Dominican Trip

March 21, 2011

Meredith and I recently spent a week in the Dominican on a fact-finding mission. The purpose of the trip was to see how and if AtG would be able to partner with a feeding program and help provide self-sufficiency training to the villages. We didn't go in with a "we are the Americans to fix all your problems" attitude but asked "how can we help? What do you need?" Both of the villages we went to (Villa Hondito and Los Conoas, just south of San Juan De La Maguana) show so much potential but there is some groundwork that needs to be done. Yes, they are interested in sewing machines and bread oven, but they want to learn from our 180 Program. Of course, 85 - 90% of the people in the village cannot read. We can't teach them the 180 Program if they can't read and write, So we are tentatively planning our second trip for July.

We have  found a couple of Spanish teachers who were approached by their students. "We don't want to go on just another mission trip. We want to be able to work and use our Spanish to change lives". This was happening at the school the week before we contacted them. When we told them about our new friends in the Dominican they said they wanted to go. So we are hopefully working towards a trip that will include (but not limited to) Spanish literacy training, crafts, games, Bible studies and a whole lot of fun that will help to bring permanent change to their lives. Please consider making a donation to help with this trip. You can follow the "Donate Now" link at the top of this page (memo Dominican) and make a secure credit card payment online or mail support to AtG, P.O. Box 809, Franklin, TN 37065.

If you are unable to financially support, please join us in prayer for this trip.