How many times have I said “Here we go again!” in the last few years? Too many times to count, I’m sure.
Every time I visit the LightHouse Project in the Dominican Republic, I feel like it will be my last time. Not because I don’t want to return, but because I’m not sure if God will open doors for me to return again. The last trip was to introduce my church to the ministry and work of the LightHouse Projects and train new leaders to lead future teams. So, in a way I was passing the torch.
I also decided that I could not do these trips anymore without part or all of my family. Time with my kids is at a stage when I need to be present in their lives more intentionally as they enter their teen years. Second, having gone to the mission field as a family, I have seen first hand the power of serving together as a family and I missed that on my last trip to the DR. So, when asked about going back in a support role for the new leaders of the team, I was in if I could bring one or two of my kids.
On March 13th, Tyler, Hannah and I will (with the team from Compass Community Church), head down to the Dominican Republic for one week to serve with International Teams and The LightHouse Projects. We will have a variety of opportunities to join in some construction work, help in the school(s) and simply love on the people living in Los Alcarrizos. This will be an opportunity for Tyler and Hannah to see, first hand, the community that God used to stir my love for the mission field that ultimately led to our time in Bolivia.
I am not oblivious to the fact that we now have to raise funds for 3 people, so this is an exercise in faith for us that God will provide. I believe without a doubt that God has called Tyler, Hannah and I to be on this trip, so my confidence is in God to provide the resources.
A few Sundays ago we heard a sermon about praying with persistence. To pray audaciously. To pray specifically. One of may favourite examples was when funds were needed to keep a seminary open, a prayer was voiced, “God, you own the cattle on a thousand hills. Please sell a few so the funds can keep this school open.” The next day, someone showed up from the cattle auction with a cheque saying, “Someone just sold two trailers of cattle and felt compelled to give you the cheque.” God hears our prayers.
I invite you to join us in prayer over the next few months as we prepare for this trip. Pray for the team from Compass Community Church, the LightHouse Projects in the Dominican, and for divine moments to impact and be impacted for God’s Kingdom purposes through this experience.
If you are able to support us financially or would like to track our progress, you can go to the International Teams support page by clicking here.