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February 2018

Branches. Whales and Spaghetti Noodles.

Emmanuel

What have we been doing with branches, whales and spaghetti noodles?

Branches.

We started 2018 in a powerful way - united as a team, thanking and praising God for all He has done in our lives and in the lives of the people we serve through our ministry in 2017, clarifying our vision and goals for 2018 and just enjoying one another in a camp setting.  

Our theme for the retreat was Living Branches

John 15:4-5 say, "Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

We want to be Living Branches that bear much fruit for the Lord.  To do this we know that it starts with our personal relationship with Christ, putting God first, being faithful to seek God daily, read His Word, pray constantly, and rely on Him to lead us and guide us in all we do.  This is the foundation for a team of people who want to be used by God to bless others.  

We continued the retreat with a teaching about how to create engaging lesson plans in a new way for all age levels.  

The team members then participated in a team-building or should I say team-stretching activity that gave us a lot to consider as work to unite even more to love each other well as we make our plans and determine how to best serve the people in our community.

There was also plenty of time for singing, playing and just being together and enjoying one another.  We praise God for a great start to our new year.  

Click here for more pictures of our 2018 Team Retreat.

 

 

Whales

On February 23rd, a team of 15 people from Quarry Community Church in Monticello came to the Dominican Republic for their first adult mission trip.

I was elated that a team from our home church in Monticello and pastors who have been great friends and mentors to me were coming to see what we do and meet the people here who we have come to love so much.  

While the Quarry team was here, they participated in children's ministry, ministry to single mothers,
built a home with and for a family in need, participated in care ministry in two hospitals, attended church services and visited homes to pray and encourage people in need.  Many people were blessed and encouraged by their presence.

One Dominican pastor who has worked with many mission teams over the years commented to me one day during lunch, "This team is different."  He saw something special in this group of people -

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Spaghetti Noodles.

Another ministry we work with, M.O.T.E. (Ministry on the Edge), asked us for help in hosting a retreat for their ministry team, so we walked them through their first 2-day team retreat.  They found it so helpful that they are already planning to have another retreat next year.  

For their team building activity, they had to make a tower out of spaghetti and masking tape, strong enough to hold a marshmallow!  

 

Medical Clinic

With medicine that was left from a previous team, we were able to do another medical clinic in an area with a lot of need.  A few local doctors volunteered along with some leaders from the ministry and a local church.

 

Valentine's Day

We used materials donated by Kaye Schmainda from Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albany to make Valentine's Day gifts.  There was a bazaar at one of the Universities here in Santo Domingo on Valentine's Day.  Though it was a rainy day, we had a few sales and in all made about $120 from our efforts.  We are hoping to try again for Mother's Day at the end of May.

Click here to see more of our products.

We are so thankful to everyone who helps to make this ministry possible with your prayers, financial contributions, special gifts, and words of encouragement. We consider each of you an important part of our team.  

MayGod bless you more.

Kristin, Joselo, Elliot and Evan
 

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