February 23, 2015

Renacer Community Project

Parkland 2015 HANDS Team:

We're home - tired and mosquito bitten but thankful for the amazing week.

After 5 days working at Renacer we witnessed them become the hands and feet of Jesus in an amazing way. Out of their own poverty the Grade 12 class meets once a month to assist in a community clinic near the school. They assemble in a Batey with approximately 2,000 people to wash and groom children's hair while parents are counselled on hygiene and medical matters. A small food program is involved as well. The event is underwritten by the Colgate Company, who in addition to providing much needed supplies, also sponsor health care professionals to assist and provide counsel to the community.

Words fail the reality of the poverty in this community, even by the standards of the D.R.. The Renacer students however,out of their own initiative and their own needs, brng abundance to the poorest of the city. The memory of this day will impact our HANDS team for some time to come.

Saturday we travelled to the mountains of Jarabacoa and enjoyed a great rafting trip on the longest river in the D.R.. Soaked by the current and rain we felt "cold" for the 1st time ever in the tropical climate.  We met a team from Europe who develop water systems in remote villages, and enjoyed the company of several COCREF workers.  What a blessing to meet people from all over the world in the name of our one true Saviour, who make it all possible; a truly blessed day.

Throughout it all however we see the contrast between the affluent and the needy; pray always for equity and justice. 

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