One of the many honors we have as DCC is to facilitate connections between our partners in North America and Latin America. In the last six months, we have connected five churches, two universities and four medical teams with RdC network churches in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. The result is that these partners build trusting, long-term friendships that cause sparks to fly—motivating them to combine efforts to seek solutions for the common good.
Every trip, people from the host churches and the connecting teams encourage us by the stories they share with us. We thought they would encourage you too. Below are excerpts from the letters we’ve received:
“It doesn’t ever get old or feel repetitive to say just how much of an honor it is for us to have our friends and partners among us every year. For us, their faithful presence among us, as part of us, year after year reveals a palpable expression of God’s love for our church.”
“Seeing a group of people of different ages, cultures, and languages play together like kids (like we did on our recreational outing) in front of all the tourists, really revealed that the love of Christ brakes all barriers. We talked nonstop. We laughed until almost crying. We hugged and our hearts were filled with joy. We prayed for one another. We worshipped the Lord in the same spirit and faith... I have no words to describe our experience, but the best I can say is that it felt like I experienced a little bit of heaven on earth.”
“I had never had such a connection with a group before. I could experience the love you guys have as a church for God’s cause. I learned a lot from you. I didn’t express this at the time, but watching how people from different cultures and contexts can share such a deep love for one another in spite of our differences, is something beyond words. We had the best fun ever. And that is a message for my life. The Lord just wants true hearts, with the same spirit, and that love Him and love their neighbors.
“I think it was very inspiring for our team to see the authenticity of the church here. We were able to take part in genuine relationships and learn from a church that is thriving in Santo Domingo. I like that we went there to partner with the church and work along side of them and learn from them, not to fix it. It was encouraging to see how God is using all the people of the church to bless and make Himself known in the Dominican Republic.”
“This partnership between our churches just keeps bearing its fruits. This year we had another great experience with old and new friends. Some we’ve only just met and it already feels like we’ve known each other forever.”
“Through this experience we shared I learned how to value the small and simple things that God blesses us with - like for instance, the fact that in spite of the language, culture, age, worldview differences that we so often accept as barriers and limitations to our being able to relate to one another - it is our shared faith in God that breaks down all those walls and brings us close together to experience community. But, at the same time God deeply touched our hearts when Rebecca ended our time together saying 'this is what happens when God is at the center of relationships' - Being together reminded us of God’s amazing grace in our lives.”
For DCC, there is no greater satisfaction than helping navigate partner connections because, when partners choose to walk together side-by-side as friends, it inevitably sparks all sorts of life-giving transformation and restoration in their communities and the world.
If reading these words encourages you in any way, or if you simply want to learn more about what DCC can do to help you build new partnerships or navigate current ones, contact us at:
~Tom and Dee Yaccino