Tonight I am turning over my writing job to one of the CU soccer guys...Josh Rimel came back for a second year here in the DR and offers his perspective on the trip so far...tomorrow is our final work day here at our ministry site...we are blessed and learning and experiencing much...I would have loved you to hear our conversation about how being a soccer athlete offers us incredible opportunities for ministry on the field and across the world...can't wait to see some of the visions God is birthing becoming reality...and here's Josh's insider's perspective:
It has now been five days since we have gotten here and everyday has been just as exciting as the day before. To start off each day we usually work in the beating sun for a minimum of about four hours doing brick work. This can possibly involve anything from carrying cinder blocks up flights of stairs to lifting buckets of cement above your head to fill in colums for a new floor on a building. At the end of each day you are so sore and tired that you can't wait to fall asleep on your bed that is most likely surounded by mosquitoes that show no mercy to your aching body... and in the morning you wake up to do it all again. Some people would question why would a group of college guys would raise $1500 to spend their semester break doing this for a week. Well, the answer is quite simple. We all were presented with an oportunity to be able to take a little time out of our busy lives to fly down to the Dominican Republic and help an orginaztion in a small community that is trying to make a difference, and we couldn't pass the invitation up. Every day here I can say I have definitely gained much more than I have given. As you walk out the gates of the ministry camp and walk a block away you find yourself literally in the midst of pretty sever poverty. You see what so many times you only hear about exisiting somewhere in the world. This has really opened my eyes and made it so much more personnal to me. Also being able to actually be an active part of what your money goes toward, and seeing what it is being used for I feel encourages your desire to send and return again. I can honestly say that each one of the guys who came down here to the Dominican Republic wouldn't have changed their mind if they were given another chance to spend their vacation time serving people, sharing Jesus, and playing soccer in the Dominican Republic. Good night from the DR!