I often tell the students church should feel more like a family. That’s hard to accomplish back in America within our own language and culture. It can be a little more challenging in a completely different country. Over the course of our time here in the Dominican Republic the team has not only grown closer together, but also with the people of Jarabacoa. Strangers become more than friends but family in Christ. From the translators to the churches in El Montana and Los Higos we’ve made some awesome connections with some amazing people we’ll get to spend the rest of eternity with.
The many kids, youth and families in the communities we’ve ministered have become our Familia. Pastor Jesus and Pastor Damaso, who work separate jobs in addition to their church responsibilities, are great example of God’s love. Pastor Jesus doesn’t need a mic when he speaks, his voice just booms and yet it seems like its always accompanied by a smile. Pastor Damaso is a hard working, committed servant leader. It’s not uncommon that he’s late to an appointment because he’s helping someone else out with a need. These men and the many other members of their church feel less like strangers and more like familia.
The seven translators that have accompanied us along our trip have been such a huge blessings to have not only because they do great work but also because they are genuinely great people. Throughout the trip we have had designated team times, a time to unplug a bit and build each other up in Christ. There was a time where a few of us shared our testimonies with the group and it was so sweet to hear the translators testimonies and how in a few short weeks we have impacted and connected with them. It is definitely bittersweet connecting with the body of Christ in the DR knowing we’ll soon be heading home to Rochester.