We have arrived safely and are almost settled in our apartment in Santiago, Dominican Replublic. It is not where we had planned on living, but it is in a better location and we will be a lot safer for Lynette and Abigail to stay while Alberto is away woring. We have a missionary family living on he same block, and a retired couple who teaches at the school with Lynette lives directly below us. it has been a real blessing to them them there, especially when Alberto is away.
We spent a few days with the Gary Klein family and Christian Dominican Medical Missions CDMM in July. Alberto went back a few days later to spend three more days helping them move medical supplies to the camp in Salcedo. The Kleins were preparing to leave on furlough and wanted to move the supplies to a safer place. They received much damage from Hurricane Georges last year, and a very active hurricane season is anticipated again this year. Once the Kleins return from their furlough in December, Alberto will begin traveling with Gary to villages doing medical clinics and evangelism.
School is in full swing for Lynette. She has 20 students in her first grade class at Santiago Christian School. They are all from wealthy families here in Santiago. It is a challenge to teach students in their second language- English. It is also a challenge because a lot of these children are waited on, and some even fed, by maids.
Alberto has been preaching every Sunday and doing evangelistic work. he has also been working on ordering New Testaments and other literature to be given out. He has had some wonderful opportunities to talk with his 14-year-old brother, Hector. Hector has baptized on September 12. Praise the Lord! Pray that he will continue to follow and grow in the Lord and that the rest of the family will see his witness and choose to follow Christ also.
Alberto has been traveling to San Juan, DR for four to five days at a time to help rebuild the church building there that was destroyed last year by Hurricane Georges. It will take another three or four weeks of work to complete the building.
In November, Alberto will have the opportunity to travel to the city of La Pina to participate in two different evangelistic campaigns. During the day, he will be going door-to-door sharing about Jesus, and, in the evenging, he is preaching at revival meetings. The dates for these are November 5-7 and November 19-21.
Alberto would also like to raise money to help the church in Barrero build an addition and a parsonage. The church is overflowing with people, and the minister has been commuting from 45 minutes away. $12,000 would allow them to enlarge the church and build a second floor which would serve as a parsonage. Please be praying for this project and the raising of funds.
Alberto and Lynette spent a weekend at Family Camp in August. Alberto led one of the small group Bible studies. There were over 450 in attendance, and they ran out of beds as well as mattresses to use on the floor. It was a real encouragement to gather with Christians from all over the island!
There are special instructions to follow if you are sending a package to Alberto and Lynette.
Abigail is growing and thriving. God has blessed us with a very happy, contented child. When we go out, she doesn't stay with Mom and dad long because she is so lovable. She is scooting along on the floor now and standing up by herself in her crib. She loves to chew on books and suck on her pacifier.
We appreciate your support and prayers as we continue to get settled and set up our ministry here according to God's will.
We can also be reached by writing
715 14th Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Our address in the Dominican will be
Juan Alberto and Lynette Rivas
SCS-DR, PO Box 24770
West Palm Beach, FL 33416
Make all checks payable to:
Cedar Falls Church of Christ
2727 West Fourth Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
God bless you.
Alberto, Lynette, and Abigail Rivas