Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches. It's a resort town with a long history of serving visitors from around the world at all-inclusive resorts lining over 32 km of white sand beaches.
According to reports over 80% of the people living and working in the Bavaro area of Punta Cana are Haitian immigrant workers. While visiting the area to learn about the need, it was immediately clear that people working day in and day out are struggling to survive and see their daily needs met.
This journey offers a unique experience due to the proximity of high-end resorts and people living in extreme poverty.
There is a tension of enjoying the beauty while simultaneously feeling an incredible sense of compassion for people living in extreme circumstances. On this journey, you will be presented with this dynamic. You will get to share in the beauty AND in expressing the love of Christ in the darker corners.
Join in what God is doing in the barrio's of Punta Cana by bringing practical (medical clinics, life-saving safe water) and supernatural expressions of God's love.
Be the hands and feet of Jesus as you care for the people who are rebuilding their lives.
God is going to use you, stretch you, empower you, and forever change you and those you encounter.
Impact Nations does NOT require team members to have specific vaccinations. However, there are countries which have their own requirements for entry that dictate if a particular vaccine is required. The best way to know which vaccines may be needed is to discuss the trip with a certified travel clinic doctor. Travel clinic doctors stay up to date on all the vaccine requirements as it relates to travel.
After a fairly early breakfast, we meet for about 45 minutes of worship, prayer and time in care groups. These groups of 6-7 people are a great way to be encouraged and strengthened throughout the Journey. Then we head out to that day’s community. For about six of the days we will conduct mobile medical clinics.* If you’re not a medical person––no worries, most of us aren’t either. But there are important roles for every member, whether praying for the hundreds of sick who will come, distributing anti-parasite medicine, weighing babies, being a runner or helping in the pharmacy. During the day, small groups go out into the community to pray for people on the streets, organize activities for children, and often just listen and love people. In the evening we go back to the community and hold a celebration where there are songs, testimonies, the Gospel is preached and the sick are healed. You are the one who leads people to Jesus and who prays for the sick. These outdoor gatherings always have a major impact on the community and often lead to new churches and ministries being established.
On days when we don’t conduct clinics, we engage in things like visiting an orphanage or school, preaching and baptizing in prisons, doing a feeding program for children, or simple practical projects. On Sundays, the team breaks into small groups and goes to a number of churches where we will preach, teach the congregation how to heal the sick, and give testimonies. This is always a very special day.
*Please note, not all Journeys include medical clinics. Those that do not will have a greater emphasis on projects and outreach.
United State and Canada
All donations made for supporting a particular Journey of Compassion ARE tax-deductible. Call the office for more information.
We are currently not able to give tax receipts in any other countries.
The Journey Donation Target covers everything the team needs from the moment they arrive at the moment they depart as they serve and bless the people in the developing world we are committed to ministering to practically and supernaturally. This includes medical clinic expenses, water filters, food distribution and other tangible meetings of physical needs as determined by the journey location and the pressing needs presented. Also included in the donation are the team's needs while on the ground.
Since we come from different countries and backgrounds, and many of us have never met before, each Journey begins with an orientation and training time, usually for two days, where several things happen:
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