In June, 7 baseball players, 2 coaches, 3 softball players, and 1 photographer took their first mission trip through Where Love Abounds. Needless to say, it was an exciting moment in the history of our organization. The team spent 5 incredible days playing baseball with their sponsor team in the Dominican Republic, Dios Primero (God First). Our team had a blast making friends with the "beast" baseball players on their brother team. Even though our Spanish was minimal and the boys in the Dominican spoke little English, the guys learned that a love of Jesus and baseball can cross all borders and all language barriers. When the long, hot mornings of baseball camps and scrimmages were completed, we loaded the bus to Iglesia Bautista where we spent the afternoons painting, cleaning, and playing bottle cap baseball with the children in the surrounding neighborhood. For those of you who do not know, bottle cap baseball might be the hardest thing you will ever try. Try picking up a broomstick, have someone toss a bottle cap at you, and attempt to make contact. Not so easy huh? No wonder so many guys in the Dominican are phenomenal at America's pastime. Our boys may have learned a lesson or two about baseball on this trip. :p However, the trip was a huge success. Pretty constant Facebook/Whatsapp messaging is still occurring between the two teams. We are in the process of planning another trip for next summer. Overall, Jesus was glorified on the baseball field, in Bible studies, through playing bottle cap baseball with children, and the act of serving a church in Santiago. God is good all the time. Thank you all for your continuous love and support.
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Reagan Hinton - President and Co-founder of WLA