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End of April 2020 Newsletter from
the Ramirez Family

He is Risen! He is risen Indeed, Alleluia!

          This was certainly an unusual Easter season, we were not able to join together as the church of Christ in person with the full glory of our Easter celebration. Our family participated in Holy Week daily devotions online and had Easter worship on Facebook LIVE with our local church. Although it wasn’t an Easter like we’ve had in the past, it’s still an Easter to rejoice about! There’s so much to be thankful for and rejoice over. Corona Virus has stopped so much but it couldn’t stop Easter. Christ has still risen! Yes its true He has risen Indeed! Corona Virus made us stay in our homes, but it can’t keep Christ in the grave. He has beaten death, the devil and sin. He has won for us salvation and life everlasting. We suffer now under the attacks of the devil but this is not the end, Easter is Here! Christ is victorious, we are victorious! We can rejoice and celebrate in this time of suffering knowing exactly how sweet the gifts of our Lord are. So with joyous shouts we say He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed Alleluia!

Our congregation put this together to show all who joined together for Easter Worship even though we could not be physically together in the church building. 

COVID-19 Update

              We are doing well here in the Dominican Republic. We continue to shelter in place at home, going out in the neighborhood for walks and the bare essentials in grocery stores. The country remains under a state of emergency with an evening curfew of 5pm until May 1. It is mandatory to wear a face mask any time you leave the house. And they are checking temperatures at the grocery store. We have over 5,700 cases of COVID-19 in country with the numbers still growing every day. All missionaries and church members here are healthy and doing well. Due to Corona, we have been unable to have any form of day care for Abraham. As such, I have been on full-time mommy duty, and working during nap time and as I can from home. It has been a blessing and joy to be able to spend the extra time with Abraham.

Are you able to work during all of this?
YES, we are working!

Jeancarlos continues to have his same class load every day. Instead of going to the seminary all classes have been held online. He has class over Zoom every morning and spends the afternoon doing homework. Regular classes ended this week. He will still have class in May, but it is a special semester of intensive classes.

I, Caitlin, have been working part-time from home. I am teaching a weekly bible & book study for the seminary wives. I also call our Dominican church members to provide virtual visitation and encouragement during this time. I have been providing the ladies with daily devotions. A special project for me is helping our deaconess students to learn how to prepare Sunday school materials, which we send out virtually to the families each week. I have been working to help our congregations to provide for the physical needs of community members who are not working and cannot get basic food and medicine during this time.

Our congregation in the Dominican Republic helped provide food and medicine for six families in the community who are struggling to provide for their basic needs due to restrictions from COVID-19. 

We are so excited to share with you that the Lord has blessed us with new life. Our family is growing once again. This time Abraham will be a big brother. We are expecting Baby #2 in mid-November 2020. Mom and baby are both healthy and well. Please join us in rejoicing and praying for this little one who is on the way. 

Home Service Update

              Due to the current situation with COVID-19 Synod has decided to delay our home service which was planned for June 2020. We will wait until a later date to do in person visits with all of you so that we do not take any unnecessary risks nor put you, our supporters, at risk. We will wait until the restrictions have eased up, the borders begin opening again etc. to make new travel plans and set new dates to come and visit you. In the meantime we would love to do VIRTUAL VISITATION with you. We are available and would love to have a phone chat or a video call with you, your family or your congregation and share how ministry and life are going on the mission field.

Please email us at or
call Debbie Worden at 269.753.1357
to let set up a virtual visitation.

Please Pray with us for:

– Jeancarlos and the other students during the intensive classes.
– our digital outreach and online ministries to members here in the Dominican Republic. 
– the changes to our home service plan. 
– in thanksgiving for the new life in our family. 
-in thanksgiving that Jeancarlos has been approved for a delayed vicarage. 
– each of us in our different situations adjusting to this new normal. 

We remember all of you in our prayers as we know this situation is not any easier for you than for us. Thank you for your prayers and support. 

We are so thankful for your gifts and prayers! It would not be possible for us to serve as missionaries without your support at home. We understand that this time has been financially difficult for many of you and we want to thank you for your faithful support. May God bless and keep you. 

or mail a check marked on the memo line “Support of Ramirez” to
Mission Central
40718 Highway E16, Mapleton, IA 50134

or directly to the
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
PO Box 790089 St. Louis, MO 63179




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