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Our New Norm

It’s been a little while since we’ve submitted a blog post. Sorry about that as a lot has been happening these past few weeks. I believe the last time we wrote on the blog we were still in Tennessee. We finally left the States on August 25th for the Dominican Republic. We flew into Santiago and got in about an hour later than scheduled (around 9:45 p.m.). When we landed we experienced our first cultural difference. As the jet touched down in Santiago, all the Dominican people started clapping and cheering for a safe landing. We of course joined in (and I said a silent prayer of thanksgiving that the Lord got us there safely). By the time we got out of the plane, our kids were SO tired. New culture, tired kids, trying to pick up 12 checked bags and not being able to speak Spanish all made for […]

As we had our family time in The Word and said prayers tonight, we read about how God supplied manna to the people of Israel and then also how He produced flowing water out of a dry rock after Moses faithfully was obedient to follow His instructions.  God showed how He loved the people of Israel and took care of them, even when they were (at times) so doubtful in what He was doing with them in the wilderness. They went from predictable lifestyles as slaves into a state of freedom, but the freedom came with some changes. Those changes in lifestyle brought out the worldly emotions and fleshly reactions to life’s stresses in so many of the Israelite people. But the Lord was still faithful. He allowed the “wilderness time” to work at their hearts, and then He later blessed them with the promised land. We’re getting much closer […]

When you serve in a foreign nation and everything is new (including the language), it’s not uncommon for others of similar backgrounds to come together. Think of the various communities or “little” villages that emerge in cities across the nation – Little Italy, China Town, etc. Over the past several months, prior to us joining Makarios, we began to establish some communication with others serving in the Dominican Republic that we would hopefully one day develop close ties with once we moved to the D.R. We definitely look forward to those relationships still occurring (Cutts family, Iannone family, Luther family and James family) and having the opportunity to enjoy some time with all of them. But it definitely feels even better knowing that now we enter into an even tighter community of like-minded people who each are involved in the Makarios ministries occurring in the D.R. This past week we […]

The youth at Calvary Chapel Chattanooga spend two weeks in the Dominican Republic each summer for a mission experience (they’re leaving in late July this year).  I’ve had the privilege to travel with them and they do so many wonderful things for the people in La Union and Congrejo, two neighboring villages on the north coast. Because of their continual commitment to this area, they were challenged by their pastor (Kenny Engels) to consider as a group to  “adopt” our family and support us. And yes, I said the youth at the church. Many times young people are overlooked when raising support, especially financial support. But as a collective group, they have the potential to be a very powerful giving force.

Video: About Makarios

Check out this video to learn more about Makarios and the school where we will serving in the D.R.

Big News – June Newsletter

If you don’t receive our email newsletters, well you missed the BIG NEWS we sent out in our June e-newsletter! (Be sure to sign up to receive our future newsletters by adding your email in our newsletter list – see box in the right column.) Our Big News We have been offered and have accepted a missions position with Makarios International to be the directors (principal) of The Makarios School, or Colegio Makarios, in Montellano, Dominican Republic.  (FYI – “makarios” is Greek for “blessed.”) View the letter from Sharla Megilligan, the director of Makarios International, about us joining her organization. I(Pat) have submitted my resignation to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and will end my commitment there at the end of June. Starting in July we will make our final preparations to leave for the D.R., including trying to sell our house (on the market right now), sell or donate […]

If you don’t subscribe to our e-newsletters which we send out once a month, here is our latest titled “God is On the Move.” These are some pretty exciting times as we have seen God put some things in motion for our upcoming venture of faith and service. Take a look at the newsletter for a few more details.

I felt it important that this week we pay tribute to Jesus. Help me celebrate it in song. Turn up your volume on your computer, iPad or phone and hit the play button…and sing along (lyrics below).  This week’s anthem – Mystery by Charlie Hall. (buy it on Amazon) Sweet Jesus Christ my sanity Sweet Jesus Christ my clarity Bread of heaven, broken for me Cup of salvation held up to drink Jesus, Mystery Christ has died and Christ is risen, and Christ will come again Sweet Jesus Christ my sanity Sweet Jesus Christ my clarity Bread of heaven broken for me Cup of salvation held up to drink Jesus, Mystery Christ has died and Christ is risen, and Christ will come again Bridge: Celebrate his death and risingLift your eyes, proclaim his comeCelebrate his death and risingLift you eyes, lift your eyes Celebrate his death and risingLift your eyes, […]

The Peter in All of Us

Today, I read the passion account as written in the Gospel of Mark (14-16). Mark was a student under Peter’s tutelage (and was around twelve years old when Jesus died), and so by most means, this is Peter’s account of the passion. So I felt it fitting today that we focus a bit on Peter’s denial of Christ, which really could be said about all of us. “Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”  But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.”  But he denied […]

This week, I’ve decided that I’m going to read through the passion of Jesus each day, and with every day I’ll read it in a different gospel account. Today, it’s from Matthew (26-28). I utilize my commute time on the CARTA bus to read the Word and this morning while on my transfer bus (the #10 to UTC) as I was reading it a young man (his name is Ricardo) asked me about my Bible. He shared he had one with him as well (as he patted his backpack). We then proceeded to have a brief conversation about God’s will for his life, as he was feeling a little confused about his future. He is working part time right now but is interested in missions. Now I believe nothing is “by chance.” While I only had a few minutes, I shared that God isn’t the author of confusion, so if […]

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