Friday, December 31, 2010
The last month of school before break went well and very quickly. I then went back to Ohio to spend Christmas and New Years with my family. As usual, this time is going by very quickly and I will soon be heading back to the DR. I am looking forward to seeing Petra (she stayed in the DR with a family who remained there for Christmas). There is also much to do in this next semester. I am sure that God will be keeping me full of His work throughout the next 6 months.
I hope 2010 was a good year for you and that you embrace all that God will bring before you in 2011!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
A lot has happened since the last time I updated my blog. I am going to attempt to tell some of it with pictures...
Every time it rains moderately or more, we lose water at our house. The water is turned off by the city to keep the debris from the river from clogging the water filtration system. When the water comes on, depending on how long it was off, our water can often be various colors of yellow or brown with a sometimes nasty smell. This was our water one day- yellow brown and smelling like rotten eggs! No, we do not drink this, but we do pour this into our water filter to drink. We also have to wash our dishes, do laundry, and shower in this water. Yuck!!
Our neighbor had gotten a new little puppy that quickly became a good friend of Petra's. His name was Rocky. While he doesn't look it in the picture, he was much smaller than Petra. Unfortunately, he got out of his front gate and was hit by a car and died. Even though Petra only knew him for about 3 weeks, I think she misses him.
Here in Jarabacoa, the cemetery does not bury people; they have above ground vault tombs that are stacked on top of each other. When a person dies, the family "rents" the tomb for a certain period of time. When that time is over, the dead person is removed or "evicted" and a new dead person is put there. This coffin looks old, like the person died a long time ago. However, they were still evicted from their "final" resting place and their coffin placed in the trash (the body was removed... I think!)
One of the major recent changes in my life here was the purchase of a vehicle- a 1999 Chevy Blazer. This was a gift from God. I had been needing a vehicle in order to do some of the ministry work I have been trying to do, and God provided this for me. What a blessing it is to be able to get to places that I have not been able to get to independently. I am now a part time taxi driver (pro bono) for various missionaries and have also put the vehicle to work in the various ministries I am working in. God is Good!
Packages from home are always a welcome treat, especially when it includes homemade cookies from Mom! Mail comes every other Wednesday for us. It is always a lot of fun to get letters, cards, and packages. As you can see, cookies can travel amazingly well!
Since I now have my car, I have begun working at Centro Especial Genesis. This is the only Special Education school in this area. While it is a special education school, they unfortunately do not have anyone working there who has actually been trained in special ed. I will be working with some of the teachers, helping train them in how to best teach children with special needs. I am also evaluating some of the students so that the teachers can know their strengths and weaknesses and know how best to teach them.
A part of WyldLife is a small group Bible study called Campaigners that meets every 2 weeks to dive deeper into the Bible and learn more about Jesus and how God wants us to live. Rachel, my co-leader and I decided to have a fun get-together with our Campaigners group for dinner and tie dying in preparation for one of our WyldLife Club meetings. The kids had a blast- most of them had never tie dyed before! Even petra had a blast having new people around and amazingly she did not get tie dyed!!
This past week was a milestone in Petra's life. She lost her first baby tooth. Her new tooth is already starting to come in, but here is Petra showing off her new hole where a tooth used to be!
Every now and then, a group of people like to get out of town and head into the city for a little taste of home. This past weekend, a group of 11 of us drove into Santiago to go to T.G.I.Fridays. It was wonderful having a little American food from a real American restaurant. The food titles on the menu were even in English!
After dinner at Friday's, we headed over to the bowling alley for a game of bowling. Bowling is the same here as it is in the States, except for the occasional 3rd turn in a frame that you get when the lane doesn't reset!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Young Life works with high school students and has a division called Wyld Life that works with middle school students. This is the new ministry that I have signed up with.
I will be working with a small team of adults to reach into the lives of the middle school students in Jarabacoa. I am super excited about this ministry and the opportunities that God is going to give me to impact these kids for the Kingdom!
Now, if you are excited about this ministry like I am, you may be wondering how you can help. Well, there are a few ways that God can use you to help with this ministry.
One way you can help is through your prayers. Pray for the middle school students who will be coming to the meetings. Pray for those who are not sure if they should go. Pray for the parents and for their permission to let their children attend. Pray for our leadership team (Tim, Laura, Rachel, Jessica, Natalie, and I) as we prepare all the activities and events for Club meetings and for our contact with the kids outside of the meeting times. Pray against the spiritual warfare that will try to combat the Work that God is doing here with middle schoolers.
Another way you can help is through donations of items that we need for club meetings. Each club meeting (every other Tuesday), will have a different theme. We need items that can go with these themes to help bring the students in and allow them to enjoy themselves while learning about Jesus.
The themes for this first half of the year are:
• Beach Party
• Banana Night
• Movie Night
• 70s Night/ Tie Dye
• Outer Space Night
• Christmas Party
We need items to go with the various themes, including silly hats and costumes, facepaint, and anything else that can be used to create the theme. There are a few items I know for sure that we need:
• Beach Party- Beach balls, leis (enough for 50 kids plus adults), beach accessories, grass skirts
• 70s Night/ Tie Dye- Tie dye materials (actual dye), White t-shirts for middle school students (adult sizes- all sizes, must be new and still in packaging or still have tags on), 70s hairdo wig, disco ball
• Outer Space Night- Facepaint (especially green), Alien costumes- facemasks, hats, gloves, etc.
• Christmas Club- Any type of Christmas items, decorations, candy, etc.
In addition, each week there will be a raffle as door prizes for students. Any donations of small/ medium items that can be used as door prizes are also greatly appreciated, especially if they are related to the theme of the Club.
All donation items can be sent to the following address:
Doulos Discovery School
Unit 3017 - DDSDR
3170 Airmans Drive
Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
I would ask that you could please include $3.00 per pound for shipping from Florida to the Dominican Republic.
I want to thank you in advance for your help with this new and exciting ministry opportunity that God has brought my way. It is such a blessing to be used by God in new ways to reach his children and bring them into a relationship with Jesus.
Friday, September 3, 2010
The house is doing well. We have not had any recent ant attacks. The bait powder seems to have worked. We (my roommates and I) are starting to get settled in and the house is starting to feel like home.
I would love for you to leave me a message or send me an email letting me know how things are going in your area of the world.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Any suggestions on how to completely eliminate these pests would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I began by fumigating the entire area of with Raid. I had to wait for a while for the air to clear before going back in to clean up the mini- carcasses and spraying anyone who survived the nuclear blast.
After cleaning up the little bodies (more like washing them down the drain), and scrubbing the entire bathroom down yet again (I just did that Saturday and Monday), I laid this ant bait powder in the main areas I’ve been seeing them come out or congregating. Now, I wait….. wait to see if they take the bait!
If this doesn’t work, then we will try plan B. What is plan B? I have no idea.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The front of my new house.
We also have a laundry room, which will soon be the home to a washing machine and the refridgerator (no, they didn't leave any space in the kitchen for a fridge!). We also have a small yard in the back and a front porch. It is a nice house in a nice neighborhood- a little noiser than I would have liked, but I will get used to it.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
It was a very full summer, full of work and some fun. Time passed very quickly. I am now back in Jarabacoa and looking forward to an exciting school year!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Every morning, there was an estimation station for the students to make their estimates on specific problems. This day, they were to estimate how many eggs the paper would hold before breaking and sending the eggs on some members of the school administration!
Second graders showing their purple spirit.
The teams are lined up, ready for the competition to begin.
The Math bee, held in the library.
First graders showing their green spirit.
A combination of Kindergarteners and 10th graders cheering for Orange.
Although a little hard to see due to water spots, the end of the week ended in a massive water balloon fight.