I got my wife back again. Jeri flew in from the Dominican Republic Monday, two days after I got back from Ecuador.
We go on “separate mission trips together”. I’m with a medical mission to South America (see previous blog entries) but Jeri co-leads a construction team to the Caribbean, to San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican Republic. For nearly ten years they have been building a school for the church Iglesia Bautista Cristo para las Naciones (Christ for the Nations Baptist Church) in a poor Haitian community in the DR.
Not only do they build the school, called Colegio Moriah, they also build the church building itself, to replace the previous one that met under tarps hung between chain-link fences at the pastor’s previous home. In fact, one of the first buildings constructed on the new grounds became a house for Pastor Tanis and his family! Whatever they build serves multi-purpose as the project develops.
Jeri is more or less the mastermind of the project. In the first place, she designed the buildings; but since then she does a ton of fund-raising (for the yearly operation of the school as well as its construction), organizes much of the team’s effort to go there every February, and takes part in the cement-slinging and painting. She fell off a ladder on the job but is OK now. And taking a well-deserved nap as I write this.
And as a matter of unabashed fundraising, please let me talk you into donating! Among other expenses, the teachers’ salaries in particular are an ongoing concern, and we now have a matching grant from the RD Foundation (up to $5000 total) until the first of April.
Anything you give before April will count double through the generosity of the Foundation. Please click here.
Consider this: a mere $250 pays for one high school student’s tuition, uniform and books for a year.
A gift of $2,750 pays for one teacher’s salary for a year. A year! Amazing. And those teachers really do deserve to be paid.
Think about it. And thanks for dropping in.