Banana trees in our backyard! Very convenient!
We started today at 6:30 am. Kristen brought breakfast, oatmeal, so I ate crackers! :-) We had stopped yesterday at the Supermercado and gotten cereal for Cam, so thats what he ate. Miguel came and got us around 8:30. We had a devotional time before he got here. We loaded into 2 vans and Miguel's truck. I and Keri were the only adults in the bed of the truck with 8 kids! FUN! The view was gorgeous! Very breathtaking! It took about 15 minutes to get out there. We parked in a field by their playa. A few people came out to greet us. Miguel had never been to this area before. It was really run down. Their houses were just shacks with tin roofs. They sit outside all the time, because it is just too hot inside. They have a lot of animals, chicken, goats, cows, dogs and cats. A lot of them have some sort of field, like rice, corn or beans.
The people were all super receptive, just like the rest of the Dominican. We started with a prayer walk. We split into groups of 3 and went out walking the "neighborhood". We prayed out loud as we walked by people's establishments saying HOLA! At one house there was a mother, and a grandfather and 3 children. One was a baby boy about 4 months old. The grandpa asked if I wanted to hold him.....so I did...he was SOOO sweet! We headed back to the Playa. Then we prayed and broke up into the groups again. This time we were telling people about our Bible School at 3 in the afternoon. We went to a house with a thatched roof. They asked us to sit. There was a couple of older women. One had no kids and one had 13 kids! They lived there with her neices and nephews...and there were a bunch of them! I asked what she did during the day. She said she cooked, cleaned, worked the fields and trees. She said "very busy". I asked her if she knew Jesus. She said Yes. I asked her if she knew what Heaven was. But I used the word Cielo....she said, "no". I said do you want to know about Cielo? She said "no". That took me by surprise. I was stuck then. So we told them about bible school at 3 and went to the next house. It wasn't until later that I asked Miguel about it and apparently, my word Cielo, which I was taught to be Heaven....is understood as "the sky" in the DR. Oops. She probably thought I was a crazy lady asking her if she wanted to know about the sky! :-) Anyway....at the next house there was a grandma, a daughter and 2 kids. Chiquira is about 8 and has mental disabilities. She acts more like a 3 or 4 year old. There was also the cutest baby boy. I don't remember names well, so I don't know his, but he was about 3-4 months old and naked as most of the kids under 5 are. This really bothered Cam...but he got used to it. Anyway, I was asked if I wanted to hold him....so I did....when suddenly I felt a warm fluid on me...he peed on me! But then he didn't want me to leave, he put out his arms and cried everytime I walked away. He must have "marked" me or something! :-)
Miguel eating lunch with us...also picture, Heather and Jen.
Miguels daughter Nicole...also known as Buga!!
Playing Hackeysack in the rain...in the street....