Progress in the Dominican

In February, a team visited the Dominican to help a local church put up a new building. The team members helped with block work, cement work and putting up a roof.  But when they left La Romana, the building wasn’t quite complete.

However, we’ve received an update and the progress with the building is moving right along! The note and pictures below document what’s happened since the Dispatch team returned home.

The floor, front stage, shudders, doors, and stuccoing was all finished.  It was interesting to see the detail they had included in the entrance of the church and the stage area in front of church which showed the pride they take in their new facility.   The group inspired the community not only with their presence but also with their dirt moving, concrete hauling, forming of columns, roof building, and interacting with the children.          – Duane, contact with CRWM

 

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Fall Trip to Jamaica, Mon!

Dispatch Project will be organizing a service and learning trip to Jamaica, October 31 – November 7.  Much like our trip in 2014 we will be serving along side the missionaries and deaf community at Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf.

Our time will be spent visiting a local orphanage, interacting with the students at one of the school campuses, and spreading some much needed love at the local infirmary . We will likely be helping with light construction at their up and coming Retreat Center at the Jamaican Deaf Village as well.  At some point during the week we will take a day to enjoy the beautiful beach and local cuisine, which is a wonderful chance to recharge and reflect

This trip has something for everyone! You can read more about last years trip here.

Trip cost is $2,000 which covers airfare, lodging, meals and project costs. The cost is 100% tax deductible.

For more information, please contact this years trip leader, Sarah Werner at sarah.r.werner@gmail.com.

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Dominican Republic Trip Recap

Dispatch recently sent a team to the Dominican Republic. Their time was spent helping the Haitian locals finish a new church building. The current dwelling place couldn’t hold all of it’s members in a given Sunday. They needed a new church! The team came along side the church members and helped move dirt, build forms and pour concrete (with buckets, by hand!), leading to an almost complete structure by week’s end.

 

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Former church building!

 

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Helping build the rafters

Though our presence there was helpful (when we weren’t getting in the way), a message was reiterated multiple times throughout the week: we were not there just to work and sweat and get our hands dirty; we were there to be there.  – Mark Drzycimski

And more than the work that they did, the impact came from working beside the Haitian people.

On this project we saw that it wasn’t just a group of benevolent first-worlders helping those less fortunate. I think I speak for everyone involved when I say that we left enriched with a perspective on life that we, in our luxury, miss.

Check out the full recap here.

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Progress on the new building!

 

 

Nicaragua is coming!

Dispatch Project will be organizing a service and learning trip to Nicaragua, June 20-29.  Much like our trip in October we will be serving at The Nehemiah Center, Nicaragua Christian Academy, and Tesoros De Dios.

Our primary focus will be supporting these organizations using the specific skill set of the team members. This may include computer technical support, teacher training, working with children (including those with special needs), writing, marketing, or light construction.

“Going to Nicaragua was an incredible experience – every aspect – seeing the country, learning about the culture, growing as a team, listening to the missionaries share their testimonies of God’s faithfulness, and seeing God at work.”

–Tammy Veenstra, Teacher, Heritage Christian School

A unique component of this trip is the focus not only on serving but also learning. Team members will participate in a group book study before the trip, discussing issues such as poverty and the role of short term mission trips. While in Nicaragua, the team will learn more about the country’s history as well as its current social, economic, and political challenges. The goal is a trip that is mutually beneficial—team members use their unique gifts to serve each organization and the organizations provide learning opportunities for each participant throughout the week.

This trip is ideal for people with an interest in education, IT, Spanish, or for anyone that has a heart for service in a cross-cultural setting. You’ll spend a lot of time with the people and immerse in the culture of Nicaragua.

The total cost of the trip is $2,000 which covers airfare, a $500 donation to the organizations being served, all meals, lodging, in-country transportation, a translator who will travel with the team, and team outings. The cost is 100% tax deductible.

For more information, please contact Brady Fopma at brady [at] fopma.net

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Jamaica Revisited

The Dispatch Project recently returned to the Jamaican Deaf Village (JDV) and Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) in Jamaica.

Using the JDV campus as home base, the Sioux Falls crew spent time at the CCCD school for the deaf in Knockpatrick, an orphanage, and an infirmary. Their humanitarian mission was to simply spend time with the deaf, the orphans, and the sick—to remind them that they were important, and loved.

Words can’t describe what it was like to see smiles on the orphans’ faces, to hear the laughter of the deaf as they played dominoes, and to feel the desperation of those living out the end of their lives in the infirmary. But ask any of the Sioux Falls crew, and they’ll do their best to tell you. Here’s a beautifully written recap.

If you would like to join or help sponsor a future crew to serve “the least of these” in Jamaica, inquire here.

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