Mission Trip to Dominican Republic, border with Haiti. spectacular views, montanous, beautiful village in Dominican Republic.
If its your first trip here. Feel free to contact pastors that have visited Pastor Christian Garcia 305-273-0028 web page
The local pastor who stayed in our place, as of 2019 He leads and oversees our ministry farm/church - Pastor Linares in this village,
1-829-975-9974 for references click here (only speaks spanish)
Our local pastor in Dominican Republic, Pastor Magdiel - his phone is 809-330-9578
Visitors from Iowa, Colorado, Chicago, Florida, see there pictures and info here
Cost for your trip here: Its not expensive... contact us:
Welcome to Juan Santiago, Elias Piña (state) here its called "Provincia"
Population approx. 10k, major problems are stomach pains (parasites), blood sugar, high blood pressure, no jobs, almost 99% work is agriculture -
hard labor no machinery.
as far as religion, very high legalist. Its was sad to see at first, but Jesus has used us to show the people His love.
Girls as young as 11 have children. No local clinic, no bathrooms, few bed sheets, no filtered water.
Ritual dance of witchcraft. This is known as the capital of witchcraft. You won't see it, its done in private. Many folks don't read or write in this village.
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If your traveling here, please read this page carefully. Make sure you bring what it says, its for your well being. Thank you.
MEALS (updated 2020): breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by a lady that will be hired
just for your stay. Its healthy, hygienic, clean. She needs to be paid, and we would need to do
grocery shopping purchase for your stay.
Please send ahead of time this allowance. There is local
bottled water, pepsi, coca cola, snacks, we usually do a large grocery shopping before you arrive.
but the local natural juice we have right from our farm is extremely delicious and refreshing.
At the Santo Domingo airport make SURE YOU....
Change dollars to pesos so you can have spending money here. How much? My advice is depends how many days you will stay. for 5 days at least $150. US
In May 2017 we received the donation of a Ford Explorer! Praise God. Fits 6 if your group is more
we will have to travel by bus. The cost is about $25. per person. however,
transportation from the airport to the bus station is another cost - taxi. Email us to find out this amount per person.
A GREAT IDEA.
As the leader of your group, try the best you can to have each person in your group bring something small to give to a child.
like a shoe box with gifts inside. Email us for ideas.
Go to Big lots, or walmart and have them buy any little thing. When they give that gift to a child and take a picture with that
child and there donation, its something they will never forget. In our opinion, and based on experience, this is problably one
of the most important task you can do as a leader with those coming over.
TRIP ITINERARY: . A 4 1/2 HOUR TRIP from Santo Domingo to our ministry grounds.
We are aware that you are coming to help the needy. But, we have learned that the 1st ones we need to think
of are those that have come to live here fulltime to serve these precious folks.
sure to ask them before you travel, what they need. They have given there life to come and live surrounded by
extreme poverty. They live with those that many just visit - the poor.
Please be prepared to walk. It is very hot and humid during the day.. At night though, it does get chilly. Even in the summer months.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?? PLEASE READ AND CHECK OFF.
- the less you bring the better of personal belongings. Bring items that are needed (ask the missionaries) things you can leave/donate. Towels, shoes, socks.
- Change your money to the Dominican Peso at a Dominican Bank > Banco Popular. Your group should have at least $150. in case of a flat, any emergency. Why?
your visiting missionaries that are not financially prepared for anything above there normal living cost.
- Change your currency, make sure you get a cart for your luggage, its free. Exchange rate in 2020 is 52 pesos for one dollar. check google, this always changes.
- Extra Cash in your pocket, for your expenses and to donate.
- Your camera is so important you can take alot of pictures and bring back home and show others. That way awareness is made and help can come after you.
- Extra pair of shoes
- Flashlight with new batteries. (optional) but at least 2 per group.) You know, they sale here in santo domingo great flash lights that are rechargeble.
They come with a nonremoval battery. Its only $10. US Dollars. Store like "Sirena" "Plaza Lama or "Jumbo"
- Insect Repellent - Purchase the brand "OFF" the green can without deet.
- While in Juan Santiago, (The village we live and work in) there are small convenience stores called “Colmados” with cinnamon rolls, cookies, chips, cup cakes,
soda, water, you’ll need Dominican peso.
- Towels please bring 2
- Soap (antibacterial) & shampoo @ Targets there’s a small travelers bag. Excellent for travel. Also at Walmart.
- Tooth brush, tooth paste
- Tylenol – trust us… it can get hot and humid. Headaches can accur and Alka-seltzer. Not because of the meals here, but the meals in the US are very unhealthly
and the change to almost organic food here can cause diarreah.
- Booties, or Crocs the ones you wear for the beach. (these shoes used for when you bathe) consider leaving them behind, this is greatly needed. So bring new
- Anti bacteria hand sanitizer 2.Oz size to carry with you in your backpack.
- Make sure you bring a small bag (6''x4'') or a plastic bag to hold the items you will use to bathe. That way you can carry them with you to the river, or bathroom.
- Alka-Seltzer. Backpack NO SHORTS... pants, mosquitos here!
About, location, & is it safe? Dominican Republic is one of the safest countries in Latin America. The people are very friendly. But, like every city/country, there are
neighborhoods that are very dangerous. We have been working here with the poor and children since 2002 We are well known in these towns and will take you to meet
most of the folks. Our trips set us apart, because we are very adventurous. You also have the option of bathing in the river which is a favorite. We have our own cooks
that will prepare our meals each day. Very tasty! This is the route to our project, located in Provincia Elias Pina" a 4 hour 1/2 away from "SANTO DOMINGO, where you
will be arriving (the airport). .
Clothing & travel information:
The best clothing I believe is carpenter pants; you have plenty of pockets. Old Navy has good prices. Light t-shirts and two pairs of shoes in case one of them gets wet.
There are mosquitos, bring insect repellant.
Documents to travel: A valid US passport and photo ID. Make sure you keep your passport in a safe place.
Electricity: 110 volts as in the US. However, the electricity and water is cut for hrs. in a day, every day. But we do have light all the time thank God.
Money: The American dollar varies constantly as of 2020 its worth is 52. peso.
Weather: In the 80's, it is very hot you must be drinking water constantly. There is no air conditioning here. Any where! Only the rich or stores, malls in Santo Domingo.
Not in the country side.
Food: You can purchase bottled water, snacks, sodas, etc. There is a small Mercado next door to our project site. Do not drink water if it is not bottled. We have a cook,
so the food is very good. Drink a lot of water, gatorade, etc. The less soda the better.
- We always encourage those that come, if they desire too, they can donate any items they bring. Everything is useful over here and needed. Everything!
an extra towel, shoes, bath towels, croc shoes, bed sheets, pillows and pillow covers, underwear (yes, these local pastors (dominican) can hardly ever buy underwears., crocs, sandals, t-shirts.
- Smile, hug people, the children, bless them and bless there small shacks (homes) walk into there homes, they love it when you do. The coffee here is amazing
its 100% organic from these mountains. Brewed fresh.
Trip here. From the airport (Santo Domingo) 4 hour trip.
Apostle Ray all the way from Iowa. His ministry page here.
A local news channel honors A. Ray see here
The man God used to built and donate our childrens and teens church. (on the right side) A complete stranger, just felt from God
To reach out to this nation and by God's miracle hand, found our website! Kenny from Colorado. & with my very good friend from Miami, Fl. Kevin Vargas.
Me and Sofi in 2009 with our first Mangos! Today the farm produces nearly 1,000. per tree.
We have 22 trees!
Sofi is a lic. Arts graduate from Colombia. She is also a professor. But, has also been a the local nurse here
village that has no hospital.
our seasonal crop - Sweet Corn on the cob!
Read Beans, we produce over 100 lbs.
INSIDE THE PROPERTY MINISTRY FARM. i DID THE TABLE AND CHAIR. wE HAVE
A WOOD SHOP!
INSIDE THE GROUNDS. Sofi has planted many flowers.
We often head up to the higher montains, to have a picnic with our many kids. Matthew (our son) and Sofia
Out reach, medical from Solid Rock click here to see there ministry around the world.
Inside the ministry farm, Doctors, pastors, military men from Santo Domingo (Capital City) Iglesia Familia Bethel. A large, well known ministry
in Santo Domingo.
A huge outreach in Santo Domingo, World Vision allowed us to use there
facilities. Founder (Jorge ) and wife Sofia 2008
Dominican Armed Forces comander said "This has been the most
organized medical outreach we have done" Praise God!
This outreach was done with Scotia Crecer a Canadian Bank in Dominican
Republic. Twice they have come over.