So these past few days have gone kinda slow...
My sisters, Nikki and Debbie, left Samana to Santo Domingo on Tuesday. Then left back to the states on Wednesday morning. It's weird waking up and not seeing Debbie sitting in the living room eating breakfast, or not seeing Nikki getting ready for service in the morning.
I already miss them a lot.
Last Sunday we had a "Going away party" for them. A lot of brothers came, and we had a lot of fun.
Yesterday we went to the ASL (American Sign Language) meeting. I even commented! (At least i tried). Raquel commented too. The brothers are very loving and really wanted to help us comment and understand the meeting. My dad has a talk at the sign language meeting on Sunday. A sister from the congregation is going to translate it from Spanish to sign. I'm nervous for him; but I'm not really sure why!
I really like the sign language congregation, and I might even start going regularly.
In this country on Mondays there is no service group or meetings. Some don't even work. The brothers take Monday as a "day off" or "relaxing" day. So this Monday, we are planning to go to the beach in Las Terrenas with some sisters that came to serve here from Oregon. Two of them, Cezanne and Jasmine, are in the sign language and the other, Hannah, is in the Spanish.
They have been to so many different places to serve. Jasmine has been to Ecuador, and Hannah has been to Ecuador, Ireland, and Croatia... and now they are all here to help serve. It's so cool how they have been able to to help in so many different countries and languages and they are all between the ages of 19 and 24! They are really cool sisters and I can't wait to get to know them better.
So it's been a month already! Woohoo! It has gone by pretty fast, but for some reason it feels like we've been here longer than that. We have already gotten to know the brothers very well, and we have gotten pretty close to them. It's very different here than back home, but I do like it.
My point of view has changed since we got here. I like it just as much as I thought I would, but for some different reasons. Of course I knew I was going to like the beaches and the food :) ...
I knew I would like the congregation. It's Jehovah's organization, of course you are going to have a good experience with any congregation you go to. But I feel so much love for these brothers and sisters!
I do like the congregation more than I thought I would. Both of them, Spanish and ASL. The brothers are so sweet and loving. I am really glad I got to experience this and am able to meet all these wonderful brothers.