A Great Loss

Monday, January 25th, 2016 and is filed under Uncategorized

dsc_1788Towards the end of 2015 Go MAD lost a friend and partner in ministry with the passing of Pastor Ricardo. Even though he had been struggling with his health for many years it still came as a shock. It is funny how that can happen. He and I had talked about the possibility. I knew it was an inevitable reality yet it still really did surprise me when it actually happened. I guess talking about a reality just isn’t the same as experiencing it.

Even though he would struggle at times, Pastor Ricardo was never down for very long. He had this amazing ability to bounce back to a high level of energy. I know that the idea of leaving his family would get to him at times, but he pressed on with the work of the ministry not letting those around him know about his struggles. He always wanted to help someone else. He wanted to grown the ministry to assist more in the community. He did not want to waste what time he had feeling sorry for himself. He would, as one of our dear friends in ministry would say, “suck it up” and keep working.

I watched a sermon given by Francis Chan recently that was about where we are focused. He used the illustration of a very long rope that was supposed to represent an eternity of time. The very end, maybe 6 inches, of the rope was painted red. This represented our time on this earth. The point of this illustration was for us to ask ourselves where we are focused. Are the things we do…the things we purchase…how we spend our time…etc. focused on the last six inches of that rope or are they focused on all the rest? In other words, would where we spend our time, money and effort point to us being focused more on the here-and-now or on our eternity?

The picture to the right is one that I will always cherish. It is of the day we broke ground on the Children’s Center in Munoz. While it is a great way to look back and remember that day, what I really love about it is the reminder that it is for me of where I need to remain focused. Completing the work on that property in Munoz was Pastor Ricardo’s dream and even though he was struggling with cancer he never stopped working towards that dream. He was able to do this because he was more focused on what came after his time on this earth than he was what happened while he was on this earth. It is amazing how often we worry more about standing before others here on this earth than we do standing before God. Pastor Ricardo did not.

So while I feel a great loss in not having my friend and partner in ministry here working with me in Munoz, I know that he would not want me to lose focus. He would want me to suck it up and stay focused on what is most important and that is what I intend to do.

Stay tuned for the next building phase for this property the Ricardo Batista Education Center.

– Chantz

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We are Growing!

Monday, January 25th, 2016 and is filed under Uncategorized

971631_1406949279575485_1904752829_nWe are excited to announce that as of January 1st TEAL (To Empower A Life) Ministries is now part of Go MAD Ministries. TEAL was founded by Dr. Una Brewer to empower the people of Ascension Village by giving them opportunities through education and job training. The plan is to bring what we are doing in other areas into the Village of Ascension and to take what TEAL has been doing in Ascension into other Villages where Go MAD is already working.  This will further expand our ability to create opportunities for those we serve.

As part of the merger Dr. Brewer will join Go MAD as a member of our Board of Directors. Her experience in pediatric medicine as well as her experience in serving on mission trips and fundraising will make her a wonderful addition to the board.

Megan Ratnam has also joined Go MAD’s volunteer staff as part of this merger. Megan is originally from Ontario but has lived in the DR since 2011.  She has overseen TEAL’s work in the Dominican Republic since it began and will be a tremendous asset as we move forward.

Our goal at Go MAD Ministries is to provide hope, opportunity and dignity for the exploited and their communities. We believe that the addition of TEAL will allow us to do this in an even great way moving forward. To learn more about the specific areas of ministry that this merger will add you can visit our website at www.gomadtoday.org.

– Chantz

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