In the fall of 2018, we are taking Passport to share the love of Jesus in Haiti and the Dominican Republic!
The island of Hispañola, with its beautiful sandy beaches and tropical weather, is home to the neighboring countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is soaked in history. One of the first landing points for Christopher Columbus during his 1492 encounter with the Americas, it later became the site of the first European colony. Europe’s influence on the island can still be seen in Santo Domingo, the oldest colonial city in the Western Hemisphere.
Although known for its vast sugar plantations, the economy of the DR now depends on tourism and the service industry. Political corruption remains a lasting issue, as does the ever-expanding gap between the wealth of the rich and the poverty of the poor.
While many Dominicans claim Christianity as their faith, estimates suggest that 70% of people are Christians in name only. Indigenous religious customs steeped in witchcraft still thrive in the villages of the DR. Dominicans need to encounter Jesus in a fresh way.
The DR's westerly neighbor, Haiti, once shared its beauty. But after years of political corruption, natural disasters, and abject poverty, the poorest country in the western hemisphere is now depleted of resources, economic opportunity, and hope.
Though Christianity has a recognized presence on the island, voodoo is the main religion and its adherents live in varying states of fear and power.
Haiti needs hope. Haiti needs the love of Jesus.
In Haiti, you will be serving in local villages and doing construction while also providing English classes that could potentially give our Haitian friends a skill that would lead to greater job opportunities.
In the DR, you will be living at our ministry partner's base in the northern mountains. There you will be organizing Vacation Bible Schools and receiving training in ministry arts such as skits, puppet shows, and dancing. You will also be actively recruiting community kids to attend camp, and participating in light construction projects on base grounds.
The island of Hispañola needs the hope of Jesus. Will you bring it?