What a wonderful week it has been. I can’t thank Global Ministries enough for the opportunity they have provided me. I’m not really sure how to write this final blog post, but it must be done. This week I’ve done everything from making coconut jewelry to exploring a high school for adults. The Dominican Republic seems like a different world, but in reality it’s very much like home. Just like at home there are people here who care for those less fortunate and would do anything to help them. Caminante, a local organization that works with children who work on the beaches is one such group of people. This organization provides a rock foundation for those that spend their lives on a sandy beach. What Caminante is doing here is changing not only the lives of the boys on the beach, but those of the people to people missionaries. Thanks so much for everyone that made this trip possible I can’t wait to share all that I’ve learned with my church and community.
This mission trip was far from what I expected. I had always heard about kids in third world countries and their hardships, but I had not expected the experience that I got. These past few days have been a total change for me. This being my first mission trip and my first trip out of the country I didn’t know what to expect. Coming here to the Dominican Republic has been the experience of a lifetime. All the things I saw and experienced were so new to me, and the things I felt and sensed on this trip was amazing. I learned more about myself than I ever thought I would. I made friendships that have impacted my life in ways that I never thought was possible. Being here I got to meet kids who have lived the most difficult lives, yet through all of their tribulations they still have their happiness and laughter. It warms my heart that there are organizations like Caminante that work with these kids and help them through their troublesome lives. I’m extremely lucky to have been part of such an amazing mission trip and it has changed my faith in God in ways that you could only understand if you have your own journey.