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Hello, this is Dennis and I have one last post about Oaxaca and the island before our summer begins. We went back to the island this past week to have another special service. Roger & Dale (Dale Achey, Open Heart Ministry – Reynosa, MX) flew into Puebla and took a bus to Tierra Blanca, Veracruz where we picked them up. From there we headed to the island. Meanwhile Pascual & Areli had a guy in Tuxtepec make us a big metal sign for the church on the island. We all joined up on the island on Monday, May 15 and we put up the sign. The guy did a fantastic job painting it. It has the name of the church in Mazateco and Spanish and you can see that in the pictures. The name translates to “The Voice That Calls Out” or “Cries Out” and it comes from Matthew 3:3 (The voice of one calling in the wilderness). We had a special church service that afternoon and we dedicated the church. Afterward we had another tamale feast. The next day we went up to the top of the mountain to have our usual Tuesday afternoon service up there at Javier’s house. While we were up there we also bought another property and we are going to start construction on another church. Our church congregation up there has been growing faster than the one down below and God opened a door for this very quickly.

 

 

     After all that, on Wednesday we all left the island and started our trek back north. Right now we are all in Doctor Arroyo getting ready for our first summer mission team coming next Saturday. I will continue posting photos & newsletters on our DMT & Doctor Arroyo Facebook pages, but I’m going to let Arely take care of the island one for now, since we’re not there for a while. We will be back down there at the end of July with our final mission team for this summer from Seattle, WA and I will post about that on the island page, but until then it’ll be Arely.

 

     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
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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
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Hi, this is Dennis and I wanted to get up some pictures of this past week. We came back from Mexico City in time to get back to the island for the Monday service. We came on the boat on Monday with Pascual & Areli and we had a 5:00PM church service in the church on the Dayspring property. We are having our church services at 5:00PM now, after the time changed. Tuesday was a long day. We went visiting some neighbors in the morning. After lunch we got Tano to take us to another island called Isla Agua Escondida (Hidden Water Island). We used to have some ministry there years ago and we wanted to look for our friends there and see what’s going on with them these days. We visited two families and they were both happy to see us. The first family we visited are attending church now in San Pedro Ixcatlan, on the mainland. We visited with them for a while and then prayed with them. Then we walked kind of far to Luis’ house. We did the same thing there. Luis and his family are interested in coming back to our church and he said they would come over for our service next Monday. We came back to Isla Soyaltepec with barely enough time to make the climb up to Javier’s house for the 5:00PM service there.

     On Wednesday Laurita, Nelly, Areli, Javier & Honoria all left with Pascual to go back to Chiltepec. The next day they all went to a youth camp. I’m not even sure where it is, but it’s a three day deal. My family and I came to Pascual’s house in Chiltepec yesterday and tonight everyone gets back from the youth camp. It was holy week here in Mexico this week. They don’t do Easter, they have a Catholic celebration all week long for holy week. Traditionally everyone goes to where there is water for the week, so we’ve had a lot of tourists around here all week (on the island, too). We’re all heading back to the island on Monday to do it all again.

     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. Also Stephanie, Ashlynn, Yared & Dani (All DMT students from last year) are currently working at our mission in Doctor Arroyo and you can follow them at the Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo Facebook page at 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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Hello, this is Dennis again. Ministry is continuing as usual on the island and I wanted to post a few pictures from the last couple weeks. Pastor Pascual, Areli & Javier have been having two church services every week. Every Monday in the church on the Dayspring property at Isla Soyaltepec Dayspring Mission at 4:00PM and every Tuesday up at the top of the mountain at Javier’s house, also at 4:00PM. Some of you may remember Javier’s sister Honoria. She was a student in our Dayspring Missionary Training Program in the class of 2013, which was the same class as Areli & Nelly. She has been living and working in Tijuana for the last couple years, but now she is back on the island and working full time with us.

     We had a special service last Monday. We had a child presentation in church and we presented Danny (Elda’s and my son). Normally it’s done when they are babies (he’s almost 3), but we never got it done. Better late than never, right? Laurita was the Madrina for that (it’s like Godmother) and Pastor Pascual took care of the rest. After that we all went to the lake for baptisms. We had three people that have been asking to be baptized for the past few weeks, so we decided to make it a special day. Starting the day before, Javier’s Mom Andrea and her daughters Honoria & China came down and together with Elda, Laurita & Nelly they made about 350 tamales. After the baptisms we all headed back to the property (some of us needed to dry off) and we feasted on tamales, island style.

     Right now Laurita, Nelly, Areli, Elda, Danny & I are in Mexico City. We came here for Laurita’s appointment at the United States Embassy to get her Visa to be able to visit the USA. Her appointment was this morning (Friday) and she was denied again. They said she doesn’t make enough money working for Dayspring to convince them that she has sufficient reason to return to her own country. I’m not sure what we can do at this point, so it looks like we are giving up on this for this year. We appreciate all of you who have been praying about it. Tomorrow we start our journey back to Oaxaca, we expect to get back to the island on Monday in time for church. We left our girls Katia & Valeria with Pascual’s daughter Miriam and her husband in San Jose Chiltepec, Oaxaca, so we need to go back there first to get them. Javier is putting a new palm thatch roof on our cabin this week while we’ve been gone, so it should be done by the time we get back. It was leaking pretty bad when it rained and now we have beds and stuff in there, so we needed to get it done before the rainy season starts in June.

     Thanks for following us here and remember you can see the more pictures and newsletters on our Facebook pages at Dayspring Outreach Ministries; Dayspring Missionary Training; Isla Soyaltepec Dayspring Mission. Also Stephanie, Ashlynn, Yared & Dani (All DMT students from last year) are currently working at our mission in Doctor Arroyo and you can follow them at the Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo Facebook page at Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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Hello out there, this is Dennis and we finally made it back down here to Oaxaca after our trip to the frozen northlands. I just want to give a quick update about what we did up there. First of all Laurita was denied her visa at the US Consulate in Monterrey. The guy asked a couple questions, didn’t even look at her documents and said no. I called the National Visa Center the other day and unfortunately they confirmed that she was just unlucky and got a guy in a bad mood that day. It’s too bad that everything can get thrown overboard just because an employee at the consulate is having a bad day, but that’s the truth of it. They told us to try again, so we are. Her new appointment is on April 7, this time in Mexico City. We appreciate everyone’s prayers on this, it costs 170.00 American dollars every time we try, plus all the traveling to get to wherever the appointment is. Fortunately we can try as many times as we want, so we’ll keep trying. We need her to have this by September, but before the summer would be even better.

     Also, we spent a little over a week in Veracruz visiting family. My family and I came from Kansas to Mexico and we rushed almost immediately to Oaxaca, so Elda and the kids only had one day with her parents. For those who don’t know Elda & I have been trying to buy a property in Platon Sanchez, Veracruz so that we can build a church there for Elda’s dad, Pastor Chilo. We finally got that done, but we had to stay there several days in order to get the papers done. We have the property now and we’re ready to start construction on the church (I need to raise more money).

     Javier, Areli & Pastor Pascual have been working a lot on the island. Areli’s been posting pictures and if you can access Javier’s personal Facebook page, he has been posting pictures there. It looks like he got the kitchen roof rethatched and the outside part raised up so a taller human can walk through there without cracking their head open. Also it looks like our neighbor Tomas got the concrete floor done for the other cabin. We are at Pascual’s house now in El Fortin Uno Chiltepec and we’re heading to the island tomorrow. I’m anxious to get there and see what all they did. I’m posting some pictures here of our trip north and back and I’ll get internet again probably when we leave the island to go to Mexico City for Laurita’s appointment (the week after next) and I’ll probably have more pictures to post. Remember you can see the pictures and newsletters on our Facebook pages at Dayspring Outreach Ministries; Dayspring Missionary Training; Isla Soyaltepec Dayspring Mission. Also Stephanie, Ashlynn, Yared & Dani (All DMT students from last year) are currently working at our mission in Doctor Arroyo and you can follow them on that Facebook page at Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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Hello all, Dennis here again. We came off the island today and I have internet here at Pastor Pascual’s house in El Fortin Uno Chiltepec for today only. Tomorrow we head north, we’re going to be in Veracruz a couple days and then we’re going to Monterrey for a couple days for Laurita to hopefully get her papers to be able to visit the USA. Then we have a couple days in Texas, then back to Veracruz to help Roger with his work group coming down to work on the new orphanage and then finally back to the island in Oaxaca.

     Javier is still on the island. Pascual and his son Nahum and daughter Areli (she’s been a missionary with us for the last 3 years) came to the island yesterday and after a full day of following Javier all over several jungle trails visiting and praying for people we had our first church service last evening at 6:00PM (Tuesday, February 28). It went well, we had 5 or 6 people show up, plus some kids. Pascual preached a message and then we gave out some Bibles and candy. Pastor Pascual will be coming to the island every Monday and leaving every Wednesday. He plans to do a church service on Mondays and Tuesdays and the rest of the time he will spend with Javier visiting and getting to know the people. Pascual’s son Nahum is planning to come to the island next week and stay there for 8 days working with Javier. Javier has been doing great. He’s got a lot on his plate, since pretty much everything we do needs to be interpreted from Spanish into the Mazateco dialect (prayers, songs, sermons, etc.) and he’s the only one we have right now that can do that. We realized about 4 days before our first church service that there were no benches in the church anymore and we had nothing for people to sit on. Javier came down with a friend and they made 7 benches using wood from the cabin that we tore down. They got that done just in time, although I think we’re going to need more.

     I won’t have internet again until we get to Texas on around March 8-9, so I’m going to get this posted right now. There are several pictures covering the past week, including the cool jungle birds and their nesting tree that we found near our cabins (non-ministry related, I know, but still pretty cool). They are officially called Montezuma Oropendolas and they have a very odd and cool sounding call that has been waking us up every morning. The local Mexicans call them Zacua, The Mazateco Indians on the island call them Chu’cunduu. Anyway, I will keep on posting pictures and information when I can. I made Areli an editor of our Facebook pages and showed her how to post pictures and newsletters, so she will hopefully be doing that for the next couple weeks until we get back. She will be posting her newsletters in Spanish, though, so y’all will have to use that Google translator :). Remember you can see the pictures and newsletters on our Facebook pages at Dayspring Outreach Ministries; Dayspring Missionary Training; Isla Soyaltepec Dayspring Mission. Also Stephanie, Ashlynn, Yared & Dani (All DMT students from last year) are currently working at our mission in Doctor Arroyo and you can follow them at the Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ArroyoMinistry/.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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Hello again, this is Dennis. We are still down here in Oaxaca working on Old Soyaltepec Island. We are working with Pastor Pascual and he will be coming to the island every week to do church services in the church on the Dayspring property. Javier will be having weekly services as well at his house at the top of the mountain. We will have both services on different days, so that we can attend both. Meanwhile we have been visiting and evangelizing on the trails on the lower part of the island and letting everyone know about our first service next Tuesday here with Pastor Pascual. Javier is doing the same on the top, but we still don’t know which day we will have services up there. They are harvesting their corn, so it might be every other week at first.

     Also, we tore down one of the cabins this past week. It was partially fallen down and the floor was unsafe, so we hired some neighbors to come over and take it down one day. Right now we are at Pastor Pascual’s house in Chiltepec. I need a couple days to get the money from the ATM to start rebuilding the floor. We have another neighbor who is very good with concrete and he’s going to do our new floor. We are rebuilding the cabin in the same spot, but it’ll be a little bigger and have a concrete floor this time instead of wood. It is on a steep hillside, so we originally built it with a raised wooden floor back in 2008 so that we wouldn’t have to excavate the hillside. The new floor will also be raised and when it’s done we’ll be ready to build the cabin itself and then the thatch roof. When that’s all done we have some more projects to follow. The other cabin is good, but it needs a new palm thatch roof. The bathroom needs some work and we need to raise the kitchen roof so I don’t bang my head on it anymore every morning.

     Coming up at the beginning of March we are heading north to visit family and some Pastors in Veracruz & Hidalgo. Also I am taking Laurita to Monterrey for her visa appointment at the US Consulate. Hopefully she will be able to visit America finally, so we appreciate y’all’s prayers that it goes well and they grant her a visa. Roger has a group coming to do a work project at the orphanage around that time, so we may be helping with that and then we will come back down here and keep on rollin’ with this island ministry in Oaxaca.

     I will keep on posting pictures and information when I can. There are new pictures on our Facebook pages showing the cabin coming down and a few other things from this past week and you can see those along with this newsletter at Dayspring Outreach Ministries; Dayspring Missionary Training; Isla Soyaltepec Dayspring Mission. Also Stephanie, Ashlynn, Yared & Dani (All DMT students from last year) are currently working at our mission in Doctor Arroyo and you can follow them at the Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ArroyoMinistry/.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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Hi everyone, this is Dennis and I wanted to give a quick update for those who don’t know. We are not having a class of 2017 for our Dayspring Missionary Training program this year. We only had one American student and two Mexican students and we thought that they would have a better missionary training experience if they waited until 2018, which they are all willing to do. We do have several students interested for the class of 2018 and we are planning to go forward with the DMT program next January. All of our other ministry areas are doing great and those of us that are usually staffing the DMT program will be working in some of our missions down in the tropics in the states of Veracruz, Hidalgo & Oaxaca. Our summer is looking to be full and we will all head back to Doctor Arroyo in May to staff the many mission teams that are coming throughout the summer. We have a new church in the state of Baja California and a couple more churches starting in the state of Sonora. These are new states for us and they are pretty far away from the rest of our ministry areas. We will try to get over there this year and visit them and set up some outreach in those places for our DMT class of 2018.

                         Arrival at the island                                                     The Dayspring island property & church

                                                          Burro rides at Javier's house at the top of the island

     Right now Laurita, Nelly, Areli, Javier, Elda, our kids & I (we were the DMT staff last year, remember?) are in the state of Oaxaca working with the Mazateco Indians on Old Soyaltepec Island. Areli’s father Pastor Pascual is one of our Pastors down here and he has been working with the Chinanteco Indians for many years. We are working with him to build up the church on the island. I will be posting here when I can throughout this year. I will also be posting pictures when I can on our Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=dayspring outreach ministries; www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=dayspring missionary training; www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=isla soyaltepec dayspring mission; www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=dayspring outreach in dr arroyo.

Thanks for following us and I’ll be back when I can (we don’t have internet on the island).

God Bless
Dennis

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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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Week 8 was the week of May 23-29 and it was mostly a week of travel. On Monday morning we loaded up our stuff, said goodbye to Pastor Pascual and family in El Fortin Uno Chiltepec, Oaxaca and we hit the road. We drove north up the gulf coast to Costa Esmeralda, Veracruz (Emerald Coast). We ate some tacos and got a hotel on the beach for one night. Everyone got to swim in the sea and in the hotel pool, take pictures, look for sand dollars, etc. Then on Tuesday morning we headed out again. We drove about an hour to Papantla, Veracruz and we visited the pyramids at the archaeological site there called El Tajin. Then we drove on north to Platon Sanchez for one night there. Everyone went downtown for tacos one last time on Tuesday night and then Wednesday morning we loaded up again and headed for Doctor Arroyo. We had a few electrical problems with our van, but we made it just before dark. We come in just behind a heavy thunderstorm and the power was out when we arrived. We ate supper by candlelight and then the power came back on. We unloaded and unpacked, since this is where we will be until the end of the summer. Several of us went through a few days of fever and sickness; some jungle bug, probably. Otherwise we spent the week cleaning and preparing the facility here for the summer.

     Now, about the summer. The summer is the third and final part of this DMT Program and it’s all about servant leadership. On outreach the students put into practice what they had learned during the classes in La Haciendita. They all preached, shared testimonies, lead worship, lead children’s services, evangelized door to door, etc. and they did all those things many times. Now, in the summer it’s time to step back and lead from behind. We have a facility here in Doctor Arroyo similar to what we have in La Haciendita. We can house a lot of people and we will be having American church mission teams coming down almost every week throughout the summer for mission trips. Our job is to enable those teams to be able to participate in our ministry here and hopefully give them a good mission trip. Many people come on mission trips and they want the opportunity to preach, evangelize, lead worship, etc. during their short time here. Our DMT students are now prepared to help with that by interpreting, teaching people the songs in Spanish, etc. We also have a summer staff program where high school kids (usually, but not always, we have had older people do summer staff) can come down for the summer or part of the summer and help out with the mission teams. Our students will be in a position to teach and lead the summer staffers, many of whom may come back to do the DMT in the future.

     So, that’s where we’re at right now in this DMT Program. As I write this we are already working with our 3rd mission team for this summer. Of course, I’m way behind and I’m a van driver, which means I drive 8 hours to Texas every Friday taking a mission team out and back in again with the next team every Sunday. I’m going to get this posted while I have the chance. You can check out the picture set for outreach week 8 at 2016 DMT Outreach Photos, Week 8 and I’ll be back as soon as I can with DMT Summer Week 1.

Gracias y Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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OK, here’s our blog for outreach week 7. It was the week of May 16-22 and we spent the whole week with Areli & Yared’s family in El Fortin Uno Chiltepec, Oaxaca. Monday was the free day as usual, and almost everyone went to Tuxtepec again to eat and see a movie (This time they saw Jungle Book I think). On Tuesday Laurita, Katia & I took off in my van. We drove 9½ hours north to Laurita’s house in La Palma, Veracruz and we stayed there two nights in order to attend the Pastor’s meeting in Platon Sanchez on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday we drove back to Oaxaca, but we were gone three days with my van, so the rest of the team only had the one van. They were able to get to the services using Pascual’s old truck, with people riding in the back. I wasn’t there, but they did La Florida on Tuesday, Manantial (again) on Wednesday and Ejido El Fortin Dos (also again) on Thursday. On Friday we went high up in the mountains to a village called El Porvenir Jacatepec and we did a service there. We also took a new class photo there (see picture set). On Saturday we were supposed to go to Plan de Las Flores, but they’re having some problems there and Pastor Pascual thought we should skip it this year, so we went swimming at another natural spring swimming area called Monte Flor. On Sunday we drove a couple hours to a village in Veracruz called Quechuleño. Pascual has a lot of family there and there’s a young man there who wants to do the DMT program next year, so we did a church service and then ate there.

That pretty much sums up the week. I’m trying to get caught up, we’re already into the first week of the summer. I didn’t get any newsletters from students this time. They’re all real busy and I didn’t want to make them try to remember events from two weeks ago and try to write about it with all the stuff we’ve got going on now here. I’m going to get outreach week 8 up soon. It was mostly a travel week, getting back north to the desert and getting the facility here ready for the summer. We did visit the beach and the pyramids on our way north, so I will get those pictures together and throw them up here. Anyway, you can check out the picture set for outreach week 7 at 2016 DMT Outreach Photos, Week 7 and I’ll be back soon with week 8.

Thanks & God Bless
Dennis

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OK, we’re back. We’ve been traveling a lot and I finally have a chance to get this posted. Outreach Week 6 was the week of May 9-15. For the free day on Monday everyone wanted to go to the city and eat good tacos, so we all went to Tuxtepec and ate sarapes at a place called Emporiotaco. Sarapes are like tacos but they give you all the stuff on a plate and some tortillas and you sort of dip into the plate and make your own tacos at the table. After that we went to the multiplaza and several of us saw the movie Captain America: Civil War. On Tuesday we went to the town of San Pedro Ixcatlan to our friend Pastor Armando’s church. San Pedro is a Mazatec Indian area also, but they speak a different Mazatec dialect from that which they speak on the island and in Arroyo Tigre. We evangelized there all afternoon and then went back to Arroyo Tigre. Wednesday morning Lalo & Carlos took several of us on the Dayspring boat and we went island hopping. We explored a cave and did some arrowhead hunting and Carlos tried a few times to shoot a duck for dinner (unsuccessful). Since he’s a Mazatec Indian he has a special license to have a gun and hunt. Anyway, several people found arrowheads or beads or something. Wednesday afternoon we went back to San Pedro Ixcatlan. We evangelized again and then we had a church service there.

On Thursday morning we packed up all of our stuff, cleaned up the house where we were staying in Arroyo Tigre, said goodbye to everyone there and we moved back to Areli & Yared’s house in El Fortin Uno Chiltepec, Oaxaca. Their dad Pastor Pascual was there with the whole family and they had the place decorated up for a birthday party. We had an awesome meal and we celebrated Danny’s 2nd birthday. His birthday was actually on Sunday May 8, but we wanted to do it here with Pascual & family. Lalo & Michelle came as well, along with their kids. We had a Hulk tres leches cake and birthday presents, a few of which were sent from my Mom & Dad all the way from Kansas. After that we all walked down to the National Valley river and did laundry, swam and had a fig war (throwing figs at each other in the water).

On Friday morning a few of us went to Tuxtepec to the market and then Friday afternoon we all went to Pastor Pascual’s mission in the Chinantec Indian village of Manantial and we had a church service there. Almost all of Pascual’s missions are in Chinantec villages. On Saturday we went to Nuevo Faisan and then on Sunday we went deep into the rubber tree forest and had a service at his mission in Ejido El Fortin Dos. Sunday night we went to Tuxtepec and ate at McDonald’s and that pretty much sums up the week. I know I’m very far behind, we are all in Doctor Arroyo right now getting ready for our first summer mission team to arrive. I’ve still got outreach weeks 7 & 8 coming. You can check out the picture set for outreach week 6 at 2016 DMT Outreach Photos, Week 6 and I have newsletters below from Eric, Lucy & Esperanza. I’ll be back with Outreach Week 7 as soon as I can.

God Bless
Dennis

On our free day this week we went and saw Captain America: Civil War in Tuxtepec. On Tuesday we went to San Pedro Ixcatlan and evangelized house to house. Wednesday morning we went to a few islands looking for arrowheads. Later on that day we went back to San Pedro Ixcatlan and had a service. On Thursday we moved to Arelis’ house. The next three days we had services in different villages each day. During this week I got to preach once and lead worship. I’ve had a lot of chances to play guitar in worship during outreach and it’s been a lot of fun.

Eric

Hello everyone and God bless you all. Today I have the opportunity to write about Week 6 of our outreach. Like every week, Monday was our free day. We had a lot of fun that day because we got to go to Tuxtepec. We ate really good sarapes (tacos) and wandered around in the mall and it was a great day. After that we had two days at a mission in San Pedro Ixcatlan. On Tuesday we went out and evangelized there. It was wonderful to see how eager the people were to hear the word of God, but there were a few who didn’t want it. On Wednesday we went back there and I had the opportunity to preach. It was a great blessing for me because three ladies that we had visited the day before came to hear the word of God. That ended our time there and in Arroyo Tigre. On Thursday we traveled to Areli & Yared’s home in El Fortin Uno Chiltepec where we stayed for the rest of week 6 and all of week 7. Upon our arrival we celebrated Danny’s 2nd birthday, even though his birthday was really a few days before. They had the kitchen decorated with balloons and stuff and great food, it was a good time.

For the rest of week 6 we worked with Pastor Pascual, Areli & Yared’s dad. At one of his missions I had the opportunity to lead the praise & worship. In Nuevo Faisan Eric preached and we saw some wonderful works of God. On Sunday we ended the week in a village called Ejido El Fortin and Mayra preached there. It was a great week and I thank God I was able to be a part of it.

Thank you and may God bless you and watch over you
Lucy Carmen Santiago Santiago

Hey everyone! Outreach has been an awesome experience. It’s been hot, but I’m starting to get used to it. We went to the movies on our free day in Tuxtepec. It was awesome! Tuesday and Wednesday we went to a beautiful town called San Pedro Ixcatlan. We went evangelizing the first day and on the second day we evangelized again and invited people to come to our service where Stephanie & Mayra led worship and Lucy Carmen preached. Oh, and I forgot to mention Wednesday morning we went to different islands in a boat looking for arrowheads & stuff. I found an arrowhead, a bead and some other small things. We also went in a huge cave that was super neat. Thursday we traveled to Chiltepec where Areli & Yared live. Friday we went and did a service in Manantial where we evangelized and I played guitar and helped our team with the kids’ service. Saturday in Nuevo Faisan we went inviting and had a good service in the evening. Then Sunday we went to a mission in a rubber tree forest and it went really well. God is good and he’s still working here in Mexico.

God bless you guys!
Esperanza

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Outreach Week 5 was the week of May 2-8. On Monday morning Carlos brought the Dayspring boat to the island to pick us up. It took two trips again, but we got ourselves and all our stuff back to the mainland at Arroyo Tigre with no problems. We went to Lalo & Michelle’s house in Arroyo Tigre and they showed us where we would be staying. It’s a house just down the hill, owned by a family that lives in Tuxtepec. There was a lot of room to hang hammocks, so we were all able to stay there. We spent the whole week in Arroyo Tigre working with Lalo & Michelle at their three missions in that area. As I mentioned last week Lalo & Michelle, along with their two kids Ezra & Hadie are our missionaries in the Arroyo Tigre and island areas. They’ve been there for several years and they are also the caretakers of the Dayspring boat (piloted by our pal Carlos from Isla Agua Escondida, Hidden Water Island). Also, Celia was with us all week. For those of you who have followed us for a while, you will remember Celia was a DMT student in the class of 2014 and she lives next door to Lalo & Michelle. The whole area is inhabited mostly by Mazatec Indians. All of Lalo’s missions are in Mazatec villages except one, which is Chinantec. Since Monday was supposed to be a free day we went up the mountains to a swimming area called Rio Uluapan. It is where the Uluapan River begins and the water is ice cold there. On the way back we stopped in the town of Jalapa de Diaz and ate tacos.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we went to Lalo’s mission in the Chinantec village of Pescadito. We evangelized in the mornings and then had a church service in the late afternoon on both days. Our plan was to do the same thing on Thursday and Friday in the Mazatec village of Piedra de Amolar, but we got rained out on Thursday. Instead, we did a work project on that day. Our living situation at that house in Arroyo Tigre was pretty good, but with one exception. There was nowhere to take a bath. You would think that wouldn’t be a problem, since we’re on the shore of a big lake, but the lakeshore there has no rocks, so it’s very muddy. We needed a structure to be able to take bucket baths in, so on Wednesday Lalo, Carlos, Dani & Javier went out in the boat and searched several islands for the right kind of tree and then they used a chainsaw to cut some boards and they brought it all back. On Thursday we built two “bath huts”, which solved our bathing problem. We didn’t have enough black plastic for the second one until Friday, so we finished that one then. It was rainy half the day Wednesday and all day Thursday, which made everything a muddy mess and we got the van stuck a few times, but it dried out fast and Friday we were able to evangelize and then have church in Piedra de Amolar. On Saturday we went there again and did the same thing, but this time we showed a movie in the street at 8:00PM. On Sunday we evangelized all morning in Arroyo Tigre (also a Mazatec village) and then we had a church service outside of Lalo’s house that evening.

That pretty much sums up the week. We are approaching the end of this outreach and our weeks have been very full. I’m a whole week behind, as you read this we are finishing up week 6 already. Hopefully I can get a little bit caught up, but I’m gonna shut up now and get this posted. Thank you all for your prayers and for following us here. You can check out the picture set for outreach week 5 at 2016 DMT Outreach Photos, Week 5 and I have newsletters below from Mayra & Allison. I’ll be back with Outreach Week 6 as soon as I can.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

Hello everyone, I’d like to tell you all a little bit about this past week. We were in Arroyo Tigre, Oaxaca and we did church services in Pescadito (Little Fish), Piedra de Amolar (Grindstone) and Arroyo Tigre (Tiger Creek or Jaguar Creek). The second day in Pescadito it started to rain, then it got muddy and we got the van stuck. We all got out and pushed and we were able to get it out by working as a team. After a couple rainy days it got sunny again and we went to evangelize in Piedra de Amolar. We are thankful to God that we got to do this and many people heard a salvation message through the Word of God. On our second day in Piedra de Amolar, after the church service we showed a movie in the street. The movie was about God’s plan of Salvation for all of us. On our last day we went out door to door and evangelized in Arroyo Tigre and then that evening we had a church service there.

With our shoes packed with mud, together with my fellow students I think that we had an eventful week full of blessings. Thanks for your prayers and God bless you all.

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

Mayra

I am excited to be writing to you once again to update you on the things God has been doing in the lives of the DMT students and the lives we have been able to reach! First of all I would like to give God thanks for all the safety he has been blessing us with. After we were on the island we moved to Arroyo Tigre, which isn’t a super big town, but it had quite a few small villages nearby. On our free day we went to this place with some waterfalls and really cold water. A few of us took baths there. In Arroyo Tigre we were in each village for two days. On the first day we evangelized, then had a church service that night and on the second day we invited them to a second service that night. The first day we evangelized we were able to talk to many people about God and pray for one young man who was having problems with his blood being clogged. Many new people came to church and after one of the students giving a message on salvation many people (about 10) went up to the front to be prayed for and accept Jesus into their hearts for the first time! God was really moving in the service and with the children as well. We were able to teach them about Noah, his faithfulness and obedience to God. The next couple days we were able to show a movie in Spanish from Genesis to Revelation.

Back at the house where we were staying we built bath huts for us to take our bucket baths in. We look forward to what God is going to do with the last couple weeks of outreach. Thank you for your prayers! We really appreciate them! Please continue to pray for our team as we are finishing outreach and about to head back up north for the summer!

God Bless
Allison Cooper

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Outreach Week 4 was the week of April 25 - May 1. On Monday the 25th we loaded up, said goodbye to our hosts in Platon Sanchez, Veracruz and headed further south. Our plan was to spend three days in the Alamo Temapache, Veracruz area working with a few missions that we have there. I was there in January and I had it all set up. We arrived at Brother Jaime’s house in Citlaltepec, Veracruz on Monday afternoon and he acted like he didn’t know we were coming. We went up the street and talked to Pastor Malena (she was a DMT student with Lalo, Laurita & I in 2005) and she said they had been trying to contact us to cancel. They had nowhere for us to stay and only two people coming to church. We maybe could have stayed there and evangelized for a couple days, but with 21 of us and nowhere to stay we decided to roll on. We went on south to Costa Esmeralda (Emerald Coast), Veracruz and we got a cheap hotel for the night. The Gulf of Mexico is just across the highway, so the next morning everybody got a few minutes to get their feet wet. Also Tuesday morning Juan Carlos left us and went home. We rolled on and stopped for lunch in La Antigua, Veracruz. It’s one of the places where Cortés landed and we were able to visit his house and see the famous tree where Cortés’ men tied their landing boats. The tree is still living and they used some of the original chains from the landing boats to make a chain fence around the tree. Also we visited Mexico’s first Catholic Church there, built by Hernán Cortés in 1523. We rolled on and crossed the Tonto River into the state of Oaxaca and we made it to Areli & Yared’s house in El Fortin Uno Chiltepec, Oaxaca at about 8:00PM. Their dad, Pastor Pascual was there to greet us along with the rest of the family. We had supper and got ourselves settled in there for a few days’ stay. We will be staying there during weeks 6 & 7 anyway, so we went there to reconnoiter and figure out what to do, since the Alamo situation left us with a few open days.

     On Wednesday morning we went into the city of Tuxtepec, Oaxaca to buy groceries. Also we stopped by the colony of La Moderna Tuxtepec (a colony is like a suburb) to visit Pastor Lucindo. He is a Pastor there that we used to work with and he’s also Lalo’s uncle. He wasn’t home but his wife said that he was wanting us to come and do a service in his church if we had time, so we said we could come on Thursday and do that one. On our way back out of town we stopped by the little Tuxtepec bridge to see the iguanas. They are protected there and there are lots of them of all sizes all over in the trees by that bridge. On Wednesday afternoon, since everyone lost their free day on Monday to traveling, we took everyone to Zuzul. Zuzul means “deep blue” and it’s a huge natural spring that they have made into a swimming area. It’s very deep over the spring and they have a diving tower there. As you go toward the river it gradually gets shallower and creates a natural kiddie area. The water is cold and it’s a great place to go to escape the heat, since it’s even hotter here than it was in Veracruz. On Thursday many people did their laundry, either at Areli’s house or down at the river. Thursday afternoon we all went back to La Moderna Tuxtepec and did a church service at 5:00PM with Pastor Lucindo.

     On Friday it was time to go to the island. Originally our plan was to go to the island on Friday from Temazcal, since we would have been coming south that day from Alamo, but since we were already at Pascual’s we just went to Lalo & Michelle’s house in Arroyo Tigre, Oaxaca. Lalo & Michelle are the Pastors and missionaries at our mission on the island and the area around there and they have been for several years. Almost all of their missions and churches are with the Mazatec Indian People (they have one with Chinantec Indians). They recently moved to Arroyo Tigre from the island, but the island property & church are still there and being maintained by a neighbor family there. They go there and have church every week still, they just don’t live there anymore. Our friend Carlos came to Arroyo Tigre with the Dayspring boat and took us all to the island (it took two trips). We stayed on the Dayspring property there for three nights and two days.

     The official name of the island is La Isla Del Viejo Soyaltepec, Oaxaca (Old Soyaltepec Island, Oaxaca). It’s roughly football shaped, about  4 miles long and a couple miles wide at the widest part. It’s basically a mountain sticking out of the lake and the majority of the village is at the top of the mountain. The people of the island are Mazatec Indians and they speak the Mazateca Soyaltepec dialect. The Dayspring property is down near the boat docks, but Javier’s house is all the way up top by the soccer field. There are no cars or vehicles on the island, you have to walk or take a burro wherever you need to go. The trip to the top is rocky and pretty steep in places and tends to be fairly difficult, especially when it’s real hot, which it almost always is. We made the climb on Saturday and we evangelized door to door and invited kids to come to a kids’ service, which we had at the multipurpose salon at the center of town over by the old Catholic Church. Afterward we ate supper at Javier’s house and then made the trip back down before it got dark. On Sunday we had a church service on the property. On Monday we left the island, but that’s getting into week 5.

     It was a big week. We did a whole lot of traveling and we got to see a lot of different cool things. We will be in Arroyo Tigre with Lalo & Michelle for all of week 5 and part of week 6. Then the rest of the outreach will be back at Pascual’s house and the trip back north. You can check out the picture set for outreach week 4 at 2016 DMT Outreach Photos, Week 4 and I have newsletters below from Yared & Ashlynn. Thanks for following us here and I’ll be back with Outreach Week 5 as soon as I can.

God Bless
Dennis

Hello again everyone. I would like to tell you a little bit about my time on outreach so far. It has been an experience that I never thought I would have. In week four we left the state of Veracruz and came to the state of Oaxaca. During our trip south we stopped at a place called La Antigua, Veracruz. It is a very beautiful place and Hernán Cortés’ house is there.

     After that we came to my house in Oaxaca. It was very exciting & emotional for me because it’s been 3 months or so since I’ve seen my family. We stayed at my house for a few days and during that time we went to a place nearby called La Colonia Moderna and we did a church service at Pastor Lucindo’s church there. I remember that day was a bit difficult because it was very, very hot. On Friday we went to La Isla Del Viejo (the island) for a few days and we did a kids’ service and a church service there. We also slept in our hammocks there, which was fun.

     Everything that we have experienced so far has been very good and it has helped us to grow every day. God has helped us and strengthened us in everything that we have gone through and he will never abandon us.

Please keep us in your prayers. God bless you all a lot.
Yared

Week 4 was very special for the DMT students. Leaving Platon Sanchez was very difficult. It was a beautiful & welcoming place and after praying for the sister she said goodbye to us in tears. We hit a few bumps in the road and weren’t able to do anything in Alamo so we pushed on. We stayed in a hotel that night next to a beautiful beach. We lost one of our fellow students the next day. He had to go home and we miss him. It was for the best after all. On the way to Oaxaca we saw Cortés’ house, which was a nice little stop. Then we made our way to Areli’s house and we were welcomed with open arms. Not far from Areli’s house we visited this pit of iguanas that was equally strange, dangerous & really, really cool. We also bathed and swam in Zuzul. They have a 15 foot diving tower and almost all the students jumped from it into the icy, clear water. To finish off the week we spent three days on Old Soyaltepec Island. The bugs weren’t too bad but I did fall down three times while coming down the mountain and we had the best empanadas ever that an old indian lady was selling in the street (trail?, path?). It was a great week and I’m glad I got to be a part of it.

Ashlynn

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