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"Accident"ly Changed

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (210)

Dear Friends,


As many of you know, we will begin our transition back from the Dominican Republic next month. It is crazy to think that it has already been 2 years. What a wild, fun, exciting, difficult and sometimes scary ride. Thank you for coming on mission with us and for supporting the children here in Rio San Juan.


Our journey here began with a car accident involving ...

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And If Necessary, Use Words

Posted on March 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (2)

“Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words”

That’s a phrase loosely attributed to St. Francis of Assasi. It’s kinda controversial actually.  Us... we love it because words mean less and less these days. Society seems to be more about ‘telling’ and less about ‘showing’.   From the political controversies all over TV to the local church people are quick to share their opinion (or spread it on Facebook) but are slow to...

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Giving Tuesday

Posted on December 1, 2015 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (3)

Hello friends,

What an interesting rollercoaster of days. It is difficult to truly appreciate this until it’s done from afar. First we have a great holiday (one of our favorites) Thanksgiving. A day to be intentional about being thankful – something that is surprisingly difficult in our hustle & bustle world. Then we roll right into Black Friday and Cyber Monday where we buy more than the GDP of most countries in order to fill our consumeristic needs and overindulge...

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Come a Long Way...

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (2)
Thank you all for loving these kids with us.  
We have all come a long way in the last 14 months.  
What a great group!  

Check out these pics of the early days and the video from last week. 

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Eucharist Tired

Posted on September 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (2)

Hello friends,

Looking back over the past few months and to our last blog reminded me of a podcast we listened to recently. It discussed the different types of tired. There is physically tired – where you are just worn out and your body hurts. There is mentally tired – where your brain is cooked and you are worn down and exhausted from pushing yourself mentally. Then, there is Eucharist tired – where you are just worn out, beat up, and overall exhausted from pouri...

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¿Have You Ever Wondered - Where Are You God?

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Hello friends,

It has been a long 6 weeks! Thank you to those who have been praying for us and helping to encourage us.
Just to give you a quick glimpse – we haven’t had electricity or running water for a lot of the past 6 weeks, most everything is broken, both vehicles and moped have needed significant repairs (of course all at the same time – leaving us on foot), kids have been sick, our neighbor was shot during a breaking and entering, and no sle...

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It's like a real community center!

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello friends. Thanks to our faithful supporters we’ve managed to again expand our programs here at Centro Cristiano. In continuing to ask the question – “what is Good News” for our community we opened our school of English last week with 12 students and one stellar director, Carlitos. English is so important here. There are not many jobs to be had, let alone good jobs. If you know English, then you’ve already made your way to the front of...

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6 months in the field, how are you?

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (2)

Hi all of you. What an adventure it has been so far. We just returned home from a few weeks of R&R back in the States. Interesting that here is our new definition of ‘home’, but in just 6 months, it already feels that way. We received so many questions from our friends in the US we thought we’d answer a few here.

1. How’s the DR? Hmm…good but also nebulous. We think pretty good. ‘DR’ is floating around in the Caribbean, all...

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¡Feliz Navidad!

Posted on December 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (1)
Yes, we’re here! Seems like every Anglo has left the island so we imported our own. Our dear friends who we call Aunt Vicki and Uncle Ken are visiting for Christmas. It’s always nice to see someone from the USA, but it is quite fantastic to host people who are willing to serve with a smile and are encouraging at every turn.

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Giving Tuesday

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (3)

It’s giving Tuesday, a day to celebrate generosity and a day to give. We encourage you to consider our ministry which provides a safe and loving place for the impoverished kids of Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic. Donations are tax deductible.



Many of you have asked about Jessica, our first little friend in the Dominican, and the subject of our first blog po...

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The Sanky Panky

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (14)

Nope not a typo. If you look up Sanky Panky on wiki, it has some sexual connotations but around our community it is what is loosely referred to as a Dominicans taking advantage of a gringo (if you don’t know what a gringo is then wow you are really gringo). There are actual movies made here in the Caribbean about it. Generally the plot revolves around a latino man in search of an older gringa woman to take care of him. So funny and popular that Sanky Panky 2 ...

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Niños De Carácter --- Meet Francisco!

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (2)

Hello friends!

We have just finished week 2 of the re-opening of the community center in Rio San Juan, and through each child we have met, it has been a great blessing. We are so thankful that we get to be your boots on the ground and love on these great kids. After talking with the principal of the local elementary school, the mayor of Rio San Juan (RSJ), and our leadership team, we have been focusing on two main areas. First, building the foundations of discipleship for our young cro...

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Up 'N Runnin'

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (3)

We’ve actually managed to stay out of the pokey this week and get some work done…

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve met with our directors here at Manna as well as local leaders in Rio San Juan. Particularly, the principal and the mayor were interesting. They were not shy with their needs (good for them!) and more or less gave us free reign in their communities. We were pretty overwhelmed (still are) with all of the need. There is a lot. We’ve decided to ...

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Angels with Popcorn

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (9)

When you are having a bad day –sometimes the best remedy is to love other people.

You know when you are just having one of those week. The kids woke up every night crying, Bodi has a double ear infection, we have lost power and run out our batteries several times, water was cut off for a while, it has been excessively hot (and no batteries means no fans), still no internet, still no car after 10 days of promises, our washing machine still doesn&#...

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We made it! Meet our first little Dominican Friend.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (11)

What a journey so far. In only 7 days life has changed so much. Life in the DR is a lot different than in the US, and a constant reminder of everything I took for granted. (Like water, food and electricity). One thing that appealed to leaving the US was eliminating the ‘static’ and living a simpler and more communal way of life. Maybe you know what I mean when I say this… like the ‘static’ of all the daily tasks we do…play dates, soccer practice, smart p...

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