Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Some of us woke up tired today, but once we arrived at La Vega Christian School and saw the kids waiting for us in their chapel service, our team sprang into action. This time, we sang songs in English and Spanish and performed two of our world-class skits (the choreography is amazing). Afterward, I shared a brief message on the narrow road vs. the wide road and we memorized Matthew 7:21 (Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven). Sorry the video clip is so brief, but the Internet here is too slow to upload big files.
After chapel, it was recess time and our team accepted the challenge to face the Dominicans in basketball and volleyball. Tim Hulse was very proud of the fact that he dunked the ball for the first time.
Our first day on the construction site worked out great, despite torrential rainfall. Our team worked hard building the foundation of an extension on a local church before the rain forced us inside. Many local village children visited us at the site and made the experience a memorable one.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Another great day of ministry in the DR! We woke up early and brought in the day with prayer on the rooftop veranda. The weather has been beautiful: 85 degrees with the occasional cool breeze.
Our schedule today included six different school visits (yes, six!). We received an enthusiastic welcome wherever we went. Ryan Silverstein even addressed the crowds in Spanish! I have heard rave reviews about the food. We definitely have some converts to fresh Dominican rice, beans, and tropical fruit. The coffee is great, too.
All of the kids are healthy and behaving well -- prayer and fasting really does work! Please continue to pray for us. Tomorrow we are looking forward to chapel services in the morning and our first day of construction at the work site in the afternoon.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
At the orphanage we played with the children, sang songs, performed one of our skits, and ate a typical Dominican lunch: rice, beans, and chicken.