If you had asked me 6 months ago if I could imagine myself in the Dominican Republic, covered in cement, with a group of people I barely knew and 15 more that don’t speak English, building houses and spreading the love of Christ to children I would have said absolutely not. God has a way of leading us to the unknown, uncharted areas of life to do His work if you let him.
Here I am today, day 4, and my heart is over flowing. I am exhausted…… in a good way. We worked along side the amazing workers who have now become like family. We have inside jokes between each other, we have prayed, sweat, worked, and bonded together.
Our goal is to build 4 homes and we are almost there!
Midday we break to eat lunch and work with the children. These kids are amazing. They are each unique and beautiful. They each have a special story behind them.
They call us “Americano” if they cannot remember our names and I can still hear their sweet little voices.
Today was an extra special day though! Today was sponsorship day. This is the day where we deliver the sponsorship baskets to the families who are sponsored. What an amazing experience, to see the joy and light on their faces.
Sponsorship is not just about showing up to get a basket of food and toiletries. It is about following the right medical plan, making sure the kids are progressing in school, making sure that they are physically growing like they should and being accountable. It gives the children a chance to understand God’s love and hear the word of the Lord.
As I sit down and look out the back door of the building at the mountain tops, a storm is rolling in. There is about 100 children scattered here and there playing make shift toys out of oil cans, rolling a ball, or playing baseball. These last 4 days, we taught these children, prayed over them, kissed them, held them and cried for them. They long for so much yet still have such a sweet spirit. It has been my joy to spread the love and word of God these last 4 days. Planting these seeds to change lives for God’s Kingdom is watering the seed inside my soul and changing mine.