I hate to say it, but sometimes there are stereotypes about missionaries that don't match reality? The question of should a missionary enjoy a trip to the beach of course doesn't apply to missionaries working in landlocked countries (of course lakes and rivers have beaches too). I hate to admit this to those of you who don't know where the Dominican Republic is, but yes we live on a beautiful Caribbean island. The island was originally dubbed Hispaniola (Espanola) by Christopher Columbus, and was
Dominican Republic. The DR is the larger in land mass of the two. Four fifths of this nation is
surrounded by coastline. I guess what I am trying to say is that there are a plenty of beaches here to visit.
|Debbie here with Missionary Volunteers Ryan Pauly and Rayven Tallmage|
Sorry, I got sidetracked again. Yes, I am the guilty party who took them to the beach. Please put yourself in their shoes for a moment. You are on a beautiful Caribbean island, where sparkling baby blue ocean waters splash on white powdery beaches, and you get a three day break in your schedule. Would you go to the beach? Or because some people believe true missionaries must suffer, would you pass on the opportunity, not! Sorry, I am going to the beach and restore my strength and energy by swimming in one of the most beautiful and natural habitats that God created for our enjoyment. By the way, I am not any less of a representative for Christ there, then anywhere I go. Neither are you.