We have set the date for our partnership meeting for February 13, 2010 in Santiago, Dominican Republic. This meeting is a time for all the partners involved in supporting the LCMS Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission to come together, hear updates on the mission, coordinate activities and plan for the future. We particularly enjoy having the Dominican partners attend the meetings. Hopefully, Vicar Joseph and Vicar Willy will be able to drive from Santo Domingo that day to visit with us and attend the meeting. And I always look forward to meeting with Diamela Pascasio from the Lutheran Boarding School in Palmar Arriba and the Genesis School in Santiago. Trudy Bekker of International Child Care is also a great partner in the Dominican and so maybe we will have a chance to visit with her as well. It is possible that we will be able to celebrate the confirmation of another group of people on Sunday, February 14th.
The American partners of the project that are invited to attend this meeting are representatives from St. Michael Lutheran Church (Fort Meyers, FL), LCMS South Wisconsin District, Bethesda Lutheran Communities, LCMS World Mission and LCMS World Relief and Human Care. Once the meetings are finished, at the end of the day, the best part happens…Rev. Ries makes us all charrusco!
Here is a picture of a great plate of churrasco that Pastor Walter made us the last time we were there. This picture does not do it justice. For those who know me, they will know that since I don’t like meat and I eat churrasco, this stuff must be really good!
Here is a short video of Danelle cleaning up in the kitchen after the wonderful churrasco! You can see the typical kitchen the missionaries have in their home.