Thursday, March 26, 2009

Praising God for a Safe Arrival!

Greetings to everyone back home! We have safely arrived in the Dominican Republic. Following a flight out of Miami International Airport, we are currently at Metro West Caribbean Mission House in Puerto Plata where we will be staying for the remainder of our trip. After exiting the airport here in the D.R., we managed to squeeze all 23 of us into one large van while the majority of our luggage was piled into another. Driving through the streets of Puerto Plata, we stared out the windows and absorbed the atmosphere of our new surroundings. Children walking home from school, tree-sloped mountains, signs written in Spanish describing the stores, gas stations, and markets of the city--every scene that whizzed by the windows introduced us more to the city of Puerto Plata.

Upon arriving at the mission house, which is only a short walk from the nearby beach, we settled into our rooms, met together for dinner, and walked to the shore. We met back for a time of devotion in which Michael Giglio, a Spanish-speaking missionary and our translator/chaperone for the trip, shared with us his testimony. Mike spoke and gave a great introduction to the trip, talking about his life as a missionary in the Dominican Republic as well as Colombia. He shared Lamentations 3:27 with us, which says, "It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in His youth." That's us! We are here to minister to those in need and to share the gospel with those who have ears to hear.

As we prepare to settle in for bed, we eagerly await how God is going to work through each of us to further His kingdom. Tomorrow we will be heading out to a needy school of 80 students as well as to an orphanage for special needs children. We greatly appreciate all of your prayers, and look forward to hearing from you soon. Ben, you are in our thoughts and prayers--get well soon, bud! Stay tuned for future updates, and goodnight from the class of 2009.

Posted by: Steven Gallo


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you guys made it safely!! You've done a lot in order to prepare for this big trip! I pray that each and every one of you is open to what God is going to do in your lives!! I look forward to hearing all about your adventures!!

3/26/2009 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Seniors! It's awesome to hear from you so soon! God has amazing things in store for you this week, and you are all in our prayers!

Love and Hugs,

3/26/2009 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Seniors! So glad to hear that all of you made it down to D.R. today! That's answered prayers for Carolyn and Lisa - thank you Lord. Sounds like you will have some great opportunities for ministry tomorrow. I pray that you will see the love of Jesus flowing through your lives. Praying for you!
-Mrs. Riter

3/26/2009 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seniors - These days will be some of the most memorable of your whole life!! I pray your hearts would be soft and open to the huge ways God is planning to work and the mammoth changes He would like to make inside each of you. I know you will enjoy your work with the children SO much today. Our prayers are with you!!!
--Mrs. Poole

3/27/2009 6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you! I love hearing this report...God is good! You will know that for sure after this trip!!

3/27/2009 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buenos dias! Como estan? Seguro que enamorados de esa bella tierra! Aqui estamos orando por ustedes y deseando que Dios los ayude a impactar a todos que el ponga en su camino. Muchas bendiciones. Los estranamos! (Sra. Bonorondi - perdon por la gramatica!)

Esperando noticias de ustedes,

los quiere,

Sra. Caperna :)

3/27/2009 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steven, Did you know you mistakenly called Mr. Smith this morning????? He said that in the background he could hear kids laughing! That is a good sign. Hope you all have a great day. Looking forward to more news. Thanks for the post. Love, Mrs. Harrison

3/27/2009 8:55 AM  
Blogger Matinee said...

I'm so glad you all made it there safely! I hope you have a splendid time!

3/27/2009 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers of thanks for safe arrival, and more prayers... a blanket of prayers for providing open hearths, with God's angels protecting and pouring His blessings over everyone in this mission. A very specific prayer for each individual: the spiritual constriction for the simple understanding of each other needs, as per Jesus eternal legacy: From all threads, the most important is LOVE! Dante Bonorandi

3/27/2009 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooooo glad you all have safely arrived in Puerto Plata! Prepare yourselves for an amazing and life changing trip! Step out of your comfort will be amazed at what YOU can do.
Praying for you all!
Be safe!
Special Hiiii to all my girls!xoxo

3/27/2009 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always the class of 2009 is on fire,filled with God's love, love for each other and ready to have one final chance TOGETHER to impact the world for Christ. Chersish this time and these friendships you have made, some of them will last a lifetime. You are all so fabulous I can hardly stand it. Am praying fervently for those you minister to recieve the life chainging message of salvation and
for renewal of hearts towards Jesus. When it is all said and done, He is really the only thing that matters.
Love & hugs to you all. I'd send a shout out to you all by name but you know who you are. :) Love you tons Katy girl.It's all good!!!
Take care of each other,
Love you,
Mrs. Carp

3/27/2009 12:50 PM  

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