Dominican Republic: Life on the island

Today was a lesson on 'island life'. Things don't always go as planned.

Ian thinks he is negotiating a good deal...

Ian thinks he is negotiating a good deal...

We were going to attend a Dominican Church, but it was a special day in that church and we were unable to attend... so we had our own service.

We were going to go swimming, but the pool was closed for baptisms... so we went to the beach.

The boys brought their cash and attempted to negotiate with the beach vendors for sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets, and wood carvings.

They all claimed they got good deals...

The Carson flop

The Carson flop

Luke was juked by a few crazy hops

Luke was juked by a few crazy hops

In the afternoon we were going to practice at the San Francisco Giants facility, but when we arrived they decided they didn't want us to use their field anymore... so we had to find another field... and share it with another team. 

We were able to practice on a field in a nearby village and the boys got to experience some 'Dominican bounces'.

Throughout the day, we had a lot of down time waiting for transportation and meals.

Although these types of setbacks can be very frustrating for our fast-paced lifestyle, they contain great lessons on patience and flexibility and they encourage us to have conversations and focus on what matters the most.  Our 'waiting time' created many wonderful moments for the boys to be boys, without electronic devices!  Playing in the waves, playing cards, throwing ball, or just hanging out. 

Good bonding time is turning this group of boys into a team.

Becoming a team

Becoming a team

During evening devotional, Coach Joe asked the group what they hoped God would do this week.  Responses included: help us be bold, give us the words to say, play hard, grow in our relationship with Christ, some DR kids accept Christ.  Please pray for these outcomes for us. 

The real ministry starts tomorrow and it will be busy.  We will play a double-header and then help with VBS in a village.
Well, that's the plan at least...