Tyler Cox | Solid Rock

Tyler Cox | Solid Rock

Time in the Dominican

Wow, the last two weeks have flown by. My time here in the DR is coming to an end this week, but man, oh man, was my trip filled with great memories. I have been really busy during my time in San Juan, which is good. It’s fun to be back to this pace of life. Jeff and I hit the ground running. After a long travel day, which many of you were a part of via social media, we arrived in San Juan late Wednesday evening. Once we arrived in San Juan that night, the Hoover family welcomed us back home with a meal.

The following day we started bright and early and headed to the region of El Cercado for Covid Relief Visits. I talked about this a bit in a previous blog, and you may see pictures on Solid Rocks social media pages about what these days look like. Each week, our staff goes to a new community to spread awareness about Covid 19, and in doing so, they can uniquely present the gospel. I have heard countless stories of lives coming to Christ because of these visits. I love being a part of these home/community visits and seeing those I am blessed to work with minister to the people here in the DR.

It has been great to catch up with friends and DR family. It’s hard to be away, even though it’s only three months since I had seen everyone last. I’m ready to be back full time and praying that the Lord guides me in this decision. The people are so open and welcoming here! The first week I was here, I didn’t have to cook once, it was great!

One of the things I was tasked with while in San Juan was getting updated photos and videos of our staff. I needed to get 23 different videos, and I’m only three videos were away from completing this task. I also plan on getting updated videos of the Revolution project.

I was able to sit in on a few meetings with a few of our local school partners. It’s interesting to hear the struggles of the school system here during this time and compare them to things that the US is struggling with. Our partners are truly amazing and have done a great job navigating how to do school online in a country where WiFi is not in every home. In some parts of the country, schools are due to return to in-person learning next month. I pray this happens!

Last Thursday, I went with Nicole Hoover, our Medical team coordinator, to participate in visits for our students in the Child Nutrition Program. This was something I have never done before, and I really enjoyed my time while there. We were high up in the mountains of El Cercado, in places I had never been before. It was beautiful. This is one of those times where I regret not taking a picture.

This week I’ve worked at getting the guesthouse, and my apartment as ready as possible for when teams can return. I have gone through all the rooms and the pantry and made a list of things we will need when teams return. Needless to say, the list is pretty long, but that’s what happens when the guesthouse sits empty for over a year. It is still weird to walk into an open pantry that has been so full at times. I am thankful that we were able to donate all the food, so it did not go bad.

The Dominican Republic has impressed me and many of our staff members in how they are handling COVID 19 as well as administering the vaccine. Many people take COVID very seriously here, which I am thankful for. Roughly 800,000 people have already had their first round of vaccines, and I’ve heard they have purchased enough vaccines for everyone living in the country.

It is sad to think that my trip is coming to an end, but I am trusting in God’s provision and seeking his comfort knowing that He will guide me in my steps in getting back to San Juan again.

Prayer Requests:
Travel day on Thursday
Covid 19 in the DR and US
Our partners
Upcoming travel plans

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