September to May
The students will live in a gated mission house. Very close to fruit stands, parks and grocery stores.
La Otra Banda, Santiago – Even though Santiago is a large city the students will live in the rural town of La Otra Banda.
The Dominican Republic is a very rich and mixed culture with an interesting history. With very mixed roots of the once indigenous Taino indians, Europeans (Spanish, French), and descendants of African slaves. One of the popular souvenirs sold here is the “faceless doll” which represents a people so mixed, they feel they are now without an identity in a sense. They are a proud and patriotic people, historically Catholic, and clinging very closely to their Spanish roots with Spanish also as their national language. With original styles of beautiful art and music, delicious local dishes, and an original dialect all of their own, the Dominican people have a unique and rich culture, difficult to define unless experienced for one’s self.
The ministry will be built around english classes. Teaching the English language is a vibrant ministry since it not only helps locals find jobs but attracts people from all different walks of life. The people are drawn to the English language and it serves as a way to build bridges to share your testimony or gospel truth. The students will also support the local church in worship and street evangelism and attending a local orphanage. Although scheduled ministry is good and needed, building relationships will be the primary way to reach the people.
DAY TO DAY LIFE
Monday-Friday they spend their mornings volunteering in the local church in Hato Mayor, Santiago. Each afternoon the students either visit the orphanage, projects around the church, or have their Bible/language classes. The students are placed in a home group that meets once a week in the evenings. On weekends, the students and staff often take small excursion trips. Youth group and church services are held on the weekends.
Dominican Republic Gallery