Saturday, January 26, 2013

Day 20: Our final Saturday

What to say about our final Saturday? It was another slow one. Sarah and Annie left for their respective churches in the early afternoon. Kristin and I started gathering thoughts for our final papers. Tonight Kristin, Charlie, Karen and I went out to eat, and we had enough leftovers that lunch tomorrow is covered.

I’ve been working with Charlie Nakash to build a Facebook presence, in English, for the work of the Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic. You can check it out and like it here. They could always use your donations and your personal involvement! For instance:

- By digging wells and installing filtration systems, we can help stop the spread of disease among the most vulnerable populations.

- By training young people to do construction work, we can equip the next generation to become expert workers.

- By providing sewing machines, we can enable the crafting of fine vestments and altar pieces that can be sold to churches in the United States for decent wages.

You and your church can participate in this important work. You can hold fundraisers, dedicate a portion of your mission budget, or even send teams of pilgrims. In recent years the Episcopal Church has hosted medical teams (there's one here right now), construction teams, and Vacation Bible School teams. Together we can make a difference in many people's lives, not only in the immediate moment, but for generations to come.

I hope this blog has helped raise awareness of this wonderful place and of the great things that are going on here. If you'd like to learn more or make a donation, contact Charlie at He also blogs at

We hear that the dean of the seminary, the Very Rev. Ashton Brooks, has returned from sick leave today and that we might get to meet him tomorrow. Here’s hoping. In the meantime, we're already beginning to pack and look forward to returning home on Monday evening!

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