Dustin Hardage

Today we all got to meet our sponsored children, Winifer. Many of us were very nervous. What would we say? Would we recognize them? Would they recognize us?

My wife and I will never forget the moments before we were introduced to Winifer for the first time. We started crying watching the others meet theirs and we thought, how are we going to not just start balling and lose it when we meet her.

But some how God helped us hold it together. We hugged, we introduced ourselves to her mom, Sylvia, and the we pressed on towards the other adventures of the day. We were so glad her mom got to come.

All the sponsors loaded up the bus with their child and we headed to a little amusement park with animals, a pool, and variety of other outdoor games.

The bus ride was an hour long and helped us break the ice…and trust me… by the time we got the park the children were ready to play. Winifer and Sylvia began their travels at 4 am. . . we got to the park at 10:30 am.

We played games, had long conversations, gave them and some gifts, and we prayed together. By the end of the day we didn’t want to leave each others side.

The last words from Sylvia, our sponsored child’s mom, still ring in my head. “Will we ever get to see you again?”

View several photos from today.

We may not have internet access until Friday…we’ll have to wait and see. Thanks for your prayers.

Below: Mary Ann Hardage, Dustin Hardage, our sponsored child Winifer Tejada, her mom Sylvia, and the Compassion project director, Jesus.img_1855.jpg

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  • Hey Dustin,
    I like how this is going so far. It’s been really neat to read your posts and look at the pictures as things unfold, truly almost like being there – I definitely want to go to DR now that I’ve read the blogs and hadn’t before!

    Too bad the connection is so slow…it might even be cool to add a webcam feature for future blogs so people could really see a live feed…

  • Dustin, thanks so much for taking the time to do the blog. I have enjoyed keeping up with things and it makes me very anxious for my trip to Nicaragua in June. I hope that the Lord continues to bless your time throughout the remainder of the trip.

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