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The DR 2017 team is off to a great start with Young Life (YL) Expeditions in the Dominican Republic. This marks our 5th straight year partnering with YL Expeditions and working with our Dominican amigos to build Young Life Camp Pico Escondido. We have been able to see this camp completely transform over the years and see the places our hands have contributed to that transformation—places where Dominican teenagers have met the love of Christ.
During our first few days in country, we attended a local church and worshiped in Spanish alongside our Dominican brothers and sisters. We followed that experience with our annual hike to the waterfall where memories and friendships are created. Last night we got a cultural dance lesson.
Now we are on our third day in the Dominican, so the hard work has started! We're jumping in with both feet to help build and transform Camp Pico Escondido into its best to proclaim the love of Christ. Our group has been split into three teams:
With every bucket carried, every brush stroke, and every window cleaned a prayer is lifted for Christ to meet every heart that walks this sacred ground. Join us in prayer as our God is vast and able to fill the hearts of these kids.
As one of our students led our devotional last night, we were reminded of Paul's words in Colossians 3:23-24, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward." Our work here does serve the kids that will soon fill this camp but we remember that, ultimately, everything we do is for the Lord.
Throughout our trip, we'll update most consistently on Instagram: www.instagram.com/hsmfirstpres.
Here's a sneak peek...
Deep cleaning Camp Pico Escondido