LAFAYETTE, Ind.—A team of 15 people from three churches traveled to Santiago, Dominican Republic, to serve an orphanage that houses 80 children, from newborns to 17-year-olds. One of those churches was Faith Church in Lafayette.
“Our primary purpose was to train nearly 40 staff members in Biblical counseling principles with role plays, common communication and conflict scenarios, Q&A, and hands-on training,” says Mark Shaw, executive director of Vision of Hope, Faith Church’s residential treatment center for women.
For four days, team members ministered to the children in the Fundacion Red de Misericordia orphanage, partly through a Vacation Bible School program they had prepared, which freed up the orphanage staff to attend Biblical counseling training led by three Vision of Hope staff members. A few ambitious team members even painted several cribs.
“The trip was an amazing success,” Shaw says. “Overall, our goals to glorify Christ, share the hope of the gospel, serve the orphanage with excellence, and love one another were accomplished by God’s grace.”
Team members benefited as well from the trip. They bonded, were stretched out of their comfort zones, and learned spiritual truths themselves. One participant reflects on a deeper understanding of God’s love as a result of the trip, saying, “Today I have a better understanding of my adoption in Christ, now that I have a better understanding of the life of an orphan.”
Going forward, Vision of Hope has two goals: To provide midterm missionaries to serve in the orphanage for one year, and to send a short-term missions team to the orphanage to complete construction projects.
Specifically, Vision of Hope is searching for two young ladies to serve as the midterm missionaries. The plan is to raise $16,000 to sponsor both of them to live there for a year. To serve in this capacity or to give, visit Vision of Hope or call 765-447-5900. Regarding the construction project, no date has been set, but to be involved, e-mail email@example.com.
Reflecting on the opportunity to minister at the orphanage, Shaw says, “We are thankful that God allowed us to serve in this way!”