The last time I visited the Dominican Republic was in February, 2005.

I left naive and anticipatory. I returned with my heart full and my bowels, shall we say, disrupted.

a781025e9e8a85cef8ebe908f11242c9Today I leave for a second visit, and I’m pumped. I’d love for you to come along, either by blog or in the Twitterverse. I hope to do a fair amount of both so we can share in the experience.

It will be exciting to see how things have changed. I’ve only heard of the great things happening there since I visited 9 years ago. In ’05 we helped to work on the second or third Nutrition Center facilitated by G.O. Ministries. They now run 11 such centers in the Dominican and Haiti. The ministry has grown a lot, and I have too. I can’t wait to see all of it again.

My purpose in visiting is three-fold:

1. I’m teaching in their seminary and helping to train student pastors. My class list includes: The Theology of Generosity & Service, kind of a Youth Ministry 101 class, and Calvinism vs. Arminianism. Fun stuff.

2. Our church supports G.O. and I’ll be encouraging the ministry in whatever way I can. We’ve sent teams each of the last two years and will be sending one again in June. I’m looking to get a students-only team trip on the calendar for 2015.

3. As the Executive Director of The 25 Group, I’ll (hopefully) be visiting Los Perez where we are funding a Nutrition Center. At the very least, I hope to spend time visiting with the pastor there and returning to the U.S. with some photographs to share.

I’ll be blogging and tweeting from the DR as much as possible all next week, so if you want to keep up with me feel free to give me a follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog below.

I appreciate your prayers and look forward to returning with another full heart.

But hopefully no more “disrupted” bowels.

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