Proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ

Calling All Prayer Partners: Youth Trip to the Dominican Republic June 23-30

Community children gather at the camp

Community children gather at the camp. This photo is very meaningful to the work team from St.Andrews who painted at the camp last October. At the end of our last day of painting, Dan Coonce took a roller and pan of paint and went to paint this cross…which was not on our original work list. It was really in need of a coat of fresh paint. How beautiful the cross stands as the focal point of this photo.




Thank you for sharing in and supporting this youth mission to the Dominican Republic. As a prayer partner with the youth mission team, you will be a vital part of our mission each day we are away.  The team will be greatly blessed and strengthened by your prayers.

This mission team has accepted the challenge to complete construction of a home for a family of nine. The are also constructing a playground for the local Episcopal School which will be opened for supervised play to the children of the community. These were very expensive projects to complete. The NE Youth have partnered with a team from Georgia to assure these important projects will be completed. Because of the expense of these projects, St. Luke’s Kearney, Holy Apostles Mitchell, and St. Mark’s on the Campus, Lincoln have generously provided financial support.  The team will be stationed at the DR Diocesan Camp near Jarabacoa, in the mountains of North-central DR.  Youth from St. Augustine’s, Church of the Holy Spirit, Trinity Cathedral, and St. Andrews are participating.

This is the sixth mission experience for Don and Melissa Peeler, and they know first hand how powerful it is to feel our prayers as the are offer with their own.  The team invites anyone desiring to participate to pray with them and for them, and for our brothers and sisters in Christ who call the Dominican Republic home.


Below is the itinerary so that you can follow the team’s activities in intercessions written by Don:

Monday, June 23rd: Pray for safe travel as team members from churches in Nebraska meet at 4:20 AM at Eppley Airport. Pray for unity in mind and mission for our team of 15 as we fly from Omaha to Santo Domingo, DR. Pray for travel mercies as we make a three-hour bus trip to The Episcopal Camp of The Mount of the Transfiguration in Jarabacoa. Pray that old friendships will be rekindled and new ones made.

Tuesday, June 24th: Awakened by the roosters, we begin our work projects today. Pray for the grace to be flexible—our construction team will be working out in the community building a house.

Wednesday, June 25th:  Please continue prayers for our various projects. Pray especially that any language barrier might be bridged by The Holy Spirit and that God’s message of love is evident. Pray that we find and witness Christ in each other!

Thursday, June 26th:  Pray for the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of the team and of our Dominican friends who are working alongside us.

Friday, June 27th:  Pray for strength, wisdom, and joy in all we do today. As we continue our various projects and share fellowship in the homes of the youth in the community of El Pedregal. We give thanks for this wonderful community!

Saturday, June 28th:  As we wrap up our various projects today; may we dedicate all our work to God and treasure the new friendships we have made. We look forward with joy to a celebration with our Dominican brothers and sisters  tonight which will include food, dancing, and sharing of gifts.

Sunday June 29th:  Pray that God will bind our hearts together during our bilingual Eucharist today. Pray once again for safe travels as we return by bus to Santo Domingo. Pray that our time in the historic Colonial Zone further strengthens the bonds our team has made with this beautiful country. Pray for our peace, reflection and understanding of the work God called us to do. Pray for a restful last night we are together in the DR.

Monday, June 30th:  As we journey home by plane and by car and reflect on our mission experience, we ask for your continued prayers. We will be returning as changed people. Pray that we accept this change as a gift from God and that He will use it to His glory from this day forward.

Each day thereafter: ….Please continue to pray for the people of El Pedregal.

Thank you,
Your 2014 NE Youth Mission Team

Tom and Sharon Jones, Linda Blinston, Shiloh, Angela, Mike, Crystal, Don and Melissa Peeler, Steve and Lauren White, Kelly, Rowan, Summer M, and Summer S.



A home under construction


A children’s playground

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