Most of all I just feel so incredibly blessed to have gone on this trip. The fact that many people from my hometown saw my heart for missions and encouraged me financially and in prayer is truly incredible. Their sacrifices for me show just how amazing the body of Christ is.
The Lord really protected my heart this week. I think He knew if He let me, I would have given it away and never come back to the states. The thought scares me just a bit, but I know it holds a lot of truth as well. I’m so thankful that the Lord has given me patience and endurance until I can finally fulfill my calling. More than that though, I am really excited to get back to the states and really be bold for Christ daily. What happens in the DR shouldn’t stay in the DR. If I can’t fulfill my role as a daily follower of Christ now and in the place I’m in, why should he ever send me somewhere later where it will be ten times harder? So I will follow him this minute, this hour, this day until he leads me somewhere else.
I’ve been made aware of many things on this trip, but one big thing is my sinfulness. I like to think sometimes that I’ve got it all together and have no reason to ask for forgiveness. After visiting the DR, I have discovered that the sole fact that I’m an American should bring me to my knees in repentance. We are constantly disobeying God’s word in the way we live our lives. The way we spend our money, use our time, and love other people. I can assure you that the Dominicans have more of a knowledge of these three factors than I ever will. However, seeing their faith will forever make me think twice about mine. Not question my faith, because thankfully it’s dependent on the always constant solid rock, but it will make me think about the way I live it out. I know I will never be the same after visiting the DR, and I hope and pray that what I’ve learned reaches out to each and every one of you too. I can’t wait to reinforce this life change on other mission trips until I am able to be more Christian than I am American, and until I can truly love people and their lives more than I love myself.