A Gift That Touched My Heart

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TOPIC: Unexpected

It was three years ago this month that I stepped out of my comfort zone and embarked on my first mission trip. I had no idea what to expect. My only desire was to head to the Dominican Republic (DR) with a team from church and serve others. We would be painting at the school our church helps to support, visiting our sponsored children, visiting the orphanage, and delivering rice and beans.

One of the most unexpected moments on that whole trip was the day we delivered rice and beans. The pastor we partner with in the DR took us up into the mountains to some of the neediest families in the area. With backpacks filled with food, we moved from house to house giving away our gift. One lady was so thankful, she went back inside her house and came back out with something for us. Bananas. We didn’t want to take her food, but she insisted. It was her gift to us. She wanted us to have them.

Three years ago I went to serve others.  I went to give and to empty myself for others.  Never did I think I would return from my trip 8 days later completely full. What an amazing, unexpected gift.

In about 24 hours, I will be boarding a plane and heading back to the DR for the third time.   I would love for you to keep us in your prayers.  And also, you can follow our journey HERE.

23 thoughts on “A Gift That Touched My Heart

  1. marie

    Wonderful! It is said than we you give you receive more than you expect in return. Your story proves it.
    May you have a safe trip and experience the same joy and completeness once again – keeping you in my prayers.

  2. Lettie

    For it is in giving that we receive… I live by the prayer of St. Francis.

    May your travel and trip be blessed a hundred times over. Know that you are kept in my prayers even though we do not know each other. Be well and safe and loved. πŸ™‚

  3. Caroline

    Beautiful, Eileen. Unexpected blessings! And praying right now for your upcoming trip! Praying for His provision, strength and love to abound through you and to you.

  4. Jenifer

    We had similar thoughts on unexpected today. Serve and you are unexpectedly blessed! Great post. I am so excited for you!! You are definitely in my prayers dear friend.

  5. Phil D. Malmstrom

    It always amazes me Eileen, that when we give of ourselves from His heart, we always end up more satisfied and fulfilled than we were before. What a wonderful gift that is!

    I pray that you have a safe, productive and joyous trip. Many Blessings to you and your group!

    Have a Blessed Weekend!

  6. Beck Gambill

    What a wonderful memory! I pray and anticipate great things from this trip as well. I love how the kingdom of God works backwards to our way of doing things and surprises us every time!

    1. Eileen Post author

      Beck, I have so many great memories from these trips…but this one definitely left a big impression on my heart.

  7. Allison

    Wow Eileen! This is one of those times I can say I am jealous FOR you! We learned the difference in our David study a few weeks ago. I must confess I’m a little jealous OF you too! Prayers your way for a safe, productive, eye-opening adventure with God!
    We met a man a few months ago who is from DR and lives in Atlanta/Anderson (a little each place) now. He regularly goes on trips back to DR with churches and has invited my hubby to go this summer for a baseball mission trip…so we’ll see!


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