Dominican Republic Missions
The Rose of Sharon Orphanage
Next trip: March 8-15, 2014
Join Calvary as we serve at the Rose of Sharon Orphanage in the Dominican Republic.
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DR Mission Trip Application 2014
DR Mission Trip Manual
Our charge is to follow God’s initiative and serve where He calls us….
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:27
Calvary Baptist Church has been serving orphans at the Rose of Sharon and supporting missions work in the Dominican Republic for well over a decade. This is in cooperation with Solid Rock and Full Gospel World Ministries. We do this to show compassion and the love of Christ to those children and young men and women who lack a home or family of their own through mission trips, sponsorships, Christmas Adopt-a-Child Program, collections of items, prayer and other opportunities. Check out our video at the bottom of this page.
The Rose of Sharon Orphanage
Currently, there are over 50 boys and girls, from infants to college-age youth. The facility consists of a church, school, cafeteria and boys and girls dorms. The orphanage also has a full staff of local Dominican teachers, housemothers, support staff and administrators. Calvary members donate 50% of the finances needed to provide for all of the children. This includes food, clothing, education, housing, church, medical and dental care, caregivers, teachers and support staff. Your contributions through missions donations, the Calvary Global Kids sponsorship program, participation in the annual Way Fruit Farm Apple Festival and other fundraising events meet these needs.
You can make a difference in a child’s life by praying for the children and ministry, giving gifts through the Adopt-A-Child Christmas program, joining a missions team, and making financial contributions.
About the D.R.
When you hear about the Dominican Republic you may think of white sands, turquoise water and beautiful resorts. It is true that a part of the island is a vacation destination and tourism is a big part of the economy, but there is more than the average traveler ever sees or hears about. Drive away from the beaches inland and you will discover another side to the Dominican lifestyle such as living in a house made of tin and dirt floors with no running water. Many homes have no or little electricity or indoor plumbing. It is common for people in their daily routines to bathe or wash their clothes in a tub or the local canal. The cooking is done outside on a fire. Many children beg or shine shoes to help provide for their families and a college education is only a dream for many. About 8 percent of young people age 15 to 24 are illiterate. Census data from 2002 indicates 762,000 young people between 15 and 29—33 percent of the population—had not completed basic education. Some 913,000 of 20- to 29-year-olds—62 percent—had not finished secondary school. Many drop out of school at age 12 or 13 because they need to earn money for their families, according to World Bank. If you’re young and poor in the Dominican Republic, chances are slim that you’ll finish secondary school and get a steady job. Consequently you’ll be caught in a poverty trap. That’s the case for thousands of young people in this Caribbean nation that shares an island with Haiti. The latest official poverty data shows that more than a third of the country’s total population lives in poverty, and almost 20 per cent are living in extreme poverty. In rural areas poor people constitute half of the population. To learn more visit: Rural poverty in the Dominican Republic by IFAD.
The Rose of Sharon Orphanage is home for children who are in need. Some do not have parents, some have been abandoned, and some have a living parent whom is unable to care for them. Full Gospel World Ministries and Calvary Baptist Church work together to make a difference providing a home, food, education, Biblical teaching, care givers, medical and dental care, Christian role models through mission trips and loving encouragement
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The local language is Spanish. Most of the older children at the orphanage know English; the Director and Assistant Principal are also fluent in English.
The Dominican Republic is south of Florida and between the islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba. It shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. The orphanage is located south of a moderately sized town in the western part of the country. See map
Short Term Mission Opportunities
Individuals and teams have participated in work projects, medical and dental missions, and caring for the children. Mission trips most often consist of a team of a dozen or more traveling to the Rose of Sharon and serving for one week. An especially treasured event is when an individual or family adopts a child for Christmas and puts together a customized gift package tailored to the needs and interests of one orphan, teacher or caregiver. These gifts are then hand carried and delivered during the spring as part of a special Christmas celebration.Teams from Calvary include adults and youth at least 14 years of age who are able to work and serve on week-long projects (parental accompaniment is required for all minors). This is a wonderful opportunity to share your gifts and talents with others. Teams:
- complete work projects to keep the orphanage in good condition and to provide new facilities or improvements (examples: painting, building, agricultural projects)
- encourage the staff and teachers who work with the children daily
- mission trip manual and application
- spend time with the children in order to develop friendships and open their eyes to the love of God
- bake special treats, assist with craft projects, participate in English class, and in some instances go on field trips arranged for the children
- The trip typically costs $1400-$1600 per person. Team members may self support or raise support. This covers airfare, ground transportation, hotel, lunches and dinners. Any remaining moneys from the mission funds are spent in direct support of the orphanage. Thoughts from past mission trip members.
- Spring Break - Usually the second and third week of March. Participants can go for either week, or chose to serve both weeks.
- High School Seniors Week - Graduating high school seniors from Calvary’s youth group take this trip led by Sara Pensyl in June right after graduation.
Calvary Mission Leadership:
Brooks and Sharon Way have supported this mission and the Full World Gospel Ministries over the past 14 years. Brook and Sharon are Calvary members that work closely with Pastor Wiggs, the founder of the orphanage from Full World Gospel Ministries, to coordinate efforts and meet needs that range from building facilities, to organizing mission trips to raising scholarship funds.
Beckie Romig – Mission team administration leader, Beckie is the contact person for those interested in missions opportunities to the D.R. Beckie has served with teams of various missions and organizes and manages all the accounting, transportation, and administration for the D.R. ministry.
Sara Pensyl - Sara leads the graduating high school seniors on a mission trip to the DR each June. For more information contact Sara Pensyl.
Contact: Brooks & Sharon Way (814.692.8943)