The Comical and the Inspirational
On a mission trip, God speaks individually to each person—through laughter, in singing or in a child’s eyes, during painting, playing, devotions on the rooftop, or a food delivery. In early June, Hunters Glen Baptist from Plano joined First Baptist from Kenedy to serve together in the Dominican Republic.
Sunday morning at IBQ church was “a picture of heaven,” reported Marcia.
The Spanish and English words of hymns sung at full volume,
gave new meaning to the ancient words,
“This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long!”
One afternoon the group gathered groceries and visited the humble zinc-roofed home of Meisy Mercedes, a sponsored child living with her grandmother. “How can we pray for you?” Her response? Not toys, or clothes, or an Iphone. “Pray that my family will be complete in Christ, that my grandmother will accept Jesus.”
Meeting their sponsored child in person provided special memories. Celine Alvarez cried with joy and disbelief when she was told that her sponsors wanted to meet her. She had been sponsored for 7 years by the children’s ministry of Hunter’s Glen.
On the opposite end of those emotions was Enmanuel. Tina’s family have been sponsoring for 2 years, and they knew that Enmanuel was misbehaving and failing in school. Imagine his surprise and embarrassment when his sponsor showed up, speaking Spanish, and talked with him about his behaviors. “I’ll be back next year to check on you!”
The group traveled to the Higuey boys home, and spent two days with them. Building a porch, painting, sharing devotional time along with a mountain of pizzas—but their most precious memories were loving and playing with 25 boys.
“I was reminded that God is always good, always faithful.” “I was blessed to see love in action.” “ I was nudged to invest in our youth at home.” “I met a child that needs a sponsor.” God spoke personally, and willing hearts responded to His call.