Student Ministries News Article
Love Transcends All Languages and Distances
Posted by: Chris Davidson on 6/28/2012 11:53 AM
There is a Dominican Republic proverb that says, “Absence is the enemy of love; as the distance is from the eyes, so it is from the heart.”
Many of you know that our Student Ministry sent a team to Santiago, D.R. last year to work alongside G.O. Ministries, an on-the-ground ministry that seeks to empower passionate local leaders serving inside their cultures to redeem people, renew communities and restore Creation.
I recently had the privilege to spend a week in the D.R. with 50 students and 14 adult leaders from St. Luke’s as they returned to Santiago for a second time. For some of the students it was a trip filled with the anticipation of visiting with friends made last year. For others, they anxiously awaited experiences and relationships soon to be made.
Having been on the initial exploratory team from St. Luke’s, I was excited to see the fruits of the partnership being built between G.O. Ministries and St. Luke’s and our students. It was rewarding to watch as our students found kinship not only amongst themselves but also with their leaders, the G.O. staff and the Dominican children.
Our students worshiped together, worked hard digging holes for the foundation of a soon-to-be-built Medical facility, played baseball with Dominican youth and put on Vacation Bible Schools. We also visited several nutrition centers where the students helped to feed children, jump rope together, and we toured some very impoverished places.
No matter where we were or what we were doing, you could always find a happy, smiling Dominican child sitting atop the shoulders of a St. Luke’s student. The love and kinship shared between our two cultures was very apparent and you could see God at work in so many ways.
Our St. Luke’s family should be proud of the students who showed they cared by making their way to the D.R. and “loving on” the Santiago community and also for those who supported them financially and through prayer. The friendships built have brought two communities closer and helped build on the vision that St. Luke’s is a truly a church “Where No One Walks Alone.”