Getting Settled

Moving to the Dominican Republic has been like coming home. In some ways thing are exactly the same and yet in other ways things have changed. The majority of Sosua is the same. There are a few new businesses and for some reason most of the one way streets are now going the opposite directions but it still feels familiar. It is exciting to be back.

We thought we knew exactly where we would be staying when we moved down. Right before leaving the U.S. we found out that our house wouldn’t be ready. The realtor also had a condo available so we lived there for a few weeks. This gave us time to look at homes and we found a place that is a good fit for our family. The price was a little more than we thought we would pay, but it is still a great deal for the area. The one negative is that the house was mostly unfurnished. We have been living with borrowed lawn chairs and we look forward to having money to buy something more comfortable soon.

A vehicle was another necessity for living in this area. We did find a great deal on a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero sport. It is crazy when $9000 on a 2002 is a great deal. That is living in the DR though. Chantz also purchase a pasola which in the U.S. we call a mo-ped. This uses much less gas as gas is now running $145 pesos which is around $5 U.S. a gallon.

This month has been a great time of renewing old friendships and making new ones. We have had so much fun seeing our sponsor child Romerlin. She is such a sweet girl and we brought her a gift of clothes. She said that they were beautiful and wore them to the next church service. Many of our close friends are in the area of Bombita. We are going to have lunch this week with one family from that area. The mission is growing and we have new missionaries serving here. We have had a terrific time getting to know them and showing them around a little.

Our time here has been very full. We are so busy with getting settled into our new home and ministry. There are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. We say that you have to have a shorter list here. We just can’t get everything done that we would like in a day. This has been a real issue this month because at least one member of our family has been sick each week. We have had rain so we have had some damp and cool nights. This has caused head colds and flu like symptoms. We all seem to be on the mend now though.

We feel so blessed to serve our God in this wonderful place. The people are so gracious and warm. The field is ripe for the harvest and we cannot wait to see how God uses us here. We are open to be used by him, and thank him daily for this privilege.
In Christ,
Renee

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One Response to “Getting Settled”

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