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May 2020

PRAISE JESUS!

Beloved Brothers and Sisters, to start this newsletter, I pray the protection of Psalms 91 and the promise of Psalms 41: 1, 2, and 3 over your life and in the life of your family.

This is the email I received from Teresa at the Refuge House. Please read I will say something at the end. Harrell


FROM TERESA

Praise our Lord Jesus Christ for this month, even though we experienced the lockdown because our world has this Covid-19. People stay in the house with no work, and the government gives a few kilos of rice, noodles, and canned goods that are good for one to two days only. People start to feel hungry, and children are crying because they want to eat. Everyone is looking everywhere to get vegetables so they can eat. People that have a farm of vegetables give them for free because everyone has no money to buy.

Day by day, in this quarantine time we pray to God for his guidance. We feel in our hearts to give some mac and cheese in every household so everyone that doesn't have rice to eat has something to cook for their children. We give five packs each to every family, a total of 540 packs given on that day. That is 108 households with the total number of 508 adults and kids. We give thanks to the Lord for the blessings of mac and cheese, as in this situation, everyone is hungry. As everyone receives mac & cheese, all have a big smile on their faces and thankfulness in everyone’s heart.

We are praying that our heavenly Father will pour out His blessings to each one of you who are a part of I Am Born Again Ministries Family. And our Heavenly Father will always protect you from this situation that we face this month and give you good health.

As the lockdown is ongoing, we have prayer and fasting for two weeks, reading and studying the word from the Bible since we are not allowed to have any gathering. We have communication through our cellphones, and agree together to do the praying and fasting in every church member’s houses. After fasting we chat and text the word of encouragement on that day and share what our heavenly Father revealed in His word. We are thankful because everyone cooperates. Then some kids did not do fasting but they read Bible and pray together.

Our heavenly Father teaches us His word and gives us strength and we pray for every concern and prayer request and for you, also for what our Lord revealed to us to pray, especially for our nation in every leader that our heavenly Father will give healing to our nation. The last day of fasting was Sunday, Sunrise service. Many People came from many different churches to the beach in front of Refuge House and held Sunrise Service. After Service Pastora Hazel with the youth at Refuge House visit everyone who do the fasting and prayer, and have a prayer gathering inside their houses.

In one area, there is a sick boy about 8 years old, very skinny because of his sickness. They forgot to ask what kind of sickness, but he is having a hard time and cannot walk. The mother is very happy because we give her mac and cheese because the boy can eat without throwing up the food. That day they pray for that kid, and the mother is very thankful for the prayer for him.

Even though lockdown and quarantine are going on, the activity at Refuge house continues. Everyone in the church at Refuge House applies the social distancing and continues for prayer and Bible study, for prayer meeting and early in the morning for kneeling down, prayer warrior and church service.

We are thankful to the Lord for the good health and protection. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. As of now the quarantine is extended until April 30, 2020, along with the curfew.

The government gives one quarantine pass to every household to go outside to buy food, but still no busses, jeepneys or any transportation to go to the market. Most of the people need to walk to buy food, but most have no money. But we continue to pray for God's provision, good health and healing in our nation. (NOTE: it is about 25 Kilometers to market.)


DEAR BROTHERS & SISTERS

In Matthew, Chapter 5. NLT Jesus said 14 You are the light of the world like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.

There is a group of people here in the USA that is working tirelessly to get food to hungry people. I know they want NO Praise for themselves, but when I read this Scripture I PRAISE my Heavenly Father for Mrs. Marcia and the Bread of Mighty Food Bank. We usually never talk about the ministry that goes on here in the USA but only at the Refuge House. We were blessed with 8700 + pounds of produce to give hungry people here with the help of Brother Ashley (Chaplin of Sheriff’s Dept. and preacher) and Brother David Miller who has as big a heart to feed hungry people as Mrs. Marcia. People from miles around came and drove through and were given food.

As I read this from Teresa having lived there, I just cried and cried KNOWING how hard it is for people there.

Brothers & Sisters as hard as it is here BE THANKFUL!

This is from last month newsletter- worth repeating:

IN CLOSING
Brothers and Sisters, stay close to the Lord. All of our lives have been changed the last few weeks. But some things never change. One of those things is God's word. It is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God's word will remain forever. There is no storm that our Father cannot calm. We ask our Father to be merciful and calm the storm of Covid 19 in Jesus Name. We say Peace — be still, in Jesus name!

We Love you and are praying!
Harrell, Lolita, Teresa, Refuge House Team & Kids


We Continually Praise Jesus for You and Pray our Lord’s Great Blessings for You!! Thank You for being a part of the Refuge House Family!

Stay Strong in the Faith! Thank You and God Bless you for your prayers, encouragement and support! We are so very thankful for your love!!!

Call for Prayer -- Phone # (229)326-9239

THANK YOU & GOD BLESS YOU!!
Harrell, Lolita, Teresa, Refuge House Team & Kids

I AM BORN AGAIN MINISTRIES
PO BOX 525
Micanopy, FL 32667

501-C3


April 2020

PRAISE JESUS!

Beloved Brothers and Sisters, to start this newsletter, I pray the protection of Psalm 91 and the promise of Psalm 41: 1, 2, 3 over your life and in the life of your family. I want to encourage you today that our Father is still in control. He is still merciful, loving, and compassionate. And He loves you with unfailing love. All of the Refuge House Family are praying for you!

The Philippines are now in a lockdown mode. Everyone is told to stay home except to go to market to get food, to doctors or hospitals, or to pharmacies. There is a curfew from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. at the Refuge House. Different cities have different curfew times. No one is allowed to travel except for what is mentioned above. All schools and businesses are closed except food markets, hospitals, and pharmacies. This is in effect until April 15 at this time.


REFUGE HOUSE TEAM OUTREACH

The week before the lockdown we had an outreach. The Barangy health workers came and helped with the feeding. One of our teenage young men in the Refuge House, Bernard, shared the good news of Jesus Christ to the youth and kids. There were also quite a few adults. After the singing and the message, we fed all the children and youth that were there.

After the outreach, we had a long discussion with the healthcare workers and Barangy leaders about how to continue the feeding during the coming lockdown. With the schools closing, there would be no way to do feedings and abide by the government’s guidelines. Food has been delivered to the many different churches that the Lord has us help for feeding. Please pray!


REFUGE HOUSE

Everyone at the Refuge House is OK and doing well. Because of the lockdown, they are spending a lot of time praying for you and for the Lord God Almighty to have mercy and stop this virus. They are still having their regular services - church, Bible study, prayer meetings, etc. The only difference is that only everyone in the Refuge attends. Everyone else has it at their homes. 


SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP

All the children did really well this year in school. They will all pass to the next grade. Because of the lockdown they were not able to take their final exams. Even though they could not take the exams they have enough points to pass. On April 15, if the lockdown is lifted they will return to school to finish their final exams.

Hopefully this month all sponsors have received a letter from their prayer partner. Also please be in prayer for school sponsors for next year as we have new kids starting school. Please ask your friends to be a part of this. Thank you.


PRAISE AND PRAYER

Praise Jesus, we were blessed this last month with a lots of brand new clothes and shoes and also a few toys to ship to the Refuge House. It will cost approximately $1,120.00 to ship 16 boxes of these clothes. As I mentioned, all the clothes and shoes are brand new. What a great blessing! Please be in prayer for the finances to ship these boxes. Thank you and God bless you!


PERSONAL NOTE

One of our Refuge House Family in the US graduated and went home to be with Jesus - Mrs. Ellen Rist, a wonderful woman of the Lord who taught school for many years. She used to pick me up and give me a ride to school. She will be missed here in this earth, but we rejoice that she has entered into her inheritance in heaven with Jesus. Please be in prayer for her precious children, Robin, Jay and Holly, and their families during this time.

Also please pray for our Dear Sister and board member Cathy Helton and family, as Cathy's father has also graduated and entered into his inheritance with Jesus. Our Sweet Cathy is such a mighty blessing to the Body of Christ. We thank the Lord Jesus for her and her family.


IN CLOSING

Brothers and Sisters, stay close to the Lord. All of our lives have been changed the last few weeks. But some things never change. One of those things is God's word. It is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God's word will remain forever. There is no storm that our Father cannot calm. We ask our Father to be merciful and calm the storm of Covid 19 in Jesus Name. We say Peace — be still, in Jesus name!


Thank You for being a part of the Refuge House Family! We Continually Praise Jesus for You and Pray our Lords Great Blessings for You!! We love you and are praying!

Harrell, Lolita, Teresa, Refuge House Team & Kids

Call for Prayer -- Phone # 229-326-9239
THANK YOU & GOD BLESS YOU!!

I AM BORN AGAIN MINISTRIES
PO BOX 525
Micanopy, FL 32667

501-C3


March 2020

PRAISE JESUS!

ENCOUNTER GOD RETREAT

Members of Jesus Our Lord Church contacted the Refuge House to ask permission for an Encounter God retreat on the property. We were a little hesitant because of the fence being destroyed by the storm in the front of the Refuge House by the sea.

Several of the leaders of the church came and talked to Teresa and explained to her that they had looked at three other places to have the Encounter God retreat and they felt none were safe. They told her at the other places, there were many people who got drunk at night. They were afraid when they did Praise and Worship at night, that these people may throw stones at them. (Unfortunately we know that this can happen.) They assured Teresa they would make sure no one would get hurt where the fence is down.

Many of the Jesus our Lord Churches and other churches have over the years had their Encounter God weekends at the Refuge House. They have always been powerful times in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Their hearts were overflowing with thankfulness with being able to return to the Refuge House where the wonderful, peaceful, presence of the Lord is so amazing.

On this Encounter God retreat, there were 67 who were seeking the Lord. Some were parents, some college students and a few high school students. There were also 15 workers and leaders to share Jesus with them. After being nurtured in the Word of God, hearing testimonies, praising and worshiping Jesus, all of the 67 found hope in Jesus and decided to follow Jesus!! Teresa said they were very thankful and so happy and blessed to be able to be at the Refuge House, and she was so thankful they took good care of the new believers while there.

One of our sponsored child’s father graduated and went home to Jesus last month. Their home is 1 of the 13 home churches our Lord started. Our Refuge House Family did the service. Lots of friends and family were at the service, and as the truth of God’s Word was spoken, lots of them received prayer. Our Refuge House Family was so thankful to be able to share with so many people the hope we have in Jesus and the Gospel of Reconciliation. Please pray for the family.


SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP

This month all the children are doing their final exams for the end of the school year. Praise Jesus, everyone will pass to the next grade. They all worked very hard to do well in school this year. Their end of school thank you letter will be sent April or May.


SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP FAMILY DAY

All the children in the School Sponsorship Program at the Refuge House and those who stay with family were invited to the Refuge House for a Family Day. It was a wonderful day of thankful fellowship.

There were lots of thankful testimonies from the parents and grandparents of these sponsored children thanking the Lord and for all of you that the children were able to go to school. Those who don't have parents or grandparents were equally loved on by the ones that came. It was a precious time for them. They had some Bible teaching, praise and worship, testimonies, and much more – especially prayer! Along with the children, they spent lots of time praying for the sponsors of their children and everyone who is part of the Refuge House Family.

The Youth led the praise and worship for the adults. Later in the afternoon there were games for the children to play and also for the parents and grandparents. It was a great day for everyone to hear everyone sharing about how big a blessing you are – how they are so thankful their children do not have to walk 5 km through the woods and have a safe ride, how thankful they are that their children can go to school. Thank you and God bless you for being a part of the Refuge House Family!


PRAYER REQUEST

The Refuge House Team is now preparing for April and May VCS, (Vacation Church School), the same as VBS (Vacation Bible School) here. We will do one at the Refuge House itself and as many as our Lord allows in tribal areas. The VCS at the Refuge House will cost approximately $60.00. The Tribal VCS outreaches will cost approximately $90.00. Please be in Prayer for our VCS!

Also the cost of fixing the storm damage, replacing the marine plywood and labor will cost approximately $30.00. Praise Jesus, it was not damaged any worse.


PERSONAL

My dear friend, Ron Starling, has graduated to be with Jesus. He is a mighty man of God. Even though I miss him greatly, I rejoice knowing he is alive forevermore with Jesus! Please remember his wife, Patricia, and family in your prayers! Ron was a great blessing to so many here in the USA, in the Thomasville/Bainbridge area, to the Native American Nations, and to Nations around the world! He is one rich man with all the treasures he has in Heaven!!


IN CLOSING

Remember Our Heavenly Father is always there with us to help us. Don't forget to call to Him. He is our great help in times of need and in times of trouble. Always seek our Heavenly Father and ask for guidance every day.

We continually praise Jesus for you and pray our Lord’s great blessings for you!!

Thank You for being a part of the Refuge House Family,
We love you!
Harrell, Lolita, Teresa, Refuge House Team and Kids

Call for Prayer -- Phone #229-326-9239
Thank You & God Bless You for your prayers, encouragement and support! We are so very thankful for your love!

I AM BORN AGAIN MINISTRIES
PO BOX 525
Micanopy, FL 32667

501-C3


February 2020

PRAISE JESUS!

Thanks be to our Heavenly Father for His great provision this month! We are so thankful for the answer of our prayers -- especially for the wonderful gifts for the children. Thank you for all the toys, stuffed animals, coloring books and all the wonderful gifts that you sent for the kids. We are thankful to our Lord Jesus Christ for your life, Thank you for your big heart for the children in Palawan Philippines!


FROM TERESA

I remember when our Thanksgiving church celebration was getting close. We had been praying for the provision so we can give something to the children. Because of your prayers, love and support, our Heavenly Father provided us wonderful and beautiful toys that the children enjoyed as they received those wonderful gifts. When the boxes were delivered, the joy and thankfulness of our heart is overflowing with thankfulness to our Lord Jesus, and we always praise our Heavenly Father for your life. Also thanking Him and asking our Lord Jesus Christ that each one of you will receive the abundant blessings, good health and bless all your income and that the peace of the Lord will continue to abide in your life and in your family every day. We also pray that you will enjoy the blessings from our Heavenly Father this year of 2020. Thank You So Much and God Bless You!


GIVING GIFTS AT REFUGE HOUSE

A hundred kids enjoyed and are so thankful, very happy and excited for the gifts they received. From the little ones to high school students, they all received the gifts and each one of them has a wonderful smile on their faces. Thank you for bringing the joy to their hearts through your gifts. Thank you for sharing the happiness with the children, Thank you for all of your love. A hundred kids felt the happiness that is coming out from inside and they could not hold it in. There is happiness in my heart seeing each kid how thankful and happy they are for the blessings that you all impart to them. Thank you so much for all that you do for the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father and for being part of I Am Born Again Ministries Family. In all our prayers, we ask to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that you will receive the fruit of the harvest, a good harvest and abundant treasures in Heaven for everything you do for the Kingdom of God. Thank you so much. You are all in our prayers.


GOSPEL OUTREACH & GIVING GIFTS NEAR MOUNTAIN AREA

When we arrived in the village, Sister Hazel with the youth invited the kids to come to Gospel outreach and feeding. Kids, parents and grandparents all came to the outreach. At the start the activity, the Refuge House Youth teach the children heavenly action songs. The kids enjoy the dancing and singing to our Lord Jesus. You could see the amazement & excitement of all the kids and also in every parent. Ezekiel, Jackielou and Bernard presented a drama about the birth of Jesus Christ, and Sister Hazel is the narrator. While the drama is being presented, everyone is enjoying and paying attention. After the drama, Sister Hazel taught about the true gift, which is our Lord Jesus Christ, and let everyone receive Jesus as their personal Savior in their lives. 75 kids and 64 parents received Jesus Christ in their hearts as Lord and personal Savior. Thank you, Jesus! We give you all the Praise! After the sharing of the Gospel, we took out the boxes of gifts from the white Kia truck and started giving gifts. While we gave, everyone was very excited to open their bags. The kids opened their bags, and everyone was very happy in what they received. We started serving the food but only a few got in line - around 40. I was shocked because only few kids and parents were left in the area. I asked everyone where are the kids, and they answered me that those kids were so very excited to go home to show to their parents what they received. We then realized that most of these kids had never, ever received a gift before of any kind. They were so excited, most of them had left their bowls because they were so excited to go show their gift. It was lunch time when we got there, and they had not eaten and were hungry. But they were so amazed and excited at receiving a gift they forgot they were hungry! We knew that eventually they would remember their bowls so we left the food for them to eat. We are very blessed and thankful for all of you for giving us opportunity to experience and to be a blessing to these kids and parents. We are so blessed to hear the parents saying thank you with happiness and excitement in their eyes. Thank you for being a part of I Am Born Again Ministries Family! Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Blessings Teresa

PRAYER REQUEST

Please be in prayer for 4 mountain motorcycle tires and a chain & sprocket (approx $380.00). We also lost some plywood on back of upstairs dormitory in a storm, not sure about cost yet.

Through your prayers and support, many parents and children will experience the love and blessings from our Heavenly Father, and many people will praise Him for He is good.

May our Lord Jesus Christ bless your heart and His abundant joy & peace overflow in your heart every day in 2020!

Thank you and God bless you!
We love you much,
Harrell, Lolita, Refuge House Team and Kids

Contact us and call for prayer at — lolita83gh@gmail.com or 229-326-9239

I AM BORN AGAIN MINISTRIES
PO BOX 525
Micanopy, FL 32667

501-C3


January 2020

PRAISE JESUS!

This last year 2019 our Father God has shown us how much He loves us in so many ways. He has poured out His great blessings on us day by day. He has given us healing in times of sickness. He has given us hope when we were hopeless. Every day our Heavenly Father gives us the opportunity to continue to thank Him, praise Him and trust Him.

2019 has ended but all those victorious days that we had in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ will continue to give us strength and hope in this New Year 2020. All of the victories give us the reason to be joyful, thankful and to continue to share the love of Jesus to everyone in 2020. The year 2020 is here and our Heavenly Father has prepared us so we can stand in His presence. He has prepared us so we can do what is needed to be done, to reach more souls, feed more hungry children. He has prepared us so we can teach the love of God and how merciful our Lord Jesus Christ is.

We are so thankful to our Father in Heaven and praise Jesus that you are a part of the family here at the Refuge House.


REFUGE HOUSE

Refuge House Church celebrated their Thanksgiving, Homecoming, Christmas service on December 22. This was our 10th year Thanksgiving celebration. It seems like it was only yesterday, that the Lord directed us to this place, in English the Hidden Sea, where there was no church, no electricity, and no running water. Our Lord has done great and mighty things in the last 10 years. We celebrate with praise and thanksgiving at His great faithfulness. We hope to have some video to share sometime this month, Lord willing.


CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Christmas presents were given out during the Thanksgiving celebration and the children were taught at that time, as we always do, that Jesus is the real Gift from our Father in Heaven. A son is given, Emmanuel, God is with us -- the Promise of the Father to send a Savior.

The children at the Refuge House were so blessed and so thankful for the presents that you sent. It is such a blessing to see children receive a gift and see the excitement and joy in their faces. Thank you and God bless you!

Our Refuge House Team also took Christmas gifts to other outreach areas to give to children who most have not ever received a gift in their life. These places are especially wonderful as you explain the reason for the season, Jesus Christ, and to explain how the love of Jesus works through people to show his love by you sending a gift to them. Not only the kids, but the parents also are touched by the love of Jesus that works through you. Again thank you and God bless you.


CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Some of the kids took part in going house to house Christmas caroling. Of course the kids had a wonderful time, great time, exciting time, but the elderly that they went to see were blessed the most and were so thankful.


GOSPEL OUTREACH & FEEDING

This month we did our outreach in a small village approximately 15 km from the highway. It was right where the mountains start. The people in the village were not tribal but people from different islands that had started a small village. The village leader gave permission for the Refuge House Team to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

As our Refuge Team started preparing to share and cooking the food, approximately 60 kids, 30 adults and 15 youth came. The people in this village are very poor. They make charcoal and sell to supply their basic needs.

Our Refuge Team shared the good news of Jesus Christ and taught the children Bible verses and praise songs. After sharing and teaching, we fed them with delicious macaroni and cheese with vitamins and minerals. Our Refuge Team also gave one kg of rice to each family and gave clothes to them. Our Refuge Team was very blessed by the hunger for the Word of God by the people in this small village. Everyone - adults, youth and kids - expressed how very grateful and thankful they were, that we came to their small village.

After the outreach, a woman came to Teresa and said her husband was a pastor and that they just moved in that village about two weeks ago. She was so very thankful to Jesus Christ for what we did in that area. We are very thankful to Jesus Christ for opening the window of salvation and blessings in that village.


FROM TERESA

We also experience this month heavy rain, so much wind, and big waves. Because of the waves, the fence on the sea front of the Refuge House was washed away, but thank you Jesus we are all safe and okay. This month because of the big wind and waves, the fishermen with small boats can't go fishing. Hazel visited the fishermen families and prayed with them and asked our Heavenly Father for His blessings and some other job so they can continue to provide the needs for the family.


MOTORCYCLE TIRES

The tires on our mountain bikes are in need of replacing. It will take approximately $200.00 to replace all the tires, please be in prayer for the provisions for this. At this time we have no estimate to replace the fence in the front of the Refuge House.


IN CLOSING

In our budget for 2020, we included $10,000 that we are praying for to add to what we have already to purchase land to grow crops and raise livestock for the Refuge House. Please be in prayer for this provision.

We are so Thankful for your prayers, Encouragement and Giving! We praise our Lord Jesus every day for You! Thanking HIM for putting HIS Love in you! Thank you and God bless you for all that you do!

As we continue in this new year 2020, we are so very thankful for you and all of our family who are a part of our Lord’s work at the Refuge House. We continue to always praise Jesus and thank our Father in Heaven for you. Thank you for letting us be a part of your loving family. We are so blessed by the love of Jesus that flows through you.

Your Family in Palawan Philippines sends their love, blessings and thanks to You and so do myself and Lolita! We continually praise our Father in Heaven for you, and thank Him for the love of Jesus in you.

Thank you and God bless you!
We love you much,
Harrell, Lolita, Refuge House Team and Kids

Have a Blessed & Prosperous 2020

Contact us at — lolita83gh@gmail.com or 229-326-9239

I AM BORN AGAIN MINISTRIES
PO BOX 525
Micanopy, FL 32667

501-C3


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