We just got back from a very long day. We spent most of it in Wilson’s village. Wilson lives in a very poor village in Higuey. First, his wife made us a very traditional Dominican dish of rice, beans, chicken, and two types of plantains. Then, he invited the children from his village over and we set up arts and crafts to do with them in his backyard. We had them make necklaces and bracelets with beads and the kids loved it! Some of them would have made 10 bracelets if we had time.
After the beading was done Robyn sang Christian songs with the children in Spanish. The rest of us set up a table with school supplies. As each child left we gave them a bunch of supplies to take home, like pencils, pens, crayons and markers. We gave the parents first aid kits to take home.
We also met a preschool teacher who lives in the village. She runs a Christian school and her husband is a pastor. They told us that what they need the most is bibles for new believers who want to learn more about Christ. Robyn immediately gave them her Spanish bible and we are hoping to bring more when another group comes in January.
After dinner we went with the missionary we met at the hotel to visit the Haitian community he works with. He runs a program called, “Children for Christ” that helps Haitian immigrants who have fallen behind in school catch up. The program wasn’t in session tonight, but all the students came to meet us. They sang and danced to Dominican praise songs. We brought them all supplies and toothbrushes.