As I type this I am sitting in the spare bed room at my in laws house in Michigan. Ahh, how nice it truly is to be home surrounded by family, friends and the little things that just scream 'home' (like a cup of American coffee with flavored creamer, mass in English and friendly, familiar faces). At the start of our trip we were welcomed back by the good 'ole midwestern flu virus. Ben even had a stomach emptying episode on our last flight. #memorable
But, now that we are all feeling better we've been scurrying around from meeting to meeting, trying to see as many people and get as much done as possible. If we haven't seen you yet -- please forgive us! This trip was particularly short and we will be doing a SPONSOR POT LUCK in August when we return home. We look forward to catching up face to face with more people then.
One of the most exciting events we want to share with you all is our BBOH Charity Auction! We met with the BBOH Ambassadors and their dedicated Auction Planning group -- and we were BLOWN away! They have put so much time, energy and passion into this event....we are truly humbled by their love for Building Bridges of Hope and FUMSIL.
Please join us for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship as we raise funds to support BBOH activities, including the startup of construction for a new mission house.
Please check out the Raise the Roof website here for more info and to purchase tickets online!
If anyone is interested in putting together a silent auction basket or donating a live auction item, please contact Lindsay Nelson (our Lead Ambassador and Chair of the Auction Committee) at email@example.com We greatly appreciate all of the donations, allowing us to raise the needed funds to continue reaching out to people along the Haiti - Dominican border!
As April came to a close and May begins we want to catch everyone up to speed on another of our newest ventures: the LONG TERM VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. *insert all types of hooting, hollering and general good cheer*
This is a program that has been a long time coming. The vision statement of the program reads:
Long term volunteers commit to the work of both BBOH and FUMSIL for up to 2 years. Their leadership, expertise and old-fashioned hard work are an integral part of what makes BBOH a highly respected grassroots organization impacting communities along the Haiti-Dominican border. Volunteers will be accepted on a rolling basis with flexible starting dates.
Ladies and gents: we are SO EXCITED about this program!!!! We are finally in a place both professionally and personally to welcome like-minded people into a life of service here in the DR! How awesome is that?! God is GOOD and FAITHFUL to this mission.
After extensive conversations with BBOH and FUMSIL leadership we have come up with a list of the jobs/areas where we can best utilize extra hands. They include: volunteer and mission house management, school sponsorship program, home visit coordinator, English teacher, music teacher, medical professional(s) i.e. RN, PA, MD, etc. With a variety of skill sets needed and lots of room for flexible scheduling, we are hopeful that the Lord will send us the perfect people for these positions. BBOH will be providing a separate housing accommodation for the long term volunteers where they can grow in community together in the town of El Llano. We will also be providing a living stipend and wifi. I have to say it again -- how awesome is that?! It is humbling to see a long term vision come to fruition.
We are more focused on the quality of the applicant than the quantity, therefore we have opted to leave the application process open indefinitely with rolling start dates throughout the year. Our first pair of volunteers are set to begin ministry in July 2017.
Please share this information about our LONG TERM PROGRAM far and wide! We want as many applicants as possible and we have the work on the ground to keep them busy! Inquiries for more information can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Onto our personal updates....
Last weekend I had the opportunity to go on a Ladies Retreat with other missionary women who live in San Juan. It was a great day of prayer and reflection through the Velvet Ashes website for women serving overseas (I highly recommend them!). The whole experience felt somewhat surreal as I reflected back to May 2016. One year ago we were identifying our need for community and fellowship. Those were some of the driving forces behind our decision to move to San Juan..... and there I was experiencing exactly what my heart had been longing for. My how much can change in one years time. Amazing. God is FAITHFUL.
We have come to love this town and all that it has to offer. Ben is enjoying school. Emily is growing like a weed -- and just about walking everywhere. We celebrated our first Easter here in the DR. It was a quiet day with a delicious dinner and then mass and spending time with Angel and his family. We surely missed the Easter egg hunts and family dinners from Michigan, but we made the best of the day!
**Honorable mention goes out to my mom, Debbie Coffelt, for making sure that the kids had small Easter baskets and little surprises from home on Easter morning. Thank you!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
There are two important events coming up! The first is our short visit home from May 20 - June 8. We would love to see YOU! Please comment or send a message with info about when you are available. We hope to see everyone!
The second is our annual auction fundraiser, RAISE THE ROOF! It will be held at Corsi's Restaurant & Banquet Hall in Livonia, MI on Saturday August 12 from 5:30 - 11:00 PM. Tickets will be available for purchase online SOON! This event is put on by our BBOH Ambassadors and a team of dedicated volunteers. It will surely be a fun evening with a live & silent auction, dinner and lots of laughter. Dr. Angel, Adam and I will all be present as well. #epic
We look forward to celebrating the mission with you! <3
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