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Spencerville Church youth group assists school building project in the Dominican Republic

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The mission trip group also conducted a Vacation Bible School program.

A youth group from Spencerville Church recently returned from a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where they contributed to ongoing efforts to build a new school and conducted a Vacation Bible School.

The trip, which took place from March 17-26, was in partnership with Maranatha Volunteers International, a nonprofit organization that works with the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide structures for worship and education through short-term mission projects. 

During the mission trip, the Spencerville group focused on continuing Maranatha’s ongoing project to build a new school that will serve 80 churches in the Santo Domingo region. Spencerville teens constructed one of the major walls of the building. The remainder of the project will be completed by additional short-term mission trip groups throughout the year.

In the evenings, some members of the group led a cowboy-themed Vacation Bible School that attracted 150-200 local children each night. The Spencerville teens played music, organized games and activities, led rotation groups and served as English-Spanish translators. 

Kandace Zollman, Spencerville Church pastor for Nurture and Visitation, expressed her appreciation for the teens’ dedication, saying: “We have a wonderful group of young people. They did a wonderful job serving others. Whatever needed to be done, they pitched in and got it done. They cleaned up. They carried blocks. They took care of kids. They cleaned up messes. They packed food. They worked so hard, and I’m really proud of them.”

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