Today has been the first day that I have not had many activities planned. It was nice to be able to spend some time catching up with Brad and on sleep. This trip has been amazing but extremely busy. It was nice to be able to relax.
Tonight, we went to Sosua, which is a town close to Puerto Plata that has a large gringo (Spanish term for a white person) population to an American restaurant. It was nice to be able to have food that was a taste of home.
In Sosua, I was able to see more of the brokenness here in the Dominican Republic. In the restaurant where we ate, there was a man in his late 70s to early 80s who was with a prostitute who could not have been any older than 20.
In walking down the street to go to the restaurant, I passed by many restaurants that were full of prostitutes. These girls work for the restaurants and can be purchased just like an appetizer. It is saddening to think that these girls are working in this industry because it is the only job they can get that will help them to put food on their tables.
It breaks my heart to see the brokenness and the hurt that goes on in a society where prostitution is legal. So many tourists come to the Dominican Republic just to participate in this industry. The depth of depravity in some areas is eye opening. These are girls who are hurting and broken and desperately need the gospel!
I hope and pray that God would open the eyes of the church to the needs and brokenness around the world. May we not hide in our comfortable church buildings sheltered from the outside world that so desperately needs the transformational power of the gospel!