Administrative stuff...and a few preliminary ramblings:
This blog will chronicle the mission trip of Hope Church (Randolph, NJ www.realhope.org ) to the Dominican Republic. There are 42 of us going, split between men and women, adults and teens, members and friends of the Hope community. We partner on these trips with the NJ-based mission organization, the Foundation for Peace, www.foundationforpeace.org
Every year I change up how I write the blog...this year I will try and tie it to our trip theme and the teachings we explore and try to live out daily. That said, I'm sure it will incude my normal random thoughts, attempts at humor, and curious descriptions of heat, bugs, and sweat too. I will try to balance what I think those reading from afar will find of note, with what I feel like I need to get out and document for my own well-being. Oh yeah...and lots of pictures, I promise.
FYI, if you haven't before, or want to refresh your memory, the last two years' blogs are still live and can be viewed: