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Not All Who Wander Are Lost… Everything you ever wanted to know about my Dominican mission work

“Americana, Americana”

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Started the day with the demented roosters in the neighboring barrio commencing to crow at 339 a.m. I found out, again, that I am totally spoiled by my king sized bed and super comfy pillows! Took a “shower” using the equivalent of less than 2 plastic bowls (the size of large Cool Whip tubs) of water. Interesting.

The nursing group, and a few of the pharmacy group, spent the morning teaching Head to Toe Assessment skills to the high school nursing students at the Solid Rock International sponsored school in San Juan. The school has about 1300 students, and we taught 43 junior and senior students until 12:30pm.

Nursing students, ONU nursing group, interpreters and Solid Rock staff.

Nursing students, ONU nursing group, interpreters and Solid Rock staff.

After we ate our packed lunches in the shade of the schoolyard, we walked back to the guesthouse through one of San Juan’s largest barrios, Corbano Sur. As we were walking, a little girl followed me, calling, “Americana, Americana” (American lady, American lady). I stopped to talk with her and when I asked if she wanted a hug, she jumped right into it! She continued to follow us for quite a distance, at one point asking if I would take her photo before she went back home.

typical house and yard in many Dominican barrios

typical house and yard in many Dominican barrios

My little Dominican barrio shadow friend

My little Dominican barrio shadow friend

After an incredibly fulfilling visit with Yasiri, we drove to the Derrombandera region of El Cercado to deliver some building materials to a family of 5 whose house is starting to fall down.

Thanks to Solid Rock Int'l, this falling-down house in the process of being replaced.

Here’s my friend, Jen, in front of a home that, thanks to Solid Rock Int’l, is in the process of being replaced.

Laura’s boyfriend, Wellington, and his brother Charlie carried the wood and tools from the truck to the homesite and spent some time teaching the men of the family about proper positioning of wooden support beams. The family insisted on cutting down some of their stalks of corn and sending them with us.

Support beams and posts of the new house with awesome view of the mountains.

Support beams and posts of the new house with awesome view of the mountains.

We hopped in the truck and drove over an hour back to the guesthouse in time for supper, vendor night (where Larimar jewelry was the big hit) and the Dominican-American softball game, which I am skipping!

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