Rarely before have I felt such a dichotomy more than this past week. I had a great time with Dale and Sara going to the different ministry sites and laughing and planning with my Dominican friends. We traveled a lot-from Santiago to Puerto Plata to Santiago to Barahona to Playa Nayajo to Santo Domingo to Santiago to Cabarete and back to Santiago! In the midst of this whirlwind week, I was constantly faced with the beauty of the country and people colliding with sheer devastation and living with no hope. One morning I awoke early at a hotel in Playa Nayajo and walked the beach and sat listening to the surf. I started looking at the beach glass in the midst of the debris on the shoreline from Noel. As I looked at the beach glass and thought about all of the destruction we had seen in the Barahona area, I was reminded that beach glass is one example that God can make something beautiful even out of the mess we leave behind. I continue to wonder how God is going to make something beautiful in these areas with severe hardship. People are living in areas where their houses have been left with 2 feet of mud from the storm, have no drinking water or food, crops destroyed and are burning tires in the road out of sheer frustration. I pray God will bring hope…and I pray He will show me the best way to bring a little through my presence.

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