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Day 2

posted Jan 1, 2012, 4:56 PM by Ernie Begin

Ends up it is a holiday weekend in the Dominican, some sort of political holiday.  This means that there is no Church in the morning and that the clinics are closed both today and Monday.  We spent the day acclimating and making friends.  In the evening Wilson met us and we were off to church.  The second we arrived at the church (the one by the Burger King as we describe it) Joel was there to meet us.  It was so good to see his smiling face.

We were a few minutes late (Wilson works on Dominican Time) so Joel had to make us some room up front.  Everyone was so kind and welcoming to us.  The man preaching was very passionate but we understood very little.  Towards the end of his sermon Joel leaned over to tell us that next we would be talking and that after we said a few words we should sing a song.  We were very surprised and nervous that we would be in front of everyone.  Sue talked about how this was her Dominican church and how happy she was to be there.  She said that kids are the same everywhere and that we are all God’s children.  Then there was a moment of panic as we tried to pick a song everyone knew.  We settled on “this little light of mine” and the second we started singing the band jumped in and everyone started clapping.

It was late but Joel and Elizabeth invited us back to their house and we couldn’t say no.  We arrived to find that in the past year Elizabeth has been very busy painting and decorating, the house looked great!  Unlike last year their children Christopher and David were no able to stay with them so we finally got to meet them.  Christopher is ten and very serious while David is around 5 or 6 and very outgoing.  We shared stories and decided that since Monday was a holiday we would invite Joel and his family as well as Wilson and his family to the resort for the day.  Normally we would do this at the end of the week but it seemed to make sense.

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