Women’s Spiritual Encounter Retreat

Another pool viewOn Friday, 1/11, we had a group of 14 ladies from OceanSide Christian Fellowship leave for a weekend retreat (2 were our leaders).
I will not take the space to describe how beautiful and magnificent the location was, but will say that it was was grand. As you see from the picture, the pool area was beautiful. However, God gave us clouds, wind, and rain to keep us focused on Him and not on our surroundings.
We had our first session Friday night after dinner. Sat. was a full day with just meals and potty breaks. As the night drew to a close, it was topped off by one of the ladies desiring to be baptized, which was done around 11:00 p.m.
Sunday morning we packed and headed for church. Some of the ladies shared their testimonies of how God started working in their lives during our retreat. Church 1-13-13There were around 60 people in attendance, which was the largest attendance since the church was established a few weeks ago.  Pastor Emery brought us a great message on the “Triumphant Church.”   It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine.

Back to work

Today was my first day back in the office. Rick picked me up between 8-8:15 a.m. as he was to attend a men’s Bible study breakfast group, so I went along and had breakfast and waited him, so he would not have to drive back to pick me up. After a few other stops we were on our way to the office. There is a lot of detail paperwork that I need to get on, but it will really be next week before I get much done. Today was just getting thing in place and ready for me to proceed.
So far I have had 2 evening meals with the Sucher family and just enjoyed catch up time and playing with Mariflo. She is such a happy little tottler and has grown so much since I was here. She is also a talking trick.
Tomorrow a group of us ladies are leaving on a Spiritual Encounter Retreat, so I will be in touch next week. Hope to have some pictures to share.
God bless you all with grace, peace, and love.

Back in the Dominican Republic

Chritmas2012After 16 days of visiting family and friends in SC and VA for Christmas, I returned home with only a week to get ready for my trip back to Sosua in the Dominican Republic.
The last few days were really hectic trying to pack and remember everything that needed to be done before leaving the US for 2 months.
With only 30-45 minutes sleep, Clay, my step-son, got me to the airport in time for package checks, security, and 30 minutes to relax before boarding. I left Tampa at 7:00 a.m. for Miami where I had a 4 hour layover and then it was on to Puerto Plata where I was welcomed by my friends and co-worker in the Kingdom, Rick, Julia, and Lauren.
After a few stops, I arrived at my apartment and proceeded to unpack until I could stay up no longer. Praise the Lord for a wonderful night of good sleep.
Yesterday, Barbara Sucher (Rick’s wife) came home from the hospital, so I walked up to visit her for a while. Later Rick, Julia and I went to the dedication of the new and only pregnancy crisis center in this area. The Lord had laid it on the hearts of Melissa and Tony Luther who are also missionaries in this area. Melissa had shared this at our lady’s Bible study when I was here this past summer. What a privilege it was to be at the birth of this new ministry. Praise the Lord for the people He sent to help them remodel the place and for those who supported the work financially.
Today, I am going to a lady’s Bible study with a group from OceanSide Christian Fellowship that was just established a couple of months ago. There will be some ladies there that I know and a few that I don’t know.
Please continue to pray that the Lord will work through me to do His will.