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.