Dominican Republic, September 30th – October 6th, 2017; Trip Update 5

Deanna BerkesDominican Republic, Mission Trip UpdateLeave a Comment

Perseverance. Endurance. Staying power. All things that require us to keep moving. Keep doing….But our bodies and our hearts are breakable and weak. The heaviness of this life threatens to cause us to fold under the pressure. James describes it like this, “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let … Read More

Dominican Republic, September 30th – October 6th, 2017; Trip Update 4

Deanna BerkesDominican Republic, Mission Trip UpdateLeave a Comment

On the 3rd day of our mission trip in the Dominican Republic we got one step closer to completing our goal of building four homes. As “ONE” our team of 8 Americans combined with 15 Dominicans mixed, transported, bucket scooped and poured concrete into the first four layers of foam blocks that we laid yesterday. It was down and dirty, … Read More

Dominican Republic, September 30th – October 6th, 2017; Trip Update 2

Angela BurkettDominican Republic, Mission NewsLeave a Comment

On our second full day of working in the Dominican Republic and amongst the people, we got to do some serious building! This morning we got to work alongside 15 very gracious local residents in beginning the construction of 4 homes. We worked side-by-side building walls, securing rebar and preparing for tomorrow’s concrete reinforcement. As we piled each block, it … Read More

Dominican Republic, September 30th – October 6th, 2017; Trip Update 1

Angela BurkettDominican Republic, Mission NewsLeave a Comment

Rest. Deep, unimaginable, soul-filling, awe-inspiring, recharging of spiritual zeal. Is it valued across world cultures? Is it valued in the remote regions of the world where the hustle and bustle of the American workforce is unheard of?    Today, I found rest. Or should I say, “Rest found me.” If you would have asked me one year ago if I … Read More

Dominican Republic, July 22nd – 28th, 2017; Trip Update 4

Angela BurkettDominican Republic

Waterstone Church/Orphan’s Heart Mission, Dominican Republic, July 27, 2017. Final work day. After breakfast and an emotional devotion, we traveled to the site for the last time today. We played the name game and had a moment of prayer with our in-country counter-parts; it was emotional for all of us. Our Dominican brothers have grown closer to us in this … Read More

Dominican Republic, July 22nd – 28th, 2017; Trip Update 3

Angela BurkettDominican Republic

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – Waterstone/Orphan’s Heart Mission   Today was extremely long, and like the others only in our morning prep schedule. After a great breakfast and devotions, we arrived at the mission site to prepare the monthly sponsorship bags for the recipients. Each bag contained rice, meal, canned goods, soaps, and toiletries. However, the quantity was large and … Read More

Dominican Republic, July 22nd – 28th, 2017; Trip Update 2

Angela BurkettDominican Republic

Waterstone/Orphan’s Heart Mission Trip, Tuesday, July 25, 2017  Regular daily routine: Up at 5 or 5:30 AM. Breakfast at 6:30 AM. Devotions at 7:00 AM. Leave for the site at 7:30. Today was fairly much the same as yesterday. We arrived on the work site about 8 AM and divided into work groups similar to yesterday – painters (rollers and … Read More