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GO Medical Update!

This past Monday the GO Medical Clinic opened for the first FULL DAY ever!

In the past the GO Clinic has only been able to be open for 5 half days a week due to staffing, but now that Torre is full-time with GO Ministries & GO Medical he is able to work with our local Haitian Doctor, Dr. Belsabeth, and open the doors of the GO Clinic 5 full days a week!!!

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Torre reviewing x-rays by lamp light at the GO Clinic

“I had the opportunity to observe Dr. Arturo Aguilar treat a patient this morning at our GO Medical clinic.  His full time presence with our ministry allows us to double the amount of patients the GO Clinic can serve.  I’ve worked with GO over 13 years.  For at least the last 10 part of my role has been to share the ministry’s overall vision to encourage others to partner with our work. It’s an awesome privilege to get to see first hand that vision gain even more traction and move another step forward in being realized.  Today I witnessed a “We’re going to one day…” become “We are doing today…”  That is a blessing.” – Jeff Rogers, Executive Director of Education & Spiritual Development

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RN Deloris Norman taking vitals at the GO Clinic

This is just one way we’ve been able to make a difference by being full-time in the Dominican Republic! There is much more to be done in order to get the new GO Medical Center up and running. Partner with us and GO Medical and help continue to bring affordable medical care to families in the DR.

Learn more about the vision for the new GO Medical Center and Donate today!

Status Update: The floor and the walls of the third level of the new GO Medical Center are currently in progress! Once the third level floor and walls are finished they will be able to start building out each individual level. Here are a few current pics of Elkton Baptist doing construction!

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Street view of the new GO Medical Center

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Team members passing cement block up to the third level for the new walls

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Team members passing rebar up to the third level from the future parking area

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View from the third level

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View from the 3rd floor of the Go Medical Center of our new community, Las Damas.

View from the 3rd floor of the new GO Medical Center of the community of Las Damas. This is the central hub of GO Ministries in the DR and it’s a 10-15 walk from our new home!

We arrived in Santiago, DR, two weeks ago yesterday and finally have home internet after several visits and phone calls to Claro our provider! In our name no less…this is quite the accomplishment here. 🙂
We are doing really great as we continue to get settled and adjusted to a new culture and lifestyle. God’s faithful direction and provision has been humbling and has continued to affirm our steps.

The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23

Easter Sunday was our first Sunday here and we had a wonderfully blessed day celebrating the resurrection of our Savior with our GO Family. We had a lovely morning worship gathering at Tim and Samira Krauss home and a shared Easter dinner later in the afternoon at Jackie and Alan Perez home.

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Easter Morning GO Staff Worship Gathering

The past two weeks have consisted of us getting settled into our new home and learning more about what our schedules and work on the field will look like. Torre worked with the St. John UMC team doing medical assessments for the children at the Nutrition Center in Hoya de Bartola “The Hole” which feeds 100+ kids, 6 days a week and I helped with media for the Elkton Baptist team who did construction on the new GO Medical Center!

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Elkton Baptist Youth doing construction on the new GO Medical Center!

We begin Spanish tutoring next week and Torre begins his regular schedule in the GO Medical Clinic so please keep us in your prayers!!! Much love and thanks!

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6

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“Winds in the East”

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The last three weeks have flown by with longs days, late nights, celebrations,
blessed family time and many “see you laters” (I hate saying ‘good bye’)!
FYI – Sorting our storage was 8.5 hours of great success!!!

Tomorrow begins our descent into a new season of life. There are many emotions mucking about at this time but all that aside we are feeling blessed. Blessed to be apart of this assignment of bringing love, hope and salvation to the lost and hurting and loved by our amazing community of family and friends who have championed us on toward this goal. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Philippians 3:12-21

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,
but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward
in Christ Jesus. 
All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things.
And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters,
and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears,
many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
 Their destiny is destruction,
their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.
Their mind is set on earthly things.
 But our citizenship is in heaven.
And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
 
who,
by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control,
will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Stay tuned for updates from the Dominican Republic!

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Getting Hatched

C. S. Lewis once said,
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

I feel like the question, “Why is life so hard?”, is one that is constant in our lives and never fully answered. Life is tough yet simple. Heartbreaking and breathtaking. Change and transition are ridiculously hard and absolutely necessary to our health and survival. Change has always been hard for me but by the grace of God I’m learning to accept and pursue it for me, my husband, my family and all those God brings in and out of my life. It makes us better and gives us a greater capacity to accomplish all that God desires for our lives and his perfect plan.

Our flights are booked and we move to the Dominican Republic just three weeks from today!!! Emotions are feeling pretty complex right now. Super excited to be approaching a new and exciting shift that has been long awaited for but also hesitant to leave behind a life that is known and family and friends that will be dearly missed. We are so thankful for how God has walked with us on this journey. His faithfulness through every season has been unwavering.

I wish the pressures and pains of becoming a “bird” was easier. I wish that saying good bye didn’t hurt so much and feel so unmanageable. I honestly wish I WAS braver. I am thankful though that in my weakness my Father God is strong. I know he has equip us for this season and this call and that by his grace we will make Him proud. It’s time to get hatched or go bad.

Please join us in prayer for GO Ministries, all the missionaries currently serving in the DR and Haiti and for the people of the Island of Hispaniola.

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Our Friend Wilson

We met Wilson and his host family, Denise and Darryl Manias, last summer in the DR. We served with them and their team from Graceland Baptist, New Albany, IN, in Puerto Plata, DR, at Pastor Gumercindo Toribio’s church.

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Wilson Rodriguez

It didn’t take long to see that Wilson was a special kid. His love for God and the other children, his heart of service, his excitement and passion for life beamed from that great smile of his! At first glance Wilson seemed just like the rest of the kids…no worries, playful, friendly, eager for the next adventure! We were soon to learn about Wilson’s story and to come to a greater understanding that what we were seeing on the outside was just a piece of is his testimony of the Great God he loves and serves with all his heart. Take a look…

Wilson just came out of another 4 hour surgery and Denise reports that he’s doing well, thank you Jesus!, but has a long road of healing ahead of him. Please continue to pray for our friend Wilson and read more about his story and progress at Helping Wilson Heal. Wilson is just ONE story of need, yes, but more importantly of how we can make a difference in our world through the love and ACTION of God’s people! Choose to be one who actively participate in the work of God!!!

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Wilson sharing the love with the local children in Puerto Plata

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Wilson was one of the teams health educators and lectured on the importance of clean hands!

When You’re in a Holding Pattern

This blog entry is borrowed from www.incourage.me. It’s a beautiful truth about where we are in many ways and I suspect you are as well. Be blessed. ; )

When You’re in a Holding Pattern

January 15, 2015 01:15 AM | Katie Reid

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 Webster defines a holding pattern as “a course flown by an aircraft while waiting for permission to land; a state of waiting or suspended activity or progress.”

The weather was in a holding pattern; snow, snow and more snow. My dreams were on hold too; wait, wait and more wait.

As the snowflakes fell outside the window my discouraged soul struggled to be uplifted.

A book proposal was put on hold by a loving Father who knows His all-or-nothing daughter all too well. A second adoption was paused as circumstances were uncertain and provision was pending. A newer house was out of reach as financial responsibilities loomed large.

Yet, in the longing for the weather to clear, and in the waiting for circumstances to change, God’s grace piles up high as He provides covering for His creatures.

Do you fight Him as you wait or do you let Him hold you close as He reveals a pattern of grace for hard days?

Do we choose to become bitter or stronger in the waiting process?

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I can be jealous that she got a book deal or secretly sulk that they are adopting or throw a tantrum because they are able to live in their dream house — or I can take in the unique beauty that sparkles ‘round me in the interim.

As we are slowed we begin to see what we already have in hand.

I do not have a book deal but the pages of His plan unfold before me as I keep writing; teaching what I know and admitting all the stuff that I do not know. I don’t have another baby yet but my lap overflows with blessings as I help others hold their dreams. I don’t live in luxury but I am thankful to have a roof over my head and room to move around.

As I go to God’s Word, as I count the blessings, as I entrust my heart to His keeping, I am renewed. The season and circumstances may not have changed but my outlook can change as I look for the One who loves me in this interlude.

I gaze out the window at the whiteout conditions and my future seems unclear. How will this all turn out? When will Spring arrive and usher in fruitful blossoms, the birth of new things and wide-open windows?

As I sit a little longer I begin to see the bigger picture.

As the intricate snowflakes come down I am reminded from whose hand they fall. God lays them down to build them up in a glorious display of white. When the time is right He sends them forth to accomplish a special job as they point back to His ability and creativity.

He loves us too much to rush us through these valuable days of preparation.

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When our lives are in a holding pattern and we are unsure when the weight will lift, we can take time to rest and rekindle the flame of our love for the One who delights in our company. We can trust that God is growing us beneath the surface as He holds us here ‘till Spring.

Happy New Year!

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2015 is upon us and we are excited to announce that we will be making our OFFICIAL move to the Dominican Republic in April to continue our work with GO Ministries! Woo hoo! We are humbled by the amazing support of all of our partners and can’t thank you enough for your continued prayer and support. Your commitment to us and the work God is doing in the DR and Haiti has contributed to making this all possible. *hugs*

In all honestly, this is going to be a pretty emotional blog post…sorry for being so heavy right off the bat! I’m pretty emotional right now. Even as I sit here in this moment excited for this shifting in our lives I’m in tears because it’s been a tough journey since we first decided in 2011 that there was MORE and we were going to do whatever it took to find it. We need Jesus SO MUCH! He is THE reason for every second of every day and every choice and we can’t do what he’s asking of us without his love, affirmation and the hope that HE has made a way when there seems to be no way and HE is the author and finisher of our faith and is coming back for his faithful bride. “Fill Me Up” by Jesus Culture just came on Pandora…timely huh?

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We were living in Boston, MA, in 2011 and God began to make us really dissatisfied with every day life. We loved our home, our community and the people God had brought us into relationship with but there was a sense of MORE that began to press it’s way into the safety of our (my) bubble. God’s not a one-sided God. He’s a God of relationship and communion and as we began to say, “God, we want more of you”, we realized God was saying, “Torre, Jess, I want more of YOU”. So we began so say “Anything God” and he began to lead us into what “Anything” looked like. At first it looked like making the decision to leave friends and our beloved family to move to another country where we knew no one (New Zealand); selling almost everything we owed, our “home”, to become free and movable; making the choice to not fear other peoples opinions or failure knowing that what we were about to do might not work…at all! And as we began moving forward in faith through the hard stuff God was present…in the hard stuff…shining his light giving us new homes, friends, family, blessings and cheering us on toward what HE calls good. He hasn’t stopped. He’s our biggest fan. God’s singing to my heart today! “He is the Light” by Bryan & Katie Torwalt just came on!

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Since 2011 we’ve had five major moves (Boston to LA, LA to New Zealand, New Zealand to LA, LA to Boston, Boston to LA) and relocated within California a dozen times for Torre’s work contracts between 2012 and 2015. I’m still working through the loss of my Mom in June, 2014, and looking towards the next three months to plan our next and final (for however long God decides) move to the DR. We are no experts and I’m sharing this because everything God asks of us (ALL of us) comes with a cost, but I believe it’s always worth it. I’m sharing this because we need your prayers. I want you to become intimately acquainted with us and our journey because that’s how relationship is built and that’s how connections are made strong. There’s obviously tons more details in the midst of the past four years both hard and amazing but I think that’s it for now.

April 2015 begins a new chapter (maybe book!) in our lives. I think when something comes to an end it can be sad and that’s ok. There would be no need for sorrow if there hadn’t been great joy and an abundance of experiences worth living all over again. So I’m still learning to embrace “ends” and to live expectantly for “beginnings” because in Christ they all have purpose.

Greetings 2015…Make us brave for your Kingdom God!

Romans 5, Developing Patience – (MSG)

1-2 By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

3-5 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

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So Proud!

We are SO honored to have such a generous niece! Torre’s niece, Aliyah, decided that for her birthday last year all she wanted was art supplies so she could make t-shirts for the children in the Dominican Republic. A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to deliver 47 shirts to the children in Pastor Luis Vargas’s community of La Mosca and they were thrilled!! The shirts say, “Trust in God“. Thank you so much, Aliyah, for your kind, generous, loving heart. We love you so much!!! XOXOXOX
 
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Last night…for now…

This summer has been so many incredible things! We look forward to sharing more with you these next few weeks once we have a chance to really reflect and write. 🙂 Until then… Share the Love. Join the Journey.

 
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Above all, trust…

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881-1955)

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything,
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way
to something unknown,
something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability –
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually – let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense, and incomplete.

Borrowed from Alicia Chole’s book,
Ready, Set, REST. The Practice of Prayer Retreating” Vol 1

A free digital copy is now available through her website
when you sign up for her newsletter!

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