We are back in the Dominican Republic after eight months in the U.S. visiting churches. We are grateful to all of you for your hospitality and enthusiasm for this mission. We did our best to inform you of the transition that we have been through leaving Bolivia and starting fresh in the Dominican Republic.
We left Minnesota with below zero temperatures and returned to this tropical island of eternal summer with temperatures in the 80’s. It is winter here too, technically speaking, but there are no heaters needed, no winter clothing, and no snow in the forecast, the 80’s is about as cool as it gets.
We work with the Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana, the Dominican Evangelical Church. They welcomed us back with their natural sense of hospitality and seem genuinely glad that we are here with them once again. We are here to help and support them in their local mission. There is plenty of work to do, the needs are endless, and they are happy to have a couple extra pair of hands. If you have ever been part of a harvest you know the feeling when new recruits show up.
We look out at the tasks ahead of us: writing Christian Education materials for hundreds ofchildren who are searching for God; setting up water purification systems for all who thirst for clean water and the waters of life in Christ that never end; receiving UMVIM teams from the U.S. so that two very different cultures may share their love and faith with one another; organizing a Bible school program that reaches children and their parents in their own communities where life is lived on the edge.
These are the tasks that God has placed before us. This is what we signed up for and we are really glad that we are not alone. All of you have chosen to covenant with us to gather in this harvest.
Our Dominican brothers and sisters look at us and say, “Vamos a trabajar!” translated, “Let’s get to work!”