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These are messages and testimonies, written by women of all ages, who are in various different stages of life. Hear their hearts as you read their messages.
If you have been following us on social media, then you know we were able to take our first out of the country mission trip. What an adventure! We drank our weight in Chinola and sweat off about 25 pounds each. I believe I speak for all of us when I say that we were as blessed if not more blessed than they were. We would be absolutely remissed if we didn’t take a moment to celebrate our growth in what we learned in our time there. We hope you can gain something as well.
If you’ve ever been out of the country, especially for a mission trip, then odds are, you have probably gotten a little (or a lot) sick to your stomach. Thankfully, for our team, nothing serious came out of it, but we all had a moment where we weren’t feeling our best. At the risk of sounding like a whiny American, it was overwhelmingly difficult to muster up the energy and excitement to minister to people. What? That was the whole reason you were there! Many of us can live our lives like that. If God has placed a calling on your life, it can often happen when you don’t feel like it or are tired. It will be difficult to start, but trust me, it will be worth it on the other side. As aforementioned, it blessed us deeply to serve these people even when it was difficult to do so.
For many of us on the trip. It was just a refreshing experience to see a need and be able to serve and love people in that. On our first day, we arrived to a school that was in a very deprived area. Before we could even get out of our van, we could already hear the children screaming with excitement. With tear filled eyes, we approached them, excited to tell them about a man who had completely changed all of us. They were completely receptive as 17 of those children accepted Jesus in their heart that day.
We did have a day that we were able to go enjoy the beautiful sights of the country. We originally were going to go ziplining, but we had a change of plans. I must say, I wasn’t too disappointed about that one as I am terrified of heights. Instead, for just short of 13 dollars, we were able to ride horses for about 2 hours. Great deal, right? Well, let’s just say, the only thing bumpier than a spirit flight, would be riding a horse in the Dominican. This was my first time on a horse and I was terrified from the beginning. That didn’t go away until I was off of the horse. The thing about these horses was that they ran probably about 30 miles an hour and they had donkey saddles on their back. We were all pretty sore when we got off. Sometimes in life, the journey can be scary, you may want to get off, there may be nothing to hold onto, but it’s all a part of the experience. It’s fun if you can view it in the right way. Leaders conquer even their greatest fears. However, It might be a while before any of us get back on a horse.
Last but certainly not least, was our last night in the country. I think this was the highlight of everyone’s trip. We made a decision that we weren’t content with just doing our services and leaving, we wanted to go out and make a difference. We did something that made all of our spirits well with love for God and his people. We set out and found a young boy selling roses and bought all that he had. We found a street corner where several prostitutes congregate every night. We prayed for several minutes before we approached them. The ladies in the car got out to minister, while the men stood by the van and prayed. That’s right! It was the first ever Dominican Princess Night. (We’re making history, people.) We approached them and told them about their value. We stood with them as men drove by and honked horns and yelled crude phrases in Spanish. As we spoke with them, the initial walls of hesitancy were broken as one of the girls began to sob. Their hearts and demeanors softened...it was quite emotional for all of our team. We joined hands and prayed with them, right there on the street corner. We gave them roses and loaded back in the van. We looked back and saw a gentleman on a motorcycle pull up and attempted to persuade one of the girls to go with him. She pulled away and the whole crew of women left their corner. You go, girls. :)
There are more than likely pages of content we could say that we gained from the trip. But these are definitely some of the highlights. So, on behalf of Tiffany, Courtenay, Chris, Cat, and yes...Blake too...WE ARE GRATEFUL.
We will never forget the Dominican and it has forever marked us.
Siempre con dios