Top Ten {Tuesday}: World Vision in the Dominican Republic

This time next week I will be in the Dominican Republic with World Vision. I cannot even fathom that. The last time I went on a missions trip was around 1995. I went to Ecuador with my home church. We did children’s ministry–puppets and crafts and other activities. My main memory is my mom following a crazy shoe salesman up into a scary high rise building. I also have vivid memories of when I got sunburned because I forgot to wear sunscreen ON THE EQUATOR.

Anyway, that’s not what this post is about. I’m just thinking about the Dominican, the trip and World Vision. So, here are my Top Ten Thoughts, Ideas, Facts and Prayers for My Dominican Republic Trip.

1. The average yearly income for a family in the Dominican Republic is $2300. YEARLY INCOME.

2. My little girl, Mari Luz is turning 12 on May 10. (Five days before MY birthday!) I so wish I was there on her birthday. Many teenage girls in impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic are married as teens. It makes me excited with my $35 a month, I could be protecting her from a too-early marriage and motherhood by ensuring she has an education and basic needs met.

3. 23.5% of the population of the Dominican Republic lives under the poverty level. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, the US is about 13%.  In the US, that means about $20, 000 a year. But remember #1? The AVERAGE income in the DR is $2300. So even people below the poverty level here are making more than the AVERAGE income in the DR. I know, I know, the cost of living makes things even out. But honestly, can it ever be EVEN?

4. My husband is going to be Mr. Mom while I’m gone. And my parents will be Super Grandparents. Will you pray they get the scheduling, naps and general comforting of my children ok? And pray for Lydia and Asa. I think they’ll have a fun time, but don’t want them feeling uneasy while I’m gone.

5. My Mari Luz.

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6. World Vision has seven Area Development Programs (ADP) in the Dominican Republic. The one in Palmera is where Mari Luz is involved. In this past year, they’ve awarded more than 1500 scholarships to students, vaccinated 600 kids under 5 years old, provided monthly medical care for children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS and honored many children with birthday parties! I love this!

7. I have to take malaria pills tonight. I also got a typhoid, hepatitis A and tetanus shot. I know this is all because of our uber vaccinated American thing but it just makes me feel weird that we would need to take so many shots. It just shows the vast differences between the US and other countries. How could we (Christians, not the US) allow such poverty and sickness to go unchecked?!

8. I’ve been wearing my Lisa Leonard necklace for the last week or so. I hear it jingling around my neck and think about how Mari Luz will be wearing the same one soon. I’m praying when she hears it jingling she’ll remember the faith of World Vision, the hope she has in Jesus and the love I have for her. If you sponsor a child through my blog you can get your own Faith, Hope & Amor necklace by Lisa Leonard. {quantities limited}

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9. I get to bring a gift to Mari Luz. Her bio says she likes dolls. But what kind of doll can I buy a 12 year old? Any ideas?

10. Would you spread the word? Here’s a button you can put in your sidebar or even put up a blog post about it. It’s not about traffic to this blog or about just getting the word out—it’s about making a difference in the lives of boys and girls, men and women, communities and in a whole country. I want as many people as possible to get involved with what God is doing around the world. Please look at these faces and sponsor a child today. {{thank you, Mandi for fixing the button!!}}

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  1. So excited for you for next week!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..TGIF – Stream of consciousness =-.

  2. Praise the Lord you are able to go and see Mari!

    I think you should get her an American Girl Doll, and you could always follow that up with the books they have about the American girls.

    Looking forward to hearing about your trip!
    .-= Janna @ The Adventure of Motherhood´s last blog ..Top Ten Reasons to Love Mabel’s Labels =-.

  3. Angela Fowler says:

    I’ve got some pretty Barbie dolls that I’ve collected over the years that she may enjoy. I have some that could be played with but most of the other are collector dolls and I’ve been wanting to bless someone else with them. Email me if you’d like more info.


  4. I’ll pray for you to have a safe, wonderful trip! I know God will teach you many things as you go to share His love!

  5. I’m so excited for all of you going on this trip. And getting to meet Mari! Well, that’s just Jesus! I’ll be praying for you.
    I would say if Lydia has any dolls that aren’t too babyish, get the same kind. That way you can tell her you have its twin at home and will think of her every time you see it. Or something like that. Make it a connection point between you two, just like your necklaces.
    .-= jen´s last blog ..Top Ten Tuesday ~ Goin Back to Work Edition =-.

  6. Already in my prayers! Love you & your heart:)
    .-= mandi@itscome2this´s last blog ..Well talk about it … =-.

  7. So excited and praying for you my sweet friend!!
    .-= Hillary @ The Other Mama´s last blog ..The Pleated Poppy- A GIVEAWAY! =-.

  8. #4…why the worry? You’re husband is totally capable of doing this. Sorry to tell ya, but there’s no way your kids will remain on schedule, but that’s ok. They will have the time of their lives. It would be boring if there were never any change ups.
    .-= clistyb´s last blog ..I’ve reached a new low… =-.

  9. Wow, that is so amazing! I can’t wait to hear all about it. Sending you prayers for safe travel. It’s funny to come here and read this, as we had a discussion at dinner tonight about possibly sponsoring a child later this year. 🙂
    .-= Kari´s last blog ..Moments with Eli: Samuel Adams =-.

  10. What an amazing experience you are about to have. I look forward to hearing more about your trip.
    .-= PlanningQueen´s last blog ..10 Children’s Activities For May 2010 In Melbourne =-.

  11. I’m really excited for you–can’t wait to see pictures and read all about it.
    .-= vanessa´s last blog ..make your own bookplates =-.

  12. This is awesome! Let me know when the button is working!!
    .-= Alicia´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday–April 26th =-.

  13. It’s so amazing that you get the opportunity to do this. You are such a caring and giving woman! I can’t wait to read your updates.
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Honest Scrap Award =-.

  14. Praying for you and everyone else who is going! I wish I could’ve made it, but being pregnant and still having school in session makes it hard. What a mighty work the Lord is going to do!
    .-= Felicia´s last blog ..What Do You Want to Know about Blogging? =-.

  15. Sounds like an AWESOME opportunity! 🙂 My sister is in Haiti! She is teaching at a school there. She has a Compassion child in the DR and is hoping to get to see her before she comes back to the states in the summer! 🙂

    Have a wonderful trip!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Top Ten Reasons Why Tulips Are My Favorite Flower… =-.

  16. My first top ten today Amanda, I have the same name. 🙂 That one great list. I will have to come back and take time to read carefully. Your theme is great – BTW.
    .-= selfsagacity´s last blog ..Ten Reasons Why i Blog =-.

  17. Praying for you guys…get ready, it’s going to be life changing!
    .-= We are THAT family´s last blog ..Babies: The Movie {Huge Giveaway} =-.

  18. What an awesome opportunity that you will have this next week. I will be praying for you and the other bloggers and can’t wait to hear about the experience. As for the doll, I would say a barbie or an American Girl Doll. I’m sure whatever you bring will make her happy 🙂
    .-= Alicia´s last blog ..Small Talk Six: Rise and Shine =-.

  19. Oh that sunburn! Your poor feet!
    I am so excited for you (and trying not to e jealous)! Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  20. Will definitely be praying! Can’t wait to read the updates!
    .-= Christine (iDreamofClean)´s last blog ..Top 10 Reasons to Take the Day Off =-.

  21. So very excited for you!! I am so eager to go on a mission trip. As a single person, it was so much less complicated, you know?
    .-= Heather @ Not a DIY Life´s last blog ..Mamavation Week #17 =-.

  22. I cannot believe your trip is next week already! This is fabulous – I’m praying hard for you!

  23. Hi Amanda, Mari Luz looks like a really sweet child! It’s so nice to know that you get an opportunity to make someone’s life better….Keep up the great work! And God Bless!

  24. I’m praying!
    .-= Olivia´s last blog ..Kingdom Parenting #1-10 =-.

  25. Enjoy your trip! I’m sure you’ve done some sort of orientation, but here’s a brochure about coming Face to Face with Poverty that might be helpful.
    .-= Wendy (The Local Cook)´s last blog ..Everyday Oatmeal Bread =-.

  26. I’m so excited for you and Andrea. This is absolutely amazing what you are doing. I can’t wait to hear more about it and see your trip.

  27. I got here to late! 🙁 It was my first T10T in a really long time and I just now finished it. I hope it is okay to post a link here for it.
    .-= Mommy the Maid´s last blog ..Top Ten Tuesday: Laundry on the Line =-.

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