Women's Basketball Experiences Life Changing Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Ohio Christian University Women’s Basketball Team enjoyed a life changing experience, ministering and serving in the Dominican Republic during their Christmas break. During the mission trip, the team held a youth basketball clinic and ministered to local children. 

The team had the opportunity to visit a girls orphanage, a three-bedroom house with 28 girls, where they had a chance to worship with the girls and drop-off items such as toys, nail-polish and make-up, to bring a little Christmas cheer.  At Emmanuel’s House, a Christian school and day care for under-privileged children, they helped with some paint work and visited and played with the children. There they had a chance to see a few homes to witness the poor living conditions of the children there.  Many live in an overcrowded shack with no running water or electricity.  The team also visited children in a village outside of Juan Dolio and Josiah’s House, an all-boys home where the team played soccer and ran races with the boys.

A few other highlights from the trip were being able to play basketball against players from the Dominican National Team.  The team ended each of their clinics, games, and orphanage visits with a member of the team sharing the Gospel and another sharing their story of how they came to know Christ and what their relationship with Him is all about.

“It was truly a life-changing trip for all of us.  We went there hoping to be a blessing to the people there and witness to them about Jesus, and we did that.  But I don’t think any of us expected to learn so much from the people there," commented OCU Head Coach Mandy Wray.

"This trip really put our lives in perspective and showed us how truly blessed we are.  It was very humbling to see people living with close to nothing, yet they were happy and content with what they had.  We also learned first-hand that the best gift you can ever give or receive isn’t money or material things, but it is love.”