Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mission Trip

Just a quick note to say that my hubby and I and the other three in our mission trip made it safely to the Dominican Republic. Yesterday we were supposed to cross the border into Haiti but that plan changed. There was a murder on the border - a Haitian killed a Dominican - so there was much unrest which caused the authorities to call in the UN and close the border. We got news last night that the border will be open this morning so will be making the 3 hour trip this morning. As an American, this situation really drives home how much we take for granted in our own country. My hubby spoke with one of the missionaries, Karris, at the orphanage and she told him how grateful she is for the UN troops. Karris was amazingly calm she was about the border closing. She said it happens occasionally and once the tensions die down, the border reopens. We live in a blessed country and I'm hoping that our little group can bring this blessing to some of our neighbors.

On a positive note, we were able to spend an extra day in Santiago, seeing the sights and getting to know some Dominicans. There is a lot of tension between the Dominicans and the Haitians - very similar to that of the border states between the U.S. and Mexico. I feel we were given this extra day among the Dominicans in order to get to know them a little bit. They are a beautiful, friendly people and are very patient with our language difficulties. I'm looking forward to getting to know some Haitians as well.


Deanna said...

I'll be praying that you have a safe trip and accomplish all you set out to do.

Cherie said...

Deanna - thank you so much for your prayers. We really needed them on this trip.