One Volkswagen general manager embarked on a real world missions experience that was so positive, he’s returning for more next spring.
Westside VW’s Steve Hendricks joined the group, Global Missions, for a working trip to the Dominican Republic. With nearly twice as many people as Minnesota and just over one fifth of the land mass, the island country borders Haiti to the west.
The group planted a half-acre community garden for a school, repaired roofs and helped complete seven concrete house floors. Smiling, friendly and helpful people were the norm, he said. Though they lived with only the basics for housing, clothes and food, Hendricks said they seemed very content and happy that the group was there to help.
“I enjoyed the people of the villages we where in, with the simple life they live with seemingly no worries,” he said. “And the scenery was as beautiful as could be imagined.” Mountains, rainforests, valleys and rivers were all around.
The Dominican Republic has some 10.4 million people.
Global Missions is a Twin Cities nonprofit group, and this particular trip was sponsored by KTIS Radio. “It was awesome!” said Hendricks.