The next few months will determine many things for PCA and the future of our students. By God’s grace, we have been working diligently to meet all requirements to open and operate the High School. Thank you, Jesus, that we have received written approvals from the local and regional offices. We are only awaiting written approval from the national office, and we will have the permission we need to begin High School. Now we must step up our prayer.
Traveling to Nicaragua is amazing. Every time, it feels so good to be in-country. It feels so much like home. And to be traveling with my son, Jonah, priceless. I am so grateful to share with you the summary of our trip in June and I hope it will encourage you to join us on a trip to Palacaguina in the future. Our group of 16 included a family from Austin, TX and a youth group from Aurora, CO.
During the last two months, I traveled from Birmingham to Wisconsin to the Dominican Republic, and then back to Wisconsin again. I said goodbye to some dear friends and reunited with others. I started my summer job and summer small group. Through all of this, I have been blown away by the Body of Christ: a family of believers from all over the world. No matter where I go, I encounter friends who will encourage me in my faith and help me grow closer to God. lt is such a blessing, and I pray to never take it for granted.
We have started the SSK project for the year 2023. We have had two meetings with the parents to explain the way in which we are going to work this year. We have already bought the school supplements and and we have organized all the activities for the rest of the year. The parents are very grateful to God and to 516 for the valuable help for their children. in addition, our first day with the children was March 4. Please help us pray for this year 2023
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 During the last few months, I have frequently thought about what it means to live life “on mission.” When I was living as a missionary in the Dominican Republic, it was very easy to feel like I was ministering to people daily.
I want to reflect on the Lord’s compassion and faithfulness to start our update. Knowing that every morning His compassion is new gives hope for each day.
I fondly remember a charismatic worship song from my youth, Look What the Lord has Done. And as I recall the many joyful times I sung that song in church, it feels like such an applicable theme for the last year at PCA. God has done so much through the ministry of PCA in the students, families, and community of Palacaguina.
10 years ago, flying back from a mission trip, the ministry of 516NOW began with a simple diagram on a napkin. In those 10 years we have been blessed to help build holy, prosperous and sustainable opportunities in 4 countries with the hopes and prayers for more.
When we think about the task that our Lord has entrusted to us in the Great Commission, we could reach the conclusion that it is impossible to carry out. However, we must recognize that this situation has been faced by the church throughout the ages. We must remember Peter, Paul, Steven, Philip, Barnabas, in the beginning, as well as John Huss, John Knox, Calvin, Luther ….
It is hard to believe we are coming to the end of yet another incredibly successful school year at PCA. Within a
week, we will have our 6th Kindergarten class graduating from our preschool program. And our original
Kindergarten class will be finishing the 5th grade and getting ready for 6th.
Maria takes attendance at each class. As you can see there are 25 enrollees. At this session 22 were in attendance. Given the difficulties for women to break away from the home for an entire afternoon, that is quite good.
This verse has been my constant refrain over the last few months of transition. As I mentioned in my last report, I spent the summer at home transitioning from life in the Dominican Republic into a new season of attending a ministry school in Birmingham, AL.
We are thankful beyond words for your partnership in this journey. Each day I think about the work we have all engaged in and to be honest, sometimes it feels overwhelming. And it is true that often the work we do can be exhausting.