January 6, 2012

Earthquakes, Work, and Other Adventures

Burlington HANDS Team:


Wednesday morning shook us out of bed...literally. At quarter to six in the morning, an earthquake woke us all up and we jumped out of bed and outside. Apparently there was no need to be worried, however, earthquakes are pretty common around here! But it was an adventure and a unique way to start our second day of work.

We have been making a lot of progress with the school. We laid a lot of brick yesterday...more than they expected us to. They even had to order a second load of bricks for us because we ran out! And we'll need more on Monday! So the building is going well. Today we also worked on the grounds, cleaning up the school yard, getting rid of used lumber/steel etc, and getting it ready for when the kids come back to school on Tuesday!

Yesterday we also had the privilege/experience of taking a short walk around the community near the school. It was definitely eye-opening to see the lives of the people here, and also of many of the students attending the school. We were continuously followed by kids calling us 'Americanos'...even though we tell them we are Canadians!!! The kids also love coming to the gates of the school to talk to us when we're working--they are very very friendly!

Last night we also visited the Dominican version of Walmart, called Carrefour. Seemed pretty normal....almost felt like we were back in Canada.

That's about all that's happened of note in the last two days...tomorrow we're headed to the market and the beach, with a church service at night. Should be busy, so we'll tell you all about it later!

Buenas noches!

--the team


Ray & Cheryl Koetsier
Jan 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Glad to hear all is well, wow earthquakes? That must have been quite the experience! Melanie, a special hello to you :0) and to your team, we pray that you all will be blessed and be of blessing as you are the hands and feet of Jesus down in the DR!

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