Our last full day in the Dominican. Let's just process that for a second. Thirteen days ago we barely knew each other, didn't know how clinic would go, and didn't know how much the human body could sweat. Now we're used to each other's slight stench, we're clinic masters who helped hundreds of people physically and spiritually, and we've become a CMMA family! What a difference thirteen days can make!
Today we were able to sleep in before gouged through morning devotionals. Such a treat since we were exhausted!! Then we headed out to the oldest parts of Santo Domingo for some shopping before lunch. The weather was cloudy with scattered showers, but this made sure no one got sun burnt today! We broke up into small groups of 4-5 people and explored the shops, took pictures, and tried to work out Peso-to-Dollar conversions. We had lunch on our own and met up to all go to one of the oldest Roman Catholic church's in the Western Hemisphere! It was absolutely stunning! The ceilings were probably three or four stories high and had several alcoves each dedicated to a different saint. Then we split up into two groups-- one group explored the fort and the other went to Christopher Columbus' mansion museum. The entire city was full of such history and amazing culture-- and we only saw a small part of it!!
We headed back to the SCORE hotel around 3 and finished packing up/organizing our luggage (and making sure each bag was under the weight limit...). Then we all sat down for one last dinner together and one last evening devotional.
Most of the people reading this blog are probably the friends and family of many of the people on this trip. For those who are parents and reading this to hear about what your child is doing in the Dominican, I want you to know that you've raised an incredible person. Everyone here has been so amazing, thoughtful, and friendly-- exactly of the kind of healthcare worker I would like to be some day. Everyone here has given this trip their all, has reached out and helped others in need, and has made this trip so impactful!
Please pray for our safe travels tomorrow! And we'll see you soon, Alabama!!! :)