The latest on la vida from Erin Mackenzie

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 it and and the base of its root structure in a single frame. Talk about being “planted by water!”

Blessed is the Man

Twice in recent memory, my daily Bible reading featured a passage that had recently come up in another context. One such instance was Jeremiah 17:7-8:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Missionary life is full of heat and drought – both literal and figurative in the DR – but blessed am I indeed when, by the Holy Spirit’s power, I entrust each day into the Lord’s hand. Click below to see and read about the “fruit” of the past month, and I’m not just talking about mangoes and bananas! 

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