And away they go!

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This evening all five team members met at SeaTac Airport on their way to Santo Domingo. Over the next three weeks they’ll work alongside Children of the Nations’ community health programs, teaching health programs and learning a lot along the way.

They’ll post an update when they reach the Dominican Republic tomorrow. In the meantime, please contact me at owen@spu.edu if you have questions.

Thanks for your support of these students!

Owen.

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Leaving so soon?

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Image We leave in 14 days! Team DR is working hard to finish up finals and prepare for our trip. This photo is one of the most scenic places that DR is known for, and one we might get to go to. Today we met with the team leader from last years team and heard stories of how welcoming and open people are going to be. We are so excited to be visiting and learning more about the culture and to hear the peoples’ stories, and we look forward to maybe sharing our own. We hope that as we finish up the next few weeks that you would pray for/with us and continue to wait in hopeful anticipation to see what God will do in/through us in the DR, in addition to the work of His people for His kingdom already taking place in the DR. Thanks for following our blog!!

La Bodega Adventure

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Hey Blog followers!,

Here’s an update on some of the fun ways we have been preparing for our trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. BannerWe visited a cute little restaurant downtown near Yessler and 4th that has Dominican Cuisine. We had a team meeting along with some delicious food. Lauren Frehner said “When we entered into La Bodega I was overwhelmed with the nostalgia of familiar smells that I remembered from my childhood. Not only was the food there exceptional, it was affordable & the location was just a bus ride away from campus.” How cool! We also had the opportunity to get to know each other better when Lauren F. and Madeya shared their life stories with us. Rosemary said “I enjoyed learning more about Madeya and Lauren through life stories. I think this was also a good way to prepare us for what we should expect when we get to the DR, not only food wise but also communicating and working together.” Our working together was important as we took the bus to an unfamiliar part of town and had to figure out some of the logistics. The staff were super friendly and asked us about our trip, so hopefully we can return and let them know how it went after we return in July. The decor was also great, and showed us a lot of pictures actually from the DR. Thanks for keeping up with us, and let us know if you have any ideas of other restaurants we should try!Group Pic

Meet Team DR! Part 3

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1456619_10200974576549871_835703413_nRosemary Padilla is a freshman hoping to major in Exercise Science from Silverdale, Washington. She is most excited about meeting people, building relationships, and learning about their culture in the Dominican Republic. Rosemary enjoys sports especially fast pitch softball and tennis. She also is an avid collector including buttons, postcards, and coins.

Meet Team DR! Part 2

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1797626_10202086524143651_1434953515_nLauren Frehner (Yes, we have two Laurens!) is a junior Psychology major. Her hometown is Port Angeles, Washington and she loves her family’s Chile Verde. “The food, the people, and the culture are what excite me most about going on a SPRINT Trip.” She also enjoys the Seattle coffee shop scene in her free time.