dominican republic [micro]blogging for 2011-03-17

Written by Dan King

Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. director of family ministry at st. edward's episcopal church. president of fistbump media, llc.

March 17, 2011

And so it begins…
  • swapping mission trip stories with the team while on our way to the airport for our #dominicanrepublic trip. do you have one? #
  • Checking in for JetBlue direct to Santo Domingo… (@ Orlando International Airport (MCO) ✈ w/ 24 others)
  • reading list for the flight to #dominicanrepublic @NeueMag @RELEVANTmag and #1000gifts by @AnnVoskamp#
  • now boarding for santo domingo! #
  • Just landed safely in the #dominicanrepublic (@ Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ))
  • Beautiful flight in… (@ Aeropuerto Internacional Las Americas (SDQ))
  • the guy behind me in the visa line: “down here the think all americanos are rich”… umm… we are. #
  • Loading up the van outside the airport…

  • made a pit stop on our way to our first community visit in San Cristobal (#dominicanrepublic). the church is doing #goodwork there… #
  • enjoying a snack of dulce de mani (peanut candy) and chicharritas (fried plantains). mmm… #dominicanrepublic#
  • meeting with pastor victor montero in his church. before working with #loveserves he says his vision was short-sighted. #
  • when pastor montero started focusing on the needs of his community his church grew from 17 to 110-120. #
  • cell groups in pastor montero’s church watch for needs in the community (mostly with elderly) and go out to meet those needs. #
  • (l-r) #loveserves #dominicanrepublic director Abel, area coach Rafael, and pastor Victor Montero. #goodwork

  • pastor montero works with community leaders to identify and fix problems. the church is part of the community, not an separate entity. #
  • pastor montero shares that the shift in focus (to the community) not only changed the lives of his congregation, but also his own. #
  • visiting pastor jose luciano’s church (iglesia de Dios misionera). #dominicanrepublic#
  • pastor luciano is sharing about the shift in focus he made to break away from ‘busy-ness’ as an excuse.

  • pastor luciano’s church is very intentional about visiting hospitals and the infirm elderly in the community to help them with any needs. #
  • pastor luciano’s church supports their ministry to the community by making bread (and other baked goods) and selling them in the marketplace #
  • even non-church members in the area are helping pastor luciano’s ministry work because of the positive impact on the community. #goodwork#
  • pastor luciano doesn’t want to live just by words, but by action and the testimony of what God has done in him. #dominican republic #
  • losing daylight (through the trees) in the #dominicanrepublic

  • i’m impressed and inspired by the pastors i’m meeting here in the #dominicanrepublic who are transforming their communities. #goodwork#
  • Dinner with the local ministry/coaching team. Pollo tropical… (@ Adrian Tropical)

For more from this trip check out the dominican republic diaries.


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dominican republic [micro]blogging for 2011-03-17

by Dan King time to read: 2 min