Summer short term missions teams continue to have a great impact in local churches with outreaches and construction help. Special thanks to Living Water Fellowship, Kissimmee, FL, Greenville First, SC, and to New LIfe AG, Grand Ledge, MI. Also in May, a team from the Univ. of Maine (Augusta Campus) kicked off our summer.
Health Awareness Talks. The University team from Augusta, Maine, did an outstanding job helping children in various schools understand the importance of dental hygiene and other health issues. They were well received by the parents and school staff attending. It was their first visit to the Dominican Republic, we hope they will visit again.
New Life A/G worked in Villa Altagracia where they dedicated their time to the construction needs of the House of Prayer Church. They were responsible for adding the 2d story to the administrative wing of this church. They did some heavy work under very hot conditions.
They also teamed up with a Dominican construction crew to put in all the divisions in cement block for the office and bathroom areas of the church on the 2nd story. We so appreciated New Life’s positive attitude and strong work ethic. It was great to see the results after a hard week of work. And they also ministered in area churches while in the country.
The Living Water Fellowship Team was on here for the end of the year party for the 14 Haitian education programs. There were 700 children at this event. Debbie was so happy to have this team with their servant attitude assist her. They also ministered in area churches, and put on work gloves and helped with the foundation work of the Cutupu church mentioned on our header above. It was hot grueling work and they never complained. Thank you Living Water!
Greenville First conducted Vacation Bible School at various local churches and also helped with construction needs. There are many churches in this country that cannot afford a special summer program for the children.It is a great blessing to help the kids learn the Bible lessons that they can apply in their own lives. We encourage churches to come and host the VBS programs here in the Dominican Republic. The team also poured the floor for the Good News Haitian Church in Sabaneta, and helped with the foundation work of the Cutupu church.
Volunteers will be missed!
The Palmer family returned to the United States after serving the Haitian Schools and the International Church for two years. They will be greatly missed.
We will also miss Sallie Wham who faithfully worked with the English program at La Vega Christian School, and also worked with the Children’s program at Rose of Sharon Church in Barrio Inco. Debbie will surely miss her help in that program.
La Vega Christian School (LVCS) is always on the look out for volunteers willing to give a year or more of their life teaching English in a Christian environment. At LVCS they have freedom to impart spiritual truth as they teach. Our volunteers don’t have to speak Spanish to teach here. If you are interested in applying for a short term mission at LVCS contact us today.
Congrats to Pastor Aaron Rios
Aaron Rios was installed as Lead Pastor at Garden City Church in Beverly, Mass. He is our daughter Sarah’s husband. It was great to be on hand for this event during our summer visit to the U.S. Previously he was an associate pastor for 4 years at New Life Church in Leominster, Mass.
1,800 Missionaries Attending
We found ourselves attending a world missions event in Orlando with 1,800 other missionaries. The Assemblies of God World Missions organization said history was made as missionaries from 160 nations gathered for encouragement and edification. Outstanding speakers such as Dick Eastman from Every Home for Christ challenged us to prayer.