Samana, Dominican Republic
Cueva de Agua is a little place not far from Samana. We spent part of our day there as we are preparing for the June mission team. As we understand the story, a man of some means began building this structure many years ago. It is built into the granite cliffs of a large mountain. In fact, just a short distance down the road a mining operation is still underway.
Samana and ‘Gilligan’s Island’
Do you remember the island huts on the old TV show? They were a little too neat and too modern to represent reality. The ‘walls’ at Cueva de Agua are concrete or metal as the pictures show. They have woven coverings made from thick vines. Once up the stairs to the first large structure you encounter a literal labryrinth of passageways and pathways and tunnels to other large openings.
But the vine lattice work on the walls is where the similarities end. The people here took over this place when the original owner/builder died. It was abandoned. Having no where else to go, some 60-70 families live in this hillside cave structure. There is no running water or modern plumbing. You can imagine more and won’t be too far wrong.
When our ROW team returns in June we will be providing medical care for the people of Cueva de Agua. Here’s an interesting thing from today’s discussions. A member of our host church owns the little hotel in which we are staying. She heard about our trip to the caves. When we came in she asked if she could go out with our team in June. She said there is a great desire among the people of the church to help folks at Cueva de Agua. However, there is little means to do so. Such a blessing to hear that question!
Pray for these folks. Pray for the team that prepares to come.