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April 19, 2010 More from Day 2 and 3

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 at 8:49 pm
Category:Mission Trip

We are currently playing technology catch and are trying to update the blog more frequently. However, the connection is painfully slow. Maybe it is the ants crawling on the computer…

Regardless, here are links to videos we shot yesterday and today.



Monday April 19, 2010

Posted by on at 5:41 pm
Category:Mission Trip

Here we are on Day 3 of the mission trip and just wanted to send you the latest update.

After a quick post yesterday morning, we went to mass at the cathedral in downtown Puerto Plata and it was a special experience. The logistics of bringing a group of disabled orphans to mass was something new to our crew. They handled the experience (think of wheel chairs, walkers and even some who needed to be cradled the entire time) with poise and grace. As I watched our missionary/orphan interaction during mass, there were some special moments. One such moment was the selfless care which Holly displayed as she cradled Johnny (the orphan) during the entire mass. Despite the stifling heat and burden of holding a big child for an hour and half, she allowed him to incessantly play with her hair. This brought solace and a smile to not only Johnny, but the our crew. Even the locals took notice and offered a discerning smile…as if to say “thank you.”

Next on the day’s agenda was some well-deserved beach time for the orphans (well, those orphans who behaved during the week). We had a picnic in the shade cooled by the breeze. After lunch, the Hogar Immanuel staff announced, “tiempo de playa” (beach time). The excitement was palpable and drew cheers from the children. One girl, Miguelina, screamed “ojas” (waves) as she approached the water. It was such a joy for the missionaries to care for and enable the orphans to enjoy the water and waves. It was a different sort of fun…a world away from the summertime at Narragansett.

Our missionaries gracefully fed, cleaned and played with the children. Whatever hesitancy they might have felt before the trip or before they met the orphans is long gone. They’re selfless care is inspiring and you all should be so proud. While it is true that they are giving of themselves…I am confident that they are receiving so much more.

Written by Andrew Raucci



Sunday April 18, 2010

Posted by on Apr 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm
Category:Mission Trip

After spending some quality time with the children, we went to Metro West Mission House. We ate a great dinner and shared the company of our most welcoming guests (lizards, frogs, and bugs). After dinner, we celebrated mass and enjoyed each others company.

This morning, we woke up bright and early to make breakfast and prepare lunch. There was no shortage of help in the kitched as everyone pitched in. It is hot and sunny, but that paled in comparison to the smiles and warmth that greeted us at the orphanage house where we are writing from.

Next, we take the children to the cathedral downtown and then to the beach. Stay tuned for the next post tomorrow morning and keep up the prayers.

Written by Andrew Raucci



Saturday April 17th

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm
Category:Mission Trip

we have arrived! we flew thru newark and landed in puerta plata…no problems…customs a breeze.

we came right away to Hogar Immanuel Orphanage and our missionaries were greeted with hugs and embraces by many of the nineteen orphans here.

we receieved our orientation and spent time playing, dancing and holding the children. there is lots of love!

we head now for our residnence orientation and settling in for an evening mass and journaling…we are all tired but so happy to be here!

keep up your prayers for us! we will pray for you!



Leaving at 4am this morning!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm
Category:Mission Trip

We are excited to be able to blog our mission trip this year!  Be sure to log on each day to hear and see what we are doing in the Dominican Republic.

Keep us in your prayers as we fly to Neward, NJ then on to Puerta Plata.

God bless!


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