And here's the newest post from today in the DR via Anthony Allen:
Today was yet another great experience in the D.R. We started out working construction just like we have the past couple other days. It feels great to be able to help out the ministry knowing its only going to help others in the future. It's hard work but working with side by side with another makes it fun, and we can already notice huge improvements at the site. The guys who we work with from the D.R are awesome. They have a constant smile and they seem like they don't have a care in the world. I've never met people who love life as much as them despite all the negative stuff around them. They find a way to always look on the positive side which is truly amazing.
We only worked a half day at the construction site and then headed to an area called the "hole". This is the poorest area in all of Santiago and one of the country's biggest spots for drugs and prostitution. I couldn't believe my eyes when we arrived. They live side by side in little 10 by 10 houses with water running through the middle of the street in some parts. These houses are stacked on one another like nothing I've ever seen before. Human waste and trash is all around you. When we finally reached the court where the little kids were it shocked me. These kids were full of laughter and joy despite these terrible surroundings. These kids loved every second of us being down there. They would ride on our shoulders or backs all day if you let them. Seeing the smile on these kids faces alone made the trip all worth it. From there we walked the kids to the church and helped feed about 50 or so kids a meal, and for some it is their only meal of the day. In total G.O Ministry feeds about 120 kids a day 6 days a week, which is awesome. Even though that seems like a lot, hundreds of other kids need food as well. But it's a great start and hopefully that number only grows. It was truly a once and life time moment down in the "hole".
We also got to play one more local basketball team who was very good but fortunately we got the win in double o.t! They were great guys. Overall this experiences has gotten better and better with each passing day and is truly a life changing event. These people down here spoil us and are a joy to be around. This has been one of the coolest experiences of ours life's. We are all truly blessed individuals!
Anthony Allen '14