Knowing what mission is and being on mission are two very different things. To be on mission requires initiative, but above all you need a ready and willing heart to work in response to the love of God.
From June 23 to 30, eleven young Nazarenes dedicated their week to support the construction of the Center of Missionary Formation on the campus of the Nazarene Seminary located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. We were accompanied by members of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, Oklahoma, USA, and were led by the coordinators of Work and Witness in the country, AJ and Chelsea Fry. The coordinator of Global Missions in the Dominican Republic, Wendy Rivera, also assisted in the trip.
In addition to the building projects, we held Vacation Bible Schools in two Nazarene churches located near the seminary. There we had the opportunity to minister to more than 150 children. Our goal was to serve the Lord, and we understood that by doing so we would need to work with all our hearts to serve others.
We experienced moments of intense construction work, and other times of great joy while we shared with the children of the churches. We also enjoyed the time as a team that we were able to spend in communion with God and with each other. We are grateful for what God did in our lives, as well as what He will continue to do. This was an unforgettable experience and a great blessing! However, I hope that it is not only an experience, but a motivation to, wherever we are, continue working for the Lord. We willingly declare: all hands on deck!
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
–Yerys Amador, Work and Witness volunteer in the Dominican Republic.