Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and one of the Caribbean's oldest cities. Its walled, cobblestoned historic core, the Zona Colonial (the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in the Americas), has buildings that date to the 1500s, including the cathedral, which was the first built in the New World. Santo Domingo is also the most modern and dynamic metropolis in the Caribbean. La Capital—as it is affectionately called—epitomizes the pulse of Dominican culture, where the old and the new converge seamlessly…from centuries old architecture and history, to large shopping malls and art galleries.
Meet Out Missionaries
Gordy and Bear G. have been missionaries for close to forty years. For over half of that time they took high school students overseas to serve with ReachGlobal missionaries and national partners around the world on summer-long short-term missions. They have served in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Central Europe. Most recently they served in Central Africa mentoring and coaching young leaders of grass-roots Christian organizations. The Santo Domingo City Team has the same goal of discipleship and leadership development among university students across all of RG's partner churches in the city.
How You'll Serve
Dominican Republic University students, and high school students face the same challenges that students face in the United States. Professors, teachers, and peers who are hostile and dismissive of personal Christian faith, and aggressive in opposing any expression of the Gospel. The Santo Domingo City team is focused on discipleship with an eye to helping Christian university students reach their peers with the Gospel and integrating them in house churches that are being planted throughout the city.
Young people from the US will serve side by side with young people from the Dominican Republic, whether encouraging them as followers of Jesus, or in outreach among high school and college students, discussing Jesus and issues of faith. Some of our partner churches will have opportunities for children's ministry. Teaching conversational English will be a great way to interact with Dominican students who study English, and must pass English exams to enter the university.
Some of the ministries you may be partnering in include:
- ESL – English as Second Language training. This would mainly be conversational English.
- VBS/Bible Clubs
- Individual or small group Bible studies
- Sports Ministry
- Camp Ministry
Partnering your high school group through Apex Missions gives you the advantage of letting us do the heavy lifting and allowing you to focus on leading, mentoring, and Disciplemaking with your students.
- Building missionary partnerships
- Providing pre-trip training tools for you to prepare your group well
- Providing on site training tools for you to equip and lead your group toward a lifestyle of missional living
- Arranging on site meals
- Arranging site lodging
- Arranging site ground transportation
- Arranging on site translators
- Apex Devotional Tools
- Prayer for your group and mission
- And we don’t want to leave out the cool Apex T-Shirt!
- Group Registration, payments, and fundraising (if needed)
- Use the Apex pre-trip training tools and guides to prepare your group
- Arrange transportation to and from mission site
- Travel meals to and from mission site
- Group travel insurance
- Passports (and Visas if necessary)
- Prayer for your group and mission
- Faithfulness to the mission that God has called you and your group
Covid Vaccine Mandate
As you know, the Covid-19 matter is ever changing. There are a number of variables that make any ministry decision difficult and somewhat uncertain. At this point, our Dominican Republic site is requiring all mission participants to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or provide proof of a Negative test result within 48 hours before departure. These requirements come from our missionary and ministry partners on the ground. They are in response to a combination of local government, culture, and comfort standards. We recognize that this requirement may be difficult for some and seem unnecessary to others. It is Apex's stance that we value and prioritize the gospel moving from here to everywhere and we will do whatever we can to continue this mission. At the same time, we recognize the complexity of the Covid-19 vaccine decision. As you consider joining us on mission for 2022 International Youth Missions, please prayerfully consider and seek council from your church leadership to affirm alignment with all participants being fully vaccinated well before your mission experience.