During our week in the Dominican Republic, we were given the opportunity to serve God and His people by hosting health talks within the Villa Esperanza community and surrounding elementary schools and by doing children’s ministry. Throughout our experiences, we learned what true service is, both in the context of mission work and in everyday life.
No matter who you are, suffering and encountering adversity through-out life is inevitable. We all innately depend on each other as a means of comfort, understanding and acceptance in combating the struggles of life. It is human nature to be there for each other when times are tough. The struggles that we are bound to face do not seem as bad when we have somebody by our side.
Drawing from this, we better understand why we should serve others: one day, we will need to be served. It goes without saying that all of us would be completely different people without the love and support of our families, friends and professors at school. We depend on each other in so many ways.
Many on our team plan on becoming doctors or other healthcare providers. Service is central to these roles in caring for patients during their worst struggles and in seeking to provide answers and bring healing. Good doctors truly care about their patients and do everything they can to bring out the best outcome for those that they serve.
As many of us came to the Dominican Republic untrained to perform medical procedures, our purpose was service —
devotion to the suffering of another and the effort to inspire hope for the better.
We lived out our true calling of loving God’s created people by being fully present with those we encountered. We were genuine in the relationships that we built with each other, One More Child and those in the Dominican Republic.
We listened to the stories of struggle. And when all else failed, we prayed for the guidance of an all-knowing and loving God, for hope is the anchor for all souls.