Missions -

It’s not about ‘for,’ it’s about ‘with’ —

By Brittany Shoemake

The Engage mission trip to the Dominican Republic this Spring Break season offers some unique opportunities that not all students in the U.S. get to experience.

Specifically, students will get a bigger glimpse of the Church. While there are stark differences U.S. students notice about the country and CIY’s mission partner, El Circulo Church, young people will see how we’re all connected to the same God by serving with the local people. It’s not about going to do something for them.


This is something we teach during all our Engage trips. In the Dominican Republic, trip participants will get to serve side-by-side with people from the El Circulo Church. It’s pretty special because their service to their community is heavy on their hearts. To get to join in that passion is a life-changing and eye-opening experience.


Serving with the people at El Circulo will include installing a clean water filtration system, teaching Bible lessons to children at a school or spending time with kids at a children’s home. The farthest the team will travel from the capitol of Santo Domingo will be to Cotuí, a mountain village an hour-and-a-half away from the city. El Circulo partners with an under-funded school to give them supplies and sometimes pay for teachers salaries.


The team also spends a day with International Justice Mission to learn about the global organization’s efforts to fight commercial child exploitation. All of our Engage trips provide an educational experience such as this to bring awareness to social injustices around the world.


CIY2017-Color-68_brittany.jpgBrittany Shoemake is the Engage program director for Christ In Youth. She may be reached at Brittany.shoemake@ciy.com.