Thursday, March 28, 2013
Saturday, Our very last day, we got up earlier than ever so we could catch our flight home. It was hard leaving all the people we had come to love there in the D.R. and then at the airport when some of our team went home to other states. But I was blessed to be with them for as long as was! I loved every single person on that team and I'm glad that we will all be together again someday!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
On the last full day of being in the Dominican we went to Catalina Island. First we drove about 45 minutes to an inlet where we boarded a small boat. On this boat we chugged along at a very snail-like pace, seeing the island as soon as we got out of the inlet. It was a beautiful day with white fluffy clouds against a deep blue sky above and the clear blue water below. We had about two hours to enjoy this before we neared the island. : )
|Can you see the island on the horizon?|
|Denice and I.|
Around 3:00 we loaded back onto the small boat that took us to the larger boat and headed home on very rough waters! It was funny because when we reached the inlet the boat just died on us. The workers were running around trying to figure out what was wrong and we were sitting there wondering if we'd drift back out to sea! Thankfully they got the motor started again and we were parked and headed back to the compound before we knew it!
|Crowded on the smaller boat.|
I also learned that I don't have to be on a missions trip to be a missionary. I can do that right here where I am. Not that I don't want to go back to the D.R.! I hope to go back next year. I want to go back right now! ; ) But I don't want to stop spreading the gospel while I'm in the States just because it's not considered a missions trip.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sun comes up and the sun goes down.
The hands on the clock keep goin' around.
I just get up an' it's time to lay down.
Life gets teejus, don't it?
My shoe's untied but I don't really care.
I ain't a-figurin' on goin' nowhere.
I'd have to wash an' comb my hair.
That's just wasted effort.
Water in the well's gettin' lower an' lower.
Can't take a bath for six months or more
But I've heard it said, and it's true I'm sure,
That too much bathin'll weaken' you.
I open the door an' the flies swarm in.
I shut the door an' I'm sweatin' again.
I move too fast an' I crack my shin.
Just one durn thing after t'other.
My old brown mule, he must be sick.
I jabbed him in the rump with a pin on a stick.
He humped his back, but he wouldn't kick.
There's somethin' cockeyed somewhere.
There's a mouse a-chawin' on the pantry door.
He's been at it for at least a month or more.
When he gets through there he's sure goin' to be sore.
[Chuckles] There ain't a durn thing in there.
Hound dog howlin', he's so folorn.
Laziest dog that ever was born.
He's howlin' 'cause he's a-sittin' on a thorn —
Just too tired to move over.
Tin roof leaks an' the chimney leans.
There's a hole in the seat of my ol' blue jeans.
An' I've et the last of them pork an' beans.
Jus' can't depend on nuthin'.
Cow's gone dry an' the hens won't lay.
Fish quit bitin' last Saturday.
Troubles pile up, day by day —
Now I'm gettin' dandruff.
Grief an' misery, pains an' woes.
Debts an' taxes, an' so it goes.
And I think I'm gettin' a cold in the nose …
A-choo! Ah, life gets tasteless, don't it?
Thursday was a half medical day and I was sick that morning so I didn't get any pictures. I do know that both the pastor and his wife were dying of cancer. The nurses said it was the worst they'd ever seen and that in the states it would have never gotten so bad as that.
That afternoon I was able to go to the old Lilly House with everyone and paint for them. Actually I didn't paint at all. I helped watch the kids so everyone else could paint with no disruptions. ; )
They were a wild bunch of kids!
This little boy was getting so sandy! He was really cute!
The view of the other side...
Well, thus ended the medical days!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wednesday, our third medical day, we piled into the buses, loaded the truck, and drove 1 1/2 hours to the Santo Domingo dump. Here we saw the worse medical issues any of us had ever seen! And you won't be seeing it because I couldn't stomach it long enough to take a picture and I didn't want that visual reminder either. Maybe I should have taken a picture of it all. I don't know.
The poverty level was worse than I'd ever seen as well.
|Krista, Sherry, Brenda, and Catherine.|
|Racheld (walking in the background), |
Mignelis, Brooke, Sherry, and Dr. Bob.
|Donnalyn, Audrey, and a translator.|
|Stephen and Felix.|
|Kika being silly.|
|We treated that guys bandaged leg. His was one of the worst.|
|Our group picture....|
|Angela, Cliff, and Savanna.|
|Mignelis, Brooke, and Felipa, the oreo.|
They were laughing at how white we were.