Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Posted by Jessi at 6:13 PM
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
So this was yesterday...a very long day! Lots of water, smelly septic water, but at least it's over. Alberto and I mopped and swept out water for awhile until some friends came over to help which I was so grateful for. They finished off the house and left it smelling Mistolin-clean. I did about 4 loads of towel and throw-rug wash and am happy we have 7 bunks in one room as they serve as great drying racks (it's still raining outside). What a great group of people I have around me, even when things are smelly and rough, they stuck around and made it all better. I think we've resolved the issue of water entering the house...or will have by the end of the day anyways. I'm happy to never do that again.
Posted by Jessi at 4:56 AM
Monday, May 28, 2007
This was my day:
Injected 80 hens with penicillin because they are ill
Mopped, swept, mopped, bucketed, mopped, and mopped the flooded house.
Filled in holes in bathroom where water came in from
The rain continues, the water continues, the street is a river.
"Is this what they did when the flood started?", I wondered at times today. Then I remembered the rainbow and that He won't do that again...but it's getting close, it feels like.
Off to bed finally as I don't know what tomorrow will hold, I'll post more if I can!
Posted by Jessi at 9:51 PM
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Today was a very special day at the care center. It was the last day of school and also a celebration for Mother's Day, which is this weekend in the D.R. The kids had a special lunch with Coke at noon, went home and changed and got their moms, then all came back at 3:00. The kids had poem presentations, lots of singing and clapping, more food, and each kid was given a bag of clothes to take home. I am so blessed to be a part of this. Sometimes I just sit in my favorite window seat in the cafeteria trying to take it all in, how each one of these kids has touched my heart so dearly. Whether it's little Wilson's hugs, Princesa's smile, mischevious Vladimir, naughty Jesny, or Ramoncito blowing kisses, each and every one of these little guys is so dear to me. I feel like I was given 150 kids by coming here and now feel so protective of them, I just want to take care of them and to show them how loved and special they are.
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Sunday, May 20, 2007
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Thursday, May 10, 2007
The following was written by Naomi Gillette, who was here in March with Mercy Ships. This so perfectly sums up many aspects of daily life here, the things that take place, the heart that this has given me...
I went to the Dominican Republic and:
Sometime I felt rich,
but mostly I felt poor, as I saw the true riches of the poor.
Sometimes I felt capable of giving,
but mostly I received.
Sometimes I had words,
but mostly the touches, the smiles, the outstretched welcoming hands said more than a thousand words.
Sometimes I felt loving and capable of giving love,
but more overwhelmingly I felt loved, accepted and even desired.
Sometimes I longed to see the big picture,
but mostly God showed me that it’s the orphan and widow, one person at a time, that He’s concerned for, this is the big picture!
Sometimes I wanted to feel spiritual,
but mostly God taught me that his love is best communicated in less-than-spiritual things.
Sometimes I expected to see a spirit of hopelessness and despair,
but mostly I saw supernatural joy.
Sometimes I felt wise,
but mostly I felt humbled by the people’s resilience to adversity, their generosity, and their love for, and trust in Jesus.
Sometimes I felt big,
but mostly I felt small and realised that small is big in that mysterious, beautiful, paradoxical kingdom that Christ gave us a glimpse of.
May His kingdom come and His will be done in the Dominican Republic.
A people filled with joy that taught me so much!
Posted by Jessi at 8:03 AM
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
The much anticipated day finally arrived! Today we got 80 hens delivered and it was so much fun. We had some of the older kids help us get the inside of the henhouse ready and then set the hens free in their new home. It's going to be so great having them, using the eggs to supplement meals at the school. It was the idea of Mercy Ships, who started in in March, but because of rain, etc., it's taken this long to get everything together and ready. Nonetheless, we have lovely hens and had a fun afternoon with them, making sure everything was in place and set-up.
Posted by Jessi at 2:56 PM
Last weekend we went to a Kids Alive retreat in Constanza...the mountains. It was a nice time to see others from around the island that I don't get to see or spend that much time with. To get there, we had to go through one of the main cities, Santiago, and it just so happens they have Taco Bell...and it was amazing! So amazing in fact, that on our way back, we stopped again and brought home burritos. It felt very American to sit on my couch eating Taco Bell take-out!
Posted by Jessi at 2:51 PM
Thursday, May 03, 2007
So one of the things that didn't make it in my big move was my nursing drug guide reference. It was one of the things I was really excited about getting here, but have been unable to find it...not really sure where it went. Anyhow, for all my little nurses out there, if any of you have an old one that you don't need and would be willing to send it on, let me know. All the medicines we use are donated from people in the States, many times they are new or unfamiliar meds that I haven't had much practice with, hence the need for the nursing reference. It's possible to look them up online to get more info, but not when I'm in the village and needing a med. Anyhow, let me know if there are any old nursing drug guides around, thanks!!
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Wednesday, May 02, 2007
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