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D.R. Trip 1 – Day 3, More Joy

Shortly after the noon hour, the gathering crowd of over 200 children and parents begin to press toward the main entrance of the food serving area. A few minutes later, the crowd moves to another location, the staging area for the distribution of clothes, toys, and shoes. Baseball legend Manny Mota, surrounded by loyal staff members, and a team of Foothill parents and students are poised to help.

The presence of such need on a daily basis is a familiar sight here at the compound. Caring for literally hundreds is the fulfillment of a promise Manny Mota made to God many years ago in this village of El Tamarindo. The large presence of hungry crowds is simply an opportunity to be obedient, to do every thing humanly possible to help. The rest of this huge responsibility belongs to God.

Reality checks can be emotionally challenging. This was especially true when our students realized there was not enough food to feed every hungry mouth. When provisions ran out and some are turned away, tears begin to fall. Mrs. Kitchel said, “This is a very sad time for the students when they’re confronted with reality.” Today, only the most needy children will receive a pair of shoes, appropriately sized-clothes, and a toy for the toddlers. Mr. Mota’s team is very familiar with these children, so distribution is guarded and handled fairly with father-like vigilance.   Depending on supply, there may be additional distribution efforts tomorrow; time will tell.  According to Mr. Mota, “ After that, any remaining items will be taken to another center for distribution.”

Kassidy Wu, eyes damp with tears, listens intently as Miss. Burris helps encourage her through this moment. Scarcity can be such a cruel thing, especially for this group of eager students who want to help everyone. Miss Burris later commented, “Kassidy was feeling a mixture of sadness and anger. We (in America) have so much, and they (the children of the DR) have so little.”

The day is full and emotions are bursting. By nearly three o’clock in the afternoon, the team was still working diligently. The pace has been nonstop, and no worker has had time for lunch. Despite the sounds of pleading parents, the thick sticky humid air, the inability to help every child, “these kids are real troopers,” remarks Mrs. Kitchel. “They had to work through some tough feelings, but they pressed on and are still going strong. Tonight’s devotions will be very different story as they reflect on moments that will change their lives forever,” she said.

During the devotion later that evening, Miss Burris shared the following reflections, a beautiful effort to keep a proper perspective through the challenges of serving others:

“When serving in this kind of despair, feeling helpless and hopeless can often plague our thoughts, as it did for many of our students.  Matthew 13 challenges us to see with a new perspective, to really see and hear when God is moving in around us.  Looking at hopelessness is what the disciples did when they saw the crowd of 500 and only 5 loaves of bread and fish.  However Jesus challenges them to see even more.  That 5 loaves and 2 fish are more than enough because He is always enough.  Seeing with his perspective reminds us of the hope and joy of the Lord that are found here in El Tamarindo rather than the poor.  Charro, a teacher who is bursting of joy.  Manny and Magarit Mota who have devoted their lives to serving and providing for the needs of so many.  Although what we are able to do seems like only a little and we may be tempted to feel helpless, that is when we are challenged to see glimpses of His hope, joy, and love that are not just already present, but multiplying.  My prayer is my students walk away from this trip with a perspective shift that sees what God is always doing! To see the multiplication of what may seem like just loaves and fishes.”

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Our medical clinic saw 98 patients today! Our students served food, distributes shoes, played with kids, painted nails, and ultimately shared the love of Christ with children at the Manny Mota Foundation today. Read more... link in profile. FCS alumni, Sophia Lorey, was so impacted by her 8th grade trip to the DR that she returned this year, her senior year of high school, with our team! Read about her experience today on the blog! Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. today and all he stood for. He was a courageous leader who non-violently resisted injustice, ignited hope among the marginalized, showed love in the face of hate, and empowered a community looking for direction in a time of turmoil. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” #mlk #mlkjrday #oneschoolsresponse First day of serving in the DR completed. The team organized and set up the medical clinic/pharmacy and all of the donations that were sent ahead to be distributed tomorrow. Our students were able to play with the kids nearby, playing baseball and painting the girls nails. They are ready for a big day tomorrow serving many people in need of medical aide, food, and clothing. To read more about each day from our students’ perspective follow
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