Dominican Republic Trip 2023

group of students sitting in white plastic chairs

Greetings from the Dominican Republic! 

I am going to send periodic update emails this week to share what God’s doing both in and through our group here in the Dominican Republic. 

We arrived at the Meeting God in Mission (MGM) facility yesterday evening after a full 15 hours of travel! We met at Cleveland Hopkins Airport at 4:30 AM to fly to JFK, and after our layover in NYC, we boarded a plane to Santa Domingo. The last hour of our trip took us from the airport by way of school bus to our home for the week. After a late dinner and a quick orientation, some conversation and games, everyone got some much needed rest. 

Today (Sunday) was our first full day in the DR. After breakfast we boarded a (MGM) vehicle and headed to worship at a local church. The two hour service was impactful in many ways – singing songs of worship, hearing from Scripture, listening to the preaching of the pastor, and praying together. A number of our students gave personal testimonies – during which Hanniyah commented that, “When I got to the DR yesterday I had a culture shock, but being here today in church, makes it feel like home.” This idea of one God unites the Church became a theme of the Sunday service as we shared some of our songs of worship, and then learned some from the local congregation. Particularly meaningful was a bond that Rev and the local pastor seemed to form almost immediately – again we saw one God and One Spirit at work.

After church and some lunch back at the MGM facility we headed out to hike up a nearby trail. The views from the top were amazing and made the journey worth the effort to reach the summit – and I think most of us on the trip would agree with that sentiment! Following dinner, we gathered as a group to plan and practice the Vacation Bible School songs and games that we’ll use to lead some local kids! 

Thank you for your prayers. God is good. Our trip has been safe and impactful in its first 36 hours and I’m excited to see what’s next!

In Christian Service,

Mr. Prusinski