Diamonds in the Rough – December 2019

Diamonds in the Rough – December 2019

Probably the biggest thing that happened during my trip to Fondo Negro was that the Impact Trip I took impacted me more than it impacted the good people of Fondo Negro.

I became involved with Joshua 1 Nine last year when I contributed during a charitable campaign in the community where I live.  As often happens the smallest of things sometimes have the greatest of impact when you open your heart and trust in God which of course is not easy for someone like me who likes to “drive the bus.”

Probably the biggest thing that happened during my trip to Fondo Negro was that the Impact Trip I took impacted me more than it impacted the good people of Fondo Negro.  This was my second trip to the Dominican Republic in this year.  This trip was supposed to be a baseball visioning trip where I was going to get the lay of the land from a baseball perspective by meeting players and coaches.  What I found was a group of people who love the game, coaches who nurture and teach kids in difficult circumstances, a community that supports their team, and most of all the boys who play baseball every afternoon with a uniquely Dominican passion. 

Throughout my visit I was touched on several occasions by the generosity of my Dominican hosts.  Their warm smiles, excellent senses of humor, their sharing of local treats such as candy and cold drinks, and mostly just the relaxed vibe that permeates the community and the people.

I have been home now for about a month and I find myself thinking about my new friends quite often.  This trip resonated with me in ways that are difficult to articulate, but I was moved by the experience.  So for those of you that are thinking about visiting and becoming involved with Joshua 1 Nine be prepared to be moved, to have a life altering experience as you open your heart to something special.  Your time, your prayers, your contributions, and your hearts could find no better place.  There is no doubt that I will be going back and I hope that some of you will consider supporting the most worthy ministry of Joshua 1 Nine.

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Year end is a time many of us remember charities and those around us who have greater need. The kids at Joshua 1:Nine would be honored to be part of your year end giving plans. Do you want to help give hope to the futures of the kids in Fondo Negro? Do you want to be the one who puts food in the belly of a kids who otherwise might not eat? We do all of that and more and your donations will go straight to Fondo Negro. We have no paid American Staff and very little overhead. If you want your dollars to go somewhere you know without a doubt it is making a difference this is the place. Give the gift of hope.

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All of us at Joshua 1:Nine pray you had a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to a new year full of hope and joy. Thank you for your support in 2019 and we look forward to sharing more with you in the coming year. Happy New Year!

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