We have big news.
After wrestling with the decision for some months, it has become apparent to us that the Lord has been shutting doors for us to continue ministry in the Dominican Republic at this time. Although this was a very difficult decision, all of our kids are happy that we are staying in the US, which was a confirmation of what we felt God was telling us.
For now we are moving back into our house in Portland. We plan to continue in ministry here, both with refugees and Spanish speaking people groups, as well as Skatechurch in Portland. We invite you to continue partnering with us in ministry, if you feel led to do so. However, our support level is not at an adequate place to allow for both of us to be in full-time ministry, so Ben is looking for employment to supplement our income.
Lord willing, in August we are planning to return to the DR to pack as much as we can in 8 pieces of luggage to bring back with us, sell everything else, and say goodbye to loved ones. We plan to visit both children's homes and search our old neighborhoods to find all the kids we'd grown to love, sharing gifts and parting words of the love of Jesus for each one of them. We'd appreciate your prayers for this trip.