Our theme for the trip was "No Expectation
but to serve." I tried to go with that in mind from the time we
started training til the time we got to and departed from the Dominican
Republic. From the start I wasn't sure what to expect anyway.
I felt that God truly called my wife Carie
and I to go on this trip after hearing some youth speak about a trip they
took to Mexico and how it changed their lives. We found out that the
place we were going to be going was San
Juan de la Maguana, and that we would be helping somehow to build a
church. I applied for the chaplain position and Carie
applied for the nurse position. We were excited when we found out we
were going as part of the team for sure.
From the first training session till the last
with assignments Mike had given, I knew
this was going to be a great experience. I felt the presence of God
and knew I was growing closer to Him, desiring more of God being the
center of my life. The people on the team would help with this of
course. We bonded in the spirit of God from the first training
session on. Even with people dropping out for personal reasons, the
people that filled in the gaps filled them well and made the team just as
strong if not stronger. God is awesome, He truly blessed us with a
good team. We went to the Dominican expecting not to have much of a
place to stay, and we had a 3 bedroom apartment for 13 of us with an
actual shower and running water. We were not only able to go and
bless the church with the help building
and buying materials but also with a VBS
for the kids. The people there through their music and love for the
Lord were also a great blessing to us. This is definitely an
experience I won't forget and would highly recommend someone going on a mission
trip if they ever have the opportunity.
Joe using an axe to remove a stump where the future church
floor will be located.