Many of you may not know but aside from children’s fashion I have always dreamt of being a missionary who traveled the world helping any child in need… By the grace of God my dream came true this past July!
My husband and I recently took a trip to the Dominican Republic to work with Outreach 360 for a week. While there we working in their learning center helping the children to read, speak english, express themselves, as well as to really be with the people and experience the culture. I thank God for the opportunity to go on a trip such as this one. Our daughter was only 16 months and it was a bold move to leave the country for a week… Before the trip the longest I have ever been away from her was about 18 hours. But I knew there were children that needed us.
We were taken out of our comfort zone as soon as we stepped foot on Dominican soil. We lived in the town of Monte Cristi and were immediately accepted into the community. Without the luxury of hot and cold running water, 24 hour electricity that doesn’t cut out, or AC I began to really appreciate the little things. For once I saw the beauty God created without the distraction of the internet, tv, electricity, or even hot water. This town had electricity , internet…. I mean a lot of the children have facebook. But what I will say is that the children of Monte Cristi were beautiful. Not only in their outward appearance but in their actions, their carefree attitude toward life, their love for one another, and their love for a complete stranger.
As the tears rolled down my cheeks while little arms wrapped around my neck asking for me to come again, I promised myself that I would do all that I could to return with my daughter so that she could see the beauty that I had just witnessed. Words don’t do this trip any justice, you actually have to experience it for yourselves. Being there taught me so much… but of all things I learned the most important was how to raise my daughter…..
Here is a sneak peek of my trip. Be sure to visit soon as I will be posting my project: “Children of a Perfectly Imperfect World”
Yours in Style,