If you aren’t constantly smiling around the children, something’s wrong.
Let your hair down (literally) and you’ll instantly have three little girls braiding it.
There’s no such thing as giving too much love.
We’ve been blessed with more than we can comprehend, and we’re still not grateful. It’s sad.
People are incredibly kind and tolerant of your Spanish mistakes.
They will always answer when you ask for the 117th time, “Como se dice….?”
However, if it has been seven attempts and you still cannot pronounce “bracelet,” correctly, the little girl on your lap will throw her hands up in exasperation.
The joy is incredible.
The love for Jesus is incredible.
The contentment is incredible.
You’ll pick up Spanish far faster than you ever thought possible, but you’ll also soon discover the language barrier you feared is broken down with hugs, smiles, and the love of Christ.
The Caribbean Sea is gorgeous.
The poverty is heartbreaking.
There isn’t enough nail polish in the world to spread on little girl’s fingers and toes.
People here are unbelievably generous. You leave with gifts. They give whatever they have.
It’s one thing to read Jesus say, “Sell what you have and give to the poor”; it’s another thing entirely to experience firsthand why He said it.
A small loaf of bread is $3.
Your arms are full. Another child comes running, arms outstretched so you try to set the two down so the three can sit on your lap, and they instantly panic, afraid you’re setting them down for good. And your heart will break.
There’s basically no speed limit in the Dominican Republic.
Traffic lights and one way streets are basically suggestions.
You’ll never be loved by another human being as much as you are loved by DR orphans.
Gas is nearly $7 American a gallon.
The friendly bus driver who speaks little English will still have his fun by pointing near your foot and saying, “Ay! Tarantula!” and then laugh his head off when you jump up in a panic.
I need to pray more.
Don’t try to fix everything (American mindset.) Love them.
You can’t comprehend how huge a problem sex trafficking is until you see with your own two eyes.
The deep faith young orphan girls possess will put your own to shame.
Don’t take antibiotics for granted. You’ll realize how spoiled we are with American medicine when you suddenly spike a fever and are delirious. Thankfully, you have a healing God and amazing team who will cover you in prayer.
Also, don’t take electricity for granted. And clean water…Basically, everything we DO take for granted.
Americans are rude! (First observation back in the States).
You’ll still think in Spanish for the first few hours after you’ve landed in the States.
They need so much more support than we give (emotionally, financially, physically, AND spiritually.)
You won’t leave unchanged.
The faces of all of those babies will never leave you.