Acts 1:8 ". . . and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
My experience in Juan Tomás was life changing. It has now been over three years since I was given the opportunity to serve in the Dominican Republic along with my youth group. It was the summer after my freshman year of high school. I will be real honest with you, my life, as a Christian was not pleasing to God at all. I was a complete "Sunday Christian" and I took what I wanted from our faith, but gave nothing. I was in sin and falling from God. The impact that the people of the DR had on me was unbelievable. I saw how little they had, yet how much they gave. I saw the evil around them, yet the Light of God that shined through them. God challenged me to change my life and start living for Him. Before the trip, I had knowledge of Christ and what it meant to be a Christian. After the trip, I had a passion to act on my knowledge and to love God with all of my life. God used the people of Juan Tomás to change my life. And I thought I was going there to help them!
. . . Kory Pruner, Ashland OH
2018 Mission Trips
If you are going to the Dominican Republic, a Passport is required. If you do not have a Passport, you need to start planning 8-12 weeks prior to your trip. The application may be picked up and/or filled out at the Clerk of Courts Office, or you may obtain one online by clicking on Passport. There are different regulations for minors for registering for your passport, so please call ahead to the Clerk of Courts office to see what restrictions you might encounter if you are under the age of 18. You may need both parents present to sign.
If you currently have a passport check the expiration date. BE SURE it does not expire during your trip. If it does you may become a missionary to the Dominican Republic or you may not be allowed to board the plane to the Dominican Republic.
DO NOT BRING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccination for most travelers to the Dominican Republic. You should also be up to date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Some travelers may need additional vaccines. You should ask your doctor about vaccination. More information is available on the CDC's website.
|Work Clothes||Other Clothing|
|4 or 5 lightweight pants or shorts (must be past the knee)||1 swimsuit, PLEASE one-piece and modest|
|5 T-shirts, short sleeve shirts or blouses||1 beach towel|
|1 pair work gloves||Girls 1 pair dress slacks, (not jeans) and a blouse to be worn to Church (NO DRESSES)|
|1 pair of work shoes||Guys - Dress slacks and sport shirt with collar for Church|
|1 hat for sun protection||1 pair DRESS SHOES for Church|
|PLEASE LABEL ALL CLOTHING WITH A PERMANENT PEN IN LARGE LETTERS. The soap used will wash out your name if not done dark enough.||Modest shorts for sports activities length must be to the knee|
|LAUNDRY WILL BE DONE EVERY 3 TO 4 DAYS PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY||1 pair of flip-flops to be worn in the shower (NOT BE WORN OUTSIDE THE CABIN)|
|In Your Carry-on||1 pair tennis shoes - sports, walking, and other places|
|Change of underclothes in case your luggage does not arrive||1 pair DRESS SHOES for Church|
|Snack items and handi wipes||2 pairs of jeans to be worn in the evenings or light weight slacks|
|Food Items to Bring||2 - 3 Tshirts to worn in the evening or casual shirts|
|3 Packages of Gator-Aid||GIRLS CLOTHING MAY NOT BE TIGHT, NO TANK TOPS OR SPAGHETTI STRAPS|
|1 Large Box of Your Favorite Cereal|
|1 can of tuna or light Spam (for the missionaries)|
|Other Items to Bring|
|Pillow||2 Old towels & washcloths|
|Sunscreen #30 or higher||Mosquito Repellent|
|Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush etc)||2 Old sheets, 1 light blanket (Jan-March)|
|Spending money for souvenirs $50-$60||Prescription medicine (if any) prescription MUST BE IN THE ORGINAL BOTTLE FROM THE PHARMCY FOR TRAVELING|