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Mission Trip 2017 - Dominican Republic


On March 15, 2017, I traveled to the Dominican Republic to do my first mission trip. During the week I was there, I encountered more people rich in spirit, than those I've sat with in America during a decade of ministry. 

I was given the opportunity to minister in a little church that had no electricity at night. The town that we were in, is only allowed eight to ten hours of electricity per day. By the time church service was due to start, they had already used their portion for the day. Humbled, and drenched with sweat, the Lord lead me to minister Psalm 23, as the people began to pour in to the small sanctuary with lit candles and flashlights. I personally have never seen such faith and dedication in my whole life...


Our fourth day into the trip, we went up into the mountains to meet a Christian Haitian family that had migrated to the Dominican Republic years prior. The family contained eleven children; ten girls and one boy. Their poverty was beyond anything I had ever encountered. The family lived in a wooden shack, with dirt floors and no running water. Two days prior, we purchased bottled water, food, and toiletries for them. The look on the children's faces as they opened the bags, took my breath away. After nearly three hours of sitting, talking and playing with the children, it torn my heart out to leave them, and I promised that I would return.

 

Going into this trip, I didn't want to experience the luxuries of resorts, modern hotels, restaurants, or beaches. We stayed mostly within the central part of the island, and ate and slept amongst the locals. Our meals consisted of pigeon peas, rice and chicken, with occasional fruit. After ministering, the people from the church insisted that we come into their homes and share a meal. This was their love offering. 

For nearly five months, I've taught out of the Book of Acts during my bible studies. The Lord instructed me to go through the book chapter by chapter, and verse by verse. When I asked why Acts, the Lord responded with, 

"I am preparing my Bride to walk in the same power and authority as the first century church."


And although operating as the first century church is a rare find in today's western church, I can honestly say I got to experience this while in the Dominican Republic.  "And there was not a needy person among them..."  -Acts 4:34  
                                                                        
There are many churches in the Dominican Republic. The country stands at about ninety percent Christian. In the beginning, the majority where devout Catholics. However in the recent years, Evangelicalism has spread across the island at rapid speed, and to my surprise, I found that there are more churches in the country, than there are pastors. We drove pass church after church that sat dormant in neighborhoods and villages.

On the fifth day of my journey, we trekked up a mountain to where a beautiful church sat in a small village of about forty families. The person who had the church built, also helped to bring electricity and running water to the village. However, there was no pastor for the church. The people longed for someone to come and teach them. I found that many churches in America have invested in building churches in the Dominican Republic, but failed to train pastors to lead the people. Therefore, the money given for these causes, in love offerings across churches abroad, are wasted.

 

I captured a photo of a well in a village that I visited. This type of well provides fresh water for the entire neighborhood. However, there are many villages and neighborhoods that do not have one. While on my missions, I talked with the people who have gone up to four weeks without fresh water. Others walk several miles to the nearest well in order to fill their jugs. Lack of water is a major issue in the Dominican Republic.

"I was thirsty and you gave me drink..." -Matthew 25:35

I have put a project together called Ayin (meaning "spring" or "well" in Hebrew) to help those in a particular providence to obtain enough wells, so that no one will have to travel more than four city blocks to get fresh water. However, my hope is to not just stop there. Poverty is marked throughout this country, and there are so many in need of the basic necessities, that the average American takes for granted every day.



If the Lord touches your heart to give to this project, you may send your tax deductible gifts to;

Faithful Walk Healing Ministries
PO Box 561524
Charlotte, NC 28256

When sending your donation, please note "Project Ayin" on the check/money order, as one-hundred percent of all proceeds obtained will go to providing wells and missions in the country. We are also looking into creating a newsletter to give updates on our progress with these projects. 

Lord willing, we will be returning to the Dominican Republic later on this year for another mission trip. In the meantime, my prayer is that we will be able provide the funding for the wells in these villages in the months to come. This was an life-changing experience for me, and I truly look forward to what God has in store with this ministry and the people of the Dominican Republic.


Shalom
Mena Lee Grebin
Faithful Walk Healing Ministries