Myself, Laurie, Marlane, Michele, David, Tony, Jefe, and Scott
On the 1-hour boatride to the pristine Isla de Caja de Muerto (Coffin Island)::
The island was a very beautiful place. We packed lunches and were there from about 10a to 3:30p; and I was in the water almost five of our five-and-a-half hours there. It was my first experience snorkeling and I loved it. Even after I encountered the sea urchin, who left quite a few stabbers in my arm, I took a Benadryl and went back in!
We all felt a little guilty taking a vacation on our first full day in Puerto Rico, but it really was bonding experience that had a positive impact on our unity as we worked and ministered together later in the trip.
The Caribbean Sea
Shopping Day in the downtown square of Ponce::
Noelle, Megan, Katrina, Myself, Michele, Lauren, Tiffany, and Paola
At the famous Casa del Frape, where they had the best fruit smoothies:
David, Jacob, Myself, Levi, Megan, and Elizabeth
Jefe and I showing Matt, Levi, and Derek who is the Boss in Eurche::
In the San Juan airport with some of the girlies before our departure home::
Myself, Tiffany, Katrina, Brittany, Lauren, and Laurie
Having been out of the youth group now for three years, there were only two or three of the teens that I actually knew well. I'm not a regular youth group sponsor, but Pastor Tony asked me to put together a reasonably cheap and reasonably safe missions trip because I've done it already many times and I know what I'm doing. I agreed to plan but couldn't agree to go because I already had Mozambique and Cambodia on the calendar. Then when Cambodia was canceled, I felt God really pushing on my heart to join the PR team. I truly am grateful for the opportunity to go and become much better acquainted with 25 awesome people.