Aldy lives at Emmaus all the time, because his home is all the way on the border of the Dominican, literally, 30 seconds from the border.
So on top of going on lots of ministry trips together, we’ve also gotten to spend more time with Aldy than other students, and have been quick to love all the humility and grace, kindness and abandonment of his character.
And now he’s fourth year, and we’ve still never been, so today we got up at 6 and went…and went…and went. And man, I am so glad.
This is Aldy’s chuch, and this is his home:
All of his family lives in homes surrounding this same yard, so we also got to meet his fiancé, his sister, his aunt, his great aunt, his cousins…
Best, we got to worship with all of them this morning, as Aldy’s family, with his family!
The service normally BEGINS at 6Am, but they pushed it off two hours for us, so that we didn’t have to leave the campus at 4AM. THANK YOU.
However, we learned that they have the service at 6AM because of the h.e.a.t.
To make the church more beautiful, a large plastic tarp hands low as the ceiling, to cover all the holes in the roofing above. With a plastic top and metal walls, I kept thinking this made the room a bit like a sauna, but Phil nailed it afterwards by describing it as going to church in a plastic bag. on the sun.
The heat sure didn’t slow Matt down.
He was drenched, but preached a sermon I’ve never heard him preach before, outlining the true and powerful and life-changing meaning of the Gospel.
Afterwards, several people from the church had juice and a chicken and fried plantain ready on a festive tablecloth, and eating together was special, too.
We are so blessed to have Aldy among our students at EBS. It is through men and women LIKE ALDY that God is transforming his creation.