My time in the Dominican Republic truly taught me a lot. When I arrived, I thought that this experience would give my spirit some much needed refreshment, but as time went on, I felt the complete opposite. With every day that past by, I'd find myself even more frustrated and confused, which was not at all how I expected to feel. You see, even though I had humbled myself to do God's work, I wasn't feeling any improvement in my relationship with God. I would stay up late at night, most likely the latest out of my whole group, just staring at the ceiling and thinking to myself about these things and personal struggles I was dealing with. Nothing seemed to be getting better. But then, as the trip neared it's end, I had a revelation. I wasn't as close to God as I thought I was. Even though I wanted to heal my relationship with him I'd been trying to do it out of my own strength, not His, and that's what was off the whole time. I learned to truly lean on God's strength to help me through my struggles in life, and that's the main lesson I took away from this trip. I've also come to have a greater understanding of the world and how my brothers and sisters in Christ live in other countries. It's made me value my blessings way more, that's for sure. I'm super thankful for this opportunity, because without it I wouldn't know these things and wouldn't be growing spiritial as much as I am now.