Dominican Republic – Day 3
Today changed my perspective of how I saw the kids and other people. I read with the kids at the big school and they were intrigued even though I was saying every other word wrong. When we went to play outside it was really hot. All the kids wanted piggy back rides. It made the kids really happy and joyful. I could hear them laughing while they were on my back and they sounded like they were having the best time. I met a few girls that stuck around with me the whole time. One girl, Maria, French braided my hair. It took a lot of time but she stuck around the whole time. It was really sad when we had to leave. I could see the girl that I was with the whole day when we were leaving and I was just waving to her till I couldn’t see her anymore. – Lauren Gomez
At the beginning of the trip I had a sort of grey haze in the back of my head. It seamed to give me a feeling of this is life and it’ll happen for the rest of the time I have on earth. I was a little mad at this feeling because it seamed like something just didn’t fit. Yesterday while I was in the field I had a moment where there were no kids asking for piggy back rides and all my friends were far away and I noticed everything moving and swaying and saw all the kids playing. I realized at that moment that everything there was made by God and anything made by man was actually God working through them. I’m glad I realized this because I can now begin to grow an inner joy for everything that’s going on around me. – John Crandall
Today our puppet team went to the “larger” school. The kids welcomed us the second we got off the bus and they would hug us and say “I love you” with welcoming smiles. From there, we did our Spanish worship songs with the kids. They would dance and shout with us. After the songs, we performed our puppet show called “The Lord’s Army.” We would all shout “Si Señor.” They were so excited that they asked us to do it again. Next, we split up into 4 groups for the 4 classrooms in the school. Us (Miranda and Becca) and Chloe were in one group. We brought them flags to color and books to read. They were especially careful to color inside the lines. After, we had fun giving piggy back rides outside for the kids. They would braid our hair me jump on our backs. It was hard saying our goodbyes.
Back at the Manny Mota Foundation, we played with the kids there. All the girls would get together and do a Sisters Circle. We painted nails and made bracelets. It was so much fun. Even if we didn’t paint the nails perfectly, they didn’t care; they loved it.
When we got back to our hotel, it started to rain. Gradually, it got stronger until we had to run inside to do our group devotion. All of us can’t wait to spend time with more of the kids tomorrow! -Miranda and Becca