Flores (Dominican Republic ) Update – September 2023

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

Psalm 127:3


Dear friends,

It’s our great joy to introduce you to our daughter, Elena Grace.

Born September 22nd
7 lbs 6 oz, 19.5 in.


Thank you for your prayers throughout our pregnancy and upon her arrival. She is our latest and greatest blessing from God! We are spending our days thanking Him for her and getting to know each other.


Your continuous prayers, support and encouragement during these past 7+ years on the mission field has also been a great blessing to us. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers… here are a few things we are praying about, we welcome you to join us:

  • Praise and thanksgiving for Elena Grace, her health, and Jamielynn’s health
  • For the safe arrival of Elena Grace to the waters of Holy Baptism on October 8th
  • That all goes smoothly in each step of the necessary paperwork process for us to return home to the Dominican Republic
  • For safe travels, endurance, patience, and peace for Rafael as he travels to and from the DR to continue ministry and also be with and support our little family
  • For strength, endurance, and success for Jamielynn upon setting up visits and sharing the story of God’s mission during a time of home service and support raising following her maternity leave

“Whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”

Mark 9:37

“For You formed me in my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

Psalm 139:13-14


** If you are in the northern Indiana or Indianapolis area, let us know about a visit or time to meet in November or December. We’d love to see you and give you an update on what God’s been up to in His mission field in the DR and around Latin America. We would obviously also love to introduce you to sweet Elena!


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