The Lord is good. We met an amazing servant of God in the village. Her name is Jacquline and she, with only two volunteers, holds kids classes every Saturday. She does this for all the kids in the village. They worship, read the Bible and learn Bible stories. Normally, she has 150-200 kids over a three hour span. Wow!
Nick and I went out this morning to survey the damage from last night’s storm. Wow! Trees down, power lines down, the beach area where we do ministry has lost several rooftops and many branches from the almond trees. In some areas the entire canopy of trees is gone. We had to help clear the road of trees just to get to the beach. Nick went to help with the clean up. We found out that when the clouds are green it means intense storm coming. A friend from Texas said when they see the clouds green they start watching for tornadoes. It had to be close to that. Check out the pictures of the beach. Roberto, a Christian friend, that works at the beach told us that he was trapped inside one of the shacks. All he could do was pray.
Had a great meeting with John, Samaritan Foundation, and Nigel Hyde, Misssion Direct today. The doors for construction of the Trade School are wide open and we meet later this week to discuss the schedule and work out more details. God brought Nigel along as a possible partner in the area of work teams and finances.
There is no program, daily or otherwise, for the kids of the village. The meeting hall stays locked and is only open when the foreign teams come. There is a interim Pastora (female Pastor) that comes to the village most nights but as of now there is no Pastor in the village.
Tonight one of the worst storms we have ever been through here came through. Nick and I were in the car and could not see out at all. Thunder, lightning, torrential downpour and winds of about 50-60mph attacked the area for nearly an hour. Our house flooded, power went out and is still out.
We went to Villa Paraiso today. What a change from the last visit. There are many more houses built and many more people living there. The church and the meeting hall/childrens church are complete. The school is under construction and the goal is to be done before school starts this fall. We are to meet with John Huizinga, the head of Samaritan Foundation here in the Dominican Republic, and the director of an organization called Mission Direct tomorrow. The Samaritan Foundation are the builders of the village.
After almost 27 hours of travel we arrived at Puerto Plata Int’l Airport. We were greeted by hot, humid weather and the smiling face of our son, Nick. What a joy to be back. We found our rental house and got settled. Tomorrow we take care of the mundane ‘got to do’s’ and then we are off to check out the ministry areas.