I honestly could have never expected to have the experience that I did in the DR. It is so difficult to put into words what I experienced while I was there, especially for people that weren’t there. I met the most amazing people on this trip and they were not just people from the Dominican, I met incredible people from the US too. The stories that I heard and the different personalities that I encountered have changed me forever. I was also changed by the people that I met from the Dominican. The incredible faith that they have in God, and a large appreciation for the little that we do for them blew my mind. John told us all about all of this, but I don’t think that there is anything that can truly prepare someone for this experience. I saw a woman who had been constantly vomiting and having diarrhea, and her mother had enough faith that she was waiting for missionaries to come and help her daughter because a man that came to pray with her told her that we were coming to save her. I also saw a bunch of little boys playing with a guitar that was made out of a piece of wood, an aluminum can, and a couple pieces of wire, and they were perfectly happy. Some days we would have trouble with the kids in the Bateyes being too aggressive and then there were days when they would be so polite and well behaved. I always understood when the kids were too aggressive because who wouldn’t be when they never see games and toys? But I was always blown away when they were polite because they never get to see anything like this and they were well behaved and appreciative for what we were doing. I was shocked in good ways and bad ways multiple times a day on this trip and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I can’t wait to go back and do it all again.