When we went down to San Cristobal (southwest of the capital city of Santo Domingo), we visited a batey that some friends of ours have been visiting for some years now on missions trips (before they up and moved here back in January 2011!) And, as a side note, these new friends, the Gray family, have been an ongoing highlight for us Sawyers this year. And, let me tell you, they are super stars (and this is going to be a totally separate blog on a different day, but you'll understand better when I tell you about them! I digress . . . .)
|Driving into the batey, which was about a mile from the main highway.|
|Batey housing. Multiple people/families share each apartment.|
|Those little eyes stared a hole in me as we pulled up in the batey.|
|Shoes caked in mud as we begin to walk around.|
|There were many children without clothes and/or shoes.|
Sometimes putting yourself in the other person's shoes means taking your shoes off.
|Catching rain for water.|
|These women were doing the laundry . . . by hand.|
Some of my most favorite photographs that I have ever taken were on this day at the batey. Like many other events from the month of June, I don't feel like I can adequately express the range of emotions from outright discomfort to utter joy. It was beautiful.
I think that I'm going to have to create "highlight 5.5: children at the batey". It was incredible to watch my children, other's children and the children of the batey together. No words needed when it comes to children diving right in with each other.