Serving With Time

My name is Carmin Polanco, I am a single mother of six.  

I would like to share a little about my life and how God has impacted me through TIME Ministries. 

I became a Christian in the beginning of 2009.  I am very grateful to my oldest daughter, for at the time she was 13 and she invited me to Iglesia Bautista Quisqueyana.   This is where I gave my life to Christ, and sometime after that we had the blessing of baptized together. 

In the same year (Nov.2009), God gave me the opportunity to join this ministry working in the cleaning area.  This is where in working with love, through my brother in Christ Noe, and his wife Anyoly. I had the opportunity to meet and share with wonderful people. In the summer 2010 I served with my kids in the ministry and I loved the experience. In 2011, three of my kids had the opportunity of building a chapel in Constanza, RD. I’ve been collaborating for seven years with the conference “Mujer Practica tu Fe”. 

Today God has placed me as a Hospitality Coordinator, position that has allowed me to work in the ministry and take care of the food.

What’s the kitchen like?

It’s a very important area of the ministry, formed by a group of ladies who give the best of themselves, always in a good mood and wish to obtain the best results on time to serve the food.  They also take great consideration for organization and the hygiene, taking care of our group’s health and our own.

How do I feel at TIME?

Throughout my years in TIME, I’ve had experienced many lessons that had workout for good, helping me to be a better person and taking away any pride.  The Lord has blessed me greatly, hoping that the time God has for me here I can keep being of great blessing for Him and others, with the talent and gifts he has giving me. 

Thank you, God.



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Serving God 24/7

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Being a summer intern was one the most gratifying experiences of my life… And exhausting. Working on a 24/7 schedule is sometimes tiring. I found myself many times not wanting to even wake up, or not wanting to join the groups and the rest of the interns for devotionals cause really all I wanted to do was sleep and rest. Yes… I know… but looking backwards I thank God, He gave me people around to wake me up! This was such a battle for me, the fact that I aim to do so many things for God and at the same time I would usually think “I can do it tomorrow, there’s time!” But is there? 

One of the verses that really impacted me during the summer is: 

2 Corinthians 9:16 “For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”

 This verse has the Apostle Paul referring to his overwhelming call of God to preach the gospel. He is so compelled to preach that he feels a woe or judgment of God would be upon Him. He doesn’t just desire to be a missionary; he was called directly by Jesus to be one. He had no other choice much like Jonah, but the difference was Paul ran toward his calling while Jonah ran away.

But, how am I going to respond to HIS call? How am I going to make this work?… I’m no Paul, nor I had that AMAZING call by Jesus. However, I do want to BE there like the Lord wants me to be. I want to be ready as He commands me to be (Luke 12:40 (NIV) “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”).

So, do I know exactly how Gods going to use me or any of us… NO! But what I do know is that we have this great beautiful book, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit to lead us, teach us, and guide us through this journey following His purpose in our lives.

So, what is there to be afraid of?

Carol Perez.

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50th Anniversary of Time Ministries

It was in 1968 during Christmas vacation that Zeral and I received a letter from a youth leader in a Church in Houston, Texas. We had become acquainted with this young man sometime before this and had told him about our ministry in Mexico and formerly in the Dominican Republic and in Cuba.  In his letter he asks us if we would be willing to take his youth group into Mexico for a mission’s experience.  

Although we had been working in Mexico for a year or so we did not have facilities available to us to house a group of young people.  However, this did not deter Zeral and he immediately accepted the challenge.  We had become acquainted with a Mexican family in the small village called Pueblo Nuevo.  We had been visiting this village frequently and often arrived with bread and peanut butter to give out to the groups of people that always assembled  as we presented the Gospel to them.  

The head of this family was a man named Manuel Davila and was one of the officials of this village.  This man possessed a lot next door to him and offered the use of this lot to us.  On this lot was a mud brick building with a palm-thatched roof and a hand dug well out front. Upon receiving this letter Zeral hurried down to Mexico to talk with Manuel and find helpers to dig a hole that could be used as a latrine. Finding some lumber he quickly built a wooden building with a two holed bench, roof and doors.  It then occurred to him that we had to have showers.  The summers in the Village area are very hot and dusty, they would have to have a way to shower.  In the corner of this lot he discovered a pile of left-over mud bricks and built a stall with a divider in the middle to make space for boys and girls.  With no roof and only blankets to use as doors we had showers with running water!.  You see we had to run to the well, lower the bucket, draw up the water and then run to the showers, thus: running water!

Out of this very small beginning we have continued to grow until now we have ministry in the Dominican Republic and in Mexico with plans to extend the work into Haiti and possibly Cuba.

We would like to invite you to celebrate with us by spending some very special times in prayer for Time Ministries.  In I John 5:14,15 we read this verse:  “And this is the confidence we have in approaching God; if we ask anything according to God’s will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us then we know that whatever we ask we will receive.”

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