This summer marked my fifth trip to the Dominican Republic with DR Missions, and my first as a staff member. My time in the DR has given me some of my most treasured life experiences. It would be an understatement to say that this place has changed my life. I grew up in a small town in Northwest Missouri. I was raised in church and always tried my best to do what was expected of me. I came to the Dominican with my family for the first time in 2012. I had just finished my freshman year of high school. I immediately fell in love with the place, and have been back every summer since.
One of my favorite ministries of DR Missions is the refugee area. The refugee area is home to more than 200 families and is the size of about 1 city block. Most of the families have been displaced from their previous homes due to flooding, hurricanes, or other personal reasons. In my biased opinion, the refugee area is also home to some of the friendliest people in the world.
DR Missions is able to minister to the people of the refugee area in various different ways. My personal favorite is to simply prayer walk through the streets. We often have a caravan of Dominican kids to guide us through the camp. The kids are incredibly sweet and always willing to accept attention and affection. The people are always quick to invite our groups of missionaries in to pray over their home. We take the opportunity to pray for health, job opportunities, and the advance of God's kingdom in the area. Our prayer for several years has been for a church to be planted in the refugee area, and just two years ago that prayer was answered!