A Church is Born! – Part I

COnfirmationAugust 30, 2009
A Church is Born! – Part I
This was a big day in the Dominican! We were all excited. It was no trouble getting up early and being ready to leave for church at 7:30am. We stopped by the cemetery and bought flowers for the church altar and as gifts to the confirmands. There wasn’t much traffic as Danelle drove us out to the church in Palmar Arriba in her little car. I hadn’t been out to Palmar Arriba for several months and I felt oddly comfortable with the terribly rocky roads in Palmar that rip apart the suspension on every car that braves to travel their way. I had been on these roads many, many times visiting the Lutheran Boarding School in Palmar Arriba. But this day was different. This day was going to be the birth of the first Lutheran congregation in Palmar Arriba, Dominican Republic, and we were all excited. But I would have to be patient this morning as we gathered together for worship.

When we got there, Rev. Walter Ries was already there setting up. His wife, Anna, was playing with some kids that wander in to see the activity. Some of the confirmands were arriving and mingling around. Eventually, everyone arrived and the pastors were robed up, lined up and ready to start. The people sat in the white, plastic lawn chairs that serve as “pews”. The sanctuary space is on the second floor of the school, so with the windows open a nice breeze feels good as the room begins to heat up as the sun rises.

Pastor Mario Lehenbauer (First Vice President, Lutheran Church of Brazil), Rev. Walter Ries (Missionary) and Rev. Ted Krey (Missionary) all participated in the service. Pastor Walter plays the guitar and the people sing songs loudly and enthusiastically. Even though I can’t understand Spanish, I recognize the tune and sing along as I try to read the words printed in Spanish on the song sheet. No one cares if I’m mispronouncing the words. It doesn’t matter at all. Pastor Walter preaches to the people gathered and he is so engaging and interesting to listen to even though it is in Spanish and I only understand a couple words like “Jesus” and “amigo” but I understand that he is telling the people of God’s grace and mercy given freely to us through Jesus Christ. Read on in Part II…..



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8 responses to “A Church is Born! – Part I

  1. Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.

    • lcmswrhcsmo

      Thank you so much for the feedback! I definitely did not anticipate this much work but it’s worth it to get the news out about all the great things that are happening with the mission. Definitely come back often ’cause things are really moving.

  2. Awsome content, what template do you use in your blog ?

    • lcmswrhcsmo

      Thanks for the input. I’m glad that you like it. The template that we used is called PressRow. It is one of the free templates on wordpress.

  3. What tamplate do you use in your blog? Very interesting articles

    • lcmswrhcsmo

      The template that we use is called PressRow. It was a lot of fun to create especially since we could upload our own picture which is the market in the DR. I am so glad you like the articles. Please visit often, we are trying to update at least once a week. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Excellent article, bookmarked for future referrence

    • lcmswrhcsmo

      Thank you very much for your kind words. We are very excited about the work being done in the Dominican Republic, not only with the church planting and increase in church membership but also the work being done with the disabled children in the Dominican Republic. We are hoping to have more news in the near future.

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