We always love to send teams to the Dominican Republic to share God’s love. Suzanne Pech has been particularly blessed by these trips and she has made it a habit to post about her team’s trip throughout their annual 2 week relief trips. Here is a post that shows how diverse a Helping Hand’s mission trip can be:
“Good morning from Santo Domingo! Sorry that we haven’t posted more recently, but our schedule has been full and sleep was much needed. :0)
This morning we head back to the church where we are plastering and painting the interior of a church. There has been much sand sifting, cement mixing (picture this with shovels and not a cement truck!), and plastering. Our team has become proficient at all of the tasks, but has been even better at connecting with the people of the community and loving on them in the name of Jesus. Our heart isn’t simply to do work, but to glorify God through that work.
Yesterday we visited Casa de Luz, an orphanage for severely handicapped children. It is a place that will take you WAY out of your comfort zone, but will leave you touched and impacted for life. We were able to see the completed projects from our team last year, and to take many of the kids to the playground for some time outside, which is only really possible when a team is there. The staff is wonderful (Ryan says that they deserve a special place in heaven for their service), but 4 staff serving 24 handicapped children doesn’t allow for much time outside. As we left, we were able to leave a few of the food bags that we had purchased during the storm, as it was clear that the pantry was quite bare at the orphanage. It was a blessed way to spend our afternoon.
Last night we did street evangelism in a neighborhood near a church pastored by Pastor Fabian and his family. Ben Heidegger preached the message, and the name of Jesus was lift up through drama, dance, and word, and the family of god grew last night. Hallelujah!
Now, off to the job site!”