Friday was a great day!
In the morning I went to Makarios and took pictures of all the buildings for the school. While I was there I took a group picture of all the students and staff. It was a fun time.
Yesterday we took part in a short work project in the village of Pancho Mateo. Today we went back to Pancho Mateo and we spent most of the day painting the walls of the basketball court and spending time with the children. The opportunity was so unique, as we (believers in Christ) were able to come alongside one another to work for something bigger than ourselves. The sun was hot with very little shade but the afternoon passed quickly as we attempted to multitask, painting with multiple children climbing on and playing with the students.
We returned to the Mak House later in the afternoon and had a well needed rest & cleaned up before returning back to the village of Pancho Mateo in the early evening. While the day was physically exhausting, we were so blessed to see a small outcome of our work project that evening. Because of the newly painted basketball court, Cakito the Makarios chaplain planned one of his frequent community outreaches. Seeing the village come alive because of the project we spent so many hours on, made every soaked piece of clothing worth it. The students made memories that will last a life time, and the goodbyes were hard to say.
Darren & Becky Young and their 2 girls are a missionary family who work at Makarios and graduated from Cedarville back in the 90’s. They had dinner with us back at the Mak House and shared their story of how they are in the DR. They have a great story! Their passion and willingness to spread the gospel across the world was an encouragement to the students.
“In all the day was very sunny and very happy and mostly just rewarding! Community is so evident here and it becomes more obvious with everyday we end together, drinking coffee and laughing at the day’s events-especially our failed attempts at speaking Spanish.” Charlotte
At the Mak House, there are 2 men (Miguel & Josue) that rotate each evening and watch the grounds during the night. The crazy thing is that they walk around with a machete. While we were out at lunch today many of the team members wanted to buy a machete. The students & Brian wanted to get a picture with Miguel.
We are so excited for tomorrow when we get to drive through the country to see the coffee farm that helps support the ministry of Makarios we have grown to love so much.