The Dominican Republic
Hola, my name is Trevor Haddick and I am currently in the Dominican Republic as part of a mission trip. I am on a team that is going to a small little community called Los Higos, our main goal there is to reach the youth to get them to get connected with the church. So far it has been going well and it has been a lot fun. I’ve experienced a lot of new things and I am thankful for God pushing me out of my comfort zone and showing me this whole new world where I can make an impact. Something different about the Dominican culture that I found interesting is that personal space does not exist here which I kind of like because it gives me an opportunity to connect with the people and strike up a conversation. The people here are so welcoming and nice, they are very communally driven so that’s why grabbing youth to the church is so important because if we get them going others will follow.
Although, the purpose of us coming here is to help other people and impact the communities, I have been taking huge steps in my faith and expanding my relationship with God also learning more about him. Today, (6/18/2019) I was baptized for the first time. On this day our whole group went to a river near a community called “Los Calabazos” It was beautiful place with mountains and this huge river that felt nice in the hot sun. A couple weeks before this mission I was considering getting baptized in the Dominican Republic. I have thought about baptism on and off for a couple years, but I have just been pushing it back continually. Mostly, the reason I haven’t been baptized yet was because I didn’t understand the full meaning of it, and I haven’t felt as strong in my faith. Also, another big reason I wasn’t ready was because I felt like I wasn’t ready to commit to living for God in fear of letting him down. During this trip though I really came to realize that everyone has troubles and things they are not proud of but that’s just what we suffer from as humans. We make mistakes and we take the wrong path sometimes, but Jesus died for our sins so that we can live our lives for Christ. During this trip God has really showed me that its okay and that I can lean on him and not have to put things on my own shoulders all the time. I was on the fence about getting baptized up until I shared my testimony the other night. After I shared, I sat on the balcony and just spent some time with God, I spent a good amount of time on that balcony and after I knew I was ready. I wanted to devote my life to God no matter the troubles I may face. It was like all the sudden I got super excited about God and getting baptized. Last night I just stayed up thinking about what this day was going to bring me. So, this morning we went to the river, we stood on the shore of the river and Pastor Chaco talked for a bit about baptism and I couldn’t help but smile, I was so ready. When it was my turn, he called me down into the river, I talked to the group about how this was my first time getting baptized and how I’ve been debating about doing it for a couple years. When Pastor Chaco dipped me into the water and pulled me back up, I was so happy I let out a big whoop! The group was clapping, I felt such joy and my heart just swelled up. After each person got baptized, we sang a song and at the end it would go “no turning back” this resonated with me because I knew right then that God has me no matter what. I feel like this whole day I have had a smile on my face. Now, I am ready to live for Christ and read the bible and do whatever God has planned for me. This experience was priceless, and it is something I will remember forever. If you are reading this and want to get baptized, I strongly suggest that you do, it makes me so excited to walk with God in my life now and knowing that he is there with me.