How can you give to others when you have nothing? 

Weeks before the trip to the DR, I was racking my brain trying to think of something to do with the kids of Batey 50 for the second week of the trip. I wanted to do something more than just hand out toys and play with them. Though there is nothing wrong with that, I felt it was becoming monotonous, and that I wanted to do something different. For years now the kids (and adults) of Batey 50 have been given things, whether it be toys, food, or even a new house. These people are the poorest of the poor, and they, for good reason, are constantly receiving. These kids have absolutely nothing they can give us, other than their love, and I wanted them to know that this was meaningful.

My teammates and I (Lauren, Cindy, Lacey, and Mason), held a week long Vacation Bible School program teaching the kids all week about different ways they can give. They learned about orphanages, and were shocked to find out that some kids don’t have a family. They eagerly made roughly 50 bracelets to be handed out to the kids of the orphanage. They helped make sandwiches for the elderly of the Batey, and then delivered them. They also handed out comfort dolls to all the babies of the Batey, joyfully helped us pick up TONS of garbage in the village, and even made really sweet thank you cards for their parents!

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The children of Batey 50 during their weeklong
Though we did teach them about tangible things they can give to others, we also spent a lot of time teaching them about other ways to give. Throughout the whole week, the kids learned four different dances that they performed for the DR Mission Team as a thank you for working hard to build new houses. The pure joy that erupted from the children while they performed their dances made everything I did this week completely worth it. They learned to give their love and joy to others, and that’s the best gift they could ever give. I am beyond blessed to have been able to have this experience with the kids, and I am so proud of each and every one of them for all the hard work they did this week!

Here is the dance – please watch!

– Bekah Powers

For more info on the DR Mission Team, please visit drmissionteam.org or search #DRMT15 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
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