The Preus Family visited Zion in April of 2015 to teach us about their mission work in the Dominican Republic.  You can read Rev. David Preus' March newsletter in it's entirety here.  The following is an abridged version.

¡Gracias por sus oraciones!

Dear friends, thank you for your prayers as we continue to wait for our departure to the Dominican Republic. Although waiting can be a difficult and trying time, we are comforted to know that God always provides and cares for us, and this purely out of fatherly divine goodness and mercy without any merit or worthiness in us. The same God who saved us by His grace will bring us safely to the mission field in His good time.

Waiting for Easter

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, - yes, more than those who watch for the morning (Psalm 130:5–6).

As each day grows longer than the next, and the sun rises by degrees over the darkness of winter and brings the good tidings of spring, we prepare to hear the good news of Easter. This is no idle waiting. We are not like those sitting out in the cold “hoping” against better odds. Ours is a certain hope, a confidence. We are already home—safe and sound in the Church, constantly warmed by God’s promises. We wait where God’s Word is preached purely, where Christ’s teaching is heard attentively, and where the sacraments are administered faithfully. Our hope touches solid ground in the midst of Lent, because we have been gathered by the Spirit of God’s Son in anticipation of His Easter absolution.

Jesus, God’s Word made flesh, is our foundation. Through his perfect obedience and total faithfulness to God’s will, Jesus gained the affection of our heavenly Father. By the purity of His living and the innocence of His suffering He won over His fatherly heart for us. He personally bent his gracious ear to our prayers. If the Lord should mark iniquity, he won’t find it on us. It was already found on Jesus Who bore the ugly stain of all sin. Look at the innocent Lamb lifted high on the cross, falling deep into the depths of human shame, be-coming a worm of a man, a reproach of men, and despised by the people (Psalm 22:6).

In the midst of all that, Jesus waited for His resurrection and the opportunity to proclaim to His brothers (Psalm 22:22) the good news that our sins have been completely paid for. Confident of this we, too, are happy to wait every single day with joyful anticipation until the Sun of Righteousness rises over us and scatters the night of death.

“My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning—yes, more than those who watch for the morning.” Meanwhile… as they say in Spanish, “Vale la pena.” “It’s worth it.” It’s worth the wait. Every single day lived in God’s forgiveness is a day well spent.

Mission and Mercy

Mission and mercy go together, and so do our new missionaries, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Naumann and his wife, Deaconess Cheryl Naumann (to the right). Jonathan will serve as chaplain to us American missionaries in Latin Amer-ica. He will also serve as theological educator along with me. Cheryl will be an instructor of future deaconesses. She will teach them the Christian art of caring for people’s bodily needs. We are very excited and grateful that the Naumanns will be joining us in the Dominican Republic!

Reflections from Home…by Jennifer

This month we’ve stayed close to home and doubled-down on homeschooling for the four older children. Everyone has been healthy and in higher spirits again now that we’ve adjusted and recovered from the turn of events with our departure plans. On that note, the new baby is doing well. Two ultrasounds at 18 and 20 weeks have shown the baby is grow-ing well and measuring as he should be. We are all very excited to meet him in mid-July.

We celebrated the second birthday of our little Leif earlier this month. As with everything he does in life, he dove into his chocolate cake voraciously and with full abandon. As for the others, Hans and Rolf have taken an interest in Lego robotics lately, and have built a few models at their workshop in our basement. Søren pretty much imitates anything his big brothers do and works hard to impress them with his budding sense of wit and humor. The girls—Rebekah and Lena—are as social as ever, using every bit of their free time to play dress up, house, dolls, or freeze-tag with their friends. I am feeling good and keeping busy with daily homeschooling, mission outreach, and home-keeping tasks.

We have been in communication with the team in the DR where they are preparing our home for us, recently adding necessary fences to the perimeter and making some purchases for home appliances and fixtures. We thank you all for your continued thoughts, prayers, and encouragement!

¡Hasta luego!

We hope you are all having a blessed Lent and a joyful Eastertide! We appreciate every-thing you have done and continue to do for us. Until next month…see you later!
In Christ’s love,

Rev. David Preus