Vision Trust College Student Team Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of a shared island with Haiti. The island was originally founded as the first Spanish colony of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, but it wasn’t until 1844 that the Dominican Republic became its own nation. Santo Domingo is the capital city, located on the southern coast. It is the largest city and port in the country, and it is said that Christopher Columbus’ remains are located in one of the city’s cathedrals.
Today, the Dominican Republic is a democratic nation, but the people first had to endure a long string of repressive governments. It is a highly agricultural country, with the main crops being sugarcane, coffee, tobacco and cocoa. However, as tourism grows it is challenging agriculture for the #1 spot in the economic sector. Sadly, there is a high rate for unemployment and income inequality – the poorest half of the country’s people hold less than a fifth of the money.
Worldwide, 153 millions orphans. More slaves today than at the height of the African Slave trade. Over 20,000 children dying every single day from a lack of basic resources. This trip is your chance to engage some of these children face to face and learn about the best practices to help (and not hurt) the millions of suffering children around the world. We will come alongside some amazing local Dominican leaders to help them in their ministries to the hurting children around them. We will serve as a team by playing with, loving on and discipling children in the community who are orphaned and/or severely impoverished. We’ll share our lives and testimonies as we encourage them to trust and follow the Lord who loves them so dearly. This is an incredible opportunity to make a valuable, lasting impact in the lives of the children and youth in the Dominican Republic
This team of college students will serve impoverished children and connect with local college students in the Santo Domingo community from May 26 – June 2, 2018