Happy New Year!
My life is good.
Mi Vida es bien
Wow, what a year. I’m happy to say that I was able to end this crazy year by spending two weeks in the Dominican Republic! My trip was very last minute, so last minute, that I can’t even remember the final details. I think I booked my ticket on a Friday or Saturday and was in the DR by Wednesday. This trip felt a bit surreal for the first few days and went so fast! I spent the first two days visiting with my Dominican family and the rest working throughout San Juan.
To start the trip off, I wanted to surprise Margo, a coworker, who didn’t know I was coming. I was so excited to see her! When I got to her house she couldn’t believe I was there. I wish I had her reaction on video because it was something special! She told me that she almost fainted and if I ever surprised her like that again it would kill her. It was so fun to catch up with her, when I asked her how she was doing she replied “Mi Vida es bien” or “My life is good.”
It was so great to catch up with everyone and just see how they are doing during this tough time. I learned how people are struggling, what is going on with their families, how they are spending their time, everything!
Joe, the exuctive director of Solid Rock gave a few things to focus on while I was there: to get updated photos for the annual report, get drone footage of the land, visit El Cercado to check on the Child Nutrition Program, visit a few of our sponsor schools, have a holiday party for our staff, go to the barrio to pass out information on Covid, and so much more! I didn’t have much free time, and I loved that! After not working in the DR for roughly nine months it felt good to get back to the work I love. I did have one day to go to the beach and relax, which still brings a smile to my face!
Getting the staff together for the holiday party was definitely a highlight of my trip. Seeing almost everyone together again, for the first time in 9 months was so fun. Margo made a moro, which is rice and beans, Adia made potato salad, Enol made juice, and I made brownies and bought chicken. For Christmas this year we gave our staff a Solid Rock hat and water bottle. Although we were not able to do everything we normally do at a holiday party, just getting together was what we all needed.
I also enjoyed getting to go to the barrio with our staff to do covid visits. Our staff has been doing this once a week for the last six months or so. It has been a way SRI has been able to continue to do ministry. Our staff passes out three masks and a bar of soap to every home in the community. While at the home somebody shares information on Covid, and somebody else spreads the gospel. While there, I was invited into a home where a lady shared how God has blessed her during this time. It was interesting to hear how other parts of the world are handling Covid.
It’s hard for me to put into words what this trip was like. I would say that after a few days it felt like I was back at home. I am so grateful that God gave me the opportunity to return when I did. This trip made me look back and truly see that mi Vida es bien, my life is good. No matter what challenges I faced in 2020, my life truly is good, and God has blessed me more than I could ever deserve. I am so thankful for the Dominican Republic and my family there.
Over the weekend I was also able to get together with friends from high school and go skiing. You cant do that in the DR! it was great to reconnect with them.
In January of 2021, I plan on returning to the Dominican Republic with Rio! Please pray for me as I prepare to make this trip down. If you could also be in prayer for my neck. When I returned home in December, I began having bad headaches. Thankfully Dr. Bob from Benningfield Chiropractic has helped me and I am back to almost no pain!
I pray you and your family had a Merry Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year!