Constanza, Dominican Republic
May 5th, 2016
Hello Friends and Family!
Greetings from Constanza, Dominican Republic! Team Cal Baptist just wanted to let everyone know that we made it safely and have already witnessed God’s amazing work!
Our first full day was this past Monday, and we got started bright and early right away! We are staying at the Here For Kids home, which is very close to the school and the orphanage, also known as the Arc. Fred, who works for Here For Kids, picks us up in the 15 passenger van and we head on over to the Arc around 9:00am. Our group splits up and we each head to our different jobs for the day. Some of us have been doing construction and helping build more classrooms for the Arc. The rest of us have been helping teach the Physical Education classes and English classes. We take turns each day, so everyone has been able to help with construction and teach.
Our favorite part of the day, however, is when we get to play with the kids at recess. It has been such an eye opener for us to see how far a little love and attention can go! These kids come from very difficult situations, yet they are filled with such joy. The team feels like we have already learned more from them than they have from us!
It also has been interesting because the kids speak barely any English. Some of us know more Spanish than others, so it has been awesome yet challenging trying to figure out how to communicate with the kids and teachers.
We are looking forward to finishing out our first week at the school and continuing building relationships with the kids and the faculty at the Arc. On Sunday, we are planning on visiting the waterfalls and learning more about the Dominican Republic!
Thank you so much for all of your support and prayers! We are already witnessing so much of God’s amazing work, and we know this is only the beginning!
Team Cal Baptist