Youths complete big mission in Dominican Republic

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

That’s a famous Mark Twain quote and it may best describe the attributes of a group of young people from Victory Christian Church who recently accomplishment something “amazing.”

The thirteen students from Victory Christian youth group traveled to the small village of Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic earlier this month and spent a week building a house for a family of eight. The Balaton area youth group’s mission trip was organized through Youth With A Mission.

When the group of high school students arrived, a cement foundation had already been laid and the plumbing was finished for the bathroom. The group was tasked to build the rest of the home.

“They told us we were the smallest group, building the biggest house,” Tracy area senior-to-be Kaylee Kirk said. “Also on our hearts, we had to put together a vacation Bible school. So in the mornings for the first three days, we’d have everybody go to the worksite and we’d all work on the house. In the afternoons, we split up into two groups. One would go back to the worksite and one would go to the VBS (vacation Bible school).”

“Everybody worked really hard all the time — no one was really slacking,” Olivia Knochenmus said. ” We knew our mission and wanted to work hard for the Lord. It was so rewarding, and when we handed over the keys to the family, it was such a emotional time. They were so appreciative.”

No matter where you live, or where you are at the time — building a home is no small feat. And the home was built in a week by high school students.

Their mission was huge. And so is the heart inside each of these students from southwest Minnesota.