December 30, 2009

2009 Ministry in the DR

We are so very blessed to have such faithful partners in ministry. Please enjoy our Christmas video as we look back at ministry in the DR for 2009!

December 28, 2009

Pictures worth a thousand words

Jackie and a little girl named Guilland, an orphan... she stole my heart!

In March of 2007 I joined G.O. Ministries and upon arriving to the Dominican Republic I found my first week working with teams that I would be in Haiti. I was elated. Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me knows my heart is in Haiti. From the first time I stepped across the border in 2005 and crossed the bridge over the Massacre River I peered out and looked at the tiny kids bathing in the water, pressing onward through the crowded steets of Haitians desperate to make a buck on market day to the churches made from coconut bark filled with the kind of worship that would make you want to cry... I found my home there... and when I left, my heart remained. So when I was able to stay for that week in 2007 I was... well no words really describe it.
I was looking through my computer and found some old pictures and thought I would share them with you and let them tell the story of hope, of desperation, of love, and of our Savior who has not forsaken His people. G.O. partners with churches, pastors, Christian schools, and nutrition centers in 6 communities in the mountain regions of Haiti. Through your generous giving you too support the work that is helping to free our Haitian brothers and sisters from the chains of poverty giving them Hope.

A little girl eating a mango; possibly her only food source for the day

I think he knows something about life that I don't

A girl with her broom in the market; what joy she has!

Typical work for a Haitian man. He's selling bags of ice.

A woman rides her donkey into town. What you can't see are the bags of carbon she is selling, which is a type of coal used for cooking that is made from trees, part of the major deforestation problem in Haiti.

Boys bathing in the Massacre River

A man resting outside of his house

A Haitian sunrise
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed meto bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
hat the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins,
repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them,
though they have been deserted for many generations.
Foreigners will be your servants.
They will feed your flocks
and plow your fields
and tend your vineyards.
You will be called priests of the Lord,
ministers of our God.
You will feed on the treasures of the nations
and boast in their riches.
Instead of shame and dishonor,
you will enjoy a double share of honor.
You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
“For I, the Lord, love justice.
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be recognized
and honored among the nations.
Everyone will realize that they are a people
the Lord has blessed.”
Isaiah 61: 1-9

...Everyone will realize that they are a people the LORD has blessed...

Much peace to you!
Alan and Jackie

December 3, 2009

We're Pregnant!

Just a quick note to let you all know that we've officially created a "family blog" to keep you updated on our pregnancy with twins!

Much love to you all!
Alan and Jackie
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