A video to sum it all up…

•July 23, 2008 • 3 Comments

Our friends at G.O. Ministries aka Amanda Braisted put together a great video presentation for our team and shared it with us the last night we were in Santiago. Thanks to all the guys at G.O. for doing what God and called them to do and doing it so well, with the possible exception of Tim. I love you man……

parting thoughts…

•July 22, 2008 • 4 Comments

Well it is after midnight Tuesday morning. Scott and I are setting on the cabana one last time. The van will be here to get us in four and a half hours and we think we have nothing better to do than a post on the blog. With that said we would like for you to know what we are taking away from this week. Has it changed us and if so how.

Also don’t forget about the great opportunity to help pastors here in the Dominican with books for their study. Just follow this link and impact ministry.

Some people however serious the sitution can always find humor. You know the kind of people that tend to want to laugh at almost anything. Well here is our groups problem child. It’s her laugh that really keeps me going! Thanks for putting up with me for all these years. You would have to have a sense of humor.

After you listen to everyone share their story you can play them all at the same time for fun. That is what it sounded like many times during our week in the DR.

Hope this is easy too…

•July 22, 2008 • 2 Comments

We are in the airport at Santiago waiting to board. We made it out of the country, just hope they let us back in ours. Seems like a lot of countries have an aversion to allowing Trent in or out. Not sure what that means.

 We are excited to be on our way but sad to leave kids who can call some of us by name. I love you and will miss you everyday Joel Louis.

See you in Morgantown!

Now you being on the mission field is just a mouse click away…

•July 20, 2008 • 6 Comments

As I mentioned in an earlier blog you can help us here in the Dominican Republic right now. This is an amazing opportunity to broaden the scope of what a mission trip can be. All the readers of this blog are one mouse click away from touching the life of a pastor here in the DR. Jeff Rogers, Director of Education for G.O. Ministries, has put together a wish list and we can all help make his dreams come true. These books are many of the same titles that pastors studying in the U.S. will study as they go to seminary except in Spanish.

I am asking members of our team here on the ground in the DR to do their share as well to purchase these titles. We see these men as they struggle with their ministries and know they will make a difference with every dollar given to purchase these books. They crave for the Word of God. Let’s satisfy that craving to the best of our ablilties. Come on guys, no plane ticket, no shots, no sore muscles and with one click of the mouse you are right here on the mission field with us. It doesn’t get any better than that.

I know you guys are going to come through in a big way. I will keep you posted as to how many books you are buying. This is so exciting knowing you are now right here with us. We love you all.

late night thoughts…

•July 20, 2008 • 11 Comments

It’s 12:00 AM Sunday morning in the DR and I am setting alone on the roof of our dorm. I have been thinking about all we have seen and experienced this week and was going through the pictures and videos that we have collected. We have seen so much but this one event really stuck in my mind and I am sure the mind of every other team member. It was a simple rain shower but it broke my heart. Have a blessed Sunday and appreciate all that God has given.

just a quick note…

•July 19, 2008 • 3 Comments

Hi all! Your responses have been so encouraging to the team here. This is the part of the trip where our strength is fading and our attitudes can fade as well. Pray we keep our eye on the prize as Paul suggests. This is a week long marathon.

I would love for you guys to pray about something for me. Before the end of our trip those of you reading this blog should have the opportunity to purchase books for local pastors here in the DR over Amazon.com. I will give you more details as it is finalized but what a great way for us all to go on this trip together. How blessed these pastors would be to have this material to help them as they become more equiped to serve our Lord. 

Keep us on your prayers today and pray for the over two hundred children we will tell about The Great Commission.

 Adios

Friday AM and various other bits of info…

•July 19, 2008 • 18 Comments

I want to thank all of you for coming to the site to wish us well. It has been such a blessing to see our visits to the site rise dramatically each day. If Alf had been this popular I don’t think it would have ever went off the air. I am still a little sore about that. Continuing with the a picture is worth a thousand words idea, here is a video clip that we hope is worth ten thousand words.

Oh yeah, I wanted to mention keep sending us comments even if you have commented before. It means so much to each member to hear from family and friends. I would also like ot see someone from the McKee family at least make one comment. Come on McKee’s represent!

Enjoy the video.

tell me where it hurts…

•July 18, 2008 • 5 Comments

t was another very hot day in “The Hole”. We had a person tag along with our group today for the purpose of shooting a video of our efforts and the situation in which we were working. Anne Jackson of lifechurch.tv and now crosspoint.tv fame not to mention her incredible blog flowerdust.net was our videographer and fellow sand slinger for the Lord. Everyone on the team loved Anne and many times she would jump in line and take a team members place so we could get water or take care of other pressing matters. We love you Anne and welcome to our team.

 

We have a lot of sore bodies so I asked each team member to tell you where it hurts them the most. Here is the rundown.

Infected cuticle - course of treatement, neosporin and clean bandaids at least twice a day

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I know there are some errors in the photos but I am tired and going to relax. We love you all and the point of the post is we are all ok. Keep us in your prayers, tomorrow will be a physical killer.

some of our thoughts…..

•July 17, 2008 • 9 Comments

 Scott

OMG, what a place to come, have worked so hard today, but love every moment of it. Seen one of the same children that I seen last year. He has grown, but the same sweet face. Wanted to say hi to Barb, Austin, Allie, and Aleigha, I love you all so much and miss you all. See you all on Tuesday afternoon,

 

Beau

Today was such an amazing day. I learned so much about myself and how much we take for granted. Number one being, food. I’m so thankful to be able to be here. So far it has been amazing and the kids are the best. The work does not compare to the amount of joy I get from doing the work. So when it comes time to come next year I will be more then ready to go.

 

Paige

Everything that has happened so far has been totally different than what I was expecting. Not worse or better, just different. The people who live in the The Hole are one of the most poverty stricken peoples I have ever encountered and the sad thing is, they have no idea what they are missing. Enough of the negativity, it has been one of the best (although saddest) experiences of my life. The kids are so loving, there are no other words to describe them! But for all the family who are worried sick, I’m doing fine and loving every minute of it!

 

Magen

I am so happy to be here!!! Today was very hard work but worth it! I cant believe what I have already saw here. It breaks my heart to see how some people (kids) live. I miss everyone and I ask you to keep praying for our team. I am having a blast!!!

 

Jennifer

Hola familia y amigos! I will have you all know that I am doing great! I am safe and sound and remaining healthy. This experience had been great thus far and I am loving every minute of being here. The work is hard and I am exhausted, but God has been providing for me the entire trip and I have faith that He will continue to do so. The kids are AMAZING! There is nothing like walking down the streets and hearing the kids calling out your name and welcoming you with hugs. I want to thank all of you for your prayers, but keep them coming! I love you all very much!

 

Kristen

Today was great! Yes it was a lot of hard work, but all worth it. I got to hang out with the kids a lot, and they are so much fun. My first friend was a little boy named Javier, and he was more than willing to help us move empty buckets. I also had a blast learning new hand clapping games from the girls, and teaching them some that I know from home. The trash and sewage in this place is unimaginable, but I cannot wait to go back tomorrow. Hello to all of the family and friends, and everyone continue praying, I love yall!!!

 

Amanda

The past two days have been such a variety of thoughts and emotions. I am so happy to be back in Santiago! So many familiar faces to greet us and new ones as well. We worked in “the hole” today. Most of the day was spent passing buckets of sand down a hill then to the second story of the church/feeding center there. Hello to Dalys and the rest of my family and friends. I miss you all so much. A special hello to the ladies of my bible study group. Thank you for your continuing prayers.

 

Sherry

 

All I can say is BUCKETS, BUCKETS and MORE BUCKETS. Had a hard day today in the Hole. Gave lots of hugs and fed the children at the Church. We are so blessed to have what we have and should never take it for granted. I am thankful to God for how He has blessed me.

 

Today Was Hard….

•July 17, 2008 • 1 Comment

Hopefully I am going to be able to get a two or three sentence summary from each team member describing their day in a post that we will try to put up later tonight for now let me say we are very very tired. We moved an entire dump truck of sand one bucket at a time today over a very long distance and then up a flight of stairs. This was hard work.

The real beauty is that we return to the dorm to find out that there is no water. There was no water last night either. I skipped the shower this morning as I think everyone else did since we were going out to work anyway. To sum it all up no one on our team has had a shower since last seen by their loved ones back home and there is a definite funk starting to be noticed back in the dorm. Pray for water.

No one is currently sick although Kristen and I started down that path at different times today. Prayer works guys please keep it up.

We had a great devotional this morning. We centered around Romans 1:14. Here is what one version says.

“I have a debt to Greeks and to the nations outside; to the wise and to those who have no learning.” Romans 1:14 (BBE)

Paul believed he had a debt that he was obligated to pay for what Christ had done for him. He also believed that it would be something he would pay his entire life. Paul said he was a slave to Christ. He each were challenged to imagine that in all we did today, we were chained to Christ.

Here are some photos from the day. Oh by the way, Scott just ran up to tell me that water is on. Yepee. He smelled better too. We love you all and miss you. Keep praying. Another load of sand was just dumped before we left the job site.