We arrived safely to the beautiful Jarabacoa Saturday evening and spent the night settling in our cabins and getting a full night of rest after a long day of travel. The staff at SI (Students International) are wonderful and deserve a big shout out. They’re so welcoming, hospitable, and really good cooks.
Sunday was a day to relax and prepare ourselves for a full week ahead. In the morning we went to a local church in Jarabacoa where we enjoyed worship and a sermon that was very applicable to our purpose of being here this week. The message was about loving people 100%. Often in our relationships, we give back what we think we’re receiving. But as Christians, we need to give all of ourselves. We need to pour ourselves out to those we love and those we don’t love. And we shouldn’t expect anything in return. Christ demonstrated this on the Cross. He gave Himself. ALL of Himself. He died for us. He made the ultimate sacrifice. And it was all because He loves us. This message was a reminder that we owe ourselves to Christ. He is so deserving of all of us- wholly surrendered and recklessly abandoned. It also was a reminder of our purpose of being in Jarabacoa. We came here to serve and love and pour oursleves out to these people- 100% of ourselves.
Our day started early-6:00am. Today (Monday) was our first day on the sites. We met with our site leaders and all headed in our different directions. Each site had a different experience, but overall we experienced a taste of the community and life in Jarabacoa. We’ve had plenty of opportunities to test our little knowledge of Spanish and try to best communicate with the people in the community. Most of our morning and afternoon is spent at our sites including siesta (noon-2). We head back to base around 3:00 and by the time we get back we’re pretty tired, but we don’t let that stop us! The rest of our evening is filled with fellowship and time with our team. Later this week we’ll experience more of the city.
Keep us in your prayers as we continue to pour ourselves out to the people in Jarabacoa and reflect Christ’s love. We ask for serving hearts, joyful spirits, good health, and lots of energy.
“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” -Colossians 2:2-4