Our Global Bridge students recently finished a successful semester of learning, serving, and growing alongside our staff and communities in Santiago. The time seemed to fly by in the midst of working in ministry sites, studying college courses and Spanish, building community, and adventuring around the Dominican Republic.
In the last few weeks of the semester, the students celebrated Thanksgiving together with some of the SI staff. They also decorated the base for Christmas and made Christmas cookies to give to their site leaders. Keeping up with traditions from the United States is an important part of connecting life back home and life in the Dominican Republic. Students were able to participate in familiar holiday traditions, while also learning about traditions in the DR.
In the final few days before leaving, students went through a few debrief sessions in order to process their time in the DR and the changes they have observed in themselves. They learned some tools for returning home in a healthy way. Most importantly, they took time to recognize how God has worked in and through them in this semester and how they can continue their ministry by telling the story of God’s faithfulness.
The students celebrated the semester with a s
pecial Christmas dinner and Christmas lights in the city. The final night before going home was a sweet time of fellowship at a Christmas dinner with Iglesia Comunidad Multicultural (Multicultural Community Church), the church the students have attended all semester.
In looking back over the past 4 months, there is so much to thank God for. He has been very present with each student through the ups and downs of living cross-culturally, and they have learned so much about who He is and who they are in Him. It is evident that God is working and will continue to do so as the students are at home for the holidays and when they return in January.