South Plains Church of Christ - Puerto Rico - Missionary, Jim Gullette

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com

 

POSTAL ADDRESS

A2 Calle 2

Urb. Arecibo Gardens

Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00659

 

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Welcome to the web page for Jim Gullette's mission work in Puerto Rico!

Jim & Connie - December 2013

Jim & Connie Gullette

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Congregation Photo - April 2017

La Iglesia de Cristo in Arecibo, Puerto Rico

April 2017

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JUNE 13, 2017

 

Jim's report dated June 13, 2017:  CLICK HERE

 


 

APRIL 11, 2017

 

Jim's report dated April 11, 2017:  CLICK HERE

 


MARCH 14, 2017

 

Jim's report dated March 14, 2017:  CLICK HERE

 


FEBRUARY 7, 2017

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: God continues to richly bless Connie and me with health and material blessings. The weather here in the Caribbean is so very pleasant this time of year, but we know that the heat will be returning soon. Things have finally returned to normal after what I call the world’s longest holiday season here in Puerto Rico. The Arecibo congregation surprised me with a wonderful reception after worship for my birthday on January 29th. I was hoping that no one would notice, but with Facebook it is hard to hide your birthday! Anyway, it was nice of them to express their love for me.

What God is doing through us in Arecibo:

ANNOUNCING A MAJOR GOAL FOR 2017: Lord willing, following the Biblical pattern of preaching the gospel from house to house, I have set a personal goal of personally visiting 2017 homes in the Arecibo community with gospel material and an opportunity to study the gospel with my visualized study of the gospel right there on the spot. To date, 261 homes have been contacted in our community. Obviously most people are simply not interested in simple New Testament Christianity, but I have a profound conviction that there are people with good and noble hearts out there. The challenge is finding them. I just try to keep a positive attitude. As I go door to door in 2017, I ask for your prayers for two things: first, that God will lead me to people who are receptive and secondly, that God will grant me the necessary health to be able to reach the goal.

MANY BATTLING HEALTH ISSUES: During January I made three trips to the hospital in San Juan to visit the 22-year-old grandson of one of our most faithful members, Margarita Féliz. Xavier Peralta is receiving treatment for lung cancer, even though he has never smoked. Two other people from our congregation, one a long-time member and another lady that is a regular visitor, are also struggling with cancer treatment. As usual, our attendance in worship has been affected by the normal colds and flu during this time of year.

GOOD NEWS: MADISON CHURCH OF CHRIST TO MAKE THIRD VISIT THIS SUMMER! We have received confirmation from our good friend Archie Luper, formerly of Tennessee and now residing in Florida, that the youth group from the Madison church of Christ in Madison, Tennessee will be returning to Arecibo for a third mission trip from July 22 through July 29. Each one of the church groups that has visited us over the years has been a blessing and the Madison youth are no exception. Their first two visits were primarily focused on service projects, but this year’s visit will be focused more on community evangelism to try to drum up new contacts for follow up.

As we do each month, Connie and I will express our profound appreciation for your faithful support of our evangelistic efforts here in Puerto Rico. I will also express our appreciation for your prayers on our behalf and for the members of South Plains who keep in contact with us on a regular basis through phone calls, text messages and comments on Facebook. God bless you!

Until next month,

Jim and Connie Gullette

 jimgullette@hotmail.com

 


 

JANUARY 4, 2017

 

Jim's year-end report for 2016:  CLICK HERE

 


 

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

 

Jim's report dated November 16, 2016: CLICK HERE

 


OCTOBER 15, 2016

 

Jim's report dated October 15, 2016:  CLICK HERE

 


 

Roof work - Sept 2016

 

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: We extend our greetings to all those we know and love at the South Plains congregation! We have endured a warm summer, but we thank the good Lord for plentiful rains this year after last summer’s drought with water rationing. God continues to bless us with good health and we are so very thankful.

Here is an update on what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:

SCHOOL BEGINS AGAIN: Public schools reopened on August 9th and have brought a sense of normal to our congregation after many were traveling during the summer months. We were able to help several of the teens and children of our congregation from low income families with uniforms and school supplies.

DOOR TO DOOR CANVASSING CONTINUES: I continue with what I often call the never ending search for people with good and noble hearts who are receptive to the gospel. We continue in a partnership with the Jacksonville Church of Christ in Alabama with their Heart to Heart, House to House ministry. Every other month they send us 400 copies of a professionally produced pamphlet with a personalized section with our congregation’s information on the front cover. Many churches of Christ in the U.S. are distributing the pamphlets by using direct mail. I am hand delivering them from house to house in Arecibo. Most people are friendly but frankly are not very interested. I just keep on going, trusting in God’s promise that His Word will never return to him void.

MINISTRY FIRST: Though the years I have done a number of weddings and funerals, but unfortunately this past Sunday night for the first time I was called on to preach the funeral for a murder victim who was shot just up the street from our church building. A young man is named Abel and had attended services a few times with his girlfriend who grew up in our congregation but never left his previous lifestyle. The police aren’t saying if it was a drug deal gone bad or a revenge killing. For the past few years the murder rate here in Puerto Rico had been going down, but for some reason it has shot up in 2016. I just tried to comfort the family members in their time of need. Many of you know that our church building is located just down the street from El Cotto, one of the largest public housing projects here on the island. It is a hotbed of drug and alcohol abuse but there are children in nearly every apartment. However, I am frequently there during the day distributing invitations to the families there and we now have seven family units who attend our congregation from the projects. We can’t make a difference in all who live in the projects, but we can make a difference in some!

As is my custom each month, Connie and I express our appreciation to all of you for your continued financial support of our evangelistic efforts in the Arecibo community. I couldn’t do what I do without counting on you! May God bless all you,

Until next month,

Jim and Connie Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com

 


 

AUGUST 11, 2016

 

Jim's report for the month of July 2016:  CLICK HERE

 


JULY 7, 2016

 

Jim's report for the month of June 2016:  CLICK HERE

 


 

MAY 11, 2016

 

Jim's report for the month of April 2016:  CLICK HERE

 


APRIL 6, 2016

 

Jim's report for the month of March 2016:  CLICK HERE


FEBRUARY 11, 2016

 

Jim's report for the month of January 2016:  CLICK HERE


JANUARY 5, 2016

 

Jim's 2015 Year-End Report and some new photos:  CLICK HERE


 

DECEMBER 11, 2015

 

During the month of December, Jim went on a 9-day mission trip to Cuba.  CLICK HERE to see photos from that trip.

 


 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

 

CLICK HERE to see Jim's September 16 update.

 


 AUGUST 14, 2015

 

We're trying a new format for Jim's updates.  CLICK HERE to see Jim's August 14 update.


 

JULY 17, 2015

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: We continue in a severe drought here in Puerto Rico. In the area where Connie and I live, we have water rationing with one day of water and one day without. We are surviving but hopeful that rains come soon to fill up the reservoirs. Everything continues to deteriorate here on the island. The governor was quoted the other day as saying that the government is in a “death spiral” and cannot meet its financial obligations. A second major tax increase took effect on July first with the sales tax being increased from 7% to 11.5%, further sending the reeling economy into a tailspin. Prayers are requested!

 

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NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE ARECIBO CONGREGATION:

VISIT FROM THE SULLIVAN FAMILY A BLESSING! To say that the Arecibo congregation was richly blessed with the three week visit of Shane and Holly Sullivan and their children Stephen, Holly and Caleb is an understatement. Shane is the evangelism minister at the Northwest Church of Christ in San Antonio. They came to work with the church and help their children practice their Spanish.

ANNUAL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL A SUCCESS! Without a doubt, our annual Vacation Bible School is the biggest event of the year for the Arecibo congregation. Nearly everyone in the congregation gets involved in one way or another using their God given talents. Our high attendance mark was on Tuesday with 54 teens and children present. While we have had better attendance in previous years, all were in agreement that it is easier to manage a smaller group. We are now following up on the contacts that were generated.

VISIT FROM 53RD AVE. CHURCH OF CHRIST IN BRADENTON, FLORIDA NOTHING LESS THAN AWESOME! The Arecibo congregation was blessed with the third visit from Paul Huygehebaert along with 13 teens and sponsors from June 20th-27th. Through the years the Arecibo teens have formed a special bond with the Bradenton kids and it was great to have them back again. They primarily worked up at the church camp and their visit concluded with a retreat at the camp from Friday, June 26th to Saturday 27th. It was the second retreat held at the camp we are building up in the mountains and some 148 people from 8 different congregations on the island attended. Everyone slept in tents since we don’t have dormitories yet. It really went well. It is possible that the visit from the Bradenton congregation may be their last since Paul has accepted the pulpit minister position with the Grace Chapel Church of Christ in Georgia.

TWENTY FIVE TEENS AND SPONSORS CURRENTLY HERE FROM THE SHAWNEE TRAIL CHURCH OF CHRIST IN FRISCO, TEXAS. I am currently hosting youth minister Jared Turbyfill along with his youth group. They are with us in Arecibo from July 12th – 19th. So far this week they have replaced the worn out fence at the front of our church building, painted, evangelized, followed up on contracts from VBS as well as serving food at the local homeless shelter and replacing two broken out windows at the shelter’s office. Elpidio Fuentes is the director of the shelter and a member of our congregation.

The good works that are being down in the name of Christ here in Arecibo could not be done without counting on your faithful support of our evangelistic efforts. For that blessing, Connie and I say thank you! May God bless you,

 

Until next month,

Jim

jimgullette@hotmail.com  

 


 

JUNE 18, 2015

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: We see that you all are getting some rain! Here in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic the drought continues. Some areas of San Juan have water rationing. So far, we have water in our home so we are thankful for that blessing.

From June 2 through June 9, Connie and I got to take a summer vacation for some much needed R & R in Costa Rica. We found a reasonable tour with a local travel agency and enjoyed the beauty of the country. On Sunday, I had the privilege to preach in the congregation in Cartago, where a friend of mine has preached for several years. We are back now, going full steam.

Here is an update of what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:

NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE ARECIBO CONGREGATION:

 

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VISIT FROM TONY & LINDA KITE FROM SOUTH PLAINS A BLESSING. We were blessed with the visit of the Kites in May. They were here on vacation but took a few days out to visit the Arecibo congregation and spend Memorial Day with Connie and me. It was a blessing to update a representative from the missions ministry of South Plains on the progress of the Lord’s work in Arecibo.

PREPARATIONS MADE TO RECEIVE VISITING WORKERS. This summer, I will be facilitating the visit of 5 church groups from the churches of Christ in the U.S. Four are coming to work on the church camp we are building up in the mountains in Ciales and one group will be working with a different congregation doing building improvements and community outreach. Obviously there are many preparations to be done! We have had several work days up at the camp to prepare for the first group of workers. This past Saturday, 14 members from four congregations went up to the camp to spend the day making preparations.

SUMMER WORKERS BEGIN TO ARRIVE: The Sullivan family from San Antonio got in last night and will be with us for three weeks of evangelism, camp construction and our annual VBS from July 6-10th. Shane is minister at a congregation in SA and comes with his wife Heidi and children Stephen (17), Holly (15) and Caleb (14). They are here to work, but also want their kids to continue their Spanish studies.

Fourteen members of the 53rd Ave. Church of Christ in Bradenton, Florida will be arriving on Saturday, June 20th for their third visit with the Arecibo congregation. Their group is being let by Paul Huygehebaert and will be working primarily at the church camp. At the end of their trip, all the churches are planning a big retreat of all the churches from Friday, June 26th to Saturday June 27th. It should be a special time.

As is my custom, Connie and I will take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your faithful support of our evangelistic efforts here in Puerto Rico.

 

May God bless you,

Until next month,

Jim

jimgullette@hotmail.com  

 


MAY 7, 2015

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings in Christ to all of our loved ones at the South Plains congregation! Unfortunately I am just now getting over a nasty cold that has been going around the island. We are going through an unusually hot and dry spell, to such an extent that there is a strong possibility of water rationing here on the island. Believe it or not, the problem is the dust that blows over in the upper atmosphere from the Sahara desert that has dried out the normally humid tropical air.

Here is an update of what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:


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EVANGELISM IN OLD SAN JUAN ON MAY 2ND. This past Saturday, 26 members from the Arecibo congregation joined members from 6 other congregations to distribute a brochure introducing the Lord’s church with contracts for all the congregations on the island. Each weekend residents from all over the island visit Old San Juan so it is an ideal location to introduce the church of Christ to people. The event was organized by our sister Lorraine Maldonado and was a great encouragement to all who participated. When I entered the ferry terminal on the way home, I noticed a couple sitting reading the brochure. As Phillip asked the Eunuch, do you understand what you are reading, I approached them and asked the same question. Interestingly, their names are Jesus and Mary. We trust that some of the seeds fell on good soil.

MEMBERS ON THE GO. We have seen a decrease in our attendance on Sundays due to several members traveling. Nino Langomas, one of the converts from last year has grown homesick and returned to New York. Alejandro Estevez and his wife Nena, also baptized last year have returned to the Dominican Republic for a few months. Our sister Elsa Cortez has traveled to Dallas for a second opinion with a health issue. Brother Joe Flores who spends the winter here in Puerto Rico has also returned to New York for the summer and our sister Awilda Quintana is visiting relatives for a few months in the Northeast.

ON THE HORIZON: We have received word from Tony & Linda Kite from South Plains that they will be visiting us from May 20-24th. As you all know Tony has been involved in the mission’s ministry at South Plains for many years and it will be good to have them down to see the progress of the gospel here. The Shane Sullivan family from San Antonio will be arriving on June 17th to spend three weeks here helping with our annual VBS and other evangelistic efforts. Shane’s parents Phil and Paul spent six weeks with us in 2014 teaching English and have encouraged their children to come and be a part of what we are doing.

NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE ARECIBO CONGREGATION: The Arecibo congregation has been greatly encouraged lately by the attendance of a teenager named Indira. She lives in the public housing project up the street and began attending as a child but when she grew older quit attending. She has recently began to attend again and comes alone with the Bible the church gave her in her hand. She has expressed her desire to put on Christ in baptism and I am confident she will be baptized soon.

As always, Connie and I express our gratitude for your continued financial support of our evangelistic efforts in Arecibo. God has richly blessed our feeble efforts!

 

May God bless you,

Until next month,

Jim

jimgullette@hotmail.com  


 

APRIL 7, 2015

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: We extend our greetings to all of our loved ones at the South Plains congregation! God continues to richly bless us. I am “batching” now as Connie left yesterday for the island of Curaҁao for a couple of weeks with her work. She always enjoys the change of routine. We hope that you all had a nice Easter holiday. It is a big deal here in Puerto Rico, especially Good Friday when everything closes down. We’re back in our normal routine now.

Here is an update of what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:

 

Photos: (1) Teens and sponsors from West-Ark enjoying coconut milk after a hard day of work.

(2) Youth minister Rick Odell from the West-Ark Church of Christ

(3) Construction at the camp

(4) Building a shade structure at the "Campamento Cristiano"

 

VISIT FROM THE WEST-ARK CHURCH OF CHRIST A SUCCESS! From March 14th – 28th I helped coordinate the visit of two groups from the West-Ark church of Christ in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. The first group was here from March 14th to the 21st and the second from March 22nd to the 28th. Their youth minister Rick Odell was the leader of the two groups of teens and sponsors. They stayed at a congregation in the capital of San Juan and the first week built five bunk beds at the Park Gardens congregation to help make the sleeping arrangements for groups that come to the island on future mission trips more comfortable. I will be coordinating the visit of five church groups from the States this summer and two of those groups will be housed in Park Gardens and the other three in Arecibo. During the second week, the second group shifted to help me build a structure for shade and protection against the rain up at the “Campamento Cristiano” (Christian Camp) that we are currently building up in the mountains outside of the city of Ciales. We didn’t quite finish the structure since time ran out but I will take some local brothers up to finish the project the next time we have a work day up at the camp. All of us who are involved in the camp appreciate all of the money that was spent by the West-Ark congregation to come help us and for the purchase of all the building materials. Before returning to the States, Rick took the two groups on a tour of the southwest corner of the island on their free day and all the workers left for home tired but happy.

NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE ARECIBO CONGREGATION: Our high attendance mark for the month of March was 80 on the 22nd. It was one of the few Sundays when nearly all of our members were present. The singing was excellent and brother Tony Quiñones presented an excellent message and all were edified.

For the last Friday night of the month fellowship on the 27th, we met together for a BBQ and I can honestly say that it was one of the best fellowships ever with good attendance and plenty of food. I counted 56 members and prospects present, including a family with three children that has begun to visit the congregation after receiving an invitation while going from house to house evangelizing.

As is my custom, Connie and I will take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your continued financial support of our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission here in Puerto Rico. The gospel is being preached and souls are being saved.

 

May God bless you,

Until next month,

Jim

jimgullette@hotmail.com

 


 

MARCH 5, 2015

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: We see on the news that you have had some snow! We thank God for the moisture. Connie and I are well, God continues to richly bless us. Connie has a four hour test coming up next week at her work to see if she qualifies for a different position so she has been spending all of her free time studying the SAT college material. Let’s see what happens!

Here is an update of what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:

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TWO BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST IN FEBRUARY! The Arecibo congregation rejoiced with the baptisms of Wanda Montalvo and Karin Ortiz at the worship service on February 8th. They are two good friends from the Arecibo community who have been attending services for a while. I am now conducting follow up studies with them on Tuesday nights.

 



FEEDING THE POOR

AT LA POSADA:

Beginning in January, the Arecibo congregation is now preparing food one Sunday a month to a community center for the poor and homeless of our community called La Posada. During the week, the municipal government provides two meals a day at the center but on the weekend they are left to fend for themselves. On Sunday, February 22nd almost the entire congregation went to the La Posada after worship to serve the noon meal. While forty people gathered there were eating, I got to share a short message on the positive nature of the gospel and invited all to our congregation. We are scheduled to return on March 22nd for this good work.

 

      

HOUSE TO HOUSE EVANGELISTIC EFFORTS CONTINUE: I continue what I call the “never ending search for those with good and noble hearts” while going from house to house and in the downtown shopping of Arecibo. Currently I am distributing the brochure about the church that our new brother René Rosado wrote. While we have had much more success winning souls by means of friendship evangelism I continue to go out by faith in the promises of God’s word.

NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE ARECIBO CONGREGATION: Our sister Yaritza Carrero (René’s wife) continues to use her talents to produce a monthly bulletin for our congregation. On Saturday, February 28th I got to attend a meeting up at the church camp we are building to plan for the five groups that will be coming from the States in 2015 for construction. I have never seen more interest than I have lately on the part of the Puerto Rican brethren to push forward with the camp.

Connie and I again express our gratitude for you continued partnership in our task to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

May God bless you,

Until next month,

Jim Gullette

 jimgullette@hotmail.com

 


 

FEBRUARY 5, 2015

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Connie and I extend our greetings to all of our loved ones at the South Plains congregation. God continues to richly bless us with the abundant life in Christ. Weather wise, this is the best time of the year here and I wish it could last all year I know that the warm months will soon be upon us.

 

Here is an update of what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:

 

FIFTH CONTACT FROM VBS BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST! Undoubtedly through the years our annual Vacation Bible School has generated the most contacts and baptisms in the congregation. On Wednesday, January 28th, Nena Medina confessed her faith in Christ and was baptized for the remission of her sins. Her husband, Alejandro Estevez was baptized into Christ back in September. Nena is a dynamic person and represents the fifth contact from the VBS held last June to become a member of the Lord’s church.

 

2015: YEAR OF “CAMPAMENTO CRISTIANO EN PUERTO RICO BEGINS: On Saturday, January 17th, 24 members of the Arecibo congregation joined members from four other congregations on the island for a work day up at the church camp we are building up in the mountains. We planted trees for shade and built a cement column for the electric meter with the hopes of having power soon on the property. It was a great day and everyone enjoyed the fellowship with members of the other congregations. We now have five mission teams from the States confirmed to come help with the construction of the camp. The first two groups will be arriving next month, the rest during the summer.

 

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NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE ARECIBO CONGREGATION: In January, four of our members took the initiative to paint our auditorium and it looks much nicer. Another encouraging thing is that one of our sisters, Yaritza Carrero has begun to use her talents and is now publishing a monthly bulletin for the congregation with articles and pictures from events of the previous month. Yaritza’s husband Rene Rosado has written a tract about the church which members are now distributing to their friends and loved ones. The amazing thing is: Rene was only baptized last September and he is already evangelizing!

 

ARTICLE ON THE CHURCH PUBLISHED ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4th: This past Wednesday, some 14 of the 19 congregations on the island pooled their money together to publish a full page ad in a local newspaper called “El Vocero.” It is a free newspaper that is distributed daily in the stoplights, doctor’s offices and businesses. Some 230,000 editions were printed and distributed! The article was Joe Barnett’s widely used tract: The Churches of Christ, Who are these People? By faith in God’s promises, we are hopeful that it will generate contacts for follow up all over the island.

 

Before closing, as is our custom we will take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your generous and faithful support of our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

May God bless you,

Until next month,

Jim

 jimgullette@hotmail.com

 

 


 

JANUARY 6, 2015

Jim's Year-End report for 2014, which includes great news of baptisms to start 2015, is available for you to read and/or download:  Click here

 


 

DECEMBER 17, 2014

 

Please allow me to share what for me is one of the highlights of 32 years of ministry in association with South Plains: On December 16 at a reception, I accepted an award on behalf of the Arecibo congregation for our benevolent work with the local homeless shelter, along with two other recipients: the mayor of Arecibo and the President of National College. Here I am with the director of the shelter, Elpidio Fuentes (whom you may recall was baptized into Christ back in July and has not missed a service since) and the guest of honor at the event, former world welterweight boxing champion Tito Trinidad.

 

DECEMBER 14, 2014

 

Nino baptism on Dec. 14, 2014

 

The Arecibo congregation rejoiced with the baptism of Nino, age 18. His baptism is a double blessing in that I'm hopeful that he will be my Timothy to carry the work on in the next generation.

 

DECEMBER 9, 2014

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Connie hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. We enjoyed a quiet day at home with our son Mason feasting on Connie’s home cooking. I am currently “batching” it as Connie is working for a couple of weeks on the island of Curacao. We are in the most pleasant time of year weather wise now that the 2014 hurricane season has officially ended.

 

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 Here is an update of what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:

100 DAY HELD SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd. For several years now it has been our custom in the Arecibo congregation to have an attendance goal of 100 on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day for a special service of thanksgiving and praise for God’s wonderful blessings. Members are encouraged to bring friends and family members and hundreds of invitations are distributed to the Arecibo community.

Unfortunately for the first time in four years I got sick the week of the event. There is a mosquito borne virus going around called Chikungunya which has affected thousands of people here and even though we have been very careful, it was my turn to be affected. For the first 48 hours you only want to lay in bed since it is difficult to walk. Thankfully so far Connie has not been affected. My illness prevented me from getting out to distribute hundreds of invitations to the houses surrounding our church building. Fortunately I felt well enough to attend the worship and thanksgiving service.

Brother Luis Lugo from the congregation in Ponce came and presented an outstanding message. As the early disciples did in Acts 2:46 after the worship service we all ate together with “glad and sincere hearts.” We didn’t quite reach the goal of 100 but we still had a full house with 93 present for worship with many visitors.

VISIT FROM ERIC AND CONNIE LEE FROM SOUTH PLAINS A BLESSING: This past week the Lees were down from Lubbock on a business trip and were able to take a couple of days out to come and visit us in Arecibo. I was able to spend one afternoon with Eric showing him the various projects we have going on and then on Sunday both Eric and Connie joined us for the worship service.

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY GREETINGS: Connie and I wish all of you a wonderful and joyful Christmas holiday season! Lord willing, we will enjoy some family time together at home. Our son Miles will not be able to travel here from Texas this year but we will still enjoy some time together as a family as always enjoying Connie’s talent for cooking.

As is our custom, we will take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your financial support of our evangelistic efforts here in Puerto Rico!

 

May God bless you,

Until next month,

Jim

jimgullette@hotmail.com


 

NOVEMBER 6, 2014

 

Greetings to our loved ones at the South Plains congregation: We are thankful that the 2014 hurricane season is winding down here in the Atlantic Basin. We had two tropical storms and a near miss with hurricane Odiel three weeks ago. As is our custom, we will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday at home with our oldest son Mason enjoying Connie’s cooking. We wish all of you the very best at Thanksgiving time!

Here is the latest news of what God is doing though us here in Puerto Rico to advance the cause of Christ:

MOVEMENT AT CHURCH CAMP: On Saturday, October 25th, brother Holvin Montalvo and I from the Arecibo congregation joined members from four other congregations to plant trees at the church camp we are building in the mountains near the town of Ciales. At the youth retreat back in June the sun was warm that it was hard for the teens to participate in sports so it was decided to plant trees for shade. As I look ahead to 2015, Lord willing we will focus more time, energy and resources at the camp since we have four groups from the States that have committed to come and help us build. Three additional church groups from Texas and Arkansas are pending.

VISIT WITH TWO YOUTH MINISTERS FROM THE STATES: from October 21st – 25th we hosted brothers Rick Odell of the West-Ark church of Christ in Ft. Smith, Arkansas and Jared Turbyfill of the Frisco, Texas Church of Christ here on the island for a survey trip. This past March, Rick brought a group of 25 teens and sponsors and helped two congregations in the San Juan area and wanted to return and visit as many of the 19 churches of Christ on the island as possible to see where the greatest needs are for future mission trips. In all we were able to visit 10 congregations. After visiting the various congregations with Rick and Jared I came away with a great appreciation of what we have in Arecibo as the ministers of two of the congregations we visited shared that they have no children or teens. In fact, one minister told us that the youngest member of his congregation is 66 years old! We thank God that in Arecibo we have been blessed with many children and teens and so we can look to the future with confidence.

100 DAY DRAWS NEAR: On Sunday, November 23 we will have a special service of praise and thanksgiving with a goal of 100 in attendance. Luis Lugo, minister of the congregation in Ponce will be our guest speaker. Looking back to 2013, we now have three baptized members who began to attend at the 100 day last year for the first time. One of those converts, Myrna Flores is now raising four of her grandchildren in the church. Members are encouraged to bring at least one friend and as is my custom I will be going door to door with invitations.

As always, Connie and I express our appreciation for your financial support of our evangelistic efforts here in Puerto Rico!

 

God bless you,

Jim and Connie Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com

 


 

OCTOBER 7, 2014

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Connie and I extend our greetings to our many loved ones at the South Plains congregation. God continues to richly bless us with spiritual and material blessings. September has now passed. It is the peak month of the year for hurricane activity so we are thankful for a quiet season so far. There is an epidemic of a mosquito-borne virus called Chikungunya that is circulating now. Three of our members have been affected and one had to be hospitalized. Connie and I are trying to be very careful to avoid getting bit.

Here is an update of what God is doing though your coworkers here in Arecibo:

FOUR BAPTISMS IN SEPTEMBER!

We are pleased to report that God is richly blessing our evangelistic efforts. During the month of September the Arecibo congregation was blessed with four baptisms. On Sunday, September 14th, Guillermo Garcia confessed the name of Christ and was baptized for the forgiveness of his sins. In my last newsletter, I mentioned that Elpidio Fuentes, the director of the local homeless shelter was growing in Christ. Each Sunday, he brings a few residents to worship and encouraged Guillermo, a resident at the center to be born again. On Saturday, September 20th, Omar Rosado as also immersed in the name of Christ. Omar is the husband of our Yaritza Carrero, who made the decision to return to the fellowship of the church after having grown up in the congregation we help with in the mountains (she now lives in the Arecibo area). I performed their wedding a few years back. As a married couple, they are taking an active role in the church and I am convinced that they will be a tremendous blessing to the Arecibo congregation over the years. Omar has been encouraging his brother Reniel to obey the gospel as well. At the worship service on Sunday, September 28th, Alejandro Estevez and Iris Borrás were baptized into Christ after responding to the invitation of Christ. Alejandro lives two doors down from our church building and started attending after being contacted during our Vacation Bible School in July. Iris is the childhood friend of our sister in Christ Annie Soto. After the death of her husband a few months ago, Iris was invited by Annie to taste of the joy of Christian fellowship and after a couple of home Bible studies Iris was born again of water and the Spirit. (see photos of Alejandro and Iris below)

2014: OUR BEST YEAR EVER! It is only right that we give praise to God for the growth we have had in 2014, our biggest year in terms of the number of baptisms, now at 14 for the year. The new blood has generated a spirit of enthusiasm among the members of the congregation.

ON THE HORIZON: Later this month, I will be hosting Rick Odell of the West Ark church of Christ in Arkansas who will be returning to Puerto Rico on a short survey trip to explore future evangelistic and service projects for mission trips from the U.S. He will be bringing Jared Turbyfill, a youth minister from Dallas and Chris Cox, a church worker from Denver. They are hoping to visit as many as the 19 congregations on the island as possible to identify what the greatest needs are and where they can best fit in.

As is our custom, Connie and I express our gratitude for your financial support of our evangelistic efforts here!

May God bless you, until next month,

Jim

 jimgullette@hotmail.com

 


 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

 

He that believes and is baptized shall be saved (Mark 16:16).

These are the baptisms of Iris Borras and Alejandro Estevez

in Arecibo on September 28, 2014.

Rejoice with us!


 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings to our many loved ones at the South Plains church of Christ. We were saddened to hear about the deaths of Taylor Ford and Wanda Lively this past month as we have known them for many years and were always so kind to us on our visits to Lubbock. We are now in the most active month of the hurricane season here in the Atlantic basin and keep our eyes on the weather. We had a most pleasant summer this year as it never did really get hot and steamy. Recent heavy rains have silenced all talk of possible water rationing due to a dry spell earlier this summer.

Here is an update of what God is doing though your coworkers here in Arecibo:

TWO COUPLES FROM ABILENE VISIT IN AUGUST. From August 14th to the 19th we were blessed with the visit of CJ and Michelle Chaney and Kurt and Leigh Thomas from the Westgate church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. They came to Puerto Rico to explore the island and check into possibilities of bringing short term campaign teams. They usually go to Honduras with their teams but since it is more stable here, cheaper to fly here and due to the fact that no passport is needed, they are interested in bringing teams. CJ is bilingual so we gave him the opportunity to exhort the congregation on Sunday, August 17th. Several of our ladies cooked for them and they seemed to return to the States happy.

 



ELPIDIO FUENTES GROWING IN CHRIST. You may recall that after many years of taking campaign teams to the local homeless shelter, Toque del Ángel (Angel’s touch), the director Elpidio Fuentes was baptized into Christ. The Arecibo congregation is stepping up its involvement in the ministry and starting this past Sunday and continuing on the last Sunday of each month members are bringing food for the homeless shelter. For many years Elpidio has been visiting the local jail and at our follow-up study yesterday, he told me that he is now preaching that baptism is necessary for the remission of sins to the inmates.

PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR DOOR KNOCKING EFFORTS: While nearly all our conversions come from friends and relatives of members, I still believe in imitating the pattern of the apostles in the 1st century: Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ (Acts 5:42). I have published a new flyer entitled: “Presenting the church that Christ Built” and am now delivering it to the Arecibo community. The poor economy is taking its toll on the island. At the area where I was working this week and last there are many vacant homes. This past week the local news reported that every ten days, some 1,000 Puerto Ricans move to the Orlando area in search of work. Sadly, one of our key families is contemplating a move there in search of work as well.

As is our custom, Connie and I express our gratitude for your financial support of our evangelistic efforts here!

May God bless you,

  Jim Gullette

 jimgullette@hotmail.com

 


AUGUST 7, 2014

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Connie and I extend our greetings to all of our loved ones at the South Plains church of Christ! God continues to richly bless us. This past weekend Tropical Storm Bertha blew through the Caribbean and it was a blessing in that it brought soaking rains. Believe it or not, the Puerto Rican government had announced plans for water rationing to begin on August 6th due to a lack of rainfall so we are thankful that the plan has been put on hold. During the summer months there is a lot of movement between the island and the U.S. mainland and many of our members have been gone. With school starting on August 11th, many are now returning and so our attendance should return to normal.

Here is an update of what God is doing though your coworkers here in Arecibo:

Carmen AvilezVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL BEARS FRUIT! We are thrilled to announce that our annual VBS has led to a baptism! On Sunday, July 13th Carmen Aviléz responded to the invitation and was baptized into Christ. She saw the banner promoting the event and brought her grandchildren to the event. She developed friendships with several members during the VBS and began attending services.  See photo below.

WEDDING AND BAPTISM OF DERRICK AND ARIELISS JOHNSON. Last March, Derrick Johnson happened to be driving by our church building and saw me outside. He stopped and said he was looking for an English speaking congregation to attend since he doesn’t speak Spanish. He began attending with his girlfriend Ariel and even though our services are in Spanish we translate for him. Both are from New Jersey and came to Puerto Rico to avoid raising their two children among the gangs in Newark. On July 18th I performed their wedding and then on Sunday, July 20th they were baptized into Christ!  See photos below.

BAPTISM OF DIRECTOR OF HOMELESS SHELTER. The congregation rejoiced with the baptism of Elpidio Fuentes this past Sunday, August 3rd. I first met Elpidio some ten years ago when the Arecibo congregation had an event at the shelter, serving food and a message from the Bible. Over the years I have taken visiting groups (including a group of University students from South Plains) to work at the shelter. Due to a change in leadership at the Salvation Army church where Elpidio previously attended, he decided to begin attending with the Lord’s church. On Sunday, July 27th Elpidio responded to the invitation and expressed his desire to belong to the congregation. During the week, brother Tony Quiñones had a Bible study with him and it was there that he made his decision to be scripturally baptized.  See photo below.

ON THE HORIZON: From August 14th to the 19th we will be hosting CJ and Michelle Chaney and another couple from Abilene on a survey trip. They have taken groups to Honduras for years and are interested in bringing campaign groups to Puerto Rico due to security concerns in Honduras.

BEST YEAR SO FAR: We give praise to God that even though we are just a little over half way in year of 2014, we are having our best year yet in terms of the number of baptisms and the quality of those who have been baptized so far. As is our custom, Connie and I express our gratitude for your financial support of our evangelistic efforts here! May God bless you, until next month, Jim

Connie and I will take this opportunity to once again express our profound appreciation for your continued financial support of our evangelistic efforts in Arecibo.

 

May God bless you,

Jim Gullette  

jimgullette@hotmail.com


 

AUGUST 3, 2014

Elipidio Fuentes baptism 08-03-14

 


 

JULY 20, 2014

 

 


JULY 13, 2014

 

"Whoever confesses me before men, I will also confess before my Father

in Heaven." (Matthew 10:32)  Jose Angel and Carmen Aviles were baptized

on July 13, 2014, after responding to the Lord's invitation.

 


JULY 10, 2014

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings to all of our loved ones at the South Plains congregation. Our Heavenly Father continues to richly bless us with spiritual and material blessings. We hope you are having a great summer!

Here is an update of what God is doing though your coworkers here in Arecibo:

 

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TEEN RETREAT FROM JUNE 13th -14th A HUGE SUCCESS! We sent several of our young people and sponsors to a camp out at the church camp that we are building up in the mountains in the community of Ciales from Friday, June 13th to Saturday, June 14th. The event was organized by Arecibo member Holvin Montalvo along with leaders from other churches of Christ here on the island. I was thrilled to receive word from Holvin that 11 young people made their decision to put on Christ in baptism. Of the 11, three are from our congregation: Yan Alfonso Reyes, Alejandro Jireau and Julián Rivera. Yan and Alejandro have grown up in the Arecibo congregation and Julián comes from a family that has been attending on and off for several years. We are hopeful that his decision to be baptized into Christ will influence his parents to take that vital step as well.

Florida campaign group 2014ANNUAL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL ALSO A BIG SUCCESS! The biggest event of the year for us, our annual VBS was held from June 23rd to the 27th with the help of 21 teens and sponsors from the 53rd Ave. Church of Christ in Bradenton, Florida. This was their second visit with us and they all returned home full of very positive experiences from the week. This year’s theme was Agency 3D, based on material to Discover Jesus, Decide for Jesus and Defend Jesus. The VBS is always our biggest event because nearly all of the members get involved in one way or another exercising their God-given talents. The VBS began bright and early on Monday morning with 70 children and teens from the Arecibo community and concluded with the closing ceremony on Friday night. Each of the classes made a presentation that night with many parents and grandparents present. The most promising result of the effort is that a lady named Carmen is now attending with her grandchildren and has already formed a friendship with several of the members. I will be following up on the other contacts that were generated from the event.

ON THE HORIZON: On July 18th, I will be performing the wedding of Derrick Johnson and his girlfriend Ariel. Derrick and Ariel moved here from New Jersey several years ago with her two children, Ariana and Anthony. A couple of months ago Derrick happened be driving by our church building and stopped when he saw me, explaining that he was looking for an English speaking congregation since he doesn’t speak any Spanish. Shortly after their wedding they are going to be baptized into Christ. From August 14th to the 19th we will be hosting two couples from Abilene on a survey trip. They have taken groups to Honduras for years and are interested in bringing campaign groups to Puerto Rico.

Connie and I will take this opportunity to once again express our profound appreciation for your continued financial support of our evangelistic efforts in Arecibo.

 

May God bless you,

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com  

 


 

JUNE 24, 2014

 

VBS 2014

 

We had a very successful first day of VBS with 70 kids and teens from the Arecibo congregation and the Arecibo community present. Here "Secret Agents" from the 3D Spy Agency Alvaro Jireau, Tony Quinones and Holvin Montalvo are teaching the kids about Jesus: Discover, Decide and Defend. We have 21 teens and sponsors down from the 53rd Ave. Church of Christ in Bradenton, Florida to help.

 


JUNE 11, 2014

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Blessings to all of our loved ones at the South Plains church of Christ! God continues to richly bless us with health as well as spiritual and material blessings and we give Him the praise and thanksgiving. Hurricane season officially began here in the Atlantic Basin on June 1st.

Here is an update of what God is doing though your coworkers in Arecibo:

 

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PR Photos - June 2014BAPTISM INTO CHRIST!: We all rejoicing this past Thursday, June 5th at our weekly devotional when one of our young people, Christian Santiago made his decision to put on Christ in baptism. Christian was baptized by his father Johnny and it was a special moment for all. We are encouraged by the fact that the previous six baptisms that we have had dating back to last December are all solid converts and I am convinced that each one will be a tremendous blessing to the church in the years to come.

PERU MISSION TRIP MAY 20 – MAY 30TH. This past month I had the privilege to once again visit fellow South Plains missionary Maximo Collao and his family after a 12 year absence. Maximo asked me to be one of the presenters at the annual conference for all the preachers in Peru from Thursday, May 22nd to Saturday May 24th. Some preachers drove as much as 20 hours to attend. There were approximately 50 in attendance. Other speakers included Manual Magos of Escondido, California, Bob Brown of Denver, Colorado; Bob Young of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Harry Hamilton of Santiago, Chile. I did my presentation on Friday and then I was asked to preach that night as members and visitors came in from surrounding congregations. The highlight of the trip was the baptism of a lady named Consuelo during evangelistic work in the week after the conference. I found the Los Pinos congregation to be a vibrant congregation that has had four baptisms in the previous week before my visit. Maximo’s sons Joel and Jairo have become dynamic leaders of the worship services of the Los Pinos congregation. Maximo again expressed his appreciation for the generous offering that the South Plains congregation sent to purchase a late model used SUV for his ministry. To me, the most significant aspect of the trip was the training of various members of the Los Pinos congregation to evangelize their friends and neighbors using my visualized study of the gospel of Christ.

ANNUAL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DRAWS NEAR! Preparations are in full swing for the biggest event of the year for the Arecibo congregation, our annual VBS. With the help of some of our young people yesterday, invitations were distributed to some 300 homes around our church building. Nine of our young people were busy yesterday painting and cleaning the church house to prepare for the 23 teens and sponsors that will be returning to Puerto Rico from the 53rd Ave. church of Christ in Bradenton, Florida from June 21st to the 28th.

TEEN RETREAT COMING JUNE 13TH TO JUNE 14TH. I am excited to announce that 83 teens from the churches of Christ on the island will be attending a retreat this weekend up at the church camp that we trying to get off the ground up in the mountains.

As is my custom, Connie and I express our gratitude for your continued financial support to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ here in Arecibo!

 

Until next month, may God richly bless you,

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com  

 


 

MAY 12, 2014

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings in Christ to our many loved ones at the South Plains church of Christ! We have been praying for you that our merciful heavenly Father may send life giving rain your way. We went through an extended dry period here as well but a tropical wave brought lots of rain here to the Caribbean this past week for which we are thankful. PR Photo Collage 05-14-14 Thumbnail

Here is the latest news of what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:

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BAPTISM INTO CHRIST!: The Arecibo congregation rejoiced at the baptism of our Adriana Montalvo on Sunday afternoon May 5th. After worship on Sunday a group of our young people when to see the movie “God is Not Dead” and after the movie concluded Adriana, now aged 15 announced to her father Holvin her desire to put on Christ in baptism. Connie and I have watched Adriana grow up since her parents were converted to Christ some 12 years ago.

ARCHIE LUPER VISIT AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE ARECIBO CONGREGATION: From April 24th to May 3rd we hosted our good friend Archie Luper and his son Nick from Tennessee for 9 days of teaching in the Arecibo, Los Angeles and Cubuy congregations and service projects in the three communities. Archie and Nick arrived on Thursday to make the necessary preparations and then three other team members arrived on Saturday. Archie and Nick team taught the youth class in Arecibo and then Archie brought a lesson during the worship to encourage the congregation. Our ladies prepared a wonderful fellowship meal of Puerto Rican cuisine for our guests after the worship service. During their two days of service projects in Arecibo, we did painting at the local homeless shelter, worked on the new women’s bathroom in the house next door to the church building, worked at a local elementary school and painted a widow’s house, all in the name of Christ.

PERU MISSION TRIP COMING UP MAY 20 – MAY 30TH. I’m busy making final preparations for a mission trip to Lima, Peru to work with fellow South Plains missionary Maximo Collao. Several months back Maximo invited me to be one of the speakers at a national conference for all the preachers in Peru. They have asked me to speak on the theme of Biblical miracles and those who claim to be able to perform miracles today. I will be taking several copies of my visualized study of the gospel to train workers while I am there as well. Prayers are requested!

PREPARATIONS FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IN FULL SWING! We are looking forward to our annual VBS coming June 23rd – 27th. Without a doubt it is the biggest event of the year for the Arecibo congregation and nearly every member gets involved in one way or another. This year will be even bigger than previous years as the youth group from the 53rd Ave. church of Christ in Bradenton, Florida is coming to help with the effort. I went to the printer today for promotional flyers and the banner will be erected tomorrow. We will have a congregational meeting on Saturday to work out the details.

As usual, Connie and I express our appreciation for your generous support of our evangelistic efforts here in Puerto Rico!

Until next month may God richly bless you,

Jim Gullette 

jimgullette@hotmail.com 


APRIL 8, 2014

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings to our many loved ones at the South Plains church of Christ from Connie and me. We keep up to date on developments at South Plains through the bulletin and Facebook and are encouraged to hear about the addition of the new elders. We are well and thankful for each day that God grants us to labor in his vineyard.

Here is the latest news of what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:

BAPTISM INTO CHRIST!: In my last newsletter I mentioned that Myrna Flores is now attending with her grandchildren Alondra, Yaidimar, Cristian and Joseph along with a teen-aged neighbor named Natasha. She was originally contacted last November while going door to door inviting people to our annual 100 day the Sunday before Thanksgiving. After worship on Sunday, March 9th she told me she would like to speak to me in private. I was hoping that there wasn’t some kind of problem. I give praise to God that it wasn’t the case, rather she wanted to speak to me about being baptized! She brought nearly her entire family to our Thursday night devotional and made the good confession and was baptized into Christ! I often think about how different the future of Myrna’s grandchildren will be now that they are being raised in the church.

Baptism of Myrna Flores 03-13-2014



BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHO DIE IN THE LORD (Revelation 14:13). On a sad note, a beloved member of our congregation passed away this past Sunday after struggling with several health issues. Ana Acevedo and her husband Miguel were contacted several years ago while canvassing the neighborhood promoting our annual Vacation Bible School. They brought two of their grandchildren and during the week Miguel told me that they were planning on visiting the church the following Sunday. Shortly after beginning to attend Ana made the best decision of her life to be baptized into Christ. I was often in their home and she will be sorely missed by the entire Arecibo congregation.

VISIT OF 21 WORKERS FROM THE WEST-ARK CHURCH OF CHRIST A SUCCESS! The past five groups that have come to Puerto Rico have all come to Arecibo and this time I decided to direct a group of youth and adults from Ft. Smith, Arkansas to two other congregations in need of help. Youth minister Rick Odell and his youth group did construction projects at the Park Gardens congregation in San Juan and painting and evangelism at the Los Angeles congregation in Carolina from March 22nd to the 29th. I helped with logistics such as van rental and transportation to and from the airport.

ON THE HORIZON: We are making preparations to receive our good friend Archie Luper and his son Nick and three other workers that will be coming to the island on April 24th to visit the Arecibo congregation. They will be doing service projects in two other congregations as well during the nine days that they will be with us. Also on the horizon for next month: a mission trip to Lima, Peru. Fellow missionary Maximo Collao has asked me to be one of the speakers at a conference for all the churches of Christ in Peru from May 22-24th.

As is my custom, Connie and I again express our profound appreciation for your generous support of our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Until next month may God richly bless you,

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com   


 

MARCH 6, 2014

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings to loved ones in Texas! Recently we have had a lot of people sick in our congregation including my wife Connie with colds and flu. Connie is feeling better now and is in the Dominican Republic for a week for a regional conference with her work. I am thankful that I did not get sick. Our attendance in worship was affected by so many being out sick. The wonderful winter months in the Caribbean are now giving way to the warmer weather.

Here is the latest news of what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:

PHIL AND PAULA SULLIVAN RETURN HOME TO ABILENE:  We said our goodbyes to Phil and Paula this past week after enjoying their company for the past six weeks. They were here teaching English using the Bible with the Let’s Start Talking material. They enjoyed their time with us but sadly, Phil had his wallet stolen when he was getting out of a taxi. I continue to study the Bible in English once a week with Orlando Rivera, who is the most promising contact of those who attended the English classes. We are thankful to have the house next door to the church building to provide housing to visiting church workers. The addition to the house and remodeling project are nearly finished. We are finishing up the third bathroom and a member donated some used office furniture and so I now have an office for the first time in the church building!

DOOR KNOCKING BEARS FRUIT: While I have gone from house to house canvassing for years following the model found in Acts 5:42, it hasn’t been all that productive. Our most effective way of winning the lost to Christ is through friendship evangelism, members inviting friends or relatives to the church. However, I am pleased to announce that we have three families attending worship on a regular basis after I went to their homes with a personal invitation. Prospects Mara Rivera is now attending with her children Oznel and Yeliz along with her neighbor Angelica González and her son Jimmy. Myrna Flores is now attending with her grandchildren Jeffry, Alondra, Yadimar, Cristian and Joseph along with a teen-aged neighbor named Natasha.

ON THE HORIZON: I’m making the arrangements for the next three church groups that are scheduled to visit the island in the coming months. I am helping to coordinate the visit of the West-Ark church of Christ in the Park Gardens from March 22-29. From April 24th to May 3rd our good friend Archie Luper of Tennessee will be bringing a small group for service projects in Arecibo and two other communities on the island. Then, Lord willing, we will again host the youth group from the 53rd Ave. church of Christ in Bradenton, Florida from June 21st to the 28th to help with our annual Vacation Bible School.

Also on the horizon is a gospel meeting with brother José Vizcarrondo of the congregation in the community of Loíza on the east side of the island over Easter weekend from April 18-20th. Normally it is an annual event for the Arecibo congregation but last year we had to cancel after the Lucrecio Mercado, a preacher from the Dominican Republic had some health problems and had to cancel his trip to Arecibo.

We certainly miss all of you! Connie and I again thank you for your faithful support of our evangelistic efforts here on the island of Puerto Rico.

Until next month may God richly bless you,

Jim Gullette

 jimgullette@hotmail.com  

 


FEBRUARY 5, 2014

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings from Puerto Rico! I reached a big milestone in my life this past January 29 as I celebrated my 60th birthday. Hard to believe! I thank God for each day of life. Connie is fine and as I write this report is working in the island of Curaҁao this week. I guess I’d better clean house before she gets home!


Here is the latest news of what God is doing though us here in Arecibo:

 

BAPTISMS INTO CHRIST! We are thrilled to announce the addition of two new brothers to our congregation! On January 15, Jesús Serpa confessed his faith in Christ and was baptized into Christ by Holvin Montalvo. Jesús’ wife Rosy was baptized back in December and had been encouraging him to follow her example. On January 26th, Luis Matías responded to the invitation and was baptized into Christ by another one of our leaders, Alvaro Jireau. While I often go from house to house sowing the seed of the Kingdom, each one of the three came to the church as a result of a friendship with one of our members. We give praise to God that in the last six weeks we have had four baptisms, which is of course, a lot for us.


COUPLE HERE FROM TEXAS FOR TWO MONTHS TEACHING ENGLISH. In January, we welcomed Phil and Paula Sullivan from the Hillcrest church of Christ in Abilene to our congregation. They are hear wanting to serve the Lord and the Arecibo community by teaching English using the Bible, but they are also wanting to avoid the winter weather up north. They currently are teaching some 18 members of the congregation and the Arecibo community and are a blessing to our congregation.


MARRIAGE SEMINAR HELD JANUARY 17-19th. As I mentioned in my last newsletter, the divorce rate here on the island is whopping 78.3%. In order to strengthen our marriages in the Lord’s church, David and Donna Newberry from Jackson, Tennessee held a marriage enrichment seminar for our congregation over the weekend of January 17-19th. Some 1,000 flyers promoting the event were distributed in the Arecibo community. The sessions were held Friday night, during the day on Saturday and then finished up on Sunday in the Bible class and worship service. After worship the congregation hosted a picnic for David and Donna at a beautiful park overlooking the ocean in a nearby community.


As is my custom, Connie and I take this opportunity to again express our appreciation for your faithful financial support of our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ here in Puerto Rico.


Until next month, may God richly bless you,

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com

 


 

JANUARY 8, 2014

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings to our many loved ones in Christ. We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season! For the first time in 27 years, we were not able to spend the Christmas holiday with our son Miles as he was unable to come home as usual. Connie went all out cooking and we had a pleasant time with our other son Mason. The holiday season is still going strong here in Puerto Rico as this past Monday was Three Kings Day, a major holiday here on the island. School is set to begin again on the 14th of January.

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 BAPTISM INTO CHRIST! The congregation was thrilled to witness the new birth of Rosa Mastache after the worship service on Sunday, December 22nd! Rosa begin attending after an invitation by a couple of our sisters and after a couple of home Bible studies made her decision to obey the gospel. Her conversion again testifies to the power of friendship evangelism.

BEARS FOR CHRIST” CAMPAIGN IN ARECIBO DECEMBER 27 – JANUARY 5 A BIG SUCCESS! Nick and Catherine Starnes, who direct the campus ministry at the University of Central Arkansas brought 22 workers from their organization “Bears for Christ” for 8 full days of evangelism, community service and church building construction. Brother L.V. Pfeifer, a retired Bible professor from Harding University and former missionary in Italy did the preaching and teaching. Obviously each day was full from the morning to the evening. The highlight for the week was the baptism of Luke Smith, one of the workers that came with the group on Friday, January 3rd. Unfortunately they had a hard time getting home due to the many cancelled flights. They made it as far as North Carolina and then had to rent vans to drive the rest of the way home.

THE YEAR 2013 IN REVIEW: During the year the Arecibo congregation welcomed 5 different groups with a total of 112 workers! We received groups from World Servants and from congregations in Satillo, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee; Sarasota, Florida; and of course the group from Arkansas. The groups helped us with the transformation and extension of the house we purchased several years back into classrooms and bathrooms. They also helped us distribute thousands of invitations in the Arecibo community and we now have four different people who are attending the congregation as a result. During the year, a total of seven believers were baptized for the remission of sins and all but one are attending. We now set our sights on new year of 2014 with faith and optimism.

MARRIAGE SEMINAR COMING JANUARY 17-19th. The latest statistics show that the divorce rate here on the island is a staggering 78.3%! Since we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth, we will be a hosting a seminar on marriage coming up with our good friends David and Donna Newberry of Jackson, Tennessee. David works in the administration of Freed-Hardeman University and is also the education minister at the Campbell St. Church of Christ. He has visited us some 14 times over the years to encourage the churches of Christ on the island. Donna came for the first time last year and is looking forward to returning again. She will conduct a couple of sessions for the ladies. We are promoting the event in the Arecibo community and among the other Churches of Christ in Puerto Rico.

Until next month,

Jim Gullette

 jimgullette@hotmail.com 

 


 

DECEMBER 10, 2013

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: To our loved ones at the South Plains church of Christ, Connie and I are both well and thankful for each day that God gives us to labor in his vineyard. We had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday and now set our sights on the Christmas season. We will enjoy some time home together.

UPDATE ON THE LORD’S WORK IN ARECIBO: Here is an update on what God is doing through us here in Arecibo:

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100 DAY A BIG SUCCESS! Every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving we have an attendance drive to hopefully reach 100 in worship. We encouraged members to bring their friends and family members to worship and a fellowship meal that followed. Many invitations were distributed to the homes around our church building and the downtown shopping district. We give praise to God that we surpassed the goal with a total of 104 in worship! One lady that I met while going from house to house is now attending with three of her grandchildren and is a very promising contact. A family from church brought a friend named Rosa to the event and she returned the next Sunday with her husband. I had a home Bible study with Rosa this past week and since the Word of God is living and active I believe that she will be baptized into Christ very soon. I continue to follow up on the other contacts that were generated from the effort.

LADIES FELLOWSHIP IN YAUCO VERY EDIFYING. The congregation in Yauco on the south side of the island organized a fellowship for the women of the churches of Christ in Puerto Rico on Saturday, November 30th. Connie and I led a group of 13 women from the Arecibo congregation and they all had a very positive and uplifting experience both at the event and on the van traveling together. While the ladies were in their conference, about 20 of us men (the drivers) hit the streets of downtown Yauco to evangelize and invite people to the congregation there.

NEXT GROUP OF WORKERS SET TO ARRIVE ON DECEMBER 27th. During 2013, we have hosted four groups from the USA (a total of 88 workers) for church building construction, community service and evangelistic outreach. Each group has been a tremendous blessing to the Arecibo congregation and now we are making final preparations to host a fifth group of some 24 workers. Nick Starnes of Arkansas will be leading the group from his campus ministry called “Bears for Christ.” Brother L.V. Pheifer will be coming with the group to preach on Sunday and lead the evening messages. L.V. was telling me that back in 1953, he and Carl Mitchell established the Lord’s church in Florence, Italy!

Connie and I express our desire for all of you for a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year in 2014. We are trying our best to be faithful to the trust that you have placed in us! As I look back on 2013, much good has been down for the cause of Christ here in Arecibo and we again express our profound gratitude for your continued financial support of our mission work!

Until next month,

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com 

 


 

 

NOVEMBER 12, 2013

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings in Christ to all of our loved ones at the South Plains congregation! We hope that you are doing well. In October Connie and enjoyed a wonderful Caribbean cruise to celebrate 32 years of marriage. We’ve had a busy year and it was nice to have some time away by ourselves. It didn’t take long to get busy after we got back! We are also thankful that the 2013 hurricane season will be officially over on December 1. Other than some flooding from tropical storm Gabriella in July we were blessed by God with quiet year. We wish each one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

UPDATE ON THE LORD’S WORK IN ARECIBO: Here is an update on what God is doing through us here in Arecibo:

FRIDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP ON NOVEMBER 1 WELL ATTENDED. Normally we meet every Thursday for a devotional. But since the normal meeting fell on Halloween, we decided for security issues to change it to Friday and have a congregational barbeque. Over 50 attended and brother Holvin Montalvo presented a timely message after the meal on the importance of seeking first the kingdom. It really was a special time together rejoicing with the abundant life in Christ.

ARECIBO HOSTS CONFERENCE ON ORDAINING ELDERS. The third and final series on the subject of appointing elders was hosted by our congregation on Saturday, November 9th. Brother Jesús Germán, a church leader from another congregation on the island presented some passages and thoughts on working towards the goal of having elders to shepherd the flock. It was well attended by leaders from 11 other congregations and 10 of our own members from Arecibo.

ON THE HORIZON: We are gearing up for our annual attendance drive on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day on November 24th. Every year we set a goal of having 100 in attendance for a time of thanksgiving in worship followed by a fellowship meal together. We are encouraging members to bring their friends and family members and hundreds of invitations will be distributed in the Arecibo community.

The fifth and final group to visit Arecibo this year will be arriving from Arkansas on December 28th. Campus minister Nick Starnes will be leading a group of 24 college students and adults for a week of construction and evangelistic efforts. More groups are heading our way due to security concerns in Mexico and Central America.

We have received confirmation that our good friend David Newberry and his wife Donna from Tennessee will be coming in January to present a seminar on marriage enrichment in the Arecibo congregation. David has visited many times in the past and his lessons are always edifying. Sadly, the local news reported recently that the divorce rate on the island has now reaching a whopping 78.3%. We will be promoting the event with the other churches of Christ on the island as well as in the Arecibo community not only as an effort to improve the quality of marriages on the island, but also to draw new people to the church.

As is my custom, Connie and I thank you for your prayers for our evangelistic efforts and for your faithful financial support of our work here in Puerto Rico.

Until next month,

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com


OCTOBER 8, 2013

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings to our loved ones at South Plains from the Caribbean! First of all, we are thankful for quiet hurricane season thus far in 2013. However, we’ve had a record heat wave the past couple of weeks. Like many Americans, Connie is being sent home on furlough from the U.S. Justice Department on Monday unless there is some kind of resolution soon. We are looking forward to some vacation time to celebrate 32 years of marriage soon!

UPDATE ON THE LORD’S WORK IN ARECIBO:

Here is an update on what God is doing through us here in Arecibo:

Baptism of Itzamar Carrero on Sept. 28, 2013BAPTISM INTO CHRIST! On Sunday, September 28th, a teenager named Itzamar Carrero made her decision to put on Christ in baptism after the worship service. Connie and I first met Itzamar while she was still in the crib sixteen years ago when we arrived here! At that time her mother was attending the congregation in Caguana up in the mountains where they live but recently have been attending in Arecibo.

JOHNNY CARRERO RESTORED INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH: Also on Sunday, September 28 after his third time to attend services, Johnny Carrero came forward and asked to be restored into the body of Christ. It was a precious moment and everyone was rejoicing! I have been encouraging Johnny to return to the church for some 16 years now. One of our key couples from the congregation recently purchased a bakery where Johnny is the manager and they have been encouraging him as well. I believe that it is God’s handiwork in that the family from the church purchased the bakery where Johnny works. His wife and teenaged son have attended with him once since he came back and we hope that they will eventually be converted as well.

ATTENDANCE SOLID IN SEPTEMBER. Despite losing several who have fallen away, our attendance has been excellent since school started in August. At times we are very full and it we are again reminded of our need for a new auditorium. Things move slowly here in Latin America but we hope to break ground soon. We have a construction crew of 24 scheduled for a week of work beginning on December 28th.

SOWING THE SEED OF THE KINGDOM: I continue to go from house to house as weather permits with what I often refer to as the never ending search for people with good and noble hearts. Recently I have visited the High School down the street from our church building to distribute copies of the Gospel of John as the students exit for home. While I must admit that it is hard to find interested people here, I have the faith that God’s Word will not return to him empty or void.

We miss you and as always thank you for your prayers and financial support of our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com


 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2013

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: Greetings to our loved ones in Lubbock! Connie and I enjoyed a short trip to Florida after what has been a busy year. Every time we return to the States we are reminded of how God has blessed our nation. We enjoyed some shopping and eating at some of our favorite American chains like Red Lobster, Panera Bread and Chipotles. With the arrival of September, we are now in the peak month for hurricane activity here in the Atlantic Basin. Tropical Storm Gabrielle closed down the government and schools yesterday but fortunately just left a lot of rain.

UPDATE ON THE LORD’S WORK IN ARECIBO:

ONGOING STUDIES WITH NEW CONVERTS. As an important part of fulfilling the Great Commission, Jesus commanded his apostles to teach those who were baptized to obey everything that he has commanded. I continue to give follow-up studies to four recent converts to help them grow spiritually. I continue to meet with recent converts George Aviléz, Maribel Román, William González and Ivelisse Tejada. Please pray for them since new converts are so vulnerable until they become fully grounded in the faith.

SOWING THE SEED OF THE KINGDOM: On Saturday, August 31st a group of five of us went downtown to the Arecibo business district to distribute gospel tracts and invitations to worship. Since everyone had a positive experience we decided to continue sowing the seed one Saturday of each month.

LOOKING AHEAD: This past week I received confirmation from our good friend Archie Luper that he will be coming to Puerto Rico the weekend of October 24-27. Lord willing he will visit three congregations and then finish up his visit with the Arecibo congregation on Sunday. I also received confirmation that Nick Starks will be bringing a group of 18 college students from Arkansas from December 28th to January 4th to help us with our construction project and evangelistic outreach.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT PROGRESSES. We are excited that the electrician and two construction workers have finished up their work in the house. We will now reschedule a work day and begin laying ceramic tile on the floor in the new area and on the all in the new bathrooms. We can then paint and install the bathroom fixtures. After that, the next step will be start on the second phase of the project, the construction of an auditorium that will seat 160 people.

SAD NEWS: In my newsletters I try to focus on the positive aspects of the Lord’s work here in Arecibo. But sadly every once and awhile I have to report bad news as well. I was grieved to receive a call from Yeiza González saying that she is not receiving what she needs spiritually from the classes and sermons and has decided to attend a denominational church with her sister in law. Yeiza has grown up in the church of Christ and has been with us since we arrived to Puerto Rico and has two wonderful daughters, one of whom is Connie’s best friend in the congregation. We are in prayer over the situation.

Until next month,

May God continue to richly bless you,

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com

 


 

AUGUST 11, 2013

 

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: God continues to richly bless us both spiritually as well as materially. The National Weather Service is reporting that this past month of July was the wettest July since weather records have been kept. I’m not complaining since the rains keep the tropical heat down. In July we had a wonderful visit from Barry and Leah Ries from the Mankato, Minnesota congregation (where Connie and I labored with the church for 10 years. They were in town for a conference with Barry’s work. After what has been a very busy year so far in 2013, Connie and I are going up to Miami for five days of R & R as well as enjoy the foods and shopping in America.

UPDATE ON THE LORD’S WORK IN ARECIBO:

Baptism of William Gonzalez - Aug 11 2013THREE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST SINCE LAST NEWSLETTER! We give praise to God for the growth that has come as a result of our evangelistic efforts. On Sunday, July 14 at the worship service Maribel Román confessed her faith in Christ and was baptized into Christ. I met Maribel awhile back while going from house to house distributing invitations. On Sunday, July 28th Ivelisse Tejada confessed her faith in the Savior and was baptized into Christ. She was contacted during the week that 27 teens and sponsors were here from the Antioch church of Christ in Nashville. Both Maribel and Ivelisse are single mothers of one child each. Ivelisse’s boyfriend has been attending with her even though he lives in the San Juan area and I am confident that he will also obey the gospel. Today, August 11th during the worship service I baptized William González into Christ. He is blind and was contacted by a couple of sisters in Christ, one from our congregation and another from a neighboring congregation. God blessed us with a full house today.

ONGOING STUDIES WITH NEW CONVERTS. As an evangelist it is very important for me to follow-up with new converts to “teach them everything that Jesus has commanded” (Matthew 28:20). I am now meeting weekly with George Avilés, Maribel and Ivelisse to help them grow spiritually and become firmly rooted in the faith.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT PROGRESSES. We are still in the first phase of our construction project but hope to move on to the second phase soon. During the first phase, with the help of the four groups that came from the States to help out we have added on to the house we purchased several years back. The walls for new Bible classes are nearly completed and the two additional bathrooms are taking shape. Lord willing, on August 24th, we will have an “Amish” style work day with all the men doing the building and the women doing the cooking. We hope to embark soon on the second phase which will involve the construction of an auditorium that will seat approximately 160 members.

CAMP CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSES. Work on the septic tank up at the camp we are building up in the mountains continues to progress. Lord willing we will start work on a bathroom soon and once that is done we can start to have camping retreats there with the youth of the churches of Christ on the island.

Until next time may God richly bless you,

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com 

 

 


 

JULY 14, 2013

 

JULY 10, 2013

NEWS FROM THE GULLETTE FAMILY: First of all, I would like to express my profound appreciation for the prayers, calls and cards following my surgery for a detached retina on May 14th. I am back at work now and this past week during a follow-up visit to the doctor, she said that the surgery was a success. I was concerned since she had told me up front that sometimes it is necessary to repeat the surgery if the retina does not remain attached. Thankfully it looks like I won’t have to cross that bridge again. I see another eye doctor in August to change the prescription on my eyeglasses. Connie is doing fine although things have been busy at her work. We have enjoyed having our son Miles home from Austin for three weeks during his summer vacation. In June we celebrated the occasion of our oldest son Mason’s graduation from college.

UPDATE ON THE LORD’S WORK IN ARECIBO:

Since my last newsletter before my surgery in May, we have welcomed three church groups from the States.

From May 29th to June 6th we hosted 23 teens and sponsors from the Saltillo church of Christ in Tennessee. Enoch Rinks, the director of recruiting of the ministry Continent of Great Cities and former missionary to Paraguay was one of the leaders of the team along with their preacher David Baker. It was one of the most frustrating experiences of my life since I had to coordinate the campaign from my bed with a cell phone since I had to remain inactive after my surgery! They did some evangelistic work in the community and continued the remodeling project on our church building.

From June 29th to July 6th we hosted 23 teens and sponsors from the 54th Street church of Christ in Bradenton, Florida. The team was led by their youth minister Paul Huyghebaert. What a difference it made this time since I could be with the group to help coordinate their efforts. Heavy rains prevented us from starting the construction at the church camp we are starting for the churches of Christ on the island. The first step is a septic tank and we couldn’t get a back hoe to dig the hole due to the mud. However we took the group up to the camp and they really enjoyed a hike up to the waterfalls.

On July 6th the fourth group to visit us this year arrived from the Antioch church of Christ in Nashville. The team of 27 teens and sponsors is being led by their youth minister Andrew Sowards. Half of the group has been working alongside some of our members on the classroom and bathroom remodeling project while the other have has been with me going door to door distributing invitations to our assembly and Bible tracts. I now have 13 solid contracts to follow up on. We rescheduled the work day up at camp but Tropical Storm Chantal prevented us from going. We will try again tomorrow.

On Saturday, July 6th we had a wonderful time at the annual meeting of all the churches of Christ on the island at the Parque Tortuguero. Tony Quiñones, one of the leaders in the Arecibo congregation did an excellent job as the keynote speaker.

Connie and I again take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your faithful support of efforts to build a self-supporting congregation in Arecibo!

Until next time may God richly bless you,

Jim Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com


 

JUNE 4, 2013

 

This week in Arecibo we are hosting Enoch Rinks of the Continent of Great Cities ministry along with David and Mitzi Baker and 20 teens from the Saltillo church of Christ in Tennessee helping with the first phase of construction on our new church building. They are doing a good work!

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 MAY 7, 2013

 

Greetings to our many loved ones in Texas! Unfortunately, I have suffered a detached retina in my left eye and am facing eye surgery soon. So it looks like I'm going to be out of action for a couple of weeks during recovery. I humbly ask for your prayers for a full restoration of my sight and a speedy recovery in order to get back to the task of making disciples of all nations. Connie is fine and stays busy with her work. We have received word that our son Miles will be coming down from Austin next month for a visit so it will be nice to have him home again.

 

Here is an update of what God is doing through us here in Puerto Rico: 

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GEORGE AVILÉZ BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST SUNDAY, APRIL 7! A few months back, George began attending services at the invitation of our Carmen Rodríguez. He just graduated from Chef's school and recently his wife Glorivee and their young daughter Leandra have begun to attend with him as well. I had several personal studies with George and on Sunday, April 7th George made the good confession and was baptized into Christ for the remission of his sins. He is already taking an active role in the work of the church and I am confident that he will be a tremendous blessing to the congregation over the years. I am also optimistic that George's wife will follow his example and be baptized soon as well.

 

WEEK LONG VISIT WITH A TEAM OF WORKERS A BIG SUCCESS! The Arecibo congregation was blessed to receive a team from World Servants in a partnership with Lifetouch Photography for the first phase of our building project from April 27th to May 4th. Our good friend Archie Luper and his son Nick from Tennessee directed the team and came down to the island a couple of days before in order to make all the preparations. The rest of the team of 10 participants arrived on Saturday afternoon and our new brother in Christ George used his talent to cook and prepared a welcome meal of Puerto Rican cuisine for the group. After worship on Sunday we enjoyed a fellowship meal with the Arecibo congregation at a beautiful park overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. At the crack of dawn on Monday morning the team hit the ground running remodeling the house that the congregation owns which will serve as classrooms and bathrooms for the new auditorium which will be built during the second phase of construction. We also did some projects at the elementary school two blocks away that many of the children of our congregation attend. The Department of Education has limited funds for improvements so the World Servants team helped out with painting and construction. In spite of some heavy downpours a couple of the afternoons, the weather cooperated for the week. We finished the week with a free day on Friday at the beach and Old San Juan and enjoyed dinner at a local sea food restaurant. We wish to commend the group for spending some $2,700 of their own money on materials for the work at the church building and the public school. Lifetouch Photography also sent a video-photographer to record the week-long event.

 

Lord willing, our next team of workers from Tennessee will be arriving on May 28th to help with the next phase of the construction. The team will be headed up by Enoch Rinks, former missionary in Paraguay and now working with the Continent of Great Cities ministry.

 

Until next month,

May God richly bless you,

Jim and Connie Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com


 

APRIL 2, 2013

 

Greetings in Christ to our many loved ones at the South Plains Church of Christ. God continues to richly bless us as we seek to serve in His kingdom. Frankly, I'm thankful to be alive after hitting a horse after leaving the weekly Friday night devotional! It was raining and with the slick highway I couldn't stop in time. I was not hurt and the horse got up and ran away and I was alright, but the car I use for my ministry is another story! Connie had a couple of trips this past month with her work: one to the island of Aruba to help with a conference and one to Washington D.C. for a training. She is now back at home and in her normal routine.

 

Here is an update of what God is doing through us here in Puerto Rico:

 

          

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VISIT WITH PREACHER FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. From March 9th to the 14th we enjoyed the presence of Dominican preacher Lucrecio Mercado and his daughter Jeanelly with the church in Arecibo. This was Lucrecio's third visit to Arecibo, having preached twice in campaigns. He was going to preach last year in a gospel meeting over Easter weekend but had to cancel due to problems with his health. We still had a credit with the airlines so he decided to use it before it expired after one year. Lucrecio presented an excellent lesson on Sunday and worked with me evangelizing during the week. Jeanelly came to personally say thank you to several Christians here in Puerto Rico who helped her get her college education.

 

CHURCH OUTINGS BREAK THE MONOTONY: On Sunday, March 10th the congregation rented a bus and we all traveled together to Old San Juan for an excursion after worship. It is a tradition here on the island in the Spring to take children to fly kites on the grounds of the castle El Morro that has guarded the entrance to the San Juan bay for over 500 years. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the outing served to strengthen the bonds of fellowship between members.

 

On Good Friday, the Arecibo congregation traveled up to the mountains to lead a devotional at the Caguana congregation. Sadly, the congregation is down now to four elderly sisters. We went to encourage them in the faith. Three brothers from the Arecibo congregation, Henry Rivera, Tony Quiñones and Holvin Montalvo shared the lesson, speaking on the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We then enjoyed a wonderful fellowship meal after the morning devotional. The sisters of the Caguana congregation were thrilled to have us but complained that the preaching was too short!

 

GROUND BREAKING ON NEW AUDITORIUM SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 28TH! From April 25th to May 4th we will be hosting the first of four construction teams that will be coming to Arecibo in 2013. Our good friend Archie Luper will leading a group of 12 workers from Tennessee during the week. During the week we will be working on the foundation for the facility that will seat 176 people. To God be that glory that a dream that we have had for many years is now coming to fruition! 

 

Until next month, may God richly bless you,

Jim and Connie Gullette

jimgullette@hotmail.com

 

 

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