Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas "2007 The year of the singing tooth brush"

We had a great Christmas. We had a great turnout to our Christmas Eve candlelight service, it was in the mid 80's. It's still hard to get into the Christmas spirit as you sweat over a candle. We missed not having Brandon with us on Christmas this year but we are proud of him and Amy and we plan to go up to Dallas on the 31th.

Darla and Brittany got singing tooth brushes in their stockings this year. That was a big hit. The tooth brush plays music when you brush. Darla's plays Ricky Martin's "Living the vida loca" and Brittany's plays a Kelly Clarkson song.

We had Church members from the Spanish side of our church and our neighbors over for Christmas Dinner today. We had turkey, ham, and more food than we could eat. Our neighbor literally took a wheelbarrow of leftovers home.

Christmas dinner in our new house in Paamul.
I was not joking about the wheelbarrow of leftovers.

Great Day!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Highlights from 2007

It’s really hard for me to believe that there are only 4 days until Christmas. Our family has gone through a lot of changes this year but that is the norm for mission life. As I look back over 2007 the highlights would be, Brandon and Amy’s wedding, the starting of the new Spanish speaking church in Paamul, and building our new mission home.

Brandon and Amy were married last Feb. They are now living in Dallas Brandon is working as an accountant with Grant Thornton and Amy is teaching school. They have just bought their first home in the Dallas area.

This is Ruben and the praise team in Spanish..... We launch this new church in April 2007...We launch the Spanish speaking church in Paamul. We have seen God changing lives through our worship services in Paamul and our small group. We believe God is going to use this group to make a big impact in 08….

We started building our house in August of this year and we hope to move in Monday.

Our kitchen

Our bedroom

Glass block in the bathroom

Upstairs room in the small house

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Brittany is home for Christmas

Our daughter Brittany came in today for Christmas.... We are hoping to move into our new place while she is here.

Monday, December 17, 2007

7 more days until Christmas

Our daughter Brittany is coming in tomorrow to spend Christmas with us here in Mexico. We are planning to all to North Carolina on the 26th and then to Dallas to is our Son Brandon on the 30th. Only a few things to do before we are ready for this. We hope to start moving into our house on Wed. We are still not going to have water until Jan. but we need to go on and move in.

We are working on the gas, electricity and plumbing today.... We need your prayers that all this will come together today.

When you think of Christmas we think of Peace, or a silent night but the first Christmas was really not a silent night.

I like that new Randy Travis Song "LABOR OF LOVE"

It was not a silent night, there was blood on the ground
You could hear a woman cry in the alleyway that night on the streets of David's town
And the stable was not clean and the cobblestones were cold
And little Mary full of grace with tears upon her face had no mother's hand to hold
It was a labor of pain, it was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark with every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love
Noble Joseph by her side, No midwives to be found on the streets of David's town in the middle of the night
So he held her and he prayed, shafts of moonlight on his face
But the baby in her womb, he was the maker of the moon
He was the Author of the Faith that could make the mountains move
It was a labor of pain, it was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark with every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love
For little Mary full of grace, with tears on her face
It was a labor of love
It was not a silent night, on the streets of David's town

Friday, December 14, 2007

We got our kitchen sink installed at our new mission house only one minor problem no water yet.... When I was with the IMB they had a rule that you could not build your own home now I am beginning to understand why they made that rule... We are saving a lot of money by building this house ourselves and it's going to be really nice but there have been a lot of headaches a along the way. Speaking of headaches Darla seems to be doing great. She goes back to the doctor in Cancun on Monday... Thanks for your prayers for her...

I have been a Christian for 37 years and I still don't understand prayer but I do know this, the bible teaches that we are to pray believing. It also says we have not because we ask not and when we ask we ask a miss. Prayer helps me to remember that God is God and we are not...

I have begun to pray about everything, big and small. Trying to pray prayers with a pure heart in faith believing. I thing we ask a miss when we pray a selfish prayers or we pray without a pure heart.

The workers at the house site are not believers but they want us to pray for them. They are seeing God anwser our prayers and they are asking more and more questions.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

13 Days until Christmas

It really hard to believe that we are less than two weeks away from Christmas. With all the time we have spent in the hospital this past month some how we missed the lead up to the Christmas season. It's hard to get in the mood to put up the tree when it's 88 degrees and you are sweating.

I don't know about you but I do not want to miss Christmas.
When it comes to Christmas the researchers tell us that people go through Christmas in one of three ways.

Four out of ten are going to go through Christmas thinking about the past. You wish for another place in time... You will always be thinking about the good old days then you evaluate and you dwell there on Christmas past.

Five out of ten of you are futurists. You’re always kind of one step ahead of Christmas. We’ve got to go to the store, we’ve got to get the wrapping paper, we have to go the mall, we have to go to that party. You’re just kind of thinking one step ahead. You’re not really in the moment. You’re thinking of the next thing that you need to do.

Then researchers tell us that only one in ten of us will actually be able to hit the pause button and leave the past and not be so concerned about the future but actually get out of those two places to come into the moment and to catch a moment. It’s not that we eliminate preparation or we eliminate memories. It’s just that this Christmas affords us some opportunities and some moments and if we’re not careful we’ll miss them.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Mission Dog "Buddy" helps decorate the tree

Mission Dog "Buddy" helps decorate the tree. We had a good day of worship in Paamul today....

We need your prayers as we go into this busy season of the year....

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Small Groups are becoming family

Tonight at Dr. Danny's small group we celebrated the birthdays of Cris and Donna...

We had a lot of fun, great food and fellowship. This group is really becoming a family.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Another great Day

First, my dad came home from the hospital today. He is still in need of your prayers but he is doing well.

The mission house construction is going well but it's Mexico and things are always slower than what you hope....

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Back in Mexico

Long day of travel but I am back safely in Paamul. My dad is still in hospital in North Carolina, please continue to pray for his recovery. Pray also for our Sunday services.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dad is now in recovery

My dad came through the 4 hour surgery and is now in recovery. Thanks so much for your prayers. If all goes well he will be coming home from the hospital on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I'm in North Carolina

I'm here in Greenville, North Carolina tonight. My Dad will being having heart surgery tomorrow. Please pray for him

Darla is doing great and she is in Mexico and she is so grateful for all your prayers.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Please pray for my Dad

I will be going to NC tomorrow. Darla had a good report from the doctor today. She doing great so I am going to NC and I plan to return to Mexico on Sat.

X-ray of my dad's heart

Update on my Dad and Darla

The doctors are planing to do surgery on my dad's heart Wed. They are saying he has 95% blockage in two of his arteries .

Darla seems to be doing great! She goes back to the doctors this afternoon.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Please pray for Doug's Parents

My dad did have a heart attack and he is still in hospital in Greenville NC. Would you please pray for him.

Pray also for my mom in this difficult time.... She is planning to have back surgery Monday.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Please pray for my Dad.

My Dad, Taylor Millar, has been taken to the hospital with chest pains... He is in the emergency room at the hospital in Greenville NC now ... I don't know much at this time but he is in a lot of pain. Please pray!

Darla is doing great today, pain free Praise the Lord.

Things are getting back to normal whatever that is here.

Darla is still in the recovery mode, so that means I am up walking the dog at 5:20 am

We are continuing to build our new house it is small but they are doing everything by hand so it is moving a little slower than we had hoped. They are putting the windows in the house today.

Please pray for us and the church services tomorrow. We are moving into the holiday season so we should be having more and more visitors. Pray that God will renew the folks on the English side and continue the movement in the Spanish group.

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Thanksgiving Dinner at the church in Paamul

We had a big crowd and lot of food and much to be thankful for.

Please keep praying for Darla and please start praying for our weekend services.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

It's a Thanksgiving Day Miracle!

Darla is coming home from the hospital today…. She is still in some pain but the doctors feel she is well enough to go home and that is great news!

I know we use the term “miracle” a lot these days, but when you see so many people praying and then you see God’s hand at work in a way that even surprises the doctors.
All you can say to the skeptics is “I was blind but now I see”

The first Thanksgiving was a celebration of survival. It’s not about turkey or football although those things are good. This year we feel like the folks must have felt in 1621 on that Plymouth Plantation. By the grace of God we are here and we are thankful to God and to you.

I hope you can see the HAND of GOD in this healing…. And maybe God can use this experience of Darla in some way to help you celebrate this Thanksgiving Day.

Special thanks to all those who help us get out pray request out:

Please keep praying for our health and our work in Playa Del Carmen

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Good news on Darla

The doctor just came in and said everything is looking real good. He is saying she might get to go home tomorrow. Thanks for praying .... The Doctor hopes all the pain will be gone by tomorrow. That would be a great Thanksgiving miracle.....

Morning news

Darla seems to feel a little better this morning, she is still not eating much. Please continue to pray for her. I'm here with her at the hospital in Cancun. I have set up the skype phone here in the hospital room. So you can call 1-573 234 6265 this is a US phone that will ring in Darla's hospital room in Cancun. You can call from 9:00am to 8:00pm . Keep praying for Darla...

Pray for our church in Paamul they are having a big Thanksgiving dinner at the church tomorrow. Last year we feed about 150 people and Darla did most of the work. Pray that this event will go well. If you are in the area please come eat with us, it a potluck. We are also collecting can goods to feed the needy.

The house is still going up without me there to oversee so pray they don't make to many mistakes.

This morning photo taken from the back deck of our new house We will have an view of the Caribbean.

Glass block in the dinning room area of the new house

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Darla's latest MRI

The doctor says there are two blockages the one in the front is a little smaller now and to one at the back of the brain is about the same as it was Sat.

The doctor was positive but Darla is still in a lot of pain and we still need your prayers.

What did he say?

Now do you understand?

From the hospital in Cancun

Darla is now in a room and seems to be doing a little better. She will have another MRI today. Thanks for caring..

Monday, November 19, 2007

Darla is still in a lot of Pain but she is now out of the ICU

Darla is now out of the ICU but she is still in a lot of pain. The doctor says he plans to do another MRI tomorrow we should know a little more after this test. Thanks so much for your prayers. Keep praying we are not out of the woods yet.

Many are asking how can they help. We always need more financial support for the work down here but now the truth is unless God does something special I don't know how we are going to make it through this financially. We do have insurance and it will pay a lot of the cost but our bill so far is over $11,000 US . We have to pay up front so we my have a cash flow problem soon. We are trusting God and we are not to proud to boldly ask you to help. We believe in what we are doing down here and we need your help but we also want you to share in the blessing of being a part of changing lives.

If you feel God leading you to help you can send checks to:
Global Community Fellowship
1904 Red Bud Cir.
Greenville NC 27858

Please ask your church to pray about supporting the work down here of a monthly bases. We believe Darla is going to be back on her feet soon and there is a lot of work to do here if you are not already a supporter please pray about what God would have you do.

update on Darla

She had a good night.... She was able to eat a little for the first time... Doctor was hopeful that she could come out of ICU soon....

Please keep praying.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Rediscovering what really matters

Thanks so much for your prayers. Darla is still in ICU but she was feeling a little better today. I know our Lord is answering your prayers. Please keep praying.

In times like these I am relearning that it is all about relationships. The most important things aren't things. Last week I thought the color of our bathroom tile for our new house was an important matter. God has a way of getting us back on focus.

I have been overwhelmed today by the outpouring of love and support. My wife Darla is truly a peace maker. I guess I expected our church friends to express their love and support and they sure did in a big way but what I was not ready for was the large number of non church people that Darla has loved and influenced. Today this older lady came up to me on the street and she started hugging me and telling me how much she loved my wife. I guess she was a strong catholic because she started doing the sign of the cross and telling me she was praying her fiend Darla. If that was not enough the boss of our street guards told his men as he began to cry ,"I am not a Christain but I want you to pray for Darla, they are doing good things here "

Then I went to eat tonight at Fridays in Cancun. We have had the same waiter there for ten years. The waiter told me how much to cared about Darla and or family..... He is pictured here... He is not a believer yet but our family has influenced his life.

Darla is in ICU and they only let me visit 4 times a day each visit can be 15 minutes .

The visiting times are 8am, 11am ,4pm and 7pm . Today I was there at 8am and I talked to the doctor he said that every thing is going as he expected. Darla is still in some pain but the doctor said that is expected.

I worshiped with the English Church in Cancun this morning . Marco did a great job and the music is great. Today they are changing the name of the church . As they join the Community of Faith church in Houston.

Cancun Praise team

I went back to hospital for the 11am visit.

After that I drove back south to Paamul and I baptized three new believers. It was a great day in Paamul we has about 65 people in our Spanish service and the English service was a full house.

After that I drove back to hopital in Cancun for my 4 pm visit

I waited around for the 7pm visit.... She was more upbeat but there is still some pain.

Full day...

Thanks so much for your prayers

We are still going forward.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Please pray for Darla. The doctors in Cancun did a MRI today and they found a blood clot that was causing her headaches. She is now in ICU and the doctors are saying that she will be there at least 48 hours.

She was feeling a little better this afternoon but she really needs our prayers.

Please pray for Darla

Darla is sick with flu like symptoms. She has had a real bad headache for about 4 days now and she is not able to keep anything down. Darla never gets sick so the dog and I don't know what to think.

Pray also for Doug's mom, Billie Millar, they have moved the date of her back surgery to the 26th.

We are planing on having a block party for kid's in a middle class neighborhood in Playa tonight and we have a baptismal service planed for tomorrow after church. Please pray for these activities and our health. Thanks for praying Doug

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Missionary house construction continues

Missionary house construction continues in Paamul. Please pray as we try to finish this house. It is going a little slower now and in turn it's a little more costly. We have big dreams for the ministry here but we are going to need to build more support...

If God leads you to help you can send checks to our Stateside address:

Global Community Fellowship

1904 Red Bud Cir.

Greenville, NC 27858

Pray for Doug's mom in North Carolina - she will have back surgery

Pray for Darla she has a headaches and chills today

Pray for the house construction that we will have money to finish the project.

Pray that we will find land for our hotel training center project.

Monday, November 12, 2007

God is still changing lives!

We are seeing God doing great things through our weekend services in Paamul. We had three more people this week who gave their lives to Christ in our Spanish service. They are going to be baptized next Sunday. The English speakers also had a great time of worship Sunday. Please pray for this church in Paamul and these new believers.

Some prayer needs for the week:

1. Pray for the three who are planing to be baptized next Sunday.
2. One of our small groups is going to have an outreach movie for kid's in Playa next Sat.
3. My mother is having back surgery on Friday
4. We have our small groups meetings of Wed.
5. Ladies in English have a bible study on Tuesday
6. We are planning to have a Thanksgiving day outreach on the 22
7. I am going to continue to look for land for our camp/training center vision
8. Continue to pray for the the guys building our missionary house. Pray that the construction would speed up and that we would have to money to finish the project.
9. Pray for our kid's in the States Brandon and his wife Amy in Dallas ; Brittany is in school in Ark.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Need your prayers for the weekend services

I am doing the preaching this weekend both in Spanish and English. We still have a small church in Spanish about 30 people most Sundays. We are hoping to have another baptismal service this week as God is changing peoples lives.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Catch the wave!

I have always had a great desire to be part of a great movement of God, impacting lives through the power of God and in turn changing a culture for His Glory. Like the novice surfer who is looking for that one big wave. He has had a few pretty good wipe outs along the way but now he is tried of wasting time with the small stuff. He still has dreams of riding that perfect wave that will change his life forever. Now he sees a great wave building... He is asking, "is this the one?" , "Am I ready?" FEAR comes in as the wave continue to build. I don't know if I can take another wipe out... How does the surfer overcome his fears?

To push this surfing analogy a little further. When I see the "perfect wave" I was the one that would always yell at my buddy ,"this is your wave, take it!". Recently a friend of mine told me if God has given you a vision , Go FOR IT! Quit trying to pass your vision off on someone else.

I see a great wave building in the Mayan Rivera of Mexico and God has given me a vision..... Please pray that I will have the faith that will over come all fear and that I will Catch God's Wave.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Update on the house construction

We are now working on the inside of the house and things a moving a little slower. We hope to be in the house by Christmas...

I learned a few years ago after spending two weeks standing in line to get my licence plates, you have got to look for a ministry opportunity in everything you do in Mexico or you will sure waste a lot of time. With that said, this house project has been a great opportunity for ministry.... I practice my Spanish sermons on these guys everyday. That accomplishes two things, one it helps me with my Spanish and two it encourages the workers to finish our house faster.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Alaska team headed home

The team from Rabbit Creek Community did a great job. We need your prayers this weekend.

Doug will be preaching this weekend in the Spanish and English speaking services in Paamul.
We need your prayers.....

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pray for Doug's Mom

Please pray for my mother Billie Millar. Tomorrow is her 74th birthday she is still working everyday but she learned today that she is going to need back surgery.She will be in the hospital about a week if all goes well. It will take about 6 months or so to get over it.

If you get a chance and want to send her a greeting their email is tmillar@suddenlink.net

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Whatever it takes to reach the next generation!

Report on the house construction

Some of you have been asking about the house. Construction is going well. They are working on the inside now so things are moving a little slower than I'd like but it all looking good. We hope to be in the house by Christmas but it is Mexico so we need your prayers.....

Sunday, October 28, 2007

First Baptismal service on the Spanish side.

Today was a great day in the life of our new church in Paamul. We baptized 3 and we have many others who are planning to be baptized soon.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Ladies outreach breakfast

Darla and the ladies had a great turnout and a great time. They had about 35 ladies come to the church building in Paamul. Amy Martin was the guess speaker. The Alaska team helped us with the children.

Pray for our weekend services we are planing to baptize three or four new believers.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Block Party BIG Success!

We had a great turnout at the block party tonight.... We only handed out 75 invitations and we had over 200 people come out to the Block Party. It was billed as a great time to meet your neighbors. Everyone had a great time, many are saying they want to come and be part of this kind of church.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Volunteer team from Rabbit Creek A great day!

The team from Rabbit Creek painted a pastor's house in Playa this morning and this afternoon they handed out fliers to invite folks to a block party tomorrow night.

The bunnies grow large in Rabbit Creek, Alaska. The team is building a lot of excitement in a middle class neighborhood in Playa for tomorrow's block party. Pray for this event tomorrow night at 6:30pm our time. We are going to be serving tamales and playing games with the kids. We are promoting this as an event to meet your neighbors in the new middle class neighbor. We hope to have many of our church people there informally talking about our church and inviting them to visit. Pray Pray pray!