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15 03, 2019

CE-DR 2019: Day 8

By |2019-03-15T23:55:10-04:00March 15th, 2019|DR 2019|0 Comments

Jon (Kingsway): Today we had to say goodbye to the other two teams that were here with us this past week. Compass from Orangeville and Flamborough from outside Hamilton. One upside was that we had the facilities all to ourselves, the other is that we definitely got some larger pieces of avocado for lunch! Our work today was focused on completing a concrete ramp to allow

15 03, 2019

CE DR 2019: Day 6

By |2019-03-15T01:48:51-04:00March 15th, 2019|DR 2019|2 Comments

Will (Harmony): Today was quite a fun day. In contrast to the hard work we were doing on some other days, today we got to relax a bit and we visited some caves as well as go to the marketplace. The marketplace was really fun because it wasn’t a regular old marketplace. Here we had the option of bargaining and that was a lot of fun.

14 03, 2019

CE-DR 2019: Day 5

By |2019-03-15T23:28:05-04:00March 14th, 2019|DR 2019|1 Comment

Jon (Kingsway): This morning we had the opportunity to visit the CBOQ School that teams built in 2013. The school goes up to grade 5 and has three classrooms. We rotated activities with each class. Recess, where we bounced basketballs, kicked soccer balls, blew bubbles, and face painted with them. We made bracelets with them, with different colour beads, each representing an aspect of what Jesus

13 03, 2019

CE-DR 2019: Day 4

By |2019-03-15T22:56:05-04:00March 13th, 2019|DR 2019|0 Comments

Matthew (Kingsway): Today was our second work day, day four of our trip. The work we did today definitely felt harder for me than yesterday, however we paced ourselves well and drank lots of water, and were able to work until the end of the day, maintain our productivity. When we arrived at our worksite, the water purification plant, after lunch, we were told that we

11 03, 2019

CE-DR 2019: Day 3

By |2019-03-11T22:54:01-04:00March 11th, 2019|DR 2019|0 Comments

Emmanuel (Harmony): Today was our first work day and it was fun! We went to Villa Altagracia. We were split into two groups and my group started off by shoveling dirt and debris and wheel barrowing to another room. After, we went to lay bricks but it had rained for quite awhile which cut into our work time. The thing that stood out to me the most was that

11 03, 2019

CE-DR 2019: Day 2

By |2019-03-15T22:55:01-04:00March 11th, 2019|DR 2019|1 Comment

Martin (Harmony): The energy from our group today was radiant, because for most of us, it was the first sleep in 24h! Today we were greeted with an amazing sunrise. You could see the vast mountain range in layers before you. As the rest of us got up, we were greeted with the smell of pancakes and sausages, and it tasted great! Personally, I was really surprised how

9 03, 2019

CE-DR 2019: Day 1 First Impressions

By |2019-03-11T14:07:49-04:00March 9th, 2019|DR 2019|1 Comment

Jon (Kingsway):  Friday Night, our two groups met, we started to bond. Got some Spanish language training/tips and after a few snacks (eventually) got some sleep. Early morning shuttle to the airport (2am) left us all a little sleepy but a smooth ride left us in good shape at the Santo Domingo airport (shown here). With a warm reception

9 03, 2019

CE-DR 2019: Day 1

By |2019-03-09T11:58:17-04:00March 9th, 2019|DR 2019|2 Comments

Day 1 Our team of 18 (9 from Harmony Road Baptist and 9 from Kingsway Baptist) met last night near Pearson Airport. They reviewed the logistics of the experience, specifically the first 18 hours from the orientation to their arrival at the Lighthouse Project. They were reminded to continuously ask themselves, "What do you God want me to notice at this moment?" (We'll see what God might reveal in

18 03, 2017

CE-DR 2017: Day 9

By |2017-03-18T01:33:41-04:00March 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Home      #everyonebacksafe It's bittersweet, on one hand we feel great about what we were able to accomplish this week. Laying bricks and building the walls faster than our friends in charge of construction expected. On the other hand it's sad to leave the friends that we've made and partners in mission we've gotten to live and work beside the past eight days. We begun the day like any

17 03, 2017

CE-DR 2017: Day 8

By |2017-03-17T03:01:58-04:00March 17th, 2017|DR 2017, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Cultural Day Before we left our hosts wanted us to soak in some more of the Dominican culture and explore what the city of Santo Domingo has to offer. We visited the Market, bartering for souvenirs and gifts for those back home. We toured the old city, the oldest European settlement in the New World. We also visited the Three Eyes, or Tres Ojos if you're from the Dominican Republic,

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