THE FOTSO IN APRIL
We are grateful for all of you, faithful ones with whom the Almighty has been partnering to keep us going not only the past few month but for years now. Through your obedience to His suggestion to invest in us, emotionally, spiritually and financially. Thanks for your faithful support.
We continue to be thankful to God for His faithfulness to us with health; Asaph spent a few days in the hospital in February for an unidentified sharp stomach pain; but thanks to God everything is now back to normal. He will be completing his grade one homeschooling in a month or so, although for some subjects he seam in advance. Homeschooling is proving to be more challenging for us with ministry than expected, requiring more discipline and rigor.
Thanks be to God there are a few friends that are chipping in from time to time to help. It is the case with Margaret (a retired teacher), Denise (a part time volunteer) and other volunteers that come by. There have been some lack of consistency in his swimming class due to some allergy to Chlorine. We are blessed for being able to sow the good seed in the foundation of his life.
kids Clubs : Our YWAM Base kids club that started last Summer continues to develop. They meet every Saturday thanks to the commitment of our volunteers both short term, full time and part time. We presently have about 20 children ages 4 to 15 attending the program weekly. They just completed the Samaritan's Purse curriculum with certificates for most and started a new curriculum. There are a few challenges though, we need more committed volunteers to assure continuity since many are part time. Also we need assistance in picking up the children every week since the base vehicle is too small to pick up all of them (renting a larger bus also require extra funds). The kids are coming from at least 3 communities at the moment, We will love to add in the kids from Bois Patat Community that we worked with in the past years and we know they will love to join but we are confronted with the transportation logistics for now. we greatly value a donation of puppets made by Elizabeth church and the training that follow by Laurna
Street people: We assist the Salvation army once a week (usually on Fridays) with the soup kitchen, distributing food to the street people and sometimes interacting with them... it has been a blessing over the years to know that we can share God's love with people in that way too. Since we started in 2012 assisting with "Changing lives" A ministry presently closed started by Mrs Orie a Business woman in Castries.
The Prayer Station: Every Friday afternoon as well we pay a listening ear to those in need of prayer at the Square in Castries, presenting them before the throne of God and through them pray for the families and the Nation's homes. This ministry is powerful and we are always in need of local volunteers at least 5 to be able to hold one. it is always encouraging to have someone whom we prayed for the week before come by and testify how their situation have improve since we prayed. The felt needs are open doors to real needs.
School: Our Volunteers were given the opportunity to assist various religious group in their weekly activity time a the Vide Bouteille Secondary School in Castries at numerous occasions. Opportunities that allow us to sow the good seed in young hearts. Pray for more opportunities and inspired strategy to make greater impact.
The Juvenile Detention Centre: we visit the centre weekly to build relationships with these young boys in need of mentors. We don't only interact with those in detention but also with those younger that are on care protection (Often because of abused and/or neglect). This last group also joins us from time to time at our weekly kids club, as this gives them the time to enjoy an outing with other kids. Here also we face challenges mainly due to limited numbers of especially male committed volunteers and transportation at times.
Mobilization and Fundraising: Visiting Local churches to teach, promote ministry opportunities and recruit volunteers is a continuous part of our ministry as well as fundraising to con-front the constraints of the ministry: pray for more committed partners in this area as well.
Part Time Discipleship
Started last year we launched a Part Time Discipleship Training School geared at reaching out to the many busy local professionals who are often unable to attend a regular DTS. This year we had to reduce the cost of the program and we have 9 (Jessica, Sacha, Isa, Isaiah, Mario, Keisha, Philomene, Annmarie and Sheski) one of whom is repeating. So far from their testimony, teachings are touching their lives. As part of their outreach, students are also encouraged to volunteer part time with our various on going ministries.
While limited full time staff slowdown the development of existing ministry, it is helping us explore the unbelievable yet un-tap potential. that true discipleship could offer to extension of the Kingdom of God.
Please pray for the continuous move of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the students and that they will all complete the course and be impacted for life.
The Worship Festival
On February 24th we held a great time of celebration on the YWAM base premises on the theme breakthrough. The initiative was a success thanks to the contribution and participation of great friends and partners here. If the secondary goal of the initiative was fundraising, the primary one was celebration for the King of King. We thank God for everyone who took part and contributed and for the spiritual shift that took place.
Volunteers and Staff
For the Moment we (Marylin & Guy) are the only full time long term volunteers at the YWAM Saint Lucia base. As you may know we have and continue to welcome a number of volunteers short term and part time, without whom it would be really difficult to accomplish any ministry. The Part Time volunteers assisted us in areas ranging from Accounting, Fund Raising, Visitation, Kids Club, Prayer Station and more are:
Some of the Part Time Included : Ruth & Steve, Shona, Marlena, Jacquie, Anne Marie, Denise Ng, Joan, Margaret, Melody, Verna, Prince, Manessa & Isaiah, Melissa, Ps Rolando, Stacy G., Stacy JnL., Stacy I., Ben and Sacha. We also had Marlyse Sambou a Cameroonian friend stop by to help for some time.
- Shawn : Just completed his six month short term volunteer commitment with us in March, six month during which he assisted in various ones of the ministry mentioned earlier and was of great help to the kids club
- Edrysha: has now move on after being here living at the YWAM base for over a year, she was helping part time while looking for a job, and serving with ISCCF. We pray God's blessings on the direction of her life as she indicate that she remain available to help whenever possible.
- Vic and Doris Helton : a retired couple of Mission builders who came for 1 month in January and served us in various ways including building our small library, making many small repairs and helping with Asaph school.
- Elizabeth: an old "Pura vida" friend from Illinois served us for two week as well in February
YWAM Caribbean Leader's Gathering
At the moment I am completing this update we are preparing to take part in the next Caribbean Leader Gathering with the grace of God. We are grateful for the outpouring of supports encouraging us to go. Thanks for your prayers as we hope and look forward to have a constructive time with the other leaders and as a family. we are looking forward to use the opportunity of this trip to visit some family and friends in the Tampa area and in Illinois praying to hopefully expend our network.
Thank you so much for your support ! We are so Grateful for your partnership ...
Our 2018 Summer Mission adventure will take place this year in St Lucia and Guadeloupe from July 27th to August 12th please join us in prayers for participants and facilitators and God Spirit to work in lives