As I sit down to write up this update, my mind is flooded with the ups and downs of serving here in the Dominican Republic. I admit to often viewing these updates as opportunities to justify the sacrifices many of you are making to support the work here, yet at the same time wanting highlight and honor God with all the things He is doing down here. And then sometimes it feels like just another things on the ‘to do’ list.
In many ways we expected the life of service to be a constant ‘high’ of feeling united in purpose with the Lord, but there are many days where going to work in the morning feels like, well, going to work in the morning! And that is one of the many things we’ve learned in this first year that you all may appreciate as well – you don’t need to go abroad or be in ‘full time ministry’ to be doing the Lord’s work, you just need to reflect Him in whatever you do and wherever you do it. Easier said than done, right? Well the same is true here, in fact we sometimes feel that the roles we have here and the stresses of living in a different culture only highlight our failings. But then God’s record is filled with examples of Him using broken people to achieve His greater purposes, and so with that in mind we press forward and desire only that He be using us in that way.
We ask that you would pray the same for us as well, and also for healing as Abby recovers from Dengue fever.
Harley, Abby and the boys