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Friday, May 17, 2019

Safely Back Home 0 comments

Our Team:

We have safely returned. What a rich experience for all of us. We thank God for safe travels and for the pleasure of home. Our experience now continues as we spend time reflecting on our experiences and share with family and friends. 

Thank-you to Edu-deo and Synergia (Dominican organization) for their support.

Thanks to those who shared in our experience by reading our posts and by praying for us.

Blessings

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

May 12-14 0 comments

May. 12

 

In the morning, we went to a very big international church, most of us got the headphone translator.  In the afternoon, we went to the mall.  We bought some snacks and contacted with our families.  It is good for us to call on Mother’s Day.  Although we are far away from home,long distance cannot prevent us from sending love, hugs and best wishes.  After mall, we had a pretty relaxing evening.  During circle time,we did some debriefing of our trip.  Then people played games and cards.  Also, six of us had a Korean noodles party!!! Everyone enjoyed the spicy noodles, it is helpful for us to know about another culture as well.

 

May 13.

On Monday, our team split into three groups.  The first group went to Renacer school and spent their morning in the classrooms.  They also had fun talking to the students and playing with the little kids.  The second group went to Funfonavi.  We first helped with setting up the tables and chairs.  When the kids arrived, we started to play with them and they braided the girls’ hair.  At lunch time, we helped serving and feeding the food to the children.  Some people went to the hospital and got checked out with their illness, they got some medications as well.  At 3.00 p.m,we did some debriefing with Kimberly.  Each of us drew a compass on the paper.  The North represents “home”, South represents “passion / joyful things we did”, West represents “grief”and East represents “invitation”.  We wrote our thoughts and examples in each section.  I think it’s really helpful for us to think about our lives.  When we live in the fast pace society, there’s rarely chances for us to think about some deep questions.  This activity provided the opportunity for us to re-understand and re-locate ourselves in life journey.  We had some homework time in the late afternoon.  After supper, we had small groups and circle time.  As the trip is towards to the end, we answered four debriefing questions during circle time. It is necessary for us to prepare our mind before returning home.  In the evening, we started to sign our names on the T-shirts and write each other a friendly note.

 

May 14.

Today, one group when to the construction site and the other group when to Funfonavi again.  Instead of serving food to the children, we went to a village and helped giving away the donations.  We sang and danced with them.  The kids there are learning some Bible stories, they had to answer some story questions in order to get new toys.  Although the hot weather made everyone feel exhausted, we still tried our best to bring joy to them.

 

There are only couple of days left for this trip.  Personally, I’m very thankful for everyone in this team, and the experience we had in the past 42 days.  I can see our growth not only in physical work skills, but also in mental support and friendship connections.  We have a base that everyone refers as “home”; we share our lives and memories together in this country.  Therefore, instead of calling our group as “International block team”, I would like to call us as a family.  The spiritual family that is unique, loving, and caring.  For the rest of our trip, I pray for health and safety.  I hope we can have a perfect ending for this journey.

 

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Mikaelee's Photo Update 0 comments

Here's a photo update from last week! Enjoy!:)

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

May 9 - 11 0 comments

This is the fifth week in Dominican Republic.  I saw so many beautiful things in this country. People are nice and friendly. Life is pretty relaxing here. If you want to live here, you need to learn how to live day by day. The thing that impressed me the most is that we don’t know anything about our schedule 24 hours earlier. At first, I was eager to know what will happen next, but now I know how to live in the moment.

                                     

Thursday May 9th

We were supposed to wash kids’ hair today but that did not happen.  When we arrived at the school, we were told to wait, and we waited for a long time. Then, they told us to take care of some small kids. The kids were about 5 to 7, they were excited about our arrival. We taught them how to write names of fruits and numbers in English. Then, we saw some smaller kids in another class and we played with them. They are really cute.

Friday May 10th

Today, we washed kids’ hair with some Renacer students. Some of us went to deliver food in the neighbourhood. After that, we swept the roads because there is a lot of garbage that people threw on the street. It was really hot while everybody was standing on the street, but no one complained about this. Good job, guys!!!

Saturday May 11th

This was my favourite day in this trip. We went to the Caribbean Sea with the Renacer students. In the morning, we woke up at 5:40a.m. and left at 6:00a.m. We spent two and half hours to arrive at the destination. We spent 40 minutes on a tour boat. We saw the blue ocean, coconut trees, and each other tan. After this tour, we came back to the beach. Some of us played volleyball with the  Dominicans and some of us played spike ball. At 2:45p.m., we went to the natural pool. It was a place in the middle of the ocean. The water is shallow, but we can swim deeper and do some snorkeling. We had a good time. By the time we went back, everyone was tired.

 

Life is good so far. I don’t feel like I want to leave this place, but I have to. I feel like I will miss this place and the people here so much. I enjoy the zero pressure and peaceful environment. I am glad that I can come here, meet so many people, and help them with construction. I have so many precious memories. This is quite an experience for me and all of us.

-        J. Rebecca G

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