Robyn Smith Heads to Dominican Republic Medical Mission

war_80May 21, 2007

Dear Friends,

I pray that this letter finds you healthy and happy! I am writing to share with you my plans for this summer because I hope that I can count on you as a prayer supporter. I appreciate our friendship and your support in my past endeavors, and I thank you for your continued encouragement. From June 16 to August 18 I will be serving in the Dominican Republic with Medical Ministry International. MMI sends teams of North American medical professionals to help in local medical clinics. Each team stays for two weeks, and I will be working as a translator with four teams in different locations: Moca/Tamboril, Barahona, Sabana Grande de Boya, and Yamasa. My mom will be helping with the team in Barahona, so I praise God that she is able to go on her first missions trip.

As you probably remember, I traveled to the Dominican Republic with my youth group two years ago, and during my "week off" this summer, my sister, Shannon, and I will spend time in the area we have been with our church. We hope to strengthen relationships we have with the people there and help plan a project for our church's youth team that will travel there next January.

God powerfully reminded me of his faithfulness while making plans for this summer. I thank God for the generosity of my home church's missions committee and grants from Messiah College that cover the trip's expenses. I am also grateful for the support of friends and family that affirm my call for this summer. This is also a perfect opportunity for me to see ways that my two fields of study at school, biology and Christian ministries, can work together to help others. At this point I ask for your prayers- for safety, for loving interactions between Americans and local people, and specifically for my language skills. I pray for God's guidance in meeting many physical and spiritual needs in the Dominican Republic this summer. Lastly, I pray that my teammates and I remember why we are serving: we love Jesus, and when we take risks, He provides abundantly for every need.

Many blessings,

Robyn Smith