For decades, missions has been at the very heart of what Gainesville UMC is about and in that time we have sent hundreds of people out to be the hands and feet of Christ in the local community and around the region and the country. We are excited to announce that beginning in 2017, we will be expanding our efforts to the international level with a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. This trip is designed to be an opportunity to expand our church’s impact as the hands and feet of Christ beyond our nation’s borders.
When & Who?
The trip is scheduled for June 24-July 1, 2017 and will be in partnership with Empowering Action (EA). This trip is an intergenerational trip, and is open to all adults and to all students who will be in 9th grade and up for the 2016-17 school year.
The trip is scheduled for June 24-July 1, 2017 (Saturday to Saturday). We will be staying at a hotel used by EA outside of the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo. Our transportation, meals, guides/translators as well as the lodging are all provided through EA. Depending on the number of people that sign up, we will be divided into mission tams to go out to different villages for different projects. We will have something for everyone – One of the unique and great things about EA’s program is that they meet the village right where they are and help them with they need the most, whether it is construction, clean water, education, community development, etc.
About Empowering Action
Empowering Action is a non-profit, based out of Oakton, that has a unique, sustainable and successful mission model that does more than put a “band-aid” on a problem. EA works as a catalyst to make sure that the successes and lessons learned in each village are able to be implemented by the villages themselves to improve their quality of life beyond a simple building or short-term VBS-style camp.
EA’s goal is large-scale holistic, sustainable transformation of impoverished communities, in contrast to various other NGO’s that have a single area of focus. EA’s programs include: spiritual, educational, nutritional, physical, medical, and vocational programs. Their goal is to facilitate long-term development not merely provide short-term aid. EA is able to provide this multi-faceted approach as a result of serving as catalyst as opposed the direct implementer of its various programs. By collaborating and coordinating with international and in-country development organizations and institutions EA is able to initiate mutually beneficial relationships to address the immediate and long-term needs of the poor. EA’s focus on leadership development, not merely program execution, ensures long-term sustainability and facilitates capacity building.