Our Dominican Republic interns have had an amazing 6 weeks, and surprisingly, it’s already over. Let’s hear from Tiffany as she reflects on their final week of this great adventure.
I cannot believe I am already writing the very last blog to wrap up our time in the Dominican Republic. The time has flown by! As I reflect on the past six weeks, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness.
Last night I looked through pictures from 2010 of my very first trip to the village of Los Corrozos. The people completely captured my heart that year, but if you had told me then that I would be spending a summer actually living there, I would have laughed. But, because our God is a big God and wants us to be His hands and feet on earth, over the years He grew my desire to know and love the people of Cotui deeply. And the Lord has graciously given Lindsay, Carly and me the opportunity to build an unexplainable bond with the people.
Even though we had been going to Cotui for the past few years, actually living in the village changes everything! We were able to spend so much time with the girls cooking, dancing, going on evening walks, learning about their lives and sharing about ours. The women joyfully welcomed us into their homes and proudly taught us how to make delicious Dominican meals and juices. Something that really stood out to us was a phrase we continuously heard from—“at your service.” Many times when we would say thank you, they would say, “at your service” in return. The people of that community have such servant hearts and have shown us what it means to truly serve others. And not only that, but to do it with love and a joyful attitude.
This is only one of the many characteristics that we want to take back home with us. This summer was full of us learning from them and vice versa. I am so thankful for all the relationships that were strengthened and the new ones that were built throughout our time there. God is doing a huge work in that community and I’m so grateful He has welcomed me to be a part of it.
This has been such a joy to watch God work in the lives of these amazing young women over these 6 short weeks. They now begin the next part of the adventure—coming home to share what God has done and challenging others to join in the work.
Many of us at VisionTrust have alarms set on our phones and computers that remind us to pray every day at 10:02 because of the passage from Luke 10:2, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” These ladies have been part of the workers needed for the harvest and now they have the task of bringing others to join in.
Pray for workers, pray for these young women, pray for God’s work through VisionTrust, and pray about how you can be part of the harvest.