We got the email before we left for Christmas break. We either applied for our very first passport or renewed the one we already had. We sat through vaccinations and have survived a two-hour-a-week class. We came to know each other and build friendships with one another. We sent texts to each other asking “What are you wearing for the flight?” and “Did you get sick after taking the typhoid pill?” We spent approximately 9 weeks waiting… It’s finally time! The mosquito repellent, sunscreen, Bibles, journals, and selfie sticks are all packed. Let’s go!
In less than two days, we will begin our journey to Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic to work with Kids Alive International. Our mission will be focused on spending time with kids and showing them the love of Jesus Christ. We will be serving at the Palo Blanco Day School and La Arka children’s home, and during our last days there, we will be debriefing at the Casa Tranquila. We will also have the opportunity to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with the amazing people of Jarabacoa. We are so beyond excited to make crafts, play sports and show the children how incredibly loved they are by our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We also want to thank you for the financial and spiritual support that we have received. It has been so humbling to see how many people have supported this trip. This is the beginning to such an exciting journey, and we are ready to love and learn in the land of Jarabacoa.
Our team verse is “But Jesus called the children to him and said,’Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” (Luke 18:16)
These children are our passion, and we desire to reach into their lives and be the hands and feet of Jesus. We cannot wait to learn from them and be blessed by them as well. These young ones are the next generation, and our prayer is that we humble ourselves before God and the children to better serve them.
We ask for continued prayers throughout the next two weeks. Please pray for safety as we travel, for health as we are in a new country and for humility to allow ourselves to be led as we try to lead others. As God leads we hope to follow with rendered hearts for the people we will come in contact with. We are all in for Jarabacoa, and we cannot wait to see how Christ moves. We place all our trust in the King of Kings knowing that his way is the best way!