Sammy W., from The Woodlands, Texas, is one of our summer interns in the Dominican Republic this year. Below is his recap of his first week in the country, serving with a team of CRU students.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matt 6:33)
What does His kingdom look like? After my first week here, I would say that the Kingdom of God looks a lot like the communities VisionTrust works in. In Comendador, at the VisionTrust school, I saw and felt the overwhelming excitement and happiness of being welcomed into the Kingdom. Amidst all the danger and poverty in Herrera, the joy of the Kingdom emanates from the VisionTrust school. Finally, the unconditional love towards God and others can be found in the Transitional Home in Santo Domingo.
For the first time, after all the other trips I have been on, not only did I see the Kingdom in the faces of the children we were serving, I saw it in the team I was serving. It was amazing to watch how quickly the Lord worked and shaped the hearts of the CRU team. Within the span of a couple days they went from some of them not even wanting to go on this trip, to passionately wanting to come back and serve more. I will never forget how eager and willing they were to pour into and encourage one another, even though they had only known each other for about a week.
Towards the beginning of the week I was asked why I wanted to do an internship with VisionTrust. I responded that I wanted to serve the people of the country that is very dear to my heart. I have a heart to serve, and if simply serving these wonderful people was all that I gained from this internship then I would be completely content. However, I cannot deny that I have received so much more already from both the children and the team I served. I thank God for all the blessings He has poured out.
A few prayer requests:
— For protection, healing, and continued aid for the children in Comendador, Hererra, and the Transitional Home in Santo Domingo
— For safe travel for the teams coming and going that I’ll be serving with the rest of the summer
— For health and strength for me so that I can continue to serve to the best of my ability
I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:33-35)