Sunday, May 24, 2015

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LOREIDY HERNANDEZ

This weeks player has been a part of VC Revolution for almost 6 years! She can jump through the roof and has a heart for her community. May I present to you this weeks all-star student...

LOREIDY HERNANDEZ
Major: Psychology
Ministry Site: Genesis Special Education
Started College: Fall 2013
Sponsorship Status: Needs a Tuition Sponsor (100/mo)


What is something you have learned serving at the Special Education ministry site?

I have learned to put myself in others shoes, no matter what their condition is. In Genesis, I have learned how to take initiative and help others when they need me. I have also learned to put everything in God’s hands. Without Him, nothing would be possible. 

What has college taught you?
In college, I have learn to prioritize the things that are most important.  I have also learned to be more independent.  This has helped me to grow as a person and it is preparing me to be a professional one day and have great success!

What is God teaching you now?
He is teaching me to have more integrity. I also want to be a more humble person.  I have also learned how important God is in our lives and the only way to Jesus is through the Father. 
Any words to your sponsors?

Thank you so much for your support our college program. I am so thankful for this huge opportunity. For me, it is a huge blessing to have your help. One day, I dream of having a good job. I know that with God, and your help, that dream will become a reality. Really, your help is a huge blessing to me. 

If you would like to help donate to Loreidy's college fund, click the "COLLEGE SPONSORSHIP" tab above! 


Sunday, May 17, 2015

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MABELIS ACEVEDO

Over the next 4 weeks, I would like to highlight our four sponsored college students! They have done a great job and they deserved to be honored!  For these girls to earn their scholarships, they have to serve within the ministry at least 12 hours a week. Its a cool way for them to give back to the ministry and apply what they are learning in a tangible way. So, without further ado...

Player of the week
MABELIS ACEVEDO
Major: Psychology
Ministry Site: Girls Sports Site 
Sponsorship Status: Fully Covered 

What is something you have learned serving at the girls sports site with Chelsie & Jess?
I have learned no only about volleyball, but more of how we can use volleyball to teach others about God.  The thing that has really impacted me most about this site is that we all sin in different way, yet in God’s eyes, my sin is just the same as others.
Assistant Coach Mabelis serving on the states trip

What has college taught you?
One that thing that I have liked a lot is that each day, I am learning more about myself as well as others.  I also like that I can daily apply things that I learn in my psychology classes.  

What is God teaching you now?
He is teaching me to trust in him and to know that I cannot achieve things with my own strength, but with His.   I am learning to focus less on what God’s “answers” may be and focus more on adoring him. When I praise him, my strenth is renewed and my faith gets stronger. 

Any words to your sponsors?
Thank you so much for your support our college program. Thank you for your love for me because I don’t know where I would be in my studies. Without this scholarship, I would no be able to study. I have been able to move forward in my life because of your help. I have seen the hand of God in all this and without Him, all that you and I do would not be possible.  I hope that God continues to bless you and providing for your family.

If you would like to help donate to Mabelis' college fund, click the "COLLEGE SPONSORSHIP" tab above! 




Thursday, May 14, 2015

STATES TRIP SUCCESS!

Wow, I still can't believe what an incredible experience the girls had in their trip to the states! Thank you to so many of you who helped out with this trip whether it was financially, providing a meal, hosting girls or opening your gym.

During this trip, they got to serve in the community, play some local teams, live with host families and experience the culture in a more tangible way.  They also got to visit Bryan college and even practice alongside their team.  Oh and you can't forget the Easter fun! They got lots of goody baskets everywhere they went, had an easter egg hunt, and dyed eggs. The trip ended with a blast as we travel to Tampa, FL to play in a big club tournament.  They also grew a lot spiritually on the trip.  We had a lot of really great discussions of exactly what God did for us in sending his Son to the cross.  Especially since it was Easter week, I feel like they had that gospel message presented in various forms and they were able to gain a deeper and clearer knowledge of what that really means for us. Here are some pictures of the trip! Also, you'll hear from some of the varsity players of what they learned on the trip!

SERVING IN THE COMMUNITY
Emely helping clear out a park

Assistant Coach Mabelis helpin' out!

Not afraid to get dirty!
"One of the best parts was helping to cut grass at that park so that the kids could have a place to have fun. I learned that if you trust and have faith in the Lord, you can achieve anything!" ~ Edely Herrera


Teaching merengue to a local elementary school

Ileana sharing her testimony to the elementary kids

Helping with gym class at an elementary school 

They even got on the news! They're famous!
"My favorite part was cooking for my family. God has shown me is that he will spread his love around anywhere." ~Naomy Reyes


Praying with Candies Creek youth

Experiencing the Culture
Playing against a local team at Chelsie's old high school!
"My favorite part was our game and Walker Vally and spending time with my host family playing dominos and cooking. I learned that even though we were from another country and used another language, we could still relate to others and have fun through Jesus Christ!"  ~Ileana Pena 


Cool boat ride!

We were hosted by so many wonderful families! 

Did a tour of Bryan college and played with their team!

Easter fun! 


Host family sister!
"My favorite part was getting to know my family and getting out of my comfort zone because God has lots of surprises for us!" ~Genesis Rodriguez


Another host sister!
"My favorite moment was when some of the families went to spend time at a park. I was able to see different things like Americans do like use hammocks and a slack line" ~Erika Cruz


Tournament in Tampa, FL

Cool Tennessee shirts. BYE YA'LL! 

Thanks to everyone for making this dream a reality.  We all grew a lot on this trip and were changed for the better! If you want to see more details of the trip, visit the trip blog at 
http://dominicansserveitup.blogspot.com/








Thursday, March 19, 2015

1. more. week.

Well, we got our visas! It always amazes me how difficult it is for Dominicans to travel to the states and its so fun to see their joy when they get "approved."  So, the girls are pumped and they are getting ready to depart in just one week! I want to take a little bit of time to tell you something that really impacted me this past week and some changes that will be happening in the girls sports site.

During March, we receive 4 one week outreaches. The past two have been such a blessing and really an encouragement in our site.  We just had a group from JMU here and we really learned the truth behind "delighting in our weaknesses".  This group showed that being a Christian isn't about "having it all together".  We really learned that its about showing how God's glory has shined through our many faults and flaws.  We had the chance to be really real with each other and share about things we are struggling with or things we have struggled with.  As a result, we found ourselves sighing with relief to know that we weren't the only ones who had wrestling with particular sins.  In the end, we were reminded of how big God's love is and how his power is truly made perfect despite our weaknesses.  I am thankful to have a God who loves us, despite our areas of weakness.

Here are some pictures from this last outreach.
Hanging out and playing games with Corocito
Shout-out to all my BCVB girls who taught me great games like "zip-bong" and "ninga" which are still being playing here in the DR! 


Practice with Varsity

Rain or shine... we still practice!

In other news, Mabelis Acevedo, who graduated from VC Revolution 2 years ago, and has been serving alongside us as an volunteer, will now step into a more prominent position of "assistant".   She will take a bigger role in the site.  We are super pumped to have her on board! Just for this summer, Chelsie will be helping less with the girls sports site and more with the teams that come down.  The plan is that this will be a temporary thing and she will come back to helping full time the the sports site in September.  God is good and we are so thankful to be able to have the chance to use volleyball to reach girls for Christ. I swear I have the best job in the world!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

One more step!


I have seriously been blown away by God's faithfulness and the generosity of so many people to help donate to our trip.  We now have all our trip money in and just have one final step! In order for the girls to get visas to travel to the US, they have to make two trips to the capital.  In trip #1, they turn in their documents and get their fingerprints taken. We had that appointment last Friday we "passed"! So our final appointment is March 9.  Since it is a girls volleyball team, they are highly likely to get approved. However, your prayers are greatly appreciated. We are all super excited for the trip and the girls have been super busy with practices, games, discipleship class and English class to get ready for the trip! 

Here is a picture of our girls last weekend at a tournament in the capital, Santo Domingo. 

We'd appreciate prayers for these upcoming dates and events
*March- We have 4 American teams during the month of March so it will be a busy time. Pray for energy and wisdom as we minister with these teams
*March 9- Final Visa Appointment
*March 28- Departure for Tennessee with the varsity team! Pray for smooth travels and no glitches! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

HALF-WAY THERE!

Thank you so much to those who bought t-shirts from our t-shirt sale!  We also had some people give  very generous donations to the trip and we are so thankful! We are excited to announce that we have reached the half-way point of $9000!!! Chelsie made this "Christmas Tree'" for her church so people could sponsor the girls! Send Chelsie an email at chelsie.blackburn@gmail.com if you are interested in sponsoring a player!

We would like to get to $11,000 by Christmas if possible! If you are interested in donating for our trip, visit gofund.me/DominicansServe 
Or to learn more about our trip and how you can get involved: http://dominicansserveitup.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Survivor Trip 2014


We just finished up a great weekend trip full of team building activities, gross food eating competitions, and bootcamp training.  This years “Survivor” trip was located in small country community called “Majaguita”.  The girls were split into tribes and were given points when they won challenges as well as bonus points when they demonstrated certain characteristics such as leadership, collaborator and servant leader.  In addition to really coming together as a team, the girls learned a lot about what it really means to be a Christian and many accepted Christ.  This was our third survivor trip and I think probably my favorite! Here are some pictures to show our adventure!
Capture the Flag
Fully Armored with CardBoard Protection!

Boot camp
with real military commander Raul Canela
(He is currently the boys sports site leader)


Team Building Activities

Would you DARE to eat...
Fully stocked with octopus, Jalapenos, etc

More team building activities

These girls are working hard and have each planned their own ideas for fundraisers for our upcoming states trip. However, we really need your help! 
 For more information for how you can get involved visit