I’m home! I have stayed self quarantined since returning back to the states two weeks ago. We wrapped up our final winter team one week earlier than expected due to the current pandemic that the world is in the midst of right now. This is not what I or anyone ever could have expected or imagined. Due to a team’s cancellation, I made the decision to come back to the states a week earlier than earlier planned. I felt a lot of different emotions when I decided to come home early. I was sad. I was sad that I wasn’t going to meet a new team. I was sad for the team! I can’t imagine what the mission trip attendees felt when making the decision to cancel the trip. I was sad to not have one more week with my friends in San Juan. I was sad about what was going on in the world. Before the team’s cancellation, I had honestly not put much thought into the severity of the coronavirus.
Then there was another part of me that was excited to come home. I knew I would be able to spend more time with my family due to both my mom and brother having the week off because of Spring Break. I was excited to see my friends and family. I was excited about getting a new puppy, which I will talk about more at the end of the blog. But then there was a part of me that was uneasy. I don’t like the unknown, I like to have things planned out. Due to the virus, I knew that my plans likely would not happen because of this pandemic. When I left San Juan that Friday morning, I had a feeling that it would be a while before I was back. At the time, I was unsure of the future. I will say, however, that that Friday was a good day. After leaving San Juan, we headed to the Colonial Zone. The groups come here every week, but not the full-time missionary staff. Since we were riding the bus in from San Juan, we were along for the ride. This area is a fun place to hang out, eat good food and just explore. The area is filled with fun activities. One thing we did was explore the chocolate museum. This is something I’ve never done before, but I really enjoyed it. The samples are amazing! I would recommend it to anyone who goes to the Colonial Zone.
I would like to take a second to thank all of those who are working during this pandemic. Those who are risking their lives to save countless lives. You are heroes! I trust that God has his hand in all situations. This is not a surprise for God. I want to challenge each and everyone to commit to praying for those working to help others. Please also be in prayer for the Dominican Republic. Pray for our Dominican staff and friends in San Juan. The Dominican Republic is currently suffering from this pandemic as well. As of today, there are 901 confirmed cases, 3 of which were in San Juan and 42 deaths. I am praying that this number stops. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was worried about the Dominican Republic. However, the Dominican Republic is taking this very seriously. The border is currently shut down, and there is a countrywide curfew. In the DR if you are found outside your house between 5 pm to 5 am you will be arrested.
I have been listening to the song “Good Grace” I would encourage you all to listen to it. Here are the lyrics:
Strange as neighbors
Our blood is one
Of every nation
Of kingdom come
Hold your head up high
Don’t fear no evil
Fix your eyes on this one truth
God is madly in love with you
Remember where our help comes from
Is in His blood
Light of heaven
His kingdom come
All you heavens
Let the praise go up
As the walls come down
Everything with breath
Repeat the sound
All His children
His Name is Jesus
I am trusting in this verse. Psalm 121:1-3 ”
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
Unknown of the future
Please let me know how I can be praying for you!