It was June 19, 2014. A year and a half of work was finally culminating as Madison Mission SDA Church, in partnership with Maranatha Volunteers, sent 23 members on its first international mission to the Dominican Republic. We were assigned the congregation of Vislumbres de Sión located in the agrarian town of El Dean in the province of Monte Plata. To be perfectly honest, though we had prepared, we really had no idea of what to expect as we left the quiet city of Madison, Alabama early that morning. Little did we know how drastically our lives would be forever changed for we never expected how miraculously God would show himself on this trip.
Our primary mission was to build a One Day Church for this blossoming congregation. In addition to the construction of the church we would run a VBS simultaneously in the afternoon, as well as host a free dental clinic the last weekend of our visit. A tall order for 23 ragtag, non- experienced volunteers. Add sanitary and hygienic issues and virus carrying mosquitos to this already ambitious undertaking and you get a better understanding of just how daunting the task was. But this would be the context within which we witnessed God’s marvelous wonderworking power to will and to do His good pleasure. God had prepared and set His own stage.
God favor was evident from the time we arrived. Roberto and Puro, the Maranatha foremen assigned to this project, were under impressed with us. Our group was the smallest missionary team on the island, with others doubling and tripling our size, while our project was the largest. We were inexperienced, none of us having ever laid a concrete block. We would have […]