Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dominican Republic Mission Trip

I just returned from a mission trip to El Seibo, Dominican Republic. Our team ran a medical, dental and eye clinic. We saw over 3000 people and were able to fill many of the prescriptions needed by those attending the clinics.

What a blessing to serve the people in the Dominican again! I loved that this trip was different than the one I went on 2 years ago. Our team was very busy from the minute we arrived at the clinic until we went to bed at night. The medicines we shipped prior to our departure, arrived on the day the clinic opened! We played "catch up" every night trying to sort, count and label the medicines.
(View from my bedroom window)

I was part of a great team which included my friend of many years, Laura. (I stopped counting the years because it makes us seem old) I love that we get to go on Mission Trips and serve together. I love they we both have a heart for the Dominican Republic. I love that she showed me pictures of a sweet little treasure named Emily. I love that I fell in love with that little girl.

Honestly, I wasn't sure how I would feel going back to the DR. My heart is still tender from all that has gone on with our adoption. I prayed that God would renew my spirit in this calling to adopt. I did not realize how He actually did until the last morning of our trip.

When I woke up that Sunday morning (to a rooster crowing outside my window) I began praying and thinking about the precious children I saw all week. I held and loved on each and every child that I could. Loving on those sweet children refreshed me to continue this long journey. I knew I would WAIT for as long as it took to hold THE child God has planned for US. I would do whatever I had to do. God called us to this - He will see us through it and no one ever said it would be easy.

Only God could give me such a peace.