Monday, October 10, 2011

La Represa 10/2011

La Represa, Dominican Republic. This was my third trip here. Joe and I went last February 2011 for a medical mission trip and also in January 2010 following the Haiti earthquake.
The children here are not orphans. In fact, they are so well loved by their parents and entire community- possibly beyond anything I have experienced in the U.S. Only a decade ago, 30% of children passed away before the age of 10 due to disease and malnourishment. Now, this would be a rarity and I am so thankful that God’s hand has literally come down from heaven upon this community.
Let me show you….

This is where we stayed. It's an old vacation home with sketchy (at best) sewage pipes, running water, electricity, etc...)

Growing everywhere…. Limes, oranges, bananas, coconut, coffee, rice, cacao, okra, grapefruit, avocado, starfruit and yuca.

Roaming everywhere…. chickens, roosters, donkeys and pigs.

… and massive spiders. (shown spread out on an 8x10 sheet of paper for size reference)

Reach, reach in
With the hand that heals all our suffering
Conquer all that is not of You
Bring Your spirit through
As we fill these walls with Your praise... ~ Watermark

Kids Club- Fruits of the Sprit

Jesus, come and walk the halls of this house
Tread this place and turn it inside out
With Your mercy...
Jesus, teach us the prayers that open these doors
Until Your light floods in and illuminates these floors
And let Your truth be on our steps and in these rooms
Jesus invade... ~ Watermark

Thank you Lord for friendships.

The little hand-clapping games I played as a child came in so handy to break through language barriers. Love is a language we all understand.

So is silliness!

These children joyfully cross the river twice each day to come and go from school.

The coolness of the water on your legs against the heat of the bright sun is breathtaking.

Father God, guide these tiny steps to walk in your way! Provide for her every need. May she know You as her Savior!

May they stand strong for You!

Keep their minds sharp and equip them with the ability to learn, work and provide for their families.

Remind them that they have friends in Christ who love them.

Father God, please teach her the value you have given to her life, her body, her innocence. Protect her as she grows up.

Black sand beaches

To my sweet sisters, I will see you again soon!