My name is Angela Kuroda and I’m 16 years old. This is my second missions trip. It is also my second missions trip to the Dominican Republic. I am so glad to be apart of the Dominican Republic missions team. Last year when the team first went it was mind blowing. It was not only an emotional and educational experience it was inspirational for not only us but to our family in the Dominican Republic. I got to experience some brutal things. You see on T.V. commercials about other people in countries who are poor but it’s totally different seeing it right in your face. Last year I finally was able to step out of my bubble. This year the trip has been so amazing! The moment we stepped off the plane into the Dominican Republic I felt like I was at home. I had a family I left here and I was so excited to see them. Going to see all the teachers and the pastor was an amazing emotional roller coaster. Our first day going to the school, we stepped off the bus, and to know they remembered me my heart just melted. You build relationships that are forever. You even get attached and start building relationships with the workers at Vision Trust. You build relationships with all the kids at the school. It melts my heart to see these kids coming to school everyday to better themselves. Their school might be very limited on what they have but these kids are so dedicated to learning. They not only learn the basic topics in school but learn about God. They may not have much but you don’t see them frowning one step of their day. The people of the Dominican Republic always welcomed us with open arms. Words can’t describe how blessed I am to be apart of this family. Even though we might see one another for a week once a year the love we have for each other is so strong and so powerful. I also thank my team. Without each and every single one of them I wouldn’t be able to get through this trip. They all have impacted me in many different ways. Each and everyone has their role for why God decided to have them on this trip. I thank God for everything he has done, and without him I wouldn’t be able to be here right now.