At the end of this week two mission teams of Shandon College Ministry students will depart to Boston and the Dominican Republic.
Rather than heading to the beach for fun and sun, this is how about 20 college students will be spending their Spring Break: the Boston team will be assisting our new church planting partner, Encounter Church, with Easter outreach efforts. The Dominican Republic team will be assisting Shandon missionaries Jim and Janet Whittle (GO InterNational) with public health initiatives.
The following post was adapted from recent newsletters from Jim Whittle:
"And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you' inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me'" Matthew 25:40 NKJV
The team arrives on March 4th. What a blessing this will be...to us and to those we serve.
A team of young, mostly Public Health educated students, from Shandon Baptist Church will join us for eight days of service in the Dominican Republic.
Our activities will include:
- two days with those in Nigua living with the affects of Hansen's Disease (leprosy)
- a day at a Christian-run, children's orthopedic hospital
- three days at ADR, the largest provider of services for people with various types of disabilities.
- a morning of street ministry alongside young adults from the church we attend when we're in Santo Domingo.
Pictured above: Jim's wife, Janet assists a local patient
Pray along with us for this team of eight young adults as they prepare for this time of service and witness in the Dominican Republic.
- Pray for their safe travels, good health, and great experiences while they are away from home.
- Pray that they will be blessed, as Janet and I have, from their time with the wonderful people of the Dominican Republic.
NEW AVENUE OF MINISTRY
We look forward to starting the process of measuring men, women, and children for 3D prosthetic hands. We moved forward on this project on our last trip to the Dominican Republic last year.
Production is set. Funding for the first twenty hands is in place. And several doctors and facilities have expressed an interest and a need for this life changing technology.
How does this serve our purpose for our ministry in the Dominican Republic?
With potentially thousands of patients to serve, we will have access and time to share Christ, not only with them, but also with their families and friends, and the doctors and staff at the different facilities that care for them.
God has placed us in the Dominican Republic for a reason. He has led us to those affected by leprosy. He has now led us to work with people with other disabilities. He has given us the method and tools to reach this population.
I have no doubt that He will prepare the way, always going before us.