Ian + Anna in the DR 2014

For the last three summers Ian and I have taken a week-long service trip to the Dominican Republic. Our church has an ongoing partnership with Pastor Luis Vargas and his family, and each summer we send a team to work alongside them. We are so happy to be a part of this partnership and to co-lead our 2014 trip. The Vargas family's joy and hope is infectious, and it draws us back year after year.

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Luis Vargas, photo by Erin Glabets

Luis and his family serve in La Mosca, a squatter community next to a trash dump. Many families survive on less than two dollars a day, and for many, picking trash is their main source of income. The community is plagued by disease, addiction, crime, illiteracy, and malnutrition.

Because of our partnership, Luis is able to serve food to 100+ hungry kids six days a week, provide medical care, and seek out and meet the needs of those in his community. We are starting to see the results: at the medical clinic last summer the team doctor and nurses celebrated that the overall health of the community is finally showing noticeable improvements.

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Luis and the team playing with kids in La Mosca, photo by Erin Glabets

We are excited to return this August to serve and spend time with Luis and the community we have grown to love over the past three years. But we can't do this trip alone. We would love to have your support as we head back to the DR.

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  • You can sponsor us financially — together we need $4,000 to cover airfare, room and board, transportation, and supplies for the medical clinic and construction work. You can give online via our Rally page. (If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation online or via check, visit www.reunioninthedr.com.) Once our trip cost is funded (hey, we can dream big!), additional donations will go toward other trip costs and to support the Vargas family's ongoing work in La Mosca.
  • You can donate medical supplies. Let us know before procuring the supplies, so we can coordinate with the medical clinic leader. We also are happy to accept toys and/or warm weather clothes (as much as we can squeeze into our luggage after medical supplies are packed).
For more information about the trip and our partnership, please visit www.reunioninthedr.com and check out stories and photos from our past trips here on the blog.

Dios te bendiga!