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Local girl returns from Dominican Republic

Religion: Alyssa Collins spread her message about Jesus while also learning about another culture

Posted: June 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.

From left to right, Alyssa Collins, Sarah Saldivar, Christina Caro and David Stratton of Ignite Academy prepare for a recent yard-sale fundraiser.

Alyssa Collins of The Church On the Way Santa Clarita recently returned from the Dominican Republic, where she and other classmates of the Ignite Academy ministered to people of all ages in difficult life situations.

Students studied the culture of the local people so they could better assimilate.

“The people of the Dominican Republic are very relationship-oriented and wanted to spend time with us,” Collins said. “We played sports with them and then told them about Jesus.”

Students helped local schools, a children’s hospital and with the installation and testing of a new water purification plant in association with Water for the Children.

Among the highlights of the trip was a visit to the dump, Cien Fuegos, where people go to look through the trash in search of food and items they can sell.

“We have such great wealth in our country,” Collins said. “It really put things in perspective.”

Collins estimates that she completed some 1,000 hours of volunteer service last year working with the L.A. Mission, The Dream Centers food distribution, Wow Jam International and various churches and mission trips.

While on a trip to Kansas City, Mo., she and fellow Ignite students renovated a hospital that will be used as a refuge for those escaping human trafficking and homelessness.

For more information and ways to donate to Ignite Academy, call (818) 876-2419.


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