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OK, here it is. This is the last post here for the DMT class of 2016 and it covers DMT Summer Weeks 10-11. Week 10 was the week of July 30 – August 5. We had no mission team for that week. We spent the week cleaning up the facility in Doctor Arroyo and getting ready to head south to the tropics for week 11. We attended the usual church services and things, but we didn’t get very many pictures. I threw in the pictures that we did get and you can see them at DMT Summer Photos, Week 10.

     Week 11 was the week of August 5 – 13 and we had a mission team from Niles, Michigan come all the way down to Casa Dayspring (The Dayspring Orphanage) in Veracruz. I took all our staff, students and summer staff down south to Nelly’s house in Tancuiche, San Luis Potosi (which is about 5 miles from the orphanage) on Friday and they all set up hammocks and slept there all week. That same day Roger brought down the Michigan team. Roger and I stayed in a hotel in El Higo, Veracruz with the Michigan team. Elda and the kids went to Platon Sanchez and stayed there for most of the week. We spent the week doing kids’ services in villages around that area and getting to know the orphanage kids. We had a concrete work project one day at the construction site where we’re currently building a new orphanage facility. You can see pictures from week 11 at DMT Summer Photos, Week 11.

     On Friday, August 12 Roger & Eric headed back to Texas with the Michigan team and our American DMT students. Elda & I left the same day, going the opposite direction to take all the Mexican DMT students & staff home. On Saturday we made it back to Pastor Pascual’s house in Oaxaca, where we left the last of them. So, that’s it. It was a great year and we have several of the students planning to come back and work on the mission field. We’re all excited to see what the future holds, we have several new ministry areas and a lot of options for them to choose from. We are already looking for students for next year’s DMT Program. Right now I have 7 Mexican students for next year, but only 1 or 2 Americans. The American students’ tuition pays for themselves, plus one Mexican, so we need more Americans in order for all 7 Mexicans to be able to attend. We appreciate y’all’s prayers about this and if you know anyone that might be interested, feel free to tell them to contact Roger or I. Thank you all for following us here. We will put this blog on pause until we fire it back up for the class of 2017 next January.

Thanks and God Bless
Dennis

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OK, so the 2016 DMT Program is over already, but I don’t really want to leave this blog hanging like this, so I’m working on getting it caught up to the end, even though maybe no one is looking at it anymore. I just posted a picture set for week 9 of the summer and you can see it at 2016 DMT Summer, Week 9 Photos. It was the week of July 23 – 30 and we had two mission teams in Doctor Arroyo that week. One team was from Kingston, New York and the other was from Madison, Wisconsin. We did the usual stuff – farmer’s market, hospital ministry, door to door visitations – in the mornings. We did three days of VBS with the kids in the village of La Palma Gorda and on Thursday we all went back to Real de Catorce one last time. On Wednesday evening we had a church service in Doctor Arroyo, immediately followed by a graduation ceremony for the surviving 11 DMT students this year. It was a fun night and we had a special meal afterward with cakes and a million selfies on my cameras for me to sort through (I’ve been loaning out a couple cameras throughout the summer in order to get pictures of things when I’m not personally present. Clever, huh?)

     We took the teams out to Texas on Friday and they all went home on Saturday. Also, Allison & Edison went home on Saturday as well. They are going back to college and needed to skip the final mission team (weeks 10-11). Eric’s little sister Elaine went home as well. She was our last remaining American summer staffer this year and I did not take her to the airport, so I didn’t get any pictures of her leaving (sorry Elaine). Anyway, there you have it. I’m working on a final post for weeks 10-11 and I’ll try to get it posted after the weekend when I’ll be back in Arroyo.

Thanks and God Bless
Dennis

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Hello again out there. I finally had a chance to get caught up a little bit here. I just posted four weeks of pictures (Summer Weeks 5-8), so let me give you the rundown on those. Summer Week 5 was the week of June 25 – July 2 and we had a very large group here from the First Baptist Church in Meridian, Texas. There were 44 people in the group and we were 77 people in total that week with all the missionaries, summer staff & DMT students & staff. We split into two groups that week and did our VBS in the villages of Panales & Agua Nueva. We did our usual in home visitations & hospital ministry on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings. We had church services Tuesday evening in Panales & Wednesday evening in Doctor Arroyo. On Thursday we went up to the historic silver mining town of Real de Catorce for the day. You can see the picture set at DMT Summer, Week 5 Photos.

     Summer Week 6 was the week of July 1 – 10. We had two groups here that week. The Evangelical Chinese Church (ECC) from Seattle, Washington arrived in Texas on Thursday while we were all still here working with the Texas group. We sent a couple of our DMT students (Esperanza & Allison) out on a bus to get them. On Friday they all came to Matehuala (about 30 miles west of Dr Arroyo) on a bus and our staff here picked them up. They did children’s services on Saturday & Sunday in the village of Los Altitos. Roger & I had four of the vans in Texas, so the Seattle team and our staff in Mexico got around in just the green van and Dani’s Dad’s pickup. On Saturday Roger left from Texas to go down to the Casa Dayspring (the orphanage) in El Higo, Veracruz. He picked up a group from Nappanee, Indiana at the airport in Tampico, Tamaulipas and they all spent the week down there working on the construction of the new orphanage facility. Meanwhile Eric & I came back to Arroyo on Sunday with another group from Sandusky, Ohio (The Chapel) plus three people from Latrobe, Pennsylvania. We were still a mob of people, 75 in total that week. We did our usual stuff and our VBS for the week was in the villages of La Laja & Aguilar. We went to Real de Catorce again on Thursday and then back out to Texas on Friday. You can see the picture set at DMT Summer, Week 6 Photos.

     Summer Week 7 was the week of July 10 – 16 and we had two groups again. One from Grace Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas and the other from The Meeting Place Church in Blacksburg, South Carolina. Those groups weren’t so big, so we were able to stay together all week. We did our three days of VBS in the village of Pompeya. On Thursday we went back up the mountain to Real de Catorce again (that’s 5 times this summer, so far). On Friday we headed for Texas, as usual. You can see the picture set at DMT Summer, Week 7 Photos.

     Summer Week 8 was the week of July 16 – 24. We had no group that week, so we got caught up on our cleaning & stuff. We did three days of kids’ services right here in the church on the property in Doctor Arroyo. You can see the picture set at DMT Summer, Week 8 Photos. Our DMT program is coming to an end soon. As I write this we are in the late part of week 10. Week 11 is the final week. Friday I will take all the staff, students & summer staff back down to the orphanage in Veracruz. Roger will be driving down there the same day with the final mission team for this summer. They are from Niles, Michigan and they wanted to see what a tropical mission trip would be like, since they’ve been down on trips to Doctor Arroyo a few times. Next Friday (August 12) Roger will take the Michigan team out to Texas along with all our American students and they will be heading for home. I will stay in the tropics and take our Mexican staff & students home. Many of them live in Oaxaca, so I will be heading down there again. I’m not sure what kind of internet I will have next week, but we will try to post something on the Dayspring Facebook pages a few times throughout the week. Eventually I’ll get the last three weeks of pictures up here. Anyway, I gotta run. Thanks for following us here and we’ll see you soon.

Dios les Bendiga
Dennis

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OK, here’s what happened during summer week 4. It was the week of June 17 – 26, just after the mission team from Indiana left. We had no mission team here for week four, so we got caught up on some work projects and things. I stayed an extra day or two in Texas to get my van worked on. The students and staff in Arroyo put rock and then dirt into the concrete flower beds that surround the dining hall, so now they’re ready for something to be planted there. We had our usual church services on Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning. On Wednesday we all went to El Salto, a waterfall park about an hour and a half away, near Zaragoza, Nuevo Leon. We cooked hamburgers and brats and everyone got to explore the park and swim in the ice cold water there. You can check out some pictures from week 4 at DMT Summer Week 4 Photos. Remember to follow us on our Facebook pages – Dayspring Missionary Training, Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo & Dayspring Outreach Ministries. I’ve been posting there almost daily since week 5. If you click “like” or “follow” on any or all of those pages you should get something in your newsfeed whenever I post something new.

Thanks and God Bless
Dennis

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Well, I’m four weeks or so late, but here’s the scoop on summer week 3 (if I can remember back that far). We had a mission team here from Bethel College in Indiana and we did our three days of VBS in the village of La Mesa Del Traidor, with a Tuesday evening church service in El Carmen de La Laja. We took them to Real de Catorce on Thursday and then back out to Texas on Friday. You can see the picture set for week 3 at 2016 DMT Summer Photos, Week 3. We’ve been so busy that I’m finding it impossible to keep up with this blog. We are posting almost daily on a couple of our Facebook pages, so if you follow those you will get more up to date info & pictures. Look on Facebook for these pages – Dayspring Missionary Training, Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo & Dayspring Outreach Ministries. If you click “like” or “follow” on any or all of those pages, then you should see me posting stuff on there almost every day this summer. I started doing that during summer week 5 with the Meridian, TX mission team and I’ve been doing it ever since. I’ve also been sharing those on my personal Facebook page (Dennis Kramer).

     We had no team here for week 4 so our staff did some work projects and stuff and we went to the waterfall park at El Salto one day. I’m going to try to get that posted one of these days, but until then remember to meet us on those Facebook pages.

Thanks and God Bless
Dennis

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Here we are with DMT Summer Week 2. It was June 5 – 11 and we had a mission team here from Carthage, Missouri. We did VBS with the kids in the village of San Antonio de Los Alamitos on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday and as usual ended it all on Wednesday afternoon with the destruction of a piñata. We took everyone to the farmer’s market in Doctor Arroyo on Monday morning and we did the hospital ministry in Doctor Arroyo on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Tuesday night we went out to the village of Pompeya and had a church service there. On Thursday morning we took everyone to the larger market in the city of Matehuala, 30 miles west of Arroyo. I heard that they went out and did some door to door visitations in Doctor Arroyo Thursday after lunch, but I wasn’t there and no one gave me any pictures of that, so I guess we can assume it happened. We had a church service at the church here on the Daypring compound at 5:00PM on Thursday and that pretty much tops off the week. There were ice cream store visits and other things in the mix, too. I know they started a fire between the dining hall & the church on Thursday night and roasted marshmallows.

     I did not drive the group in from Texas or back out to Texas, so I didn’t get any pictures of those trips like I usually do. I was getting my van worked on and came out to Texas on Friday afternoon. When I arrived the group had already left. Roger did take them to Nuevo Progreso on the way out for some more shopping (it’s a border city on the Mexico side where you can buy souvenirs and stuff). Hopefully they had a good trip and maybe we’ll see them next year. You can check out the picture set for summer week 2 at 2016 DMT Summer Photos, Week 2. I’m gonna get started working on week 3.

God Bless
Dennis

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OK, here’s our blog for the 2016 DMT Summer Week 1. It was May 29 – June 4 and we had a mission team from Stratton, Colorado. The way our weeks are structured in the summer goes something like this. Most teams arrive at our facility in Edinburg, Texas on Saturdays. Some fly in and we pick them up at the airport. The Colorado team drove down in a couple vans. On Sunday we drive everyone into Reynosa to get their visa papers and then we roll on to our facility in Doctor Arroyo. On Fridays we drive the team back out to Texas and they leave on Saturday. The next team comes in that day and we do it all again. That gives each team 4 full days in Mexico, since Sunday & Friday are driving days. We will take the teams to the same village for VBS with the kids on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons. The next team will be the same, but a different village. Also, we have a church service on Tuesday nights, usually in the village of El Carmen de La Laja, but sometimes in a different village. On Monday mornings we take everyone down to the farmer’s market in Doctor Arroyo for an hour or so. On Tuesday & Wednesday mornings we split everyone into two teams. One team will go and do the hospital ministry at the Doctor Arroyo hospital and the other team will go on visitation (we have some families that we visit because they have health issues and can’t come to church). On Thursdays we usually take everyone to the historic silver mining town of Real de Catorce, higher up in the mountains in San Luis Potosi. There they can shop and go on a horse ride further up the mountain and explore a couple of ghost towns up there. Occasionally a team comes down that have been here several times and they don’t want to go to Real de Catorce, in which case we take them to the larger market Matehuala in the morning and then in the afternoon we will have a work project of some kind and church service at 5:00PM. There are many other things that go on in between. We have group devotions & worship time most mornings and we have drama practice and times when we teach everyone some of the kids’ songs in Spanish.

     

     For our week with the Colorado team we did VBS in the village of Jesus Maria y El Salto. We had several kids there and on the last day (Wednesday) we let the kids destroy a piñata. We also had a ladies’ service one day for all the Moms that showed up and we had a church service Tuesday evening in El Carmen de La Laja. On Thursday we took them to Real de Catorce and Friday we came back out to Texas. It was a great week and we hope they come back next year. You can check out the picture set for summer week 1 at 2016 DMT Summer Photos, Week 1. I’m trying to get caught up. As I write this the third week has just ended. Thanks for following us here and I’ll be back as soon as I can with DMT Summer Week 2.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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OK, so here we are at the end. After Roger took the New York group out my family & I stayed in Doctor Arroyo for a couple more days with the DMT students. It was the last couple days for everyone to be together before we took the American students out. We did have a few things to do, though. On Saturday, the day after the New York group left, we went back out to Pastor Lucio’s church in El Carmen de La Laja and finished the work project that the New York team started, painting the church. On Sunday we had our last church service here in Arroyo. On Sunday night we had a farewell supper of pollo asado and a cake. Pastor Eleuterio and Benita joined us for that, as well as Meme & Esthela. On Monday morning my family & I hit the road for Texas with the American students. Roger & Carolyn were waiting for us in Texas along with Pastors Rick & Paulette Robison from South Carolina. Rick is a board member and he taught at the school way back in February for Week 3. We had some American food and some debriefings the next day and then everyone started going home. On Thursday Roger, Carolyn, Rick & Paulette went back to Arroyo for the Mexican students. On Friday they headed for Veracruz. My family & I went to Veracruz that day, too from Texas. We left Kenny at the house in Texas. Our neighbor Pete took him to the airport on Saturday and he flew home. Elda & I picked up Norma & Adan from Roger on Saturday and took them home to Platon Sanchez. Roger left the same day to take the rest to Oaxaca (Areli, Fanny, Javier & Celia).

     So there you have it. That marks the end of the DMT program for the class of 2015. We had a great year and a great class. Some of the students are planning to come back next year, some are undecided & some are already set up to work in their home churches. It’s hard to predict right now what will happen next year and where everyone will be. Speaking for my family and I, we’re going to miss everyone a lot. This time of year is always a little hard. Everyone’s been living together for 7 months and then suddenly it ends. We wish the best to all these students and summer staff and we pray that God will call them into ministry in some way and that he’ll bless their efforts in that.  It looks like the class of 2016 may be even bigger, we have around thirteen interested in coming right now and it’s still early. There is a picture set for the final week and you can see it at 2015 DMT Summer Photos Week 10 – Going Home or click on the link to the left of this blog for all the 2015 Photo Sets. We’re going to put this blog to sleep now, so this will be the last post for a while. We’ll be back here in January, getting started again with the class of 2016. Thanks for following us here and God bless y’all.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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For Week 9 we had a mission team here from The Banner of Love Church in Kingston, New York. We did our VBS on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in the village of Pompeya. We had a church service in El Carmen de La Laja on Tuesday night and in Pompeya on Wednesday night, as well as the Doctor Arroyo hospital ministry on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings. It was our final mission group for this summer. Our DMT students are here getting ready to go home. I’m taking the American students out to Texas tomorrow (Monday August 3) and they’ll be heading home from there. Roger & I will come back here on Thursday and shortly after that we’ll leave to take our Mexican students to their homes in the tropics. You can see the picture set for Week 9 at 2015 DMT Photos, Week 9 or click on the link to the left of this blog for all the 2015 Photo Sets. You can also check out a day to day account of the week on our Mission Trips Blog at http://www.dayspring.us/blog. That Mission Trips Blog will be on pause for a while since our summer trips are over, but you can still go there and review all the mission trips from this summer and even further back if you want. I think there will be a couple trips this fall and we’ll be posting there again for those. I’ll try to take some pictures when we take everyone home and post one more time here on this blog in a week or so. Until then, thanks for following us here…

God Bless
Dennis

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We had no mission team here for Week 8, so we went out and did some kids’ services and some evangelizing in a couple villages that we hadn’t made it to this summer. On Tuesday & Wednesday we went back out to La Palma Gorda. We were there a couple days during Week 5. It’s the village where we own a property & church, but we didn’t have a key to it, so we cut the lock off and put a new one on. We got rained out every time we went there during Week 5, so we went back and this time we were able to have a couple kids’ services and visit several people around town. On Thursday & Friday we did the same thing in the village of Agua Nueva. You can see the picture set for Week 8 at 2015 DMT Summer Photos, Week 8 or click on the link to the left of this blog for all the 2015 Photo Sets.

     At the very beginning of Week 8 we received some terrible news. Our old friend and Pastor in La Palma, Veracruz, Narcizo Del Angel died on Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t completely unexpected, he had been very sick for some time. Elda, the kids & I were in Texas and we got our stuff together real quick and made the 8 hour trip down there on Sunday. We made it barely in time for the funeral service and I put up a few pictures from that in this set as well. Joel & Ruth, Pastors Manuel (Meme) & Oralia, all from La Haciendita were there also, as well as some others. For those of you who have been following us on this blog for a while, Pastor Narcizo is Laurita’s father. I’m sure Laurita and her family will appreciate any prayers y’all might send their way. Pastor Narcizo will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him.

     I’m working on the pictures for Week 9 with our final mission team for this summer from New York and I hope to have them up in a few days. Our DMT Program is ending and this week we’re working on getting everyone home. I’ll be posting a final set for that, it’ll be Week 10 and that will end this blog until next January. Thanks for following us here and I’ll be back…

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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For Week 7 we had a mission team here at Doctor Arroyo Dayspring Mission from The Grace Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. We did our VBS with the kids in the village of Panales on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. We had a ladies’ service on Tuesday during the kids’ service and a church service on Wednesday after the kids’ service at our new mission in Panales. It’s on the other side of the village from where we were doing the kids’ services and we’ve been working on a new mission there this summer. Also on Tuesday night we went back out to the village of El Carmen de La Laja for their weekly Tuesday night church service. We had more work projects painting the bathrooms and our hospital ministry going on as usual on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings. On Thursday we took everyone to the city of Matehuala in the morning for an hour or so of shopping at the market there. In the afternoon we did some more painting in the upstairs apartment here on the Dayspring compound. We had a 6:00PM church service here at the church on Thursday afternoon and the Fort Worth team cooked spaghetti & meatballs for all the Dayspring staff & students as well as for the entire church congregation.

     You can read more details about the Fort Worth team and their week with us in Mexico on our Mission Trips Blog at http://www.dayspring.us/blog. The picture set is up and you can see it at 2015 DMT Summer Week 7 Photos. This week we have no mission team here, but we’re continuing on with our ministry. We’re doing VBS with the kids this week in the village of La Palma Gorda, as well as starting a mission there. We are going to another village this week as well. It’s called Agua Nueva and a lady there has invited us to come out there and start a mission in her home. I’ll try to get something posted back up here covering this week when I can. Next week we have our final mission team for this summer coming from Kingston, New York and we’ll be posting daily with them on our Mission Trips Blog during that week. Thanks for following us on these blogs and we’ll be back…

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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For Week 6 we had a mission team here from The Chapel in Sandusky, Ohio. We also have three ladies from California here for two weeks, so they’re gonna be here for Week 7, too. We did our Kids’ services for Week 6 in the village of La Mesa del Traidor (Traitor’s Table). It’s pretty far out in the desert (about an hour on a very rough road) and we went out there on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in the afternoons. We did kids’ services each time, a ladies’ service on Tuesday and a church service on Wednesday. We also had our usual activities throughout the week (door to door visitation, hospital ministry, work project, etc.). On Thursday we took everyone to the historic silver mining town of Real de Catorce for shopping, horseback rides, etc. My Chevy van died and wouldn’t start as we were leaving there and that become a bit of an adventure. We decided it needed a fuel pump, so we took the gas tank off and Roger & I drove an hour back to Matehuala for a new one. Meanwhile we packed Skylar’s van with as many people as possible (21 people in a 15 passenger van, although three were children) and she took them back to Arroyo and then turned around and came back in case we didn’t get the van working. We got the new fuel pump on and it still wouldn’t start. By then it was getting pretty late and cold, so we left it there and came back in the other two. We got back to Arroyo with everyone at about midnight and they had tamales waiting for us. On Friday Roger & Skylar took the group out to Texas. I stayed here to get my van fixed. Kenny & I took a bus to Matehuala and hired a flatbed tow truck to bring the van back down (We’re at about 5500 feet here, but Real de Catorce is at about 9000 feet). That took all day, but the mechanic found that the problem was a short in the fuse box, so we’re rolling again. Roger said that the group flew out with no problems on Saturday morning. I’ve got a picture set up for this past week with them and you can see it at 2015 DMT Summer Week 6 Photos – The Chapel.

     We’re getting ready for the next mission team from Fort Worth, Texas. They’ll be here for Week 7. You can read more details about the Ohio team and their week with us in Mexico on our Mission Trips Blog at http://www.dayspring.us/blog. We’ll be posting there throughout this week as well with our Fort Worth team. Thanks for following us on these blogs and we’ll be back…

God Bless
Dennis

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OK, so I finally made it back here. We had three weeks here in Doctor Arroyo with no mission teams to work with, so we went ahead with ministry as usual with our summer staff and the DMTstudents and staff. I posted a big picture set that covers these past three weeks and you can check it out at DMT Summer Weeks 03, 04 & 05 Photos. We went back out to San Antonio de Los Alamitos during Week 3 and continued with the children’s services that we started the week before with the team from South Carolina. For Week 4 we did the village of Aguilar and Week 5 was supposed to be the village of La Palma Gorda, but we got rained out of there every day that we went. We also continued on with the regular church services – Sunday mornings and Thursday afternoons at the church here on the Dayspring compound and Saturday afternoons at the Pastor’s mission across town. Also, we’re trying to get a couple more missions restarted (they were meeting a few years ago) in the villages of Panales and La Palma Gorda. Dayspring owns a property with a little church on it in La Palma Gorda, but no one knows who has the key. We went out there with a hacksaw and cut the lock off and we got in and cleaned the church out. It was filthy, it looked like no one has been in there for a few years. We put a new lock on it, but we weren’t able to do anything else because it wouldn’t stop raining. We have one more week with no group this summer (It will be Week 8), so we’re planning on getting back out there that week. We probably will also take a group or two out there during Week 7 and/or 9.

     It occurred to me here the other day that I have taken it for granted that everyone knows what summer staff is. I don’t think I have explained that here, so here’s the scoop. Summer staffers are young people, usually still in high school that are interested in missions for whatever reason. Many of our DMT students were summer staffers before they came to the DMT. We usually have several each summer. They can come down for the whole summer, or just a couple weeks and help staff the mission teams coming throughout the summer. They get the opportunity to minister in another culture, learn some Spanish (or English, we have Mexican summer staffers, too) and see if they might be called to missions. For those of you who have been following this blog, you know who Dani is. He’s been on summer staff here for the last few years and is planning to do the DMT school next year. He’s from here in Doctor Arroyo and his granddad is our Pastor here. Armando’s younger brother Chris is here, too – also from Doctor Arroyo. We also have had Isabella here the last several weeks. She’s from Oklahoma and she’s leaving us at the end of this week. We just brought in three more girls with this Ohio group. Esperanza was on summer staff the last two years and this time she brought her sister Rachel. They’re from Missouri (Kind of… their dad’s a missionary and they’ve lived in Mexico a lot). Bailey is here until August and she’s from Indiana. There’s one more coming next week – Briana from New York. Also one of our Mexican missionaries in Oaxaca is here helping us this summer, her name is Celia.

     Right now Week 6 is under way. We have a mission team here from Ohio and we’re posting regularly again on our Mission Trips Blog at http://www.dayspring.us/blog. Check that out and I’ll be back as soon as I can with pictures from this week with the Ohio team.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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Hello, this is Dennis again. It’s been a while since my last post, so let me fill you in on what’s been going on. We had our 2nd mission team for this summer here a while back. They came from The Meeting Place Church in Blacksburg, South Carolina and they were here from June 6-13. We did three days of kids’ services with them in the village of El Carmen de La Laja, as well as two days of the hospital ministry here in Doctor Arroyo. We also visited a couple different markets and did one kids’ service on their last day in Mexico in the village of San Antonio de Los Alamitos. I have the picture set for that week posted and you can check it out at DMT Summer Week 02 – South Carolina Team.

     Our third mission team doesn’t come until July 5, so our other blog (The Mission Trips Blog) at http://www.dayspring.us/blog  will be on hold until they come, but the daily posts from the first two groups are still there if you want to check them out. That leaves us with around three weeks with no mission teams here. We have a lot of staff, though with 10 DMT students, 2 summer staffers and 5 missionaries, so we’re going to keep on visiting villages and doing kids’ services like normal. We will also continue with the church services here in Doctor Arroyo every Sunday and Thursday and the mission across town on Saturdays. We may even get a chance to have a free day at El Salto (A waterfall park about an hour and a half away). I’ll keep taking pictures of what’s going on and I’ll get another picture set and blog up to cover these weeks here sometime before the group comes. Until then thanks for following us here and we’ll see you next time…

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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Hello again, this is Dennis and I’m still way behind, but I just posted the picture set for our first summer mission team. It was the Teens For Christ group from Kansas and Andrew’s family from Virginia. They were here last week or so (it was May 29 – June 5). You can see that picture set at DMT Summer Week 01 Photos – TFC Team. I’m working on the pictures for the second group and I’ll get them up as soon as I can. You can read more details about the summer mission trips on our Mission Trips Blog at http://www.dayspring.us/blog. I will be posting there daily throughout the summer whenever we have a mission team here, so feel free to check it out. I’ll be back here on this blog soon…

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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Doctor Arroyo Summer Week 8 is behind us now and it was the last week for our DMT students. We had a group from Seattle, Washington. They were here on a 10 day trip, which is a little longer than most of our groups. Their youth leader Matt managed our Summer Trips Blog all week and you can see the details at http://www.dayspring.us/blog. I’ve got a picture set up at DMT Summer Week 8 Photos. One of our students (Jordan) and two of our summer staffers (Esperanza & Kayla) had to leave a day early and they flew home on Monday. The Seattle group (which happens to be Austin, Elizabeth & Jessie’s home church) flew out on Tuesday. Right now I’m back in Doctor Arroyo with all of our Mexican staff. We leave tomorrow (Saturday) to take them all down to Veracruz. We have three kids from the orphanage to take home (Ivan, Rosalinda & Reyna) to El Higo, Veracruz. Laurita goes home to La Palma, Veracruz. Lalo & Michelle (our missionaries in Oaxaca) are going to come up to the orphanage to get Armando & Celia and take them back to Oaxaca. Armando is going to work with them on the island this Fall and Celia’s going home to Arroyo Tigre, Oaxaca.

     So, there you have it. It’s been a full & busy seven months. Celia plans to come back next year and work with us as a missionary at the school. We do have some students lined up for next year’s class, so we’ll be firing this blog up again in January. We wish the best for our three students this year (Celia, Jordan & Austin). We hope their lives have been impacted by their time here and that they will use what they’ve learned to impact others in the future (and also we hope they’ll at least come back and visit sometimes). Thanks to everyone for following our blog and we’ll see y’all next year…
Dios les Bendiga
Dennis

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Doctor Arroyo Summer Week 7 is behind us now. We had two groups here, one from Niles, Michigan and one from Kingston, New York. We did the usual stuff with them. We did our VBS for the week with the kids in the village of Pompeya. Hopefully by now y’all have been following everything on our Summer Trips blog. I’ve got a picture set up at Doctor Arroyo Summer Week 7 Photos – Niles, MI/Kingston, NY Group. Right now we are here in Arroyo with our final mission team for this summer. They are another group from Seattle, Washington and their youth leader, Matt Shi is taking over the Summer Trips blog this week. He’s already got some posts up and you can follow us this week on that blog at http://www.dayspring.us/blog. We’re almost done for this year. On Sunday Roger will be taking most of our American students and summer staff out to Texas. The Mexican student (Celia) and summer staff I will be taking back down south to the tropics (where most of them live) on August 9. I’ll get another post up here after this group is gone and I have their picture set done. There’s a lot more information and details being posted daily on the other blog, so don’t miss out on that…

Dios les Bendiga
Dennis

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Doctor Arroyo Summer Week 6 is done now and it was similar to the week before, but with a different group. We had a group from the Grace Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. It was a big group, 34 people I think. We did the usual with them; farmer’s market Monday morning, visitation Tuesday morning, Hospital Ministry Wednesday morning. Our village for VBS with the kids on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons was the village of Panales and we had over 60 kids there each day. We also went to the village of Pompeya Tuesday night for their weekly evening church service and then again on Wednesday evening for a ladies’ service and a kids’ service. Thursday morning we went to the big market in Matehuala and then had a church service back in Doctor Arroyo at 5:00PM. The group brought fixins for spaghetti & meatballs, which they spent all Thursday afternoon preparing and they served the entire church body after church. We brought them out to Texas yesterday and they hit the road back to Fort Worth early this morning (Saturday). For more details about this past week (or the whole summer) you can check out our Summer Trips blog at http://www.dayspring.us/blog. We post there daily all summer long (almost daily). You can see the picture set for this past week at DMT Summer Week 6 Photos. We have two more groups coming in today. One is from Niles, Michigan and the other is from Kingston, New York. We’re going to take them all in tomorrow and do this all again. I’ll get another update here next week.

God Bless
Dennis

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Hello again, I’m gonna make this quick. We finished up Week 5 in Doctor Arroyo with two groups in the same week. One was from Seattle, Washington and the other was from Sandusky, Ohio. We did our three days of kids’ services in two different villages on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. We went to La Mesa del Traidor and Aguilar and it rained almost every day, but we still had lots of kids show up. The Ohio group left with Roger a day early on Thursday morning. That day we took the Seattle group to the market in Matehuala and then we had a church service in the afternoon in Doctor Arroyo. I brought them out to Texas yesterday (Friday) and they flew home this morning. For more details about this past week (or the whole summer) you can check out our Summer Trips blog at http://www.dayspring.us/blog. We post there daily all summer long (almost daily). You can see the picture set for this past week at DMT Summer Week 5 Photos. We’re heading back to Arroyo tomorrow to do it all again with another group from Fort Worth, Texas. I’ll be back here next week with another picture set for them.

God Bless
Dennis

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Happy Fourth of July everyone, and God Bless America. I just wanted to post a quick update here covering the last week and a half or so since the Palmyra, Missouri group left. Most of our field missionaries from several different areas in Mexico came and we had our annual missionary meetings on Tuesday & Wednesday, June 24-25. We usually do that at the end of the summer, but since we had a couple weeks without groups we decided to do it a little earlier. We talked about the ministry and where it’s going, but also it was a good chance to get together and fellowship with people that we sometimes don’t get to see as often as we’d like, since some of them live in remote areas. Most of them couldn’t stay long and had to go back to their areas. After that we didn’t want to sit around and do nothing, so we did some more kids’ services in the village of San Antonio de Los Alamitos. It was one of those situations where we had more villages to do VBS in than we had groups. It went very well, there were several kids there. We also went over to Mier y Noriega and did some door to door evangelizing and we had a small worship service in the plaza there (the park). In between all that we did a lot of cleaning and preparing for the next group.
     

     We had two girls from Seattle come to spend the summer with us as summer staff. Their names are Elizabeth & Jessie and you’ll probably be seeing (in the picture sets) or hearing (on the blog) from them later on this summer. On July 1 we had a free day and we took a trip to El Salto in Zaragoza, Nuevo Leon. It’s a waterfall park in the mountains about an hour and a half away from Doctor Arroyo. We cooked hot dogs and everyone got a chance to explore, swim, etc. The next day my family & I came out to Texas to help get the house there ready for the two groups that are coming. Laurita came with us, we left her at her aunt’s house in Reynosa. Right now the group from Seattle, Washington is here and I will be taking them in to Doctor Arroyo in the morning (After we pick up Laurita on the way, of course). Roger will be coming in on Sunday with another group from Sandusky, Ohio.
     

     I’m gonna leave this at that for now, but we’ll be posting almost daily this week on our summer trips blog at http://www.dayspring.us/blog. I will post again here as soon as I can after these groups are done and I will post another picture set for them. I broke my camera while crawling under the van to change a tire when I brought the Palmyra, Missouri group out, but I have a back-up and I used it these last two weeks a little bit, so you can see that picture set at Doctor Arroyo Summer Weeks 3 & 4 Photos. I bought the three year plan at Best Buy on that camera and they gave me a new one the other day, so don’t everyone go tryin’ to send me a new camera…

God Bless All Y’all
Dennis

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