First Impressions

We safely arrived in the Dominican Republic! Yesterday, we went into the town of San Pedro Marcoris to exchange currency and then settled in at the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos orphanage. As we walked around the complex, the children were outside playing games and socializing. What struck me was 1) the drastic temperature change between the Dominican Republic and the upper Midwest and 2) the intense joy the kids displayed. They were very excited to see us and we did our best to communicate with them. Our resident Spanish linguist, Zach Halloran helped our guide Joel explain some important information about NPH. Thanks, Zach!

Bienvenidos! Welcome!

After a brief introduction we had Mass in the NPH chapel with the 2 Sisters and Deacon Francisco who all work at NPH. They are very grateful and excited to pray and minister with us this week.

Inside the NPH campus

Though we haven’t spent time with the kids, I can tell that the Lord has much in store for us this week. I hope we can all experience fulfillment in bringing Christ to the kids as we pray and spend time with them. Each of them likely has a story that includes much suffering, but their joy is very apparent. I hope we can also learn from their example of finding joy in the midst of difficult situations.

Fr. Becker practicing some of his Spanish

-Steven Widlowski

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