Wednesday July 7th
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.
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Tuesday July 6th
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.
Sunday July 4th
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.
After what seems to be an indeterminable amount of time we are finally going to the Dominican Republic. Our plans are to be there the first week of July. Lord willing, other than a committment that we have in July we will stay and be able to begin the work of preparing the courses and schedule for the Trade School in Paradise Village and see our friends at Encuentro. Yeah!
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Just quick follow up to yesterday. We have been notified that there has been a trip made to Jimani, on the border of Haiti and the DR, by a missionary family from Santiago. The purpose of the trip was to assess the possibility of establishing a ‘tent’ hospital for Haiti refugees. Jimani is approximately 30 miles from Port au Prince. President Leonel Fernandez has eased the prosecution of illegal Haitian immigrants in the DR in order for families to find each other. One of the main crossing points will be Jimani. We are following up on the information to see if this may be the open door for us to be able to help. Donations for this relief effort we are starting can be made to Island Light Ministries, c/o Rogue Valley Fellowship, 2399 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford, OR 97501
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As we all know the disaster of the earthquake in Haiti continues to worsen. Our missionary experiences began in Haiti and the impact of the poverty of that country has never left us. Please pray continally for these wonderful people. We must pray for the spiritual renewal of the individual and the country.
Also, pray that the roadblocks, that are making the release and distribution of critically needed supplies almost impossible, will be dismantled. As always, the problem is the government of Haiti. Normally it is due to corruption and graft but now it appears that the problem is due to the fact that there is little or no government left. This creates a very difficult situation but there is an opportunity to put into place a new government group that will move beyond corruption, greed, selfishness and embrace open service to the people.
Island Light Ministries is working with Helping Hands International, www.helpinghandsinternational.net to put together teams and supplies that are ready to travel to Haiti. We are working now so that as soon as the country is open we are prepared to leave. We ask for prayer and help.
As opportunities open and specific needs are made known we will pass them on to you. For sure there will be needs for medicine, food and clothing.
God bless you.
We have completed our web page and extend an invitation to everyone to check it out. It is www.islandlightministries.org. At this site you can find out about the vision that the Lord has given us for ministry in the Dominican Republic.
Check out the site and let us know what you think.
Debra and I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.
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