Day 4 & 5 Summer 2016 Ministry in Full motion!

As the sun rises over Santo Domingo this morning I am writing this to update everyone on the progress of the mission here in the DR. Day 4&5 is included here as the nights have been late and the team has been gathering back quite late preparing for the following day. People are tired but overjoyed by the way God keeps "showing up" and blessing the people we seek to serve.

As a quick Recap of Day 4 & 5 I will provide bite-sized updates on all our major Projects this Week. Please forgive me as there is SO much going on - most importantly lives being changed, both on the team and in the villages where we serve. 

HOH School Courtyard - Completely covered in Cement and now a great Gathering place for our School Community- It looks Awesome- I can almost imagine the kids playing during recess in this space during the school year.

The new Building ( classrooms) Block by Block working along side a local team of Dominicans HOH is erecting this new classroom Space. It is safe to say that every team member has had a hand on a cement block used to construct this massive building. Block by Block our faith is strengthend as we watch God provide the energy and skill needed for this undertaking. 

VBS... we finished our incredible VBS program at the end of Day Five - Get this, while a building is being put up only 50 yards away. VBS is in full swing !  Courtyards and Classrooms are full of hundreds of singing and smiling Kids. All receiving Christ's love with a dose of Fun , Music and VBS drama stories. I have seen the Smiling faces of the many Kids involved each day- they number in the hundreds.

Isaiah 58- Food ministry is in Full swing with teams leaving each day to visit the poorest of the poor here in the DR. I have personally traveled 2 days with teams and I am impacted by the love and humble nature of the people as we get to have fun and do ministry all at the same time.  Where else can you organize a baseball game in 2 minutes, "create bases" out of Rocks and use Sticks to hit out of the park home runs?  Oh and by the Way the Chickens on the playing field are just one of the distractions. Nevertheless, the Americanos  can never seem to win a game against the Dominican teams, and there are no mercy rules either in this league ! After a great game of Baseball the team returns to the village with hot meals and food for families for the days to come. Clothes are distributed and a powerful message of Hope and Love is delivered by pastor Arnold in their language. All this against the backdrop of the beautiful DR countryside.

The team is healthy and energized to continue to serve this week as we prepare for the Teen Challenge program, and visiting our Sponsor children. 

Thank you for your Prayers and support as they are so needed and strengthen this team in supernatural ways, ways that only God can orchestrate. 

Be Blessed - we are  John D. 

Day 3 Summer 2016 The School Courtyard

Major construction today, as the Sun Set on Catalina the last of the concrete for our school courtyard was poured and leveled. A crew of over 20 men and some impressive concrete pumping gear, created a beautiful courtyard for our students and their families. It is because of your generosity that this was all possible. The School continues to be the hub for this community and your constant attention to this ministry makes upgrades like this a reality. Thanks for helping serve families with incredible community spaces.

-- We continue to be.. Blessed , John D.

Day 3 Summer 2016 Isaiah 58 Ministry Season Launch

Wow what an incredible opportunity to serve villages by feeding them a hot meal and providing them with food to take home to their families. Our teams visited the first of 5 villages this week and enjoyed games of baseball and tag with the children as well as visiting with parents and village leaders.

All this while delivering food and the message of hope found only in Jesus Christ.

--Be Blessed John D.

Day 3 Summer 2016 VBS Program Starts Today

Today we had the joy of working with approx. 700 children at our annual VBS program here in Catalina. The Children enjoyed crafts and several Bible Drama's played out by our talented volunteers. So much thanks to the teams of "short term" missionaries who stayed up late Sunday night to get all the Crafts, Props and Skits ready. Our VBS Program will run through Wednesday and bring joy to countless children in the area.

-- Be Blessed, John D

DAY 2 Summer 2016 Visiting Children's Hospital

This afternoon we headed to Robert Reid Children's hospital. If you know me, you know how emotional this was for me. There is nothing worse for me than to see sick children . While we were there we entertained the children with puppets, balloon animals and our singing as well as handed out many beanie babies. We also spent time praying along side the sick children and their families. After dinner many of us shared our days experiences and how it impacted us deep inside.

It was followed by us all working together prepping for VBS which starts tomorrow. We have 500 children attending tomorrows program. It sure is going to be a crazy but amazing day.

Out of respect for the children and their families we will not post pictures of the children in the hospital. The Hands picture above is of Angela in our group comforting and praying with a Mom who's child is in intensive care. So many stories Stay tuned.

God is good. He always is. Share on Social media with #hohmissions2016

  • Rosemarie D

DAY 1 Summer 2016 Planning and Preparing

After a late night flight Friday into Saturday 60 people from this incredible team landed in the DR. We met up with our in country team to plan and prepare for the weeks ministry. With VBS, Construction, ISAIAH 58, Teen Challenge and Women's Health and Childbirth Education , this multi-talented team is ready for action.

For those of you who can not join us this week please continue to pray that lives will be changed and the message of Christ's victory would go forward.

Each day on this trip I hope to post an update of the days progress and select photos in the Gallery on the Handfuls of Hope Website. Check back daily. And if you share this information on social media please remember to tag your posts #HOHMISSIONS2016

Be Blessed, John D.