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Back in the Building!

In the midst of a snowstorm starting, LA traffic, and pure exhaustion; we made it home from the DR, safe and sound. We left Jarabocoa, around two in the morning on Saturday and had a full day of travel. We made it back to Joshua around one in the morning the next day. We were all very tired but happy to be home. A lot us of spent Sunday asleep and only were awake to

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Last Day in the DR

Friends and family; the last day has come. For a lot of people, it’s a bitter sweet day where we now have to say goodbye to the people that we’ve been building relationships with for the past two weeks. A lot of people are pretty excited to go back to the States, although just about everyone would say that they’ll miss the amazing people and the laid back culture here. I definitely could get used

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Pink Fabric Paint

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 I want to share with all of you something that happened yesterday that made me think of this verse. Long story short, two women from the social work site in El Callejon, both expecting a baby girl very soon, had commissioned me with the task of painting cute signs with the babies’ names on them. So I spent two afternoons

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Leading Back to Christ

Hey everyone! This is Kenzie, I have been working at Mata Gorda these past two weeks. It has been quite the eye opener. I am working with 3-4 year olds. The culture these kids are growing up in is so rich in relationships. They are community and family based. Their doors are always open. Someone can just walk right in, talk and have coffee. The thing that I see quite often at my site is

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El Callejon

A day in the life of a student at Education El Callejon. Every day has a similar layout for the students starting with some worship songs whether it be Abre mis ojos O Christo (Open the eyes of my heart Lord) or a song that the wonderful Grace Euerle sings which changes day to day. Then we go and do a bible story. Next, we have an activity with the kids that is usually meant

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Poverty Simulation

Vicki here! It’s been quite the adventure here in Jarabacoa this past week. We’ve all gotten really close to the people at our sites and love spending time with them. I’ve been working at the Women’s Social work site. Every day, we spend time with the women in the little town of Jarabacoa. They range from 5-10 year olds to women in their 50s or 60s. A highlight of today was getting to play with

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Day of Rest

Hey all! Jessy here 🙂 So today was our day of rest and it was such a blessing. We started our day at the hour of 9am–practically the afternoon–with a breakfast of eggs, toast, and fruit. Has anyone mentioned the fruit so far? It is SO good. It’s sweet and juicy and ripe ALL the time. It’s almost like we’re in a tropical location 🙂 At breakfast we got our church assignments and half of

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White Water Rafting!

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Before I begin, hi mom this is Leyla. So time in the Dominican has been so amazing so far! I’m speaking for myself, but I’m having a great time in my site. Today we went white water rafting in the rivers of Jarabacoa. It was honestly so fun and the guides were really helpful! (We were safe, for all of you parents wondering) it was a nice experience for all

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Investing in People

Since being in the Dominican Republic and acclimating to the time change it has been an AMAZING time! My team is Appropriate Technology. We are building affordable water filters made with natural resources and installing it into people’s homes while loving on them and sharing the gospel. Going into it I thought my site was going to be more focused on blood sweat and tears of making the filters and less of the in home

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Dinner in the Community

Hey guys, Tiffany here coming to you guys from one of the many hammocks on base. I am in the community healthcare site and work with Dr. Fernando Gonzalez and Katie Wulf, RN. Today, we held a clinic at Mata Platano, a small community on the side of the mountain. This community is made of mostly just one family. The location of the clinic is underneath a pair of mango trees on a bench on

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