Building partnerships and sharing Christ with the people and churches of Puerto Rico
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A little about us

Howard and Connie have been leading mission trips around the world for the past 15 years. They have a passion and the experience to coordinate your mission trip to Puerto Rico. As a former Missions Pastor at Bear Valley Church in Lakewood, CO for 14 years, Howard gained so much knowledge about how to put an effective team together, and match it with the right ministry project!

Just talk to them for about 20 minutes and you will hear their excitement about a potential trip for you and your group. Their skills range from budgeting and logistics to hospitality and creativity.

They wil design and coordinate a missions trip tailored to your needs and goals for your mission team members. Come for a week, 10 days or two weeks. You choose your area of ministry.

Do you want to teach, preach, hold an evangelistic outreach, work in schools, senior centers, do light construction, painting, sports or music ministry? Or some of each area? You decide. We do the rest. We provide you with a complete ground package that includes your housing, transportation, food and ministry costs.

Our mission

Our mission is to share Christ while building partnerships with the people and churches of Puerto Rico. We believe we should engage, equip, and encourage local pastors to grow their churches and plant new ones. Our experience tells us that if we can connect a local church with a U.S. church, that partnership will thrive. And living in Puerto Rico gives us a great advantage of knowing the local pastors and church leaders, and their specific needs.

The territory's churches represent your fellow Americans. They are as American as each of you, and today they are going through the worst financial conditions in the history of Puerto Rico. The government has cut most social programs and now the churches need to step forward in a dynamic manner. However, most of the churches in Puerto Rico are small, and their pastors are bi-vocational and ill-equipped to do this job. They are asking for help, for education, for teams to come and teach and preach. They need encouragement.

Projects In Vieques:

Reverse Mission Trip

During my tenure as a Missions Pastor, I took over 100 teams to all parts of the world. What a privilege is what to travel with men, women and youth to provide ministry in locations that loved for us to come! Those to which we ministered often spoke of coming to visit us.

Now, for the first time in my career, I am excited to bring a team from the small island of Vieques, where we live, to the U.S. There will be 14 of us. Along with Connie and me, we will have the Director of the local high school, and 11 students - juniors and seniors. The kids will feed the homeless, attend the U.S. kids in their high school for a day, learn about funding for college, visit NASA space center, and attend FBC services and youth groups. No doubt this will change some lives.

They have held fundraisers to get the airfare funds, and other travel expenses. VPR is assisting with travel. FBC Montgomery, AL is hosting this team by providing housing in their students' homes, some meals, and ground transportation. The team will be in Montgomery, AL for a week beginning on April 5. We still need some assistance for transportation, food and ground transportation in Puerto Rico. Mark you check for High School Mission Trip.

Projects In Puerto Rico:

Puerto Rico Camp Program

Combining efforts with churches in Puerto Rico, VPR will start to assist with improvements to a former seminary property in the San Juan area. With one team already committed, and others considering coming, we will be able to turn the property into a first rate camping experience for youth and adults. The property houses over 60 in a dormitory setting, along with a commercial kitchen, large covered outside eating area, and a large swimming pool. This is a very reasonably priced accommodation. Look for more information in the months ahead as we move forward with this project.

Mission Trips

What does a mission trip look like?

You may be interested in music ministry, building or renovating a church, senior adult ministry, children's ministry, teen ministry, sports camps or a combination.

Go to our project book on this web site to discover some of our exciting ministry opportunities. These projects can be combined, done as a singular group or other items added beyond those covered. When you partner to do a mission trip with Vision Puerto Rico, you spend your entire time doing ministry. We arrange for all food preparation, housing, ground transportation and ministry projects. You will be amazed at the amount of ministry you can accomplish. And we always want the team to take at least one cultural day to enjoy learning about the beauty of our islands.

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What people are saying

Howard and Connie Waller know how to make a trip work! They can help you develop a relationship, projects, and details with potential partnership churches.
Dr. Bob Ryan, Former Team Leader, Mile High Baptist Assn, Denver
After working with Howard and Connie, I knew about their real interest in helping others. They are both amazing and are doing a good job with the students of Vieques high school. May God bless them.
Carmen Delerme, Director, Vieques High School
Howard and Connie have hearts the size of the mainland. They seem to know partners everywhere and have that knack for recruiting and empowering people to go and to serve.
Jim Walters, Retired Senior Pastor, Bear Valley Church, Lakewood, CO
People are still talking about the number of people who came to Christ last summer at the outreach Howard and Connie planned!
Dr. Daniel Juarbe, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Baptist Association
If you want to know how angels work, ask me about Rev. Howard and Connie Waller. They have taught us how to expand our evangelism with outreaches to our island people.
Pastor Hector Cruz, Pastor Emeritus Iglesia Bautista Saron, Vieques, PR
Our mission partners Howard and Connie Waller have been doing ministry and missions (around the world) for over 20 years.
Chip Colee, Worship Pastor, First Baptist Montgomery (Alabama)

FUNDraiser

How blessed we were with the Christmas FUNDraiser. The attendance was great and the program was the best Christmas treat for the season. We were pleased with the contributions we received, and for all of those who helped the ministry, our heartfelt thanks goes out to you. If you missed this great evening, we want you to know now is the perfect time to assist the ministry. Our projects and basic support are underfunded at this time, so a response from you is such a blessing.

Watch your VPR newsletter (emailed to you each month), and this page, for our summer Fundraiser that will provide much needed support to carry out the huge programs of which God has called us to be a part. Perhaps your group at church or work would like to take on one of the many projects. Simply text or email and we will send you a current list with approximate costs.

Project Book

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PROJECT Church Plant (I)

A new church plant, located in the Carolina suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is looking for teams to come and minister in their community. Their congregation is led by a young pastor. His family lives in that area, and the church has many families, young adults and seniors. The church has its own building and available outside space for ministry projects. Close to this church is a recreation building which has large courts for sports activities. Listed below are potential ministry projects which can be combined or extended for up to a week or 10 days of ministry.

Vacation Bible School
Sports Camps
Block Parties
Light construction work on building and property
Music Programs
Youth Ministry
Family Ministry

Choose one or more to fit your teams interests and skills.

For more information, text or email us. Look for our Contact Page.

PROJECT MILITARY FAMILIES (II)

Working with a local Puerto Rican Army Chaplain, minister to the service members and their families. Military personnel, including Army and Coast Guard are located on the mainland of Puerto Rico. Some of the ministry would take place in the local church, camp, military facility or park area. Listed below are possible ministry opportunities:

Retreat for husbands and wives
Camp for children of military families
Babysitting, allowing husband and wife a day or evening out
Assisting families with minor upkeep at their home
Block party, celebrating their families
Party for veterans and families
Choose one or more to fit your team's interests and skills.

For more information, text or email us. Look for Contact Page.

PROJECT Vieques (III)

Located seven miles off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico you will find a small island named Vieques.

Vieques has no stop lights, no movie theatre, no bowling alley, and wild horses run freely on the island. It is a quaint place, visited by tourists because of the beautiful beaches. VPR has made a solid Christian impact on this island. With support and cooperation from some church partners, VPR has been able to complete the remodel of an old apartment. What was a rat-infested, bee-hive infested neglected space, is now a clean, modernized, modest Mission House that can house up to 15 people. Visiting pastors and mission teams have used the space.

Below are some ministry projects available on the island of Vieques (Isla Nena):

Provide two days of Christian teaching in the local elementary school (Yes, they let us take Jesus into the schools!)
Block Party for elementary school (grades K-5)
Ministry work at local high school (grades 9-12)
Block Parties in two of the housing projects
Free Car Wash Ministry
Ministry to Seniors at senior center (crafts, music, devotional, visiting)
First Responder Ministry (provide and serve first responders; Bible study with them)
Evangelistic services in the Town Plaza
Sports Camps at the ball fields (basketball, baseball)

PROJECT Construction Vieques (IV)

Mission House:

Even though the Mission House is being used by visiting teams and pastors, it still needs some final work. The projects listed below will allow it the shine!

Painting of upper and lower floors

Replacing and repairing window opening

Cleaning back yard

Building a gazebo

Kitchen repair and new refrigerators

Volleyball area in back yard

Repair of back porch

Church Repairs and Improvements:

Several local Vieques churches need minor repair and painting. These projects could take a week, or until Jesus comes. For instance, one Baptist church is in desperate need of a front canopy to protect its senior members from the elements.

PROJECT New Jerusalem Church in Bayamon PR (V)

This project allows you to work and meet with Dr. Juarbe the pastor of this church and the Executive Director of the local Baptist Association in Puerto Rico. The church needs a team to place sealer on the roof and then give the church a fresh coat of paint.

In addition, the church would love to have a survey done of their neighborhood. The materials will be made available and a team of just about any size can take on this project.

The church also has an apartment ministry and strong youth program. They would love for an experienced group to help them with further developing the apartment ministry.

For additional information simply email: Howardvpr@gmail.com

PROJECT I.B. Filadelfia Church in Bayamon, PR (VI)

This church in the North Central portion of Puerto Rico has asked God's provision in reaching the community. They struggle with the lack of training to properly place their people in this ministry area.

They would like to have a large event that would draw people to them - perhaps a short revival with music at a local ball park.

They would like to immediately follow this up VBS, sports camp or other neighborhood programs.

For more information email: Howardvpr@gmail.com

PROJECT Iglesias Manos Del Alfarero in Arecibo, PR (VII)

A beautiful community on the north coast of Puerto Rico is looking for a church to connect with them as soon as possible.

With all the cuts to social programs and the needs in their area, they need training to make an impact in the community. They want to be able to start a food bank and some programs to help with drug and alcohol.

But their main emphasis is in reaching the community for Christ and reaching families with small children. They would love to have a VBS while a team is in town.

For more information email: Howardvpr@gmail.com

PROJECT Sendero de Luz in Arecibo, PR (VIII)

Another great church on the coast, located in Arecibo. is looking for a partnership to help them with evangelism impact and VBS.

This church is small but ready to take on the demands of leadership in sharing the gospel of Christ. With encouragement and training this church will move forward with the command to reach the lost.

They want to do this with events during the week that would reach children and single mothers.

For more information email: Howardvpr@gmail.com

PROJECT Iglesias Bautista Leguizamo in Mayaguez, PR (IX)

For a great opportunity of ministry, head to the west coast of Puerto Rico and discover the beautiful town of Mayaguez. This church is very active in a poor community.

They need a team that would place sealer on their roof and then paint the church.

In addition, they would like to have a group that would put together a sports camp for the week and provide training for either soccer or volleyball.

For a great opportunity email: Howardvpr@gmail.com

PROJECT Iglesias Bautista Apocalypses in Aguadilla, PR (X)

Crash Boat Beach is one of the most famous beaches of this community. And it is located about 5 minutes from this church. This church has a pastor who was a former district judge and is on Vision Puerto Rico's board of directors.

They have had some real problems in the past year and need a dedicated team to help repair the church from some vandalism. Also, they need the outside of the church painted and a new window placed in the sanctuary.

But the main emphasis is on reaching the community. They are open to any evangelism opportunities.

For more information email: Howardvpr@gmail.com

PROJECT Establish Ministry in Culebra (XI)

Working with a Baptist Church in Puerto Rico and Vision Puerto Rico, we would help to establish the ministry on this small island. The island located off the coast of Puerto Rico is the smaller of the two islands, Vieques being the larger one.

This small island has very little in the way of Christian ministry and many of the English speaking residents are looking for something in the way of a church.

It may begin as a house church and a group of leaders would be organized on the island before a team would go over.

For more information

PROJECT High School and Junior High Camps (XII)

Working with two local churches and a camp that is available, teams would take over the management and running of a camp for a week. They would provide all ministry and recreational opportunities. The camp would have housing, kitchens, pool and other areas for ministry and outside recreation.

This is a great opportunity to reach the over 50% of children in Puerto Rico who live in poverty. This could be a great ministry that would grow for years to come.

For more information email: Howardvpr@gmail.com

PROJECT Disaster Relief Training (XIII)

This is an island where tropical storms and severe weather hits about every year. Occasionally a major hurricane hits the islands and extensive damage is done. The churches are in desperate need of disaster relief training.

You cannot find a disaster relief trailer on the island. They have no training in "mud out" or feeding during a disaster. This includes assistance with a major apartment fire.

A church or group trained in disaster relief could make one of the most significant ministry trainings ever accomplished on the island.

For more information email: Howardvpr@gmail.com

PROJECT Horse Rescue (XIV)

Vieques boasts about their wild horses in their ads about how remote and beautiful this island is. That is true - we have thousands of horses on the island that run free. The problem is during droughts many of the animals cannot find enough to eat. Horses starve every year and many have bones showing.

An unusual ministry, but one that would have an impact on the island would be a group trained in horse rescue. We are convinced the local human society would love to have the training it takes to rescue these beautiful animals – and begin to build relationships with the people.

For more information email: Howardvpr@gmail.com

PROJECT Pastor, Women and Men's Retreat (XVI, XVII & XVIII)

Talk about a project that would make a huge difference! These are the ones. Teams coming to provide a retreat and training for one or more of these groups would change so many churches and homes.

The divorce rate is very high in Puerto Rico, pastors leave the ministry each week because of discouragement. Families are in desperate need.

Are you willing to move where only faith can survive? Find out how you can provide a retreat that would change a life and possibly yours.

For more information email: Howardvpr@gmail.com

Board of Directors

Kevin Kallander (Chair)

Retired from the FDA after working there for 33 years, Kevin is a microbiologist. After retire-ment, he started his own microbiology consulting business. He can be found on just about any continent at any time. His greatest award was Outstanding Service Award, which came because he recovered Pathogenic micro-organisms from a drug sample that should have been sterile. The case was covered by “60 Minutes.” Kevin says he loves being a microbiologist be-cause he loves protecting the American public. “The reason I support Vision Puerto Rico is because of the great passion Howard and Connie have for sharing the love of Jesus in foreign lands,” says Kevin. “They have devoted a large part of their lives leading missionary church teams to the far corners of the earth. They have worked hard after retirement to develop VPR, reaching adults, young adults and children. They have a unique ministry; they reach en-tire neighborhoods with their block parties, outside movies on their inflatable screen, VBS, and work teams, fixing anything along the way that needs fixed. What an impact they are making in Puerto Rico!”

Vicki Kallander

“I serve on the Vision Puerto Rico because Howard and Connie ae very special people who reach out to the community bringing them the Word of God,” Vicki says. She has been on many mission trips that include Uganda, Kenya, Haiti, India, Mexico and Puerto Rio several times. Having been trained in Disaster Relief through the Colorado Baptist General Conven-tion, Vicki went to Louisiana after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. She and her husband have taken in and cared for more than 50 kids in foster care over 15 years. They have six children and 14 grandchildren. Needless to say, she loves kids! And she and her husband take their vacation time to come and serve alongside the folks in Puerto Rico helping with large mission teams from the states.

Michael Pickering

Michael is founder and lead pastor at Matthew’s Party, a church in Aurora. He has a portfolio career. He is also the Music Director and State Chair of the Music and Entertain-ment Entrepreneurship Program at the Community College of Aurora. He is also the President of Lionsong Entertainment, Inc. His “claim to fame” is his marriage to his in-credible wife, Amy, and daddy to their amazing daughters, Arabella and Arianna. He said, “I serve on the VPR board because I believe in Howard and Connie. I have been involved with this extraordinary couple for several decades. Their faith in Christ and commitment to serving is the real deal.”

Karen Taylor

Karen attends Bear Valley Church in Lakewood, Colorado. She said she supports VPR because, “Having participated in a short term mission trip to the Philippines, led by Howard and Connie I determined to be a part of whatever ministry they would lead in the future. Upon retirement from BVC, the Wallers formed VPR and I jumped at the chance to be a part of their work in this beautiful but challenged land and her people. My heart was further touched by the work they are doing. They have an ability to connect with young people, which astonishes me! I am quite hon-ored to be invited to join the board to help these fine missionaries in whatever the Lord leads them to do. My heart joins them in unity as they love on people of other cultures, spread the gos-pel, and encourage members of the Body of Christ.” In retirement, Karen is a short-term mission-ary, psychotherapist, spiritual coach, and writer. Karen holds a Doctorate in Ministry. She was also Ms. Colorado Senior America, and then 1st runner-up for National Ms. Senior America in 2011.

Bob Ryan

Bob Ryan retired from Mile High Baptist Association, Denver September, 2014. He presently serves as part-time pastor, Ranch Drive Baptist Church, Ponca City, Okla-homa while developing the R&R Ranch and Restoration Retreat Center, Inc. in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The ranch is being developed to serve as a short-term retreat center for Pastors under pressure and Combat Veterans seeking help with reentry skills. He currently supervises Doctoral Students for Golden Gate Baptist Theologi-cal Seminary. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Vision Puerto Rico and Church-es of Excellence, Inc. with Attorney Steve Lewis of Edmond, Oklahoma. Married to Charlotte for forty-six years, they have two sons living in Newkirk/Ponca City, Okla-homa with their families. They have eight grandchildren residing on the R&R Ranch (a working ranch) or nearby where he and Charlotte retired.

Pam Harms

A member of Bear Valley Church in Lakewood, Colorado for many years, Pam serves on the Pastor prayer team, healing prayer team and choir. Pam says, “I serve on the VPR board because I believe in Howard and Connie. I have known them when they served at Bear Valley. I have worked alongside them on several mission events and trips. I have seen their passion and desire to serve and work with people all over the world.” Pam is an elementary teacher and has taught for 29 years in Denver, having been named “Teacher of the Year” in the Denver Public School District, where she teaches.

Maggie Woods

Maggie has attended Bear Valley Church in Lakewood, Colorado for several years. She serves on the Pastor prayer team, healing prayer team, Sunday School Class, and choir. “I have known Howard and Connie for many years,” she says. “I have had the pleas-ure to be with them on several mission trips. They have a heart for the peo-ple.” She retired from Jefferson County Human Services after 27 years and has been on many mission trips in the last 35 years. Some of them include: 9 to Eastern Europe Countries; Romania, Haiti, 3 to Africa and 3 to Vieques, PR. Maggie is very proud of her two daughters and her four grandsons. Some of her talents include being a Clown with Clowns of America.

Contact

We are eager to hear from you!

Connie@Vision-puertorico.org(720) 312-3785
Howard@Vision-puertorico.org(303) 587-4028

Our Colorado Address
P O Box 37
Littleton CO 80160