Upon my return to the Dominican Republic, my home was in excellent condition. I am excited to announce that tarantulas did not set up housekeeping during the absence of a broom wielding missionary. The geckos knew they were welcome, so continued their sharing of my space. Two months of their evidence was left behind, but they are nice little guys so it's okay. They eat mosquitoes, or so I have heard. It is good to be home.
Dedication of New Worship Facility
A celebration of the dedication of a new worship facility for the Confessional Lutheran Church of Pueblo Nuevo took place on May 5th. For years, the congregation had been crowding into a hot, noisy storefront just about two steps from the street. Worship was interrupted by street noise on a regular basis. We thank God that the new facility will allow for normal congregational worship, classes, and events, with plenty of space and air flow, and much less street noise.
First Graduating Class
Last Friday evening, Concordia El Reformador, our new Dominican seminary celebrated her first graduating class of eight men from the countries of Bolivia, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. In addition, five seminarians received vicarage assignments.
Heavy rain did not dampen the spirits of the 150 or so in attendance, which included pastors, and dignitaries from the U.S. and across Latin America, church members and friends from our local missions, seminarians, and missionaries. I was excited and honored to be part of this historic event, producing the diplomas, doing interviews, and taking photos.