Today I sit at my desk exhausted but in a really good way. We just got back from our June Women on Mission trip to the Dominican Republic (DR). Fifteen women caught the vision, worked hard, and joined us as we ministered and were ministered to in the DR.
I love taking women of all ages on our trips but it is especially exciting for me when I see a large number of women age 25-35 on the trip. This age group dominated on this recent trip and I was thrilled seeing them pour their hearts and energy into the needs they encountered.
We started our trip with the girls of New Hope. Over forty girls ages 6-12 who have been rescued or are in high risk situations are being educated and helped by Joy Reyes and the amazing team in La Vega. The team was able to take the girls on a special swimming adventure in the river. The girls splashed, caught crabs, ate their picnic lunch, and giggled until they were exhausted. The cold mountain water felt good considering the heat and humidity but several of our women screamed louder than the girls when they hit the water.
We were blessed to spend a few hours in the barrio (neighborhood) where we saw the school, gave them backpacks and school supplies for the girls, and learned a lot about the workshop and the products the women make to support their families. It was an exciting day.
The next day we headed to San Pedro to meet the team at DR Vision directed by Gary and Allison Hale. While in San Pedro the women were able to tackle a few major projects, do an outreach at the dress shop, take a prayer walk down through the tourist section of the capital city of Santo Domingo, and spend a day with the women at the workshop.
Allison and the team work with women who are on the streets selling their bodies to put food on the table. They minister to them on the streets and invite them to take a step that will forever change their lives. As the women come off the streets and learn to make jewelry, bags, or work at the dress shop, they are given a sense of dignity. But this team of women are far more concerned with their souls than anything else and so they also have the wonderful opportunity to hear the gospel. God is doing great things.
It was a great week. Lisa and I will be heading back two more times in July to take a church group from Michigan and Ohio. Our next DFM Women on Mission trip is February 18-23, 2016. I hope you will make your plans to join us. Click here to get more information on the trip.