Where you might ask...*drum rollllll*
To Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic!
What a swanky place to call home for awhile! It's gorgeous but the poverty is also astounding. We don't necessarily expect a tropical vacation with this move...
Ryan's work, Healing Waters International, is sending us to the DR to create the space and time for him to best serve in his job for a few months. He works for the most unique, adventurous company and I am honored to follow him overseas! This is what we dreamed about doing together-traveling the world to follow our radical, unconventional God! We leave May 14 and will be gone for 9 weeks.
We are thrilled! A few thoughts and details you might wonder about, I know I did!
-The idea was suggested about 2 weeks ago--HWI gets things done! We shared as soon as possible!
-We will be living in an apartment as well as have access to a car.
-Please pray for Ryan's speedy healing from the physical pain and complications internally the last few weeks. We want him to be FULLY healed even before we leave.
-Harpo (our golden retriever) will stay with my parents. My adorable sister keeps offering to take him although Harpo once jumped on her white skirt with muddy paws and got her car all hairy...they have a love-hate relationship I believe.
-No garden this summer. However a garden pales in comparison to getting to move south with my husband for a summer adventure! Maybe a fall garden?
-And what will I be doing while Ryan works you ask? Well I have fabulous directors with my work and they are allowing me to take assignments with me while we're gone. They are so supportive and amazing! There are also plans for me to be trained in HWI's Health & Hygiene curriculum. I love teaching and I love health so I would be honored to contribute that way.
-Ryan is pretty much fluent in Spanish but I am definitely not. I need to learn quick amigos. His CEO gave us a Rosetta Stone disc set so I know how I am spending some down time. I know a little French and my Arabic abilities are embarrassingly low but Spanish shouldn't be too much trouble, si?
-I will be blogging regularly to update on our adventures and share what we're experiencing. We want you to be a part of this move! As long as there is internet, we will be posting.
This is a look at the Ozama River in Dominican Republic. It won't be uncommon to see trash dumps like this polluting the water and interrupting lives. That's why HWI is there!
There you have it, The Deckers are moving to the Dominican Republic. I am just astounded at the Lord's goodness to let us move and be his hands and feet overseas. We're built to be overseas (much to our mother's dismay-they are excited though!). Now we are working on getting things in order to move in just 27 days!
Oh and come and visit us this summer --we would love to show off the Dominican to you :)
God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
P.P.S Did you secretly read out blog title for a second as "Announcement...We're Pregnant?!" ha, I almost did and I wrote it!
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