The last several weeks have been busy and full. I'll start at the beginning....
We had an Aquinas College group with us that was AWESOME! We really enjoyed getting to know this group and working alongside them for the week. They participated in 3 medical clinics, finding 9 severely malnourished children total and taking them to the Sister's of Charity Nutrition Center. Please pray for these little ones as they recuperate and gain strength! The Aquinas students also spent time at our preschool, youth center and visiting a local English class.
This summer we are proud to have 5 interns joining our team! Courtney is our Volunteer Coordinator assisting us with all of the groups coming down by living in our Mission House and accompanying the volunteers throughout their entire mission experience. Megan is our Summer Camp Coordinator responsible for lesson and activity planning at the preschool. She has been doing a phenomenal job of incorporating Bible lessons and Christian values into the school day via hands on projects! Kailey, Jeff and Nick are continuing the public health survey in remote Haitian communities. This is a project funded by the Dow Fellows program. Thus far they have gathered data in four remote communities focusing on sanitation practices, nutrition and infant mortality rates. We will be sure to share more information when official statistics are available.
Last week twenty of our preschoolers graduated from our school in El Chivo! What a celebration it was! Megan and Courtney did a wonderful job planning for the event - they put together gifts for each student (a coloring book, board book, crayons and a rosary), beautifully wrapping each one with handwritten Bible verses and personal notes. Each graduate's family was present to help celebrate the special occasion. Needless to say our eyes were a bit teary and our hearts were very, very full. God's hand has been over this school and these children since day one, it is humbling to be part of their community.
And last but not least -- we have officially moved into our new rental house in San Juan! Woot! We are so blessed to be able to find a home in a safe neighborhood where we can finally fully unpack and be a family. The kids have both adjusted wonderfully to the new house and neighborhood.
This week we have 23 volunteers here for our 10 Years, 1 Mission Anniversary celebration.... I will be sure to update about that next week with photos of the many projects they are completing!
As always, thank you for your prayers, love and support. We wouldn't be able to live this life of service without our sponsors and supporters! THANK YOU!
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