Pancakes were on the menu this morning - a little break from the ham and eggs. Once we were well fed, we headed out for several school visits. It was great to see a few other schools in addition to the one we've been working on this past week.
The first school was Pena de Horeb. This school was in a very poor community. There was another EduDeo HANDS team working here as they are adding a number of new classrooms. We were greeted by the Principal, Alejandrina. She is an amazing women and is doing a fantastic job leading this school. It serves as so much more than a school with feeding programs, medical assistance and so much more for the community.
We then visited Jericho Christian school in another poor community. This school recently had an addition built as well - an entire second floor was built in partnership with EduDeo Ministries. It was so encouraging to see the smiling kids in the classrooms.
We then made a quick stop at the ministry centre to view the partner offices, stopped by the market to purchase gifts for loved ones, and then went to the beach. It was an action packed several hours.
We were then hosted for dinner at Mario and Yolanda Matos' house. Mario is the Director of the partner organziation. They shared stories about their upbringing and we enjoyed a debrief together. We were then presented with a thank-you gift, consisting of Dominican coffee and a t-shirt with our team picture on it. It was a very special, thoughtful gift.
Having our debrief and devotions in the van, we arrived back close to 10pm. We enjoyed a time of sharing thanks and encouragement with one another. Each girl read aloud a thank-you card to their week-long partner. We then played charades, acting out the highlights from the past week, having other team members guessing at what was being acted. We then concluded with a time of prayer, with each participant contributing.
Oh, and then we played mafia. For one last eveing.
Good night. Tomorrow we head home. Changed. By this amazing experience.
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