The second half of my time here in the DR has begun and I can hardly believe it! I thought the first half flew by, but now I’m a week into my time in Los Higos and I feel like my head is spinning… I love it here. Los Higos is a small campo community where everyone knows everyone. I spend my mornings working at Mis Pasos Primeros Prescolar (preschool). Tuesday and Friday afternoons I teach an English class with another Bethel Student, and on Wednesday and Thursday we help out at a kind of Spanish literacy clinic for adults. I haven’t felt this at home in the DR since I got here! It’s amazing. The kids are adorable, the community is so friendly, and the work fits me.
This, as most of my stories, is another tale of God’s faithfulness in my life. I had asked to be placed at an education site, but when we received our placements, I got social work instead. This was really hard for me to understand and accept at first because I’m going into an education career- education is what I love. Regardless, I decided that God must have placed me in social work for a reason and that he had things to teach me through the experience. Then, the week before we moved to our new homes and began our work, I found out that it had been a misprint and I was, in fact, supposed to be at the education site! I was overjoyed! I gave up what I wanted, and God gave it back to me. Now I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
Not that the work doesn’t have it’s challenging moments- there are many! But there are few things more rewarding than a child’s hand in your own, his eyes locked on your face, begging you to sit by him during the story. And there are few things better than knowing you’re where you were meant to be.