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Monday April 19, 2010

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 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


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