Hi everyone! This is Rebecca. Mom's letting do a guest blog post. Last month I had the amazing opportunity to go on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with some girls from my church.
We left Easter morning. Really really early Easter morning. We had a flight to Atlanta and from Atlanta to Dominican Republic.
We got to the hotel in the afternoon. It was right next to the beach.
After lunch (we ate lunch and dinner at the school each day) we split into two groups. Half of the group went to do a scavenger hunt around the city. This was to help us get to knew the country and people better. The rest of our group helped with some cleaning up around the school. By tearing down banana trees....with our bare hands!! It was very impressive
The tree's that were left up we cut the dead leafs off of. You can see below what they looked like before.
There were a lot of tree's and it was very tiring which is why I look so happy in picture below. (Kudos to Heather though for still looking cheerful. That must be why she's a leader.)
Oh in case you're wondering about the lovely accecceries my knee is sporting, that was the result of me racing a little boy earlier that day and tripping and wiping out.
The next morning we headed back to the school and played with the kids some more.
We went to a market the next morning. I don't have any pictures from that unfortaintly but it was very cool. Although the vendors were a little annoying. If you so much as glanced at an item you'd practically signed a contract to buy it. After the market we got to take a tour of the city. Mrs Paula was one of the people who helped start the church here and was big part of our trip there and she took us around the city and pointed out a lot of really neat things. The picture below is of a church.
On our way back to the school we stopped on this outlook and took some picture of the water. So pretty down there!!!
Once we got back to the school the group that had't gone on Monday went on the scavenger hunt. We had to walk around the city holding these eggs and without dropping or breaking the eggs, get pictures with different things. On the way back Mrs. Paula took us to meet an older lady who'd been one of the first people at the new church. She told us about how she'd always prayed for her family and especially her grandson. Well one day her grandson was walking on the street and suddenly turned around and walked back to the church, saying I need to find out more about Jesus. He started going and bringing his friends and now thats where most of the younger generation at church comes from!
The next morning we went to the safe house. This is a place where some of the women they help come and they make jewelry, flip flops and such. They are starting a salon and we painted the room for it.
Then we went back to the school and helped with the classes again. After we finished with the classes we said goodbye to the teachers and kids . This had to be one of the hardest parts of going on a mission trip.
After we left the school we went and had dinner with Mrs. Paula and got to hear the story of how she came here. She's is super awesome by the way!
The next morning we went out to the beach before we left for the airport.
You probably can't tell but the beach had rocks all along the edge that looks like this.
I learned so much on this trip.
God taught me that I needed to trust Him more. About all of the wealth we have here and how grateful we should be. There were so many things on the trip that we were blessed with too and it was really an awesome experience. Thank you to everyone who helped me be able to go and was praying for me while on the trip. I appreciated it so much!!
Now I will leave you with some more pictures that didn't really fit anywhere but I wanted to put in.
We weren't allowed to drink the water from the tap in the hotel and had to pump water from the jug any time we wanted to ingest it. In the picture below the water had stopped working all together while Alyssa was washing her face. But we made do.
The hotel the last night we were there left this.
And this last picture is for all of my FIAR aunties! I thought of y'all as soon as I saw it!
There we go! I hope everyone enjoyed reading about my trip, I'm glad I got a chance to share about it. Now back to your regular programing!