The Diocese of the Dominican Republic van picking us up at the airport in Santo Domingo
Deacon Bob Snow is an Episcopal missionary who works in Santo Domingo. He said attendance at the English speaking service in his Church of the Epiphany has doubled in recent weeks with attendance from refugees from Haiti. One man told him at the last service as he asked for prayers, "I am still trembling from the earthquake." This was true both physically and emotionally. There are many pastoral needs flooding into churches here on this other side of the island of Hispanola.
The Rev. Jean Bruno has been one of the priests in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic doing a heroic work to get aid into Haiti. On an ongoing basis, they are sending two large trucks of food over to Port au Prince to keep the thousands fed in the 26 camps being run by The Episcopal Church in Haiti. Even though the relief effort is increasingly dropping out of the news, the work here continues day by day as this remains the major staging area for all the work in Haiti.
Some at King of Peace will remember Fr. Bruno. He is the Haitian-born priest who preached at King of Peace on April 6, 2003. He was in our diocese to be with us at our diocesan convention to represent the DR and enjoyed being with an Episcopal Church in America meeting in a house. An audio file of his sermon remains online here: Losing Your Life to Find It. Just follow the link, scroll down to April 6 and press play.
It's Monday evening as I write. The rice, beans and chicken for supper was wonderful. The ceiling fan is circling away above and music plays through the window screen from nearby in the neighborhood. Tonight we have Internet access. We will not during the day tomorrow, but may well tomorrow evening in Santo Domingo.
I will keep y'all posted on our progress as I am able. Today we got brought up to speed on a lot of opportunities for assistance in places we will be seeing in person throughout our travels. More on that later.
Frank and Victoria Logue
Looking out of a clay tile opening in the wall in the hallway in our dorm at the Bishop Kellog Center in San Pedro, Dominican Republic.
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