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Baptisms and Island Tamales

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Hello, this is Dennis again. Ministry is continuing as usual on the island and I wanted to post a few pictures from the last couple weeks. Pastor Pascual, Areli & Javier have been having two church services every week. Every Monday in the church on the Dayspring property at Isla Soyaltepec Dayspring Mission at 4:00PM and every Tuesday up at the top of the mountain at Javier’s house, also at 4:00PM. Some of you may remember Javier’s sister Honoria. She was a student in our Dayspring Missionary Training Program in the class of 2013, which was the same class as Areli & Nelly. She has been living and working in Tijuana for the last couple years, but now she is back on the island and working full time with us.

     We had a special service last Monday. We had a child presentation in church and we presented Danny (Elda’s and my son). Normally it’s done when they are babies (he’s almost 3), but we never got it done. Better late than never, right? Laurita was the Madrina for that (it’s like Godmother) and Pastor Pascual took care of the rest. After that we all went to the lake for baptisms. We had three people that have been asking to be baptized for the past few weeks, so we decided to make it a special day. Starting the day before, Javier’s Mom Andrea and her daughters Honoria & China came down and together with Elda, Laurita & Nelly they made about 350 tamales. After the baptisms we all headed back to the property (some of us needed to dry off) and we feasted on tamales, island style.

     Right now Laurita, Nelly, Areli, Elda, Danny & I are in Mexico City. We came here for Laurita’s appointment at the United States Embassy to get her Visa to be able to visit the USA. Her appointment was this morning (Friday) and she was denied again. They said she doesn’t make enough money working for Dayspring to convince them that she has sufficient reason to return to her own country. I’m not sure what we can do at this point, so it looks like we are giving up on this for this year. We appreciate all of you who have been praying about it. Tomorrow we start our journey back to Oaxaca, we expect to get back to the island on Monday in time for church. We left our girls Katia & Valeria with Pascual’s daughter Miriam and her husband in San Jose Chiltepec, Oaxaca, so we need to go back there first to get them. Javier is putting a new palm thatch roof on our cabin this week while we’ve been gone, so it should be done by the time we get back. It was leaking pretty bad when it rained and now we have beds and stuff in there, so we needed to get it done before the rainy season starts in June.

     Thanks for following us here and remember you can see the more pictures and newsletters on our Facebook pages at Dayspring Outreach Ministries; Dayspring Missionary Training; Isla Soyaltepec Dayspring Mission. Also Stephanie, Ashlynn, Yared & Dani (All DMT students from last year) are currently working at our mission in Doctor Arroyo and you can follow them at the Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo Facebook page at Dayspring Outreach in Dr Arroyo.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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