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Tomorrow is fun day with our sponsored children. And today was fun day with the staff of the project at Vision Celestial.  This gives us an opportunity to treat them to something very nice, because they work so very hard in poor conditions.  We took them to a very nice, small hotel on the beach, and they got to experience resort pleasures that included food and beverages.  For us, this takes luxury recreation to a new level; as when you can share it with people you love so much, and who work very hard in poor conditions, it becomes joy.  The first time we did this a few years ago, it was the first time many of them had ever seen the ocean, even though they only live 30 minutes away.

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It was a pleasant and beautiful time to build relationship with the team in Dominican Republic, as well as those from Hillside.  And even though it was a very beautiful and pleasant luxury environment, our favorite memories of the day are seeing our local brothers and sisters enjoy the best of their very own country; the best that is mostly experienced only by tourists from other countries.  Today, we will let the pictures do the talking, because they tell much of the story.

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For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.  Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

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But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work.  1 Thessalonians 5:9-13a