So I realized that last week I didn´t even mention the name of my area! Well, it´s Nuevo Amanecer, which means New Sunrise in Spanish. And really, the sunrises and sunsets here are divine. They are like nothing I´ve seen before. I¨ve yet to be able to take a picture that does it justice. We are very close to the ocean and our area is considered to still be in Santo Domingo, yet it is much more like a suburb than a city.
We have an investigator, a mother of a recent convert, who we are teaching, but says she can´t go to church because she has to cook on Sundays. We tried to suggest cooking on Saturday, yet she insisted she must cook on Sundaymornings. This got me thinking... What kind of excuses do we make in our lives to not do something the Lord commands? Or... what good things do we do instead of doing something better? Yes, cooking for your family is good. It´s service, and, well, it´s food, so what could go wrong there, right? Yet, I´m pretty sure the Lord would rather see us going to church. There is a time and season for everything.
Today for Preparation Day we went and ate lunch and got some frozen yogurt. So good. I love Dominican food. It is so great.
One reason why I have been called to serve in the Dominican Repblic=
ºThey eat beans and rice nearly every day
We got to go to a baptismal service on Saturday and it was so beautiful. One of our investigators showed up which made us so happy. Hermana Carpio, Hermana Hansen (one of our sister training leaders), and I did a musical number. Later, before we sang the final hymn, rain started pouring hard and all the lights went out. Many people turned on little lights from their phones and, together, there was enough light to read the hymn. As we sang, I thought of how each light, although small at first, contributed so much to the whole. We were all able to see and sing, and the lights came back on at the third verse.
I love you all! I love this work. Let your light shine. The world could always use a little more light.
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Santo Domingo East MIssion
SDQ 4102, 2250 NW 114th Ave.
Miami, FL 33172-3652
8540 NW 66th St.
Miami, FL 33195 - 2698
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Mission