Ben and I are back from an amazing 7 days in the Dominican Republic. Our church has a relationship with a community there and we've been blessed to go several times to minister and love on that community. This trip was our 3rd time.
Our church has missionaries living in the community and the relationships they've formed made this trip even richer than all the others.
All of us picked a word to describe our trip and mine is RELATIONAL. I thought I'd share my top 3 moments for you, from the trip:
#1 - Franklin's Home
For 3 years now, we've sponsored Franklin - a 9 year old boy in the community. Our church built a private Christian school in the community and part of our sponsorship pays for Franklin's schooling there. We met Franklin on our first trip in 2011, bonded with him on our 2nd trip in 2012, and really connected on this trip. This was also the first trip we were able to see Franklin's home. This beautiful blue home sets atop a steep climb and is shared by Franklin, his parents and his 3 older brothers. Words hardly describe the emotions we felt when we walked into Franklin's home for the first time. We are so blessed and thankful to love on this sweet boy!
Because of the relationships our Missionaries have formed, with the people in the community, our home visits were so much more meaningful and relational. I'll never forget sitting in Amelia and Ramone's home, sipping coffee out of the cutest little cups, and hearing them share their stories and how God is using our church to reach their community. There wasn't a dry eye in the room as we all set and listened to the goodness and GLORY of God!!!
Our team consisted of 32 people, and only 7 of us were adults. Everybody else was college age. As you probably know, my passion is for young people. I can't get enough of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this group and getting to know tons of new people and really bonding with some amazing young women I'm so excited to get to know and grow more connected to. We also hosted a weekend retreat for the young people of the community (about 50 or so of them) at our camp. We loved on them for 2 days, had a blast, and taught them more about Jesus. It was a very powerful and relational weekend as we poured into those youth and they showed us the true meaning of community and love.
What a mighty God we serve!
Have you ever been on a mission trip? I'd love to hear about it! If you haven't, I recommend saving or raising the money to GO! I believe every Christ Follower should see God's goodness in this way at some point in their life!