Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Zip: A More Unorthodox (and Awesome) Method of Travel

Day 6: Puerto Plata. As the sound of waves crashing in the distance seeps through the window beside me, I sit here writing today's blog before dinner has even been served. This update comes a bit earlier than usual, quite frankly because I actually have time to post before nightfall! It has been an exciting day thus far, and we are enjoying a relaxing afternoon of rest and fellowship here at the mission house. This morning's adventure took us on a ride to a heavily forested area just outside of Puerto Plata. This morning's adventure? Zip-lining. After gearing up with harnesses and gloves, we traveled to the starting point of the course. Some were a bit nervous, but by the time we got gliding down the first inclined cable, everyone was enjoying the thrill. How often do you get to zip across a vast jungle suspended above a canopy of enormous trees, surrounded by mountains? After completing all seven zip-lines, some of which were up to 300 meters in length, we returned to the mission house with great photos and memories.
As I mentioned, this afternoon has primarily been one of rest. Many of us are pretty exhausted from the activities of the week, and we've spent time napping, relaxing by the beach, and of course, eating. (Did I mention the food prepared by our cooks, Oscar and Nora, is oustanding?) As I type this, Mr. Oliver Haines is settling in here at the compound. He has arrived safely from his flight and will be spending these last days with us due to a standby flight situation with Lisa and Caroline. We will likely be spending the remainder of the evening here at the mission house, and we will have our nightly time of devotion and sharing following dinner. We send our love and thoughts back home, and we are grateful for your support and prayers. Nick is feeling better; he didn't participate in the zip-lining to avoid further injuring his knee, but he is making progress. We won't know details until we arrive back in the US, but please continue to keep him in your prayers. He sends many thanks to everyone for their love and concern. As a deviation from the norm, I wish you all a good evening, and we look forward to hearing from you in the coming days.
P.S. - We are having trouble with transfering some of the photos with this computer, so only certain cameras work. Unfortunately, we can't get the pictures up from yesterday, but I encourage you to attend the missions chapel on Friday to see (and hear) all about the trip. Thanks!

Posted by: Steven Gallo


Anonymous Mrs. Weil said...

Wow...sounds incredible! Can't wait to see more pictures!

Glad Nick's doing better....we're all praying for him!

By the way, the pictures you've been able to put up are beautiful and very appreciated!

God bless you in your last couple of days! I'll be glad to have you home, Jennie! =)

3/31/2009 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a pleasure to read about all the adventures, blessings, and work accomplished by the group!

Steven, you are an amazing writter!! Reading your text, who needs pictures? Your words translate the events as images! This is a divine gift!!

Praying for the entire group last few days and a safe trip back home!
Mr. Bonorandi

3/31/2009 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Weil said...

I've been having fun having Emily in my class this week, but I think she'd rather be hanging around with all of you! =) Be praying for your classmates and the other classes back at home!

Have an incredible last full day tomorrow! This entire trip has truly been a blessing to many! We've been blessed just hearing about it!

Love and prayers....

3/31/2009 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Poole said...

I definitely enjoyed reading your postings to the freshmen on our trip, Steven! I can almost hear your voice when I read your stylized writing! Thank you for your hard work on the blog - we all really appreciate knowing how we can pray for you specifically!!

3/31/2009 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about the camera difficulties.... Glad to hear about the food, Mr. Haines and Nick. Looking forward to chapel, and the rest of the story. The school is gradually filling back up, but isn't the same without you and the juniors here. Have a great day! Mrs. Harrison

4/01/2009 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys! I'm so glad you've had such an amazing time! I miss you so much!! Hope that the rest of your trip is good and can't wait to hear more!!
Love, Emily =)

4/01/2009 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Calder said...

Prayers continue for y'all, especially you Nick! Look forward to hearing more about the experience when you return. We are extending chapel on Friday to include 20 minutes for each class share about their trip. See you soon!

4/01/2009 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Wilson said...

What an amazing blog all week long!! I know it's demanding to find the energy to write and upload pictures after an exhausting day of ministry. Rest assured that your posts have resulted in more prayer AND praise for what God is has been doing in and through you.

If you're not too exhausted Thursday night, please make a quick post when you get back home to let us know you arrived safely.

4/01/2009 7:38 PM  

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