The who, where, when, what, why of the Williams family. Those key words will be answered in this blog!
Who?!? We have not changed the name of our blog to 6byfaith, but we could! We welcomed Ezekiel Edward to our family on January 18, 2017. His addition to our family was a surprise (to say the least!) but it is an AWESOME surprise. We each have embraced babyhood again and have fallen in love with Zeke.
Where? We have talked about some strong Yada opportunities in the Dominican Republic for the past few years, but the timing has never worked out. This year, we were unsure if a Yada trip would be feasible due to Zeke’s arrival and other factors. But we moved forward with planning and saw how it all started to work out. So we are in the Dominican Republic!
When? Right now! We are here from March 1-15.
What? We have 3 communities that are connected to our church in Madison that we will be visiting. Each have had substantial development help from our church. For example: spiritual and discipleship training for pastors; building bathrooms; opening a library; starting a child sponsorship program; etc. The Yada Project is here to seek out ways for furthering the development in those communities through our work with handmade products. We hope to play a role in encouraging economic growth and independence as a church/community.
We also have connected with International Justice Mission (IJM) that has recently opened up a location in Santo Domingo. We hope to meet with them and get a better idea of the needs and issues facing the impoverished in the DR.
Why? The Yada Project has a simple mission: to join in God’s work around the world. Beyond our vision for The Yada Project, we have experienced the great value of serving together as a family, and setting aside time and resources to be a part of God’s work. We have grown to appreciate each other’s strengths and laugh at our weaknesses!
We would appreciate prayer in these areas:
1. Physical health: For our whole family, but especially for Zeke.
2. Solid connections for The Yada Project. That we may be used to encourage and strengthen the work already happening here in the DR.
3. Finances: Due to the arrival of a new baby and a busy life, we had little time to inform people of our trip.
We will keep you posted on the details of our trip over the next few days. Godspeed!