Mi Familia

Dominican Republic 2017

I often tell the students church should feel more like a family.  That’s hard to accomplish back in America within our own language and culture.  It can be a little more challenging in a completely different country.  Over the course of our time here in the Dominican Republic the team has not only grown closer together, but also with the people of Jarabacoa.  Strangers become more than friends but family in Christ.  From the translators to the churches in El Montana and Los Higos we’ve made some awesome connections with some amazing people we’ll get to spend the rest of eternity with.

The many kids, youth and families in the communities we’ve ministered have become our Familia.  Pastor Jesus and Pastor Damaso, who work separate jobs in addition to their church responsibilities, are great example of God’s love.  Pastor Jesus doesn’t need a mic when he speaks, his voice just booms and yet it seems like its always accompanied by a smile.  Pastor Damaso is a hard working, committed servant leader.  It’s not uncommon that he’s late to an appointment because he’s helping someone else out with a need.  These men and the many other members of their church feel less like strangers and more like familia.

The seven translators that have accompanied us along our trip have been such a huge blessings to have not only because they do great work but also because they are genuinely great people.  Throughout the trip we have had designated team times, a time to unplug a bit and build each other up in Christ.  There was a time where a few of us shared our testimonies with the group and it was so sweet to hear the translators testimonies and how in a few short weeks we have impacted and connected with them.  It is definitely bittersweet connecting with the body of Christ in the DR knowing we’ll soon be heading home to Rochester.

Ben Berryhill giving a sermon during their Sunday night church service
Megan Jensen sharing her testimony during a youth rally
playing the chair game before a youth rally
playing the chair game before a youth rally
We walked around downtown Jarabacoa talking and praying with the locals. We later performed dramas in the town square
Carmen (Pastor Jesus’ wife) appreciating Linnea sharing her message with the youth
Praying over Linnea with Carmen and Rick.
Tikki explaining one of our dramas to the Los Higos church
Roger sharing his testimony
A view on top of the hills of Los Higos
During team time we would have a time of worship and sharing our testimonies, after which we would pray for the person who shared.
La Salle, our camp
Joey Bierbaum sharing words of encouragement
Joey’s biggest fan!
Isaiah Douglas preaching our last Sunday evening church service
Baby dedication
Blessing the church with new bibles.
Saying our goodbyes to our familia

2 thoughts on “Mi Familia”

  1. Great memories of this place. God moves when we move to a place of uncomfort so that we can learn to depend on the Holy Spirit.

  2. This is so beautiful. It’s a privilege to have been one of many who have lifted you all up as you served Him in the DR. We are excited to have you all home and to hear the stories of how He worked over the last two weeks. I’m trusting that He will continue to unveil fruit for those who served and to whom they served in the days and weeks ahead.

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