Our mission team traveled to La Romana in the Dominican Republic for the third time in June 2019 to work with our partner congregation, Igelesia Bautista Luz Divina. If you’d like to be part of future mission efforts at home and abroad, click the button below!

2017 Mission Team with workers at the construction site for the new Luz Divina church home. Photo Credit:  Zoraya B. Stern Photography  (Photo gallery  here )

2017 Mission Team with workers at the construction site for the new Luz Divina church home.
Photo Credit: Zoraya B. Stern Photography (Photo gallery here)

Each of the past three years, Abiding Presence has commissioned and sent a mission team to La Romana, Dominican Republic. These volunteers have ranged in age from middle school through retirees, giving a week of their summer working again alongside Pastors Jean and Estella Mede of Luz Divina church. Do you want to make a difference in partnership with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the D.R.? Join us on a future trip in the D.R., the United States, or perhaps even other places, or help us from the homefront! To learn more about going on the trip or other ways to get involved, click the "I want to be a part!" button.

So, why did we send a team to the D.R. when there are so many needs here in the U.S.A.? We believe that we are called to be Christ's hands and feet everywhere. As Jesus said to his disciples just before his ascension, "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). It's not either-or; it's both-and. We hope that this team will continue to be an opportunity for the disciples here in our church family to experience their faith in a whole new cultural context, and that over time the mission team will be an ongoing conduit for serving in our local area, in our country, and around the world.

Thanks for your support and prayers!

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Our Dominican Republic Mission Team traveled to work with our partner congregation (Iglesia Bautista Luz Divina) in La Romana August 4-10, 2018. This video was part of Pastor Heidi's sermon on the weekend of August 18 & 19. The gospel text was John 6:51-58 (read here).

A look back at the construction site in 2017, when we helped literally lay the foundation for the new church building...