Dominican Republic 1: Update 5
Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
This week has been an amazing experience as we have learned so much about this culture and the people here. These past five days have been nothing short of an eye-opening and life-changing experience as we worked in Cotui alongside the locals in that area. This was amazing because before we arrived they had not helped with anything. We got to experience church service and worship at its finest even though we may or may not have understood it in their language (thank goodness for translators). As the week progressed we listened to different testimonies and what's been going on in their lives and how they were called to the great mission of God.
Today was another amazing experience as we made much more progress on our project. This progress includes practically finishing the digging for the foundation and creating the outline molds from rebar to pour cement. Today in the village we also had VBS which was an incredible experience to watch the kids sing and dance and eat their snacks and listen to our students tell the story of the city of Jericho. Overall we have been so blessed with what has been provided to us and we hope to bless others through our actions and words as we continue on throughout the week.
Here's a testimony from one of the students:
“Today as I was playing with the kids in the village and talking to them, one in particular stood out – Jose. Over the course of the week I have grown closer to him and talked to him but when we arrived there was such a sense of joy on his face. Jose is about 12 years old and is an amazing kid. As we were talking, he turned to me and said, ‘Tu me puedes llevar por estados unidos por favor?’ Translated, he asked if I could take him back to the United States. And in that moment, I had no idea how to respond and was so brokenhearted by the question. Through that interaction, God showed me that amidst the brokenness and poverty, there is still hope. Even in uncertainty and the best way to deal with uncertainty and broken-heartedness is to pray. I'd like to close with this verse. Psalm 34:17-18: ”The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit."”