Teens Return from Mission Trip to D.R.
"For sure, I'd go back," says Jack Steurer, 15, one of five boys who traveled to the Dominican Republic earlier this month and saw first-hand how they could make a difference in people's lives. For a week, the mission team, comprised of Jack, Hunter Burnett, Nathan Gargano, Nicholas Wingate and Kevon Lewis, accompanied by Pastor Jeff Gargano, lived among poor mountain villagers near the city of Jarabacoa. They got to know the villagers, played with their children and joined together in worship and prayer each day. The mission goal for the week was to put new floors in two 400-sq.-ft. houses, home to a family of nine and a family of seven.
The team mixed 4,000 lbs of cement for new floors in two houses and prepared the base; a church-hired mason poured the floors. Most village homes are constructed of branches and scrap wood and metal and often have earthen floors or floors of broken, deteriorated cement, so a concrete floor is a significant upgrade and joy for a household. This was not lost on the boys. Said Pastor Jeff, "We talked together one night about how in just two days--the time it took to take out the broken, rat-infested flooring and pour a new cement floor--they significantly improved a family's life for a generation. It was poignant."
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