Saturday – A mountain top experience, a surprise birthday & Roof Time

Saturday was full of adventure and team bonding.

We started our day early in the morning with a long drive to the middle of no where and ended at Spirt Mountain Organic Coffee Farm. The drive took us to Jarabacoa and then up a mountain to the coffee farm, nearly a four hour drive from Puerto Plata.

We were given a tour of the coffee farm, we learned about the process of growing a coffee plant, harvesting the fruit and then processing the bean. The day was fascinating.

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One of several building on the mountain where the coffee is processed.

One of several building on the mountain where the coffee is processed.

David is the farm manager at Spirit Mountain coffee farm.

David is the farm manager at Spirit Mountain coffee farm.

Through English translation, David explained how he would grow a variety of coffee plants in the nursery and then would later replant them on the mountainside.

Through English translation, David explained how he would grow a variety of coffee plants in the nursery and then would later replant them on the mountainside.

A bag of fruit (cherry or berry) of the coffee plant.

A bag of fruit (cherry or berry) of the coffee plant.

David holds seeds (beans) from the fruit of the plant.

David holds seeds (beans) from the fruit of the plant.

David had his dog by his side during the whole tour.

David had his dog by his side during the whole tour.

It was evident that David was a very talented & experienced coffee farmer.

It was evident that David was a very talented & experienced coffee farmer.

We had a home cooked meal at the farm and then quickly left the mountain with a storm approaching. There was a concern with the amount of rain and water coming off the mountain, possibly making for the drive off the mountain difficult. The drive ended well and we arrived safely back at the Mak House just in time for dinner.

After dinner, we surprised a young girl of a missionary family and celebrated her 9th birthday with singing happy birthday and giving her a birthday cake. She was so surprised and excited that we would do that for her. Before the family left, we took time to pray for the missionary couple and children.

Saturday was our last day in the Dominican Republic. Doug & Margaret our host couple were so kind and carrying for the team this week. We shared with them thanking them for such a great time in the DR and took the opportunity to pray for them as a team.

Back at the Mak House, we took time to say good bye to our hosts Doug & Margaret. We prayed for them and their ministry at Makarios.

Back at the Mak House, we took time to say good bye to our hosts Doug & Margaret. We prayed for them and their ministry at Makarios.

The team ended the night with Roof Time, something we would do every evening this week to close out the day. Brian asked everyone to share a take away, a blessing and an encouragement. It was a fun time by all.

Sunday morning we will get up, have breakfast, go to Church, return to the Mak House one last time to eat a quick lunch, get our luggage and drive to the airport to fly HOME! Pray for our morning with many new Dominican friends (saying goodbye will be hard) and our safe travels back to the States.

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