“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against the house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.”
In order to encourage and support the spiritual well-being of our Dominican brothers and sisters, Solid Rock International is involved in various ministries focusing on both evangelism and Christian development. While providing these ministries is of high importance, SRI and it’s supporters are always quick to note that they personally learn and receive so much more than they are able to give during their missions experience in the Dominican Republic. It doesn’t matter what country you are from; lives are being changed as we learn from each other and serve Christ together.
Solid Rock International has many medical teams that serve on short-term mission trips each year. One of the services our medical teams provide is outpatient care by traveling to rural villages surrounding the area of San Juan de la Maguana. A local Dominican pastor accompanies these teams to preach God’s Word and pray with patients waiting to be seen by a doctor or receive medicines. The pastor is then responsible for helping connect people to local churches and following up with new relationships in the community. SRI team members are invited to participate by praying with people, preparing materials for the children, and collecting Spanish Bibles to distribute.
The schools sponsored through Solid Rock International are committed to providing a high quality, holistic education in a Christian environment where students are prepared to continue on at the University level. SRI-sponsored schools give students knowledge and skills needed to break the cycle of poverty and have a successful future.
Many short-term mission teams serving through Solid Rock International prepare and offer various programs for neighborhood children in the San Juan de la Maguana area. These events are generally hosted by a local school or church and are always heavily attended by enthusiastic children.
Over the years, Solid Rock International mission teams develop strong relationships within the communities they serve. As a result, North American and Dominican churches have bonded as brothers and sisters in Christ, praying for each other and assisting each other with needs. Several North American churches have aided in the construction of church facilities for growing Dominican churches, helping provide their friends with adequate buildings to accommodate their members.
Throughout the year, North American pastors travel to the Dominican Republic for a time of sharing and fellowship with local Dominican pastors. It is a time of refreshment, exchanging of ideas, and praying for each other. Many life-long friendships have developed cross-culturally as colleagues have shared time together over the years. A recent development among church worship leaders has gained interest, as musicians have begun meeting to share songs and musical styles.
Volunteering on a short-term mission team can have a major impact on your personal spiritual life as volunteers are faced with many different people, customs, languages,and unfamiliar ways of living. It is a great experience to discover your passions in life, as well as develop a humble attitude of service as you use your talents and skills to provide for the needs of others. Mission volunteers are stretched and changed as they see the world in a new way and return to their home country forever changed.