Monday, June 13, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home
After a month of being away from the DR, I have never been happier to be in this place.  The last month of my life was spent studying Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala.  While I learned a lot and enjoyed my time there, I am so happy to finally be back in the DR.  There are so many exciting things going on right now and God is truly using the people He has placed here to change this country.  I am reminded every day of what a blessing it is to be a part of this work and part of the plans God has set into motion.  My heart feels so full and I am so grateful to be here.
Here are just a few of the things that have reminded me of what a blessing it is to be here:
  1. The future students of Manna Christian School.  They are all really involved with our groups this summer and I have been so impressed by each one of them.  These kids love God and love one another and I am so excited to see how they grow once the school starts.
  2. The interns.  Our interns this summer are incredible!  It’s like they’ve been living here their whole lives and they are so in tune to what’s going on here.  They are such a friendly, capable, spiritually-minded group of people, and I know they are going to continue being a blessing to us this summer.
  3. The groups.  I love summer groups and I am so excited that I get to be a part of them and help with them this summer.  Our first two groups have been phenomenal and I know God has big plans in store for the rest of our groups as well.
  4. The team.  I have said this before, but I think I know and get to work with some of the best people in the world.  It’s rare that you find so many people you can work with and have fun with on a daily basis.  While we have our difficult times and things aren’t always perfect, at the end of the day I can honestly say I love every single person I get to work with and wouldn’t change it for anything.
God is in the middle of what we have going on here in the DR, and I am so grateful to be back and to be a part of it all.  Please keep all of us in your prayers as the summer is always a busy time.  I love each and every one of you!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Adios Antigua

My time in Antigua has finally come to an end.  Today was my last day of classes and tomorrow I leave to fly to Miami.  I have a one night layover in Miami and then fly to the Dominican Republic on Friday.  I am so excited to be back in the DR, and I can not wait to see the team and all of my sweet Dominican babies.
Language School at La UniĆ³n really was a great experience.  While I was definitely homesick for the DR, I feel like I learned so much while I was here.  My teacher, Gloria, was absolutely incredible.  She was extremely patient with me and always came up with fun activities for us to do to help me learn.  I am still a little slow at figuring out what I need to say and when I need to use certain things, but hopefully with much more practice in the DR, I’ll be speaking like a Dominican in no time.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers this past month while I’ve been away from the place and the people I feel so called to.  Your prayers are what have helped me make it and learn so much Spanish!  Please continue to pray for me as I travel back to the DR and pray that once I arrive, I will be bold and continue to practice the Spanish that I learned and learn even more!  Also, our summer groups started with the first group arriving in the DR yesterday from Clear Creek Church of Christ in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Pray for this group and all of our groups as they give up a week of their summers to serve the Lord.  Love and miss you all!