Adam Moffett just returned from a missions trip with the William Carey University Restoration Band to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. I have asked him to give us a report on his trip.
This last week in the Dominican Republic was phenomenal! God worked in powerful ways, and I want to thank you for being a part of it.
We worked in a variety of different places during this trip. We taught music to young students, led worship in a couple of churches, visited an orphanage, and toured a lot of music schools across the city of Santo Domingo. The above picture is our group with a lot of the musicians we worked with at Iglesias Bautista Ozama when we led worship there.
These are a few of the girls we met at the orphanage at Santa Domingo. It was an all-girls home for girls who had been abused or abandoned. The lady in charge had a powerful testimony of how she started the orphanage and got all the girls there. They performed some songs for us that they had been taught while they were there. It was incredible to see these young girls who had known nothing but abuse, and who had nothing but their clothes, worship God so purely and joyfully. It was eye-opening to realize that they had so much less than us, but they are able to inspire and worship with so much more passion and emotion than we who have more than we know what to do with. As a worship leader, it showed me that I have to be content with whatever I’m given, especially for worship, because the truth of worship is in the heart, not the instruments or equipment we use.
This is the band practice we sat in on in a middle school in Santo Domingo. The band teacher is the worship pastor at the church we worked with, so he invited us to observe and talk to his class. They are really young, and most of them are just starting, so we got to play a bit for them. They were very much inspired by hearing advanced musicians share their joy in music. Rogers, the worship pastor, said he loves working at the school because his most important goal is to advance the gospel, and he can do that while investing musically in these kid’s lives.
A little backstory to this trip is that the Carey Scholars, an academic group based on high ACT scores that I’m a part of, goes on a school-paid trip to England each Spring Break, to tour William Carey sites and London. I missed out on this trip because I had already committed to go with the Restoration Band on this trip. I knew I was supposed to be in the DR, but I still missed London.
But as we toured a couple more musical institutions Wednesday, including the University of Santo Domingo Music Department and the Dominican National Conservatory of Music, I realized something. I’m not a tourist. I’m not a historian. I’m not a British citizen. I am a musician. If there’s any place in the world for me to be right now, it’s here, with musicians, meeting musicians, playing music, and sharing the gospel through music.
This trip provided me with further confirmation that I am definitely supposed to be heading into Church Music. It’s what I’m good at. It’s my God-given purpose.
But even further than my self, we ministered this week to a lot of people. We encouraged and cared for orphans. We strengthened multiple church music programs. We showed school kids that power of music. We worshiped God.
The church we worked with told us over and over that God had ordained this trip and that we were supposed to be there, even if we didn’t see all the results of our work. I want to remind you that by supporting me and the group, you too were a part of all the lives we touched this week! Thank you so much for helping give me this opportunity!