I feel that this is going to be the mantra of our life in the Dominican. ” So much to do, so little time, so little resources.”I feel that just about the housework, and that’s not even the beginning. There is so much need here that it’s hard to know where to start. I feel so inadequate, but I am constantly praising the Lord that he is sovereign and he is fully adequate for all things that need to be done.
We have now been in the Dominican for 5 weeks. 5 weeks! How is that even possible? I can say that our home here is starting to feel like home. Sometimes it is overwhelming for me even to comprehend that we are here in the Dominican Republic. The Lord brought us here, and we are so thankful. I feel like my Spanish is getting better all the time. I can understand what most people say, even though Dominican Spanish is still a little hard for me to understand. I can communicate what I need/want wherever I am, and I am no longer scared to enter into conversations with people, even if I only get about 80% of what they say.
Right now the most overwhelming thing to me is poverty and what to do about it. For the entirety of my life poverty has been an other world problem. There are poor people in the states, but there are also abundant resources for people in the states. Here people don’t have food, and that’s that. People don’t have food and they starve to death. THat is a fact of life. It is hard to figure out when to help and where to help. I am constantly asking the Lord for wisdom and guidance in this area.
We have started to work with a Haitian school about 25 minutes from our house. It is really only about 8 miles, but with the roads it takes about 25-30 minutes to get there. The pastor of the church has a vision of giving these children a Haitian education so that they can some day return to Haiti and help the people of Haiti. I am really excited to be a part of it. I will be teaching english there twice a week. Right now the goal is to find people to help us sponsor the kids who attend and sponsors for the teachers. Right now the teachers are working for free and they don’t even have electricity. Our goal is to be able find sponsors for the children so that the teachers can be paid, they can eat each day, and they can have adequate resources to run a school. We are really stepping out in faith with this, I am really excited about it. But, the fact of the matter is that there is no money in teaching Haitian children. They don’t have any money to help pay for schooling. The pastor asked for 100 pesos ($2.50) a month, but most families couldn’t even afford that. If the Lord lays it on your heart to help in anyway, please let us know.
There is so many blog posts I could write because I feel like every day is a new experience. Things like tropical storms where within 5 minutes the entire street is flooded and just getting into my car I get completely drenched and running out to collect all the laundry on the clothesline so it doesn’t get drenched. I have learned that here a horn is much more important than a blinker. I have learned the need to watch out for pot holes because if you hit one, you might soak the poor lady on the side of the street. I have also learned that cockroaches, ants, and lizards are part of life ( I have a lizard that lives within the electrical panel in my kitchen). I have also learned the benefits of having a “corner store” attached to your house; they have any basic you could every need rice, beans, juice, bread, eggs, soap, lightbulbs, shampoo… I have also starting to run the stoplights every once and awhile. I have become accustomed to three of my family members on a scooter to go to school. So much fun, and so much to do. 🙂