The body of Christ amazes me. I’m in awe of how God orchestrates such wonderfully diverse members who are each bestowed with unique gifts into one unified group—all “by one and the same Spirit” (1 Cor 12:11).
When I was younger I was blessed with the opportunity to go on many short-term mission trips to places like Mexico, Romania, and Tunisia. But more than 10 years passed before I had the chance to encounter the global Church up close again, and my heart and mind desperately needed the refresher.
This past summer I traveled to the Dominican Republic with a small team from my home church in Arizona. We were excited to spend a week with children and staff from the VisionTrust Learning Center in Ensanche Altagracia, a community located on the outskirts of Santo Domingo.
As our bus squeezed through the narrow, dirty streets on our way to the Learning Center, our team reviewed the plan for the day. We were looking forward to spending time with the teachers and staff, most of whom lived in the same rough neighborhood where they worked. We had intended to teach and encourage them, but it ended up being the other way around.
During our time together, I was struck by how much these vibrant, beautiful sisters in Christ all loved Jesus. They delighted in their work, adored the children they cared for, treated each other like family, took pride in their school, and had the utmost respect and gratitude for Mary, the Learning Center’s director. No wonder VisionTrust calls them Local Heroes!
After sharing a meal together later that evening, we gathered in the courtyard and played a rousing rendition of Telephone. If you thought this silly lost-in-translation game was only for pre-teen slumber parties, you’d be wrong… try playing with people who speak a different language!
The Holy Spirit filled my heart to bursting as I sat in a circle belly laughing with these amazing brothers and sisters in Christ. I marveled at how each of us—despite different backgrounds, cultures, and languages—are all members of the same body, the Church, yet with unique roles to play. Being part of this family is a beautiful thing.
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