Day 5

posted Sep 3, 2012, 9:40 AM by Jennifer Binns
On Sunday we had planned to all go to Macao - a beautiful beach not far from the hotel. Wilson takes us there every year, but we have never gone with the whole family. The weather was iffy, but we didn't mind. We knew the kids didn't care and we just wanted to spend some quality time with our Dominican families before we left. WIlson showed up with his family and Joel and his boys (sadly, Elizabeth had to work). When we got to the beach, the kids booked it for the water and were soon completely covered in sand. Not long after we got there, some of the boys started kicking around the soccer ball. Some locals joined in and soon everyone was playing (except me -Jen-...I'm a disaster with sports). It didn't matter that not everyone knew each other or spoke the same language, soccer is soccer! We had a lot of fun and ate at the local restaurant - fresh caught fish straight from the water. It turned out to be a beautiful day and by mid afternoon, the clouds had disappeared. 
One quiet moment near the end of the day, I got to sit down with Joel and speak with him about the foundation and his mission. Joel is one of those amazing people who simply wants to help others. Even though he and his wife both work hard just to get by, he wants to give to and help out people who are struggling just to survive. As much as he wants to help, he doesn't have all the necessary resources to do so. That is where the Light of Hope foundation comes in. Through the foundation, we can help by raising money and collecting donations to bring with us each year. Joel finds families who are struggling the most and can then use the money and donations we provide to help them out. The foundation and Joel/Elizabeth go hand in hand. By the support of the people who donate to the Light of Hope foundation, Joel and Elizabeth can live out their mission to help the less fortunate people of their country. The world needs more people like them! 
As it always does, and comes too soon, it was time for us to part ways. We did not say "Adios" - just "Hasta luego" - we will be back. There is always more work to be done in our home away from home. 
Until January!
Jen + Jess