Visiting With Friends

Hey Everyone,

Sorry I haven’t been posting in a while. I have so many excuses that I’ll just have to lump them all into one and say that I’ve been SO busy. πŸ™‚ One of the reasons that I’ve been busy is that weΒ  had our missionary friends over to visit after not seeing them for about 5 years. We had a blast seeing them all again. Here’s a snapshot of the week that they were here. Enjoy πŸ™‚

Thanks for visiting us guys! We’ll miss you. πŸ™‚

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There And Back Again:A Dominican Mission Trip-Days 5,6,7 and 8

Wow! This post took a LONG time. Sorry for all the delay.

For this post, I’m trying a new method for putting the pictures up. If you are have trouble viewing anything, please LET ME KNOW in the comments.

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We went to a village in the middle of the sugar cane fields this time. It was very HOT!

We pretty much had the same schedule as the last two days.

I walked over to VBS for a little bit later in the day.

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Here’s Billy L. playing his sax during a game.

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This little girl was soooooo cute. She refused to zip up her dress. πŸ˜€

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Maggie with a cute little baby. The poor thing was suffering from malnutrition.

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Katie L. She was in medical all week. πŸ™‚

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We had some helpers. πŸ™‚

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Later that evening, we had a rather impromptu “Hidden Talent” night. (so sorry about the bad angle. Best I could get. πŸ™‚ ) We all had a blast. πŸ™‚

The next morning during devotions, we were all reminded of the Promise.

This village was the prettiest village we went to the whole week.

The positive 18’s came up again. πŸ˜›

Before we left, a few of us climbed up to the top of a near-by mountain. The view was BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

Later that night we went to a really nice church which was in the middle of nowhere.

We sang there too.

Em and my Dad also played.

The next day was Friday-the last full day we had. Taking a small group with us, we went to a village ten minutes drive away. When we got there, we stopped at a school.

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There were only pre-schoolers there at the time so after visiting for a while, we decided to roam around the village.

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Told by the adults to walk around the village and find some kids to talk to, we began randomly walking around.

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I found some laundry. I have a thing forΒ  pictures of laundry. πŸ˜€

Where is a good place to find a bunch of kids? At a school.

To make a very long story short, we got kicked out. Literally. πŸ˜€

Next we went to a Haitian village. The living conditions were terrible there.

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Later in the after noon, a few of us decided to climb a huge mountain that we could see from the MGM camp.

The Explorers. πŸ˜›

The burs were soooooooo bad down there. They stick to your leg and when you pull them off they cut you. Ouch! I still have little scars on my leg from that climb.

Later after recovering a little from the big climb, me and Phoebe C. got our hair braided.(I don’t have any good pics of the finished product. Sorry)

That night we said goodbye to half the team since they were leaving at four in the morning.

The next morning we all packed up and waited around for our bus to come pick us up at around 11AM. While we were waiting, the shoe-shine boys at the gate found a tarantella. My dad, being my dad, had to go and handle it.

Then it was time to load and go to the airport and spend an hour and a half checking in. Blah.

So that was the basic story of our trip. I hope you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

Christa L. put up some more really nice pics of the DR. If you’d like to see them, Click Here.

There And Back Again-A Dominican Mission Trip: Days 3 And 4

Day 3, Monday, Jan. 25

After breakfast we got ready to go to our first village of the week. After grabbing hats filling water bottles and splathering sun screen over ourselves, we ran to the door to hop on the cattle trucks, buses, and other methods of transportation.

Waiting to load.

(Christa L.)

Somehow Me, Emily, and my Dad ended up in a red pickup. My Dad inside and Me and Em in the back with a few other people. It was a long drive. About an hour.

Driving through the town of Hato Mayor. In the DR, there are no driving rules. It made for a pretty exciting drive.

There were also thousands of motorcycles.

The scenery was gorgeous.

(Jonathan H.)

We were a little bored. πŸ™‚

When we pulled in there were tons of children running to great us. After we unloaded, the whole group all joined hands to pray before we started.

It was a huge circle.

Some of the village kids joined us.

As soon as we had prayed, we immediately began to set up in the village school. Medical set up in the village church which was across the road.

Plastic lenses used to determine what prescription a patent needed.

The glasses supply boxes.

(Christa L.) Positive 18 glasses.

The waiting line. πŸ™‚

My Dad learned how to shave down lenses to fit into other frames.

Emily was a pointer among many other things.

It was some time around 3:00 PM when we packed up, hopped in the trucks, and waved good-bye to the kids. When we got back to the camp, we all scurried to get ready for church. We left as soon as dinner was over.

The next day, the optical team went back to the village we were at the day before. Here are a couple of pictures from both days we were there.

A typical mother. πŸ™‚

Another way of testing eyes.

Ruthie C. painting.

Praying with one of the patents.

One of many cute girls.

Some of the houses.

The village from the top of a nearby hill.

Pop and his buddies.

Then I walked around the corner and his friends were all over me.

They soon decided I was boring so they made a unanimous decision and left me for more interesting company. πŸ™‚

To be continued……..

If you want to see other pics from the DR go to Christa L. blog. (Click Here)

There and Back Again-A Dominican Mission Trip:Days One And Two

Whew. After a week of sorting through pictures, I finally have a post! Due to the fact that I have soooooooo many pics, I’m going to split up the posts over a couple of days.

Day 1, Saturday Jan. 23

Not too much to say about this day. A lot of travel. Not much else.

4:00 Am at the airport.

Sunrise from the plane.

After landing in Santo Domingo, we got on large bus that would take us to the MGM camp. We were very hot. When we landed it was 84 degrees and humid.

We were very tired by the time we got to the camp. I don’t really remember much except eating dinner, practicing for worship(our church group lead worship every morning), and falling instantly asleep on a foam mattress around 8:00 PM.

Day 2, Sunday Jan. 24

The next morning we were up by 6:30 Am and trying not to fall asleep during our private devotions.Β  Devotions with Jim McDonald started around 7:30 ish. Normally devotions started at 6:45, but since the other half of the DR team didn’t arrive till 8:00 AM, everything was postponed a hour.

This is the “Upper Room” where we would meet every morning to start worship and devotions.

Later after we all had eaten, we went to a local church.

(Lizzy C.) The one and only pic from this church service that wasn’t blurry.

During the afternoon, we met the kids from the nearby village. They bring bracelets that they sell.

The girls braid hair for around 10$ and the boys will clean your shoes for 2$. Some times you could pay them with candy. πŸ™‚

(Lizzy C. getting her hair braided)

Also, we got a crash course on how to work in the optical department.

(a bunch of the optical team on the back porch)

(explaining the different prescription glasses)

In the evening we went to another local church. There was this adorable little girl sitting in front of us.

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And we went back to camp and fell into bed exhausted.

To Be Continued……..

Here is the Meeting God In Missions site for any who want to see it. ( Click Here )

Update

Hey everyone. I know you’re all anxious to see all of the DR pics that I took. Well it will be a few more days before I have them up (due to the fact that I have over 1,000 pics to go through) so here is a pic to (hopefully) tie you over till then.

Ok fine. That was two. πŸ™‚

More by the end of the week. (If you want to see these pics bigger, just click on them)