March 9, 2012

Day Two

Guido HANDS Team:

Hello to everyone in the north! You probably know by now that we have arrived safely, so your next question is what are we doing?

Well…. After sleeping in an hour too late (but it wasn’t a problem – Dominican’s have flex time) we had orientation followed by a delicious breakfast of eggs, toast, fruit, and cereal. Then we headed to the jobsite. It was about a half hour drive through the city where we saw everything from goats being slaughtered, to cows eating garbage with two stray dogs, to people being as friendly as Canadians could never understand, to entire families riding on one motorcycle. It’s truly amazing to see the differences and yet also some similarities.

Once we arrived on the job site and were immediately put to work sorting wood and pulling all the nails out. Then we started to cut some rebar (metal poles) and Brendan and Willem bent them into shape. By the end of the day they were pretty much pros after doing that 400+ times. The rest of us did various jobs from cleaning up the back alley, transporting wood, and making moulds for cement. We were served a delicious hot lunch of potatoes and ham. It’s pretty humid here but don’t worry – we’re keeping hydrated and putting on lots of sunscreen! No major injuries or burns today.

As of right now, everyone is just chilling after a busy day. We’re really looking forward to tomorrow which is our culture day when we get to check out the market, head to the beach, and go to a youth church service at night.

Overall it was a great day at work. We’re really enjoying working together as a team and serving God by serving the people of the Dominican.

Hope you’re all doing well back at home!

Mallory, Kristen, and Belinda

Comments:

Veronica
Mar 10, 2012 at 6:00 am

I am so glad there is this blog! What a blessing to all of you to be there, to serve others in need! What a humbling experience to realize how much we are blessed with! Enjoy your culture day, enjoy serving ONE GOD with others even with cultural differences. Thank you for the updates. Don't work too too hard. :-)

Denise, Danielle and Jill
Mar 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

Thanks for keeping us in touch with loved ones! It's snowing here. Enjoy your culture day today.

Thoughts and prayers are always with you.

William and Geraldine
Mar 10, 2012 at 7:56 am

It is great to be able to keep in touch with this blog! We continue to remember you all in our prayers as you show the love of Christ to those in need.

Andrew and Marie
Mar 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

Thanks for the updates! It makes you seem not so far away! It sounds like you are having a great time and even getting some work done :)

Mike And Emma
Mar 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Wow! Sounds like everything is going well. We also thank you for the update. Enjoy every bit of the experience! May God continue to work through you and in you as you continue your week.

Gerald and Wendy
Mar 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Loved reading about your day. I am sure the market will be like nothing like you imagine. Cant wait to hear about that. Enjoy the service with the local youth this evening.

Bert
Mar 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Pulling nails ?!?! I thought we did all of that when I was there a few weeks ago. ;-)

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