Update letter, November 2010

Light was fading fast as I spotted my prey, so I knew I would have to act quickly. My heart rate quickened as I closed the distance, and in those final few moments everything seemed to move in slow motion as I made the fatal blow to…. the cockroach! Yes, fall brings different rituals to this part of the world, but the weather has been cooler of late, and even though we don’t have colorful leaves on the trees, berries to jam, or elk to chase, there is still much to be thankful for!
First of all, we’ve had several recent visits from family, which has been a great blessing. We also are able to Skype with family that is far away, and it really helps to bridge the distances. We feel fortunate to be missionaries in an age where technology can help us stay in contact with loved ones.
On the school front, this is a very busy time of year – expedition season. Abby took her class of 10th graders to a fishing village on Samana Bay. There they were able to see firsthand the damage caused to the local fisheries from invasive species, trash, and inappropriate clear-cutting that sends silt into the streams and carpets the ocean floor with dirt. The students ate with local fisherman and heard their perspectives, assisted in a beach clean up project, and wrestled with the challenges of balancing resource needs with human needs in a “tragedy of the commons” situation in real life.
Harley’s class is busy planning for the installation of
a wind turbine on the school grounds. We are building
a low cost system with a used electric motor/generator off eBay
and parts you can find at a hardware store. The intent is to use this first installation as a test case and then apply this knowledge toward helping those without power as a service project in future years.
The best part of these projects is that they give us a chance to get to know the students on a deeper and more personal level. This leads better relationships and better discipleship, but it also leads to pain at times as we grieve for the situations that many of our students find themselves in. In fact, one of the students in the picture above, an orphan since his alcoholic mother died when he was 5, was expelled the next day due to behavior that was putting himself and his classmates at risk. Please pray for him and for us as we work to maintain a relationship with him.
We trust that the knowledge we are giving them – knowledge in Math, knowledge in Science, but especially knowledge of God’s Kingdom, is preparing them to break free from the forces that would
hold them back, to realize God’s full potential for their lives, and to
have a Kingdom impact on all whose lives they will touch.
Thank you for partnering with us in this work, and we pray you also have much to be thankful for!
The McAllisters

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About harleymc31

My wife Abby and I are missionaries in the Dominican Republic, working as a High School Math and Science teachers at Doulos Discovery School. We are joined by our three boys, aged 9, 7, and 5 who attend the same school and bring us untold joy every day.
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