At Mercy Hill, we long to disciple and inspire the next generation in God’s love. For one week this summer, Mercy Hill Students has an opportunity to do exactly that in the Dominican Republic!
From June 24 through June 30, Mercy Hill Students will partner with Two Cities Church and venture together to the Herrera community in the Dominican Republic. On this short-term trip, Mercy Hill Students will not only assist but also participate in a discipleship program through a local school, Tia Tatiana. I am honored to introduce to you three of our very own Mercy Hill high schoolers who are giving up a week of their summer to see a gospel movement in the Dominican. Please join us as we lift up our student ministry and the hearts of the Herrera people in prayer.
“Romans 10:15: ‘And how are they to preach unless they are sent?’ I’ve always wanted to do a short-term mission trip. At first, when they announced the Dominican Republic trip, I was hesitant because it was so far away. After praying and thinking about it, I decided to sign up. I realized what a privilege it would be to go there and teach them about God and just witness God’s amazing work. I’m most excited about getting to meet with all the kids, bonding with them, hearing their story, and sharing mine. Please pray for the kids in the Herrera, that God would prepare their hearts as well as mine.” – Kari Blount, Senior
“I have always had a heart for missions and spreading the gospel to all the nations. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” I want to share with the world about the amazing love of my God. This world thinks they have this so called “freedom,” but the only true freedom is found in Jesus. Before Jesus, I was trapped in my bondage with no life, but when I truly began to know who Jesus was and know my identity is not found in people or what this world has to offer, I was in such amazement and awe of whom he was. He has totally flipped my world upside down for the good, so how could I not want to give my life just as he gave his, to further the gospel. I am so excited to see all that God is going to do through us and truly see lives changed! I would really appreciate prayer as we go out for God to just give me the words to say and that we would be expectant to see him working in so many ways!” -Karley Smith, Junior
“Matthew 28:19-20 comes to mind when I think of why I feel called to go to the Dominican. We have been commissioned to reach all people and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. When this opportunity of service was presented to me, it was not just coincidence or chance but a convicting call for me to go. God has provided me with the means to go; now it is my obligation to be obedient and serve my Heavenly Father. It is a small sacrifice compared to what God has done for me. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” I am most excited for the opportunity to see how God can touch the lives of others through me. I would like prayers for safety and that God opens the hearts of those in need and allows us to reach them.”