I thought I was prepared for my trip. I thought I was ready to see the immense poverty and hardships that the Dominican Republic faces, but It turned out I wasn’t. It was convicting to see people without certain things that I take for granted such as clean water, shoes on my feet, or my home. But just because they may not have certain luxuries that Americans do, doesn’t mean they aren’t happy. The people we had the privilege of working with had such a joy and a glow about them. This joy didn’t come from “stuff” but from the love and the hope that they found in Christ. They didn’t need the luxuries to glorify God. They used the little they had to share God’s love with others. The way they served Christ and others was truly an example that I will strive to follow. God really opened my eyes on this trip to look past myself and start looking for ways to serve him.