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Steve & Nohemy Sidler

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Name: Steve Sidler
Age: 55

Spouse: Nohemy Sidler
Age: 55

Child: Angela Sidler
Age: 24

Child: Michael Sidler
Age: 22

Child: Sarah Sidler
Age: 15

Mission Field: Dominican Republic

Years of Service: 23

Home Church: Independent Baptis Church
Clinton, Maryland

Missions Agency: Baptist International Missions Inc.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Our Missionary for 23 years

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Missionary Update 09/20/2019

Dear Pastor and Praying Friends: 

 

We send you warm greetings from the Dominican Republic.  I joke quite a lot about the weather, but it really has been extremely hot during the last two months.  The electricity here, through the years, is really bad, then it gets a little better, a little better, and then it gets pretty good.  Then all of a sudden it gets really bad again. Right now, we are back in the really bad phase again.  Yesterday our electricity was off for 9 hours, and from what I understand, it has been that way all over the country over the last several weeks.  It is even hotter with no electricity!  (Welcome to the Dominican Republic!)

 

Pastor Scott London and a group of young people, from the Bethel Baptist Church of Graham, NC, were with us at the end of July.  They helped us with a Vacation Bible School for the kids, and a special Teen Youth Rally.  Praise God, between both activities we saw 167 professions of faith!  Then, a few weeks later, some great friends, Bro. Eliseo, his wife, Norma, their kids, Julian & Ivana, and Warner & Madelina Ochoa came to be with us.  What a great time we had with them!  Bro. Eliseo is a police officer in Washington, D.C. and he always is such a blessing to my family and church when he and his family visit us!

 

Since April, we have been working on trying to receive a shipment of gospel tracts and books of Romans from the Beacon of Truth Ministries.  Tracts, Bibles, and portions of Scripture are invaluable here, as most people receive them when you give them out.  Of course, the devil knows that, so he did everything he could to keep us from getting access to this gospel literature.  The broker we were using ended up being a thief, who took the container and two pallets of tracts & Romans and put them into his name, he created fraudulent paperwork, he had someone in customs hold up our shipment on purpose, he informed them that there were other things other than tracts and Romans in the shipment, and the bill ended up going up to $45,000 with all of the trickery he pulled.  God intervened, and he put two generals close to the President, the President himself, the Director of Port Authority, the Director of Customs, the Director of the shipping company “Navieras”, the Sub-director of Technical Problems with Customs, and many other people in our path to help us.  Let me say that we are so very thankful to each and everyone of them for absolutely bending over backwards to help us resolve getting our tracts and Romans and exonerating almost all charges.  We, of course, praise the Lord, but we also thank these kind people for allowing the Lord to use them to help make this gospel literature available to the Dominican people, who we love!

 

Our church in Fantino is going to have its 1st church anniversary this coming weekend, I just preached for our 9th church anniversary for our church in Los Frailes, our new church in Manoguayabo will have its 1st anniversary in November, I am going to preach for Pastor Wellington’s 40th anniversary on October 6th (he did not start this church, but has been there for about 9 years), and we will have the 22nd anniversary for the first church we started in Quita Sueño on October 27th.  We have another church in an area called Wachupita that is not even a year old yet.  I am praying about some other areas where we want to start works.  Please pray for us as we try to do what we can before it is too late!

 

Our Bible Institute has started up for the semester.  My night of teaching is Monday nights.  My first class has 14 enrolled in it and 26 in the second class, with the Jr. Bible Institute students included.  I allow the teenagers who want to take classes in our Institute to so on Mondays to help encourage them in looking forward to the day when they can take all of the classes in our Institute.  It is exciting to see what God is doing in each of their lives!  Thank you for helping make all the things we have mentioned in this letter possible.  God bless you my friends!

 

Your Friends and Servants in the Dominican Republic,                 

Steve Sidler

Steve, Nohemy, and Sarah Sidler

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Missionary Update 07/19/2019

The Sidler Family

Serving Christ in the Dominican Republic

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Dear Pastor and Praying Friends:                                                                                          July 17, 2019

 

We send you warm greetings from the Dominican Republic.  It truly has been very, very hot here the last couple of months.  Praise the Lord though, that God has been working in a great way this summer.

 

Our annual Summer Family Camp was held in a town called Maimon of Bonao on July 1-4, 2019.  We had a wonderful time and the Lord worked in a such a great way in all of our hearts and lives.  We thank the Higher Plain Baptist Church from OK City, OK, and some other friends who came to be with us and help us with camp this year.  We saw 6 saved at camp, 11 baptized, and 45 went forward on the last evening of camp to surrender their lives for full-time Christian service.  Some of the 45 people made the same decision before but are reconfirming their decisions.  This year we were able to take 234 people to camp!  Thank you so very much for those of you who helped us in sponsoring a camper this year, or for sending us a special offering.

 

The Sunday after camp we saw 3 saved in our services and baptized 2 that day as well.  We were really excited to see a group of over 50 show up for soulwinning on this past Saturday, and then last Sunday, we saw 5 saved and 1 baptized. 

 

This coming week, the Bethel Baptist Church of Graham, NC, will be coming to visit with us.  They will be helping us with a Vacation Bible School for the kids in our community.  Please pray that we would see souls saved and lives changed for the Lord.

 

Please pray also for some new people who have been coming to services and have made different decisions over the last 2 months: for Ariel, Yorkania, Yoan, Juan, Genesis, Samuel, Victor, Victor Jr., Albania, Elias, and some others that I don’t remember their names.  We also had a man come to visit 2 weeks ago who has a very dangerous and bad past.  I witnessed to him a few months ago, he prayed the sinner’s prayer, and he finally came and visited us at church. 

 

It is also exciting that two weeks ago we were able to break ground on working on our new land that the Lord provided for us to purchase next door to our church.  We did do a little work on the land before, but we finally are putting up a retainer wall around the land, as the land is on a hill.  Our ultimate goal is to put up a Sunday School building and have a parking lot on this property.  Please pray for us that God would guide and provide for us as we work on our land.

 

After our summer wraps up, we will begin our next semester of Bible Institute for the fall semester on the last week of August.  Please pray that the Lord would continue to call laborers into His harvest, and that we can have the privilege of training these dear servants for the work of the Lord in our Bible Institute and our churches.

 

May the Lord richly bless you!  Thank you for being our friends.

 

I have attached an extra file with this prayer letter with 2 pages of camp pictures.  I hope you enjoy them!

*Also, please pray that we could get our container of tracts from Beacon of Truth Ministries out of customs.

 

Your Friends and Servants in the Dominican Republic,                 

Steve Sidler

Steve, Nohemy, and Sarah Sidler

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Missionaries Steve, Nohemy, and Sarah Sidler – DMG #20371, c/o Agape Flights, 100 Airport Ave E., Venice, FL 34285-3901

Serving with Baptist International Missions Inc. – Home 809-532-4377; Cel. 809-949-8052

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Missionary Update 02/19/2019

Dear Praying Friends,

We send you warm greetings from the Dominican Republic.  God has been so very good to us during the last couple of months since our last letter! 

 

Last week, Dr. Pat Creed, Mrs. June Creed, Pastor Pat Creed, Jr., and Pastor Dennis Leatherman were with us for two special Bible College Modulars in our Bible College.  Pastor Pat Creed Jr. gave a class on “Forgiveness” and Pastor Leatherman gave a class on “Sunday School”.  God worked in a great way!  Although these are actually Bible College classes, we invite all of our church people to come to these special courses, trying to help them, and also to create a desire in them to enroll in other classes in our College in the future.  We saw 45 people saved during this special time.

 

The week before that, I was six hours away in Loma de Cabrera with Pastor Felo for the church´s 7th anniversary.  God gave us a wonderful time with 79 people saved in soulwinning and in the services.  During one the visits, I went into a home where I knew everybody but one teenager name Luis Miguel.  I did not want to leave without sharing the gospel with him, especially since I was there for just a few days.  I felt a little sorry for him, because as I entered his grandmother’s house, he had just lifted up a big bowl that was keeping the flies and the cold out of his lunch.  He looked like he was ready to devour his food.  However, after talking with him for a while, and sharing the good news of the gospel, he forgot about his food, and prayed the sinner’s prayer to receive Christ!

 

Just a few days before my trip to Loma de Cabrera, Pastor Corey Bane, from the Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church of Martinsburg, WV, was with us with a group of folks from his church.  The Lord allowed us to see 75 saved during their visit.  We were able to visit several of the churches we have started, have a special service in them, as well as hold special services in our church in Quita Sueño.  Pastor Bane, his assistant, Bro. Jason MacRae, and different laymen preached for us.  God used them in a great way!  During their visit, while out soulwinning with Brother Chuck, we came across a group of people that I had said hello to for a couple of weeks, but I had not stopped to witness to them.  In the morning, on that particular day, I prayed for them, and the Lord laid upon my heart to search them out.  Praise the Lord, He opened the door for us to see them.  However, just as I began talking to them, the person that was making them lunch handed them each a bowl of soup.  I felt bad that their soup got cold, but they waited patiently to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.  After I finished, seven of them prayed to receive Christ as their Savior! 

 

Yesterday, the Lord gave us wonderful services!  In the evening, the Lord laid upon my heart to preach a message entitled “The End of the World” from Matthew 24:3.  I did not know that he was coming, but a man named, Ramón de la Rosa came and visited us along with some other friends.  He is running for “Regidor”, which is like a congressman here, working under the direction of the “Mayor”.  Praise the Lord!  He, and a friend that came with him, got gloriously saved!  Another girl, whose parents brought Ramón, had been saved recently, so she followed the Lord in believer´s baptism.

Our Bible College classes for this semester have started with an attendance of 22.  As you already know, there are three other Institutes that we help run, in three of the other churches that we have started.  Because of the logistics of getting students back and forth, it has worked better to have separate, smaller classes in separate Institutes.

 

Praise the Lord that, in September, the Lord allowed us to start two new churches – one in “Fantino” with Pastor Oliver, and one in “Manoguayabo” with Pastor Armando.  Three weeks ago, the Lord was so gracious in allowing us to start another church in an area called “Wachupita” with Pastor Fernando!

 

Please pray for my wife, Nohemy, my daughter, Sarah, and me, as we serve the Lord here.  The Lord has allowed us to start 12 churches and place a pastor in another church.  Of course, I am not the pastor of all of these churches.  However, I try to do everything I can to help influence and help each of these churches to be what God wants, and for me to be an avenue to help meet needs for each of these ministries.  We also will continue, upon God´s direction and blessing, to start churches all over the Dominican Republic!

 

God bless you my friends!  Thank you so much for making it possible for us to serve the Lord here in the Dominican Republic!

 

 

Your Friends and Servants in the Dominican Republic,                 

Steve Sidler

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Missionary Update 09/28/2018

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Missionary Update 02/20/2018

Dear Praying Friends,

We send you cooler greetings again from the Dominican Republic.  Again, the weather has been extremely colder than normal.  We have had a cold front come in that is giving us low temperatures of 64 degrees.  Believe it or not, after 21 years here, our blood has thinned out and temperatures like that are very cool for us.  Many people all over the country are getting bad colds and flus.  I know that the flu is hitting the states very hard as well currently.

The Lord gave us a wonderful time with Dr. and Mrs. Pat Creed, Dr. and Mrs. John Bailes, and Pastor James Vaughn, who came to be with us and give two modular Bible Institute classes in our Bible Institute on January 30 – February 6.  We also held an Institute graduation on Saturday, February 3rd.  Dr. Creed preached a wonderful Spirit filled message on “Elijah and the Widow Woman”!  There were 38 that received some type of certificate during the ceremony!  This was with a combination of three of our Bible Institutes coordinated from our church in Quita Sueño.  The certificates were for our four-year “Degree in Theology”, our three-year Diploma in Theology, our two-year Certificate in Biblical Studies, our one-year Certificate in Biblical Studies, and some others just received a certificate honoring them for their hard work and encouraging them to continue in their Bible studies.  The Lord has given us a group of 20 attending classes for this semester of Bible Institute classes in Quita Sueño.

We are also very excited that two weeks ago we had our first deaf baptism.  A teenager named Stacey was baptized.  Her mom and dad, Raul and Rosa, came to attend her baptismal service.  Praise the Lord, her dad, Raul, got saved!  Please continue to pray for the spiritual growth of many others who have been reached during the last few months with this very, very important ministry!  Sister Joy Wesson is doing such a great job with this ministry.  Before our mid-week service, Joy has a special sign language class, where she is teaching sign language to some young men and women.  It is our goal that the Lord was raise up some future leadership with this group.

Of the different churches we have started, the Lord has been so good to us in providing for different needs!  Thank you so much for your monthly support, your prayers, and for your special offerings for different needs!  Here is a list of praises for the Lord´s provision in recent months and a list of some present needs with our churches that you can pray about with us:

1.    Quita Sueño – the Lord provided some much-needed doors, last week we were able to purchase 10 tables, in November the Lord provided to purchase the land next door for some much-needed Sunday School space.

2.    Vietnam – we need to better tie in the retainer wall for the back part of the church property.  (about $2,000)

3.    La Nueva Barquita – the Lord provided a small piece of land for our church there and a simple wooden open-air structure.  We are praying for the land that is for sale behind it before the price goes way up, and for provision for a more permanent structure.  (The land is $5,000 and a one floor building would cost us about $10,000).

4.    Los Frailes – our church there is doing great!  We basically need a piece of land there.  The folks there give and are growing in the Lord.  However, the land there is more expensive.  We could buy a piece of land there for about $25,000.

5.    Resurrection (Pastor Wellington) – we have some basic needs of some musical instruments.

6.    Loma de Cabrera – we are building a building on a piece of land the Lord gave us there in 2017.  We are lacking in some funds for some materials.

7.    Dajabón – the Lord gave us a piece of land.  We will be putting up a simple wood and tin open-air structure there within the next few weeks.  We are still lacking $400 for some materials.

8.    Barsequillo – we are meeting in the front of a member´s home in the open-air.  We are praying for a place to rent or some land to build soon.

9.    *This September we will be starting a church in “El Fantino”.  Brother Oliver and his wife Elizabeth will be working with this church.

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