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Friday, April 8, 2016

Homeward bound. 0 comments

Our Team:

We have all arrived home safely........ oops, what happened to yesterday's blog?

WYAT where is the blog?   He said he was to tired to write it.

April 6 we got up at our usual time, 7:00, and had our last breakfast there, French Toast, sausages, papaya and  orange juice, YUMMY!! Today was a sad day as we had to say good bye to our chaperon "Billy". He was a fantastic chaperon and great to be with. We left for the airport at around 9:45 to get there on time for our flight, only to be told we have an extra hour to wait for our plane.  We talked a bit about our journey and what it did to them.   Newark, New Jersey.... Here we come!!  Knowing we had a 12 hour layover Mr. Hooimeyer suggested we visit the Empire State Building.  There were no objections.  What a sight is was.  I am sure the kids will tell you all about it.  After our meal at Wendy's we headed to our hotel in style.  A limo took us all the way to our hotel for the same price as it would cost us for a bus. What a way to end a trip.  We arrived at the hotel at 11:30pm and left for the airport at 4:00am on April 7th.

We have been so blessed on this trip.  We went there not knowing what to expect and left there with new freindships and open eyes.  What a blessing it was to see the joy these people have in what little they have.  They are filled with the Holy Spirit and love to share it with us. I will sign off by asking all of you to please keep these people in your hearts and prayers. Our chaperon mentioned to me that if it was not for the volunteers that go there to help build it would take them far to long to finish a project.  I have been touched in so many ways. God was with us at all times and we saw that by how He led the way for us.  The students were fantastic and worked so well together.   Experiencing this was an eye opener for me and I am looking forward to my next trip there.

God bless you all.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Our last day. 1 comment

Our last day here in the DR.

 It feels like we have made a family here in the DR, everyone we have met made us feel so welcome, be it in the school or the community. Our tour guide, Billy as we call him, is one for adventure and for helping the poor and needy. He is truly a great man, most of us wish to stay longer and enjoy the city and people more.

We woke up to a great breakfast and prayer. When breakfast was finished we went on a tour to visit some schools. The first school had approx.150 students, and it was an amazing school. The students were kind and nice. Travis stayed with some of the students and drew pictures with them, while the rest of us toured the classes.

The next school we went to was Belen, the school we were building.  The kids were happy to see us and we were happy to see them. Koda, Kira, Arianne and Rae-Lynn were happy to see them before we left and Julian was taking selfies with everyone. The rest of us were just hanging around.

We stopped to take a break and to get some lunch, as well as visited the Caribbean Sea.  We all wanted to go cliff diving, but we were not allowed so we ate lunch instead.

When we went off to the last school, there was an English speaking teacher there so she took some of the translating off of Billy’s back. Billy still helped her translate a few words. We sat and talked about the school and all the projects that the school was involved in, and how the school was established. It was a lot of talking, and we drifted off a bit. After the long talk the female translator showed us the classrooms and explained what happened in the classroom.

As we walked back to the van we decided to go back to the camp and relax for a few hours, take a nap and after that go to a pizza restaurant. There were 4 different sorts of pizzas and we all ate a lot. I had 9 pieces and could have eaten 14 (so he thinks) but the other people needed to eat too so I stopped. After we prayed, a great speech was given to us by Guillermo I almost cried like a little baby. The principal of Belen school, as well as his wife, also joined us on this supper event and their baby was moved between all of us.  We all wanted to hold the cute little baby. We left the restaurant and took a lovely walk around town.

Pieter

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Last day of work 0 comments

So today was our last work day here in the DR.  We’ve been gone for only 8 days but it seems like we’ve been here longer. It was nice to meet everyone here on the job site as well as the few students, teachers, and the principal of the Belen School. It was a great learning experience for all of us students and chaperones to see how they do everything manually. The crew there is awesome to work with, and so are the students! It was great to meet them all.

At the end of the day, when we got back to camp, most of us went into the pool, while a few of us took a nap *cough*me*cough*. (I was feeling a little ill) I did end up going into the pool, but only for about 45 minutes…. After everyone else got out.

We had the best supper ever, though all of the suppers here were pretty awesome. We had rice, chicken, salad cucumber and tomato, and cooked papaya mixed with cinnamon.  It was really good. I think most of us are going to miss the cooking here. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners were all exceptionally well made. Kudos to those who cooked them.

After dinner, we went to the mall. This mall is 4 stories high and huge. We all split up into groups of 2 or more, and wandered around for an hour until we had to meet up with the others in front of Wendy’s to get ice cream. (It was really yummy, by the way.)

I’m pretty sure everyone else is in the pool as I write this ;) Overall, I think this experience has opened our eyes to how richly God has blessed us, and how much different and discontent we are back home.

Here they don’t care how it looks, as long as it gets done or gets them from point A to point B. They have some really beautiful places, but they aren’t very well looked-after. I think all of us here would gladly come here again for another mission trip in 2 years’ time.

Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Rae-Lynn

 

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Our Sunday 0 comments

This morning we all woke up from our very sore sleeping (due to sunburns from being at the ocean, which was totally worth it) around 7 o’clock to get ready for church. Breakfast was at 7:30 and after that we left for church at 8:15. Church started at 9 and was done by around 10:30. It was definitely a different experience from what is normal for us. Nonetheless it was still a great experience and it is great to see that people all over the world have a love for the gospel. After church we took pictures with some of the congregation members. Apparently I was some white chocolate because all the girls wanted to take pictures with me. I guess wearing my tie in the hot weather was worth it. After we left the church we went back to camp to change and eat a bit. We also changed into more comfortable clothes and piled into the van to go sightseeing. We drove to downtown Santo Domingo to visit the Colonial district. That’s where Chris Columbus himself landed in 1492 (although he is not a very liked person here). We saw some sick castles and also visited the Dominican Panteon. That’s where all the country’s heroes are buried. After some sightseeing we drove back to camp and did some swimming before supper. After supper some of us played basketball so we could get nice and warm before we went in the pool. Right now people are in the pool and I’m writing this blog post. So I’m going to say adios and hit the pool.

Julian

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