Looking back at Nicaragua

For the past three years, Dispatch has gathered together a team to fly down to Nicaragua and spend time with the three Nicaragua Christian Academy (NCA) schools, The Nehemiah Center and Tesoros de Dios in conjunction with Christian Reformed World Missions.  The trip allows those participating to not only work with the schools on special projects, but to also help out in classrooms, learn about the history and culture of Nicaragua and to develop relationships with both locals and missionaries living in Nicaragua.

The team left Sioux Falls on June 19th and consisted of 8 team members (including one from Amsterdam!) and after a full day of travel landed in Managua, Nicaragua.  The next morning we had the opportunity to attend church with International Christian Fellowship which worships at NCA International.  Attending service with other missionaries was a great way to kick of the trip!

The worship band getting ready for the service….we may have arrived a little early!

The worship band getting ready for the service….we may have arrived a little early!

Over the course of the trip we were to spend our first 3 ½ days in Managua at NCA Nejapa, The Nehemiah Center and Tesoros de Dios before moving onto Matagalpa.

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Dominican Republic, 2016

DR 2015 groupEvery year, Dispatch sends a team to the Dominican Republic to help churches and pastors with local building projects.  These trips are a great way to work along side the locals and make a difference in the lives of the Haitian and Dominican people.

Our next trip is scheduled for January 23-30, 2016!  We’re excited to partner with individuals and businesses who want to get involved in the Christian community abroad and make a difference! This trip is construction oriented but offers something for everyone who might be interested!

To read more about last years trip, click here.

If you’re an employer who’s interested in getting involved, click here.

If you’re ready to commit or need more information, you can email us and we’ll get you some more info!

This trip is sure to give you a new perspective and open your eyes to new things!


Participant Spotlight: Ben Arnold

Ben Arnold _ Head ShotBen Arnold attended a Dispatch trip to the Dominican Republic this past February.  We had a chance to ask him a few questions about his experience, takeaways and ways he is paying it forward. His story is shared with you below!

If you’re interested in next year’s trip to the Dominican, just send us an email and we can get you more information!


What did you take away from your Dispatch trip?

I think there were three key take-away’s for me:

First; The trip leader (Duane) talked with us Saturday night (our first night in the DR) to give some context around how shockingly different it might be for us attending church with the Dominicans with respect to cultural, language and socio-economic differences. Any differences that might have been noticeable completely became irrelevant the second we started worshipping with the congregation. We sang, “Gloria a Su Nombre…” (Glory to Your Name) and were instantly united under the same God.
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Haiti Trip – Postponed

We have run into an unanticipated snag with our November 10-16 trip to Haiti. Unlike the US where elections are pretty set in stone regarding dates, Haiti is not as scheduled. It now appears that the presidential election will be held on October 25, 2015.


This election day is just two weeks before we are set to fly into Port Au Prince. As you can guess, the level of political unrest and uncertainty surrounding a presidential election in a country like Haiti is hard to predict. To that end, we are going to postpone our Nov 10-16 trip to Ti-Riviere for another time. As much as this bums me out, it is the right thing to do at this time for the participants and to ensure God uses our time there is the most effective way possible.

Be on the lookout for future rescheduled dates when it works for both Dispatch Project and Mission Haiti to partner on trip. In the meantime, your prayer and financial support for Mission Haiti is appreciated immensely.

Fostering Opportunities

Trip participants and founders of Dispatch Project often get asked about the purpose of the trips and opportunities made available to the Sioux Falls business community. Dispatch Project desires to create a spirit of service among the business community.  Fostering opportunities to help business leaders, employers and employees gain perspective and make a difference is our primary objective.

Recently, we came across this article that highlights Whole Foods, who is trying to provide these same opportunities to their employees. Whole Foods sends several employees on overseas trips each year.

Claire was one of 15 employees in 2012 that Whole Foods supported to travel to Kenya….  Golubski had just returned home after a month-long volunteer trip in a village east of Nairobi, Kenya, and her friends had thrown her a welcome back party. It reminded her of how much gets taken for granted in developed economies. “You see the impact that a dime or a quarter would make on someone’s life, so when you come back, you’re so taken with what $7 could actually do with someone back in Kenya,” Golubski said.

Read the full article here!

If you’re interested in creating these types of opportunities for your employees, or to gain some perspective on a personal level, we would love to have you join us on an upcoming trip!