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Rain On The Island & A Birthday In Veracruz

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     Greetings again to y’all out there. This is Dennis and it’s been a while since my last post here. When I left off last time my family and I were at Pastor Pascual’s house in El Fortin Uno Chiltepec, Oaxaca waiting for the others to get back from their 3 day youth camp. They all made it back alive and we all went back to the island for our Monday and Tuesday church services there. After that it was time to head north again. Javier & Honoria stayed on the island, Pascual & Areli went back to their house and the rest of us hit the road north to Veracruz. In Veracruz Nelly & Laurita went to their homes for some time off. My family and I went to Texas briefly. On our way we stopped in La Haciendita and visited Pastor Manuel. I had the finalized papers for the island property for him to sign and then send on to register the island church (Manuel is the President of our Pastor’s Association, El Camino de La Biblia). So, it’s a done deal. The island property is legally owned by our Pastor’s Association and the church is officially registered with them, which is a big relief since it’s been 9 years trying to get this done. From Texas we came back to Doctor Arroyo for a few days, then we headed back to Veracruz.

 

     Our plan since February has been to try to allow some time in April to visit some of our churches in Veracruz and Hidalgo, since there’s no DMT school this year and this will be the only chance to visit many of them until next year when we come back on outreach with our DMT students (Dayspring Missionary Training). Also, we have two kids having birthdays during this time and we want to do those with their grandparents here in Veracruz. Katia’s 8th birthday was April 27. We were in Doctor Arroyo that day and we had some cake with everyone there, but we had her party here in Veraruz on April 30, which also happened to be Dia de Niño (Children’s Day) here in Mexico. We had a special church service here in Paso de Piedras (Elda’s home). About 4 other church congregations came (Platon Sanchez, La Crinolina, La Palma & Paisabel) and together with the people here we had quite a few. Laurita preached a message about the faith of children and then we let the kids destroy a couple piñatas. We had ceviche (it’s like a fish cocktail) and barbacoa (pork cooked underground), then cake, candy, presents, etc. It was a pretty big day.

 

     We brought Ashlynn, Stephanie & Yared with us from Doctor Arroyo, Roger wanted to give them a change of scenery for a few weeks before we get started on our summer mission teams in Doctor Arroyo. Yared ended up with chicken pox here and she was pretty miserable, so we sent all three of them on down to Oaxaca on a bus. She just wanted to go home to Oaxaca and ride it out, so off they went, but not before Ashlynn got to preach in Paisabal on Tuesday. Right now we’re here in Veracruz going to church services with Pastor Chilo (that’s Elda’s Dad). On Monday (May 8) Danny turns 3, so we’re gonna have another birthday party for him. Then we’re heading back to Oaxaca ourselves, this time Elda’s Mom & Dad are coming with us. Roger & Dale (Dale Achey, Open Heart Ministry, Reynosa) are flying down to meet us and on Monday, May 15 we are having a special service on the island to dedicate & name the church. Pascual & Javier are working on a sign to put up with the name of the church on it in Mazateco & Spanish (I’ll tell you the name and show pictures on my next post, haha). After all that we will start working our way back north to Doctor Arroyo for the summer.

 

     OK, I’m going to get this posted. Thanks for following us here and remember you can see more pictures and newsletters on our Facebook pages at Dayspring Outreach Ministries; Dayspring Missionary Training; Isla Soyaltepec Dayspring Mission; Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo. Also, don’t forget David & Cristina at the orphanage. Cristina posts newsletters and pictures pretty often on the Dayspring orphanage Facebook page and you can check that out at Casa Dayspring.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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