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Erin MacKenzie – Dominican Republic

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Transition, Transition Posted: 13 Feb 2021 05:55 PM PST The Wildauers are en route to Belize as I write this. What joy that on pandemic day 333, the Lord of the Church is sending new workers into His harvest field.  But wait. They were a part of the DR family…of the Cerro Alto family…and…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Taco Tuesday Posted: 08 Feb 2021 04:00 PM PST I had last week’s Taco Tuesday leftovers for dinner tonight. Not just any Taco Tuesday, though – a new recipe (shocking!) bookended by some antics with the Krey kids.  I don’t know what it is about these giant letters, but they’re fast becoming a thing…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Whale Hello There Posted: 27 Jan 2021 06:00 PM PST Check “whale watching” off my DR bucket list.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do ever since I learned that humpback whales swim 7000 km. from their feeding grounds off the coast of eastern Canada, northern New England, Greenland, and Norway to mate and calve…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Meeting in the Middle Posted: 23 Jan 2021 02:26 PM PST Ain’t no road too long when we (my brother & sister-in-law and I) meet in the middle!  Kyle and his wife Chelsey are vacationing in Punta Cana this week. Lest we be in the same country and not see each other, we made…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The Swing of Things Posted: 18 Jan 2021 05:55 PM PST If I’ve been quiet as of late, it’s because I’m “back in the swing of things.” Have you ever thought about that phrase? Is it a baseball reference? Sometimes you whiff; sometimes you hear a satisfying crack and start your home run trot?…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Thirteen’s Not a Crowd Posted: 10 Jan 2021 08:20 AM PST When you’re at the Krey beach house, that is.  The Kreys, being some of the most hospitable people I know, extended an open invitation to a number of us single missionaries to join them for any portion of their annual post-Christmas/New Year’s beach…

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mackenzie_dominican-republic_jan2021.pdf Click icon to open, read, download or print file.   January 2021 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in Latin America & the Caribbean   Watch for more details regarding my 2021 home service plans soon.    Starting January 18, UN-pack your bags and set off on a global trek. A different global region will be highlighted each…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie …and to all a good night! Posted: 31 Dec 2020 02:12 PM PST True to my word in my December newsletter (with a couple of additions since), I give you my 2020…in beds.  I’d like to preface this by saying it was supposed to be more exciting. I was supposed to spend many a night on a bunk…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Drifting Away Posted: 19 Dec 2020 02:53 PM PST Party #2 (hosting) and #3 (attending) of the aforementioned most wonderful week of the year, coming at ‘ya.  About every month or so, the DR missionary ladies & others who bless and support the mission in various ways (Spanish teachers, office staff) try and get…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas Tree Posted: 15 Dec 2020 06:00 AM PST Growing up, my family always had a live Christmas tree until one year, I came home from college for Christmas break to my parents’ new, pre-lit, fake tree. Yes, the imposters are highly practical, but no tree in nature is THAT perfectly…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The Omission of Emissions Posted: 04 Dec 2020 11:14 AM PST I successfully completed my car registration today! I know, who cares, right? It’s one of those cultural moments I can’t pass up, though: the process is vastly different than in the US. Proof of vehicle registration here is called a Marbete (a Spanish…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Havin’ a Tropical Thanksgiving Posted: 30 Nov 2020 11:19 AM PST Growing up, one of the Christmas albums that played often in our house contained the Bellamy Brothers’ song Tropical Christmas. The song references such activities as “decorat[ing] the palm tree,” “mingl[ing] ornaments with coconut lights,” and “build[ing] a snowman in sand.” All day…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Welcome to the Mid-thirties Posted: 21 Nov 2020 03:12 PM PST I’m in my mid-thirties now. I’ll let you figure out what that means, other than that Thursday, day 247, was my birthday.  Thanks to many of you and your well-wishes from afar, I had a lovely celebration of God’s abundant grace and favor…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Tarde de Chipas Posted: 08 Nov 2020 04:04 PM PST “We need to have a tarde de chipas sometime so you can teach us how to make these,”… …said EVERYONE, EVERY time Lilian, wife of Rev. Sergio Fritzler, brought her famous chipas to any kind of team potluck or party, from when I arrived on…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Whisking You a Happy Halloween Posted: 02 Nov 2020 02:22 PM PST After a joyous observation of the Reformation in each of the DRLM mission congregations nearly a week before October 31, the DR missionary team shamelessly gathered for a Halloween party: pumpkin-themed crafts, costume contest, the whole nine yards.  I can’t remember how…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie One and Done Posted: 01 Nov 2020 10:44 AM PST This week’s accomplishments: Module 1 of ESL and Unit 1 (and now 2) of ESL training. On Monday and Wednesday, Courtney and I gave our students in Licey and Palmar, respectively, certificates of completion. They really don’t mean much other than that all of…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Spontenai-Tuesday Posted: 29 Oct 2020 06:39 AM PDT The last appointment on my calendar for day 224 was Poetry Teatime. I’m sure it’s gotten a mention on here before: every other Tuesday afternoon, missionary kids and kids at heart gather at the Warren house; everyone either brings a poem or comes five minutes early…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Back in the Student Chair Posted: 24 Oct 2020 04:40 PM PDT Courtney, Kelsey, Jess, and I ended a morning hike by sitting here for a bit today – wondering if it’d work to record the sound of the rushing water, observing how quickly the clouds were moving, and wishing we knew more about…

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    October 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in Latin America & the Caribbean   I’m presently making plans to be in the US during the spring of 2021. More details coming soon!    LAST CHANCE! Signup deadline: November 4   Experience the ongoing work of the DRLM through an immersive online experience. This innovating, 5-day program…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie There Aren’t Any Apostrophes in Spanish Posted: 12 Oct 2020 06:50 PM PDT ¡Feliz día de la raza! Happy Columbus Day, observed here as “Indigenous Peoples Day.” And by observed, I mean I watched day 209 go by like any other Monday of late, meaning it included English class in Licey.  How’s teaching going,…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie My Dam Weekend Posted: 04 Oct 2020 05:45 PM PDT I explored some uncharted territory last weekend: the presa. My friend Kelsey talks about her boyfriend Franco’s grandma’s house there often; after having been invited along for a quick overnight, I finally know what she’s talking about. Presa means “dam,” and it turns out…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Just call me Ms. Mackenzie Posted: 27 Sep 2020 04:43 PM PDT OK maybe not yet, but after many an answered prayer for Courtney’s and my first day as English teachers in the 2 DRLM Lutheran schools, I owe you a recap.  Both Monday and Wednesday were far less stressful than anticipated. We didn’t…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie A Week in the [Pandemic] Life: Part II Posted: 23 Sep 2020 08:00 PM PDT Wednesday, September 16 6:00 am Left for the botanical garden.  7:19 am Came home to this sunrise view from my balcony. It’s my favorite spot in the house, especially on evenings when there’s a breeze.  8:57 am Dryers are…

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September 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in Latin America & the Caribbean   Due to COVID-19, my home service plans are on pause indefinitely.   Learn more about the above (plus other current opportunities and future opportunities as more become available) at lcms.org/servenow.   Close, But no Cigar It’s been a long 6+ months; oh, how I…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie A Week in the [Pandemic] Life, Part I Posted: 20 Sep 2020 06:06 PM PDT At almost every missionary presentation I give, someone inevitably asks, “What’s a typical day/week like?” The honest answer is that there is no such thing.  But I was determined to go beyond that. I’m almost always busy doing…what? It’s…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Like, TOTally Posted: 17 Sep 2020 06:09 PM PDT Tuesday (day 189) was my first day of CHE TOT1!  Before I go on, let’s back the acronym train up. CHE = Community Health Evangelism* [or Education, in sensitive areas]. Lest you, like me, erroneously think CHE is an organization, get that out of your…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie What did I just agree to? Posted: 12 Sep 2020 03:50 PM PDT Evidently, teaching English.  As of the would-be first day of school, I could have counted the total enrollment at both DRLM Lutheran schools on my hands. Much prayerful deliberation led to the decision to postpone the start of the academic year….

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    August 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in Latin America & the Caribbean   Due to COVID-19, my home service plans are on pause indefinitely.   “When peace like a river attendeth my way / When sorrows like sea billows roll / Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say / It is well, it…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The Library Lowdown Posted: 05 Sep 2020 06:12 PM PDT Welcome to today’s edition of blogging between games of a Cardinals doubleheader.  I’ve mentioned the seminary library and working in said library often over the past couple months. I’m on a bit of a hiatus for the moment but thought it high time to…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Don’t Forget Fall Posted: 01 Sep 2020 04:55 PM PDT Happy September! Today’s high was 85, but I have decided that it’s the official start of fall in Santiago.  Given that the first signs of Christmas will start popping up in a month or so, can I please just have the next 30 days…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie It’s like raaa-a-ain on your wedding day… Posted: 24 Aug 2020 01:40 PM PDT …which is bound to happen, if you get married in the tropics in the middle of hurricane season. Thanks, Laura.  Tropical storm notwithstanding, Jamielynn and Rafa finally tied the knot. The road to the altar was anything but easy. Due to…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Work Up North Posted: 21 Aug 2020 06:11 PM PDT One of my missionary colleagues has a section in each of his newsletters entitled “Work Up North.” (He divides his time between Ascension Lutheran Church, a multicultural SELC congregation in Montreal, and several Caribbean islands, so there’s another section entitled – you guessed it…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Serving from Home Posted: 11 Aug 2020 03:22 AM PDT Things I didn’t do on day 153 that I would have done if COVID-19 weren’t a thing: fly to St. Louis for the start of my home service.  Instead, I’m still working…er, serving?…from my home in Santiago. The latest out of the DR is…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The I of the Storm Posted: 30 Jul 2020 06:02 PM PDT Greetings from the middle of Isaias, 2020’s first tropical cyclonic activity in the Atlantic Basin that’s posed any threat to the DR.  Firstly, thanks be to the God, all LAC missionaries are safe.  If you’ve been following the LAC Facebook page, you…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie MAN, I could GO for a Mango Posted: 28 Jul 2020 06:28 AM PDT Day: 140. Summer reading program pages logged: 3,045. New mango recipes attempted in the past two weeks: 7.  It all started when missionary colleagues Jonathan & Cheryl gifted me a plastic grocery bag full of mangoes from the trees (yes,…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Phase ??? Posted: 21 Jul 2020 06:17 PM PDT And on day 133…curfew is back with a vengeance. The language of phases seems to have vanished from the vernacular, but between the economic sector reopening, campaign rallies leading up to election day, and Dominicans heading to the polls on July 5, the COVID-19 situation…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Bienvenidas y Despedidas Posted: 15 Jul 2020 10:21 AM PDT Update: 53 library books cataloged Monday + 34 yesterday. Yes, I went back…this is exactly the kind of thing I have a tendency to dive headfirst into… About Sunday, though. I left Costambar a few minutes after 9 am and arrived early for Pueblo Nuevo’s…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Vitamin Sea Posted: 13 Jul 2020 09:04 AM PDT At one time, I was considering making a packing list template in Excel that I could print 4 or 6 to a page and use instead of scrawling the same items on a Post-It note whenever I travel. Before I could get around to it, though,…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Christmas in July Posted: 05 Jul 2020 04:23 PM PDT I’ve never understood the notion of “Christmas in July.” I think it’s mainly another reason for retailers to have sales, as if they need one, but why not Christmas in June, which would be exactly six months from December?  Never mind, though . Yesterday, July…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Channeling My Inner Grade Schooler Posted: 29 Jun 2020 12:54 PM PDT I’m supposed to be in Peru right now in between two short-term teams, and the first native Peruvian Lutheran pastor was supposed to have been ordained yesterday. At least, I had an extended trip to Lima, with an unprecedented ordination as its…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The Cloud Posted: 23 Jun 2020 12:45 PM PDT I didn’t need my sunglasses on this morning’s run. Nope, a Saharan Dust Plume made sure of that. We’re inside a cloud! The particles that regularly accumulate on basically any horizontal surface is my house originate in the Sahara (how else to you think tropical storms…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Phase 2.5 Posted: 18 Jun 2020 11:00 AM PDT The DR was supposed to move from Phase 2 to Phase 3 yesterday. Instead, here we sit on day 93 having failed to meet whatever would have triggered the transition. The government will reevaluate things early next week. In the meantime, authorities will be cracking down…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Enter His Courts with Praise Posted: 08 Jun 2020 06:54 PM PDT I WENT TO CHURCH YESTERDAY (day 82). After a nearly three month hiatus, Iglesia Luterana Cordero de Dios held in-person corporate worship, with Holy Communion. You better believe I was in the “pew” (plastic chair) and at the altar. I even remembered…

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June 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in Latin America & the Caribbean   Due to COVID-19, my home service plans are on pause indefinitely.   #coronastyle walks made a resurgence when curfew was pushed back from 5 pm to 7 pm. Here, we’re checking out the house a fellow missionary family will be moving into soon. Virus or…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Phase 2 Posted: 06 Jun 2020 02:02 PM PDT Happy Saturday (day 81), friends.  Sometimes, my blog posts merit an apology due to photo overload. This one merits the opposite. You’ve already seen much of what has graced my computer screen during COVID-19, but I can think of two virtual engagements within the past…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Phase 1 Posted: 27 May 2020 06:11 PM PDT Greetings in the name of our crucified, risen, and now ASCENDED Lord. On Thursday, I attended a TRI-lingual Ascension Day service organized by my missionary colleague Rev. Charles St-Onge. Charles lives in Montreal, Quebec, where he pastors a multicultural SELC congregation coincidentally called Ascension when…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie I Lost at Tic-tac-toe Posted: 08 May 2020 10:04 AM PDT To a cat. I successfully recreated a Facebook video of someone playing tic-tac-toe with a cat (by placing cat treats in each square), and Freddy beat me without my even realizing it at first! Sheltering in place for 51 days has made us…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie A Win Posted: 28 Apr 2020 06:51 PM PDT Today marked a major corona win!  In light of the changes that COVID-19 has brought to our world, the Short-term Coordinator workgroup put our heads together to come up with virtual service opportunities and voila, the English conversation partner project – pairing stateside volunteers with…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie O Lord, throughout These Forty Days Posted: 27 Apr 2020 01:03 PM PDT In the story of Noah and the Flood, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai prior to receiving the Ten Commandments. The twelve spies scouted out the land of Canaan…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Together in Spirit [Week] Posted: 24 Apr 2020 01:09 PM PDT It’s the last day of spirit week in LAC. Yep, just like the days leading up to those pep rallies in grade school and high school: a different dress-up prompt each day, with photos shared throughout the day on our regional WhatsApp group…