Over the past few months, Reel Life has deployed teams in both the Northern and Southern areas of the Baja as well as the Dominican Republic. Traveling to spend a week serving orphans and destitute families, these teams were able to experience the deep satisfaction that comes with time invested in the lives of those who are less fortunate.
There was something else quite different about the teams serving with Reel Life over the past few months. In early July, we were pleased to embark on our first “family trip.” Of the 29 volunteers, 12 were children ranging in age from 3 to 15. The adults encompassed everything from college students to grandparents. As the trip proved to be our most popular to date, we will certainly look for more of this type in the coming months.
Another new platform for participation involved our first corporate teams. Wayne’s Environmental
, a leading lawn and pest control service provider based out of Birmingham, AL, sent a small group of employees to serve alongside Dominican field partner (un)adopted
in early September. The following month, Texas-based Laurens Engineering
sent a team of employees to work with Mexican Medical
in the Southern Baja.
For many, this was their first trip of this type. Participants from both organizations raved about the experience and improved worldly perspective, better co-worker relationships and an appreciation of the company for supporting such an endeavor. Lauren Engineering participant Terry O’Connell summed up his experience by stating,
We had to fill out a form to declare what we are bringing back with us. There was no line on the form to write it… and even if there was, there are no words to describe it.