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BC: LINC DR Building Commitments 1) Teach Them to Obey 2) Staying Close to God 3) The Word of God 4) Who is the Greatest? 5) Prayer 6) The Weapons of Warfare 7) The Great Commission 8) Experiencing God's Victory 9) The Church 10) The Holy Spirit 11) Each One Winning As Many as Possible 12) Resolving Tension and Conflict 13) Mountain Moving Faith 14) Sacrificial Giving to God 15) Every Obstacle an Opportunity 16) Courage Team DR Juan Coppiano Mardean Martindale David Gordon Herschel Martindale Jan Gordon Andrew McKnight Jill Gordon Rebecca McKnight Jonny Gordon Elayna Pierce Justin Gordon Marissa Scanlon Kelly Gordon Austin Sebek Lauren Gordon Caleb St. Jean Luke Gordon Perter Swanson Matt Gordon Bryan Lemus Ana Groff Melanie Lemus Katya Groff Nancy Lemus Cristina Guerra Thomas Lemus Anna Harnsberger Bekah Maier

FC: LINC DR 2011

1: June 22, 2011 4:26, started off late Ten in the car, little too tight. Two hours early, good speed good rate, Eating bagels, waiting for our flight. "Dominican Republic, here we come." Trying to make music, but no headphone. Tourist cards- got to get some, Looking at the beach, filled with stone. Coconut trees, people climbing, buses won't stop, cars too aggressive, little too hot, kind of starving. So after a little food the hostal looks impressive. -Jonny and Luke

2: (Excerpt from Jan's Journal after the first few days in the DR.) Dear Family and Friends, Just a quick note to catch you up on our trip thus far. We are missing you all very much. We are thankful for the Lemuses,with their 2 children, ages 16 and 11, girl and boy, respectively, who lived her 10 years ago and know the culture and language and are able to help us settle in without too much truoble. We have settled into our hostal (I called it our hospice yesterday accidentally). The 4 girls (Anna Harnesberger lives with them) are in one room adjacent to our room. Matt and I have a full size bed, and the four boys are on 2 twin air mattresses and one thin twin mattress on the floor. We pile the beds on our bed in the morning. There is another young couple from NC also here from Berk's church in NC. They are in their early 20's....he was in Iraq for 4 years. We've been having adventures around the city, getting to know the area. We don't have transportation so we are usually walkingfor miles and hours. Matt was sick last night and today. We think it may have been dehydration. He is slowly getting his strength back. We bought a papaya and a mango today, both very large, for only $1.30 for both. Pineapples are also less than a dollar. So you can imagine how much we are enjoying the fruit. God has been so faithful in so many ways. There are a lot of things we take for granted in the U.S...i.e. clean streets, sidewalks without deep holes, hot water for washing dishes, flushing toilet paper, drinking water or brushing teeth with water from the faucets. There are many children who are out on the street selling things, washing car windows, shining shoes, etc. We are a sight, all of us blonde, white-skinned people. The prices go up when we are buying, unless we know what is "normal" and walk away. They usually come down on the price then. The orphanage is very interesting.We have visited a couple of times to play with the kids. There is a 3 year-old and 4 year-old who play with Justin, and most are 8-18. There is no air conditioning and lots of open windows. They say they just get used to the mosquitoes (I wonder about malaria). Their rooms are so cute, bunk beds with all different patterns of sheets and pillow slips. They are very cheerful. The kids seem like one, big, happy family and are so friendly with us. We sing and play at their play ground ((a merry-go-round, one swing and a slide) that consists mainly of dirt. Justin flew off the merry-go-round and got hurt a little The 18-year-old showing us around was very sorry and said taht the kids never get hurt on the playground. The girs did speed poetry the first night about the orphanage and it almost seemed like the orphanage was a utopia for kids. Not quite how I felt about it. The meals will be tricky without a car, though, there is a woman , Evelyn, who will take us when we need it, but don't want to invconvenience her too much. I am going to check into the subway soon to see if it goes to the larger grocery store. Rerigeration is also a problem since the refirgerator is for everyone at the hostal and it does not keep its temperature very cold or consistent.We are enjoying oatmeal and I am making granola. The fruit market is a mile and a half walk, though hehre is a smaller grocery store about a 1/2 mile. The ocean is a couple of blocks away. There is a nice sidewalk next to it. I don't think the DR has had a campaign for no littering. The beaches are full, no untouched areas near us, of trash. It is in the ocean as well, being washed ashore. It is sad that these things can't be enjoyed.

4: God's Faithfullness Riding through the heavens, Sword on Your thigh, Fighting our battles, A victory cry. Shepherding Your sheep, Guarding them well, Tending them faithfully, all is well. Faithful is He who calls you, He will also bring it to pass, Fulfilling all You've said, Carrying it out with class. You said, "Ask for the nations," My heart said, "How?" Only Your faithfulness can do it, And bring it about now. The Doinican Republic is on Your heart, The fields are white for harvest, As we lift up our eyes to the Father, You will provide the rest. - Jan It's Just the Beginning Last English Club, Last Bible Study, Last Mango. For LINC this si the close of our Latin Tango. First Home Group, First Steps of Spiritual Leadershilp, Fresh Vision, Foru UASD friends it's the start of a God-fueled mission. And God is faithful to build His family. From the US to the Donincan, It's His plan you see. -Matt | Show Me Your Glory You who began a good work in them will complete it. I'm here, we're here, to be Your hands and feet. We speak truth, and love them, You cause growth. I have two more days to see them, build into them, What is Your will for me in following them up effectively? I lay this anxiety down at Your feet. You know what they need, You know how just to use me. There's no need to fear or worry, Their Creator is in control and will continue their story, I ask that You use me, these last two days. I want to encourage and build them up for Your glory. Show me Your ways, show me Your glory. -Jill | I'm Inadequate, He's Faithful I'm inadequate, unfaithful and anxious. God makes adequate, is faithful, and carries our burdens. We take discipleship, follow-up intor our own hands, But God continually reminds me that He is faithful and makes me adequate. We fear these people will become stagnate when we leave. We forget that God is more faithful than the sunset. We fear that we won't have enough time to teach the;m and transform them. We forget God transforms, He multiplies time. -Luke

12: Children running, swinging, playing, all family, caring, living in unity. They all undaerstood each other with me not even knowing a thing they are saying Going into a room, 6 bunkbeds with decorated walls. Girls 5-10 years in one room and 11-16 in another sleep together, eat together, adn paly with straws. In our eyes it looks different, we take many things for granted. We have parents, a house, and many more gadgets They are thankful with little and compared tu us are stranded. Their big smiles, high spirits, and loving hearts make the difference . They were created by the same God and He loves them the same. It was refreshing to see their life and love and be in their presence. -Kelly | A little world all to its own Away from the noise and clutter of the city Yet right in the middle of it-it stands neatly sown. Joyful voices, warm greetings, happy hearts. Ready to show us around, make us feel at home. Homey bedrooms, decorations that are off the charts. A few kids celebrating a birthday. Others freely playing with each other outside. They welcomed us right in, in such a sweet way. They've made each otehr est friends. Actually brothers and sisters They enjoy the comfort jjof a family-whatever it lends. Yes, one house, one family. One big house-one big family. God;s handiwork that stands out so beautfifully-Jill

13: They were veryhospitable. They were always laughing and fun to be around. I can't wait to go back. -Jonny | Walking up the steps into "my kind of world" Friendly children, and a playground with a merry-go-round that twirled. Happy children, running, squealing, playing tag, Everyone sliding, jumping, running, for in happiness no one did lag, Boys and girls with rooms with design They are all one family but a different kind. -Lauren | It was the best day yet with the children we had met, Felt more loved, felt more close with those who let. Taught them hand games and enjoyed them much, "Again, again." So content, no movies, no cellphones, little food , so were thin. They played games that included all and changed a lonely face to a grin, After sharing a smile with Maria Isabel and loving her, We felt like close frineds made in one second and always laughter. A littlel boy with a quiet spirit just wanted me to sit next to him. Just someone to smile at hime, someone to love him. - Kelly

14: Lauren and Melissa Justin, Melissa, and Jonnise | Kelly and Marie Isabel

15: Melissa, Jill, and Marielis | Marie, Kelly,Jonnise

16: A walk to the colonial area of Santo Domingo

43: Rain in the DR We all know God provided rain to make flowers, grass and little buds But when it rains here in the DR, it doesn't just "rain" but it floods All of us went out one day to go to the orphanage to play Then all of a sudden the clouds got dark And lightning lit the sky like a giant spark It started to drizzle, then rain,then pour And all of us ran to get inside of the door We decided to stay at the orphanage til it started to clear But after some hours the thunder was just as loud and the lightning just as near So we decided to run for it, just to get to the hostal But by the time I started running I could really tell, That by the time we got there, We would be soaked from our toes to our hair We all walked through puddle 3-4 feet deep (and that was okay) And then, another puddle's current practicly swept David away We all got home, all just sopping I feel bad for the hostal (they'll be doing some mopping!) So that is the story of the DR rain That filled up our clothes, and also the drain

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