Thursday, September 4, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
As difficult as daily living is for these people, they take comfort in family, friends, celebration, music and dance. They love their country and like to point out the highlights to visitors. We were often asked how we liked the land, the people, the food, the weather.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
9. Work can still be fun
8. Food is still gathered the "old fashioned" way
5. Kids still use their imagination
...And the #1 reason we love the Dominican Republic:
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
-Steven Curtis Chapman
Erika, one of the St Luke photographers, poses with some of her fan club. She and her mother, Sandy, took photos of individuals to give to the people of Lecheria. Some of the photos were given to the St Luke youth group so that each youth had a photo of a person to pray for during Lent.
Dave and Bob demonstrate lartrine building from inside and out. 16 roofs were completed with the help of OLGC.
Two Lecheria mothers proudly display their dolls that they made with a pair of socks, needle and thread, some stuffing and yarn, and ribbon. Many of the women who were part of this project are hoping to make more of these "sock dolls".
Sue, a nurse from OLGC who was here for her 2nd visit, displays the best medicine given out by all our volunteers to the children of Lecheria.
In Lecheria, where 2 or 3 volunteers are gathered, a bunch of children will be in their midst.
As proud parents, we have to share these photos of our daughter, Melissa, with her boyfriend, Josh, and with her friend, Erin. The 3 of them came and worked alongside the OLGC group. It was wonderful for us to be able to share the week with them. Love you...
To all who came and shared themselves with us...
To all our family and friends back home who support us across the ocean...
To God, who makes all things possible...
We join the people of Lecheria in saying to you:
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Work is under way as we begin the 3rd year of building latrines with the families of Lechería. We hope to build 30 or more latrines by the summer with the help of visiting volunteer builders from the states. Families in Lechería are preparing by digging and lining holes, and gathering workers to help haul and prepare materials. We've hired a block layer from the batey who will also help supervise the family help. Roofs and doors will be built and attached by our visiting "trabajadores".
A non-profit organization from Spain is building a new school. Here in the Batey Lecheria, we have an educational program structured in the Montessori style of learning. This program is available to the children for half a day. They attend public school the other half of the day. At this time it is a mile walk up a rocky steep hill to the school and many children do not go as often as they should. Having a new school in the "barrio" (neighborhood) means more children are likely to go to school everyday. With education comes hope.
As the new year stretches before us, we take a moment to thank God for the gifts of the past year and ask God's blessing on the challenges that await...
I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.
All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.
All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have—these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.
I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, "Behold, I make all things new."