Short Term Missions

Acts 1:8 ". . . and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

My experience in Juan Tomás was life changing. It has now been over three years since I was given the opportunity to serve in the Dominican Republic along with my youth group. It was the summer after my freshman year of high school. I will be real honest with you, my life, as a Christian was not pleasing to God at all. I was a complete "Sunday Christian" and I took what I wanted from our faith, but gave nothing. I was in sin and falling from God. The impact that the people of the DR had on me was unbelievable. I saw how little they had, yet how much they gave. I saw the evil around them, yet the Light of God that shined through them. God challenged me to change my life and start living for Him. Before the trip, I had knowledge of Christ and what it meant to be a Christian. After the trip, I had a passion to act on my knowledge and to love God with all of my life. God used the people of Juan Tomás to change my life. And I thought I was going there to help them!

. . . Kory Pruner, Ashland OH

2017 Mission Trips

Jan 6 - 15Dayton Christian School: Dayton, OH
Mar 4 - 11Ashland University Medical Trip: Ashland, OH
Apr 6 - 14Mansfield Christian School: Mansfield, OH
May 7 - 11Ashland University Sports Trip: Ashland, OH
Jun 1 - 9Westminster Catawba Christian School: Rock Hill, SC
Jun 10 - 17Ashland Grace Church: Ashland, OH
Jun 20 - 28Proclamation Presbyterian Church: Bryn Mawr, PA

Passport Information

If you are going to the Dominican Republic, a Passport is required. If you do not have a Passport, you need to start planning 8-12 weeks prior to your trip. The application may be picked up and/or filled out at the Clerk of Courts Office, or you may obtain one online by clicking on Passport. There are different regulations for minors for registering for your passport, so please call ahead to the Clerk of Courts office to see what restrictions you might encounter if you are under the age of 18. You may need both parents present to sign.

If you currently have a passport check the expiration date. BE SURE it does not expire during your trip. If it does you may become a missionary to the Dominican Republic or you may not be allowed to board the plane to the Dominican Republic.

Do Not Bring

DO NOT BRING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Jewelry, or costly watches, ipods, mp3 players or cell phones, laptops, tablets, hand held games of any kind, CD players or radios.
  • NO blow dryers, curling irons etc. There is not enough power and it is too hot.

Vaccination Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccination for most travelers to the Dominican Republic. You should also be up to date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Some travelers may need additional vaccines. You should ask your doctor about vaccination. More information is available on the CDC's website.

Required Items

  • Passport : Check your expiration date to be sure it does not expire while you are in the DR.
  • Tetanus: Within the last 5 years.

What to Pack

Work ClothesOther Clothing
4 or 5 lightweight pants or shorts (must be past the knee)1 swimsuit, PLEASE one-piece and modest
5 T-shirts, short sleeve shirts or blouses1 beach towel
1 pair work glovesGirls 1 pair dress slacks, (not jeans) and a blouse to be worn to Church (NO DRESSES)
1 pair of work shoesGuys - Dress slacks and sport shirt with collar for Church
1 hat for sun protection1 pair DRESS SHOES for Church
PLEASE LABEL ALL CLOTHING WITH A PERMANENT PEN IN LARGE LETTERS. The soap used will wash out your name if not done dark enough.Modest shorts for sports activities length must be to the knee
LAUNDRY WILL BE DONE EVERY 3 TO 4 DAYS PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY1 pair of flip-flops to be worn in the shower (NOT BE WORN OUTSIDE THE CABIN)
In Your Carry-on1 pair tennis shoes - sports, walking, and other places
Change of underclothes in case your luggage does not arrive1 pair DRESS SHOES for Church
Snack items and handi wipes2 pairs of jeans to be worn in the evenings or light weight slacks
Food Items to Bring2 - 3 Tshirts to worn in the evening or casual shirts
3 Packages of Gator-AidGIRLS CLOTHING MAY NOT BE TIGHT, NO TANK TOPS OR SPAGHETTI STRAPS
1 Large Box of Your Favorite Cereal
1 can of tuna or light Spam (for the missionaries)
Other Items to Bring
FlashlightInexpensive Camera
Pillow2 Old towels & washcloths
Sun GlassesChapstick
BibleMedications
Drink BottleHandi-Wipes
Sunscreen #30 or higherMosquito Repellent
Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush etc)2 Old sheets, 1 light blanket (Jan-March)
Spending money for souvenirs $50-$60Prescription medicine (if any) prescription MUST BE IN THE ORGINAL BOTTLE FROM THE PHARMCY FOR TRAVELING

Your Water Bottle

  • It is important to label your water bottle. You will use your water bottle throughout the day while you are working. You will also fill your water bottle in the evening so you will have fresh water to brush your teeth with.
  • It is very important that you remember you can only drink the bottled water provided for you. You can and will get sick if you drink the tap water.