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!