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Like most Canadian University students, Ryan Turnbull was planning on traveling somewhere warm for spring break. Unlike most students, Ryan spent almost two weeks in the Dominican Republic doing hard labor, building a house with thirteen other students from Providence University College.

Last year Providence students partnered with the Samaritan Foundation to raise funds to build a house in the Dominican Republic. For over twenty years The Samaritan Foundation has assisted the poorest of the poor in the Dominican Republic by providing modest housing in villages that they have built. To date they have built nine villages representing over a thousand homes, ten churches, six schools, five medical centers and sports facilities.

“We had an opportunity to see the project we raised money for last year” says Turnbull, a third year biblical studies major from Binscarth, Manitoba, “proceeds from our fundraising went directly toward building Providence House.”

This year’s trip has left an impression on students. “Getting to know the stories of the people we encountered was really impactful on me”, states Michelle Scully, a sophomore from Abbotsford, British Columbia, “stories are what really reveal who somebody is and I felt I was really able to connect through the sharing of our stories."

The impact of this work will be felt not only by the locals but also by the Providence students. Adds Turnbull, "My hope is that the Providence community will continue to foster this fruitful partnership for years to come. It is a real blessing to work to advance the Missio Dei by partnering with the global church."

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