Ignite DR 2014 – Day 1&2

Jul 26

Ignite DR 2014 – Day 1&2

Greeters from all of us down here in the Dominican!  This message comes from a happy, healthy, and moderately well slept missions team of 11 students and 4 leaders. We left the States after meeting at the church at 3:40 in the morning!!! We took a smooth flight down and landed around 11:15 and meet up with Pastor Jay and Principal Eric Morris.  We loaded our luggage into a van, had lunch at Burger King, and then went to learn what we were getting into. Our first stop was an old Catholic church.  The city of San Pedro is home to one of the first Catholic churches ever built in the Americas, so we toured around there to get an understanding of what a very Catholic culture is like.  After that, we went to see the Timothy Project Library, a library founded by Pastor Jay to aid the discipleship/outreach project he runs.  Here, we got a fuller understanding of what he does and what we were here to do. After that, we spent some time handing out Bibles in front of a major university.  In about 15 minutes, we were able to hand out almost 200 Bibles, a feat that seems impossible in America. It was great to see the excitement on the faces of the kids as we got to reach out with the word of God. Today, we started by going to the Timothy Project.  This is a project run by Pastor Jay reaching out to kids in the community.  Every Saturday, over 100 kids come to his facility in the city of Guaymate to received 2 meals and an education in the word of God.  We sat in on a spanish class and then got time to play with the kids.  These are the same kids we will be running a type of VBS for later in the week, so it was great to establish some relationships.  Things were a little timid at first, but everyone warmed up nicely and bonded.  For lunch, the women at the facility prepared rice and beans and ate with the kids. After that, we went to see some of the sugarcane villages where they have planted churches.  These villages are...

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Dominican Republic 2014

May 06

Dominican Republic 2014

The 2014 Ignite Dominican Republic missions trip will be from July 25th to July 31st.  Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations, and this trip will help give students the chance to do just that in the Dominican Republic.  Here are the details you need to be aware of.    WHEN: –   July 25th to July 31st (6 day trip – AIRPORTS: EWR to SDQ – direct)-   There is an info meeting for parents on Wednesday, May 7th after service @ 9pm. –   Missions Trip Applications are due on Wednesday, May 14th w/$250 deposit Write the check out to “CCOB” and earmark the memo “Ignite DR Missions Trip” WHERE:   –  Dominican Republic – Staying in Juan Dolio (20 mins from Santo Domingo)-  We are staying at the Los Marlins Hotel (same hotel CCS Seniors used)       WHAT: –  We are coming alongside Jay Munoz, a former SCORE International missionary.  He currently heads up various discipleship ministries across multiple villages.  Our goal is to aid him by spending time at those churches (all in safe locations), doing very light construction like painting and putting up wire fencing, helping to feed a village, and helping him share the gospel.  We will have training meetings to prepare students for each of these activities.–   A Passport is required. If you are praying about the trip, you should begin the passport application process. –   We what to bring 16 students (grades 6-8) and 8 leaders. HOW MUCH: – $1300 per person. We highly recommend sending out support letters to  help.   INTERESTED: –   PRAY! This trip will have lots of fun, but it’s serious business.  Serving Jesus is what we are commanded to do in the Bible, and doing that in this way requires some commitment.  Make sure you are reading the Bible daily to get ready.  That’s how service flows best.  You can fill out an Application Form and return it to Brian Higgins by the appropriate date.  MORE INFO? –   You can email (brianhiggins@ccob.org) or call (732-479-0632) Brian Higgins with any questions you have about this year’s trip.    To get a full information packet, you can download one...

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2013 Ignite Dominican Republic Trip – Days 1 & 2

Aug 06

A delayed “hello!” to all of our family and friends waiting on this message.  Things have been incredible for us.  Though we left rather early, the rest of our travel down was uneventful (exactly what you’d want travel to be).  We were met outside the airport by our guide and translator and brought to the incredible complex for lunch and orientation.  After that, we made our way to our first orphanage, Positos de Jesus, a girl’s orphanage that houses around 30.  The connection we made with them was instant and we were able to encourage them with much needed fellowship, good conversations about God’s love for them with the help of translators, and a desire to serve them however we could.  I was blown away at how quickly we were knit to them.  We said tearful goodbyes, retreated to our bus, and went back to our complex for the evening.   Today, we began our day packing up food for a couple villages we’ll be able to feed this week.  We then went to a poor village to play with the kids, show them God’s love, and then share the Gospel with them.  God used our students loving those kids to really grab their attention as we told them of God’s great love for each of them and His desire to know them.  After lunch, we then took a long drive out to a village right by a sugarcane field.  This village is one that our translator feels a special burden for as the food is most desperately needed and as the village is entirely Haitian, a group the Dominicans look down on.  It was a smaller village than we expected and had fewer kids than normal, but our students adjusted wonderfully to the older age group by playing baseball, talking through translators, and having a glad demeanor just being there.  We were again able to preach the Gospel, but then distributed our food and had each student pray with the person they gave the groceries to.   As I write this now, the students are enjoying Score Night, a night where Score brings all the teams together to lead a devotion and encourage the missionaries as I sit...

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Dominican Republic Missions Team 2013 – Internet down!!

Aug 06

Just letting you know that everything is going great in the Dominican Republic, but the team’s WIFI is down at SCORE International. They are doing everything they can to get it up and running, but at this time, they aren’t able to make any updates or calls home (Due to the internet phone-line). As soon as this changes, we’ll let you know! Continue to pray for the...

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Dominican Republic 2012 Update – Day Four

Aug 09

Dominican Republic 2012 Update – Day Four

Today was a much more relaxed day.  It began with the group visiting a nursing home and ministering to the kids of that village.  We were able to give away many of the donations we brought with us.  Things were a bit crazy, but always remained organized and all went well.  Praise God for his mighty work.  After that, we came back to the compound and enjoyed a relaxing day reading God’s word, hanging out by the pool, and making sure we are rested up for the next day’s travels.  We will be in Santo Domingo all through the work day to see a few sights and mostly hand out the 400 spanish Bibles we brought with us. Some minor health issues are beginning to rise (dehydration and the like) so please be praying that God would sustain us the rest of our time here.  He is faithful and we know we are praying to a big God. More pictures will be posted on the Facebook...

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Dominican Republic 2012 Update – Day Three

Aug 08

Dominican Republic 2012 Update – Day Three

God is proving Himself to be mighty here in the Dominican Republic.  We were blessed with another great day of ministry.  It began with us going to a place called Emanuel House, a day care ministry for kids who are hand selected as the poorest of the poor.  There, they are given two meals a day, some education, and training in the Word of God.  It was an encouragement to say the least.  After that, we were able to bring 50 bags of food to a village and encourage the kids in that village.  God has been working in a mighty way by giving our students incredible spiritual maturity and really connecting us to all the kids we see.  We are beyond blessed, though we are certainly tired.  Tomorrow should come with a little extra down time, but ultimately we are relying on the Spirit.  Everyone has been happy and healthy thus far, and we pray that continues.  Please continue to pray for the work of God in through us and in the Dominican Republic at large. Check out the pictures...

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