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Hallelujah Moment from Dominican Republic:

Beneath the Muck

by Jodi Cataldo

Taking out the muck.
Taking out the muck.
Image by: Connie Dileo
Source: Mission Education

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:

Celebrations of United Methodist Mission from the Mission Education unit of the General Board of Global Ministries.

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Your local church may choose to enter into a multi-year Covenant Relationship with Connie DiLeo,  or other United Methodist missionaries, for ongoing support of their work. For further information, please contact:

The Advance
General Board of Global Ministries
475 Riverside Dr, #350
New York, NY 10115
Phone: 212-870-3718
Fax: 212-870-3775



You can make gifts to support the mission work of Connie DiLeo, by making a donation through The Advance. The Advance is an accountable, designated giving arm of The United Methodist Church that ensures 100% of each gift reaches its intended mission or ministry.

Make a secure gift online: Visit Global Ministries Online Giving

Checks may be written to 'Advance GCFA' and placed in collection plates at United Methodist churches, or mailed directly to:

Advance GCFA,
P.O. Box 9068, GPO,
New York, NY 10087-9068.

Credit card donations may be made by calling
(888) 252-6174.

Please note on your check the name and The Advance Number of the missionary you are supporting:

Connie DiLeo, Advance Number: 14169Z
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See Also...
Topic: GBGM programs Missionaries Advance
Geographic Region: Dominican Republic
Source: Mission Education

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Date posted: Jan 11, 2008