Each year, this group of educators serves the Cercadillo community by mentoring teachers at a local school. Through daily workshops, the team will provide practical training in literacy techniques and classroom management. Their goal is to help meet basic needs in education while sharing Jesus’ love.
During the week of July 5 - 10, 2016, God called six teachers from FBM to travel to Villa Mella, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to implement teacher training workshops for eleven Dominican educators. God used the teachers to carry out the vision of the host missionary, Ina York. Training the teachers from Escuela Basica El Licey allows the children from the impoverished village of Cercadillo to receive skills, tools, and direction that will ultimately better their lives as well.
The returning team members were thrilled to be reunited with our Dominican counterparts from the previous summer. God answered our prayers to prepare the hearts and minds of the Dominican teachers as we immediately noticed an elevated level of trust and camaraderie. They greeted us with hugs and laughter, showed us a demonstration of last year’s lessons, and displayed an eagerness to learn more. Last year, these same teachers had been apprehensive and skeptical about the concepts we presented. This year, the doors opened for us to go deeper in our literacy training and also share our personal stories of Christ with them. How exciting to see relationships being built, despite our geographical differences and language barriers.
We know God’s power and protection were evident throughout this trip. It was undeniable when one of our team members became very ill our last night in the DR. As preparations were being made to take her to a local hospital and prepared to cancel her flights, Ina prayed over her. Ina asked God to provide relief through medicine or to work a miracle so she could travel home to be with her family. We believe God chose to do a miracle! Our team member began to show signs of recovery and traveled home as planned without the need of further medical intervention.
Through months of spiritual and practical preparation, we felt blessed to see how God bonded us together as a team despite our different personalities, different teaching styles, and different professional experiences. We rejoice in the fact that our team verse was lived out this summer.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Romans 15:5 - 6