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Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

Serving In Puerto Rico
March 25, 2023
Community: Rio Grande
Partner: Escuela Carmen L Feliciano Carreras
Staff: Drema Jefferson, Heather Rivera Gonzalez

We are Here!

by Heather Young | March 26, 2023 9:05 AM

We are so excited to be here in Puerto Rico! We arrived late last night, but after a full night's rest we are ready to enjoy church service this morning at Iglesia Bautista de Jerusalén. We believe that God will do great things this week!

We are Here!

Sunday Service

by Heather Young | March 26, 2023 1:54 PM

Today is Missions Sunday at Pastor Samuel's church. We are enjoying a translated message given by guest Pastor David about how we can be a missionary wherever we are. It is so wonderful to gather and worship together in English and Spanish!

Sunday Service

I will bless the Lord at all times

by Heather Young | March 26, 2023 2:00 PM


Ice Cream!

by Heather Young | March 26, 2023 6:05 PM

After church we are having a sweet treat at Cremaldi in Fajardo. One of the best places to get fried ice cream!

Ice Cream!

Sometimes to pray you have to sing!

by Heather Young | March 26, 2023 9:08 PM


Evening Meeting

by Heather Young | March 26, 2023 9:16 PM

Gia is leading our first devotional tonight all about love. This perfectly follows in line with the theme of church this morning. We are learning what love is and what it looks like to effectively love others. The Holy Spirit is working!

"In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us."

1 John 4:10‭-‬12

Evening Meeting

Sunday Meeting Worship - Prince of Peace

by Heather Young | March 26, 2023 9:30 PM


Assisting English Teachers

by Drema Jefferson | March 27, 2023 10:35 AM

This morning we divided into groups to assist the Art, PE, and English teachers at a middle school not far from the church. One group observed an English teacher teaching a poem to the kids by Emily Dickinson while the other group started interacting with the students in English. 

Assisting English Teachers

Forming Relationships

by Drema Jefferson | March 27, 2023 10:39 AM

We also got a chance to interact with the kids and play sports during their lunch hour. We had so much fun getting to know some of the kids. 
Forming Relationships

Beautifying the Front of the School

by Drema Jefferson | March 27, 2023 10:43 AM

As part of the art teacher's wishes, we were able to start on a painting project in the front of the school. The beautiful colors were picked out by one of our amazing staff leaders, Maria Garcia. 
Beautifying the Front of the School

Bible study with the youth of Iglesia Bautista Jerusalen and Hope Academy

by Drema Jefferson | March 27, 2023 9:19 PM

Tonight we joined forces with another team here on the island serving this week, as well as the youth of the church to have a competition over the book of Genesis. We had so much fun playing jeopardy and learning about the Bible in the process. 

Afterwards, we spent some time hanging out with each other and getting to know the youth of the church. 

Bible study with the youth of Iglesia Bautista Jerusalen and Hope Academy

Basketball Tournament!

by Heather Young | March 28, 2023 9:12 AM

We are here at the school watching a basketball tournament this morning! Students and teachers from the home school are playing against students from other schools in Puerto Rico.

Basketball Tournament!

Selfless Service

by Heather Young | March 28, 2023 11:02 AM

This is what true service looks like: picking up trash in the stands without being asked by the school. We are so thankful to be here and have the opportunity to show love just as God has loved us.

Selfless Service

Buen Provecho!

by Heather Young | March 28, 2023 12:55 PM

The church and the school have been so hospitable to us as they provide good food for our meals every day. Each lunch at the school is made with so much love and joy. Because of this we say buen provecho, enjoy your meal!

Buen Provecho!

Day 2 of Painting

by Heather Young | March 28, 2023 2:17 PM

Today we are continuing to paint the railings and courtyard. All of the students and faculty we speak with are so excited that their school is beginning to look brand new!

Day 2 of Painting

Friendship Bracelets!

by Heather Young | March 28, 2023 5:44 PM

Georgia and Cece are teaching some of the 7th and 8th graders how to make friendship bracelets. This time in community is so special to have with other students of a similar but different culture to ours.

Friendship Bracelets!

Souvenirs!

by Heather Young | March 28, 2023 5:49 PM

Before heading back to our lodging church, we stopped by a few nearby souvenir shops. What a great opportunity to support the local economy and also pick up a few gifts for our friends and family. We were also able to pray for one of the cashiers who said she was a member of the church where we are staying.
Souvenirs!

Happy Birthday, Courtney!

by Heather Young | March 28, 2023 7:27 PM

Today we are celebrating Courtney! We are so happy that she gets to experience her birthday in Puerto Rico this year. Cake and ice cream is a must! May God bless her for many more years to come.

Happy Birthday, Courtney!

Feliz Cumpleaños, Courtney!

by Heather Young | March 28, 2023 8:49 PM


Fellowship

by Heather Young | March 28, 2023 10:08 PM

Tonight before bed we are playing volleyball and spending time with youth from the church. What a great time of fellowship with other believers our age!

Fellowship

Art Class!

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 11:27 AM

This morning some of us are assisting with the eighth grade art class. Each student is assigned an artist to write about and then can choose a painting to copy onto paper and cardboard. We are practicing our Spanish and they are practicing their English!

Art Class!

New Leaves

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 11:38 AM

Another group of us are touching up the cream paint on the benches of the school courtyard with the rest of the students in the art class. Once the cream paint is touched up, the students can repaint the leaves. The school is looking so beautiful.
New Leaves

Friendship Bracelets

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 11:42 AM

During their breaks, we are teaching the students how to make friendship bracelets with yarn. They are also teaching us how to make some using rubber bands. The girls and boys are joining in!
Friendship Bracelets

Eighth Grade English Class

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 11:47 AM

We are sitting in on a different English class today. The students are learning about urban legends and are practicing reading them out loud in English. After class, the teacher explained to us that she likes challenging the students to help ensure they are prepared for high school.
Eighth Grade English Class

Growing Friendship

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 12:07 PM

The friendship bracelets are becoming a very popular activity! Before lunch we have over 15 students learning how to make them with us. What a fulfilling time in community.
Growing Friendship

Teamwork!

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 2:01 PM

We are working together to finish painting the benches and railings at the front of the school. Many hands make light work!

Teamwork!

Finished!

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 2:05 PM

A bunch of us worked hard to complete the painting project. The students told us that the school hasn't been re-painted in five years. The new color really gives new life to the school as the students enter and exit the building.
Finished!

Lunch Staff

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 2:59 PM

These are the wonderful ladies who have been serving lunch to us this week. We are so blessed to have been able to serve so well because of how much they have given to us. They wanted a photo to remember us by!
Lunch Staff

One Last Volleyball Game

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 2:59 PM


Hasta Luego!

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 3:04 PM

Today is bittersweet as it is our last day at the school. The students were sad to see us go and we didn't want to leave. This group of seventh graders in particular asked us what a missionary is. We pray that through our actions this week we were able to minister to the hearts of those who don't know Jesus, and be His hands and feet in this one corner of the world.
Hasta Luego!

Salsa Class!

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 11:45 PM


Dancing til we Drop

by Heather Young | March 29, 2023 11:47 PM

Tonight we are blessed to be instructed by local farmers Eric and Eddy on how to salsa dance. So much fun and a great workout! When we finished we prayed over them and their ministry.
Dancing til we Drop

Beyond Blessed!

by Heather Young | March 30, 2023 11:21 AM

This morning we ate our last breakfast prepared by Nancy and her team at the church. We are so blessed to have been served by them this week. She wanted a photo to remember us by!

Beyond Blessed!

Old San Juan!

by Heather Young | March 30, 2023 11:41 AM

After breakfast we are exploring Old San Juan, which is the historical area of Puerto Rico. Here we are visiting San Cristobal Castle, having lunch, and buying souvenirs.
Old San Juan!

Beach Trip!

by Heather Young | March 30, 2023 5:36 PM

After Old San Juan we are relaxing at the nearby beach Playa Escambrón. The water feels great, and the fresh coconuts taste amazing!

Beach Trip!

More Delicious Food!

by Heather Young | March 30, 2023 7:22 PM

For our last dinner in Puerto Rico we are enjoying traditional food from a restaurant called El Platanal. A fitting way to end our trip!

More Delicious Food!

Continue Your Impact

by Praying Pelican Missions | March 31, 2023 12:11 AM


Hasta Luego!

by Heather Young | March 31, 2023 6:22 AM

We are sad to leave Puerto Rico today but content with the work God has done in and through us this week. This morning rather than saying goodbye, we say see you later. Dios te bendiga!

Hasta Luego!

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The Wilkie Family

March 29, 2023 6:05 AM

“¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Chiquita, Chiquita!” Té queremos, much, mucho, mucho y estamos muy orgullosos de tú! Que Dios te bendiga ??

Merz family

March 28, 2023 6:13 PM

Praying for you guys. Excited to see what things look like when the painting is finished.

Hannah and Sean McCauley

March 28, 2023 8:00 AM

We miss you guys and are praying hard for a fruitful and safe mission trip! We can’t wait to hear about it all when you guys return!

John & Sandra Schram

March 27, 2023 9:07 AM

I Timothy 4:12 Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say in the way you live, in your love, your faith and your purity.

Nana Lewis

March 26, 2023 12:24 PM

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Northville is praying along with me that you will all stay safe, strong in your faith and fulfill your mission with full hearts! My heart, thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

The Wilkie Family

March 26, 2023 9:12 AM

So excited to read along with you! Sending love, and lifting you in our hearts and prayers.

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