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August Update

Dearest friends and family,

We pray that you and your family are safe and healthy and that you are daily being renewed by the Spirit’s work in your hearts. We are thankful and humbled by the Lord’s protection during a time full of so many uncertainties.

Hurricane Update

Hurricane Isaias has come and gone in the Dominican Republic, leaving flooding and destruction in its wake. We are grateful for physical protection and praying for our brothers and sisters as clean-up and repair begins. Many are without electricity and have lost household items that were swept away in the flood. Please join us in prayer for these families and consider giving towards organizations that are working towards relief.

Food Distribution

Santiago mostly received heavy rain and strong winds. Our deepest need here continues to be providing food for our neighbors. Many are still without work, the country is still under a state of emergency with a curfew in place, and many are still struggling to put food on the table. We continue to prepare bags of food and a group from the church delivers them almost daily. This group of young people begins their day in prayer and devotion before heading out. They visit homes, give bags of food, share the Gospel, and pray with those they meet. We are overwhelmed by how God has been working and moving, both in the lives of those from the church who are going out and in the lives of those whom they have met. We truly believe that the Lord is using this season to birth new things and to impact the lives of people in our community.

Loving our neighbors

Serving and deeply loving our neighbors are two convictions that we are wholeheartedly committed to as a church family. We have been so encouraged to see this also forming in the hearts and lives of our youth. Last week one of the teenage boys mobilized a large group from the church in a matter of hours to go help clean up an apartment that had caught on fire in the complex where he lives. It was incredible to see the drive in a group of young people to help a family whom they had never met. Most of the family’s household items were either destroyed or damaged, including the sewing machine that they used for an income. If you would like to donate toward this family, please note Fire Relief on your donation:

Project Harvest

Something else that we have been working towards (during this season that looks a little different!) is preparing the church property to plant. Our desire is that we will be able to share the harvest with our neighbors in need. A group of men have been clearing out the land, closing it off, and preparing it for planting. We pray that the land will be a place of harvest, both physically and spiritually, for our neighbors and our community.

We pray that each of you are healthy, safe, and growing in your love and understanding of our Father and His Word. We are so thankful for each of you and thankful for the large, beautiful, and diverse family that we have in Christ. Thank you for believing in us and believing in what God is doing in our community and for walking this journey together. We are forever grateful.

With much love,

The ICM Family

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