Hello Everybody! It's so great to hear from everyone! I love reading the comments- it's about one of my favorite parts of the day.
First of all, you should know I am in desperate need of a shower becuase it has been incredibly warm here the past few days. But I am sacrificing shower for some time to update all of you. So just to give you an idea of how bad this could be, when I got out of the guagua today (after being serenaded by the cobrador- no lie!), I thought, is that my sweat or the persons next to me? Gross!
I had a pretty sad morning at ICC. We went to see our last child for the day, and there were several kids, several adults, and us there. When we got there, I was like "where is this kid?" Then the grandfather brought him out from the back room. After we had treated him, he was taken back into the back room and it broke my heart. Maybe it was his naptime, but I just wanted him to be part of the family and be out there with us (the 'be with' factor is huge for these kids). He was very involved and it really made me think of the stigma on kids with disabilities in the states, and how much more difficult it would be to be in this country with less education than the gift of education we have in the states. I had a similar experience walking through the street with another little boy with a disability. It really made me consider their lives and the social issues surrounding them. It breaks my heart. So, I took some time to pray for them and their families... I'm not sure how much some of these kids understand, but I hope and pray that they have someone in their lives who can pray for them and be a source of God's love to them. I want to put them all in my pocket and take them home! On the flipside, I have been very impressed with how many of these mothers care so well for their children! They are clean, well cared for and have very capable hands caring for them!
After lunch, I helped out with the PT clinic here. People came to be treated and many of the staff members here were treated. Then, it was time to be treated myself. You see, many days ago while stepping (stumbling) off a guagua, I messed up my back, so one of the clinicians here fixed it for me! Yahoo!
Now it's almost time to eat dinner, but I wanted to be sure and update you all! I've been so touched by the Dominican people once again during my trip here! They are incredibly gracious, kind, and wonderful! I am so thankful for this incredibly rich experience.
Love to you all!