Helping Hands International has been serving individuals and families in the Dominican Republic since at least 2012. We invite you to prayerfully consider joining us!
DATE: August 9th - 18th
COST: $800 plus airfare
FUNDRAISER: $10,000 goal
OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES:
This service trip focuses supporting IGLESIA COMUNIDAD MULTICULTURAL. A piece of land was donated to them for the purpose of building a new school for their ministry. The first step in getting the building process underway is construction a brick wall around the perimeter of the property. The purpose of the wall is to keep all the building supplies and material safe during construction and then keep the children attending the school safe.
We will be working alongside a Dominican mason to help construct the wall.
The cost includes housing, food (breakfast, lunch, & dinner), transportation, and pay for the
translators that will be with your team.
You will be responsible for airfare, meals eaten out at restaurants (if your team
chooses to go out to eat), costs for the beach day (lunch and/or snorkeling/boat if your
group chooses), meals at the airport and any other personal items or souvenirs that
you may want to purchase.
Beach Day Options:
Public beach with lunch on the beach: approximately $10 USD per person
Paradise Island: boat tour to small island, snorkeling, fruit at the island, buffet lunch-
-$55 USD per person
Their mission is to love God, love people, make disciples of all nations, and serve the
poor and marginalized.
Their vision is Being a multiethnic community of followers of Jesus on a mission, that catalyzes the transformation of lives and communities through the gospel, reproducing itself through discipleship.
In 2012, the Philippe family felt the Lord leading them to begin investing in the community of
Pontezuela, Dominican Republic. After acquiring a piece of land and beginning to get to know
their neighbors, they realized the community had deep spiritual and physical needs. With a
desire to see their neighbors be transformed by Christ, they began meeting for worship on
the small plot of land and spending time with people in the community. Iglesia Comunidad
Multicultural (a now network of 13 local churches) was born through those Sunday worship
gatherings and still desires to see the Kingdom of God bring holistic transformation to the
community of Pontezuela and beyond. After several years of meeting outside, the church
moved to a rented building and began to develop plans for building a community center on
the original piece of land. When the Jubilee Community Center was completed, Iglesia
Comunidad Multicultural moved back to holding church services at the place where it all
Jubilee Community Center:
Jubilee Community Center was launched in 2018 with the goal of providing holistic care for
our neighbors that they may reach their God-given potential and transform their own
community. Jubilee provides a safe place for children and adult community members to
receive nourishment and educational/vocational opportunities while learning more about
God’s love and plan for them. Jubilee means restoration, emancipation, reconciliation,
celebration, joy, and gratitude and our heart is to partner with God for holistic disciple-
making and integrated transformation in the community in order to see jubilee become a
Pontezuela is a diverse community of Dominican natives, Haitian migrants and Haitian-
Dominicans. Diversity is not only seen in the languages spoken and cultural traditions, but
also in socio-economic background and the very way of life. Years of life lived on the banks of
the canal with a lack of educational resources and in economic poverty has left Pontezuela
isolated from their neighbors and outside opportunities. Broken families and unemployment
foster an environment where already at-risk children are more susceptible to the alcohol,
drugs, and prostitution that have become part of the subculture of the community.
To find out more about this ministry partner you can check out their website here:
WHERE WILL WE STAY?
We host all teams at the church’s mission house. The mission house is a
spacious 4-bedroom home with the capacity to sleep 24 people. It is situated next
to a large park (where the church’s soccer team practices) and is within walking
distance of many of the church members’ homes. Staying at the mission house
includes three meals a day, A/C, and Wi-Fi. Children 3 years and under stay for
- Flight arrives
- Staff meets team at the airport and takes them for a meal and lodging.
- Brief orientation
- Begin the work project
- Work Project
- Check out some local areas
Monday – Friday:
- Begin the work project
- Work Project
- Tour the local area
- Fly home
Saturday: Teams fly out.
***Jewelry: Nose rings, lip rings, several along the ear lobes, belly button rings, etc. are
not common. If at all possible, ladies can limit their piercings to earrings.
Items you can bring for the church/community center:
Spanish Bibles (NTV or NVI translation)
Spanish children’s books
Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches - 8 1/2 x 11
Please DO NOT bring/wear expensive jewelry.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Helping Hands International recommends you follow the health and safety recommendations readily published by the CDC and Travel Alert program offered by the US State Department, as well as those recommended by your personal physician. Please click here for vaccination requirements and/or recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please note, if you do take prescription medicines, please check with your local pharmacist to ensure the medicines are not considered a controlled substance in the location you are traveling.
Helping Hands International is happy to announce that we are planning to partner with the Iglesia Emanuel Learning Center in Mao, Dominican Republic in 2024! The local school is run by a local Pastor and his wife, as well as an aid, who teach Haitian refugees. If you would like more information about this project, please contact: Tim Plankenhorn, Program Director