In October of 2015, the fall of my senior year of high school, the Grace Church High school group took a team down to the Dominican Republic for a week-long mission trip. It was my first time out of the country and I was excited and nervous to experience a culture outside of my own and to see what the international mission field really looks like. I was absolutely shocked when I got there. The poverty we experience in the United States pales in comparison to the underdevelopment and need in the Dominican Republic. Ever since that week-long trip, I have been feeling a pull to go back. At the beginning of this year, I was feeling called to leave Reno to go somewhere, to do something. As I was asking God what He wanted me to do, the Dominican Republic came across my heart.
When I left that trip almost two years ago, I felt that serving others was God’s calling and plan for my life, but over the course of busy schedules and picking colleges, I had forgotten what God was calling me toward. Romans 12:1 states, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” The idea of being a living sacrifice for God honestly scared me. Giving up my wants and needs for an entire summer of service seemed terrifying but even in the midst of this fear I filled out the application to intern in the Dominican Republic. I gave up my worry and nervousness to God and decided that if this trip fell into place then I would go. God’s hand in this journey was evident from the moment I filled out the application, leading up to me getting the last spot on the summer team.
Although leaving my family, my friends, and my life for two months seems like it would be the scariest thing in the world, I am comforted by the fact that this is God’s plan for me. How could I not travel to this place to glorify the God that has given so much to me? My hope for this trip is that while I help to serve in the Dominican Republic, God will help to change me and make me more like Him. I hope to send updates from the mission field about what God is doing in the Dominican Republic. Please be praying for me, the other interns, and the missionaries we will be serving alongside. For more information on the organization I will be serving with, check out http://www.missiontwentyfive35.org/