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Erin MacKenzie – Dominican Republic

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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…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Bring It On, Month 2 Posted: 20 Apr 2020 01:49 PM PDT It sounds like something from the Old Testament: On the third day of the second month… Yes, we are on day 34 of sheltering in place by my count. Time has become a blur. All of sudden it’s possible to reference something that…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Jesus Still Rose Posted: 13 Apr 2020 09:57 AM PDT My pre-curfew walk yesterday featured two (welcome!) interruptions from fellow missionaries (I still made it home at 4:52 pm…eight minutes to spare!) – first bearing fresh flowers as a thank-you for technical assistance with MailChimp and then a hand-drawn missionary kid masterpiece with these…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The Store Posted: 10 Apr 2020 03:25 PM PDT It’s go time, people!  When living abroad as a foreign missionary, it’s perfectly acceptable to consider grocery shopping your accomplishment for the day. During a pandemic…I’ve got to be covered productivity-wise for at least a week. Yesterday, I braved my first store run since we…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Picking up the Pieces Posted: 08 Apr 2020 05:34 PM PDT Puzzle #1 ✔  I promised a photo sequence in my last post, so here goes:  Sunday, 3:51 pm Sunday, 8:12 pm Monday, 9:32 pm Tuesday, 5:31 pm Tuesday, 8:06 pm Before the big reveal, can I just say that I’ve been looking at…

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April 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.   My first time lapse video (#thingsivelearnedwhileshelteringinplace): lettering Matthew 17:20:    He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Having a Tropical Palm Sunday Posted: 06 Apr 2020 05:34 PM PDT Forget printable palm branches; I’d been scouting out the neighborhood for a week to find the ideal variety! I ushered in Holy Week with a triple header of Palm Sunday worship opportunities.  1. A pre-recorded service from my home church in St….

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The Twelve Days of Sheltering in Place Posted: 29 Mar 2020 05:58 PM PDT On the first day of sheltering in place, my true love gave to me…one mask required to shop at Bravo (one of Santiago’s grocery store chains). Nacional, where I usually go, is taking temperatures before letting people in. (I’m still going…

Peru Foro March 2020

Greetings! First and foremost, know that our prayers are with each of you during this challenging, uncertain time. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13). Thank you for your prayers on behalf of the faithful laborers around the…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Living my Best Virtual Life Posted: 22 Mar 2020 11:09 AM PDT I was supposed to pick up a short-term team today at 12:02 am. Instead, after a rough day or two of adjusting, I’m over here living my best virtual life. The president of the DR addressed the populace on Tuesday night; he…

Latin America Zoom update opportunity

Thanks for your commitment to LCMS church planting efforts in Lima, and for taking time out of your St. Patrick’s Day for a brief update on how your gifts and prayers are bearing fruit. You’re the pot of gold at the end of our rainbow!  Our agenda will be 1.    Welcome & Opening Prayer 2.    Los Olivos Report –…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie My Corona Posted: 14 Mar 2020 07:36 PM PDT [Here’s a little something for your listening pleasure while you read this since it keeps playing in my head. If no one’s written a parody of it yet, they will, and it’ll go viral.] I remember serving as a GEO missionary in El Paso, TX,…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Assembled as One in the Name of the Son Posted: 07 Mar 2020 05:39 PM PST It’s FORO weekend in the Dominican! Somehow, it feels like the head counts this go-round just kept climbing higher. When you’re in charge (or training your assistant to be in charge) of transportation, meals, setup, nametags, etc….and budgeting…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie A Month Later Posted: 29 Feb 2020 05:19 PM PST Happy Leap Day! Today marks one month and one day since the unthinkable happened less than a block from my front door.  Since so many of you continue to check in on me and let me know you’re (still!) praying for me, I’m hopeful…

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  February 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic   "Serving" literally and figuratively while hosting a short-term team in Lima, Peru, last week. The children of Castillo Fuerte, our mercy house in the La Victoria district, frequent a local park and have recently taken up volleyball. Home visits alongside said team and local ministry…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie On Chinos and Chirimoyas Posted: 17 Feb 2020 09:30 PM PST Two of the things I’ve learned so far this week:  1. DON’T try and get across Lima on a Friday afternoon, especially in public transportation.   2. DO peel chirimoya before cooking it.  Alongside Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Courtney and Regional Human Life Coordinator Jamielynn,…

Erin MacKenzie Short-term Team services in Lima, Perú

Here’s some from the team this week. I took the last two about half an hour ago during a workshop on nutrition, hand washing, dental health, and first aid at a local school – can’t get much more current than that!

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Anything but Plain-O Posted: 11 Feb 2020 10:32 AM PST Last week’s unconventional short-term team was a welcome distraction from ~ recent events ~. I’d also like to point out that this is the first group to come to Santiago for which I didn’t abandon Courtney by leaving the country! Rather, we co-hosted ten…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Books, not Souls Posted: 06 Feb 2020 10:56 AM PST The library at Concordia the Reformer Seminary in Palmar Arriba looks a bit different than it did just shy of a year ago at this time (2/19/19 vs. 1/25/20). After drastic renovations and months of back and forth, a container of books from Theological…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Erin and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Posted: 02 Feb 2020 11:29 AM PST Long story short: I was mugged on Tuesday afternoon. Long story long: I went home for lunch on Tuesday afternoon, worked on my computer at the kitchen table for a bit, then decided it was time to…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Camp Concordia Posted: 27 Jan 2020 04:03 AM PST LAC’s regional team gathers in-person twice each year: in August following our regional conference when we’re all in one place anyway and in January. Historically, the January meeting has been in Santiago, but this year we met in Belize, home of Area Facilitator Herb Burch…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie I Met You in St. Louis Posted: 23 Jan 2020 07:52 AM PST Many of you, anyway!  Following my sister’s graduation and a short-term coordinators’ conference in the Czech Republic, I had a solid two weeks in the Lou over Christmas and New Year’s. When I wasn’t worshiping at my home congregation every chance…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The New Normal Posted: 21 Jan 2020 07:05 AM PST I wasn’t rudely awakened by my bed shaking or window panes rattling last night. If I had anyone to converse with over my Frosted Flakes this morning besides Freddy, I wouldn’t have casually asked if his or her sleep had been interrupted by any…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet Posted: 17 Jan 2020 12:09 PM PST And they’re off (to lead songs, a craft, and a devotion and pass out 75 relief bags at the letras de Ponce)! Below is much of the group that I’ve had the privilege of keeping fed and looked after these…

The latest on la vida from Erin Mackenzie

January 2020 update January 2020 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic   Quite possibly the first picture of BOTH of Latin America and the Caribbean’s Volunteer Coordinators, taken while in Belize for a 3-day regional team meeting.  Merry Christmas!?! Yes, I wished you a Happy Thanksgiving on Black Friday in my last newsletter. No, I’m…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Hindsight is 20/20 Posted: 01 Jan 2020 04:52 PM PST I’m not normally one to celebrate New Year’s much. Case in point: I went to bed at 9:30 last night. But given that it’s not only a new year but a new decade (I sort of see the argument of you who disagree with…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Pasha, Pasha, Pasha…Short-term Coordinators! Posted: 28 Dec 2019 03:06 PM PST It seems like an odd time for a conference, but for missionaries that work with stateside volunteers, mid-December makes perfect sense. Nine of us gathered in Pisek, Czech Republic, last week for the inaugural Short-term Coordinators conference. Other participants, some of whom I…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Czeching it Out Posted: 24 Dec 2019 02:43 PM PST Merry Christmas Eve! I went running earlier. Outside. Because it’s in the mid 50s. Tomorrow, St. Louis may come close to breaking the record high for Christmas Day (71), set in 1889. After narrowly missing the first snowfall of the year the day I…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie I’ll be in St. Louis for Christmas Posted: 15 Dec 2019 09:00 AM PST I keep hearing the song “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and wondering if I should be singing along or not.  Since I moved to the DR, I’ve been as conscientious as possible about referring to Santiago as home. Studying abroad…

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  2019 | Quarter 4   The DRLM needs YOU! Click here to view 2020 short-term team opportunities in Santiago and Santo Domingo. On behalf of the LAC region, a team to provide childcare for our 2020 annual conference in Punta Cana is also being sought.    Upcoming FOROs: March 2020: Thursday 3/5 – Tuesday 3/10 September 2020 [tentative]: Thursday 9/10 – Tuesday 9/15 …

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November/December 2019 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic   My network expands as I accompany short-term teams on the field and reinforce relationships with local partners. Pictured: members of a team from Wichita Falls, TX, that served in Peru in November with me (second from left) and Renzo, one of our interpreters (center).    Bot…

The latest on la vida from Erin Mackenzie

November/December 2019 update November/December 2019 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic   My network expands as I accompany short-term teams on the field and reinforce relationships with local partners. Pictured: members of a team from Wichita Falls, TX, that served in Peru in November with me (second from left) and Renzo, one of our interpreters…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie Getting High Posted: 25 Nov 2019 06:00 AM PST Last week was a rare, but much needed, occurrence. Following the Snyder short-term team in Peru, I stayed in-country for an extra week of vacation! My birthday present to myself was knocking Machu Picchu off of my lifetime bucket list the hard way, via a…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie The “J” Team Posted: 05 Nov 2019 09:31 AM PST Disregard this looooooong overdue post about the team I was with in Jamaica the last week of October if you’re not prepared for an excessive amount of photos. The 11 servants from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grand Haven, MI, otherwise known as “The…

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New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie A Well-Beaten Path Posted: 19 Oct 2019 01:48 PM PDT The 2 1/2 hour drive to Santo Domingo is becoming a well-beaten path for my little white Cantus. Last week, I did it twice in a 7-day span, escorting new missionaries as they checked off a critical step in obtaining temporary Dominican residency. Both…

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  October 2019 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic   Pit stop at Los Tres Ojos on the way back from a residency trip to the capital with these sweet new missionaries and friends. The root behind my left shoulder is from a tree perched on the edge of the cliffside above; it’s impossible to…

The latest on la vida from Erin Mackenzie

October 2019 update October 2019 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic   Pit stop at Los Tres Ojos on the way back from a residency trip to the capital with these sweet new missionaries and friends. The root behind my left shoulder is from a tree perched on the edge of the cliffside above; it’s…

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October 2019 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic Pit stop at Los Tres Ojos on the way back from a residency trip to the capital with these sweet new missionaries and friends. The root behind my left shoulder is from a tree perched on the edge of the cliffside above; it’s impossible to capture both…

The latest on la vida from Erin Mackenzie, Volunteer Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean March 2019

March 2019 update March 2019 News from Erin Mackenzie Serving the Lord in the Dominican Republic Ancella, the Director of Lutheran Hour Ministries Jamaica, and I. She’s been my partner in crime in renovating a multi-use building, that, when complete (hopefully early this fall!), will house a much-needed second pastor and provide needed short-term team infrastructure. Boom, boom, boom! I…

Erin Mackenzie update

Here is a little article by Missionary Mac on Faith Comes by Hearing the Word Brent D. Smith Sent from my iPhone