Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Noel trounces our future home...

According to weather radar, tropical storm Noel has officially passed over the DR, but the effects of its torrential rains and high winds remain for our Dominican and Haitian brothers and sisters. The DR's Emergency Operations Center's latest bulletin reports that at least 41 people are dead, 20 are missing and more than 50,000 have been evacuated. We assume that flooded rivers and mudslides have caused the most destruction.

On Monday, Jack and Jenny had to leave Cielo prematurely due to flooding in the streets below. Apparently Cielo residents were marooned for some time as the rising river surrounded our beloved hilltop village. Nick took these amazing, comparative shots of the river valley from Club Bamboo.

Jack, Nick and Jenny flew home yesterday, and although their flights departed as scheduled, heavy rains continued as they took off. According to Jack, many were concerned because the 30+ inches of rain forced the government to increase water flow out of the country's river dams, increasing the risk of more severe flooding downstream. Anyway, we're very grateful that they are home safely.

Lindsay and I made fast friends with a missionary couple back in March. Michael and Kristen Shaul live in San Juan de la Maguana, officially in the DR's "Sur" but actually northwest of Santo Domingo. San Juan, notorious for flooding, lies at the base of a major mountain range called Cordillera Central. We are very concerned for their health, especially since Kristen is eight months pregnant. In addition to praying for our friends in the communities, PLEASE pray for Michael, Kristen and the babe, and their ability to minister in the midst of disaster.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Desserts and Dinners in Orlando!

Rick, Lea, and Darby Steinberger were the hosts of our first dessert in Orlando! Thank you Mark and Pam, Matt and Amy, Dayne and Stephanie, Kelle, and Becky for coming to hear about the call God has placed on our lives. We are very very grateful for your support and encouragement.

Last Friday night we headed over to the Chapin's house for games, dinner, and sharing. First, Brady entertained us with his collection of spaceship and dragon LEGOs. Then we headed outside to play some tackle football (Lucky for me Annalee and Brady were only interested in tackling Elliott). Dinner and dessert were delicious!! Nancy is quite the chef. It was especially special for me to get to share our hearts with the Chapin's because Nancy and Robb have been faithfully praying for me since I was in elementary school. I know that their prayers have been powerful and effective in the past, and I am so grateful that they will be lifting prayers on our behalf in the future!

Thank you so much for your prayers last week while we were in the DR. We had a fruitful trip and trust that the Lord used us for His glory.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Our First Post...

Thank you for checking out our blog! We have had a wonderful first week in Orlando. It has been great to reunite with family and friends. We are off to the DR this afternoon for an unexpected trip. We will be there until Saturday afternoon. Please pray for our safe travel, and that the Lord uses us to administer His grace and healing. We will post again when we get home with pictures and stories from our first week in Orlando!