In A Word - "Empowering"
Alison Reed, a student at Central Michigan University and a member of St. John's Episcopal Church (Otter Lake, Michigan), wrote an article about working on a mission team in the village of Mozovi from June 19-26, 2016. This team was led by the Rev. Deacon Beth Drew, the coordinator of the D.R.E.A.M. (Dominican Republic and Episcopal churches in All of lower Michigan ) project that coordinates DR mission activity from the Dioceses of Eastern Michigan, Michigan, and Western Michigan. She also serves as the current President of the Dominican Development Group.
Here's a section from Alison's article:
My trip was empowering because it demonstrates how people can be connected by faith. Across differences in language and culture, across the Dominican people and the folks from the United States, we worked together to create a better world.
We were eleven strangers who showed up, speaking a different language, saying we were there to paint. They sat with us. Talked with us. Took us into their space and into their hearts.
We experienced radical welcome. They embodied it as they treated us like family. Would we do the same?
Alison's article first appeared in
, a publication of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan, and is reprinted here with the kind permission of
editor. To read the article as it originally appeared in
. To read a copy of the article on the DDG's website with links to an extensive set of photographs from this trip,