Date: May 20-26
This will be a work trip to one of El Verbo’s ministries located in the capital, Managua, just twenty minutes from the airport. The plantation, Veracruz, is home to an orphanage with 60 children and has a few houses on the site that are badly in need of repairs. Pastor Earl uses them to host caretakers and can be used to host pastors and others.
Additionally, Pastor Earl began to grow pineapples on the land and is now starting to sell the harvest to subsidize some of El Verbo’s ministries.
The work that we will be doing may include construction, home repair, and assistance in the pineapple production.
*This is a work trip, so participants should be physically able to do light construction, painting, or agricultural work.
Date: June 23-30
Who: 9th-12th grade students
This is a cross-cultural mission experience. We will be working with our partner in Azua, a city in the western part of the Dominican Republic. The town is a poverty-stricken area with a population of about 130,000. Unemployment among able bodies and teen pregnancy is widespread.
Our main goal will be to work with our partner to reach teenagers in Azua.
Some of the activities will be:
- Basketball and volleyball. Both of these sports are very attractive to youth in the community. We plan to organize week-long basketball and volleyball tournaments among teens. Our students will participate as one of the teams in each tournament. Testimonies and services will be done before and after the daily games.
- Teaching Life Skills – Specifically English, music and computers. The service sector in general, and tourism in particular, has become the most important source of jobs in the Dominican Republic. Learning English remains the number one skill needed for people to find a job in that industry. But also, basic computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) and reading music or playing an instrument also increase the probability of securing a job.
- Evangelism – leading Bible studies, door-to-door sharing and sharing our testimonies.