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The Good Missionary
It is still dark with only the slightest hint of day break when we pile into the car from our home one last time. We are leaving. There isn’t much left to sell, the goodbyes have been said, and all that is left to do is to leave. After months of preparing for this moment it is here. There’s no one here to send us off in some grand goodbye, it feels as if we were going on a long road trip, and that we could be back soon, but I know we won’t be returning to this house again.
Delight yourself in the Lord, Longboarding Missionaries
Psalm 37:3-4 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. My wife learned how to longboard today, and she’s now, probably, the best longnboarding, live aboard, sailing, goofy footed missionary in all of Fort Lauderdale.
Counting the Costs
I am driving down the road in my comfortable SUV, taking my youngest son to his lacrosse game. As I drive this particular route, I am in awe of the large Rocky Mountains laid out before me. It is a beautiful mixture of country plains submitting themselves before the large Colorado Mountains. This is a road I have taken many times, and yet this time this particular drive is freeze framed in my mind.
Called Out Upon The Water
It’s night and I look across the bay from the dock where our borrowed sailboat is. A small town in the Dominican Republic that is our mission field sits unnaturally aglow, despite the complete darkness that surrounds it. It is a place filled with spiritual darkness, a place known as ‘Little Thailand’ due to the sex trade of men, women, boys and girls. I think this is what Sodom and Gomorrah must have resembled.
Boca Chica Dominican Republic
Outdoor church with the kids in Boca Chica. Boca Chica is a municipality of the Santo Domingo province in the Dominican Republic. Within the municipality there is one municipal district: La Caleta. Boca Chica has a popular beach with the same name, located about 30 kilometers east of Santo Domingo de Guzmán in the south shore of the island of Hispaniola.
Boca Chica
April of 2013 began a 7 week long missions trip to Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. It was our first prolonged missions trip as a family. We lived on a friend's sailboat in the marina of this small Dominican town. We went out without a direct plan or mission, we only knew that we were to go and love the people of this town.