This blog post is an update brought to you by Rachel P., a team member from Worthington Christian High School in Columbus, OH who went to the Dominican Republic with her school this March.
On Friday, the Red Team traveled to the VisionTrust school in Ensanche Altagracia. It was a wonderful first day of ministry for us! As soon as we arrived, we began the “easy” process of setting up the puppet stage. With the much needed assistance of Mr. Burns and Dr. Buzz, we finished the stage nearly 20 minutes later 🙂 When we finished, we divided into our rotations of games, program, and crafts; our ministry day had begun!
We performed our program twice with much needed Spanish assistance from our wonderful translators, Camila and Joy. We are very thankful for the Spanish skills God blessed them with! After our programs, we piled all 150 kids and our 25 members into the front courtyard for some fun with balloons and bubbles. Our vocabularies expanded once we figured out that “bubuljas” meant bubbles in Spanish. The kids really enjoyed this time to let loose and play; I found a couple of boys pretend sword-fighting over a “princesa.” Make believe is a game present in all countries I guess.
The Lord really blessed my Spanish along with the Spanish of my team. Albert M., who claims to be terrible at Spanish, held a ten minute conversation with a little boy. After an hour lunch break, the second section of classes came into VisionTrust’s school. This rotation included several Dominican children that students on the Red Team sponsor. Both Michaela L. and Mrs. McMahon had tears in their eyes as they saw where their funds have been given these many months.
We performed one more program and found ourselves exhausted from the heat and activity of the morning. Before the final two programs of the day, we cried out to the Lord for extra strength and stamina. Needless to say, He provided in a way beyond what we asked. What a God we serve!! While at the school, we presented the Gospel to nearly 300 kids. Pray for those seeds that were planted.
If you’re interested in taking a team of high schoolers (or anyone!) on a life changing mission trip email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.