Thursday was a full day. In the morning we spent time with the children at Makarios during all the recess times. We had lunch again at lunch at El Riconsito Anyuli and in the afternoon we went to Pancho Mateo, a village where many of the Makarios children live.
In this blog I asked any of the team members to share a highlight from today …
Heather – “Spending time at the school is the most exhausting but the most FUN part of this trip. Makarios is big and yellow and happy and full of kids who just want to be loved. They run up to you, just asking to be up on your shoulders. They don’t know us, we don’t know them, but that doesn’t seem to matter. The kids are incredible and you can’t leave them without a smile!”
Lexi – “Yesterday I met a little girl in Chichigua named Elisabel. We spent an hour playing and laughing in the dirt, loving our time together. Seeing her home and her lifestyle, my heart was so burdened for her and for her future. Today I got to see Elisabel again, this time at Makarios, and I got a glimpse of her future. She is happy and thriving. She is learning and being loved. Every day her teachers are pouring into her life. I was so encouraged by how God is blessing Elisabel and raising her up to be a leader in her community. Elisabel’s story reminded me that God’s plans for us are perfect, and his love for us cannot be limited by earthly obstacles.”
Jesse – “The children here remind me so incredibly much of the kids I work with in Inner City Springfield. They just want to be loved, known, and cared for. This whole trip is helping me understand that we are all truly one in Christ. We are all people made by God in His image — being cross-culture helps me see that in a way I couldn’t before. Blessings & peace & love.”
Chad – “I really did not know what to expect in coming on this missions trip. What I definitely was not ready to accept was the sheer amount of joy that we have encountered. These precious kiddos speak no English and I speak very little Spanish, but the language barrier has yet to have an effect on interacting with these little bundles of happiness, who never seem to want to stop loving on us. I came on this trip thinking I might “make a change in the Dominican,” when in reality I am learning so much more from these people than I could have ever imagined.”
Cassie- “Today we got to spend time and energy pouring into the students. I spent some time talking to two of the older missionary kids. I got to see bits of their hearts and show them pieces of mine. Being an MK is not the easiest thing but they have an amazing attitude about it all and a spirit of adventure. They have blessed me more then they could know.”
Charlotte – “Today was numero tres in the Dominican (thats day three, for you non-Spanish speakers)- AND IT WAS BY FAR MY FAVORITE. We were at the school all morning and the joy and playfulness of the kids was contagious. The most impactful conversation however came from a young teacher at Makarios. The passion i saw in her was so evident and she challenged me with her willingness to help in all circumstances. She was basically the bomb.”
Friday we will be spending the whole day in Pancho Mateo, we are excited to be spending time with the children in the village and participating in a work project. Please pray for our continued safety in the DR.