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We love Jesus and are daily seeking to live for Him. He has placed a special passion in our hearts for the people of the Dominican Republic… so we are going– to live there and serve there full time. Read more about our faith journey here.
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We love playing games, which sometimes leads to late nights and sometimes even family slumber parties with our friends. We have a small homestead and have raised goats and chickens and guineas and even worms. We were both born and raised in the city and have found a lot of joy in country living.
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To the Dominican Republic, with love
By TARYN LAWSON
WAUSEON — What started as a mission trip will soon become a lifestyle for Wauseon's Jason and Becky Suon and their four young children.
In January, the Suon family of six will swap the corn and bean fields that surround their quiet country home north of Wauseon for permanent residence among the Dominican Republic's bateyes — struggling settlements that have sprung up around sugar mills.
Three years ago, Jason, who resigned recently as a maintenance worker for the Wauseon school system to start this new chapter, had a chance to visit the Caribbean nation through his church, Pettisville Missionary Church.
There, he said, "something started growing inside of him."
He worked construction on a bilingual Christian school near the town of Ramon Santana, ringed by more than 100 sugarcane villages. The school would serve the children of families who make their livings cutting sugarcane in the bateyes.
"They were using a little church building for the school, so the kids would sit on the floor and use the pews as desks," Jason said. "They needed a permanent school, so on that first trip, we built two classrooms for them.
"The ministry has told us that right now, we have third graders who have surpassed their parents in reading, so it's a culture that is in desperate need of education and discipleship and some guidance."
Last December, he returned on a "survey" trip, this time with Becky and the children in tow, to make sure life in the Dominican Republican "would fit us, and we would fit it," Becky said.
"When the kids started using the school and the classrooms that I had a hand in building, that was a really exciting thing for me to see," Jason said. "The desire kept growing to want to go back and do it again."
Becky, a 1999 Liberty Center High School graduate and homeschool educator, plans to teach in the new preschool, which the Suons' children will attend.
"We've homeschooled our whole lives, and now our three youngest will be attending this school, shoulder-to-shoulder with the Dominican kids every day, learning a new language," Becky said.
Today, 180 students in six grade levels are currently enrolled at the Freedom Christian School (itisforfreedom.com) for the 2016-17 school year. The school has expanded to serve 11 nearby villages, and, Becky said, "is in a perpetual state of growth," with the ultimate goal of serving students through high school.
"We do all of our own work: concrete and block laying, electrical, plumbing. As the school grows, there will be a lot to take care of and continue to build upon," said Jason of the work ahead.
The Suons may be in it for the long haul, but amidst questions about the efficacy of short-term mission trips to impoverished nations, Becky had this to say:
"We do use short-term trips to help build the school, because we believe that when people come into the ministry and invest in the process — whether they're building, or teaching, or loving on kids, or whatever it is — they'll be inspired to come back and make changes in their own communities, and we feel that is worth the investment of a short-term trip."
More on the Suon's journey can be found at their family website, suonsix.com.