Today was a day of rest for the teams. It was great to be able to spend some time with Brad and his family. I feel like the Dominican Republic is becoming less foreign and unknown to me the longer that I am here.
The people are so friendly and welcoming, which makes it easy to feel like home. I am still struggling with the language difference. Not speaking Spanish makes me feel like I am out of the loop in conversations. This evening at my hotel, I turned on the TV to an American station just to be able to hear people speak a language that I could understand. It did not matter what they were discussing. All that mattered was that there were words that I understood coming from their mouths.
The day ended with a service with the youth group from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham. This was a time of thanks and a foot-washing service. It was very impacting for me to sit and watch this service. A service like this is one of the moments that I remember most clearly about Brad’s youth ministry in the States. As I sat and watched students respond to this clear picture of humility and service, I was encouraged to seek the Lord for a way that I can model this form of servant leadership for my students at home.