International Ministries

Dominican Republic Mission Team of Cincinnati Ohio

December 23, 2009 Journal
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     In October, Bobby Unger of Wyoming Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, led a team of thirteen for a week to San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic.  The host missionary working with them was Rev. Madeline Flores-Lopez.

     In San Cristobal, they provided school supplies such as gloves, tape, gauze, pain-killers and personal care items for school children in a Batey in San Cristobal, medical supplies and personal care bags including slippers and towels for the men and women at an ex-leper colony.  In San Juan, they spent days and nights working around the church and community spreading God’s love.  They worked on a security wall for a church, gave bags of groceries to each church member and the community.  At an orphanage of 56 boys and 8 girls, a gift bag was given to each child, footballs, basketballs,  playground balls and bats and gloves for each kid were provided, and  clothes and sports equipment donated by the Cincinnati Reds were distributed.          

     Bobby saw overwhelming needs and it was disturbing for him.  Language was also a challenge even with two interpreters.  However, the shared love of Jesus was an inspiration to him.  He was very surprised with the work accomplished and the number of people being touched in only 7 days and found that the biggest blessing of leading the trip was the relationship built between the team and the people of Dominican Republic.

       It is not the first time for Bobby to lead a team on an international experience.  A year of prayer, prayer, and prayer was how he prepared for this trip.  It took over a year to prepare the team for this trip.  Preparation included sharing scripture and past experiences and using International Ministries’ Short Term Mission Leaders Training Manual.