Today, we helped with the Chiquitos camp for the youngest children in the TEARS school. We had a pool, bounce house, crafts, games and a bible story. The day was fun for both us and the kids. We then finished the day by going to service at the El Camino church.
|Chelo and Judith Camp Leaders|
|Can you see the Dominican flag?|
|Las Dos Amigas|
|Learning about the life of Paul|
|Crafts are intensely creative|
|Una photo por favor|
In devotionals this morning, we talked about 'not sweating the small stuff ' and being willing to go with the flow. This advice was definitely helpful when it came to communicating with the children and leaders working along side us. The children were great reflections of this idea, as we noticed their eagerness to interact despite existing barriers. Witnessing their positive attitude and energetic nature encouraged us to continue working, knowing that we are able to pour love into their lives. The hugs at the end of the day were certainly rewarding.
The opportunity to attend the El Camino church service was a real eye opener. We noticed the energy in their worship seemed to be much more enthusiastic than our own. We could really tell that the people of the barrio are making an effort to go to church because it is something they are truly excited and passionate about. The genuine love for Christ that is apparent in every generation of the church is inspiring and uplifting. While the atmosphere of the church may be somewhat distracting and noisy, you can tell that the message is being received wholeheartedly.
The experience so far has been great, we enjoying learning from and working with Dominicans.
Nikki, Kylie, Avery