The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

things took a turn for the worse last night. latest counts in the country:

20 dead.

3500 homeless

48 hours of rain

still no electricity.

small and large bridges down.

we are all just fine out here in the highlands. it's all the rain that landed on the southern side of the mountain range that has flowed down south and the rivers and towns are all flooded. it's still raining, so hopefully it'll stop soon and we can all dry out.

well, who would have thought that a small tropical storm could do so much damage? they country is currently without electricity and we here in the south are without access to the capital. that's correct, a bridge went out in baní and no one can get out to any other the major cities here in the entire southern region. so, it looks like fuel will be in scarce supply until they find a way around the problem. who knows when electricity will be restored, but it could be a while with over 400 poles down...

i have been remiss in not introducing our new volunteer, miss michelle peterson from woodbridge, va. she arrived last saturday after having spent 3 weeks in intensive spanish prep in the capital. she begins teaching english class in the school on monday as well as helping out with the youth group and perhaps teaching ballet. pray for her...


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