July 7, 2016

July 7, 2016

A Week in Solidarity

Greetings, friends! It is Thursday, July 7 and we are almost an entire week removed from our pilgrimage to the Dominican Republic and what an amazing week we had with La Sagrada Familia, our sister parish. During our week in the Dominican Republic, we took a tour of their water system that delivers water each week to several communities in the area. We also visited three daycare centers and we hosted two separate camps for teenagers around the parish. To say that we met some incredible people would be an understatement; we were welcomed into the community with open arms and hearts.

It’s difficult to comprehend how much you can go without until you experience people with content souls and almost nothing. The areas we visited would be classified as “poor” by our standards, but the people we met had more joy than almost anyone we know in the United States. They put all of their faith in God and let Him take care of the rest. That’s faith in its purest form. For us, it’s not as difficult to feel blessed when we are gainfully employed, have a house, have food on our table, etc. Those amenities are a daily struggle for the people in La Sagrada Familia Parish, but despite that, they find joy in the little things. We can learn a lot from these people. Our group certainly learned and grew together during our trip. We can only hope that you all take an opportunity to be thankful for the blessings in your life, too!

The prevailing thought that we left with after this trip is “one global family.” We are all in this together, and meeting our brothers/sisters in the Dominican Republic last week was a wonderful example of that fact. La Sagrada Familia Parish is alive and well and we were fortunate enough to be welcomed into their lives for one week. Continue to pray for them and with them. Thanks for following our travels, and we look forward to similar opportunities in the future!

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