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.

The 2011 Trip

Small is how you might describe this year's team. Two of us is all. And while numbers might change the nature of a trip, it can still lead to learning and growth for all involved. In the coming week or so, we will be putting up posts about the trip, one for each day we were in the Dominican Republic.

The days were busy and the weather not the best. But we were introduced to exciting work being done by the churches in Santiago and Palo Alto. We shared meals in people's homes, visited the classes of a new church leader training program and spent a brief period of time in prison. I was trapped by cows while at the mountain camp (as reported here) and we rode down the mountain with a young woman ready to give birth.

As usual, we are grateful to David and Virginia for their hospitality during the visit and more so for their kingdom work from which have learned much. Jeremias de Leon helped us with translations during several visits around Santiago. And Carmencita - what can I say? She is, of course, a full-fledged member of our team. She accompanied us in the afternoons after work and on our weekend in the mountains. She translated for us and provided us with many insights. Thanks to all.

We (Jeff and Jack) left La Crosse on the morning of Wednesday, February 16 and had a long, but uneventful flight to Santiago. We were met at the airport by David, Ramon and Carmencita and were soon enjoying sandwiches and cake at the house.

Stay tuned for the post about our first full day in the Dominican Republic. It should be up in a day or two is up now, entitled Day 1: Thursday, February 17.

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