Jason & Nicole Hoover | Solid Rock

Jason & Nicole Hoover | Solid Rock

What inspires you?

What inspires you?

Inspiration: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something,

Someone told me the other day that I was such an inspiration. I didn’t have any words to respond. To be honest, I don’t feel like I am very inspirational. The song lyrics from the Casting Crowns song came to mind:

Why You ever chose me
Has always been a mystery
All my life I’ve been told I belong
At the end of the line

With all the other not-quites
With all the never-get-it-rights
But it turns out they’re the ones You were looking for
All this time

‘Cause I’m just a nobody
Trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody
Who saved my soul.

We are just nobodies living out the call God has placed on our lives.

I have been thinking through and processing what/who here on this earth inspires me. Too many things come to mind.

I am inspired by those we care for:

I think about Juana, her motorcycle accident, her severely infected leg, her surgeries, her LOOONG recovery, and her desire to walk again. I think about her laps around our clinic during physical therapy. I think about how she is trying to finish high school so that she can get a better job to support her family. I think about her dream to work in an office, knowing that she will have some limitations with physically demanding jobs.  I think about how many times she has invited me over to her house to share a meal, knowing that she is saving me a chicken for the occasion. I think about her smile and her eyes.

I think about this recently widowed grandma that has a daughter with disabilities and a malnourished granddaughter name Melissa. I think about the difficult circumstances that led to a baby. I think about how tired she must be trying to care for everyone. I think about how terrible she must feel that she can’t provide enough food/milk for the baby. I think about how difficult it must be to not be able to comfort a crying baby. I think about how sad she must have been when she lost her husband, the source of income for their family. I think about what incredible strength she must have to keep fighting every day to survive.

I am inspired by those that care:

I am inspired by the neighbors that walk alongside these families and try to help in any way that that they can. I am inspired when they accompany them to medical appointments. I am inspired when pastors and community leaders reach out looking for ways that our ministry and other ministries can help. I am inspired when those people sacrifice their whole day caring for them, buying them food, and sharing their own resources.

I am inspired by our Dominican staff. I am inspired by their hearts, their humility, their knowledge, their leadership skills, and their place in the ministry. I am inspired by their sacrifices and sharing of resources. I am inspired by their smiles, their laughs, and even their difficult times. I am inspired by the way that they treat me, allowing me to share a little piece of their life.

I am inspired by the churches here. I am inspired by their outreach and their ministry. I am inspired by the youth that disciple the kids. I am inspired by those that lead worship dance, Sunday morning worship, teach Sunday school, and live as examples of Jesus Christ. I am inspired by the church planting that happens. I am inspired by the sermons. I am inspired by the passion that they have for reaching the lost souls.

I am inspired by the team members. I am inspired by those that choose to give up a week of their time to come and serve with Solid Rock. I am inspired by their attitudes and actions. I am inspired by their hearts. I am inspired when I see 2 cultures collaborating to care for one another and to care for God’s creation.

I am inspired by our North American staff. I am inspired by how we all do our part to try to create a successful time of ministry for all involved. I am inspired because together we can live between the cultures. I am inspired because we have a mutual understanding about what it means to live life as a gringo in the Dominican Republic. I am inspired by their courage and ability to feel uncomfortable for the sake of Jesus.

I am inspired by the people of this country:

There are a lot of needs. There are a lot of struggles. But there is a lot of collaboration and community living. I am inspired by how rich in relationships this culture is.

You see- I am not an inspiration. I am simply INSPIRED by so many things. Too many! I could sit here and continue to type all day about all the things that I am inspired by here. This blog post would become long, and I probably would lose your attention. So, I will just leave you with the above inspirations and you can reach out if you would personally like to hear about more.

Ministry continues to keep us busy here in San Juan and we are glad for that! The kids are finishing up Dominican school and have a few more final projects due in the coming week. Miriam will perform worship dance at church tomorrow and she has her ballet rehearsals throughout this month with performances during the first two weekends in July. Ethan continues to practice drums and play sports with his friends.  

Prayer Request:

  1. For Juana and Melissa and all of those that help support and care for these people.
  2. For our FINAL temporary residency appointment to happen ASAP. We would like to have it wrapped up before some upcoming travel in July. Please pray that this would happen so that the process doesn’t affect our travel plans.
  3. For the lost souls in the Dominican Republic. Pray that we would be a ministry that continues to meet both physical needs and spiritual needs in this country.

I will leave you with a photo dump.

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