Crestview Presbyterian Church | Dominican Republic

| June 10 to June 16, 2017

Local Host:
Staff: Dennis Holsman, Mary Holsman, Manuel Jimenez, Magalie Joseph, Francisco Martinez

Trip Journal Updates

Bus Travel
by Mary Holsman | June 12, 2017

The area we traveled to our village had a storm about one month ago that washed out part of the road; our big bus could not travel the last 5 miles, therefore we reloaded onto a smaller local bus for the last leg of our journey  :)

by Mary Holsman | June 12, 2017

Many people from the small village of Polo Arriba met us at the church for a brief welcome ceremony along with a snack of fresh bananas and mango  - - - - SWEET    :)   :)

Sunday School
by Mary | June 12, 2017

At Sunday School we shared in music and the story of creation.  The children enjoyed making pictures of themselves - - - God created us    :)

Water-Filter Education
by Mary | June 12, 2017

The community members showed up in great numbers to learn of the water filters.  During the week, we will be installing 36 water-filters into homes.

Community Walk
by Mary | June 12, 2017

Sunday afternoon we walked throughout the community, greeting people, and inviting them to church and VBS  :)

Group Sing at Church
by Mary | June 12, 2017

On Sunday we greeted our new church family and shared in song  :)

Construction of Kitchen
by Mary | June 12, 2017

Monday morning we began construction for a kitchen addition to the church - - - providing food to families in need is a vision of the Pastora.

Rebar for Construction
by Mary | June 12, 2017

Bending rebar and wiring the pieces together to make several long support frames was Monday mornings main construction project  :)

Drilling holes for Water-filters
by Mary | June 12, 2017

We hand drilled the holes in the buckets to put the water-filters into place.

Interviewing Families
by Mary | June 12, 2017

We interviewed each family that is receiving a water filter; and discovered that many families are experiencing parasites and frequent headaches.

Demonstration of Water-Filter
by Mary | June 12, 2017

We spent time with each family showing them how the water filter works and how to maintain and clean the filter.

Family receiving Water-filter
by Mary | June 12, 2017

This family received a water-filter today - - - - no more need to buy water to drink, the money saved can be used to buy food to feed the hungry family   :)

Coffee Famers
by Mary | June 12, 2017

Many of the local men work in agriculture, planting and harvesting coffee.  This farmer is going to the field to plant small coffee trees.  It will take four years before these small plants produce coffee beans.

by Mary | June 12, 2017

Many hands make light work as we produce one of several rebar support frames  :)

Bucket by Bucket
by Mary Holsman | June 13, 2017

Cement is hauled bucket by bucket up the ladder to be poured along the top of the kitchen wall  :)

Local Store
by Mary | June 13, 2017

Buying treats at the local corner store  :)

Water Source
by Mary | June 13, 2017

Collecting water for the family at their source of water - - - the water is not good to drink, however, their new water-filter will purify this water for the family to use for cooking and drinking   :)

Family Enjoys Clean Water
by Mary | June 13, 2017

Another family feels blessed to have received a water-filter today - - - no more parasites due to drinking bad water  :)       Gloria a Dios!!!

Children's Ministry
by Mary | June 13, 2017

The children run down the rocky roads to join us for children's ministry - - - sharing in song, Bible stories, crafts and games   :)

Games with the Children
by Mary | June 13, 2017

Enjoying fun and games with the kiddos as part of the children's ministry   :)

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