Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Final Full Day in the DR

Hello for the last time from the Dominican Republic...we just finished a final team time on the beach on a warm and breezy night...we said goodbye to new friends this morning at our ministry site and then headed into the capital city of Santo Domingo...we visited the market and then walked in and around some of the oldest buildings in the Western hemisphere, including the National Cathedral and National Monuments of the DR...these buildings are amazing structures and are almost 500 years old!

We then drove to the coast and spent some time this afternoon enjoying a resort on the ocean...there has been good food, lots of Dominican music, and a time to relax after a very busy week for us all...in many ways, it is somewhat strange to be at a resort after being part of a community with such great physical needs during our time in the DR...you find yourself feeling somewhat guilty and somewhat resistant to what you see all around you...yet in many ways this resort represents more of who we are as blessed Americans...and the greatest challenge of this trip is yet to come in many ways...God's calling to us is not to just feel guilty and grateful...it is to live with what we have seen, experienced, and heard from God in a place of prominence in our daily lives...it is the challenge of living in our own community and culture that God has placed us in as a Christian who is compassionate, communicates about the needs of others near and far, and serves out of a heart that is full because of what God has done in Jesus for us...that's really our final task of this trip...to spend time asking God to show us specifically what our response individually and as a team will be as we come back to Cornerstone...we'd ask you to pray for us to be motivated and passionate to be advocates for the people of the DR and to help us to build a community that is focused on others and creates a mindset of service and love and character in the soccer community and other places of influence in our lives...

We are tired and yet so very blessed after our time on this missions trip...we appreciate your prayers and support more than you know...we are excited to tell stories, show pictures, and talk about what God is up to in this world when we return...don't be afraid to ask questions of us when we are back with you...

Thanks for reading this blog and giving us encouraging comments back...I've loved being with young men who I believe will indeed changte the world...CHIP

p.s. Please continue to pray with us for the people of Haiti...the ministry we have partnered with here in the DR, Unto Inc, is hoping to drive 10,000 bottles of the water they make to Haiti later this weekend...

If our flights are on time, we should arrive back at CU around 1 am or so early on Friday morning...we have heard that there may be some folks flying to the DR trying to get back to the USA tomorrow from Haiti as well...

3 comments:

Catherine said...

Thank you for all that you have done this week. Your courage is paving the way for others to be willing and committed to knowing the needs of others in the world. You have shed so much light on a part of the world that seems far out of reach and yet you have bridged that gap. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your experience. It sounds like all that you did to serve was truly an act of worship from your hearts. May you have a safe trip home and be able to get some much needed rest. We are looking forward to welcoming you home. In Him,
Catherine Mueller-Bell

M&L Verwys said...

My husband and I are from GR- both attended Cornerstone for a few years. We are now living in Santo Domingo, DR... teaching at an American School. I wish we would have known earlier that some Americans would be in town! Glad your trip was wonderful.

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