 Fri. Sept. 29  Pray for safe travel as we return to the States, for us to be challenged for a lifetime by what God has shown us this past week, & for open doors to witness to our family, friends, & home congregations. Pray that God alone would be glorified! Pray that God will continue to use what He taught us this past week so that we grow deeper in our walk with Him. Pray for the missionaries in the Dominican Republic who will follow up with patients seen in clinics. Pray for our hearts to remain burdened for the needs in the Dominican Republic.

“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”  1 Peter 4:11

India Short Term Mission Trip

Category : India

There will be a team including Kevin Turner, Peggy Geyer, and Cindy Milz going to India, Oct. 19 – 31. They will be doing pastor training and also teaching women in the Sewing Centers how to make women’s monthly necessities.

There are many ways you can partner.

We will be having a Silent Auction Sept. 16, 6-8:00 pm at Surfside Presbyterian Church, also a raffle for a basket from IYQ TEA ROOM. We will be having a sewing day to sew some women’s necessities to take with us.

We also need people to pray and you can email Cindy Milz at  to sign up to be on our prayer team. This is a vital part of our team!

You may also make financial donations through the church as we have to raise approximately $12,000. Please put India trip in the memo on your checks.

We currently are also building a church in Bihar and an additional $5000 is needed to complete construction.

You can also use our site for donations: Give

Thank you for partnering with us in India!



September Belize Prayer Calander and Chambers update

Category : Belize

Dear Partners in Ministry,
Anita and I return to Florida on Saturday after spending nealy a month in Belize.  It has been good to be back to reconnect with colleagues and friends.  I have been filling in for Pamela Murray (Administrator) and Anita has filled in for Estela Uk (RN) while they took their vacations.  I also rerouted the clinic plumbing to prepare for the roof repair of the clinic.  It was a major project and reminded me of our Haiti days when I was the director of physical plant for the hospital.  I also met with church leaders, lead Bible studies, devotionals, and preached at the Patchakan Church this past Sunday.  It has been a good month of ministry.
We will be in Delrey Beach Florida for two weeks, which is our home for the next year as we make decsions on where to best locate to lead the Caribbean ministries for MTW, before I leave for Greece on September 17th.  The MTW LEAD Conference which is held every three years for MTW missionarie and national church partner leaders will be held in Athens this year.  Anita will head to the Dominican Republic (DR) on the 22nd to serve on a MTW medical team ministrering to Dominicans and Haitians in the south-west corner of the DR.  I will join her on September 28 along with MTW missionaries Richard Ramsey and our DR missionary Omar Cedeno to meet with two groups who are asking for assistance in theological education.  I will also meet with one or two Haitian pastors to discuss the possibility of assisting them with training as well.   Please be praying for these trips!
During our two weeks in Florida we will be seeking to recruit missionaries for Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.  In Belize we are seeking a Spanish speaking ordained missionary who has a counseling background or a wife with a counseling degree.  We also need someone to lead mercy ministries and short-term mission teams.  A physican and nusre are being sought for the clinic ministry as well.  In Jamaica we need 1-2 men for theological education with one of them being fluent in sign language to train deaf pastors.  For the Dominican Republic we are looking for someone to be a team leader and to spearhead theological education.  Please be prying for all of these recuritment needs!  I will also be setting up an October trip toTrinidad and Grenada to work on ministry partner relationships with two ministries.  Pray for wisdom and guidence in these endeavors.
The clinic roof project is ready to move forward now that the plumbing has been rerouted from the roof.  We have received $2,000 of the $5,000 additional funds needed to comple the project.  If you can help meet this need it would be greatly appreciated. Make checks payable to Mission to the World and note on the memo line “Project #90603 roof repair”  The new MTW Donations mailing address is:
Mission to the World                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
P.O. Box 74416
Atlanta, GA 30374-4165

Cherokee Team 2017 Report

Category : Cherokee

When you submit yourself to do a job for God, you really can never predict exactly what it is you will be doing. Sometimes God may say, “This is something that I need you to do.” But often, in my experience, He just lets me know that there is an opportunity to serve and fills me in on the details as I go. This year Team Cherokee had a good idea of what we would be doing and prepared as much as we could. We knew we would be at a senior center making four crafts. But we did not know how many people would be coming, nor what their spiritual state would be. And as usual, the numbers grew as word spread that we were there. Eight had signed up and we got to know more than 30 people before we left on Friday. Many we met are Christians, but one lady expressed to me that we had challenged her to be more a part of other people’s lives. She said she usually talks to everyone about the weather, the craft they are doing or Tribal politics. She saw how within one hour, we had gotten to know people more closely and had more opportunities to present the Gospel and to even pray with those who were hurting, than she had in years.

Every day we were invited to eat lunch which allowed us to sit and talk with even more people. On Friday, several people we’d gotten closer to and some of the Christians stayed after lunch for an impromptu hymn singing time. Our “good-byes” were hard to say.

We did not have the number of home visitations we had expected, but did have the opportunity to show the Lord’s love to one woman by home visits, witnessing to her and several phone calls throughout the week. Then we spent time with another dear Christian lady who needed encouragement during her time of grief.

We enjoyed visiting with Scott and Ruth Hill and Katie and Jonathan. The kids have grown and matured in wonderful ways. They are active in the local Cherokee Youth Council even though they aren’t Native Americans, the Tribal Council has chosen them as examples of what they want their youth to look like in the community. Scott and Ruth are very involved in community activities and MTW has brought on a couple to work with the local Cherokee Youth. The teen population is having an explosion of drug related deaths and other issues. Each week the Teams coming to work are making more connections to the community and communicating the news of God’s love for them.

Missions Report by Nancy Cook