The town of Samana is a coastal town that gets in visitors all year round. This includes many brothers and sisters from around the world that come to serve for different periods of time. In the month and a half that we've been here, we've met around 20 foreigners that have been here for a time or have come for a week and up to a couple months to serve. Brothers and sisters from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Oregon, and Massachusetts.
It definitely lets see you see on a bigger scale how large our brotherhood is. Constantly meeting brothers from different parts of the world makes you feel closer to our organization as well as gives you a glimpse of what the New World will be like. We've met more new brothers in one month than probably in six months back at home! Seeing other brothers and sisters sacrifice their time and money to come and help serve definitely helps us to continue in our goal of staying here to do the same.
How many more new ones will we meet in the next couple months, weeks, what about tomorrow? There's no telling. Its certainly wonderful serving where the need is great! We not only get to serve Jehovah in a foreign field, having wonderful experiences, but we also get to constantly meet new brothers and sisters from around the earth. Our circle of friends will certainly continue to grow while we're here.
While visiting the neighboring congregation of Las Pascualas, we met two wonderful families that have been serving as need greaters. In the top left corner are Jan (Yan) and Isabel, they're from Denmark and have been need greaters here for about 4 years. The top right is the Radimersky family from Germany, they've been serving as a family here for 7 years! It's definitely very encouraging to see another family (with kids) serving as need greaters!
This is Joe and MIchelle Mahoney from Massachusetts. They've been all over in the last couple years, including serving at Warwick last year. Before Warwick they were here and after Warwick they decided to come back. They are serving in the sign language congregation here in Samana. They're a really great couple!
These girls are definitely taking advantage of their youth to serve Jehovah. This is Hannah, Jasmine, and Cezanne from Oregon. They are between 19-24 years old and they came in July to stay for about 3 months or so. Jasmine and Cezanne are helping in the ASL field here in Samana and Hannah is with us in the Spanish. Although it seems all of us like to help in both when we can. We definitely have a great time with them! Here we are eating popcorn while watching the August broadcast.
I had the privilege of giving a talk in the sign language congregation here in Samana. A sister named Giselle was my interpreter and she was awesome! She easily translated my talk from spanish to ASL for the congregation. This was my first time ever having a talk translated, it was definitely a new and wonderful experience. Afterward we took a group selfie of most of the congregation.
Here we are with an awesome couple from Paris, France-Jeronimo and Vanessa. They were here in the DR for about month and came to Samana for a little over a week. They have applied to SKE and are waiting to hear back. They said they really enjoyed their time here, especialy the ministry. They will be thinking a lot about coming back here in the near future to help out if Jehovah sees fit.
Just a quick post...
I have lost all sense of time. Not sure if its the Dominican lifestyle... the heat... the mosquito bites... or just joy and peace I feel living here.
I never know what time it is - sometimes I forget what day it is... There are times that I think 10 minutes have passed, and it's actually 4 hours later. But I don't really mind. This relaxed frame of mind is just what I need.
Last night a sister and her two sons invited us to the malecon for a night time stroll and for some rollerblading (for the kids, of course). In the states, it would have taken a lot and been very hard for me to get out the house after 7pm to take the girls out. But here... its just so different. We walked to a nearby "colmado" (bodega/corner store) bought some water and chips and walked to the malecon. The kids played for about an hour and half under the nighttime sky, listening to the ocean waves. The stars were so beautiful and the half moon lit so bright on the ocean.
It's those little things that just make my day -- even at 9 o'clock at night...
... at least I think that was the time.
We're the Mazarelli Family
Just a family of four trying to do our best. Our adventure to become Need-Greaters in the Dominican Republic is starting... and we want to share it with you.