Isaiah's Response 6:8 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves people all over the world while bringing the good news of Jesus Christ.
We have connections in many countries and help meet various needs in as many as we can possibly facilitate.
“Here am I, Send Me!” (Isaiah 6:8)
Remembering Fred Dallas
Whom shall I send? Who will go for me? Just like Isaiah, Fred Dallas answered that question with a passion.
“Me, Lord. Send me!!!”
Fred’s love for his Lord, his appreciation for God’s grace and his enthusiasm for sharing the Good News with people all around the world left a lasting impression on everyone he met.
His hearts desire was to help others see the world through God’s eyes. IR68 was created for that purpose. Over a thousand men and women have traveled to 20 countries on 5 continents to bring the love of Jesus Christ to a world that desperately needs Him.
It was Fred’s fervent desire that this work continue. I promised him that it would.
We will continue to GO.
Will you join us?
Ken Bridges, Valerie Ross Bridges, Ron & Lisa Ogea Davis
IR6:8 Featured on ABC 13, May 2018
ABC 13 Eyewitness News is spotlighting Ken Bridges' most recent visit to Ecuador, showing the work God is doing through IR6:8.
May 4, 6am, 4pm & 10pm
Ecuador, April 2018
From one continent to the next, we are following the promptings of the Holy Spirit to simply GO and serve. (And learn.)
We try and make a difference for hundreds of children who have never even had a bath. After washing their feet we will give them their first pair new socks and boots. We will feed them, and give them backpacks with toiletries and school supplies. We brought quilts for the newborns and clothing for the elderly. We are also building and repairing homes.
More important than all of the above, we are going to share the love of God with them. I know we will be blessed beyond words as God blesses them through our efforts of obedience to His commands. Please pray for us as He leads us to be his hands and feet.
Dominican Republic, April 2018
I want to thank IR 6:8 for funding part of my trip to the DR. It was honestly one of the top weeks of my young life. I discovered a part of God that I never truly understood beforehand. That part is how God is love. I always knew that God loved us as His children but I never truly understood how God embodies love. I learned this through my different experiences with the children and on my day of outreach in the community spreading God’s word.
I was able to for the first time help bring a woman to Christ which was a life-changing experience. I discovered how truly blessed I am to live in America and how large of an opportunity I have to spread God’s word here with all of the technology and resources at my fingertips.
Another thing that I learned in the DR was how God controls the hearts of men. Normally I am a very closed off and quiet person but throughout the trip I felt an openness that I had never touched here with most of my friends and family that I was experiencing with a group of strangers on a daily basis. I am so thankful for that trip and it will drive me forward as I prepare to go to Houston Baptist University in hopes of one day becoming a pastor. Thank you again!
Rwanda, March 2018
I listened intently with my heart. I heard the stories firsthand, from actual survivors who have lost some, or all, of their family members. The pictures, videos, memorials, depicting the Genocide are everywhere, and even still, it’s difficult to grasp the extent of the savage grotesque execution style murders that took place. (Over one million innocent lives!)
I then embraced several of the men who committed some of the killings, and listened to their stories. After hearing how broken they were, I realized these men were mere empty shells, overwhelmed by how the devil had owned them, and driven them to do his bidding.
Good Friday I was asked to speak before a large group of 75 “street kids”, I froze up!😳. I was numb.
To be honest, I looked at their faces and only wanted to cry. Having experienced several days of anger and disgust in the human race, I wasn’t sure I was the right person to deliver a message of comfort.
Then I heard my wife’s voice, reminding me to simply have faith, and trust God, He would deliver.
I had basically introduced myself, and then promptly began to sink. It was at that very moment, God reached down, picked me up, and filled my heart with a message. A message that would deliver unconditional love to HIS children, (and me) All I had to do, was let go, and allow God to use my voice. He reached out to His children, (and me) and touched their/our life!! I know this to be truth, because I was there, and I had a front row seat!!!!
I would like to submit to you supporting evidence of what took place. I saw lives being transformed right before my eyes!!! These pictures are living proof that God is alive and well, as they capture the pure joy being restored in these children’s lives.
Guatemala, February 2018
I know the look, the feel and the sound of love. The visit to the HOME (orphanage) in Guatemala was an awesome, wonderful, eye opening experience that took my heart to a new level. Sheryl, the wonderful American lady that is the “Mama Sheryl” to these children has given them so much love and a safe, beautiful environment for 22 years! ❤️ But it takes a village. Ken and his family have been devoted to this HOME for years. This HOME has thrived because of the commitment of Sheryl to be a fierce advocate for them but also the super support from loving, caring individuals that just want to help, support or give love to these beautiful children.
Homes need hands to help. Children need arms to nestle into. Needs are always needing to be met. (DIAPERS!!!). If you feel any tugging on your heart strings, I know just the little smiles to make you feel better. They are a plane ride away.
(All these little beauties are thriving.. but they ALL have stories that brought them here to the orphanage. Being sold by their parents, abandoned in dumps, under bridges, bus stops, under age mothers. But they are loved here and will be cared for until they find their Forever Family.)
Ecuador, October 2017
I love it when God presents the opportunity to meet a physical need and a spiritual need at the same time, something He did for a few of us recently in Ecuador. Criss Jami shares this thought, “Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.” It was Jesus who said in Matthew 25:40, "‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"
Roatan, August 2017
A group of 10 of us just returned from a mission "adventure" with IR6:8 to Roatan, Honduras. I believe we all felt the Lord's presence leading and guiding our little group as we made our way to various schools from one end of the island to the other carrying clothing, shoes and food to be given. The little we bring feels so small but the Lord continually reminds me that love and validation are not things that can be packaged and bought. To give a smile, a hug and to demonstrate the love of God are the lasting gifts.
My other favorite aspect of our trips are the devotionals that are given twice daily throughout the week by team members. These times help to bond the team and remind us that we all come from different life experiences, hurts, joys and pains yet we all found ourselves at the foot of the cross looking for a Savior. Some of us crawled there, some ran, some stumbled upon it and some found it right where they were...stuck in the muck and mire. That's what I love about the God, the Shepherd, we serve....He is never hesitant to leave the 99 to bring back the 1!
Thank you IR6:8 and the awesome ministries you partner with, Clothing God's Children and Roatan Fisher's of Men, for the privilege of serving with you. - Jamie Lucks
Nicaragua, July 2017
IR6:8 in partnership with Sojourn Montrose sent a team of 8 covenant members to León, Nicaragua with the organization Living Water International with the purpose of drilling a clean water well. The trip was incredibly enriching on a personal level for the team, but more than that, the Gospel was proclaimed in word and deed to the community as we labored in the name of Jesus for water that comes in and through his name.
The Sojourn Drilling Team encountered challenges from illness to volcanic rock. We were forced to abandon a well in one community and were moved to a new community to drill an entirely different well, an experience that challenged us to trust in what God had us there to accomplish. Payton Simpson, speaking of the experience, said, “we had to be content with just taking part in projects that will be finished, hopefully, at a later date. This took on a greater meaning for me as I reflected on how big God is, and that his plans are certainly far grander and more elaborate than I can fathom. Consequently, when it comes to kingdom building of any kind, I have to be okay with playing the role he assigns, even if it means not seeing much fruit in my labor or getting to put my name on a plaque when the work is done.“
The Hygiene Team labored to teach the community clean and safe practices to avoid and recover from illness when it arises. The team linked their teaching to the gospel of Jesus, and how he cleans and purifies us through the gospel. Jordan Griebner, who works for Living Water here in Houston and has been on numerous Living Water trips, was again reminded of God’s faithfulness: “On a trip, it’s easy for me to see evidence of God’s faithfulness when water first comes out of the finished well. Even though we weren’t able to see that happen this week, God reminded me that He is still faithful. I may have a certain idea of how things should go, but I have to trust that the Lord’s plans are better than mine, and he will use us in the way that He wants for His glory.”
As the Drilling Team moved to our second community after being unable to continuing drilling at the first, it was evident why God brought us there. “I learned to be patient. I wanted so badly to stay at the first community, but after seeing the second one realizing they needed it so much more.” reflects Craig Räisänen. In this second community, it became apparent that they were in dire need of fresh water, the arrival and work of the Drilling Team sped up that process.
Back in the states, our team has a new perspective of the world, ourselves and the way God works all things for good. Markham Stayton reflects, “This trip was a very refreshing experience for me. It was a blessing to see God work in us as we helped others and got to experience the universal language of smiling and laughing with other people that speak a different language than us. To see both the community and our team, both of which are God's people, working in unison together was humbling and rewarding…praise God that He is in control and that it's Him we put our faith in.”
Sojourn Montrose was proud to partner with Living Water. In the next few months, we plan to pray and seek what the Lord has for our international partnerships. Please consider joining us on our next trip to serve the nations in the Name of Jesus!
Pastor of Operations and Administration