By Pastor Ted Krey
As of late, we have had many comings and goings for our mission team:
The Kreys were away for part of June and July.
Then Pastor Ries and his wife Ana went home to Brazil for a month.
Currently, James Neuendorf is in Michigan from September until December in further education studies.
Both the Kellers are in Wisconsin at this time as well.
Danelle Putnam is also on sabbatical until February of 2013 doing deaconess studies at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne.
We are blessed as well with the hopeful arrival of Deaconess Intern Katie Ziegler on October 1st,
and then Pastor Arthur and Eva Rickman with their three children in the coming months.
Some pictures are here so that you can put a face to the names. We pray for safe travels and studies for all!
By Pastor Walter Ries, Jr.
In July, we were blessed to hold our first ever week-long camp for children with disabilities. The children in our group home and other children from the community, including those from our Amigos de Jesus group, participated in crafts, Bible studies, songs, and other activities. A group of 15 youth from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lakeland, Florida, partnered with 15 of our church youth, to serve the children throughout the week. A great time was had by all and real friendships were formed as all celebrated the togetherness that we have through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, given to us in holy baptism in which He made us His own.
Pastor Ted Krey
In July, we were blessed to have Professor Roberto Bustamante of Concordia Seminary, Argentina present to teach a one week intensive course. Professor Bustamante, author of a a Spanish commentary on I and II Timothy, gave a survey of the New Testament to our pastoral students. In all, some nine men participated and enjoyed studying God’s Word together. The course was held in our mission office in Santiago. Lord-willing, we hope all of our future theological courses will be held in our very own building which is nearing completion in Palmar Arriba. Brian and Jeanette Keller have worked hard in conjunction with our volunteer teams to complete the house that was donated to us in June of 2011. It is hoped that the house will be rented in the months of high tourist season so that an income might be generated for basic maintenance of the building. The building sits high atop a hill overlooking the town of Palmar and Cibao Valley. A cross which Brian put on the front of the building can be seen by all for miles around. Please pray for us on this continued effort and consider supporting this project.
Bold Witness SWD
Click on the above link to an article that ran in Passionate Believers, a quarterly publication of the LCMS congregations wthin the South Wisconsin District. The article describes the work and experiences of volunteer construction teams that have visited the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission in the recent past. Over the last year, Brian and Jeanette Keller, Construction and Volunteer Coordinators, have hosted 100 people in 9 groups from 17 congregations in 4 different states. Volunteer servant teams are asked to pay for the transportation to the DR and to bring an offering to help with the cost of construction. Next year’s groups will stay in the newly finished seminary/guest house which sits on top of a hill over Palmar Arriba. Outstanding views of Santiago from the balcony! The volunteer servant team calendar will come out in November 2012 and will be opened up to congregations and groups to select dates for teams to come to the DR. Teams will most likely focus on construction of a new group home for disabled orphans. Please post a comment to this blog or email me so you can be on the list to receive the calendar of dates. Dates fill up fast so you should be thinking now about which week you would prefer. A typical team schedule is:
Friday -Travel Day. Arrive in Santiago, Dominican Republic
Thursday – Orientation and half work day.
Sunday – Worship. Community outreach activity.
Mon – Work Day. Evening cook-out with missionaries.
Tues – Work Day.
Wed – Work Day
Thurs – Work Day
Fri – Possible beach day.
Sat – Depart to return home.
Thank you to all of the 2012 teams that served to build and expand the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission. Would love to talk to anyone considering the mission as a future place for your group to volunteer!
By Pastor Ted Krey
On Wednesday, June 6th, a Divine Service for the end of the school year for Concordia Lutheran was held. For the first time ever we worshipped outside in the school yard, thanks to a new lighting system recently installed outdoors. It was a beautiful setting with the mountains as the backdrop, and the lights of the stars also shining brightly overhead. The children came forward, class by class to recite Bible verses, and to sing hymns they had memorized, taking us through the church year, from Advent to Pentecost. It was with thankful hearts that we witnessed hearing about the faith and hope that we have in Christ Jesus our Savior, shared with us by 3 year olds, children with disabilities, the rowdy 7th graders, and their teachers too! What a joy to have a Christian school where we can talk freely about our Lord, forgiveness, new life and salvation that we find only in Him.
By Pastor Walter Ries Jr.
At our Santiago mission, in the “Pueblo Nuevo” neighborhood, we celebrated the baptism of Kissayris’ brother and the confirmation of her mother on June 3rd. Kissayris is the principal of our Concordia Lutheran School in Palmar Arriba. That morning we also enjoyed a visit from a group from Saint Michael’s Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, Florida. The group was in town for a servant event week of painting and school repairs.
The list of weekly activities for the Santiago mission has been growing over the past months. Weekly Bible studies are now held in the cafeteria of the local department store. A new weekly English conversation club called “Branch Out” began mid-June, led by James and Christel Neuendorf, with assistance by Katie Lane. The club has begun to open doors in the community, and spread the word of where our mission is located. We praise God for the contacts we have begun to make in the Pueblo Nuevo community of Santiago, and pray for the continued growth of this mission.