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Newsletter #13 ~ October 31, 2009

Dear Friends,
     The hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean north of the equator “officially” ended in October.  If no more hurricanes develop, this season overall would rank as the slowest since the El Nino year of 1997.  The Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) for this season ranks among the lowest during the past half-century.  We are not complaining!
     We are in the midst of our annual rainy season.  It runs September-December.  This is a welcomed time for us.  We compare it to spring in temperate zones.  Vegetation turns green and begins growing.  And we are provided rainwater for our cisterns.  Almost all houses are mandated by law to have cisterns, for few other provisions for potable water are available.  The church building here has two four-hundred-gallon tanks for collecting rainwater.  We therefore use water very conservatively.  Thankfully, we have not had to purchase water for the tanks since my arrival.  I purchase all drinking water, take navy showers, and use the greywater on flowers and plants.
     We have been diligent to “Ask the LORD for rain” and in praying that “The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone” (Zechariah 10:1).  We rejoice in finding in the incarnation of the Son of God the fulfillment of the prophecy that “He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth” (Psalm 72:6).  We delight in His fulfillment of the promise that “I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing” (Ezekiel 34:26).
     And we pray to see further refreshing showers during November 19-22.  During those dates, my dear friend Don Fortner is to minister to us.  He is pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Danville, Kentucky, USA.  He has been a dear and true friend to me since I first met him in 1967, my senior year in high school.  And he has been a dear and faithful supporter of my ministry as a missionary since 1984.  He has ministered to churches I formerly pastored on the Caribbean islands Saint Lucia and Tortola, and also in Louisville, Kentucky.  This will be his first ministry on Saint Croix.  Knowing Don as I do, I am confident that his prayer is “Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass.  For I proclaim the name of the LORD: Ascribe greatness to our God. …” (Deuteronomy 32:2-4).  Your prayers for his ministry, and for his wife Shelby in accompanying him, would be appreciated.
     My Lord’s Day Bible Class lessons continued the year-long series An Outline of Biblical History.  It presents the history of Biblical times in a chronological fashion.  During October we continued a three-month study of the life of Jesus Christ, including a harmony of the four gospels.
     My Lord’s Day messages to the church during October were as follows: Christ’s Wife Distinguished from Seven Pretenders (Isaiah 4:1); The Shining God (2 Corinthians 4:6); Jehovah Incomparable in Salvation (Micah 7:18-20); “We are not consumed” (Lamentations 3:22-24).  The church was blessed by messages delivered by Patrick Henry during Lord’s Day evening worship services.
     My weekly messages broadcast via our radio program We Preach Christ continued a series on the atoning work of Jesus Christ.  It included: Redemption for All Nations (Revelation 5:9f); “Redeemed with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18f); “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4); “Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-11); Jesus Paid It All (Psalm 85:2f).  You may listen to our fifteen-minute radio broadcasts via Internet live-streaming every Saturday from 6 PM Atlantic Standard Time (5 PM EST / 4 PM CST / 3 PM MST / 2 PM PST) by going to the website wstxam.com and clicking the “Listen Now” button.
     We hope to have ministering to us in January 2010 Paul Mahan and Todd Nibert.  The former is pastor of Central Baptist Church of Rocky Mount, Virginia.  The latter is pastor of Todd’s Road Grace Church of Lexington, Kentucky.
     “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men” (2 Thessalonians 3:1f).
Your servant for Jesus’ sake, Daniel E. Parks (2 Corinthians 4:5)

 

 

CARIBBEAN MISSION
PO Box 305 ~ Frederiksted, VI 00841
340.772-6198 ~ RedeemerBC@aol.com ~ cmol.info

Newsletter #12 ~ September 30, 2009

Dear Friends,
     The church of Christ here was planted about ten years ago by a missionary from Trinidad.  I have not had the pleasure of meeting that minister.  But I bless the Lord for using him here.  During his pastorate, land for the meetinghouse was purchased and its construction was commenced.  I am told that he and members of the church did most of the work, being aided financially by churches in the USA.  At the time of his departure in 2004, the building consisted of an auditorium – unfinished but suitable for worship services, restrooms, and an unfinished room stretching across the back of the building.
     That room was made into the efficiency apartment in which I now reside during the ministry of the church’s second pastor, my immediate predecessor.  He and members of the church funded and performed most of this work.  I bless the Lord for what He wrought through their instrumentality.
     It is quite evident that both my pastoral predecessors and some members of the church were blessed with various building skills.  This certainly is not true of me.  This fact has been emphasized by my darling Sandy in suggesting that we should place a sign in our front yard that reads, “Bob Vila does not live here!”
     However, despite my inadequacies in that regard, considerable progress has recently been made in finishing the building.  Members of the church had the ceiling of the auditorium painted.  This was no quick and easy task, due to the type of roof-ceiling construction that is common here.  Members of the church next repaired and sealed the roof over the auditorium.  This should alleviate the many leaks we experienced during rains.  And, the appearance of our front lawn has been greatly enhanced by the removal of an eyesore from it.
     We afterward contracted an electrician to complete the wiring of the building.  He installed an underground 125 amp feed into the building that is to replace the temporary aboveground 20 amp “construction” feed that has supplied the building’s electricity since its construction first commenced, and which has occasionally been insufficient.  He presently is installing interior and exterior lights and also outlets and fans, connecting wires to them, correcting some code violations, adding a 220 volt line, and so forth.  This project is almost completed.  The public electric company will then hopefully approve our building for permanent electrical service.
     We plan to next install windows, cover the unfinished concrete slab floor, relocate unsightly water storage tanks from the front of the building to its back, update some plumbing, paint the exterior, and a few other tasks.  We also hope to obtain the final approval of the local governmental building inspector.
     We hope all these improvements to our meetinghouse make it more attractive to visitors and bring praise and glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The saints here are already being much encouraged by them.
     My Lord’s Day Bible Class lessons continued the year-long series An Outline of Biblical History.  It presents the history of Biblical times in a chronological fashion.  During September we commenced a three-month long study of the life of Jesus Christ, including a harmony of the four gospels.
     My Lord’s Day messages to the church during September were as follows: “Ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:6); “He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21); Paul’s Ministry in Paphos (Acts 13:6-11); three messages on The Preeminence of Christ in Preaching (2 Corinthians 4:5).
     My weekly messages broadcast via our radio program We Preach Christ continued a series on the atoning work of Jesus Christ.  It included: Propitiation for the Sins of the Whole World (1 John 2:2); “Jesus Christ laid down His life for us” (1 John 3:16); The Love of Jesus Christ for His Friends (John 15:13); “Atonement for all the congregation of Israel” (Leviticus 16:17).  You may listen to our radio broadcasts via Internet live-streaming every Saturday 6:00-6:15 AST/EDT by going to the website wstxam.com and clicking the “Listen Now” button.
     We look forward to my dear friend Don Fortner, pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Danville, Kentucky, USA, ministering to us November 19-22.
     “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men” (2 Thessalonians 3:1f).
Your servant for Jesus’ sake, Daniel E. Parks (2 Corinthians 4:5)

 

 

CARIBBEAN MISSION
PO Box 305 ~ Frederiksted, VI 00841
340.772-6198

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Newsletter #11 ~ August 31, 2009


Dear Friends,
     My beloved Sandy was with me August 5-26.  The twenty-one days we shared together were blissful.  “Return, return, O Shulamite” (Solomon 6:13).
     Sandy and I visited on Tortola, British Virgin Islands August 21-24 (Friday-Monday).  We rode a ferry from Christiansted, Saint Croix northward to Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas (both in the US Virgin Islands), a distance of about thirty-five miles and requiring about two hours travel time.  We then rode another ferry northeastward to West End, Tortola, a ride of about forty-five minutes.  This trip was like going home for us.  We resided on Tortola 1990-93, when I pastored Faith Baptist Church of Roadtown and taught in the church’s school for preachers.  Our visit afforded us the blessed opportunity to visit old friends and to fellowship and worship with the saints there.  I happily report that they treated us royally during our visit with them.
     The present pastor of the Tortola church is Cecil Parillon.  He was one of my students when I commenced my ministry in these islands in 1979, in the school for preachers sponsored by Cruz Bay Baptist Church on Saint John, US Virgin Islands.  He was very instrumental in my being called to minister on Tortola in 1990, for which I am grateful.  He was ordained to the gospel ministry during my ministry there, and succeeded me in the pastorate of the Tortola church when I departed in 1993, and has served the saints since that time.
     The purpose of the trip to Tortola was the ordination of Jonathan Jn.Baptiste to the gospel ministry.  He is a native of Saint Lucia, West Indies, an island to the south of us.  I knew him when I ministered on that island 1985-89, in the school for preachers sponsored by First Baptist Church in Castries.  I recall him as my youngest student in a class I taught toward the end of my ministry there.  He afterward relocated to Tortola and married Janella Parillon, daughter of Cecil and Hansel.  I have heard him preach from a pulpit and through radio, and been quite impressed with his message.  I was honored to be chosen by pastor Parillon to deliver the charge to brother Jonathan.  I charged him from 2 Timothy 4:1-8, emphasizing “Preach the word!”
     Sandy and I attended the Lord’s Day worship service of the Tortola church.  I was blessed to preach the gospel during it.  The adult class in the Sunday School was taught by Albert Mensah, a native of Ghana, West Africa, and one of my students when I taught in the school for preachers on that island in the early 1990s.
     My Lord’s Day Bible Class lessons here on Saint Croix continued the year-long series An Outline of Biblical History.  It presents the history of Biblical times in a chronological fashion.  During August we studied The Eras Concluding the Old Testament (Jeremiah-Daniel, Ezra-Esther, Haggai-Malachi).  The four lessons presented: A. The Babylonian Captivity; B. The Restoration; C. The Future Prophesied; D. The Intertestamental Era.  We are to commence a three-month long study of the life of Jesus Christ in September.
     My Lord’s Day messages to the church during August continued a series emphasizing Jesus Christ’s atoning work, and included: Jesus Christ, the High Priest of His People (Hebrews 2:10-18); For Whom Did Jesus Christ Die? (Romans 5:6); Christ’s Atonement – Limited or Unlimited? (Psalm 79:9); Substitutionary and Effectual Atonement (Isaiah 53:5); “Ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
     Patrick Henry preached in my place during my absence.  I am told he did so ably.
     You who would listen to our weekly radio program We Preach Christ via Internet live-streaming should bear in mind that the actual starting time of our program is often five-ten minutes after its scheduled starting time.  This is true because the observed time here is not necessarily the official time.  The official time here is Atlantic Standard Time, which is Greenwich Mean Time -4, and equivalent to Eastern Daylight Time.  But the observed time here is generally called “Island Time”, which provides generous allowances for tardiness.  You may listen to our radio broadcasts via Internet live-streaming every Saturday 6:00-6:15 AST/EDT – or a few minutes later “Island Time” – by going to the website wstxam.com and clicking the “Listen Now” button.  I am happy to report that I was able to listen to the program while on the neighboring island Tortola.
     “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men” (2 Thessalonians 3:1f).

Your servant for Jesus’ sake,

Daniel E. Parks (2 Corinthians 4:5)

 

 

CARIBBEAN MISSION
PO Box 305 ~ Frederiksted, VI 00841
340.772-6198 ~ RedeemerBC@aol.com ~ cmol.info

Newsletter #10 ~ July 31, 2009

Dear Friends,
     My beloved Sandy is to visit me August 5-26.  When I go to meet her at the airport, she may say with the Shulamite, “Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills” (Solomon 2:8).
     My Lord’s Day Bible Class lessons continued the year-long series An Outline of Biblical History.  It presents the history of Biblical times in a chronological fashion.  During July we studied The Era of the Divided Kingdom (1 Kings 12 - 2 Kings 25).  The four lessons presented: A. Overview of the Era; B. Kings of Israel, the Northern Kingdom; C. Kings of Judah, the Southern Kingdom; D. Prophets of the Era.
     My Lord’s Day messages to the church during June continued a series emphasizing the atoning work of Jesus Christ, and included: “Redeemed with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18f); “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4); Sufficiency and Efficiency of Christ’s Atonement (various texts); “Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-11); “Jesus Paid It All” (Psalm 85:2f); Christ Removed Condemnation (Romans 8:33f).
     My messages broadcast via the weekly radio program We Preach Christ began the same series.  You may listen to our radio broadcasts via Internet live-streaming by going to the website wstxam.com and clicking the “Listen Now” button every Saturday from 6:00-6:15pm Atlantic Standard Time, which is Greenwich Mean Time -4, and equivalent to Eastern Daylight Time.  If you listen to the speaker immediately prior to our program, you should be able to discern rather well the “Christian” climate here.  Her program is one of the most popular being broadcast here, according to the program director of the radio station.
     A short gospel article from us appears twice monthly in The Avis, Saint Croix’s daily newspaper.  It is published in the combined Sunday-Monday editions, the most widely-read editions.  We pay for the inclusion of these articles, which measure 3.5”x4”.  However, the newspaper freely includes in its daily “Community Calendar” information supplied by us regarding our church, worship services, and contact details.  I have seen no other article in the newspaper attempting to present the gospel of Jesus Christ.  However, it often contains advertisements for religious events.  And it contains a large weekly column written by a local pastor who evidently is a Fundamentalist Baptist, and who offers moral advice for marital, familial, and societal problems.
     Through these radio and newspaper media, and also through tract distribution, we are endeavoring to declare the gospel to the general public and to invite them to the worship services of our church.  Your prayers for all these endeavors would be much appreciated.
     I am very grateful to Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship for including in the Summer 2009 edition of their periodical, The Sovereign Grace Messenger, an interview with me on the subject of evangelism.  It was conducted by the Missions Editor of the periodical, Larry Dean, pastor of Bridgetown Baptist Church of Nesbit, Mississippi, USA.  His questions and my answers are on the reverse side of this newsletter.
     We look forward to having Don Fortner, pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Danville, Kentucky, USA minister to us November 19-22.  Don and I were high school classmates in 1966-67, my senior year and his junior year.  He has been one of my dearest and most loyal friends in the many years since then.  And the church he pastors has long been a very faithful supporter of the ministry our Lord has entrusted to me.
     We are blessed by responses received from readers of our mission newsletters and church bulletins.  Most of the responders are from the USA, and from quite a few states.  But we have received responses also from Africa, Canada, England, France, Guyana, Mexico, Saint Lucia, The Philippines, and probably other places my fallible mind has forgotten.  The prayers of all moved by our Lord to pray for us are very much appreciated.
     Your continuing prayers for the family of Peter Ghirawoo, my fellow-minister in the church here, would be very much appreciated.  They are presently experiencing a great trial of their faith.
     The church here also is experiencing a trial of faith – for members of the body of Christ do not suffer alone (1 Corinthians 12:26).  But I am encouraged at witnessing the Lord blessing His people during this time.
     “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men” (2 Thessalonians 3:1f).
Your servant for Jesus’ sake, Daniel E. Parks (2 Corinthians 4:5)

Sovereign Grace Missionaries on the Subject of Evangelism
(Article appearing in Summer 2009 issue of Sovereign Grace Messenger, published by Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship)

Larry Dean, pastor of Bridgetown Baptist Church of Nesbit, Mississippi and Missions Editor for The Sovereign Grace Messenger, conducted the following interview.  Pastor Dean wrote: “I took the opportunity of this issue to question several Sovereign Grace missionaries on the subject of evangelism.  I posed to them five questions on the subject and acquired their permission to publish their answers.”  [The three missionaries in addition to myself minister in The Philippines, Brazil, and India.  Below are pastor Dean’s questions and my replies. DEP]

1. Do you have any general comments concerning governing principles of evangelism?  “The governing principle for me is the Great Commission given by the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to His chosen ministers (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19f): ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. ... make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you ....’”

2. What ‘methods’ are you currently employing in it?  “I am endeavoring to follow the methodology of gospel missionaries Barnabas and Paul as recorded in Acts 14:21-23: 1. They ‘preached the gospel’ (14:21); 2. They ‘made many disciples’ (14:21); 3. They were ‘strengthening the souls of the disciples’ (14:22a); 4. They were ‘exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God”’ (14:22b); 5. They ‘appointed elders in every church’ (14:23a); 6. They ‘commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed’ (14:23b).”

3. Are there any particular challenges or unique issues concerning evangelism where you are?  “I can presently think of none worthy of emphasizing.”

4. Have you had any recent successes or hindrances in evangelization in your area?  “We were recently blessed by our Lord to commence a weekly radio program, by which means we pray He will enable us to broadcast His gospel to an audience we otherwise might not have.  We also were recently blessed to commence printing gospel tracts, which are being distributed to the public.  I personally have been blessed to witness the Lord strengthening and encouraging His disciples through the preaching of His gospel, and through their many acts of kindness to me.”

5. How would you have our readers pray for you in regard to your labors?  “Pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication ... for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:18f).  “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving ... for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, ... that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (Colossians 4:2-4).  “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:1f).

Daniel Parks

 

 

 

 

 

CARIBBEAN MISSION
PO Box 305 ~ Frederiksted, VI 00841
340.772-6198 ~ RedeemerBC@aol.com  ~  cmol.info

Newsletter #9 ~ June 30, 2009


Dear Friends,
     The Virgin Islands, like other places in the northern hemisphere, have entered into the hot time of the year.  On average, the coldest month is January, with an average low of 68ºF and an average high of 81ºF.  The averages for June are a low of 74ºF and a high of 88ºF.  These averages continue through September, when the temperatures again begin to drop.  The record high is 97ºF (October 1982), and the record low is 59ºF (March 1976). (These temperatures are for Frederiksted, the town on the western end of the island, very nearby to me. Christiansted, the city on the other end of the island, historically experiences somewhat higher temperatures.)
    June 1 also marked the official beginning of hurricane season, which officially ends November 30.  A mariners’ rhyme commonly heard here regarding the likelihood of a hurricane during the months of that season is as follows: “June, too soon; July, standby; August, it must, September, remember; October, almost over; November, officially over.”  I personally rely instead on the truth declared in Romans 8:28.
     This past week we experienced a meteorological phenomenon known as Saharan Air Layer (SAL), a continent-sized cloud of hot air and dust originating from the Sahara Desert and crossing the Atlantic Ocean headed towards the Caribbean. It resulted in a lessening of visibility and muggy weather.  But it also cooled the Atlantic Ocean, thereby lessening, at least for a while, the likelihood of a hurricane forming in those waters.
     My Lord’s Day Bible Class lessons continued the year-long series An Outline of Biblical History.  It presents the history of Biblical times in a chronological fashion. During June we studied The Era of the Monarchy (1 Samuel 8 – 1 Kings 11), the reigns of kings Saul, David, and Solomon.
     My Lord’s Day messages to the church during June continued a series emphasizing the atoning work of Jesus Christ, and included: “Jesus Christ laid down His life for us” (1 John 3:16); The Love of Jesus Christ for His Friends (John 15:13); “Atonement for all the congregation of Israel” (Leviticus 16:17); Redemption for All Nations (Revelation 5:9-10).  I also preached on “He has clothed me with the garments of salvation” (Isaiah 61:10a) and Jehovah’s Glory Manifested (Exodus 33:18-23, 34:5-9).  I rejoice in reporting to you that members of the church have gladly and warmly received these messages and the truth they proclaim.
     My messages broadcast via the weekly radio program We Preach Christ completed the series The Gospel Preacher’s Duty, Theme, and Attitude, from the text 2 Corinthians 4:5: “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”  Their duty: “We preach.”  Their theme: negatively, “We do not preach ourselves”; positively, “We preach Christ Jesus the Lord.”  Their attitude: “We are your servants for Jesus’ sake.”  The series was concluded with a message on “We preach Christ crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:22-24).  We have as yet received no response to these messages, evidently for obvious reasons.  You may listen to our radio broadcasts via Internet live-streaming by going to the website wstxam.com and clicking the “Listen Now” button every Saturday from 6:00-6:15pm Atlantic Standard Time, which is Greenwich Mean Time -4, and equivalent to Eastern Daylight Time.
    Sandy and I were blessed to close the purchase of lot 271 Enfield Green June 18.  In the sweet providence of God involving a number of remarkable details, we were able to purchase ½ acre for the price of ¼ acre – in a gated community, no less! The lot is quite ideally located for us.
     I am happy to report that my son Dee was blessed to preach during the annual conference of Redeemer Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky. (Fred Evans succeeded me in the pastorate of that church.  Other preachers in the conference were Wayne Adams, Don Fortner, and Todd Nibert.)  I am even happier to report that hearers of his message were blessed by the gospel he preached.  Dee is a member of College Grove Grace Church, pastored by Chris Cunningham and assembling about twenty miles south of Nashville, Tennessee.
     Your prayers for the family of Peter Ghirawoo, my fellow-minister in the church here, would be very much appreciated.  They are presently experiencing a great trial of their faith.
     “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

Your servant for Jesus’ sake,

Daniel E. Parks (2 Corinthians 4:5)

 

 

CARIBBEAN MISSION
PO Box 305 ~ Frederiksted, VI 00841
340.772-6198 ~ RedeemerBC@aol.com  ~  cmol.info

Newsletter #8 ~ May 31, 2009


Dear Friends,
     I once overheard some soon-to-be seminary graduates discussing their future careers.  Most had already received positive responses to the résumés they had sent out.  One was about to obtain his degree in theology, and would be pastoring a church. Another was about to obtain his degree in religious education, and would be teaching in a Christian school. The third was about to obtain his degree in church music, and would be what he called a “minister of music”. The fourth admitted that no church had called him to pastor, and that he did not want to teach in a Christian school, and that he could not be a “minister of music” because he lacked musical ability.  He concluded, “I suppose I will be a missionary!”  His implication was, I assumed, that when God scrapes the bottom of His ministerial barrel He finds missionaries, people unable to do anything else.  Perhaps such a view was warranted in his ecclesiastical circle, and he had justly based it upon missionaries he knew.
     I rejoice in finding a different view in my circle of fellowship. Here are men not looking for religious careers, but rather obeying a divine call (Acts 13:1-3).  Here are men who indeed are able do something else, because that is what they were faithfully and profitably doing when the Lord called them (ibid.).  Here are men who consider themselves to be “less than the least of all the saints” (Ephesians 3:8), but find that these saints “esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake” (1 Thessalonians 5:13).  I thank God for calling me to minister for Him as such a servant.  And I thank His saints for highly esteeming such an unworthy servant.
     My Lord’s Day Bible class lessons continued the year-long series An Outline of Biblical History.  It presents the history of Biblical times in a chronological fashion. During May we studied The Era of the Judges (Judges; Ruth; 1 Samuel 1-7).
     Since the commencement of our study of the Old Testament in January, I have endeavored to present Christ in every event and passage in it (see Luke 24:27, 44).  One member of the church recently admitted that although he had been a Christian for many years, not until now had he seen Christ so prominently portrayed in the Old Testament.  He truly appears to be excited about what is to him a newly-discovered emphasis.  I truly am blessed in witnessing that Christ is revealing it to him (see Luke 24:45).
     My Lord’s Day messages to the church the past few weeks have been from a series presenting the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.  To date I have preached Mission Accomplished! (John 17:4b), “My blood of the new covenant” (Matthew 26:28), “It is finished!” (John 19:30), A Glorious Redemption (Acts 20:28), “Christ loved the church” (Ephesians 5:25), Ransomed and Delivered (Job 33:24), “In Christ we have redemption” (Ephesians 1:7), Eternal Redemption Has Been Obtained (Hebrews 9:11f), Jesus Christ’s Travails Satisfied God’s Justice (Isaiah 53:11), and Propitiation for the Sins of the Whole World (1 John 2:2).
    We have begun printing these messages in tract form.  I am delighted to report that members of the church have been distributing them to friends and co-workers.
     My messages broadcast via the weekly radio program We Preach Christ have continued the series The Gospel Preacher’s Duty, Theme, and Attitude, from the text 2 Corinthians 4:5: “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”  I am told that people around the world may listen to these messages via Internet live-streaming by going to the website wstxam.com and clicking the “Listen Now” button.  Our program is broadcast every Saturday 6:00-6:15pm Atlantic Standard Time, which is Greenwich Mean Time -4, and equivalent to Eastern Daylight Time.
     We are grateful to Emmett O’Donnell of Spurgeon Gems for providing some printed messages to us.  He is engaged in the monumental task of updating in modern English and translating into Spanish the 3561 messages of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92), as originally printed in the sixty-three volumes of New Park Street Pulpit and Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit.  The messages he provided to us have printed on their back cover contact information for the church here.
     “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

Your servant for Jesus’ sake,

 

Daniel E. Parks

(2 Corinthians 4:5)

 

 

 

 

CARIBBEAN MISSION
PO Box 305 ~ Frederiksted, VI 00841
340.772-6198 ~ RedeemerBC@aol.com

Newsletter #7 ~ April 30, 2009


Dear Friends,
    Sovereign Grace Baptist Church commenced its radio program “We Preach Christ”.  It is to be broadcast every Saturday 6:00-6:15 PM via WSTX / AM 970, a 5000 watts radio station.  I am told this station has the largest listening audience of any AM station on Saint Croix.  It is heard throughout the Virgin Islands. Our first broadcast was scheduled for April 25.  But the station experienced a problem that prevented them from beginning the message we had provided to them.  Hopefully, the problem has been resolved so that our program will broadcast May 2.  It may be heard via Internet live-streaming by clicking the “Listen Now” button at the website wstxam.com.  We pray the Lord will use these broadcasts of Christ’s gospel for His glory.
     The first messages we are to broadcast on our radio program are in a series titled The Duty, Theme, and Attitude of Gospel Preachers.  The text for this series is 2 Corinthians 4:5: “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”  We first will address the duty of gospel preachers: “We preach.”  Second, we will address the theme of gospel preachers in four messages: 1. “We do not preach ourselves”; 2. “We preach Christ Jesus the Lord”; 3. “We preach Christ Jesus the Lord”; 4. “We preach Christ Jesus the Lord.”  Third, we will address the attitude of gospel preachers: “We are your servants for Jesus’ sake.”  We will conclude this series with a message on “We preach Christ crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:22-24). A copy of this series is freely available to all who request it.
     Sandy and I entered into a contract April 29 to purchase land on which we hope to eventually erect a residence.  Our lot is situated one-half mile to the east of our church building, one-half mile to the north of the Caribbean Sea on Saint Croix’s southwest shore, and one-half mile to the west of Saint Croix’s airport.  The location is therefore quite good for us.
     My Lord’s Day Bible class lessons continued the year-long series An Outline of Biblical History.  It presents the history of Biblical times in a chronological fashion. During April we studied The Era of Joshua (Joshua).  The four weekly lessons presented: A. Preparations for the Conquest of Canaan (chs.1-5); B. Campaigns of the Conquest of Canaan (chs.6-12); C. Dividing of Canaan (chs.13-19); D. Conquest Concluded (chs.20-24).
    I have received requests for this series of studies.  The yearlong outline of forty-nine pages in its present electronic form is freely available in Word format via email to anyone requesting it.  A few minor changes may have to be made as we progress through the series.  After that we will provide it in printed form.
     Peter Ghirawoo, the other elder in the church here, preached on the Lord’s Day afternoon, April 12, to about 100 souls who had gathered to hear a concert on the lawn of Fort Christian in Christiansted.  His daughters joined him in singing Amazing grace – how sweet the sound! while he played his guitar.  He preached on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and exalted Christ in his message.  We pray the Lord will use it for His glory.
    We continue to progress in our project to complete the construction of our meeting house.  Its ceiling has been painted.  And the concrete platform holding one of our water tanks, which was in danger of falling, has been reinforced.  I am grateful for the response I received from readers of last month’s newsletter to my query in it regarding finishing the floor of our meeting house.
     Some have asked regarding the location of our island. Saint Croix is in the Virgin Islands, a part of the Caribbean Islands, also known as the West Indies, which are an archipelago stretching from Cuba (just off Florida’s southern coast) to Trinidad & Tobago (just off South America’s northeast coast), and separating the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean.  The Virgin Islands are divided into two groups: the British Virgin Islands (mainly Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke) and the United States Virgin Islands (mainly Saint John, Saint Thomas, and Saint Croix). Saint Croix is about 1700 miles south of New York, 1100 miles southeast of Miami, 500 miles north of Venezuela, 65 miles southeast of Puerto Rico, and 50 miles south of Saint Thomas and Saint John.  (See accompanying maps.)
     “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

Your servant for Jesus’ sake, Daniel E. Parks (2 Corinthians 4:5)

 

 

 

 

 

CARIBBEAN MISSION
PO Box 305 ~ Frederiksted, VI 00841
340.772-6198 ~ RedeemerBC@aol.com

Newsletter #6 ~ March 31, 2009


Dear Friends,

     The biggest event of this month for me was the arrival of my darling Sandy March 18.  We had not seen each other for a little over four and half months, since I departed our former home in Indiana for Saint Croix October 28.  She is to remain with me until April 8.  She then will return to the continent for a few weeks to care for a family member.

     Sandy and I have spent considerable time investigating the possibility of purchasing either a residence or a plot of ground on which to eventually erect one.  It appears the latter is our best option.  We hope to purchase a plot before her departure April 8.

    I was blessed to minister March 8-11 during the annual conference of Faith Baptist Church of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, about fifty-five miles northeast of Saint Croix.  The pastor of this church is Cecil Parillon.  I have enjoyed a blessed relationship with him ever since I first commenced my ministry in the Caribbean in 1979.  He at that time was one of my students in Virgin Islands Baptist Academy on Saint John.  He, in the will and providence of God, was very instrumental in my relocation to Tortola in 1990 to pastor Faith Baptist Church, of which he was a member.  He also was one of my students in Virgin Islands School of Theology on that island in the early-1990s.  He succeeded me in the pastorate of the Faith Baptist Church upon my departure from Tortola in 1993.

     Ministering with me on Tortola was Don Bell, pastor of Lantana Grace Church of Crossville, Tennessee.  He and his church have been faithful supporters of my missionary ministry since we first met in 1984.  This was his second ministerial trip to Tortola, having ministered there previously during my pastorate of Faith Baptist Church in the early-1990s.  I thoroughly enjoyed fellowshipping with him and the messages he preached during the conference.  The gracious provision of our commodious lodging in Lambert Beach Resort was provided by my longtime friend Mark Vanterpool, a merchant and one-time representative in the British Virgin Islands Parliament.

     Also ministering in the conference were two of my former students in two different schools for preachers during my previous ministry in these islands.  Albert Mensah, who was in a works-religion church when I first relocated to Tortola in 1990, completed our course of study in Virgin Islands School of Theology.  Jonathan Jn.Baptiste, son-in-law to pastor and Mrs. Parillon, was my youngest student in Saint Lucia School of Theology (1985-89).

     Pastor Parillon has been broadcasting messages preached during the conference during the weekly radio program of the Tortola church.

     The weekly radio program of the church here on Saint Croix is to commence during the month April.  It is to be broadcast via WSTX.  I am led to believe that WSTX is the most popular and powerful AM station on this island.  It also provides online streaming of broadcasts.  We are contracting for a fifteen minute broadcast.  One of our supporting churches has volunteered to purchase for us the recording equipment we will need to record our messages, both for the radio program and from the pulpit.

     First Sovereign Grace Baptist Church is beginning some projects to finish the construction of our church building.  One such project is the installation of flooring over the interior concrete slab.  Carpet is a least desirable option here due to climatic conditions.  Ceramic tile is a most desirable option here.  We also are investigating the option of concrete floor finishes such as polishing, staining, coloring, and painting.  Unhappily, we are unable to find anyone here who can advise us regarding these finishes, or who installs them.  From what we read on the Internet, we could probably install these concrete floor finishes ourselves.  If any reader of this newsletter is experienced in installing concrete floor finishes, and would be willing to advise us, please telephone me at the telephone number above.

     “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

Your servant for Jesus’ sake, Daniel E. Parks (2 Corinthians 4:5)



CARIBBEAN MISSION
PO Box 305
Frederiksted, VI 00841
340.772-6198
RedeemerBC@aol.com

Newsletter #5 ~ February 28, 2009

Dear Friends,

     The Lord blessed the annual conference of First Sovereign Grace Baptist Church February 1-5.  Our preachers were Jesse Gistand, pastor of Grace Bible Church of San Leandro, California, and Todd Nibert, pastor of Todd’s Road Grace Church of Lexington, Kentucky.

     I finally have telephone service in my apartment.  This saves me from dependence upon undependable cellular telephone service.  My landline telephone number is above.  I also finally have a digital service line (DSL).  This saves me trips to a public library for Internet service.

     I am to minister March 8-11 during the annual conference of Faith Baptist Church of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, about fifty-five miles northeast of Saint Croix.  The pastor of this church is Cecil Parillon.  I have enjoyed a blessed relationship with him ever since I first commenced my ministry in the Caribbean in 1979.  He at that time was one of my students in Virgin Islands Baptist Academy on Saint John.  He, in the will and providence of God, was very instrumental in my relocation to Tortola in 1990 to pastor Faith Baptist Church, of which he was a member.  He also was one of my students in Virgin Islands School of Theology on that island in the early-1990s.  He succeeded me in the pastorate of the Faith Baptist Church upon my departure from Tortola in 1993.  During the subsequent years of my ministry in Louisville, Kentucky, he ministered once to the church I pastored.  He also had me minister on Tortola, along with Todd Nibert (Lexington, Kentucky), Paul Mahan (Rocky Mount, Virginia), and Gary Shepard (Jacksonville, North Carolina).  Ministering with me during the upcoming conference on Tortola will be Don Bell, pastor of Lantana Grace Church of Crossville, Tennessee.  He ministered to the Tortola church once during my ministry on that island in the early-1990s.

     Pastor Peter Ghirawoo and I have exchanged ministerial roles in the church here.  I came to serve as his assistant.  But he now feels it best to step aside for awhile and take a much needed rest, and to pursue less demanding ministerial duties in the church.  The church consented to his request.

     Consequently, I have postponed indefinitely two ministerial trips of rather extended duration to Tortola (British Virgin Islands) and to Guyana (South America).

     My messages to the church during February included: Cold Water and Good News (Proverb 25:25); Mission Accomplished! (John 17:4); God’s Condemnation of False Preachers (Jeremiah 23); “My Blood of the New Covenant” (Matthew 26:28); “It Is Finished!” (John 19:30); God’s Greatest Blessings: Part One (Ephesians 1:1-14); The Gospel According to Christ’s Enemies (Psalm 76:10).  In this last message I emphasized that Christ’s enemies admitted His divine nature (John 5:18), indisputable humanity (Luke 4:22; Matthew 13:55f), divine power (Luke 5:21), absolute sovereignty (Mark 3:22), vicarious death (John 11:50), kingly lordship (Mark 15:18), Godward faith (Matthew 27:43), unselfish salvation (Mark 15:31), covering blood (Matthew 27:35), receiving grace (Luke 15:2).  In the year-long series An Outline of Biblical History, which I am teaching in the Bible study prior to the Lord’s Day morning worship service, I taught four lessons on The Era of the Patriarchs (Genesis 12-50): A. Abraham: Part One (chs.12-19); B. Abraham: Part Two, and Isaac (chs.20-28); C. Jacob (chs.25-50); D. Joseph (chs.37-50).

     Our request for a weekly column in Saint Croix’s only daily newspaper has not borne fruit thus far.  We nevertheless hope our next request will be more fruitful.

     However, two local AM radio stations have responded positively to our request for a weekly radio program.  Both of them are among the most popular radio stations here.  They have submitted proposals, including rates and available slots on Saturdays and Sundays.  We hope to be on the air within a month.

     My beloved Sandy hopes to visit me March 18-April 8.  We had hoped she would at this time be joining me here permanently.  However, a family member needs her care for awhile.  During her visit here, we will look at prospects for housing, either purchasing an existing house or building one.

     “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Daniel E. Parks
(2 Corinthians 4:5)

 

 

 

 

CARIBBEAN MISSION
PO Box 305
Frederiksted, VI 00841
340.227-5107
RedeemerBC@aol.com

Newsletter #4 ~ January 28, 2009

Dear Friends,

     Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, the eternal Surety of God’s elect.

     I regret the lateness of this newsletter.  It is my intention to send one monthly.  But I have been unable to do so due to lack of Internet access, and therefore the means of emailing, since December 19.  This newsletter will therefore cover two months.

     I moved into the efficiency apartment the church prepared for me at the back of their meetinghouse November 28.  It will be more than sufficient for my quarters until Sandy and I obtain permanent housing here.  In the final preparations of the apartment, I learned that the church’s pastor, Peter Ghirawoo, is quite a handyman.  I am grateful to the church for all their efforts in finishing and furnishing the apartment.

     Sandy closed the sale of our residence in Clarksville, Indiana December 18.  I am now checking to see if it would be more economical to purchase or to build a residence here.  We hope she will be able to join me here shortly after February.  Her arrival will be not a second too soon (Genesis 2:18a).

     I applied for landline telephone service in the apartment December 19.  The first available date for installation was February 2, which I gladly took.  The telephone company recently checked and determined that the signal for its digital subscriber line (DSL) is strong enough to reach the apartment.  They therefore plan to install it one week after telephone service is installed.  I then will have Internet access from my apartment.

     Until that time, I will rely on my cellular telephone for audio communication.  Unhappily, that service has deteriorated recently.  I no longer obtain cellular reception in the apartment.  I therefore often walk around in the yard until I find a spot at which I may make or receive a call.  Sometimes I must drive down the road to find such a spot.  Happily, I do not have to worry about dropping and losing my cell phone in a snow bank, as winter temperatures here range between the mid-80s in the day to the low-70s in the night.

     I was blessed to minister recently in the West Indies Mission Conference on Saint John, Virgin Islands, fifty miles north of Saint Croix.  This conference is regularly conducted by Saint John Missionary Baptist Churches: Cruz Bay Baptist Church on the west end of the island, pastored by Emmanuel Jaggernauth since 1979; and Calvary Baptist Church on its southeast end, presently pastored by Alexander Luke.  I rode a seaplane between Saint Croix and Saint Thomas, and a ferry between Saint Thomas and Saint John.  I preached on the subject assigned to me, The Doctrines of Grace, and dealt specifically with “Their Exaltation of Christ Alone”.  I preached also on The Wedding Garment of Christ’s Bride (Revelation 19:8).

     I began my ministry in the Caribbean during this same conference exactly thirty years ago, just prior to relocating to Saint John to minister as dean of Virgin Islands Baptist Academy.  This school for preachers was conducted by Cruz Bay Baptist Church.  Emmanuel Jaggernauth became pastor of the church at the same time I became dean of its academy.  It was indeed good to see during the conference many friends from those long-ago days, particularly those of the Saint John churches, many of whom I had not seen since the early-1980s.

     Pastor Jaggernauth departed this earthly life two weeks after the conference, January 15, at age 66 years.

     Also preaching in the conference were three other men from the church here on Saint Croix: pastor Peter Ghirawoo (one of my students in Saint Lucia School of Theology 1985-89), Sylis Kariah (who attended Virgin Islands Baptist Academy in the late 1980s), and Patrick Henry (whom I have known since my days on Tortola).

     Another of the preachers in the conference was Cecil Parillon.  (He pronounces his name CEH-sull, not CEE-sull.)  He was one of my students when I first began ministering on Saint John in 1979, and also in the early-1990s in Virgin Islands School of Theology on Tortola, British Virgin Islands (55 miles NE of Saint Croix).  He, in the will and providence of God, was very instrumental in my relocation to that island in 1990, where I pastored Faith Baptist Church.  Cecil succeeded me in the pastorate of that church upon my departure from that island in 1993.  I have recently been blessed by his messages broadcast on Wednesday mornings via the Tortola radio station ZBVI.  (The British pronounce the last letter of the alphabet zed, not zee.)

     Cecil and the church on Tortola have invited me to spend six weeks soon ministering to them in both preaching and teaching.  During that time they are to conduct their annual conference.  They requested I invite another preacher to minister with me during it.  Don Bell, pastor of Lantana Grace Church of Crossville, Tennessee, has graciously agreed to do so.  This will be his second visit to Tortola, as he visited us when I ministered there.

     I also hope that in the not-too-distant future I will be able to take advantage of an invitation recently received to minister in Guyana, South America.

     I am awaiting word from the editor of The Avis, Saint Croix’s only daily newspaper, regarding my request for a weekly column.  (Alexander Hamilton, first USA Secretary of the Treasury, whose likeness is found on the $10 bill of the USA, was affiliated with this newspaper.)  We also have been investigating which of the local radio stations would be best for a weekly radio program.

     I began in January teaching to the church a yearlong series of weekly lessons titled An Outline of Biblical History.  This series presents the history of Biblical times in a chronological fashion.  I first prepared and taught this series to the church I pastored in the US Virgin Islands in the early-1980s.  I later taught it in 1994 to the church I pastored in Louisville, Kentucky.  The month-by-month presentation of the respective eras of the Bible follows this plan: January, The Beginning (Genesis 1-11); February, The Patriarchs (Genesis 12-50); March, Moses (Exodus & Numbers); April, Joshua (Joshua); May, The Judges (Judges 1-1 Samuel 7); June, The Monarchy (1 Samuel 8-1 Kings 11); July, The Divided Kingdom (1 Kings 12-2 Kings 25); August, Concluding the Old Testament (Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi); September-November, Jesus Christ (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John); December, The Apostles (Acts).  The era presented each month is divided into four weekly lessons.  For example, “The Era of the Beginning” (Genesis 1-11) presented in January is divided into 1. The Creation (chs.1-2), 2. The Fall (chs.3-5), 3. The Deluge (chs.6-9), 4. The Tower of Babel (chs.10-11).  (Certainly, absences from the church, such as the upcoming ministry on Tortola, will require some changes to the schedule.)

     We are grateful to Larry Dean, pastor of Bridgetown Baptist Church of Nesbit, Mississippi, and also Missions Editor for Sovereign Grace Messenger, periodical of Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship.  In this latter capacity he included in the most recent issue a very nice article regarding our ministry here.

     The saints here eagerly look forward to the ministry of Todd Nibert and Jesse Gistand during the church’s annual conference February 1-5.  Todd is pastor of Todd’s Road Grace Church of Lexington, Kentucky.  He is especially dear to me because, in the will and providence of God, he was instrumental in 1993 in my being called by the church in Louisville, Kentucky to be their pastor.  He also since that time has accompanied me when I was invited to minister on the islands Saint Lucia, Tortola, and repeatedly on Saint Croix.  Jesse is pastor of Grace Bible Church in San Leandro, California.  This will be his first visit here.

     Scheduled to minister to us in November is Donald Fortner, pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Danville, Kentucky.  (This would be a good time to request all pastors supporting this ministry to ascertain that their passports are up-to-date).

     All supporters of this mission are reminded to send no more funds to our former addresses in Clarksville, Indiana or Louisville, Kentucky.  Rather, they should be made payable to and addressed to Caribbean Mission, 4137 Todd’s Road, Lexington, KY 40509.

     Sandy and I were blessed to become grandparents the second time January 7, when Kate Elizabeth was born to our son Dee and his wife Christy.  Whereas their firstborn, Jackson, looks so much like me that some folks call him “Moose Jr.”, I am happy to report that I am told Kate looks like her mother.  (However, having had no Internet access recently, I have been unable to see the pictures of her emailed to me.)  Dee and Christy, and her brother Brian and his wife Mary, and also Christy and Brian’s parents Bob and Jeannette Morrell, are members College Grove Grace Church in Tennessee, pastored by Chris Cunningham, a faithful gospel minister.  (Mary is the daughter of Joe and Bonnie Terrell – Joe being another faithful gospel minister, and pastor of Grace Community Church of Rock Valley, Iowa).  I am happy to report also that the Lord blesses Dee to preach quite often to the church in College Grove, and occasionally elsewhere.  We are therefore confident that our grandchildren will be raised “in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4; Proverb 22:6), and under the sound of the glorious gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

     “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Daniel E. Parks (2 Corinthians 4:5)







 

CARIBBEAN MISSION
PO Box 305
Frederiksted, VI 00841
RedeemerBC@aol.com

November 15, 2008

 

Dear Friends,

 

            Sandy and I have begun our transition from the United States mainland to the Caribbean islands.

 

            Our daughter Christina (aka CJ), presently residing in Toledo, Ohio visited us for a few days just prior to my departure.  Your prayers for her would be very much appreciated.

 

            I bade farewell to Sandy Wednesday, October 29.  She is to remain in the States for a few more weeks.  This will enable her to complete the sale of our residence (which a buyer agreed to purchase November 13) and other obligations.  After our farewell, I commenced my drive in our automobile for the shipping terminal in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

            I stopped en route in Spring Hill, Tennessee to spend the night with our son Dee and his family.  He and Christy are members of College Grove Grace Church, pastored by our dear friend Chris Cunningham.  (I was blessed to minister to this church during their conference the last weekend in October, along with Donald Fortner, Maurice Montgomery, and Todd Nibert, pastors in the Kentucky cities Danville, Madisonville, and Lexington respectively.)  Dee has been blessed to preach the gospel quite often to the church there, and also occasionally to other churches.  Their firstborn, Jackson, celebrated his second birthday September 7, and is a bundle of joy.  Their second child, daughter Kate, is due to be delivered the last day of this year.

 

            I continued my journey to Jacksonville the next morning, Thursday, October 30.  I delivered my automobile to the shipping terminal that evening.  The ship on which it and our container were loaded departed Jacksonville Friday, October 31, and arrived on Saint Croix the following Tuesday, November 4.

 

            I spent my last weekend in the USA with Greg and Tricia Elmquist of Orlando, Florida.  He is pastor of Grace Gospel Church of Opopka (Orlando), Florida.  I thoroughly enjoyed their Southern hospitality.  I was blessed to fellowship with and minister to the church there on the Lord’s Day, November 2.  Greg transported me to the Orlando airport to catch my 5:30am flight to Saint Croix Monday, November 3.

 

            The apartment attached to the church building in which Sandy and I are to live for the next few months is yet not ready for occupancy.  I am for the time being lodged in a guest house.

 

            I am eager to pursue the ministry the Lord has given to us in the Caribbean.  I will be working primarily with First Sovereign Grace Baptist Church on Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands.  I have been blessed to minister to this church for a week every year the past few years, along with pastors Todd Nibert (Lexington, Kentucky), Don Bell (Crossville, Tennessee), Paul Mahan (Rocky Mount, Virginia), and Gary Shepard (Jacksonville, North Carolina).  The saints here have warmly received the gospel on those occasions.  They appear to be eager to have me minister among them in the future.  They certainly have presently welcomed me warmly.

 

            The church here is pastored by Peter Ghirawoo.  He is a native of Saint Lucia, West Indies.  He was one of my pupils when I taught in Saint Lucia School of Theology 1985-89.  That school was a ministry of First Baptist Church in the capital city Castries.  Peter and his wife Maria, and also their children, are greatly aiding me in becoming settled here.

 

            My new address is at the top of this letter.  US Postal Service domestic rates apply to this US territory.  I will be without residential telephone or Internet service until the apartment at the church building is finished.  But my new cellular telephone number is 340.227-xxxx.  My cellular daytime minutes are limited, but I have unlimited night and weekend minutes.  Therefore, if you telephone me, please do so Monday-Friday after 9pm Atlantic Standard Time (or 8pm EST / 7pm CST / 6pm MST / 5pm PST), or anytime Saturday-Sunday.  I also have free mobile-to-mobile service with other AT&T subscribers having the same feature.  Sandy yet may be reached at her cellular phone: 502.836-xxxx.

 

            If you receive this newsletter via US Postal Service, and would be content to receive it by email instead, please let me know and inform me of your email address.  It would be far more economical to send it to you by the latter means.

 

Your servant for Jesus’ sake,

Daniel E. Parks (2 Corinthians 4:5)