Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 up and running!

Things are going great here in Jarabacoa.  I’ll give you a brief update on how the teams are going, the college girls, Zika (the new mosquito virus) and how Breddy & baby Jaylene are doing!

Volleyball Teams: All 7 volleyball teams are up and running.  The JV team will be going through a dvd series called “God’s Story” which helps the girls better picture of what the bible is all about.  The varsity team is learning about being real in their faith.  We are now busy planning our third annual purity retreat for April.
All of our VC Revolution Teams


College Girls: Along with their studies, the girls are busy serving at their different ministry sites and doing a great job. In our college bible study, we just started reading Desiring God by John Piper.  I have been really impressed of how smart these girls are and are able to have great discussions. 

Zika: You may have heard about Zika, a virus that is transmitted through mosquitoes.  The danger of the virus is that if pregnant women contract the disease, it can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly in their baby.  It can cause the baby to have an abnormally small head.  They say the virus is most dangerous if mom contracts the virus in her first trimester.  The virus is not very widespread here and is not a huge concern.  However, I will still be taking extra precautions to keep any mosquitoes away.  Please pray for baby Jaylene and all the other pregnant mothers in the world who could potentially contract this virus. 

Páez Family: It was nice to spend some quality time with family and friends in December.  We were also blessed to have two baby showers!  At shower put on by some ladies at our home church, it was neat to see so many women who have been such positive influences in my life.  I pray that Jaylene will have the same opportunity to have so many Godly women in their lives guiding them as they guided me.  We also had a shower with the “Gates” side of the family!  Since I have missed so many great Thanksgiving dinners, it has been at least 5 years since I’ve seen most of those relatives.  One of the hardest parts of living overseas is missing those family members and feeling disconnected.  However, they made us feel right at home!

Shower with Detroit Gators

Shower with BHBC Ladies

Breddy has been busy working at the men’s sports site.  He also had the opportunity to compete in a local motocross race and won fourth in his division! But even more than motocross, Breddy is getting excited about becoming a dad.  I am now at 28 weeks and its hard to believe I am going to get bigger.  Tying my shoes is now a challenge and even during practices, I find I have to sit more.  And you know me, I don’t like sitting down very much. Mabelis and Esther are gradually taking over more responsibilities so that come baby time, they will be in charge while I take maternity leave!
Motocross race

Baby bump pic! 


Prayer Requests
·    Continued passion with teams.  Some days I just get excited about becoming a mom. However, I don’t want that to stop me from fully invested in the spring groups that come down.
·      Health for our baby and all others that could potentially get infected with the Zika virus

·      New supporters for our college sponsorship program.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Survivor Trip 2015

We just completed our fourth “survivor” trip and guess what… everyone survived! To see some highlights, don't miss the video at the end of this post! As part of our discipleship program, we took the varsity and JV team up in the mountains where they had to rough it for a couple days.  The weekend was full of challenges that stretched the girls physically and emotionally.  The goal is that as they run out of stamina, they learn to depend on the encouragement of their teammates and that they ultimately seek God for strength.  So what did this Survivor weekend look like?  We hiked up into the mountains to a little community called Manabao to do some camping. Different activities were planned that helped them to learn about the importance of putting on the amour of God. The girls had to walk to a waterfall, all holding on to the same rope. Oh and they couldn’t talk.  They had a relay race where they had to get through different obstacles and answer questions about the amour of God.  The biggest highlight of the weekend was having 20 out of the 30 girls stand up and make decisions to follow Christ. 

JV & Varsity Team
It’s amazing how when we get out of our comfort zones, we often hear God more clearly.  The girls talked at the end of the weekend of how it actually was freeing to not have their cell phones.  They actually TALKED to each other and built relationships. Imagine that! I don’t know about you, but I am guilty of this.  I “distract” myself with music, tv, or even facebook and put my relationship with God and others on hold.  This weekend was an encouragement to me too of the importance of getting rid of the those distractions and making time for the most important things in my life. Thank you for your support and prayers of this ministry. Please pray for these girls and that they would take steps in their relationship with the Lord and pursue a church.
On their way up to Manabao

Check out the video that Courtney (one of the leaders on the trip) made of the weekend!
Thank you to Chelsie, Heidy, Mabelis, Esther and Courtney who did a great job leading this trip and really made it a success! 



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Watch me do it.


Watch me do it.   Let’s do it together.   Now you do it. 

Brian Entrekin, our field director here in the DR, made this quote summarizing of how to do discipleship.  As I think back to this summer, I get excited to see this model being carried out especially in our two site assistants, Mabelis and Esther.  Mabe and Esterlita, as I call them, are both players who played in our VC Revolution volleyball ministry for about 4 years.  They now have graduated and are college students, but are starting to run the show at our women’s sports site! Normally, each American that comes to serve shares a testimony or devotional at the beginning of every practice. I normally translate those. However, by the last half of the summer, Esther was translating all the devotionals! Both girls preached up storm every single practice that I just got to sit back at watch! In addition, the last two outreaches, both girls shared their entire testimony to the teams in English.  As we look forward to this new school year, I am excited to see these girls lead their own teams so that we can expand and reach more girls in Jarabacoa. For four years as players, “They watched me do it.”  Now for the past year, “we have been doing it together.”  And now this next year, I am excited to step back and “watch them do it!”

Esther translating at graduation for Intern Taylor

Esther & Mabelis with some of the players from Olivet Nazarene 



Our high school graduates!
GRADUATION: In other news, we had solid four girls graduate from Varsity. What are their plans? Starting from the left, Micah Trautwein, will be headed to Stanford to study medicine.   (I taught her everything she knows… haha… not!) Ashley, will be on scholarship and is interested in studying Industrial Engineering and will be doing her volunteer work at Genesis (a school for special needs children).  The next in line was our intern, Taylor!  She headed back to Shorter College in Georgia and I know will continue to show God’s love to others, just as she did here.  Edely will also be on scholarship and will be studying Bioanalysis and serving alongside Dianny & Caroly at the Community Health Site.  Last but not least, Ambar will be studying Physical Education and serving as the assistant coach of the JV team. I am so proud of these girls.  They are ALL so strong in their faiths and I have full confidence they will do GRANDE things in the future!

What’s in store for this next school year? 
1.     Coaches clinic- We will host our first coaches clinic this year.  We want to train our coaches up so that they will be equipped to serve in the sport of volleyball.
2.     New coaching staff! We have 7 teams this year! Not only that, but between we have coaches for all teams and other younger varsity players serving as assistant coaches of those teams!
3.     2 new college students- we still need college sponsors for Ashley and Edely.  If you would consider helping these girls to get a college education, click on the “college sponsorship” tab to see how you can get involved.

Páez Support Status Update
We are at $250 of our $500 of what we would like to raise for 2015! We were so blown away that just this past summer, we had 9 more people join us as monthly supporters! If you are interested in joining our team, please send me an email and I can give you more information. One-time donations are also great! If you would like to set up a donation online today, you can do so directly at

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We are so excited for what this next year holds.  We hope to continue to training up girls, so they can train other girls, so they can train more girls! You get the picture right?  Adios! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer Snap Shot!

Summer is super busy with new teams coming in every two weeks. Each day I come home exhausted, probably a bit sunburnt, somedays a bit dehydrated... but my joy is renewed because I get to serve the Lord using volleyball! Does it get any better than that?  I wanted to give you at update in how God has blessed Breddy and I with new monthly supporters and how the women's sports site is going Also, at the end are some prayer requests!

Support Update: So I mentioned just 2 months ago that we needed to raise our monthly support by $500. Well in just two months, God has moved in the lives of many of the outreach participants that have come down and we now have 5 new monthly supporters!  With those new supporters, we currently have $200 of the $500 we need. And just this last outreach, 3 men approached Breddy and said they wanted to support him!! Here are some pictures of Breddy working at the mens sports site during this past outreach.

Coaching in Buena Vista

Breddy giving a talk before practice

Women's Sports Site Update:  This summer has been really great. Two of our varsity graduates have been helping as volunteers this summer and that has been a HUGE blessing. Esther now translates the messages every morning and Mabelis helps run the practices. It's been so neat to see them step into coaching roles and be such great role models for the girls.  We now are coaching 4 main groups of girls and have about 75 girls in our program! Now that we have 2 new coaches (Mabelis and Esther) and one more senior graduating this year, I hope to expand the program even more so that those girls start coaching their own teams and we can reach more girls through volleyball! 
Praying after practice with one of our beginner teams

Olivet Nazarene Volleyball team with some of the varsity girls 

Prayer Request: Please pray for energy during these last two weeks and that we will fully invest in each group of students, even though they each come for just a week. (During the summer, normal outreaches are 2 weeks long).  Also pray that we can reach our donation goal soon!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Breddy!

I want to take a couple minutes to let you know what's going on in Breddy's life and how you can get involved in helping our family. Also, see some pictures at the end of Breddy in action! 

Breddy has always had a huge passion for sports.  In November of 2014, he started serving as a volunteer at the boys baseball site.  Breddy had a rough childhood with no support from his parents.  When he started working at the boys sports site, he connected well with the boys who come from tough situations.  With the amount of energy this man has, he fits in so well because he is like a 13 year old kid in a man's body! We have been praying that more support will come in so that we will both be able to continue to do what the Lord has called us to do. In just the last month, we have had 4 people, who through getting to know Breddy, decided to join us as month supporters.  Really awesome! THANK YOU! 

However, for us to be at a safe place to start a family, we still need to raise $500 more of monthly support. So if we break that down, we need six $50/mon supporters and eight $25/mon supporters.  

If you would like to give a one-time donation or support us monthly, you can do that through my account. LINK: https://www.stint.com/donate.php?id=s46594

If you are interested in becoming a monthly supporter for Breddy, you can donate through the men's sports site and they will give that donation to him. Be sure to make a comment that your donation is specifically for Breddy. 
LINK: https://www.stint.com/donate.php?id=f89  

Breddy on the truck with the LIFT team

Hanging with some boys at the sports site

One of the baseball teams

Sunday, June 7, 2015

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CAROLY TRINIDAD

This week's student is a English speaking fiend! Graduating as valedictorian of her class, this smart gal is going to do big things in her life.  Presenting this week's player of the week...

CAROLY TRINIDAD 
Major: Dentistry
Ministry Site: Community Health Medical Site
Sponsorship Status: Fully Sponsored


What is something you have learned serving at the medical site with missionaries Rachel Snider P.A. and Fernando Gonzalaz M.D?

I have learned so many things about the practice of medicine, like how to take care of patients and how to take care of their health.  I have also learned that I can seek God for wisdom that I need in order to take care of patients.

What has college taught you?
Going to college has taught me to be more independent and that I need to believe in myself in order to obtain the goals I want to achieve.  I have liked everything that I have learned about my major (dentistry).

What is God teaching you now?
God has taught me the value of sharing with others things that I am struggling with. He has taught me that he is always with me and he is the one that will provide everything I need.  He has taught me to see things in a different way and that I should do everything according to his will. 


A word to your sponsor?

Thank you so much for your donations to our scholarship program. I am so thankful that you have given me the opportunity of a lifetime to study.  You have given me the chance to grow as a person, both academically and spiritually.  I feel so fortunate. I know that not everyone gets this chance, and I want to take advantage of it to the MAX! THANK YOU!


If you want to donate to Caroly or any other college student, click the "COLLEGE SPONSORSHIP" tab above to see how!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DIANNY MORONTA

Today, we have the honor of talking to star student and athlete, Dianny Moronta.  Dianny is one of the first girls in her community to go to college. She is a light in her small country community in Corocito.  Dianny was one of the first members of the varsity team and was an excellent outside hitter.  Lets take a second to hear from this weeks "Player of the Week"...

DIANNY MORONTA
Dianny(far left) serving with Dr. Fernando and Caroly

Major: Dentistry
Ministry Site: Community Health Medical Site
Sponsorship Status: Needs a Tuition Sponsor (100/mo)

What is something you have learned serving at the medical site with missionaries Rachel Snider P.A. and Fernando Gonzalaz M.D?
I have gained lots of new knowledge of medicine such as how to take someone’s blood pressure, how to take care of patients and about different medicines.  I have learned how to relate to patients better and to pray with them. 

What has college taught you?
I have learned to value all the things I have.  I have learned to become more independent.  I have a close relationship with my family, so college has helped me to defend for myself better.

What is God teaching you now?
One of the most import things that I am learning is to put everything in the hands of God. He has showed be how big his power is and that gives me strength when I think all is lost.  He has taught me that all He has for me is perfect. 
A word to your sponsors?                                                                                                                      Thank you so much for your donation to our college program. You can’t imagine how appreciative that I am.  Your donation helps me to be able to study and achieve my goals in life. I hope that God will continue to bless you and your family. Thank you so much!  
Dianny on the job!
                       
Visit the "COLLEGE SPONSORSHIP" tab to see how you can sponsor Dianny or any other of our STAR STUDENTS!