By Tonya Anderson
On Jan. 4, 2015, I left on my first international mission trip, a life-long dream of mine to help build sanctuaries — churches, schools and homes — for people who need them.
My church, Christian Church at Cogan Station, has had a long relationship in theDominican Republic, helping to build churches and schools through the years.
This year, we built two classrooms. We built the classrooms in eleven days. That is really something, if I let it sink in.
The rooms will allow the two classes that are sharing the cafeteria to have their own rooms.
The children are resilient and full of love and dreams in the midst of extreme poverty. They taught me a lot, especially Spanish and how to play baseball.
The children play on a professional sized baseball field. I loved that these tiny kids would hit the ball and run to the first base that was more than 90-feet away. To them, this was normal, playing on an adult-sized field. I felt humbled and called to live a larger life.
When I left, many people in the community said, “See you next year!”
They did guess. They did not ask me if I was coming back. They just knew I will be back.
Yes, they are right. I will be back to play baseball next year my lovely children in Buenos Aires