Dominican Republic

The Upside-Down Kingdom

This summer I was blessed to help lead a team of thirteen interns into Barahona, Dominican Republic. It was a great time of growth and many life lessons for all of us. One of the lessons we learned was how to serve others and the richness and blessing it brings to our lives. Jesus taught and lived a life full of humility and he demonstrated this numerous times in the scriptures through acts of service. One of his most famous was the washing of his disciples’ feet when he told his disciples: “You will be blessed if you do this,” referring to how he had served them.

My New Friend, Miguel

I would like to tell you about one of my friends from the Dominican Republic. His name is Miguel. He’s a small, 13-year-old from Don Bosco, one of the bateys where COTN operates a school. I met him last summer when I had come to play basketball at the school. Any time the children were playing basketball, he was sure to be found close by. This summer I got the chance to hang out a little more with Miguel, and I found out more of his life story. Miguel hangs out with a group of boys at Don Bosco who write and sing Christian Rap songs.

Knowing Less Every Day

Regresé a mi casa más viejo
después de recorrer el mundo.
No le pregunto a nadie nada.
Pero sé cada día menos.

I returned home much older
after crossing the world.
Now I question nobody.
But I know less every day.
-Pablo Neruda

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