¿Quien Vive? ¡Cristo! ¡A Su Nombre, Gloria!
APRIL 19, 2010
by CIRIA PEREZ
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On March 29th, after much planning, packing of donations, fasting, and prayer a team of 15 adults and teens from Solid Rock Church, set out to bring food, clothing, basic medical supplies and God’s love to the people of Tábara Arriba in Azua. For most of us, this was our first hands-on experience in world missions and we were full of excitement…however, it would not be long after our arrival in the town that would be our home for the next 6 days that we would witness the overwhelming poverty, incredible challenges, and the awesome power of God in a place longing for the most basic of needs. The chorus to a song I sang as a young girl at my old Spanish church in the Bronx, “¿Quien Vive? ¡Cristo! ¡A Su Nombre, Gloria!” (Who lives? Christ! To His name, Glory!) would become our official greeting to one another by the end of our journey.
Welcomed by the hot and humid temperature of Santo Domingo, we were met by Orby Reyes, Pastor Edward De Los Santos (the 27-year-old pastor of the host church), and Angela Garcia who decided to change her Dominican Republic vacation plans to spend the week with us instead. We boarded our bus and made the 3 hour journey far beyond the paved roads of Azua to the remote town of Tábara Arriba. For the next several days, our team would share a single room in the home of Orby, his wife Audelina, and their 6 kids; just across the street from Pastor Edward’s church, Centro de Restauración Iglesia De Dios (Center of Restoration Church of God).
As you might imagine, our arrival caused a great deal of curiosity among the town’s residents…especially among the seemingly endless crowds of children who would gather wherever we were. After a delicious lunch, we gave a pair of reading glasses and a new Bible to Doña Maria, one of the ladies that helped to prepare our meal, who wanted nothing more than to be able to see clearly enough to read the Word of God. Once Carmen Powell, Melissa Rodriguez and Kim White found the correct optical strength, the expression of joy on her face as she read aloud was one that we often miss in our daily lives. This would be the first of many heart-touching scenes that we would experience in the days ahead.
Accompanied by Pastor Edward, we traveled to seemingly endless (and often remote) areas of his community to deliver clothing and supplies. What amazed us was that having arrived just two months earlier with his own family to head this church…Pastor Edward knew almost every person by name.
Entering many of these precariously built, dirt-floor structures, we were overwhelmed at times by what we saw…naked children, mothers with little to feed their families, people bearing the crippling effects of illnesses that could have been prevented with basic immunizations or nutrition…but no matter which home we entered, the greeting was often the same, “Please come in. What may I offer you?” Like the widow at Zarephath who used her last bit of flour and oil to bake bread for Elijah in 1 Kings 17, these people had so little but were willing to still offer us a refreshment…what a humbling experience when so many others in this world have been blessed with more and are often reluctant to give.
Dominican Republic Mission Trip 2010
On March 29, 2010, fifteen members of Solid Rock set out to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip to the town of Azua.