I can’t even find words to express how much I have loved getting to live life with the 6 other incredible people that I am interning with this summer. Every second we have spent together has been filled with either laughter or meaningful conversation. We’ve had so much fun exploring the Dominican Republic together and I can’t wait for all the adventures that are still to come!

Today we attended Templo Bíblico, a church that many Makarios employees and friends go to. The service was completely in Spanish, which was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. There was one point where the pastor told us that we could go to the balcony to have the sermon translated into English, but some of the girl interns decided not to follow the Mak group and stayed downstairs where everything was in Spanish. It was cool to see how much I could actually understand. The sermon was on staying grounded in the Word and holding on to Jesus with everything that we have. It was so relevant to my life right now and really hit me hard. I want to be so incredibly in love with the Lord and so in the Word that others notice it and hopefully do the same thing. I think that is vital for my role as a group intern this summer. I am in charge of leading high school students, and all I want out of that role is to show them what it looks like to completely give your life to Christ. My hope is that I can walk away from this summer having been able to effectively share Jesus with every person I come in contact with while I am here.

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Church at Templo Bíblico

After our incredible 2 hour church service, the group ate at Jamvi’s and then the interns headed back out to go to la playa! Sosua is very popular for snorkeling, so we all packed into a guagua and headed to the beach. We each paid about $15 US to rent a boat that took us away from the shore and out to a reef that we were able to snorkel around for about an hour. The fish were so pretty and the water was incredibly blue. I’ve snorkeled in a lot of places, but this may have been one of my favorites. After snorkeling we paid $4 US to ride a banana boat together. As with the public guaguas, the boats had a maximum passenger capacity but the Dominicans didn’t pay attention to that. So, we all piled onto the banana boat and held on for dear life. I fell off once by myself and felt like such a dork, but then I looked around and Andrew had fallen off with me… so I didn’t feel so bad after that.

We spent about 2 hours in Sosua and then took a carito back to Los Ciruelos. It was a fun day filled with bonding experiences and lots of laughter… a great way to spend our last day off before diving head first into the start of group activities on Monday. I’m excited for beach day with the Makarios Pre-K kiddos tomorrow morning!

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Snorkeling in Sosua
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Reed, Jack, Elyse, & me
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The beach at Sosua
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