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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Days 5, 6 and 7 0 comments

Our Team:

 

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Day 4 0 comments

 Day 4:

 

Today was a very eye-opening experience for all of us! Franklin picked us up at 8:30 this morning and drove us over to Pastor Santos church (who is also the principal of Belen, the school where we work.) We were told we had plenty of time to get to church but by the time we got there, church was in full swing. We were welcomed by a chorus of voices being lifted in praise to God. After listening to more beautiful singing in Spanish, we were invited to the front of the church where we sang a song in half Spanish and half English. We shared some more English songs with them before taking our seats once again. Franklin took his place at the front beside the Pastor and began to shine in his translating abilities. Pastor Santos spoke on 1 Corinithians 13 and our need to serve with love at all times or it will be meaningless. He connected this to our willingness to come and serve the local people with love. After lunch, we visited Franklins house and met his adorable 7-month old son and 3 (turning 4) year old daughter, as well as his wife. We were immensiy impacted and encouraged by their abundant compassion and hospitable hearts. The love of Christ was clearly shown in the lives of Franklin's family and the local Christians. After our visit, we were driven back to our camp where we hopped in the pool and enjoyed some relaxing time. Supper was served at 6:30 and social hour followed. Devotions became a long affair after dicussing the day and the impact that it had on our lives. 

 

-Brooklyn, Maaike & Kelvin

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Day 3 0 comments

Day 3 :) 

 

This morning, the boys destroyed every stereotype when they weren't even awake when the girls were already at breakfast. After they were swiftly woken up, we all piled into the van. We returned to Belen Christian Reformed School and finished up some demolition, cleaned up, and started mixing cement. Soon, the work on laying bricks began. (Side note: if you ever need bricks laid, call Elijah. Guy's a natural.) The rest of the work day was spent cleaning classrooms that had just recently received doors (for the first time ever, thanks to the many generous donations to the Providence Team!) and continuing with the brick laying. During the evening, we met our new driver/translator, Franklin. We headed out to a nearby mall and had pizza for supper. All in all, it was another productive day! 

-Brooklyn & Maaike

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Days 1 & 2 0 comments

Bienvenidos! 

(Note: Due to intermittent wifi connectivity, updates may be inconsistent.)

 

Day 1 :)

At approximately 2:30 am, our group of 11 students and 2 adults excitedly hopped out of their beds, threw some last things into their suitcases, and skiddadled to London. After praying together, we piled into the Anje-mobile and the Zekveld's trusty pick-up and departed for Buffalo, New York. Upon our arrival in New York, we were all disappointed to see that our flight was delayed an hour and a half. However, this did not dampen our adventurous spirits and we landed in Santo Domingo at 7 pm. A smiling Mario Matos was there to greet us and loaded us up into a van that brought us to Camp Bueos Nueves where we are staying for the week. Maria and company had some delicious supper waiting for us. Of course, we were not just going to go to sleep right away so after devotions we hopped into the pool for a quick dip. Shortly after the camp turned to silence as us weary travelers fell into a deep and restful sleep.

 

Day 2 :)

At 6:30 sharp the alarms buzzed and we all stumbled out of our beds and followed the smell of deliciousness to our breakfast. Mario once again graced us with his presence and introduced us to our driver and translator for the week, Victor. We piled into the van and braced ourselves for some Dominican driving. Before the excitement began, Victor sat us down and was determined to learn our names. To our great surprise, he remembered them all day and even gave us some nicknames (Ex: Jordan is officially Michael Jordan). He also made us feel very safe and we arrived at Belen Reformed Christian School. We were greeted by some very adorable and enthusiastic kids they even sang us some songs! Shortly after, we set to work clearing out two rooms that will split into a computer lab, library, office space, and a classroom. Then the fun began. Sledge hammers were flying, plaster was everywhere, cement was cracking, and the project was underway. The rest of the day was spent creating new doorways, cleaning up plaster and cement, meeting the students and teachers, and preparing for the construction of a new wall. By the time 3:30 rolled around, we headed back to the van, stinking of hard work, sweat. After a refreshing swim, supper was served and devotions were done. Overall, t'was a productive and eye-opening day.

~Brooklyn & Maaike

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