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March, 2017 - Island Ministry Rolls On

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Hello all, Dennis here again. We came off the island today and I have internet here at Pastor Pascual’s house in El Fortin Uno Chiltepec for today only. Tomorrow we head north, we’re going to be in Veracruz a couple days and then we’re going to Monterrey for a couple days for Laurita to hopefully get her papers to be able to visit the USA. Then we have a couple days in Texas, then back to Veracruz to help Roger with his work group coming down to work on the new orphanage and then finally back to the island in Oaxaca.

     Javier is still on the island. Pascual and his son Nahum and daughter Areli (she’s been a missionary with us for the last 3 years) came to the island yesterday and after a full day of following Javier all over several jungle trails visiting and praying for people we had our first church service last evening at 6:00PM (Tuesday, February 28). It went well, we had 5 or 6 people show up, plus some kids. Pascual preached a message and then we gave out some Bibles and candy. Pastor Pascual will be coming to the island every Monday and leaving every Wednesday. He plans to do a church service on Mondays and Tuesdays and the rest of the time he will spend with Javier visiting and getting to know the people. Pascual’s son Nahum is planning to come to the island next week and stay there for 8 days working with Javier. Javier has been doing great. He’s got a lot on his plate, since pretty much everything we do needs to be interpreted from Spanish into the Mazateco dialect (prayers, songs, sermons, etc.) and he’s the only one we have right now that can do that. We realized about 4 days before our first church service that there were no benches in the church anymore and we had nothing for people to sit on. Javier came down with a friend and they made 7 benches using wood from the cabin that we tore down. They got that done just in time, although I think we’re going to need more.

     I won’t have internet again until we get to Texas on around March 8-9, so I’m going to get this posted right now. There are several pictures covering the past week, including the cool jungle birds and their nesting tree that we found near our cabins (non-ministry related, I know, but still pretty cool). They are officially called Montezuma Oropendolas and they have a very odd and cool sounding call that has been waking us up every morning. The local Mexicans call them Zacua, The Mazateco Indians on the island call them Chu’cunduu. Anyway, I will keep on posting pictures and information when I can. I made Areli an editor of our Facebook pages and showed her how to post pictures and newsletters, so she will hopefully be doing that for the next couple weeks until we get back. She will be posting her newsletters in Spanish, though, so y’all will have to use that Google translator :). Remember you can see the 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 www.facebook.com/ArroyoMinistry/.

Dios les bendiga
Dennis

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