One of Edify’s core values is to “Be joyful, be thankful and have fun!” Dietrich Bonhoeffer says it well when he speaks of the richness we experience when we give thanks, “In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.” (Letters and Papers from Prison)
The most amazing thing of all is that our God has stepped down from his heavenly throne to offer himself as a sacrifice once and for all in order that we may experience right standing with him. For this we can truly rejoice!
Another thing we are grateful for is that in the Dominican Republic Edify has been blessed with excellent implementing partners. Not only do we get to work alongside them in our efforts to improve education, but also worship alongside them, as they are all faith-based organizations as well. We’d like to say thank you to ASPIRE for their commitment to financial sustainability and for the hundreds of loans they’ve made to low-cost Christian schools, to APRENDI for always being one step ahead of us and for providing outstanding teacher and leadership trainings week after week, and to Esperanza for their commitment to holistic transformation and ability to touch the individual lives of the clients we serve together. Edify would not be nearly as effective without these partnerships and we are grateful for each of them.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18