We partner with Mission:Hope and Saint Peters Evangelical Church of Samana in their efforts to reach the Dominican Republic and the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. Samana is a very strategic location in the Dominican Republic as it hosts thousands of international tourists each year on its lovely beaches and during whale-watching season, and yet is still surrounded by material and spiritual poverty.
Our time is spent working in several key areas: medical, construction, children’s ministry, and training local pastors. Medical teams consist of medical professionals and other support personnel (no prior experience required) who operate remote medical clinics in villages. Construction teams serve the local church by assisting with multiple projects both on and off church property. Children’s Ministry is another opportunity both as a part of the medical clinics and also at our host church. The Pastor’s Training School runs concurrently to the medical and construction teams during the day and consists of seasoned Bible teachers and pastors who lead the classes.
The Pastors’ School educates local pastors and lay leaders of other local churches about the unique opportunity that they have to fulfill the command of Jesus to “Go and Tell” the nations without even leaving their own neighborhood. As churches are empowered with the truth of the gospel, the effects of their faithful witness are felt throughout the entire world.
Our medical and construction teams are tasked to be the hands and feet of Jesus. The gospel will be demonstrated through acts of mercy and physical labor both in and around Samana through our medical teams (in partnerships with local doctors) and construction team (in partnerships with local contractors). Our clinics are free to the community and exist to provide medical care to those who would not be able to afford it. Local doctors are on hand to ensure that all patients requiring followup care will do so, and that all leftover medications are distributed in the community as needed. Local church leaders are also on hand to help share the message of the gospel with our patients, and follow up with those who have requested prayer.
Our construction team functions as perhaps the most visible aspect of our team. They will also have the opportunity to explicitly share the gospel, especially from the inevitable questions of “Why did you come on vacation to work?”
Our trip also serves to prepare and equip us, the team members. Our goal is that our faith would be strengthened through our service in the Dominican Republic, and that Christ will be glorified in every area of our lives as we prepare to go, as we serve, and after we return home. We must be open and willing to allow the Lord to work in and through us.