last sunday.

30 06 2010

Hey everyone, I just wanted to give a quick update on what’s going on with our lives this week….

We had our first church service on Sunday, and I would say that it went well. We had 7 adults come, and about 35 kids. We kind of expected the kids, because they like to spend time with us and come every time the doors are open. That being said, Evan and I didn’t actually get to stay in the Bible study with the “grown-ups,” because we were having a class with the kids. However, Ronald and Rosi seemed to think that everything went really well, that people had good things to add to the study, and that they enjoyed the class/church service. I think that it was an answered prayer that everything went so smoothly. We will keep you updated on the progress.

This week has been a bit of a reunion for the DR team. Cory and Laura Beth Lamb are here this week with a group from their church in Indiana, and Brian and Tammie brought the interns over from Haiti to spend some time with us. So everything right now is a bit crazy with a lot of people doing a lot of things in the same place, but it’s awesome. It’s been really great to get to see some of our DR family that we haven’t seen in a while.

On the bad side of things, there seems to be a lot of sickness going around our team, likely because everyone is just so tired. We have had one team member with a kidney infection; one with possible kidney stones; one with some sort of sinus infection; one with a swollen, itchy bug bite (getting better); and another on antibiotics for a cut that got infected. Thankfully, everyone is doing better now, but for a while there, we thought we were going to have to take a bus full of team members to Santiago to see a doctor. God is taking care of us, though.

We are also super excited for the group from Chattanooga that’s coming in tomorrow. Evan is especially excited to see some people from his “homeland,” so we’re happy to see them, and praying for their safe trip here.


puppy training.

25 06 2010

For those of you who do not know, right before we came to the DR, we bought an 8-wk-old Weimaraner puppy. He is quite possibly the cutest puppy I have ever seen. Really. Unfortunately he is definitely the most stubborn dog I have ever possibly known. As a testament to that fact, I would like to share a story with you guys.

Let me start with saying that right now, Apollo at 41-pounds and 4 and a half months, is not allowed in our bed. He’s too big and too dirty, and he’s just not comfortable to sleep with. He also has a super-annoying habit of peeing in the house right now. SO, yesterday I come home, thinking I’m going to do some cleaning since I actually had some free time. I shut the dogs in our bedroom, and I sweep and mop the entire house except for that room. When I get to our room, I decide I should give both the dogs a bath before I mop the floor so they don’t get it dirty. The only way to wash Apollo is to get in the shower with him. So I do that. I finish, telling him how good he was, and then I start washing Leo. About the time I get Leo shampooed up, I peek over the top of the shower and see Apollo freaking out in our bed. What I do next is hurry out of the shower, soaking wet, holding a soapy Leo, and jerk Apollo out of the bed. I tell him “no,” I spank him, and I get back in the shower upset that our bed is soaking wet (stuff NEVER dries here). About 2 seconds later, I peek over the shower and he is on our bed again. I run, still carrying Leo, across the floor. I have forgotten at this point that the floor is soaking wet, since I just finished dripping water all the way to the bed. I slide all the way across the floor to the bed. This time, Apollo sees me coming and jumps off the bed, losing his footing on the wet floor and face-planting into the tile. He darts past me, and I am sliding all around the room trying to catch him (and I’m furious). I finally catch him, fuss at him, and head back to the shower (still running). At this point I realize that not only was he in my bed, but he peed in my bed. Needless to say I thought I was going to kill him. He ended up in solitary confinement in our courtyard for a couple of hours.

Anyway, we love Apollo, and Evan says he is going to be a good dog when he grows up, but I’m not sure I’m convinced. At least he’s cute!

A church in RSJ.

20 06 2010

The week after Evan and I got here, another family joined our mission team in the DR; Ronald and Rosi Mena, and their son Kevin. They are from Costa Rica, and their ministry focus is on the adults in RSJ. I hope that all of you get the chance to meet them at some point, because they are just pretty stinkin’ awesome. They are incredibly hard workers, and have been such a great support for us, even though they have only been here about the same amount of time as we have. We have been, and will continue to be, working with them a lot, since we are ministering to the children in RSJ, and them to the adults.

All that is to say that the Lord has put it on the hearts of the missionaries here to start a church in Rio San Juan. I believe it has been a long time coming, but it has been difficult because of a lack of missionaries available for the job. Ronald and Rosi and us, along with a lot of help from the interns and groups, have been out in the community of RSJ getting to know the people, and spreading the God’s word and the news about the new congregation. Finally the time has come, and next Sunday will be the first service of the church.

I wanted to share this with you so that you can all keep this huge job on your hearts and in your prayers. There are also quite a lot of important decisions to be made, as far as what the congregation of believers should look like here. It will be an especially stressful time for the Mena’s, I would think, and I appreciate all of your support! I will keep you updated on how it goes 🙂

keeping busy.

11 06 2010

I realize I have been a terrible blogger for the past 2 months; really, I do. And I had such great intentions of being a good communicator before we got here. I guess some things about the mission field you just can’t understand until you experience them.

We are now settled in our house in Bobita, getting a good start with the kids in Rio San Juan, and keeping super busy with the groups on top of all that. We had the first American group come last week from York, Nebraska, and they were such a blessing to us. They did a both a community day and a VBS in RSJ, in addition to an afternoon of meet & greet with the kiddo’s in their neighborhoods. Also, they planted trees and made a sidewalk in front of the Rio San Juan hospital with a bunch of the kids from the high school here. Needless to say, we have a lot of really great help with our ministry right now. The children’s ministry here in RSJ has truly been blessed by the groups presence so far.

We have also had lots of visitors – Evan’s parents came about 3 weeks ago, my parents are coming in today, and we have some friends who are leaving today, after a week of vacationing close to here. Also to make the list of visitors would be a slew of snakes, spiders, a pig with a bucket stuck on his head, and a lizard as long as my forearm that lives behind our fridge. Surprisingly, though, I’m getting used to it. I’m even killing my own spiders now, instead of having Evan do it for me. You can’t say I’m not growing. Ha.

Our Spanish seems to be going pretty good, but there is always more to learn. Dominican Spanish is unlike any other Spanish I have ever heard. We sometimes liken it to hearing English in the bayou or backwoods Alabama. But, we’re learning. There is so much work to be done, we sometimes don’t know where to start. We are trying to depend on God to show us the way to do what He wants us to do.

Overall, we’re really happy here, and everything seems to be going pretty well. I promise I will try to do a better job keeping everyone updated! Love you all!