Naomi's Poetry Collective
Santiago & the Joy of the Lord
Brave is the child who places herself on a motorcycle on the way to the hospital while holding onto the driver in one hand, and her walker in the other.
Brave is the young boy that feeds himself his medicine because there is no one else at home.
Brave is the girl whose eyes are filled with melancholy, but whose infectious smile is filled pure joy…
Love Beyond Words
To understand the impact that God and this trip had on my life, take a step back with me to January 2017.
January 2017 – It was announced that my church, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship (LCF), would be going to the city of Santiago in the Dominican Republic to make known the living word of God. My church chose to partner with a medical clinic and Instituto Evangelico, to help build a pathway towards sustainability for children battling various illnesses and poverty. After the service, there was a meeting to discuss the efforts. I found out that the trip was a week long and would take place in early August…
Although not all of us spoke Spanish, we all expanded our Spanish vocabulary while we were there, and slowly but surely the barriers between us and the children began to break, and be replaced with bonds with a foundation of love and support. Sometimes, all the kids need is a person to converse with and throw a pelota around with. Pelota is one of the many Spanish words I learned from the kids, meaning ball. This little girl pictured below was not always this playful from the start, in fact, she was like the many children who simply sat in a chair in the waiting room to be seen by a doctor, as melancholy wiped their faces. It wasn’t until I asked her, “Te quieres voy a ir afuera” (Do you want to go outside) until she got up and we went outside and I saw her blank stare turn into a beaming smile…