It’s team week! Our first team since the pandemic began is at our guesthouse and we are thrilled to be serving together in ministry. It’s has felt marvelous to knock down the cobwebs in our brains and remember everything that we needed to prepare for and execute this week. Every morning the staff and team have been doing a Bible study focused on service and how we can make a difference in God’s world.
On Monday, I led the study on why we should be motivated to serve God. I think that we spend a lot of time talking about how we should serve God, but not enough time talking about the motivations behind why we should feel motivated to do so. We should be moved to serve God because God’s intention is for us to be like Jesus and Jesus served. We can read all about the ways that Jesus served in the gospel accounts in the Bible. If we are to be imitators of Christ, it should drive us to serve others. Genuine service can not be separated from love. When you are serving others out of the love given to you by God, your service is sincere. God loved us so much that he sent his Son to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. When we recognize and embrace this love, it flows out of us as service. Our service proves our faith and causes others to praise God. Our service creates opportunities to stimulate faith, to disciple, and to demonstrate God’s glory.
While leading Bible study is not my strongest gift, I always learn so much when I am preparing to lead one. I am so thankful that I continue to be stretched and molded by God through the ministry of Solid Rock. I know that several of our Dominican staff members also feel the same way. Several of them mentioned this morning during study how Solid Rock International provides them with opportunities to serve one another.
With the team in town, family life feels a bit busier this week. In addition to team responsibilities, I continue to make sure we all do what we are supposed to be doing. Miriam is up to 2 rehearsals a week to prepare for her ballet performance in July. There are 2 different weekends in July on the calendar for the gala. Ethan continues to practice his drums and enjoys playing baseball/kickball with his friends every afternoon. Both kids are also reading a lot during this summer break from homeschool. There is still a lot of unknowns surrounding Dominican school for the following school year, but we have already purchased a full English curriculum and can use every subject, if necessary. Everyone participated in group preparation and helping out this week.
Jason and Euclides spent a lot of time last week planning and preparing for this week’s projects and are now super active implementing all their plans. They were also doing several agricultural projects together before group preparation and took Ethan along on a few of the trips. They planted several coffee plants in the mountains of Honde Valle and also explored a well-established farm in Azua with a pastor friend of ours.
We covet your prayers as we continue to serve in the Dominican Republic. Specifically, you can pray for:
- Residency process. It seems that it is always on the list. That is because it has not been completed yet. We desire to be legal in this country, but it has been a long journey.
- Upcoming Travel: At some point in August, we will be traveling to Pennsylvania so that Ethan can get his braces checked again and so that we can visit a bit.
- For our clinic. They have excelled at taking care of people during this pandemic time. Continue to lift all the staff there up in prayer.
We thank you for your prayers and continued support.