Before our trip, I wrote a blog post about the Dominican Republic. Here is the link: Dominican Republic orphanage

Well, today, we’d like to give a brief update on how our missions trip went from my children’s perspective. I’ve asked them to share a little bit about what they did there and how they liked it.

Mark Edward taking pictures in DRMark Jr. (19 years old): The trip to the Dominican Republic was truly amazing. As the trip-photographer, I have memories that I will never forget.




Sarah (17 years old): I had a wonderful time Sarah in Dominican Republicin the Dominican Republic; interacting with the girls impacted me the most. One girl in particular had a rough past yet she always had a smile on her face and a desire to encourage others. After hearing about Vision of Hope, she asked a lot of questions about the ministry and even said she would love to visit there (Lafayette, Indiana) someday! She and I became good friends which made it really hard to say goodbye.

Rachel - close up picRachel (14 years old): I loved spending time with the girls in the orphanage, playing games and getting to know them better. I also enjoyed trying the different foods there! Fried plantains are now one of my favorite foods!




Michael up close pic

Michael (12 years old): The children were joyful. They smiled a lot and they have fun. They have interesting snacks and the food is good. They were very hospitable to us – they included us in pretty much everything. There wasn’t a dull day.



We are grateful that our family could go and serve in the D.R. this year. Pray for this church ministry called Fundacion Red de Misericordia and its outreach to those without parental love and oversight. Nice to know the church takes James 1:27 seriously: Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. 

-Mark and Rachel (hopeful to send more to the D.R. to help the ministry thrive there!)