Hallelujah Moment from Dominican Republic:
Beneath the Muck
by Jodi Cataldo
Tropical Storm Noel devastated the ministries of COPA (Community Partners) in LaHoya and Bombita, Dominican Republic…but not for long.
Armed with a generator-powered pressure washer and other tools, a group of people from Florida and Georgia blasted away the muck and mold left by the flood waters of the tropical storm.
Methodist volunteers used their vacation days to begin the painstaking process of cleaning and sanitizing the once flooded living quarters, offices, and classrooms.
Evacuees who returned to their dirt-floor homes disheartened to find their possessions buried in muck and decay found new hope in the volunteers' care and compassion.
Community members began pitching in to clean and salvage what they could from the school in LaHoya. Before long, the school was ready to reopen.
COPA projects have reopened their doors thanks to the volunteers who were not afraid to dig in and recover that which was lost. For it is when we roll up our sleeves and move out of our comfort zones that we can discover precious treasures of blessing found in service to God and others.
Ways to Support This Ministry
You can support the ministry of Connie DiLeo, project director and chaplain of COPA, a joint project of churches in the United States and Great Britain by sharing your gifts through the ADVANCE:
Learn more about Connie DiLeo and other United Methodist missionaries at: http://resources.gbgm-umc.org/missionarybio
Date posted: Jan 11, 2008