Halfway at Los Calabazos

Swimming in the DR

Hey Everyone,

We are approaching the halfway mark of our trip and I would love to fill you in on how things are going.  Our team is ministering in two communities, El Montana and Los Higos.  We have served in several capacities including: painting two houses, laying down a paved entranced into the EL Montana church, enlarging and replacing church windows for better security, going on three days of sports ministry outreach, youth rallies and preaching at two different churches.  We have lead worship in Spanish, performed two different dramas at church and several from our team have already shared their testimonies.   All of this in just the first 6 days.

Recently we re-calibrated ourselves at Los Calabazos.  Los Calabazos is this beautiful mountain river community nestled in a valley in between the mountains of Jarabacoa.  It was steep climb in and out of this tucked away hideout.  We came to Los Calabazos to intentionally connect with God.  Even Jesus pulled away from ministry to connect with the Father, how important than for us to do so also.  The team was instructed to find a spot along the river to pray, read, draw, meditate, speak to, listen in to what God was speaking to them.  They did this individually.  Our desire is that all ministry flows out and through our relationship with Christ, abiding in Him is key.

Prayer requests:

Pray for our health as some have been feeling sick lately.  We also are very active at the work sites, sports ministry camps and youth rallies so prayer for endurance and good sleep.

Pray for team cohesiveness as it will be tested

Pray for those preaching at the youth rallies and churches, drama presentations

Pray for the Spirit to do a work in our hearts and that God would ultimately receive the glory!

Pastor John

        Los Calabazos


4 thoughts on “Halfway at Los Calabazos”

  1. Thanks for the pictures. It was so exciting to see all of you in your quiet spot. I prayed for each of you individually today. Tom and I went to the D.R. on the very first trip from CEFC in 1991. We were baptized in the ocean in Sousa by Pastors Gene Follis and Doug Mathers.
    I’ll continue to pray for you for endurance and perseverance, for joy in serving and the building of new relationships. It will be a life changing experience. Can’t wait to hear your stories when you get back. Loved seeing you guys leap off the rock! Am also praying for restored health for those under the weather.

    God bless each one of you.

    Pat Hallstrom

  2. Caroline Church

    Is it possible to adjust the photos for this day so we can select and enlarge? Works great for other days 🙂 thanks!

  3. Erin Kittleson

    We just read your recent blog during our small group dinner. We are praying for you all. So jealous of your Time on a Rock!!
    May God stretch you all to the point where you He is all you have and you find He is all you need. Scary prayer, but can you imagine how amazing?!

    Love you all, Erin

  4. Mark Mannenbach

    Thanks for the update John.

    Praying for all of you today.

    Great to see you slow down and listen to God.

    Encourage you to see what God wants each of you to learn.


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