Today, the Dominican team got into more of the work we wanted to accomplish coming down here.
We went to the church in Consuelito, the same place we attended service yesterday, to help them accomplish a couple jobs they have wanted to do for a while. The first was we painted one of the church buildings on both the outside and inside. One thing that we have observed here in the Dominican Republic is that people always bring their best to church, particularly in terms of clothing. Pastors always wear suits and ties because, in their culture, you want to show your seriousness in coming before God. This makes the presentation of the building a very important thing. If a church can get their building to look as good as possible, a community may be more prone to take that church seriously.
At this same church, we installed a chicken wire fence around the barrier of the property. They have had some fences made of pieces of trees and barbed wire before, but none of the previous fences were terribly sturdy. What they’ve found is while they cook for the kids who are apart of the Timothy Project, animals from the community sneak under the fence and disrupt the work. Installing this fence will go a long way in keeping animals hungry for food away from children who are hungry for the word of God.
We didn’t work alone on either of these projects. Pastor Jay invited members from the church, particularly the kids, to join us. Our team was evenly numbered with village children making for a fun work dynamic. It was hard at first learning to communicate, but everyone figured out how to share common ideas and gelled together as a team. One of the scriptures that has come up multiple times while we have been here has been 1 Corinthians 12, which says we are one body with many members. It was great to see a living example of this.
For lunch, we brought the ingredients for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well as tuna sandwiches. These were prepared by women in the church and specially cleaned tables. We got back to the hotel around 4:15 and will be heading out to a restaurant for dinner around 6. This is a place we have been going to for years, and returning kids are always excited to go back.
The kids are still all in good health, good spirits, and have good unity as a team. Thank you for your continued prayers. They are both appreciated and coveted.
I’ll be posting more pictures on the facebook page tonight after dinner. God bless you all and please continue in prayer for us!