December 23, 2016

The Beginning

Trinity HANDS Team:

February 20, 2017. 59 days. 2,943 kilometres.

It’s hard to believe that in less than 2 months we will be one our way to Santo Domingo. It seems like just yesterday I was hearing about this amazing opportunity and felt compelled to join.

We’ve been doing fundraising for a few months now and it’s amazing how the whole community comes together to support such a great cause. Thus far we have had a garage sale, euchre tournament, and spaghetti dinner to help raise the funds for us to go on this trip.

The garage sale was a bigger hit than we thought. We were all prepared to set up all of our tables outside (at 7am on a Saturday) when it started raining. So inside we went, our hopes dashed a little as we thought no one would see us from the road. But boy were we wrong! It’s seems that the rain was on our side! During the wettest parts of the morning, the most people traversed through the church to see all we were selling. And when the sun finally came out, the flow of people stopped! God was looking out for us that day and silently reminded us that we just need to trust in him, even when all seems lost. A great reminder as we started this journey together.

Our euchre tournament was definitely the fun highlight of fundraising (at least I think so!) There wasn’t a dull moment, with lots of people winning and losing, cheers and laughs. It was a great social evening with friends and family.

Most recently we hosted a spaghetti dinner with desserts and everything! And mmm, I can still smell the wonderful aroma of our spaghetti sauce. And we had a lot of it too! That’s what happens when you let the sauce simmer all day. Many taste tests happened, even if we didn’t need to!

During our meetings we have the wonderful opportunity to read from the book “Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Mission Trips” by Steven Corbett and Brian Fikkert. While we may all have various reasons of why we want to go on this trip, this book reminds us that the goal of our trip is “learning about, engaging in, and supporting poverty alleviation and missions.” We aren’t there to make any drastic changes or teach them our ways, but rather, learn from them and support them while showing them God’s love through our actions.

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