StJW Dominican Republic Mission Trip 2017

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OVERVIEW

Jesus Christ commanded us to care for those in distress for He said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25:40) For one week, StJW Missionaries (Participants going on the Dominican Republic Mission 2016 from the Parish of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church) will partner with the Samaritan Foundation to build sponsored homes for the poor in one of the Samaritan Foundation Villages in the Dominican Republic. The week will also consist of visiting one of their local ministries (school, orphanage, hospital, etc.) and one of the ‘completed’ villages.

The goals of the Mission Trip is to

·      Obey the Commandment of Christ to serve Him in the poorest of the poor.

·      Raise awareness about the needs and challenges in the developing world.

·      Underline our spiritual link with Christians in the developing world.

·      Foster an ecumenical relationship with Christians of other denominations.

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MISSION TRIP DATES

 

WEEK 1: Friday, June 30 to Friday, July 7, 2017

WEEK 2: Friday, July 7 to Friday, July 14, 2017

 

EXPECTED COSTS

1.   Flight and Accommodation (NOTE: All prices include taxes, round-trip airfare, hotel, and transfers to/from Puerto Plata airport.)

I.         Double Occupancy: $1,298.00 CDN/person

II.         Triple Occupancy: $1,280.00 CDN/person

III.         Single Occupancy: $1,698.00 CDN/person

IV.         Children Ages 2 – 11:

·      First child sharing with 2 adults $790.00 CDN/person

·      Second child sharing in that same room $1,270.00 CDN/person

2.   Services Fee: $250.00 CDN (Transportation to the work site, afternoon activities, translators -1 for every 10 participants-, ice and purified water daily, StJW t-shirts, and Info Booklet)

3.    Travel Insurance: Each person will be expected to purchase travel insurance.

4.    Petty Cash for personal expenses (Souvenirs, tips, additional services, etc.)

 

 

REGISTRATION AND AVAILABLE SPOTS

There are only 80 spots available per week

Once all 100 spots are filled, those still interested in joining will be added to a waiting list.

The $250.00 Services Fee must be paid upon registration to secure spot. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

 

ROOMING:

·      Please ensure that, if you are opting for the double or triple occupancy option, you finalize who your roommate will be. If you prefer those occupancy options but do not have a roommate, please speak to Vlad prior to registration.

·      Unless married or related, the rooms must be single-gendered.

 

MISSION: CONSTRUCTION AND OUTREACH

Construction work is normally in the morning while outreach and ministry programs take place in the afternoon. This is because the mornings are much cooler and therefore easier to work in physically than during the heat of the day. Since the outreach and community programs are less strenuous, they are done in the afternoons. Missionaries are free to work according to their capabilities and at their comfort level. Missionaries can opt out of certain activities if they not comfortable.

 

CONSTRUCTION WORK

o   Mix cement, assemble cinderblocks, level ground, carry buckets of water to site, etc.

o   Sort donated goods, prepare food mix, etc.

o   Paint Walls and Metal Ceilings

 

OUTREACH AND MINISTRY

o   Distribute food to people living in the garbage dump

o   Visit local school and distribute lunch

o   Visit local Orphanage and Hospital

o   Visit Outreach Ministries (ie. Cristo Transforma Rehab, Pregnancy Crisis Centre, etc.)

o   Visit several villages

o   Distribute school supplies and toys to children

o   Play Baseball with children (Canada vs. DR)

o   Spend time with local children

 

VACATION

       While at the Dominican Republic, StJW missionaries will be staying at one of the local resorts within close proximity to the work site. Once a travel agency is finalized and a flight + accommodation package is selected, each missionary will be responsible for booking their own flight and accommodation. Minors are to be roomed with their parent(s)/guardian(s) or their chaperone.

 

VENUE: SunScape Puerto Plata Hotel.

Playa Dorada Complex

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

 

MINORS

       Families engaged in mission work together can be a very fruitful learning experience. Minors (18 and under) attending are to be accompanied by their parent(s)/guardian(s). If a minor is not attending with his/her parent(s)/guardian(s), (s)he is to be accompanied by an adult chaperone of the same gender determined by his/her parent(s)/guardian(s). Parent(s)/guardian(s) are to provide a notarized form giving their permission for their child to attend the mission trip.

 

FUNDRAISING

       It is also expected that we sponsor at least one home for a poor family. $6,000 CDN will provide a modest brick house for a needy family that will keep them dry all through the year and protect them from not only unwelcomed intruders but also from unwanted rodents, snakes and other undesirable visitors; a place where they can feel safe and warm, to grow and develop into the citizens of tomorrow, citizens with hope and possibilities.

       As a group, we will fundraise to meet the following goals

 

1.   Sponsor one house per 10 missionaries.

2.   Sponsor one of the following projects:

§  FEED THE CHILDREN in Villa Ascension with Bill & Donna Reimer of Dominican Feed The Kids. Three mornings a week they offer a hot lunch to as many as 250 hungry children and you can assist some of the local volunteers in serving this meal. Following the lunch you can help clean up and then play with the children outside if you wish.

§  VISIT A SCHOOL in either villa Esperanza, villa Emmanuel (Nest of Love), villa Nazareth or villa Paraiso to share a talent or participate in games or sports at recess time. A light lunch will be provided by the Samaritan Foundation but prepared and distributed by your team to the children. If you wish to provide a lesson or activity, please provide all supplies necessary for the activity.

§  BIBLE DRAMA - During non school weeks, a children’s juice program can be held at a local church where the team will prepare and participate in telling Bible stories through dramas, songs or other means. Translators will be available to help you make the most of your experience. The children will receive a snack provided by the Samaritan Foundation at the end of the program and if the team desires to contribute a small gift to them. 150?200 children on average will attend depending on the location.

§  MOVIE NIGHT IN A VILLAGE: The team will go into the community and invite people to attend a movie shown in the local church, one evening during their stay. We have the “Jesus” film and various other Christian children’s movies in Spanish available to choose from. There will be opportunity for testimonies and discussions using our excellent translators if you wish at the end of the evening.

§  CHURCH IN THE WOODS: Every Friday morning provides an unique opportunity to worship in nature with local Dominican and Haitian believers near Villa Esperanza and Los Algodones. Proper dress is required: long pants or long shorts for men and skirts for women.

§  FEED A VILLAGE: Spread the blessings throughout an entire village by providing a food hamper for each family. The visiting team will assemble assorted food items into family sized bags and distribute them to each home in partnership with the local pastor. Approximate cost for this program is between $1,500. ? $2,000. depending on the size of the village where the distribution takes place. This also works well in conjunction with the movie night but is not a requirement. The purchasing of the food for this distribution is not included in the initial $200.00 per person management fee but is in addition.

 

 

WEATHER

       The weather varies greatly depending on the time of year; this is the general rule of thumb: June through October: Mid 30’s C to low 40’s C (87F ? 102F)

 

AVERAGE DAY

 

TIME

ACTIVITY

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM 

 Breakfast at the Resort

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM 

 Depart for Morning Rotation

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

 Morning Rotation (Construction Site or Ministry visit)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

 Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM 

 Afternoon Rotation (Construction Site or Ministry visit)

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM 

 Return to Resort

3:30 PM onwards 

 Personal Time

 

MEDICATION

       No immunizations are required to enter the Dominican Republic. Make an appointment with your Family Doctor and/or Travel Doctor to see if they recommend anything for your trip. Make an appointment ASAP as some immunizations require a series of shots. Inform your doctor of the following information:

-       One week trip to the Dominican Republic.

-       Will be spending time outside of the Resort doing mission and construction work.

-       Possible exposure to locals including children and elderly.

-       Ask for suggestions for what to eat / what to avoid, etc.

 

PERSONAL TIME

       Outside of scheduled Mission activities and some schedule dinners together, missionaries are left to their own as to how they would like to spend their time in the Dominican Republic. Some may way to just tan by the beach, have a drink by the pool, tour the city, etc. Although missionaries are generally free to do as they choose, a general expectation of

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION


 

ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH

191 Wade Gate, Thornhill, Ontario L4J 5Y4

Phone: (905) 660-1253

Fax: (905) 660-1254

Website: www.stjw.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stjwca      

Twitter: @stjw  / @stjwyouth

Instagram: stjwparish

 

THE SAMARITAN FOUNDATION HEAD OFFICE

PO Box 21003 Northtown Postal Outlet, Welland ON L3C 7E6.

Phone: 905 346 1714      

Fax: 905 788 9121

Email: info@thesamaritanfoundationdrDescription: dot]com

Website: www.thesamaritanfoundationdr.com


 

Source:

StJW DR Mission Trip Info Package

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