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Anderson University

Serving In Puerto Rico
March 16, 2019
Community: Canovanas
Partner: Iglesia Impacto de Dios Evangelistico
Staff: Drema Jefferson, Meghan Frezza

Welcome to Puerto Rico!

by Adriana Leal | March 17, 2019 7:35 AM

We made it! We all are so excited for what God has planned for us this week. Keep following our journals!

Welcome to Puerto Rico!

Old San Juan

by Drema Jefferson | March 17, 2019 3:14 PM

This morning after breakfast, we visited Old San Juan since our host partner holds church service at night. We got to taste mofongo, drink Puerto Rican coffee, and take in the sites. We had so much fun and are loving it here already! 

Old San Juan

Our first Puerto Rican Church Service

by Drema Jefferson | March 18, 2019 9:21 AM

Last night we went to our host partner church, Iglesia Impacto Evangelistico, to attend our first church service there. We loved the dynamic worship and some of us even picked up an instrument to join in with the worship band.

Pastor Felix also preached a great message about finding our identity in Christ and growing closer in our relationship with him. He told us that God ultimately cares about our heart and He wants to know us more. It was a powerful time of ministry and we are really excited about how God is going to move throughout this week. 

Our first Puerto Rican Church Service

Testimony sharing and more

by Drema Jefferson | March 18, 2019 9:28 AM

We also got a chance to sing a few popular worship songs from our church back home, and we shared some really powerful testimonies. 

Testimony sharing and more

Serving others

by Adriana Leal | March 18, 2019 9:13 PM

Today we did some hard and rewarding work! We went to the church we are partnering with and cleaned the backyard. After that, we went to the house of a disabled man  and helped him cleaning his room. That was a lot of work, but seeing everyone helping and united is such a blessing. Then, we had some ice cream from a local store, and it was delicious! Finally, we eneded our day by having a beautiful worship time and reflected on what we experienced today.

Serving others


by Drema Jefferson | March 19, 2019 9:58 AM

Here we are at Georgetti's enjoying a surprise from our PPM staff! 


Elderly Home Visit

by Drema Jefferson | March 19, 2019 10:09 AM

This morning we visited an elderly home in Loiza. We got a chance to introduce ourselves, sing a worship song,  and we also participated Puerto Rican worship songs in return. 

Elderly Home Visit

Interaction and games

by Drema Jefferson | March 19, 2019 10:15 AM

Some of us also got a chance to play Dominoes with the elderly, a favorite past time in Puerto Rico. Others of us got a chance to sit with them, interact and build relationships. We had so much fun listening to their stories, telling them about our life, and sharing the love of Christ. 
Interaction and games

Yard work and prayer walking

by Drema Jefferson | March 20, 2019 10:51 AM

After a delicious traditional Puerto Rican meal, we separated into 2 groups. One team worked on yard work for a community member, and the other group went prayer walking. We prayed for people along the way and for the community. 

Yard work and prayer walking

Prayer Service

by Drema Jefferson | March 20, 2019 10:57 AM

After some flex time, we traveled back to church for prayer service. We worshipped, prayed for church members, and listened to a great message given by an evangelist/missionary. After church, the members treated us to Piña Coladas and pastelitos. 

Prayer Service

Kids Ministry Day

by Adriana Leal | March 20, 2019 4:45 PM

We had fun with kids today! First, we went to a Day Care Center. We had the opportunity to spend time with kids from 2 to 5 years old. We played fun games and enjoyed each other's company. Then, we went to an Elementary School where we played sports with kids and other fun games. It was a blessing spending time with kids today. They were very happy and so were we. 

Kids Ministry Day

Serving Barrio Obrero

by Drema Jefferson | March 21, 2019 1:20 PM

This morning we went to Barrio Obrero, a multicultural community in San Juan, to serve with Pastora Nilka from Iglesia Metodista San Pablo. We helped her clean some areas of the church, organize donations, and serve a community meal to the homeless and those affected by the hurricanes last year. 

We also got a chance to hear her story and how she came to Barrio Obrero, as well as the history behind this community. We were in awe of how God has supplied for the needs in this community, as well as how God used Pastora to speak to our hearts about our purpose in life. 

Serving Barrio Obrero

Beach Time

by Drema Jefferson | March 21, 2019 1:22 PM

After lunch, we headed over to Playa Escambron to enjoy some beach time. 

Beach Time

Our last night together

by Drema Jefferson | March 22, 2019 9:27 AM

Last night we had an incredible team meeting. God really showed up through a powerful devotional, worship, affirmations, and prayer for each other at the end. We will never be the same. Now, it is time to take back what God taught us in Puerto Rico to our community and be the light. 

Our last night together

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Pam Shinn

March 21, 2019 5:51 PM

That trip looks amazing. I’m so happy our girls had a chance to participate.

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