On our Destino Summer Mission to the Dominican Republic this year, our theme verse was Ephesians 2:10, which says “For we are Gods workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to.” We spent a lot of time unpacking just what it means to be “God’s workmanship” (or “masterpiece” as some translations say) and also what it means that He has good works already prepared for us to do. How beautiful is the truth that we are created uniquely like a work of art, and that we are created for a purpose.
It was really fun to be a leader on a trip like this because I got to know a lot of the students on a deeper level and see how God has made them unique. I was able to learn about their struggles and the ways in which they are broken but I also got to see the ways in which God has made them in His image. I began to see them as a work of art.
“For we are Gods workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to.”
As a way to tell you more about our mission, I want to do a series of posts that explain some of the ways that I saw the different students on our project display aspects of God’s character. As a part of this, I also want to tell you about ways I can see God’s character in Latino cultures. So often, if we don’t know a culture very well, it’s easy to see only the bad things, or only the things that are hard for us to understand. So I want to help you see our students from our perspective, so that you can see some of the ways God has uniquely gifted them in their culture.
I hope you enjoy and that you join us in worshipping the God who made all of us as a masterpiece and prepared good works in advance for us to do!
Casey is on staff with Destino in St. Louis, MO. Originally posted on her blog.