Today was just a day full of laughter. I have made so many wonderful friends, and I really don’t want to go back to America next week. Two girls I got especially close to, Lori and Lauren, and I basically laughed the entire day, whether on the bus, in the SCORE lobby, or in our room. They’re like sisters now, and that just reaffirms my belief that the body and family of Christ can be just as strong, if not stronger than blood relatives.
We went to a village called Quisqueya and visited what I believe is one of the most well-established day care centers in the DR, Emmanuel House. They have such nice facilities, and direct their own child sponsorship program. Since Compassion International is so close to my heart, I really connected with this program as well. In the afternoon we went out into the village and got to see the poorest village in Quisqueya. It was around 3 pm, and we met a family who had 5 kids and they hadn’t eaten a single thing that day. Our hearts broke for this family, and our small group of 8 decided to buy them food. We headed out to the local grocery store which only took pesos. God had provided me with around 1500 pesos from my college minister, Brian Fulton, so we got to use that, plus some money from three others in our group to buy not one, but three families food that would last them probably a month. It was a relief situation, they needed food, and God provided. I hope that one day one of those babies will be able to group up and say that even when there was no hope, Jehovah Jireh was still good and true to provide.
God answered a HUGE prayer and concern of mine today. I was anxious about how to get into a Gospel conversation with a Dominican. I was using the language barrier as an excuse, and really just didn’t apply myself to learn the Gospel in Spanish. However, after Wednesday night, I decided to learn the Evangecube in Spanish and was able to share it with several kids today. Also, we were at the baseball game, and for some reason, I felt like I needed to walk to the side of the dugout to chat with some teenagers standing over there. I met a girl named Joanna who knew English! So we talked for a couple minutes about why we were in the DR, and this man standing nearby who knew English too said, “This is very important. You and I are Christians, but Joanna is not. You need to tell her about Jesus.” Today has been the epitome of “making the most of every opportunity” and God has definitely blessed it.
Oh! One quick note, Dominican cake is no bueno. I didn’t think it was possible for me not to like sweets, but let me tell you, it is.
Also, I saw many examples of people suffering for Christ today. For example, our translator, Augusto, who was sharing at the baseball game, had to yell and strain his voice to translate for the men in our group preaching the Gospel. And then when we were out in the village helping the family out, another translator, Daphna, didn’t want to go back into the village to give them their food, because she was so torn up about the conditions, but she went anyway for the sake of the Gospel. While we were in the village, I taught the kids the Spanish version of our local VBS song, “Fly” where it says “Anything is possible with God”, and they absolutely LOVED it and sang along. “Anything” means anything. Achievements, help, overcoming obstacles, and even suffering is possible with God.