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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Posted in: Mission Trips ♦ Thursday, August 26th, 2010, 10:47 pm ♦ 3 Comments

August 9 – August 13, 2010

Our family mission trip this year was to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. We traveled with a ministry called Food for Orphans, whom we have recently partnered with. During this trip we visited 4 different orphanages and the garbage dump city, being ambassadors of God’s love to the poor orphans.

My husband Tom and I had spent quite a bit of time preparing our children (Parker 9 yrs, Amy 11 yrs, and Shannon 13 yrs) for this trip, telling them to the best of our ability what they could expect, and explaining what it meant to have HIV/AIDS. We had been praying together as a family and knew that the Lord had special ministry for each of them.

You see, each one of our kids have lost a parent. My daughter Amy had lost her dad to cancer two hours after she was born, and Tom’s children, Parker and Shannon, had lost their mother during the birth of Parker. God has wonderfully blended our families together and we know without a doubt that our children’s testimony is their ministry.

I have seen extreme poverty in several countries, but it never gets any easier to take in. The orphanages each had their specialty: abandoned children of prostitutes, girls home, boys home, and the hardest of all, the AIDS home. After arriving and seeing the great need, I almost felt foolish that we had brought so many toys but so few practical items. But the Lord reminded me that the poor would be with us always (Matthew 26:11), and that the children needed fun too.

I was so proud of Parker, Amy, and Shannon. They played with the children, served them meals, comforted them, and loved them. We showered these terribly impoverished kids with God’s love, food, and as many toys, crafts, stuffed animals, and gifts we could cram in our suitcases!

We came home broken-hearted for the children all over the world who have never known the love of an earthly father or mother. Yes, God had circumcised our hearts just as we had prayed. He has broken our hearts for the things that break His heart. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of orphans and are willing to follow as the Lord leads us to be advocates on their behalf.

God is a Father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5) and He uses us in their lives as extensions of His love; all of us, not just adults. What a wonderful and humbling honor! If you have never ministered with children you are missing out. No one can minister to kids like other kids. Children add qualities of innocence, purity, and transparency to every mission, and they can easily hear the Father’s voice because they believe they can. We have so much to learn from our children!

If you have never taken your kids on a mission trip or done outreach in your community as a family, I encourage you to jump in and get involved. There are opportunities to serve someone at every turn. Teach your children that Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve, (Matthew 20:28) then SHOW them.  This lesson will increase their faith exponentially as they see the Father work through them, and they learn that they are in fact valuable tools in advancing His kingdom on the earth.

If you are interested in learning more about our family’s testimony, please see Amazon.com for “Under the Shadow of the Almighty.”

If you would like to learn more about the ministry of Food for Orphans, visit their website at www.foodfororphans.org.

Until All Have Heard,
Cristy

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3 Responses to “Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic”

  1. Posted by: Tommy Long
    August 27th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Loved this family while on this trip. Having read this blog, I’m even more amazed by them. Great kids and great parents.

  2. Posted by: Kay Hedley
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Christi, with your permission, I would like to copy your blog post to our Food for Orphans blog on blogspot.com.

    Please let me know ASAP so we can share this with everyone.

  3. Posted by: Adam Waterman
    August 28th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Sure did enjoy having this family come. It is true that children have a special gift connecting with other children. I remember the laughter of the children at the AIDS home as they interacted with Parker.

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