UNEXPECTED TRIP TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
I was very fortunate to have one of the young men(23 years old) who has grown up in the COPA school in Bombita visit my family and I for a couple of days the middle of September while he was completing a work program through the university in Barahona. We had known this young man through the many years of mission work in the Dominican Republic. Mauricio had a promising future and his love of God was always evident in everything he did. Sadly and unexpectedly, he lost his life in a tragic auto accident in the Dominican Republic on September 24th. This devastated his family, our mission team, and his community that our church has become so involved in.
Brian Lorentzen and I traveled to Bombita, Dominican Republic this past week-end as representatives of New Hope UMC to share God’s unfailing love with Mauricio’s family and community. We were able to meet with Mauricio’s entire family for a couple of hours in their home. The family seems to be coping except for his sweet mother who is really broken and needs our prayers. Through interpreters we were able to express to them how much Mauricio had meant to the entire mission team and what a joy it was for us to be able to share a couple of days with him in our home. We told them what a blessing he was to everyone and how deeply sorry we were for their loss. We know he is walking with God and singing his beautiful music. We assured them that God did not cause this to happen but that He is with them walking this tough journey with them. We presented them with a “Extra Bright Star” in the constellation, Pegasis, that is forever named Mauricio Luis.
Sunday morning we worshipped in LaHoya and were welcomed to church as “part of our family has returned” to us. New Hope is blessed to have an extension of our church family in the Dominican Republic. Thank you so much for this privilege of sharing God’s love and encouragement with our church families in LaHoya and Bombita. New Hope is prayed for every day by our friends there and they continue to tell us how much it means to them to have our church praying for them.