Well, here we are, ready to celebrate our one year anniversary of landing in the DR tomorrow. It is amazing to think back about what we were doing last year at this time. We were putting the finishing touches on our 23 bags and totes; we were saying good bye to family and friends; and we were trying to get some rest before we had to leave the house at 3:30 the next morning.
Now here we are one year later and
looking back at what God has done in and through our lives. We have been able to built wonderful relationships with literally hundreds of people through the school, church, neighborhood, etc. We celebrated our 365th day with some of our favorite young people tonight at ‘brownie night.” We had about 25 people in our home tonight and the majority of them did not have any connection to a church or the things of the Lord before they started to come to brownie night. Last week at church, 5 of them came and 1 even brought a visitor. We are so amazed at how God has used brownie night to attract so many young people to spend time in our home.
Julia has been working hard to get the ministry’s finances in order and keep up with all the receipts and transactions of this rapidly growing ministry. She has had several people tell her how much they appreciate the hard work she has put into keeping up with the finances and making sure that things get taken care of in a timely manner. We are grateful that the Lord has chosen to allow Julia to help in this area.
We have also been able to built a good relationship with many of the school kids. I had a 7th grader’s uncle come up to me a few weeks ago and tell me that his nephew didn’t have a dad in his life and he was so thankful that I was in his life and that he really looked up to me. I cannot tell you how humbled I am at that comment and others like it that students and parents have make. God has been so good to me by letting me be a small part in these fine young people’s lives.
We have also made some huge strides in our language training. We are now starting to feel like we can actually communicate with the people. I recently had my first phone conversation in Spanish, and I think we both understood each other pretty well. Julia has really picked up the language well too, and between the two of us, we can pretty much figure things out. 🙂 We are so thankful for the ability God has given to us to learn a second language. We still have a long way to go and would appreciate your continued prayers.
It is very exciting to watch our kids growing up in this culture. The kids have been a great tool that God has given us to melt the hearts of the people and open doors. There is pretty much no where that we go that the kids do not open doors for us. God has blessed us so much with beautiful, obedient, and healthy children. It is a joy to watch them learning new things about the culture, people, and language daily.
I guess the best way for me to sum up our first year of ministry here in the Dominican Republic is by using my life verse. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.” We would be nothing here without Christ’s strength. It is very humbling to think about the fact that God chose us to represent Him here in the Dominican.
We cannot wait to get started in our second year of ministry here in San Pedro, and we cannot wait to see what God has in store for us as we press forward. Thank you so much for supporting us with your prayers as we strive to do the work of the Lord here in the DR.