OK, I’m going to try to speed things up here, as I’m really behind in blogging about the mission trip!!
Clinics: On two different days, we (the guys) did basketball clinics for kids in different parts of Santo Domingo. The 1st place was called “Guachupita”. Let me just tell you that is NOT my favorite place in the Dominican Republic. A few years ago, we had a high school girls basketball team playing a game in Guachupita when all of a sudden we heard gunshots not too far away, everyone was running like crazy, I had to grab my 3 young kiddos and head to the bus to get the heck out of there… There were areas of the city that were having riots protesting the blackouts that were lasting for 48 hours or more! Needless to say, I was less than excited to return to Guachupita, but I gave myself a “do it for Jesus” pep talk and there we were! There were probably 200-300 kids ready to learn some basketball basics. We ran four stations; passing, defense, shooting and layups. The kids loved it! Some were already pretty proficient at these skills and some were brand new to playing basketball. When the clinic was over, all those kids sat and listened very attentively as the gospel of Jesus Christ was shared. Don’t have numbers or results for this event, although the Lord knows and I believe MANY children changed their eternal destination that day!
Shawn, Gio, Lauren and Kevin teaching DEFENSE!!
Hearing the GOOD NEWS!!!
Orphanage: There is an orphanage in La Romana, about an hour east of Juan Dolio, that houses about 85 girls. When we lived in the D.R. we visited this orphanage at least twice a week as every group wanted to visit and minister in the orphanage. I love these girls. They are VERY special to me! There are two that are so dear to my heart. I walked in to the orphanage and there they were. The first few minutes were filled with belly gut-laughing and rolling tears of joy! It was so awesome to see them! It was great to hang out for a few hours, play games, talk, see their new facilities which include a school and a church that will soon be functional. The guys from the team all loved their time at the orphanage as well, pushing kids on the swings, dancing, doing the O-H-I-O pose. Of course the time went by too fast but it will NOT be almost three years before I go back there!!!
AltaGracia (Tata), Me and Rosalene (Linda) I love those girlies!!
Jerry coloring with his new friend!
I cannot believe they tortured the girls by making them do the O-H-I-O, but it was pretty darn cute!!!.