Family of 4 part of mission trip

Pam Griffin
The mission team that just returned from Wales included Joe Preston, bottom left corner, with (counterclockwise) George Astrike, Matt Plunk, Paul Astrike, Janet Moore, Wanda Figueiredo, Barbara Mickler, Grace Plunk and Jan Lipscomb.

When a mission team leaves Village Baptist Church for the Dominican Republic later this month, Joe and Kara Preston and their sons, Josh, 17, and Caleb, 14, will be part of the group.

Members of Village since 2001, the couple participated in international mission trips in the past, and Joe just returned this week from Wales.

“We have also had the opportunity to serve in many local missions with our children,” Kara told The Log.  “We have wanted to go on a family mission trip for quite some time but wanted our sons to feel God calling them to participate versus us ‘making them go’.”

The boys did express a desire to go after a missionary friend from the Dominican Republic shared the many needs of the people there, and the Prestons committed as a family to go this summer.

“He told how his team ministers to the physical needs of the people first and, as a result, is able to build personal relationships and share the Word of God with them,” Kara said.

The Preston family will work together as they put the needs of others, physical and spiritual, above their own. The trip also requires them to give of their money and time and go with a servant’s heart.

The team will put roofs on a multi-purpose community center/church and a home; complete other building projects; conduct sports camps; host vacation Bible school; and provide food and water for refugees at the local dump site.

Josh and Caleb will assist in the sports camp in the morning, and Josh will help with the roofing and building projects in the afternoon while Caleb assists with VBS recreation.

“My husband and I wanted our sons to experience this before leaving home,” Kara said. “It is especially special that we can serve Him together as a family,” “And hopefully create within our children a future desire to serve others and tell them about our Savior.”