Raymond Ramos jr

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OCTOBER 2017

MISSIONARY UPDATE


Dear family,
OUR MISSION
     Welcome to our very first monthly newsletter! The goal of this letter is to let you know what we’ve been up to, what God is doing through our ministry, what’s coming up, and how you can be a part of what God is doing here in NYC! Our mission is to bring the gospel to those struggling with addiction and to help them rebuild their lives on the firm foundation of Christ.
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Florida Missions Trip Just days after Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida Ray Jr, Pastor Ray and Greg C. loaded up their van with cases of water, tanks filled with gas, canned food, flashlights, and other needed supplies and drove down to Florida. Unsure of where they would be staying or exactly what they would be facing they relied on the Lord to provide as they served everyone that they could. They were able to pray with people, hand out supplies, help people rebuild, and preach the gospel.
 
"We met a young man who was attracted to us by the "grateful" sticker on our van. He was a christian who had strayed away from the faith. We got a chance to talk to him about God's grace and how our meeting wasn't a coincidence. We were able to pray with him and keep in contact with him. We opened a door for him in case he ever had a need to come to NYC." --Ray Jr.

Marriage Retreat What better way to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary than to go on our first marriage retreat? Big shout out to RHOW Staten Island for putting together such an awesome event. Ray and I are ministry-aholics. If there is work to be done or if someone needs help we can’t sleep at night knowing that the need wasn’t met. It was such a blessing to be able to get away for the weekend, focus on our marriage and spend time in prayer asking God what the next season of our life will look like. We learned that we will never be able to be the perfect spouse but only through prayer and God’s word will our marriage be able to not only survive, but thrive, in this broken world. 

Puerto Rico Mission Hurricane Maria demolished the beautiful island and with cell towers down communication was nearly impossible so many people were trapped in their homes with no food, water or medical treatment. There was a lot of misinformation going around about what was actually happening on the island. FEMA supplies were stuck at the docks so they were not being distributed. After numerous phone calls, hours waiting on hold, etc. we were forced to face the fact that no one was shipping supplies to PR. Pastor Ray was on the first available flight out to PR to see what was going on and how he could serve those affected. Back at home we and the rest of the team have been collecting supplies which will be sent out as soon as possible. We have been collecting donations because the most effective way to get supplies to people has been to go to the major stores on the island and purchase them. Stores like Walmart are often sold out of water and when they do restock people must wait in line for hours to purchase the two cases they are allowed. We have been able to give ice to an elderly man who needed it for his medicine, water to people who hadn’t drank in days, and gas to those desperately trying to drive across the island to check on their loved ones. God is moving in PR. People are blown away by the love they are being shown!! Many are tangibly feeling the love of God! Thank you to all that are partnering with us!

Homeless Outreach We have been putting our Grateful Bus to good use in the past couple of months!! We have partnered with Trinity Rescue to reach the NYC homeless with the gospel. Our mobile soup kitchen goes on two runs a month stopping at several different places in Manhattan. Addiction is a huge problem within the homeless community in NYC. We go out and bless people. We are able to give them a hot, home-cooked plate of food. They are able to “shop” from our rack of clean clothes—many people will wear this outfit until our next run! We are able to get them into detox. We have also started to provide basic wound care thanks to a dedicated volunteer, John W. During our last run we met a man who had been jumped and had wounds on his hands and feet that did not heal properly in over a month. The team was able to take off his old socks, rinse the open wounds with antiseptic, apply bacterial ointment and apply clean dressings, wrap the wound, and give him a clean pair of socks. We are able to provide food and clothing to over 200 people per month! 

Special shout out to Vinny N. and his faithful team who have not missed a single run since they started! Rain, snow, holidays, etc. they are on the streets being the hands and feet of Jesus! Thank you for allowing us to partner with you! If you’d like to volunteer or support these efforts, email vinnyn@me.com

PRAY WITH US
Puerto Rico Missions Trip With the relief center set up, Ray Jr and Pastor Ray will be going to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Through your generous donations they will be able to purchase and distribute supplies, help to rebuild homes, preach the gospel with words AND actions and see lives changed. Pray for protection and that many would come to know Christ.
 
Finances To be totally transparent, as young missionaries we really didn’t want to include an ask for finances in our first newsletter, but we are in need and God says that we must ask. Living on one income in NYC is proving to be difficult but we are answering the call of God on our lives and know that He will provide. Our hope is to raise a salary for Ray. Our current goal is $2,000 monthly. Please pray for finances to become available, for doors to open, and for financial supporters. If God leads, become a monthly supporter!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS/REMINDERS
A Night for Puerto Rico! (Thurs 10/26, 6pm, 360 Schermerhorn St Brooklyn) Come hear what we will be doing in Puerto Rico for the next year! Join us in prayer. Learn how you can be a part of what God is doing.

RHOW Men’s Retreat (Fri 10/27-Sun 10/29, Deerpark NY) For over 15 years RHOW has been going to Camp Deerpark and God has always met us on the mountain! Join us for a powerful weekend where we will be learning about “Raising the Standards.” Tickets are available here.

A Night To Be Thankful--Pasta Dinner (Fri 11/17, 7pm, 2001 Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn) Our Trinity Rescue family will be sponsoring a pasta dinner with raffles and baskets. All proceeds go directly to the monthly expenses of the Homeless Outreach. Suggested donation of $20pp. 
 

WHAT WE’RE LEARNING/READING
“The Accidental Pharisee” by Larry Osborne
“Zealous faith can have a dangerous, dark side. While recent calls for radical Christians have challenged many to be more passionate about their faith, the down side can be a budding arrogance and self-righteousness that “accidentally” sneaks into our outlook.” “..it's the kind of book that talks about blind spots and perspectives. The main goal is to look at your own heart with self-examination, leaving you with a compelling feeling to cry aloud, "Is it me, Lord?"

Grateful,
Ray and Meghan Ramos

Set A Fire

What a rollercoaster the past two months have been. Two week after our last post Ray's brother, Ryan, went home to be with the Lord. Two months later and I still can't believe those words as I type them. To say that this loss has been devastating would be an understatement. Ryan was truly one of a kind and the world was a better place with him in it. We continue to appreciate all the love, support and prayers that our family has received during this time.

As Ray so eloquently said at Ryan's funeral, "This is fuel for the fire." Since Ryan's passing, the 3Sixty house has been opened which is Phase 2 of the Faith Based Rehab program. We've cleaned, painted and renovated this home which can house two dozen men at full capacity! We are also working diligently to purchase a home which will be named "RYAN'S HOUSE" to carry on Ryan's legacy of helping others.

Mobile Soup Kitchen

We are very excited to be partnering with Trinity Rescue's Homeless Outreach to provide clothes and food to the homeless through the mobile soup kitchen! They have been faithfully serving the homeless by doing bi-weekly runs during which they bring food and clothes directly to people on the street. They have never missed a run!! Rain, snow, holidays, etc! If you'd like to volunteer with the mobile soup kitchen, email us at RHOWRehab@gmail.com!

Pray: The devil has been hitting us left and right this year. We are standing firm and not wavering. But this has been a very tough season for us. Please continue to keep the Ramos family and the Recovery House of Worship in your prayers.

Missions Trip to Portales, New Mexico and Men's Breakfast 2017

RHOW Men's Breakfast

Ray was given the opportunity to share his testimony at the 1st Annual RHOW Men's Breakfast. He shared about how he was going down a dark road and God grabbed ahold of his life.

 

 

Missions Trip to Portales, New Mexico

What an incredible experience!! Ray spent a week in Portales, New Mexico serving at a Youth Conference. He taught the youth about evangelism and boldly sharing their faith. Many recommitted their lives to Christ. He also got the chance to serve alongside his father on their first missions trip together. It was a powerful experience.

September: Back to School

Session 1: Gospel Theology

Ray and I began our Redeemer City to City Apprentice class where we studied Gospel Theology. Interesting discussion about what exactly the gospel is. We know that the gospel changes everything-- but practically speaking, what changes? What difference does the gospel make in your life? What is its relevance in your workplace?

David Kim said "Work should be an expression of your identity, not the source of it." He talked about how God designed work to be a good thing. So many of us compartmentalize our lives and leave the gospel out of our workplace. Work should be an expression of who you are, not the source of your identity.

Men's Retreat!

Pastor Ray, Ray Jr and I have been working tirelessly to put together a powerful weekend in December! We have a line-up of dynamic speakers that will be talking about what it means to be a man of God. Spread the word to ALL of the men in your life! The world needs more men who say YES to God and NO to self. Separate yourself from the distractions of life and hear what God would say to you this weekend. For more info: Click Here.

 

Recovery House of Worship Bronx

Our Bronx church plant if flourishing!! In September we relaunched our Women's ministry (which was on a summer hiatus) and LAUNCHED OUR MEN'S MINISTRY!! Both the men and the women meet at 3:30pm on Sundays (before our 5pm service). God has raised up local volunteers for our Worship, Follow-up, Usher's, Children's, Hospitality, and Small group ministries!! These volunteers are Bronx residents who call RHOW Bronx their home! This is such a win for us as a church plant. Keep praying for RHOW Bronx. Beautiful things are happening there.

Also, we are going FACEBOOK LIVE every Sunday at 5pm!
Please "like" our RHOW Bronx Facebook page for access!

 

On a More Personal Note...

On September 27th Ray and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary! Ray and I are completely overwhelmed by all of the love and well wishes that we received! We are so grateful for our support system and family! Although we have both been very busy didn't have much time to "celebrate" I'm grateful to be in a relationship where we celebrate our love everyday.
That night, I put on my veil, we danced to our wedding song and looked through our wedding albums. It's the little things like that that mean so much to me. I love you, Raymond. I am honored to call you my husband. Here's to many, many more adventures together!

"Mrs. Ramos! Mrs. Ramos!"

September means back-to-school for this 5th grade teacher! One year ago I came back from my honeymoon and two days later interviewed for a teaching position at this school. Never in a million years did I think I would be teaching, especially not at this school, but I went on the interview just for the interview experience. As soon as I walked in I sensed that this is where God wants me. I said yes not knowing why I was there. Over the past year it has been made more and more clear that this is where I'm supposed to be right now. This season of my life has stretched me, pushed me to my limits, and molded me a little more into the woman God has called me to be.

Graduating from college with a Master's degree in Microbiology, I had hoped that God would lead me to a nice, comfortable, high paying job, where I could put my expensive degree to use...God had other plans. People ask me all the time what I am doing teaching at this school instead of looking for a job in my field. The only answer that I have is God didn't lead me there. He led me here.

Last month I began my 2nd year teaching at this school. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I am a perfectionist and someone who needs to be in control. This year I am praying that I become more reliant on Christ and less on my abilities. I am learning the beauty of resting, saying "no", and putting up boundaries to prevent myself from burning out. Please keep these things in prayer this year.

Young Church-Planters Unite!

For the next 9 months Ray and I will be a part of a program that trains young leaders to be fluent in the gospel, identify their calling and solidfy their burden for the city. This program trains young leaders to plant churches to further the gospel. Very excited for what lies ahead.

Answering the Call

For the past year or so Ray and I have both discerned God's call for Ray to do full time ministry. Ray spent the first half of this year working as a mental health aid at a detox in Manhattan, in addition to ministry. In an attempt to juggle both full time work and full time ministry, we realized that this was not God's will for us. So as of June, we have answered the call and Ray left his job to pursue the call of God on his life. As a newlywed, recent college grad, and someone just starting out in the real world, it's a scary thought to give up half of our income. It also doesn't help that most of our friends are moving into nice, new apartments and getting promotions at their jobs. There are days when we look at our peers around us and ask "what are we doing?"

The day after we got married, Ray and I moved into the church at RHOW Brooklyn to work closely with the men in the Discipleship Home. Our time here has been a humbling experience, but has allowed us the unique opportunity to work with the men up close. Here at the Discipleship Home we are truly a family. We are able to celebrate birthdays and clean time together, fellowship together, whether that's through a bible study or a late night game of spades, have "family dinners" where we can just hang out and enjoy each others company. The men who stay in the Discipleship Home can tell you, you really get adopted into the family here. Even when your time here is done, you are still a part of our network and our family. I think that's what makes this program so unique. You are not a name on a list, or a body filling bed, you are a person-- and that's what Jesus cared most about--PEOPLE. We take our job very seriously here, because Jesus entrusted us to care for his people and that's something we do to the best of our ability.

As much as it hurts to not have our own place, and to have a limited income coming in, those feelings are nothing compared to the look on a child's face when they get their daddy back after years of addiction.

PRAY FOR...

-The men. Some pretty incredible things are happening. Pray that God would grab ahold of their hearts and they would never look back.
-A building. Our time here at RHOW Brooklyn is temporary. We are looking to move to another location.
-Finances. Pray that we would be good stewards of what God has given us. Pray that people would partner with us in ministry to impact the lives of these men and to support us while we do the same.
-Empire Clean-Up. The garbage removal/moving company that we've recently started to bring in income in a less-hands-on type of way. Reach out if you or someone you know is in need of our services.

West Coast Things

For most of July, Ray and I were blessed to be able to spend some time on the West Coast focusing on our #1 ministry--our marriage! We had such a good time relaxing, connecting with each other and having some down time to dream and talk about what we hope to accomplish in the coming months. We are so grateful for our West Coast family for hosting us during our time out there.

Almost 10 years ago my mom sent me to a Victory Outreach G.A.N.G Retreat where I heard the gospel for the first time and the seed was planted. God was calling me to trust him but I wasn't ready. During this trip, I had the opportunity to attend the VO G.A.N.G (Gods Anointed Now Generation) Convention I was overwhelmed with gratitude when I looked back on the past decade and how faithful God has been. God has given me a vision, a passion, a burden, a calling for my city, for addicts and for this generation. I am so excited to see what the next decade holds. Here I am, Lord, send me!

During our time out there we also got to attend the Recovery House of Worship Southern California Church and weekly bible study. Keep this church in your prayers as they continue to grow. Pray that God would send committed leaders who are sold out for the Lord.

This song was on repeat during our trip. One of the highlights of the trip for me was waking up early in the mornings and spending time with the Lord on the swing on the balcony of the home we were staying in. This song ministered to me. The Lord is faithful and can be trusted to lead me.

The Month of June

RHOW Bronx

   When Ray and I first got married we were so excited to get involved in ministry together as husband and wife! We had made a 6 month commitment to serve in whatever way we could as part of the launch team for our RHOW Bronx church. On January 3rd, RHOW Bronx had their first weekly service and since then we have consistently seen souls being saved. Over a dozen people are currently in our Membership Class which ends with membership and baptism (picture below). Bronx residents are getting involved in ministry. God is on the move in the Bronx. Getting to watch a church grow from conception has been such a joy and this past 6 months have really solidified God's calling on Ray and I's lives. We want to continue to be a part of Church Planting and reaching addicts for Christ. With that being said, we've signed up for another 6 month commitment in the Bronx!

 

City to City Apprenticeship Program

   I am SUPER excited to announce that Ray and I have been accepted into an apprenticeship program for young leaders with a heart for church planting! This program offers a great opportunity to grow as leaders as well as network with other Pastors and young leaders with a heart to reach this city for Christ! 

"Through the Apprentice Program, we come alongside pastors to help them develop young men and women within their congregations who show leadership potential... Some of the topics addressed include gospel theology & renewal, identifying calling, and cultural engagement. Other program elements include church site visits, a ministry assignment within the home church, and pastoral coaching sessions." -- Redeemer City to City

Men's Home Update

June was a great month for the Men's home! We saw many men involved in ministry. With the nicer weather coming we also have had many opportunities to fellowship (see pictures below). We had a night out at Brooklyn Bridge Park, saw fireworks in Coney Island and went to MVMNT's Night of Worship. Opportunities like this are such a huge part of what makes this program successful. Being a part of the men's home here, you are not just a name on a list, you become part of our family. Through fellowship, we are able to do life together and build friendships and a network that will last far beyond their time living in the home.

 

Upcoming Events

4th of July BBQ hosted by RHOW Bronx

4th of July BBQ hosted by RHOW Bronx

Victory Outreach "God's Anointed Now Generation" Young Adults Conference

Victory Outreach "God's Anointed Now Generation" Young Adults Conference

 

Please pray for...

  • Ray and I will be going to California July 13th-August 4th. While there we will be attending the G.A.N.G Conference, helping RHOW SoCal, and scoping out a ministry opportunity. Please pray that this time is fruitful and also recharging.
  • RHOW Bronx's 4th of July picnic. Pray that this fellowship opportunity is a success and that RHOW Bronx sees grown in numbers, depth and most importantly souls saved.

 

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