DR Update 4
“John Piper said ‘You never know what prayer is for until you know that life is war.’ And I think that’s really true, especially on a trip like this.”-Cam Florence
Day six of our trip was pretty emotional for everyone. A few of us are sick or exhausted or both, but despite the discomfort I haven’t talked to a single person who is ready to go home quite yet. There is so much work to be done in this country and it’s easy to feel as though we aren’t making a difference. But if we are able to lead even one person to Christ, it was all worth it. By God’s grace we have seen dozens of people realize that they are in need of a Savior and give their lives to Him.
We spent the day in the same community you read about from Monte’s team yesterday. It’s a series of villages located in Santo Domingo, right along the river. Most of us weren’t prepared for what we saw. It’s pretty indescribable, so we will include pictures at some point. But the thing that stuck out most to me was not the poverty or conditions. It was the spirit of the people who lived in what was basically a dump. One woman was growing flowers, and the kids, for the most part, were relatively well-dressed and clean. These people have almost nothing, but they have a sense of pride and self respect that is admirable.
For the first part of the day we helped to run a VBS for the kids, ate lunch with them, played hard for a couple hours, and finally distributed hundreds of pairs of shoes. For those of you who don’t know, Matt Kim (Rock student, plays the drums upstairs) has spent the last year collecting used shoes to give to the kids down here. Matt wasn’t able to make it down here this year, but his work blessed a ton of kids. The pastor of the local church was in tears, thanking us for the impact we were making. It’s all because of Christ, but it was awesome to be a part of. We spent the last two or three hours walking around the village and evangelizing.
We started off the morning by boarding the busses and taking the hour and a half trip to the leprosy hospital. When we got there we were instructed to invite all of the patients to the cafeteria by saying “vamos a comedor.” In the cafeteria we sang, shared testimonies and the gospel with the patients. They were beautiful and their joy was infectious. We got to touch them and sing to them and we were experiencing something that Jesus did while he was on earth.
Afterwards, we went over to San Pedro and hosted another VBS. We performed our skits, shared the gospel and danced with the children. We continually see Jesus in the children. Although, it is our mission to love on them, they continually surprise us by abundantly loving on us.
Tonight at score was an awesome time of fellowship and fun. We had handmade pizzas and music, courtesy of Hector, one of the Score staff members. It was nice to get a chance to just chill for a couple of hours and bond as a team during this last brief stretch of the trip. Please pray for health for all of us and a lasting impact from our team.