The days continue to fly by here in the DR...tomorrow is our last day in the community here...the heat is turned up and we are exctied to serve thru work and witness and relationship here...guys were sharing how they will see things differently as a result of this trip, and our final challenge is to see how we translate what God has been speaking to us and showing us as we come back to the world where the Lord has placed us...the team is loving sharing this experience as a team and continues to play great team ball here in the DR with another 116-97 win in the nation's capital tonight...one of the guys on the team has been here several times before and loves the people and community deeply...it's been great to watch Dan be so at home in this community and culture this week...here's his blog about the day that is coming to an end:
Today was an early one! Waking up and getting to work at 7 was pretty refreshing, but at the same time it made the day seem like an extra long one, even though it started only an hour and a half earlier then usual. We worked on building the stairs for the new weight room at the school, which was nice because all of us were in the same area, and the work place is always a good place for bonding. I personally spent most of the morning up on top of the building bending over and picking up buckets of cement with a couple other teammates...it wasn't easy on the back, but at the same time a good work out.
The afternoon was spent resting, swimming, talking about our response to the needs of others in this world, and getting ready for our game in Santo Domingo, which we ended up tipping off about 7:30. It was sweet to play in the big arena that we played in, even though there weren't too many fans, but there were enough to make it fun and exciting. Coach has been doing a great job along with some of the other players at sharing their testimonies to the other teams before games and at halftime. You never really do know who that testimony is going to get through to, but thats not for us to always understand and know; we just have to do what were supposed to do and God ALWAYS does the rest, even if we don't see it. Tomorrow should be another good one, as we'll be back to work, seeing kids, and playing our final basketball game.
For the rest of the team,
PS. Bryce Semple led the way with 24 points tonight out on the floor!