Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Update from Bro. Charles Pinkerton

 It's been an awesome time for Carma & I over this last 17 months. We have moved from Dothan, Al. to Palm Bay, Fl. IIM ministries has also had a great time of ministry over these many months. We have completed some milestones in this season of transition and we are seeking to follow God's leadership.

God has certainly used many of You to get us through.

·        We have completed nine trips in 2013
·        We've had three new church's join us for the first time and we are looking forward to future teams from FBC, Porter, Tx (Costa Rica); FBC Crawfordville, Fl. & Eden Baptist out of Brooksville, Fl.(both to Nicaragua). We want to say welcome to these new churches.
·        A commitment from Dr. James Chong made it possible to pay off the land in Leon, Nic.; the site of Eagle Wings Ministry under pastor Oscar Corea. We were also able to pay off the truck purchased just a few short months ago. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE!
·        A big PRAISE to FBC, Niceville, Fl.; who have taken several trips over the last 4 plus years. They have also been a financial supporter of IIM. I left there over 4 years ago and will have that support until the end of 2013. We are looking forward to teams from there in the future. Church's like this have made it possible for us to  help feed 9,000 children a day, as well as supporting special projects and maintaining the IIM compound in Costa Rica.
·        Two other firsts this year have been a new eyeglass ministry through Rivertown Church in FL. This same church is sponsoring 2 trips to Haiti. We are planning to get much more involved in Haiti.
·        We have closed our ministry after 36 years in Jamaica. Thousands of youth, children and adults came to know Christ as personal savior as a part of the Ministry in Jamaica over the years. Many church's are now doing their own VBS's in Jamaica and dozen's of church's have got involved in mission's for the first time. Many thanks to long time partner's Wynema Pickles, Jim Watkins and Steve Smith of Fl. and co-director Skip Eastman from the North Country.
·        I thank God for new partner's who are making it possible to expand into new ministry areas as well as maintain existing work. THANKS to Paul Smith & Bryan Williams of Rivertown church, David & Patty Melvin of Marianna, Fl., Tommy Melvin & Matt Tadlock, two of 'my guys' who stepped up as leaders in Costa Rica, to Jay Becker, Ryan Roberta, Brittney Hoyt, and Sherlene Loveday all who have a passion for ministry in Nicaragua with Oscar Corea of Eagles Wing Ministries. I want to express a special  thanks to Crawfordville leaders James Bridwell & John Wells, Jason Bennett & pastor Mike of FBC, Wewahitchka, Fl, who partnered with first timer's Eden Baptist of Brooksville, led by pastor Damont Drake and Assoc. Blair Mcbride.
·        Eric Durham continues to provide website coverage for us.

There are five more trips coming together between now and the end of December. YET, BECAUSE OF MANY OF YOU - I HAVE NOT HAD TO LEAVE CARMA'S SIDE DURING HER ILLNESS. She is improving! Keep praying! We want the Lord to be glorified in our lives and ministry. Some of you who have been 'on mission' and would like to share a high light send it to charlesiim@yahoo.com and we will post it on our website.

Pray about our Turrialba, Costa Rica ministry. We need to expand our ministry there to make a difference in  this city. I believe God wants to do something new and exciting there.

Blessings to each of you,

Carma & Charles