|Serving the Border||
|Serving the Border||
Growing up I always heard the phrase and corresponding response, "God is good" "All the time". In fact I heard it so much that at some point I think the truth and deep meaning behind it became commonplace.
But guess what guys -- He REALLY is good. Like, CRAZY good. His ability to care for us and truly reach into the depths of our heart is beyond our comprehension. He knows what we need before we even know what we need. And if we just take our hands off the steering wheel and let Him take the lead, He will provide all that we need and more.
When we arrived in the DR last week we stopped at our friend Cachacho's house on our way to Elias Pina. He lives in San Juan in the same neighborhood as Dr. Angel's family. This area would be our dream neighborhood to settle down for a time. It is family friendly with services like 24 hr electricity, running water and even a neighborhood park. Adam ran into Cachacho's colmado (a small corner store) to say hi and buy a couple bottles of water. When Adam came back to the car he had the BIGGEST smile. He proceeded to explain that he casually mentioned our need for housing and that we would like to move to the San Juan area. Cachacho jumped right in and said that his friend was looking for a good, reliable renter. The best part? The house is right across the street from Cachacho and only a block and a half from Angel's house -- literally the perfect location. It was one of those God moments where you get goosebumps and can feel the Holy Spirit whisper "do this". We were able to see the house that very night and even talk with the owner on the phone. The owner was gracious in listening to our story and working with us on the cost of rent, coming down several hundred dollars to meet our budget. Based on our past experience we anticipated the search for a new rental house to be frustrating and time consuming. Long term rentals can be hard to find, especially out this way toward the Haitian border. But, God is CRAZY good. He took care of it for us.
And it gets better.
Through a connection forged by one of our supporters (shoutout to you Rose Marie!) we were able to begin a conversation with David Adams, Vice President of Cross Catholic Outreach. We sent him detailed information about who we are, what we do and our greatest needs. He expressed interest in providing us with a ministry VEHICLE. That's right, our own Building Bridges of Hope vehicle. We have a phone conference scheduled tomorrow morning with their regional coordinator to discuss details. Please pray that we present the work of BBOH and FUMSIL sufficiently and communicate our needs well. Again, God is CRAZY good.
All of this exciting news has kept us inspired and looking forward to whatever God puts in front of us next. We are freeingly (is that a word?) open to His will and what He has planned for both our family and for Building Bridges of Hope.
Please, please PLEASE continue to pray for us! I don't want to sugarcoat the difficult parts of all this change either. There are times when we doubt. There are times when we get overwhelmed and become impatient. We do miss family and friends immensely. But, staying focused on the Lord and the mission at hand keeps us grounded.
For our phone call tomorrow with Cross Catholic Outreach, that we may communicate our needs well and that a partnership may be established between CCO and BBOH.
For the repose of the soul of DJ, one of Adam's best friends who passed away on Sunday. May the angels meet him in paradise!
And for our little family as we continue to adjust and prepare to move on July 1st.
We are Catholic lay missionaries serving along the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
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