The team is ready to embark on another great mission trip to Dominican Republic.
In Dominican Republic, we will arrive in Santiago where Breath of Life International has its main ministry with university students. We will be doing the bulk of our ministry work in San Juan de la Maguana, El Cercado, Neyba and Villa Jaruagua near the Dominican and Haitian Border (Port of Prince) and partnering with the local churches there. These towns are located on the south-west part of the country very close to the Haitian boarder.
About the People of San Juan de la Maguana San Juan de La Maguana is the capital municipality and the largest city in the province of San Juan, in the western region of the Dominican Republic. It was one of the first cities founded on the island; founded in 1503 and was given the name of San Juan de la Maguana by San Juan Bautista and the Taino name of the valley: Maguana. The term Maguana means "the first stone, the unique stone". This is an up and coming city with a very high on unemployment, high crime and a large youth.
Most people are farmers but there is a great deal of cattle and goat raising. This community is marked with domestic violence, racial tension between Haitians and Dominicans, there is a very large number of uncared children, poor health, heavy drinking, and high rate of teen pregnancies, high crime, no viable witness of the gospel, poor education, high rate of illeteracy. The current president of the country, Danilo Medina, is from this city.
Jennifer Gotro & José Rodríguez Rosario are from this city. Jennifer is studying to be a medical doctor and Jose a civil engineer. These two families will be our main hosts along with the local churches we partner with in this area.
What we will be doing Our primary work will consist of VBS programs, evangelism, home visits, training public school teachers and administrators on how to better teach students (teaching how to read and write), medical, and veterinarian outreach, church leadership training, and reflective tape outreach to the surrounding villages. We will be also building/repairing 6 houses which were impacted by the recent hurracaine Maria and Irma. The goal is to build them houses or repair so that it will withstand the next storms. We need to raise $12,000 to do this. Consider helping with this.
We will promoting local and global missions in the local churches. Last but not least, we will be training the students’ mentors, and work on the spiritual development for the students themselves in Santiago. Team Goals:Work togetherGrow togetherServe each otherEncourage each other.
Local Church Goals:Help Train the leadershipGrow in reaching out to the communityGrow in making disciplesParticipate missions Pray for each participant on this trip for them to:
Joshua Gerdes Alison Daigle Kirsten Hoover Matthew Kline Samantha Meyer Dr. Jim Watson Dr. Bill Cline Luis Gilbert
Grow closer to God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) Learn more how to reach and make disciples of Christ through their vocations and spiritual gifts Develop long term relationship with the BOLI Students, Mentors, Church and Communities Develop a heart for the Dominican People Experience the DR culture and learn more of who they are in Christ Pray for safety and unity of the team.