What you might expect…
Stepping out of your comfort zone and away from the busyness of life can be just the ticket to personal renewal and a restored sense of priorities!
So join us on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic as we minister to Dominican children and families. Love the children as we visit orphanages and schools, teach Bible and craft classes, or give needed care at our medical and dental clinics. Demonstrate teeth-brushing to moms and their children. Build benches or school desks. Pray, hand out tracts, or distribute school supplies, food, and medicines. Absorb the joy expressed through worship and singing as we participate in Dominican-led churches, and be amazed at the marvelous faith of the Dominican Christians in an all-sufficient God!
About the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has the second largest economy in the Caribbean. Though long known for sugar production, the economy is now dominated by services. The country’s economic progress is exemplified by its advanced telecommunications and newly constructed metro system. Nevertheless, unemployment, lack of adequate social services, and inconsistent electric service remain serious problems. It is estimated that 30% of the population lives in poverty. This is exacerbated by the challenge of Haitian illegal immigration and the integration of those who are of Haitian descent.
A Unique Symbol
The flag of the Dominican Republic has a large white cross that divides it into four quarters. The white cross symbolizes the struggle of the liberators to bequeath future generations a free nation. The coat of arms pictures a red, white, and blue flag-draped shield with a Bible and cross. Out of all the flags in the world, the depiction of a Bible is unique to the Dominican flag.
The Arawakan-speaking Taíno Indians inhabited the island of Hispaniola, which they called Quisqueya meaning “mother of the earth,” when Columbus arrived in 1492. Since that time, the Dominican Republic has been conquered and ruled at different times by Spain, France, and Haiti. In 1844, the Dominican Republic established a constitution and government modeled after the United States and declared their independence.