“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Moving eight people to a foreign country has been a wild ride to say the least! We’re four months in and we’ve had to face a barrage of obstacles, stretching us in ways that often were uncomfortable. Climate, language, food, and creepy crawlers are some things that first come to mind. On top of that, we’ve had new schools, new friends, new family dynamics and a house with barely anything in it for the first two months.
While our shipping container sat hostage in port for 7 weeks, we had to learn to live off of whatever personal items we brought with us. If that’s not stressful enough, dealing with the Dominican government brought its own set of challenges. Satan definitely tried to use his best tactics to distract and discourage. Many times officials at the port would lie and scheme so that it seemed like we got a different story at every turn. Our genuine trust that we serve a sovereign God was brought to a whole new level, because we felt helpless in and of ourselves. It was so awesome to watch God open doors by networking with others, which eventually resolved the problem. It wasn't always easy, but in those moments of chaos we learned how to be totally content in Jesus Christ. God revealed more of Himself to us, teaching us that we didn't need “stuff” to be content. Truly realizing that if we have nothing in this world, we have everything because we have Jesus!
Landing in the country around the time of two hurricanes was also total chaos! However, God used that chaos for His Kingdom when we hosted a team from Northside Christian Church at the end of October. Not only were we able to show them the darkness of the walking strip on the north shore, but we also helped the people in the village of Los Bertones. They were extremely devastated by the hurricanes and because of Northside’s generosity mattresses, building materials, kitchen utensils, fans, and everyday household items were provided to those who had lost everything. This was a huge wake up call to us because even though we thought we were living very limited, these people’s belongings were wiped out by the hurricane, leaving them with absolutely nothing. God really encouraged us through Northside being here and blessed our hearts tremendously. God also used this amazing congregation to send us to the Philippines for some much needed training in the world of sex trafficking. They saw our learning to be paramount to setting the best foundation possible for pioneering this ministry and we’re so grateful!
We also celebrated birthdays and holidays for the first time away from our families. Although there’s been sad moments, God has been faithful in providing extremely close friends here. It’s amazing knowing that God gives us the desires of our hearts, and we see first hand how important it is for us to live in community with one another.
We’ve had some crazy times in the Dominican Republic but we can boldly say that we love it here! We couldn’t be more thankful and excited for the opportunity God has granted us to serve Him and expand His Kingdom.