Sunday, May 26, 2019

Day of Worship, Rest and Preparation

Katie Colson: Feliz Dia de las Madres!
This morning we began our day by worshiping with the community at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Little did we know, today was the day they celebrated mother's day, so happy mother's day all the way from the Dominican Republic! While in the community of La Lechosa, we were also able to walk around the school that opened last year across the street from the church. Last time I came on this trip, in 2014, there was only an open field and a giant rock pile where the school now stands. How amazing that our group was able to contribute to this project over the past few years...we were told there are now 500 kids that attend the school everyday! Wow! We are hoping to go back to the school later this week to visit with some of the children during school hours. After eating lunch back at the mission house, we enjoyed a warm afternoon at the beach. The cool water was very refreshing and we were able to relax a little before beginning our work week. This evening we are continuing to prepare for our week, which consists of sorting VBS supplies, water filters, and counting/labeling medications for the medical clinic. During our nightly devotion, Teresa distributed prayer cards to our group from various members of our church family. So thank you Trinity for your prayers!! Please continue to pray for the work we will be doing this upcoming week!

Jacob Colson: Today is always the day that is out of the ordinary. We are able to really experience Dominican culture and be apart of their lives through church and worship. I love getting to go to the school and church and seeing the progress every year. Last year we worked at the school everyday and the amount of work that has been done since is absolutely incredible. Tomorrow we get into the routine of the week by loading up early and working all day. I am very excited because we are going to Batey 106 which is where I worked two years ago. I am excited to reach out to the friends I made there. Like Katie said, tonight is all about preparation. We have lots of pills and vitamins to count, but I can not wait for tomorrow and what is to come in this week.

Getting Ready for Morning Worship at Ebeneezer Baptist


Visiting with Kids After Worship

The School

School Playground (Was a dirt pile last year)

School Playground (Basketball Court)

Classrooms on 1st and 2nd Floors Outfitted and Being used...Third Floor Still in Work

Arrived Safely With No Travel Issues!

After a long day of travel beginning in the wee hours of Saturday morning, our team has safely arrived at Casa Pastoral. Our team is settling in to our bunk rooms, preparing for Vacation Bible School and church services tomorrow, and, as is customary, a large portion of our group walked to Jumbo to grab a few items we forgot and to enjoy some celebratory ice cream.

We will travel to La Lechosa for services at Ebeneezer Baptist Church Sunday morning, enjoy a short beach trip in the afternoon, and then walk to worship services at the Maranatha Missionary Baptist Church in the evening. Afterwards, we'll start our prep work for tomorrow's activities.

Each evening during our upcoming week, a couple of members of the team will be posting about the trip and we'll post some pictures of our efforts each day.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Home safely

Our team has returned from Puerto Rico safely.  Thanks for your praters during the trip.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Our last work day

Today was our last work day in Puerto Rico.  We divided up into two teams.  The first team spent the morning at Bill's Kitchen whose mission is to serve nutrious meals to those infected by HIV.  Our team helped pack meals which included the Puerto Rican staple of rice and beans.  In the afternoon, this team returned to our host church to complete some painting that was remaining from our first day.

The second team visited a local non-profit, Tarps for my People.  This group began just a couple of weeks after Hurricane Maria with a high school English teacher and her friend sending out pleas on social media for tarps to help those in their neighborhood.  It has grown into a full-time effort for them and they have recently been provided a location by the city to be their home base.  We spent the day there painting the interior, pulling weeds from around the site, painting the exterior window bars, and trimming the grass.

As we prepare to wrap up this week, thank you for your prayers.  Continue to keep the people of Puerto Rico in your prayers as they continue the long rebuilding activity.  Also, please keep those who are in the path of Hurricane Michael in your prayers as it approached the gulf coast.

- Keith

Monday, October 8, 2018

Work Day 3 - On the farm

Today started a little earlier than the rest as we had a 1.5 hour ride West to Lares. There we helped demolish a couple of large, outdoor hydroponic nursery structures that were damaged during last year's hurricane. Another team helped weed some growing fields. We discovered that the fire ants of Puerto Rico are more vicious and painful than their American counterparts!

The owner told us a very moving history of the issues struggles of the nursery since the hurricane. His goal is to re-employee at least 15 locals to help with the local employment . Carlos, a 16 year old fine young man accompanied us today. He worships at The Metropolis Church and worked as hard as the rest of us today. He wants to become a personal trainer with emphasis on good nutrition. We made a lot of wonderful new friends today.

- Brad