Dominican Republic - Work and Witness

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In my prior posts; Dominican Arrival and School, I wrote about the arrival process and defined "Work and Witness". My School post details the experience of working in one of the Dominican schools. Today's post I'll detail the construction work we helped with. 

Unfortunately the above pictures are a representation of what a lot of Dominican homes look like. I captured these pictures as we drove to and from our worksite each day. The seminary campus we worked at looked like a cement-fenced oasis in the midst of these streets...

Above right picture is the building we worked on. In our opinion it would've been best to demolish the entire building and start over, but instead we were asked to knock down interior walls, gut it, and they will take it from there. 

The place was a danger zone. The men were knocking down walls with sledge hammers, pieces of cement and debris were flying everywhere, no hard hats, and it was hard to breath or see inside. Meanwhile kids ran in and out helping move the broken pieces and debris out. Well us women helped with this too, and one spent most of the days helping with the construction. 

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 Lesson learned here; do not wear yellow work gloves :P 

Lesson learned here; do not wear yellow work gloves :P 

The construction project started with shoveling this heap of sand on to the roof of the house, towards the end the ceiling looked like it would collapse. They did this in order to manually mix the cement for the roof, which I think will be a second floor on the building. 

Once the sand was on top of the roof, the same heap of gravel was also shoveled onto the roof. This was intense labor in the Caribbean heat! The woman who decided to help with construction came home with a heat stroke after the first day. Thank God she recovered the next day! 

I attempted shoveling dirt to fill a gap around a pole holding up a side of a wall. As I shoveled I scraped my ankle with the shovel. The scrape was small and didn't hurt, so I didn't worry about. Once I noticed it was bleeding just a little, I went and cleaned it with peroxide and put a band-aid on it. Well people noticed I was cleaning a scratch and asked if I got my Tetanus shot... um no, I didn't, and I have no idea if I ever did!

Long story short about the Tetanus... I hate shots and was refusing to get one in the Dominican. After several discussions about the risks, I got convinced I should get an emergency injection. I was first told that a missionary nurse lives there and she will come to the house and administer the shot. This made me nervous, but they convinced me, so to ease everyone's nerves I agreed. When they called the nurse she advised that at this point I would have to go to ER to get the shot and I would have to buy my own Rx for the injection at a pharmacy. Also this would not be the Tetanus shot, as it is too late for it, and I would have to get a booster shot, which had a long name that I Googled. After researching what the injection is, I learned that it has human plasma in it and I would risk hepatitis C. So I said no way, I'll risk the Tetanus that I do not have lol. 

The next day I decided to stick with painting the gazebo and staying away from the construction. 

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The days we were at the worksite, we started with a devotional, prayer, and some stretches with the Dominicans/Haitians. They took turns praying in Spanish and Haitian, although i don't speak the language, it was so cool to hear and see their passion in prayer. 

 After a long day of working on the site 

After a long day of working on the site 

If you are interested in supporting missions: 

I am so excited about another opportunity to support missionary friends; Eugene and Joy Greco, in Malaga, Spain, this summer. I will be joining a group of volunteers to provide services to the Malaga community in the form of an English language camp, including; ESL classes, sports, crafts, and music.

My goal is to raise $2,500 by May 1st, 2018 to cover airfare, car rental, lodging for 16 nights, and funds to contribute to camp activities and materials.

More than anything, the team would like that you pray for us. We want to make a difference in the Malaga Community, and your prayers matter!

I am also asking for financial support of those who are able to give. No contribution is too big or too small! There is simply no possible way that we could do this without you.

Thank you so much for your prayers and generosity! I look forward to posting pictures and telling you all about the impact your support will have in the Malaga community. To donate visit here

Links to previous posts about this trip to the Dominican Republic: Arrival and School