Members of the SAGU Lady Lions basketball team recently returned from a trip to Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic. The trip wasn’t a search for sand, surf and sun for summer break, but rather a mission’s trip to spread the love of Jesus to local women and children.

The team held a basketball camp for local boys teaching the basics of basketball and giving out more than 100 Spanish New Testament Bibles after the clinic.

For junior Taylor Hill, of Waxahachie, coaching at the camp was the highlight of the week.

“My favorite part of the trip would have to be the basketball camps,” Hill said. “I loved the fact that even though there was a language barrier between me and the boys, basketball was the same. Basketball was a way I could show them God’s love.”

The week was also spent passing out gifts to girls in the local orphanage and children living in the Lily House, a home for former prostitutes.

SAGU women’s basketball head coach Arlene Beadles believed the trip had a lasting impact on all that went.

“We all cried after loving and hugging the children in the orphanage,” Beadles said. “The women on our team fell in love with the children but more important they now have a greater love for Jesus Christ.”

The Lily House works with Score International in reaching women enslaved in prostitution in the Dominican Republic. Once women walk away from prostitution they are welcomed with their children at the Lily House where they will be provided with counseling, discipleship, vocational training, and medical care.