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Special Update for May,
E·mail version for April thru May 2006
Furlough Now Underway
Is In Full Swing And Causing Heartache For Many Here. Hurricane Season Is
Just Around the Corner!
once again from Carriacou! It is now looking like the height of the “dry
season” here. I am happy to report we still have plenty of water in our
tank. However, many other folk here, and especially some in our
congregation, either are running very low, or have run out. When they run
out, they must carry water from neighbors, local community catchment
systems, or wherever they can find it. Sometimes people will give them 500
to 1,000 gallons, but this usually cost about $40.00 to transfer it by pump
and truck it to their home.
that we will get rain right away.
the season, the “rainy season” here officially begins the first of June.
That is also when HURRICANE SEASON begins! If you recall, 2004
was the first time
had been hit by a hurricane since 1955. Ivan damage or destroyed 90% of the
homes in this country and killed nearly forty people. If the same percentage
of the total population in the
had died from such a catastrophe, some 130,000 would have died! Last year,
2005, only eleven months later, we were blasted by another hurricane. It did
more damage to Carriacou than the one the year before!
Meteorological and scientific data and predictions have resulted in a
forecast that is more severe than last year. (See:
Please pray for the Lord to control the weather
patterns to keep the storms away from us this year.
Many Answered Prayers
have kept up with our previous updates know that we have seen many important
prayers answered recently.
First, the Stolls were
led to come to Carriacou and take over for us! What a tremendous answer
from the Lord.
Our need of a
replacement standby generator has been answered. A brand new 7,500 watt,
long run LPG unit has been purchased for us! This is another tremendous
need, especially with the worsening hurricane season. PTL!
Next, Linda’s court
case was settled when she was found innocent of charges brought against
her due to an accident back in November. Praise the Lord!
Lastly, a young lady
in our congregation recently had a cat scan and saw doctors that gave her
a clean bill of health after she was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly a
year ago! This is awesome!
each of you for your prayers as you stood with us doing these difficult and
Join us in
praising God and giving thanks to Him for such grace and mercy for each
Furlough Plans Underway
Bill and Ruth Stoll, residents
of Hudson, Florida
We are scheduled to take furlough beginning
the middle of July. The Lord has wonderfully led a gracious couple, Bill and
Ruth Stoll, to come to Carriacou and take over for us for an entire year,
Lord willing and providing!
We have known the Stolls for several years.
The Stolls may be contacted using the following
William (Bill) and Ruth Stoll
13431 Hicks Road
Tel: (727) 868-5799
Because to the amount of work that needs to be done, it would truly be
good if there was another couple or individual that would come down and help
them (one to work for the year or two that could work for six months each).
It would be good even if someone could help for only a few months or even
If you know of someone
else that is looking for an opportunity to do mission work, please put him
or her in contact with us right away. Please pray
for the Lord to supply additional helpers not only while we are on furlough,
but also on a permanent basis.
The Stolls already have their plane tickets, and they are
scheduled to arrive on
June 14, 2006, a little
over five weeks from now! They are looking to the Lord to supply their
monthly support needs and other expenses. They have been sharing their plans
and prayers with individuals and churches. A few have contributed or
committed to support them. However, they still fall far short of their
monthly support needs. I recently learned that they are still planning to
come even if it means using their savings if needed. They are truly
sacrificing to help the work here continue in our absence.
with us for the Lord to lead individuals and churches to support this couple
who is stepping out to serve the Lord and help us in faith.
Linda and I are looking at our date for
departure with mixed emotions. As might be expected, we are eager to see
family and friends, report to our supporters, and get to know new pastors
and churches. Yet, the folks here are our friends and spiritual family. We
see many as our spiritual children. As such, we do not look forward to our
being separated from them for a year. Yet, the Lord is faithful in providing
the Stolls to minister in our place. We believe our folks and the work here
will be in good hands – the Lord’s – who in turn will be holding, helping,
and guiding the Stolls’ hands.
We need to make airline reservations soon. Normally, the
sooner we can make them the less the tickets should cost. We desire to
between July 12 and July 16. In the past, airfare from here to Charleston,
West Virginia has typically run from $800.00 to $1,000.00 per person. Thus,
we anticipate that we are going to need about $2,000.00 for our airfare.
We will also need a trustworthy vehicle to use and a place
to stay for one year. We hope to be able to stay in
Charleston or Beckley,
West Virginia, or perhaps even in Kingsport, Tennessee. Of course, we remain
open to wherever the Lord leads and provides.
Pray for the Lord to lead us to a place that we can afford in rent for the
year we plan to be in the States. Pray also for the Lord to provide a
dependable vehicle for us to use as well.
We plan to begin scheduling meetings in a week or so. We
hope to schedule meetings to take place from August 2006 until the first
week of July 2007. We wish to report to all of our supporters, and
visit as many new churches as possible. We also hope to visit the central US
and the West Coast since we have never seen that part of
North America. Since I
was just a child, I have dreamt of seeing that region of our home country,
and hope to do so while visiting new churches and increasing our prayer
support base on this furlough. I realize that this last part may seem
somewhat selfish, but I also see these areas as new places to serve the Lord
and minister to His flock. We also hope to make our need, of at least one
other couple to work with us full time, known to as many as possible.
The massive increase in fuel costs the last two or three
years has affected everyone. Unfortunately, among the hardest hit are
churches and missionaries. During such times, some churches understandably
focus on maintaining their current missionaries, and are hesitant to
consider taking on new ones. Please ask the Lord
to put us in contact with the right pastors and churches for upcoming
meetings. Also, ask Him to prepare each pastor’s heart to be receptive to us
in these increasingly busy and difficult times.
One More Pending and Immediate
Since I have begun listing our numerous
prayer requests in each prayer letter, and posting them on our website, we
have seen many specific prayers answers as enumerated already. (I have not
included them here, but they are viewable online at:
Besides those we have mentioned already in this update, we
have another immediate need. As mentioned earlier, the Lord has supplied a
much needed new standby generator for us. It is in
Florida, and has been
checked out. It is brand new. The people that contributed this is also
providing a five or six year old portable gas 5,500 watt unit. This will
enable us to be powered by gasoline or LPG during extended emergency times.
It will also provide a backup system for our meeting place, special church
outings, and street meetings as needed. We now need to ship them and a few
others items from Florida and get them to Carriacou in time enough for us to
install them before we leave for furlough.
As best as I can determine, it is going to
cost about $2,200.00 to ship those items to Grenada, pay customs’
importation fees, and then ship them to Carriacou and truck them to our
home. Please pray with us as we look to the Lord
to supply this immediate need.
Any that may be led to contribute toward any of these
specific needs should specify what their gift is for so that our mission
board and we can make sure your gifts are used accordingly. Thanks very much
ahead of time.
I am constantly aware of the
importance and power of prayer. Thank you very much for praying for us and
for supporting the Lord’s work of
Windward Bible Church here on
Carriacou. We are looking forward to seeing many of you on furlough!
Still looking up for Him,
(Signature omitted from online version for security reasons)
Walter Robinson II
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