Youth Mission Team in the DR

This last week, Gateway sent 30 of our youth and adults on a trip to the Dominican Republic with Mission Possible. While in the DR, the team lead a sports camp in the community, where they were able to use the platform of playing sports to share the Gospel with area kids. During the camp, they had the opportunity to build relationships, teach the Bible through skits, and share their testimonies. Our team also had the opportunity to go out in small groups to talk with people in the community and pray with families, and in the evenings they participated in worship and Bible study time together as a group. We’ve had the opportunity to hear from several of the students already about their experience on this trip and the impact it had on them...

Hello all back home, this is Conner Johannigman - While the time I’ve spent here has mostly been hot, sweaty, and tiring, what I’ve witnessed so far has more than made up for it. Yesterday was our first day of actual activities and I got to walk around and pray for families in the community. Getting to see and hear about the lives of these families was an eye-opening experience and I am glad that I got to be a part of a group that helped make their lives better in the long run. Today I helped by playing basketball with the children at camp and I really enjoyed it!

Katie Corbin and Chloe Jones here. - After breakfast, we went on a prayer walk with the church located at the school. For all of us it was really eye-opening. We were able to see the living conditions of the people in Barahona personally which adds depth to the ministry we are doing. I (KC) am super excited to be translating for Lindsay Norman and teaching the kids Amazing Grace with my Kidway motions (Muchas Gracias Aunt Amberly!) At 6:00 PM we had a church service at the Creole church. The service started with music and singing from different people in the church. Many different styles and very enjoyable to dance and listen to...Please continue to pray for us as we meet the kids and interact with them tomorrow!

Buenas tardes amigos!! This is Chloe Miller! This week has been so fun! Unfortunately, I feel like it is going too fast! It’s good to be back here. I love seeing familiar faces, views, and just experiencing the environment of a different country. On each day of camp, I have been one of the translators. Monday I did volleyball, and today I did basketball. I love it! I never knew that I could do something like this! It is such an awesome experience. I can talk to the kids in regular conversations and joke around with them.

Hola! This is Katie Veenstra! These kids have taught me so much already about how to be more grateful for what I have and how to truly spread the love of God with others! I am so excited to see what the rest of this week has in store!

Thank you, Gateway, for your generosity in sending out this mission team of teens! Please continue to pray for this group and our other youth team that will be traveling later this summer. Please pray that a fire will be ignited in the hearts of our young people to see the Gospel of Jesus spread not only throughout their schools and the Findlay area, but even to the ends of the earth!