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Meadowbrook Christian School

Serving In Puerto Rico
November 5, 2022
Community: Rincon
Partner: The Family Church
Staff: Brian Quiñones Zabala, Shirley Cameron, Heather Young

Landed in Puerto Rico!

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 5, 2022 11:44 PM

Some of us started our day at 2:00am, but we finally made it to Puerto Rico! We made a quick stop for pinchos (puertorican kebabs). While waiting for our food, we took in this beautiful island, spending some time on this nearby beach and taking some pictures! Smile!
Landed in Puerto Rico!

First Meal!

by Heather Young | November 5, 2022 11:47 PM

For dinner, we enjoyed a delicious meal of pasta and salad! We also heard from Diane, one of the leaders of the church, about how we will be serving this week.

First Meal!

Devotional Time

by Heather Young | November 6, 2022 6:34 AM

A few of us got up early before breakfast to do our devotionals on the beach. The weather was beautiful!
Devotional Time

Morning Church Service

by Brian Quiñones Zabala | November 6, 2022 2:40 PM

This morning at church we are joyful in worship. We are being encouraged and motivated by Pastor Jose's message. The message is about us wanting to do things. One of the things that have stood out is, "Why do what you do for God?" What a powerful message to reflect upon. We are also sharing our testimonies with the church and talking about our walks with God.

Morning Church Service

Sunday Service

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 6, 2022 3:10 PM


Community Service

by Heather Young | November 6, 2022 3:51 PM

After a delicious lunch, we went to the beach to pick up trash. This provided a great conversation starter to share the Gospel and pray for people!

Community Service

Relaxing at the Beach After a Day of Ministry

by Brian Quiñones Zabala | November 6, 2022 5:12 PM

Some of us took a walk and decided to spend some quiet time reflecting and talking by the beach.

Relaxing at the Beach After a Day of Ministry

Feliz Cumpleanos Cade!

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 6, 2022 5:16 PM


Birthday Cake!

by Heather Young | November 6, 2022 5:18 PM

Happy Birthday, Cade! Penny showed us how to expertly cut the cake so that there were enough slices for everyone.

Birthday Cake!

Hearing from Pastor's Perspective

by Heather Young | November 7, 2022 8:44 AM

This morning we got to hear part of Pastor Jose's testimony, and how he came to the church. Now we are splitting up into two teams to tackle two projects. We are excited to show God's glory through our work!

Hearing from Pastor's Perspective

Community Garden: Day 1

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 7, 2022 9:24 AM

Half of us are helping with the Community Garden of the church. They used to have their non-profit to help the community in this area, but Hurricane Maria destroyed the building that used to be there. The church has great ideas for this land though! They are thinking of gardening, and even using the produce to feed the community! 

However, right now the church is just returning to these grounds. We are going to do our utmost this week! Currently, we are painting the trailer they have for storage, moving gravel to places the water accumulates, and cutting some branches to use as limiters on the beds for the soil. Go, team!

Community Garden: Day 1

Day of Firsts!

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 7, 2022 9:28 AM

As part of the ministry in the garden, we are putting a wheelbarrow together, and breaking into a locked storage unit (it belongs to the church, the key was lost)! Everything in the name of Jesus!
Day of Firsts!

Work at the farm

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 7, 2022 9:29 AM


Gloria's House - Day 1

by Heather Young | November 7, 2022 10:43 AM

Half of us began working in Gloria's house, scraping old paint to prepare to re-paint as well as cutting the grass and removing rocks from the lawn. What a joy it is to serve!

Gloria's House - Day 1

Support from Pastor

by Heather Young | November 7, 2022 10:53 AM

Pastor Jose helped us get started outside at Gloria's house and taught us how to use the trimmer. He was so proud of our work!
Support from Pastor

Clean Up of the Creek

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 7, 2022 12:53 PM

We are continuing with our projects in the afternoon after lunch. We are sorting out the branches we removed from the creek bed and keeping the ones we can use for the garden and piled up the remaining. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Clean Up of the Creek

Fence Clean-Up

by Brian Quiñones Zabala | November 7, 2022 4:43 PM

After a yummy lunch, we are cleaning up the fence. We are doing this so that when Gloria (the homeowner) has to clean she has an easier time. We've also scraped the ceiling and are finishing the lawn. We are happy to be a blessing by cleaning the house that she inherited from her mom.

Fence Clean-Up

Creativity for the Lord

by Heather Young | November 7, 2022 6:57 PM

After dinner, we prepared for Thursday's homeless ministry by decorating food trays with verses and drawings. We worked together to finish about 100 in an hour!

Creativity for the Lord

The Work Continues!

by Shirley Cameron | November 8, 2022 10:21 AM

So far we have helped put up a tent and put a second coat of paint on the trailer.  We also continue to clean the land.  A beautiful morning and a lot of work.

The Work Continues!

Gloria's House - Day 2

by Heather Young | November 8, 2022 11:09 AM

Today we pressure washed the outside of Gloria's house to prepare to paint! We are also preparing to repair some of the cement on the ceiling.

Gloria's House - Day 2

Empanadillas!

by Heather Young | November 8, 2022 11:20 AM

For lunch we enjoyed empanadillas! They are a traditional fried food filled with meat and wrapped in a corn dough.
Empanadillas!

Afternoon at Gloria's

by Brian Quiñones Zabala | November 8, 2022 8:34 PM

This afternoon we are painting the outside of Gloria's house. Some of us are scraping, preparing to paint more. We are having so much fun spending time with each other and learning. It's a joy to serve and be able to bless others.

Afternoon at Gloria's

Evening Service

by Heather Young | November 8, 2022 9:08 PM

Tonight we drove to Playa Espinar to help minister to some residents who are unable to arrive to church. Jacob gave a message, Jaby translated, and Keegan prayed. Even as the sun went down we continued the service by flashlight!

Evening Service

Day 3 at the Garden

by Shirley Cameron | November 9, 2022 9:24 AM

Today is our third day in the Family Garden and we started cleaning the front side of the garden.  It’s starting to look very different. There’s a long way to go, but we can already see the progress.

Day 3 at the Garden

Gloria's House - Day 3

by Heather Young | November 9, 2022 11:27 AM

Today we are putting the finishing touches on Gloria's house, using precision to carefully paint all of the edges. It looks so beautiful!
Gloria's House - Day 3

Finishing Touches!

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 9, 2022 11:28 AM


Almost Done!

by Heather Young | November 9, 2022 1:52 PM

We are working hard to finish Gloria's house and make it look as perfect as possible. Tomorrow morning we will paint the windows to finish the look!

Almost Done!

Bonfire on the Beach

by Shirley Cameron | November 9, 2022 9:30 PM

Tonight we enjoy a bonfire on the beach.  We were able to hear some words of encouragement and had a time of worship.  It was a special night that we took time to reflect and sing to the Lord together.
Bonfire on the Beach

Gloria's House - Finished!

by Heather Young | November 10, 2022 9:09 AM

Today we spent the morning putting the finishing touches on Gloria's House. She was so grateful!

Gloria's House - Finished!

Surprise!

by Heather Young | November 10, 2022 9:11 AM

When we finished the work, we surprised Gloria with a few plants to decorate her porch. God is so good!
Surprise!

For Such a Time as This

by Shirley Cameron | November 10, 2022 11:39 AM

Part of our team was preparing and packing lunches for a group of people in need.  We partner with the Ministry of For Such a Time as This.  We are very happy to be part of this beautiful initiative.
For Such a Time as This

Ministry for the People "On Foot"

by Heather Young | November 10, 2022 11:59 AM

We handed out over 60 hot meals in the community of Aguadilla this afternoon. The ministry For Such a Time As This prefers to call them people "on foot" instead of homeless so that we can make more personal connections. It was a privilege to be able to pray over all of these brothers and sisters in Christ.

Ministry for the People "On Foot"

"Los de a pie" (On Foot)

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 10, 2022 12:09 PM


Lunch at the Treehouse!

by Heather Young | November 10, 2022 10:10 PM

Nearby where we were serving, there was a park right next to the beach. We had a relaxing time enjoying the view as well as the amazing treehouse built there between the ceiba trees!

Lunch at the Treehouse!

Art Festival!

by Heather Young | November 10, 2022 10:13 PM

In the evening we got to visit the Art Festival which is hosted in the plaza of Rincón every Thursday. Each artisan had such unique crafts and it was a joy to support the local community by purchasing some of their art.
Art Festival!

Morning of Baptisms

by Shirley Cameron | November 11, 2022 9:04 AM

On this beautiful morning, we celebrated Michael's important decision to be baptized.  Pastor José shared a beautiful reflection.  We are happy to have been part of this moment, we are very proud of him!
Morning of Baptisms

There's celebration in Heaven!

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 11, 2022 9:19 AM


Another Gloria's House!

by Heather Young | November 11, 2022 10:53 AM

Before lunch, we took time to clean debris out of another house near the church, owned by another woman named Gloria. Using teamwork, we cleared a lot of metal, wood, and trash that had been left in the yard after Hurricane Maria.

Another Gloria's House!

Helping Hilda Tidy Up her Lawn!

by Brian Quiñones Zabala | November 11, 2022 2:23 PM

This morning we are helping Hilda with some yard work. She has shared her life story with us and it has been such a blessing. We have learned so much from her to trust God and leave everything in His hands.
Helping Hilda Tidy Up her Lawn!

So Blessed

by Heather Young | November 11, 2022 2:31 PM

We are so grateful for Diane and everything she has done for us this week. We had the opportunity to pray over her today before she left to visit family in the States. Thank you, Diane!

So Blessed

Piraguas in La Parguera

by Heather Young | November 11, 2022 2:43 PM

While exploring near the scuba diving area in Lajas, we found some delicious piraguas, or snow cones! There were various flavors including coconut, passion fruit, raspberry, pineapple, strawberry, and kiwi.
Piraguas in La Parguera

Bio Bay!

by Heather Young | November 11, 2022 6:21 PM

We had an awesome time snorkeling and swimming in the bioluminescent bay! There are only 6 bio bays in the whole world and Puerto Rico has 3 of them. What a magical experience!

Bio Bay!

Finishing up Gloria's House

by Heather Young | November 12, 2022 12:43 PM

This morning we finished cleaning the debris from Gloria's yard and moved some lumber that she plans to use to build. Before we left, we prayed blessings over her life as she continues to rebuild her home.

Finishing up Gloria's House

Praying for Hilda After a Morning of Ministry

by Brian Quiñones Zabala | November 12, 2022 12:43 PM

This morning we cleaned Hilda's garden. We ate some yummy mango empanadas and talked with Hilda about trusting in God and being patient in His word. We have been so blessed by her hospitality and by her words of encouragement.
Praying for Hilda After a Morning of Ministry

Working on the Garden one last time

by Christian Rivera Gonzalez | November 12, 2022 7:30 PM


Community Garden - Final Day

by Heather Young | November 12, 2022 7:38 PM

All of us got to visit the garden today and see the hard work that the others have accomplished during the week. We were also able to do some more work with more hands before lunch! When we finished working, we prayed over Joe and Britton and the vision that God has given them for this place.

Community Garden - Final Day

Last Shopping Spree

by Heather Young | November 12, 2022 7:58 PM

We wanted to explore downtown Rincon and buy some last-minute gifts and souvenirs before leaving, so that's exactly what we did this afternoon! Some of us even ate empanadillas one last time.

Last Shopping Spree

Hasta Luego, Puerto Rico!

by Heather Young | November 13, 2022 3:35 AM

So many memories were made this week. So many lives were touched, including ours. Today we are not saying "goodbye," but "see you later." We can't wait to be a light for others back home!

Hasta Luego, Puerto Rico!

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