I went on a mission trip to the Domican Republic from June 13- June 20. On our last day they took us to a market that had a bunch of souvenirs and such but there wasn’t a lot of stuff to pick from, pretty much the same few things repeated over and over. I got bored with that real fast and grabbed a friend and left the market to walk down the street.
We walked a few blocks, went in a few stores (there weren’t many) and then I went in a used book store. The store was small and didn’t have very many books. All were in Spanish and in the back they had a few old Spanish childrens books. And then I spotted these and my heart almost stopped:
Amazing! You have to understand that in the stores and in the towns we went to they didn’t have anything. They had nowheres near the selection we have here. For cookies and chips you had 2, maybe 3 to pick from; same with the soft drinks. I never saw any toys or books for sale (other than this store). It was pretty much necessities and nothing else.
You all know how big a Goonies fan I am. So to find two vintage Goonies books was mind-blowing. I truly feel God was giving me a present for all the work I had done that week, and most of the time limping around with a messed up calf muscle. There really is no other explanation as to why I would find 2 vintage, un-used Goonie books in a country that has very little.
I also found this Italian Disney activity book, also from the 80′s:
I got all three for $2. I never saw any other 80′s items the entire week I was there. I never saw any other kids books, toys or anything other than a few stickers. It truly was amazing!
The real gift from God was the experience’s I had and being able to connect with the children but I feel that on my last day this was just a little extra icing on the cake.