Updates – Week Two

Things I would miss out on if I didn’t live at Lily House: yoga, talking about animals in Spanglish, singing “My Heart Will Go On,” and washing the stones outside late at night in our bathing suits. In other words, I would miss out on sweet opportunities to bond with the women and children, even if we aren’t able to understand each other 100% of the time.

I cleaned the bathroom with my roommate, Dominican style. Which means, we had a pail of water and cleaning detergent, two old shirts as rags, and we literally wiped down everything in the bathroom with it: the shower, the walls, the toilet, the sink, everything. Then we rinsed, and then I mopped the floor. A little different than what I’m used to, but definitely effective!

Washing the stones around the outside of the house was totally fun. I got back to LH (much easier than typing Lily House all the time!) on Saturday night and 2 of the women and 3 of the kids were out, all wet already, using soap, water, brooms, and brushes to clean the stones. So I quickly changed into my bathing suit and joined them, and it was a great bonding time. Of course, right when I thought I wasn’t going to get too wet, one of the boys grabbed the hose and completely soaked me 🙂

I have also gone to the Capitol (Santo Domingo) to buy jewelry supplies like beads, etc and ridden the bus 45 minutes back to SCORE; drank coconut water (super weird and I didn’t like it) and ate FRESH coconut off the tree in our backyard; went to Sunday School at the village church; and was able to go out on Thursday night to talk to women on the streets.

I don’t have a ton of time to update, but I do want to say that the Lord is present here. When I have felt lonely, felt like I wasn’t doing anything worthwhile, felt homesick, felt discouraged – His Spirit and His presence have been made known to me. I am learning to lean on Him in every situation and to bring all my insecurities and worries to the foot of the Cross. I can do nothing without Christ working in and through me. I need Him to continue refining me so that when I am offering myself to others, I’m really offering Christ to them. Please pray that I would continue to seek out His heart for the people here and to realize that He HAS brought me here for a purpose.

May I not boast in anything except the cross of Christ.

2 thoughts on “Updates – Week Two

  1. Will keep you in my prayers. Sounds like you are bonding well with LH residents. You are there for a purpose and God will continue to show you what that is. Love you baby girl!

  2. It is so exciting to read your posts. I love to picture all the things you are doing as you describe them to us. I KNOW that God is using you there even though you may never actually know who you have touched or influenced through His love. Thinking of you often and praying for you. You are the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤

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