Nineteen students and five adults from Heritage Academy spent their spring break with unreliable electricity and no running water. From March 19 to 26, they visited the village of Los Toros in the Dominican Republic to help minister to area residents through a local church there.
The group spent two days painting. One day they painted the inside of the host church, and later in the week they painted the inside and outside of another church in the village.
Several of the boys in the group helped mix cement by hand to put floors in two homes that had dirt floors. Another day was spent helping to construct a fence for cattle. This involved using an ax to make sharp points on large sticks and then working them into the ground.
The group also hosted seven children's programs, all in Spanish. They sang songs, taught Bible verses and performed puppet shows featuring Bible characters such as Jonah and Gideon. Two children's programs were held in nearby churches, two were held in a preschool, and three were held in the Los Toros elementary school.
One of the things that set this trip apart from past Heritage missions trips was the opportunity to spend time with teens and adults. Every evening the students visited different homes. Team members talked and played games with the Dominican Christians.
Sophomore Bryce Nigh said, "It was great to form relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ even though there was a language barrier."