Friday, 12 gallons of paint, a basketball & 8 machetes

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.

The Makarios children & staff.

The Makarios children & staff.

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.

Group picture in Pancho Mateo before our day of painting.

Group picture in Pancho Mateo before our day of painting.

ALL the kids loved Chad and wanted to be around him every moment.

ALL the kids loved Chad and wanted to be around him every moment.

You can see the girls playing with the children on the court ... while Chad is a human ladder for Cakito in the distance.

You can see the girls playing with the children on the court … while Chad is a human ladder for Cakito in the distance.

The kids both young and old wanted to help in every way and painted alongside the team members.

The kids both young and old wanted to help in every way and painted alongside the team members.

A lot of work going on & a lot being accomplished.

A lot of work going on & a lot being accomplished.

On our drive back to the Mak House, we drove by the river. It was interesting to see men in the water catching fish in the river.

On our drive back to the Mak House, we drove by the river. It was interesting to see men in the water catching fish in the river.

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.

During the community outreach, we played the knock-out game on the newly painted basketball court and everybody played. It was a great time.

During the community outreach, we played the knock-out game on the newly painted basketball court and everybody played. It was a great time.

The team sang How Great is our God in Spanish, we were a hit.

The team sang How Great is our God in Spanish, we were a hit.

Carissa, Cassie and Steve had the opportunity to share their testimony to those that came to the community outreach.

Carissa, Cassie and Steve had the opportunity to share their testimony to those that came to the community outreach.

We had to take another group picture in front of the newly painted Pancho Mateo wall with many of the children that helped throughout the day.

We had to take another group picture in front of the newly painted Pancho Mateo wall with many of the children that helped throughout the day.

Cakito had been wanting and planning this project for more than a year. He was so happy to see the project happen.

Cakito had been wanting and planning this project for more than a year. He was so happy to see the project happen.

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

Darren, Jenna, Audry and Becky.

Darren, Jenna, Audry and Becky.

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.

The machete gang with Miguel. No safety concerns tonight.

The machete gang with Miguel. No safety concerns tonight.

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.

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