The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind to say the least. We returned to Michigan mid August and spent some time re-adjusting to life in the States. For as often as we have gone back and forth from the Dominican Republic, there is still a transitional period of adjustment and re-acclaimation to American culture. I'm happy to report that we are all settled into a new routine and environment, enjoying time with extended family.
The weekend after we arrived we spoke at all of the Sunday masses for the Diocese of Lansing Mission Appeal at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI. There are five Sunday masses (6 during the school year!). We want to send a big THANK YOU to the many parishioners who took the time to speak with us, encourage us and support us. It was a remarkable experience!
As we have continued to move forward with raising our personal support we have learned SO much about each other and what is means to be part of an intentional community.
Our supporters and prayer warriors come from a variety of denominations with varied beliefs. Yet, there are two fundamental things that unite us. We have a heart for service and for God. And we are actively pursuing His guidance for our lives. Together, we are choosing to be a community of faith.
I also want to thank you for your laughter. As many of you know, I have a tendency to take life much too seriously, allowing the stress of it all to get to me. Your phone calls and visits filled with jokes and lots of giggling have served me in a BIG way, reminding me to be light hearted and joyful during this transitional phase.
-A ministry vehicle with all wheel drive
-A special volunteer who can help us with Benjamin and Emily for 4-6 weeks with us this fall (ask us for more information if you are interested!)
We will be in Grand Rapids the weekend of Sept. 30 and we would LOVE to see YOU! If you are interested in catching up, learning about our projects and joining our support team, PLEASE comment here or send us an email.
For our support raising efforts, that God may build bridges where HE desires and complete our support team.
For Juancito, as he continues to recover from profound wounds and infections.
For continued guidance and peace as we follow the Lord's leading into full time ministry.
We are Catholic lay missionaries serving along the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
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