Our 2014 All Saints medical mission team arrived safely in the Dominican Republic today. This years team is comprised of thirteen gifted people, many returning with a variety of gifts and years of experience. For some members, this is the first such trip, one surely filled with some fear and uncertainty, wondering what to expect over the next week. No matter the experience, after sharing a great meal and meeting to get to know each other better, we prayed together and pinned each other with the crosses above. we already feel like we’ve known each other for years.
The cross in the picture above Is this years outward symbol. A symbol we will share with our companions at San Pedro y San Pablo, in La Barquita, the barrio outside of Santo Domingo where we will work. As living members of Christ’s body, we will be changed in many ways over the next seven days as we open ourselves to be servants to others. We begin our work tomorrow setting up the clinic in which we will work and will also reconnect with the friends we made last year, the parishioners of the church who work side by side with us. New friendships will certainly be made during this trip, new experiences encountered. It promises to be a great week ahead of us, hot yes, humid of course, but incredibly enriching for all.