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Sunrise, Singing and Sweet Beans

Published on April 2, 2016 by in Uncategorized

I love our traditions on Easter morning . . .

Gathering at sunrise.

Greeting each other with, “¡Él resucitó!” and hearing the response, “¡En verdad, Él resucitó!”  (He has risen!  He has risen indeed!)

Singing the same resurrection songs and using the same plastic eggs to tell the story of the empty tomb.

Hearing once again that Jesus overcame death and therefore, we can have hope of eternal life.

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Sharing  Elida’s “habichuelas con dulce” (traditional sweet beans).

I’m so thankful to have had the privilege to be here long enough to have traditions!  This year, especially I needed to be in Cercadillo to celebrate Easter with these who have become so dear.  What a gift!  He has risen indeed!

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(OK, honestly I think our Dominican friends enjoy the sweet beans part a good bit more than we do. :)

 

 
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Basketball Comes to Cercadillo!

Published on April 2, 2016 by in Uncategorized

March Madness came to Cercadillo in 2016 with our first ever basketball camps.

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13-17 Year Olds with their coaches, Rebekah and Mark Cline.
Basketballs are courtesy of Gordon College.
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Rebekah Cline and her father, Mark Cline, are old pros at leading basketball clinics.

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10-12 year olds with their coaches.
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Rebekah’s mom, Janet Cline, was ready to help wherever needed and served as the official cheerleader, along with Melanie Ritchie who was the official camp photographer.

At the end of the camps each group was given a basketball.   Now the basketball court is occupied from sunup to sundown with laughing children, youth and adults.

BUT WAIT A MINUTE . . . you need to know the “behind the scenes” events that led up to these incredibly fun camps!

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Back in the summer of 2011 a group from Renew Community Church in Pennsylvania visited Cercadillo and the youth group decided to raise money for a basketball court.  In October of 2012 they presented us with a check for just that purpose.   We designated the money for a court and waited.

First we needed to wait until the well at our ministry site was re-drilled.  Driving the heavy drilling equipment over it could ruin the court.  The well was finally re-drilled in the spring of 2015.  By then the costs to build a court had sky-rocketed and we didn’t have enough money.  So we waited.

And then two wonderful events converged, in a timing that could only be orchestrated by God:

1. Rebekah Cline, a life-long basketball player and an experienced coach, returned to spend a semester with us.   She said that she never imagined that she would experience two great passions of her life, Cercadillo and basketball, at the same time.

2.  Keith and Connie Phillips organized a group from Amazing Grace Bible Church in Kahoka, MO to construct the court and help provide some additional financing.

Mixing cement by hand for a basketball court is no small task!
Mixing cement by hand for a basketball court is no small task!
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The Kahoka men shopped for, designed and welded the two goal posts.

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While the men were hard at work on the court the ladies of the team repainted the red building and helped do general clean up around the ministry site.

The court was finished on February 19.

The lines were painted on March 12 by a team from Gordon College. (Sorry we didn’t get any pics of that!)

Camps began March 22.

Three and a half years AFTER the first check was given . . .

but at just the right time we have a court that has already brought much joy to our community.

 
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