November 6, 2011

The start

PK-Dominican HANDS Team:

The team has landed!

Friday late in the afternoon the team landed in the Dominican Republic.  After spending Thursday in Toronto getting to know one another and a little orientation, Friday morning was early awakening at 3am and we were off. Claiming our luggage at the Santo Domingo air terminal we were left short 2 pieces of luggage, a guitar and Steves suitcase. We spent the next few hours waiting for the next flight from Miami and in the meantime tasted the local ethnic food (Burger King) and met with our translator and a COCREF representative.

Luggage in hand, we piled into a small van for our first, and some members second time driving on the streets. Its best described as dizzy children running around. Soon we arrived at the ministry center, were welcomed to a large supper with our host Guedo.

Saturday we started to work at La Esperanza. Initially before the trip started the team was informed we would be demolishing the old school, while working on the new one. We arrived on site to find the old building gone, the new foundation trenches mostly dug and a dozen local laborers on site. Canadians were not meant to work in such heat and humidity - all team members found that to be a challenge. We were set on clearing the rubble from the site, digging foundation trenches, and building rebar foundation.

That evening the team attended a youth/young adult church service. One thing about the locals is they like their music, and like it very loud. Second thing, is they sang and danced with passion. Though we could not understand exactly what they were saying, we found unity in the music and could sing along to recognizable hymns and songs.

Sunday was more of a traditional church, packed into a small concrete building ( of course with a large, loud sound system ) in which the pastor was fluent in english. The PK was asked to come introduce ourselves and lead in song. Once again, there was unity found in Christ. As we sang in our mother tounge, the congreation joined in in spanish. The sermon delivered was translated - talking about unity within the church.

Out of church, once again a great meal from the ministry center, a game of baseball formed with the Canadian 'Americanos' taking on the young Dominicans. Batting a ball of taped foam from a small fenced in school yard, roofed with a large tree we would like to think we held our own. We showed them a thing or two, as Derrick made a diving catch and flipped over a bench. We may not be able to handle the heat, but we manage to put on a show.

As the rest of Sunday passes, we are hiding from the sun and relaxing in this beautiful environment.

Keep us in prayers as we continue to connect with the locals and return to work on the school tomorrow.

Comments:

Janet
Nov 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Good Luck Jamie. We are thinking of you

Mom & Dad
Nov 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Thanks for providing this link. It helps keep us in the loop and e can see first hand the work you are doing. We 're keeping you in our prayers. Lots of Love.

Darlene
Nov 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Miss you Abe. I am very proud of you, proud that you are doing the work that God has called you to do. My prayers are with you and the team. Hope you are also getting some down time and taking lots of pictures. Enjoy the weather; I am enjoying the snow here,(LOL).

Love you!

Debbie
Nov 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Hurray! Finally figured out the blog. :o)

Great to see & hear all about your adventures with God.

Way to take one for the(baseball)team. ;o)

Missing you Derrick!

Luv luv luv luv luv!:o)

Tavis
Nov 9, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Great job guys. I wish I could be there with you. Sounds like the work is right up my alley. Enjoy the heat and more importantly the work God has called you to. God bless you all.

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