Last Sunday, we went to the American Sign Language Congregation, and my dad gave the talk. He gave it in Spanish, while another sister translated in ASL. It was really cool seeing her translate.
After, we went to another congregation in Las Pascualas. We had to take a guagua to get there. A guagua is like a mini bus or van that usually have enough room for around seven or eight people. Although it usually fits eight, they will put 15 people in one, maybe more! When you get a guagua, make sure to try to get a seat with a window, if not, you will be squished into fetus position and/or suffocate from the hot air.
They drive slow, so if anybody on the street needs a ride, they stop and let them on. On the way to Las Pascualas, it wasn't too bad. There was the diver, a lady with a baby, a study from the ASL congregation and us. I still got a window in case they decided to stop for any "hitchhikers". I made a smart choice. About four or five more people got on, and we squished together as much as we could. After about 30 minuets of warm, 'sweatiness' on the crowded bus, it was finally our time to get off.
At Las Pascualas, the meeting is at 4pm. Since the guagua's don't continue to run late in the evening, we had hospitality before the meeting. We went to brothers Jan (Yan) and Isabel's house for hospitality. We had an amazing Dominican home-cooked meal, called "La Bandera Dominicana". White rice, red beans, chicken, and a salad. It's a very simple dish. It's also the main dish of the country. But it was probably the best food I've had here yet. IT. WAS. FANTASTIC. I ate four full plates, and finished every single one.
The congregation is pretty small. There are only 25 publishers, 5 pioneers, and a lot of studies. It's so small, one brother, who is only 14, is in charge of the sound. It was very encouraging though, seeing such a small congregation have so many studies and seeing how brothers so young helping so much in the congregation.
The brother in charge of the sound, Lucas, and his family are from Germany. They have lived here for seven years! They went from German straight to Spanish. Lucas and his little sister, Lorena, are now learning English. I get didn't get to talk too them much, because we had to catch the guagua. They are a very nice family, and we are going to make plans to see them again.
We had to wait quite a bit of time before a guagua came by. But finally, around 7pm, it passed by. This time, there was probably 17 people on the guagua. My mom got to sit up front, Raquel was sort of thrown in the middle area where there really weren't any seats and my dad in one of the middle rows. I was stuck in the back, (luckily, with a window seat). There were three other kids that must've come back from a party. High on sugar or caffeine (or I don't know what) being all loud and giggly and talking about things I probably shouldn't repeat. I was so relieved to finally be dropped off at home.
Next week we should be going to the beach, but it's been so rainy we haven't been able go out anywhere. So I'll let you know how that goes. Bye!!