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USA Ambassador Pageant Volunteers

Serving In Puerto Rico
May 27, 2023
Community: San Juan
Partner: Iglesia Metodista Emaús
Staff: Heather Rivera Gonzalez, Daphne Hiraldo

We're in Puerto Rico!

by Heather Young | May 27, 2023 8:01 PM

Some of us arrived at the airport this afternoon and met up with others to go to the beach. We enjoyed the view and pinchos (chicken kabobs)! The remaining two of us will arrive soon. We can't wait to see how God will use us this week.
We're in Puerto Rico!

Sunday Morning Service!

by Heather Young | May 28, 2023 2:35 PM

This morning we joined Iglesia Metodista Emaús for their Sunday service. Before the message, Pastora Clara prayed over the needs of some of the church members and we laid hands on them. What a joy it is to join together in English and Spanish as one Body of Christ!

Sunday Morning Service!

Sunday Morning Worship!

by Heather Young | May 28, 2023 2:37 PM

Prayer Walk!

by Daphne Hiraldo | May 28, 2023 6:32 PM

We are heading to do a prayer walk around the community and invite children to a summer camp the church will be doing during the first week of August. We are excited to share the love of God with this community. 

Prayer Walk!

Happy Birthday!

by Daphne Hiraldo | May 28, 2023 10:30 PM

We are singing happy birthday to Brooke and Tina. It’s a blessing to celebrate such happy moments with our siblings in Christ.

Happy Birthday!

Church Work Projects - Day 1

by Heather Young | May 29, 2023 10:03 AM

This morning Pastora Clara is giving us instructions on the projects she needs done in the church and pastoral house. We are so happy to be here showing the love of Christ to this community through our words and actions.

Church Work Projects - Day 1

Working Hard!

by Heather Young | May 29, 2023 10:10 AM

We are touching up the paint in the church classrooms. These rooms can be later used for Bible classes for children and adults, or for other church activities.
Working Hard!

Serving with Joy!

by Heather Young | May 29, 2023 10:11 AM

The pastoral house may be used to house future volunteers who come to help at the church. We are cleaning the walls and floors to prepare the space for furniture. Let's go team!
Serving with Joy!

Preparing Lunch!

by Heather Young | May 29, 2023 11:11 AM

After helping mop the pastoral house and organize Pastora Clara's office, Tina is preparing salad and bread rolls to have with lunch today. Yum!

Preparing Lunch!

Replacing Windows!

by Heather Young | May 29, 2023 1:57 PM

The windows on the second floor of the church need the handles replaced. Some of the washers were so rusted we needed to cut them off. Soon they will be looking brand new!

Replacing Windows!

Beautiful Plants

by Heather Young | May 29, 2023 2:10 PM

We are carefully repotting some of the church's plants. Now the parking area is looking even more beautiful. 
Beautiful Plants

We are one!

by Daphne Hiraldo | May 29, 2023 3:30 PM

Despite the language and cultural barriers we have been able to work alongside members of the church and get everything done. It’s an honor to serve God with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. 

We are one!

Morning Ministry

by Heather Young | May 30, 2023 8:40 AM

This morning we are spending time at the Puerto Rican Down Syndrome Foundation. We are so excited to meet the students and spend time with them by doing crafts and playing games!

Morning Ministry

Play Time!

by Daphne Hiraldo | May 30, 2023 12:16 PM

We are playing with blocks, coloring, painting nails and talking with the students of the foundation. We are having so much fun spending time with them and learning from them as well.
Play Time!

Fun at the Down Syndrome Foundation!

by Heather Young | May 30, 2023 12:33 PM

Brooke Tap Dancing!

by Heather Young | May 30, 2023 12:42 PM

Amariah Singing!

by Heather Young | May 30, 2023 1:04 PM

Pampering the Golden Girls!

by Heather Young | May 30, 2023 4:28 PM

At the Iglesia Metodista Emaús this afternoon we are pampering the elderly ladies from the church. Some of us are painting nails, some of us are doing makeup, and some of us are giving massages.

Pampering the Golden Girls!

Blessing Pastora

by Heather Young | May 30, 2023 4:39 PM

Pastora Clara is able to get pampered today as well. It is such a blessing to our pastors when they get a break from their daily duties to relieve some stress.
Blessing Pastora

Old San Juan!

by Heather Young | May 31, 2023 1:11 PM

Today we are exploring the tourist parts of Puerto Rico. We are starting in Old San Juan, which is a cobblestone city filled with history. For lunch we are enjoying some traditional Puerto Rican mofongo!

Old San Juan!

Beach Day!

by Heather Young | May 31, 2023 4:50 PM

This afternoon we are enjoying the water and views at the beach! What a relaxing time after a few days full of ministry.

Beach Day!

Farewell Service

by Heather Young | June 1, 2023 12:07 AM

Tonight Pastora Clara's church hosted a farewell service for us. As she was sharing a message about being amazed at all that God has done for us, she along with other women from the church did a performance showing how we can shine our light for God.

Farewell Service

An Amazing Time!

by Heather Young | June 1, 2023 12:11 AM

We are having an amazing time. Tina shared part of her testimony, Kristin helped serve communion, and we all sang a worship song in front of the congregation.
An Amazing Time!

We're so blessed!

by Heather Young | June 1, 2023 3:46 AM


by Daphne Hiraldo | June 1, 2023 2:49 PM

Today we are leaving Puerto Rico. We are sad to leave the friends we’ve made this week but are excited to keep in touch and continue seeing what God has in store for them. 


Continue Your Impact

by Praying Pelican Missions | June 5, 2023 11:57 PM

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