S: Dominican Republic (1996)
1: This is to document my trip to the Dominican Republic where I served as a "need greater" for three months from September to December of 1996. The only thing I regret is the quality of the pictures. I will always treasure the memories.
4: This was my "1st time" on a plane. Looking out the window, one of the main things I can still remember is the cotton ball clouds.
5: Some of the very first things I saw once I landed... beautiful water & Tony Warren (Jackie's brother) who helped set us up. He was amazing!!
6: My First & Only Bethel Room
7: Sights around Bethel
8: Rio San Juan | I got so sick the 1st week. I learned very quickly that even though I thought I wasn't a breakfast eater, I was now.
9: Welcome to Life in Gaspar Hernandez | with Denise Anderson
10: Scenes Around Out in Service at Gaspar Hernandez | Eladio preaching, Nanci with her dream car, walking from door to door | People doing laundry, spider eating a lizard, Juan Carlos & his family
12: Our Beautiful Congregation | Phineas, Anita, Eileen, Yubi & Berhania
15: We went to visit a local sister named Sylvia. We could only be dropped off at the bottom of where she lived and then hike up to her house, I thought I would die by the time we got up there but the view was definitely worth it.
16: After a month in GH we took a trip to Santiago & it was never the same.
17: Some of our everyday sights, once we moved in. | Our neighbor's shower
18: These people became our family for the 2 months I was there. Yes, there was still a language barrier of sorts but we made do. | Naomi, Talya, Roney, Kenya & Mom | Jairo, Kersey, Frank, Papo, Mama, Risia | The Ventura Family
19: And just like brothers, if you ever had any leftovers that you wanted to get rid of all you had to do was holler & they would be right over. | Funny side story, the family in the middle lived downstairs. You could see their lights through the slats of our floor... which means you could see into our apartment as well. EEK! | Yuris | Jairo & | Poblo
20: Believe it or not we get to have fun too. Relax! And even going to the beach. When we'd go to the beach we'd stay at the Hootchietel (that's what we call it - top left & the lobby right below). Very interesting, we had to bring our own sheets or lay on something else. The top right is the one time we didn't stay there.
22: Visiting Tamara's in Jamao | Una bola
23: Out in service in the campo (country). How did we get there? In the back of trucks of course & then walked.
24: The Branch Dedication
25: Out & About the week of the Branch Dedication
26: we went dancing!!! | until we dropped. | And then of course...
31: Street witnessing was a big part of our ministry. Especially on Mondays. We would get started around 1 and go to around 10 in the evening. One time while doing my presentation, the person asked me in English if I would like to know how to say it better. HUH? Cecilio was an English teacher & wanted us to come meet his class. It was one of the last things we did before we left.
32: And where could you find us on Mondays at 12 before street witnessing started? At Caldero Feliz where Fausto, Rocky, Marnie & 2 other sisters worked.
33: Dionne, Shelly, Neti, Cecilia | Darlene, Cecilia, Leo | Lotta & Jennifer | Maria, Marlon & Me | Wally, Fresia, Cynthia, Marlon
34: Marlon - 1st time I met him came up to me & said "me llamo Bon, Helado Bon" That won't make a lot of sense to a lot of people but it cracked me up since the ice cream place there is named Bon. | Miguel - what a sweet, sweet person. As you can see he was very talented but he would stop by & help me with my ASL frequently. I wonder often how he is.
36: We Walked... | We Rode... | Or Preached to them. | or all the above
37: Public Car (5-7 People) | Gua-gua (10+ people) | Colmado (corner grocery)
40: On the way home. Our hooptie broke down & our bethel room is not quite as nice but we're on our way home!!
41: Before we went home one of the brothers at Bethel showed us a tarantula he had in his freezer. EWW!! | The party invitation my sister made for my coming home party.