Well if you don’t know already, I’m back in the land of the free and home of the brave. That’s right, every brave person has been a product of the United States or is currently living here… But I will let you all know what has happened the last month before I got home.
The last month went well. We were really busy and I am thankful for that. I worked along side Alejandro and Juan Luis everyday and worked on a lot of different things: responding to problems with systems, helping people in the communities learn more about W@W, helping with water house construction, travelling to all of the different sites and trying to have a more regular presence in all the locations with systems (there are about 17 of them). We want to show the people in the communities that we are there for them and care. I have seen many examples of mission groups that have come to the DR for a week and have given poor, uneducated people a complex water system and then never come back ever again. Even though the intentions were great, it ends up not helping anyone because the systems end up being broken for years until someone finds it again. So, we are really trying to teach a few different people in each community how to use the systems and check up on them regularly so that these things won’t happen again.
It was exciting for me the last month getting to see Alejandro and Juan Luis take more of a leadership role as their new jobs develop and to start making more decisions. It’s great to see this because W@W’s goal is not to see Americans running the show in country all of the time. They would love to see more Dominicans leading the ministry in country because honestly, it is about the Dominicans when you get down to it. It was hard to say goodbye to all of the people I met down there and especially hard saying goodbye to Juan Luis. We are the same age; we did everything together; and were always cracking each other up. We have become great friends. But even though I had to say goodbye for now, I don’t feel like it is forever. Who knows, I might go back in the future to work with W@W more! When I flew back to the U.S., I stayed in Atlanta for a few days for a mini-retreat for W@W. I am really thankful for all of the people from W@W. They are doing a great job and are trying to seek the Lord in all they are doing. They are all great examples for me.
I have learned so much since I have been gone. Wow, so much. One thing that has stuck out to me the most though, and I don’t really know why this one thing has been the biggest. But, I am learning that I have to do whatever it is that God wants me to do. Period. I feel like God has spoken that to me the whole time I was there. I would talk to people and this topic would keep coming up, or read a verse and it would seem God was saying that to me, or I would hear “Gods will has to be done,” etc. I couldn’t get away from it! But I know that God has been telling me that. So often I am trying to go my own way and pull away from him but he keeps pulling me back. But I am thankful that as messed up as I am, God still invites me back to him by his grace and mercy. It’s like that Hillsong song, “A thousand times I’ve failed still your mercy remains. Should I stumble again, still I’m caught in your grace.” It really is an amazing love.
I am so thankful for all of you that have supported and prayed for me during this time. I didn’t deserve to go on a great trip and serve along side the people there. God, friends and family have been so good to me. I know I am back but if ya’ll still want to say some more prayers, here is a few: that God would bless W@W’s efforts while most of us our back in the U.S. right now, and that God would show me where to go next because I don’t know where to go exactly! But the mystery is exciting.
We had a big water-opening in La Ramana.
These kids look chubby but it's just do to malnutrition. The water they are drinking there is so dirty! But thankful a new water house was complete there last week.
This kid was so funny. He would follow me around everywhere and always wanted to help me with work. That's him drinking water from our water system.