I have been involved in international missions since 2001 and have been to six different countries on 11 various missions. I am also a high school Spanish teacher and have been a youth counselor since 2001.
In 2009, the Dominican Republic Missions Project (DRMP) was born and started by reviving a national church camp that was used five times a year and now is used almost 40 times a year. We are now building homes for pastors and chapels in new sites. We are also involved in communities by pouring concrete floors in homes with dirt floors and with specialized teams that focus on life skills.
The DRMP now serves with a Dominican team. This allows them to be missionaries as well within their country, and it adds an extra dimension to the relationships we build with the teams that serve with us.
Call into ministry in the mission field: Many people ask me about my call into ministry and missions. When I was a Freshman in college, I went home for the first time Labor Day weekend and my mom did what most parents of college age kids do and she asked me what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Before I could even think of a response, I said I wanted to be a missionary. This surprised her as well as myself since I'd never been on a mission trip in my life. I went on my first local mission trip that next spring break and enjoyed but left knowing that I wanted more. The summer between my junior and senior year of college I spent two months in Honduras at a Catholic mission and we lived on a site with students. It was there that God told me to learn Spanish so I started studying it with a textbook a fellow companion had. It took me 11 years and other mission trips I went on to prepare me to start this ministry. I can't imagine doing anything else with my life! I am beyond blessed to be able to be God's hands and feet and part of bringing His kingdom to the DR and am humbled to be able to serve the awesome people there!
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