Don Sunshine Ministries has been privileged to touch tens of thousands of lives and see thousands come to faith in Jesus Christ through our teaching people how to share their faith in Christ every day...without fear, embarassment, or hesitation.

Jesus commanded His followers down through the ages to “Make disciples of all nations”.  So let me ask you a question, “How are you doing with that?”  If Jesus commanded us to make disciples and you are not sharing your faith and beginning the discipleship process, do you really believe that one day you’ll hear Him say, “Well done My good and faithful servant?”  As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to be His full time Ambassadors representing Him to the lost people in our lives. Yet for some reason most professing followers of Christ never share our faith in Christ with anyone!

The "Make a Difference” or "M.A.D. Live Event" can change that and help you to be obedient to this call on your life.  Don has taught over 500 times in 24 states and Canada. We have equipped over 30,000 people and have been blessed to see over 1,500 get saved at the Live Events. All praise, honor, and glory be to God!  For more information, please click on the “Speaking” tab above.

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Summary of How The Lord Used Us in 2018

2018 Ministry Summary - ALL PRAISE AND GLORY TO GOD!

Merry Christmas!!!

We are so blessed and privileged to serve the Lord vocationally, teaching people to share their faith in Christ and make disciples.  2018 was a wonderful year of ministry, made possible and supported by your prayers and financial support.  We are so grateful for your partnership!  We had Gospels of John with an off-road-themed cover printed.  They are in free counters displays in off-road vehicle dealerships, campground and off-road park offices and generals stores in 5 states. People are taking them and we replenish them regularly.  We had “Police Lives Matter” Gospel cards printed up as well, and I use them as I stop, share the Gospel and pray for police officers.  God has allowed me to share Christ with many people and pray for them one-on-one this year.  Besides sharing my faith and praying for people whom God connected me with, we did a lot of formal ministry.  

We completed 42 M.A.D. Live Events this year, equipping 2,781 people to begin sharing their faith in Christ every day as a lifestyle.  Our average attendance was 66 people per event in 2018. At these events, the evaluation forms indicate that 60 people made the decision to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ in repentance and faith.  All praise, honor, and glory be to God the Father!  Since we started, we have now completed 578 M.A.D. Live Events in 24 states and Canada, equipping 32,361 people and being a small part of 1,532 coming to a saving faith in Christ….WOW!  PRAISE GOD!!

I also completed 2 Walk thru the Bible Old Testament seminars, attended by 145 people. Here is a list of the other formal ministry that we did in 2018:

Spoke at 1 Iron Sharpens Iron Men Conference
Shared the Gospel in partnership with FCA at a local public middle school
Spoke at 2 Southern Baptist Association meetings
Spoke at church morning worship services 5 times
Shared the Gospel at our church’s Food Pantry 4 times
Spoke to a church group prior to them leaving on their overseas missions trip
Shared the Gospel at Daytona Bike Week, the Windrock Park Annual Race 2 Riches Hill Climb event

JANUARY - MARCH SCHEDULE

Jan 6 - MAD Live Event # 579 - Vernon Heights Baptist Church, Kingsport, TN
Jan 12 - MAD Live Event # 580 - First Assembly of God, Gastonia, NC - in partnership with “The Light”, Billy Graham’s NC Radio Station
Jan 13 - MAD Live Event # 581 - Calvary Baptist Church, Gastonia, NC
Jan 14 - MAD Live Event # 582 - Jefferson County Baptist Association, Jefferson City, TN
Jan 19 - MAD Live Event # 583 - Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN - in partnership with “The Light”, Billy Graham’s TN Radio Station
Jan 20 - MAD Live Event # 584 - Dublin Baptist Church, New Market, TN
Jan 27 - MAD Live Event # 585 - Villa Heights Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA
Feb 2 - MAD Live Event # 586 - Richfield Life Ministries Church, Richfield, PA
Feb 3 - MAD Live Event # 587 - Christ House EC Church, Ephrata, PA
Feb 17 - MAD Live Event # 588 – Mount Moriah Church, Magnolia, KY (PTL for our first event in KY)
Feb 23 - MAD Live Event # 589 - LifePoint Church, Greenville, SC
Mar 9 - MAD Live Event # 590 - Tomoka Christian Church, Ormond Beach, FL
Mar 10 - MAD Live Event # 591 - Hope Community Bible Church, Spring Hill, FL
Mar 11-15 - Share the Gospel at Daytona Bike Week
Mar 16 - MAD Live Event # 592 - Lighthouse Community Church, Dania Beach, FL
Mar 17 - MAD Live Event # 593 - Stuart Alliance Church, Stuart, FL
Mar 23 - Do 2 seminars at the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference, Hamburg, NY
Mar 30 - MAD Live Event # 594 - Mountain Grove Church, Granite Falls, NC
Mar 31 - MAD Live Event # 595 - Grace Gospel Church, Johnson City, TN

When we begin our 2019 teaching schedule, we will have gone 8 weeks with no MAD Live Events. That means no love offerings to fill the gap between our regular monthly support (64%) and what we need to meet budget. Your prayerful financial generosity would be a huge blessing to us during this slow time of year.

* * *2019 ULTIMATE ADVENTURE TRIP TO UTAH* * *

We have 10 people who have registered and paid deposits for our 2019 Adventure Trip to Utah and SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE!  The adventure will run from June 28th to July 7th.  No experience is necessary, and it will be the trip of a lifetime if you can come with us.  We’ll be riding side-by-side Polaris RZRs to an old gold mine, a gorgeous waterfall, and other places.  At night we may ride up to over 12,000 feet above sea level where we’ll find snow….and yes, snowball fights occasionally occur there.  We then do whitewater rafting in class 3 rapids, so there’s no danger of dying, but it is a lot of fun.  Then it’s on to Zion National Park to hike in the “Narrows”, the largest slot canyon in the world.  The hike is in the river with cliffs 1,800 feet high on each side.  We then go canyoneering (rappelling and down climbing in slot canyons - gravity does the work).  Bryce Canyon is the next stop with a mule ride into the canyon and back. That night we go to a rodeo and watch the 4th of July fireworks afterward.  We then head to Moab where we rent Jeeps and ride some of the best rock trails in the world.  Moab is known as the “Rock Climbing Capital of the World”.  There is a flyer and video on our website.

We need a $500 deposit per person ASAP.  The balance of the trip ($1,295) is due 45 days before the trip.  Anyone in high school or older may come, and middle school students may come if accompanied by a parent.  Couples and singles are also welcome!  Please contact me if you’re interested or have questions.

RV FINANCIAL REQUEST

GOD IS SO GOOD!  We thank those who have sent in funds to help pay off this debt.  What a blessing you are!  We have paid down about $15,000 so far, leaving us with a balance of about $25,000!  We would appreciate it if you would pray about helping us eliminate this debt.  We have 53 payments still to make and we would like to pay it off ASAP.  If you feel led to help us with this request, you may send us a check.  Maybe God will have you make one month’s payment for us, part of a payment, or pay it off!  Whatever He leads you to do, we’d be blessed and appreciate your help. Just put “For RV” in the memo portion of your check. Remember, all donations are tax deductible.  Thank you!

PRAYER REQUESTS

- SCHEDULE – this request is on my monthly report every month.  Hopefully, you understand that filling the calendar is a constant struggle.  We are now working to fill our 2019 calendar.  It’s discouraging to make so many calls and receive almost no callbacks from the pastors. PLEASE pray about this.  Our ministry really continues only by word of mouth.
- Please continue to pray for the Lord to bring us someone to teach our training in Spanish.
- For the funds to come in so we can make the payments OR pay off the new ministry coach.

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas with family and friends!  

Love in Christ,       

Cathy and Don 

How The Lord Used Us in November 2018

Hello Ministry Partners:

We completed 4 more MAD Live Events in November, and had one postponed due to the snowstorm that hit PA while we were there.  The storm stranded us in the RV for a day while the snow fell but we were able to make it safely home the next day after it had passed.  We praise God for allowing us to train 134 people this month and we were blessed to see God save 8 more souls for eternity in November!  I never tire of sharing that kind of good news!  6 of the decisions came from the American Christian School training that I did in Wharton, NJ.  As Jesus has called His followers down through the centuries to go and make disciples, that includes all of us.  When someone at any of our events makes a decision to surrender their life to Christ in repentance and faith, and commit to follow Him for the rest of their life, they need to be discipled.  I can’t do that, so I give the evaluation forms of those making decisions to the Pastor of the church so he can begin discipling them.  In the case of the school, I gave the forms of the students who got saved to the school leadership.  The school was going to contact the students’ Pastors to make them aware of the decisions so discipling can begin.  

I was also blessed to speak at the Jefferson County Baptist Association (TN) Pastors’ meeting and at a church fellowship dinner in Bath, PA this month.  We also held our annual board meeting in November.

We took the ministry RV on our most recent trip to PA and NJ.  We had 6 different events scheduled over several weekends, including our annual board meeting. Three separate trips to PA and NJ would have been required to do this, but with the blessing of having the RV to travel and stay in, we simply stayed in PA and NJ and eliminated 36 hours of driving!  What a blessing!

VIDEO BLOG IS HERE!

Several people have suggested I start a video BLOG (VLOG) to share the opportunities that God gives me to share my faith as I travel.  I have recorded a dozen or so of these so far.  They are posted on YouTube.  A little disclaimer….they are not very professional yet as I am just learning how to do the editing in iMovie, but they should improve over time.  A friend recommended I call the VLOG, “A Ray of Sunshine”.  Sounds like a catchy title!  Check out “Don Sunshine Ministries VLOG” on YouTube and please click on “Follow”.

JANUARY - MARCH SCHEDULE (We have no events scheduled in December)

Jan 12 - MAD Live Event # 580 - First Assembly of God, Gastonia, NC - in partnership with “The Light”, Billy Graham’s NC Radio Station
Jan 13 - MAD Live Event # 581 - Calvary Baptist Church, Gastonia, NC
Jan 14 - MAD Live Event # 582 - Jefferson County Baptist Association – exact location TBD
Jan 19 - MAD Live Event #583 – Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville, RN - in partnership with “The Light”, Billy Graham’s TN Radio Station
Jan 27 - MAD Live Event # 584 - Villa Heights Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA
Feb 3 - MAD Live Event # 585 - Christ House EC Church, Ephrata, PA
Feb 17 - MAD Live Event # 586 – Mount Moriah Church, Magnolia, KY (PTL for our first event in KY)
Feb 23 - MAD Live Event # 587 - LifePoint Church, Greenville, SC
Mar 9 - MAD Live Event # 588 - Tomoka Christian Church, Ormond Beach, FL
Mar 10 - MAD Live Event # 589 - Hope Community Bible Church, Spring Hill, FL
Mar 11-15 - Share the Gospel at Daytona Bike Week
Mar 16 - MAD Live Event # 590 - Lighthouse Community Church, Dania Beach, FL
Mar 17 - MAD Live Event # 591 - Stuart Alliance Church, Stuart, FL
Mar 30 - MAD Live Event # 592 - Mountain Grove Church, Granite Falls, NC
Mar 31 - MAD Live Event # 593 - Grace Gospel Church, Johnson City, TN

As you can see from the schedule, we have just started a period of 9 weeks with no MAD Live Events.  That means no love offerings to fill the gap between our regular monthly support (65%) and what we need to meet budget.  Your prayerful financial generosity would be a huge blessing to us during this slow time of year.

* * *2019 ULTIMATE ADVENTURE TRIP TO UTAH* * *

So far we have 10 people who have registered and paid deposits for our 2019 Adventure Trip to Utah and SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE!  The adventure will run from June 28th to July 7th.  No experience is necessary and it will be the trip of a lifetime if you can come with us.  We’ll be riding side-by-side Polaris RZRs to an old gold mine, a gorgeous waterfall, and other places.  At night we may ride up to over 12,000 feet above sea level where we’ll find snow….and yes, snowball fights occasionally occur there.  We then do whitewater rafting in class 3 rapids, so there’s no danger of dying, but it is a lot of fun.  Then it’s on to Zion National Park to hike in the “Narrows”, the largest slot canyon in the world.  The hike is in the river with cliffs 1,800 feet high on each side.  We then go canyoneering (rappelling and down climbing in slot canyons - gravity does the work).  Bryce Canyon is the next stop with a mule ride into the canyon and back. That night we go to a rodeo and watch the 4th of July fireworks afterward.  We then head to Moab where we rent Jeeps and ride some of the best rock trails in the world.  Moab is known as the “Rock Climbing Capital of the World”.  There is a flyer and video on our website.

We need a $500 deposit per person ASAP.  The balance of the trip ($1,295) is due 45 days before the trip.  Anyone in high school or older may come, and middle school students may come if accompanied by a parent.  Couples and singles are also welcome!  Please contact me if you’re interested or have questions.

RV FINANCIAL REQUEST

GOD IS SO GOOD!  We thank those who have sent in funds to help pay off this debt.  What a blessing you are!  We have paid down about $15,000 so far, leaving us with a balance of about $25,000!  We would appreciate it if you would pray about helping us eliminate this debt.  We have 60 payments to make and we would like to pay it off ASAP.  If you feel led to help us with this request, you may send us a check.  Maybe God will have you make one month’s payment for us, part of a payment, or pay it off!  Whatever He leads you to do, we’d be blessed and appreciate your help. Just put “For RV” in the memo portion of your check. Remember, all donations are tax deductible.  Thank you!

PRAYER REQUESTS

SCHEDULE – this request is on my monthly report every month.  Hopefully, you understand that filling the calendar is a constant struggle. We are now working to fill our 2019 calendar.  It’s discouraging to make so many calls and receive almost no callbacks from the pastors. PLEASE pray about this.  Our ministry really continues only by word of mouth.
Please continue to pray for the Lord to bring us someone to teach our training in Spanish.
For the funds to come in so we can make the payments OR pay off the new ministry coach.
I re-injured my knee. This time it appears to be the anterior cruciate ligament.  Prayers appreciated!

Love in Christ,   

Cathy and Don