Welcome to the 2011 Onalaska Church of Christ Dominican Republic Missions Ministry web log. This site is to keep you informed about our mission, preparations for our trips and communications with the missionaries in the Dominican Republic.

Our vision is captured in the messages on our flag:

viajar - Servir - madurar
to go - To Serve - to grow

Levante las Velas y Adelante al Horizonte (LLV y AAH)
Hoist the Sails and Onward to the Horizon

Blog updated March 5, 2011
The OCC - DR blog is being updated to provide information about the 2011 trip and the planned visit to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2012

Accounts from our activities on Thursday, February 17 are now posted.

This Site
This Welcome section and the Current News section that follow have their permanent homes here at the top of the blog. Starting with this update, posts will follow in order written immediately below the Current News. This means that all posts will be available in this window or through the archive list that can be accessed in the Blog Archive menu at the bottom of the right hand side bar.

What time is it in the DR?


Current News

2011 Visit to the DR
The team for the 2011 visit occurred between February 16 and February 22. Reports are being provided in new posts, one post for each day of the trip. We will soon be making plans for our next visit to the Dominican Republic, tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2012.

Anticipate :: Devo #15

Cracked Pots
On past trips we have talked about seeing things through the eyes of others. Getting a fresh view of mission work, seeing faith in action. The question in this week’s meditation is “Have you ever asked God to help you see the world the way he does?” OK. Seems a reasonable request. Then, the question “Have you ever asked God to shape you?”

We’ve visited the pottery factory outside of Santiago several times. This might look a lot like the place that inspired the verses in Jeremiah 18:1-6. It is a busy place, with lots of finished pottery and ceramic on the shelves. But less visible is the process going on at the work stations: an amorphous hunk of clay is worked into a recognizable shape. Sometimes the artist has to push down on the work, take away the emerging shape if he or she is not happy with it and start over. The result, a beautiful pot or colorful figurine that will serve as reminders of the visit for years to come.

God would have the events of our life and our faith and trust in him build us up in maturity and effectiveness much as the pressure of the potter’s hands as he shapes his work. Look at the verses in Jeremiah ~ the potter shapes his work “as seemed best to him.” The challenge: Do we believe that God knows best? That he can shape us through the events we only now anticipate, but will soon experience, then finally upon which we will reflect? Will we be able to describe our lives as “clay in the hand of the potter?”

Read Jeremiah 18 and think about what it is that you want God to teach on this trip. Bring this to him in prayer and anticipate his response!