Flamborough Baptist Church members to build infrastructure in Dominican Republic during March break mission trip

News Mar 06, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A team of Flamborough Baptist Church members will be travelling to the Dominican Republic over March break on a mission trip.

Mission leader Rob Smith noted the 12-member group will be staying at the Lighthouse School, an institution in the community of Los Alcarrizos which offers preschool to Grade 12 and vocational training. The area has a population of around 310,000 people, most of whom live in poor conditions with little infrastructure.

“We’re going to put a wall around a property so that in the future we can drill a well there and build a water treatment facility,” he explained. “We’re going to go and finish a basketball court that had already been started by the community but they ran out of money to finish it.”

The group will be in the Dominican Republic for a week, from March 11-18.

Smith, who noted this will be his seventh mission trip to the Caribbean nation, said the groups are directed to areas of need by the organization on the ground.

“They can say, ‘Here’s the need, this is where we have the most need,’” he said. “They can co-ordinate all our efforts down there so that we have the biggest impact where the needs are.”

Co-leader Alyssa Vandenberg noted the group is mostly made up of young people.

“We have four under 18, we have a couple of younger adults in their 20s and then we have adults,” she noted. “All except one are from our church – one’s a friend of a member.”

Vandenberg, who will be making her fourth trip to the Dominican, noted this year will mark the church’s fifth mission trip.

“It’s very exciting that it’s able to keep growing,” she said, adding the first few trips were smaller in size.

Waterdown’s Richard Bellsmith will be taking part in the mission, along with his son Josh, who just turned 15.

“I thought it would be a good experience for him,” said Bellsmith, who noted the mission trip will also be his first. “I think it’s going to be a bit of an eye-opener for him.

“A way of giving back a bit.”

Bellsmith added it will be interesting to see how the rest of the world lives.

“Just a chance to give back a little bit,” he said of the mission. “We’ve been collecting shoes and clothes to give out.

“We have so much in this country and where we live – it will be nice to give back to those less fortunate – especially in the rural areas, they don’t have much at all.”

The group will be taking a donation of clothes they have collected, as well as clothing provided by Waterdown’s Value Village.

“They agreed to donate five or six boxes of surplus clothing for us to take down with us,” Smith said. “Delta airlines has agreed to give us an extra checked bag each, so we can take about 600 extra pounds of donations with us.

“That’s really helping to make sure that we maximize that blessing that they’re giving us.”

Smith said the March break trip will be the Flamborough group’s first into a new area – Villa Altagracia.

“The Lighthouse Project has been in Los Alcarrizos for 22 years and that area has been totally transformed from a squatters village with tin shacks everywhere to an area that has some infrastructure – it has some schools now, some churches now and it has a really large vocational school, plus clean water,” he said. “We’re going into a new area now and the plan is to implement the same kind of changes in that area.

“It could be a long-term project but we’re the first few people that get to go in there, so that’s pretty exciting for us.”

Vandenberg said on previous trips the group has also built houses.

“So last year they actually took down the tin the family had been using as a house and poured the foundation and then we put the brick walls up,” she said. “So we’re been part of building houses as well – which is really awesome that big families who were in a small shack can now have three rooms in a house and have a better living situation.”

Smith added it’s always amazing for him to see the transformation that happens in the lives of the missionaries.

“A lot of these people have never been to the Third World, let alone been on a mission trip to the Third World,” he explained. “So to see the way that their life has changed, their attitude, and when they see how really blessed that we are here in Canada, when they see how little they have down there.

“It’s always great to be a part of seeing that change in people’s lives.”

Smith noted the proceeds of the church’s Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner were donated to the trip.

“We’ve already raised enough to go but in order to make sure we have enough to finish this basketball court project, we’ve tried to just raise a little bit more,” he explained.

Bellsmith said the group has raised about $32,000 to go on the trip.

“The church body has been so generous,” he said, noting the group thanked the Flamborough Baptist congregation March 5. “They provided most of the funding to the trip through different bake sales, the pancake dinner, we did a big spaghetti dinner.

“it was nice to see their generosity and their support … they really took it on and embraced it and let us go really – otherwise we wouldn’t be going.”

Flamborough Baptist Church members to build infrastructure in Dominican Republic during March break mission trip

News Mar 06, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A team of Flamborough Baptist Church members will be travelling to the Dominican Republic over March break on a mission trip.

Mission leader Rob Smith noted the 12-member group will be staying at the Lighthouse School, an institution in the community of Los Alcarrizos which offers preschool to Grade 12 and vocational training. The area has a population of around 310,000 people, most of whom live in poor conditions with little infrastructure.

“We’re going to put a wall around a property so that in the future we can drill a well there and build a water treatment facility,” he explained. “We’re going to go and finish a basketball court that had already been started by the community but they ran out of money to finish it.”

The group will be in the Dominican Republic for a week, from March 11-18.

Smith, who noted this will be his seventh mission trip to the Caribbean nation, said the groups are directed to areas of need by the organization on the ground.

“They can say, ‘Here’s the need, this is where we have the most need,’” he said. “They can co-ordinate all our efforts down there so that we have the biggest impact where the needs are.”

Co-leader Alyssa Vandenberg noted the group is mostly made up of young people.

“We have four under 18, we have a couple of younger adults in their 20s and then we have adults,” she noted. “All except one are from our church – one’s a friend of a member.”

Vandenberg, who will be making her fourth trip to the Dominican, noted this year will mark the church’s fifth mission trip.

“It’s very exciting that it’s able to keep growing,” she said, adding the first few trips were smaller in size.

Waterdown’s Richard Bellsmith will be taking part in the mission, along with his son Josh, who just turned 15.

“I thought it would be a good experience for him,” said Bellsmith, who noted the mission trip will also be his first. “I think it’s going to be a bit of an eye-opener for him.

“A way of giving back a bit.”

Bellsmith added it will be interesting to see how the rest of the world lives.

“Just a chance to give back a little bit,” he said of the mission. “We’ve been collecting shoes and clothes to give out.

“We have so much in this country and where we live – it will be nice to give back to those less fortunate – especially in the rural areas, they don’t have much at all.”

The group will be taking a donation of clothes they have collected, as well as clothing provided by Waterdown’s Value Village.

“They agreed to donate five or six boxes of surplus clothing for us to take down with us,” Smith said. “Delta airlines has agreed to give us an extra checked bag each, so we can take about 600 extra pounds of donations with us.

“That’s really helping to make sure that we maximize that blessing that they’re giving us.”

Smith said the March break trip will be the Flamborough group’s first into a new area – Villa Altagracia.

“The Lighthouse Project has been in Los Alcarrizos for 22 years and that area has been totally transformed from a squatters village with tin shacks everywhere to an area that has some infrastructure – it has some schools now, some churches now and it has a really large vocational school, plus clean water,” he said. “We’re going into a new area now and the plan is to implement the same kind of changes in that area.

“It could be a long-term project but we’re the first few people that get to go in there, so that’s pretty exciting for us.”

Vandenberg said on previous trips the group has also built houses.

“So last year they actually took down the tin the family had been using as a house and poured the foundation and then we put the brick walls up,” she said. “So we’re been part of building houses as well – which is really awesome that big families who were in a small shack can now have three rooms in a house and have a better living situation.”

Smith added it’s always amazing for him to see the transformation that happens in the lives of the missionaries.

“A lot of these people have never been to the Third World, let alone been on a mission trip to the Third World,” he explained. “So to see the way that their life has changed, their attitude, and when they see how really blessed that we are here in Canada, when they see how little they have down there.

“It’s always great to be a part of seeing that change in people’s lives.”

Smith noted the proceeds of the church’s Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner were donated to the trip.

“We’ve already raised enough to go but in order to make sure we have enough to finish this basketball court project, we’ve tried to just raise a little bit more,” he explained.

Bellsmith said the group has raised about $32,000 to go on the trip.

“The church body has been so generous,” he said, noting the group thanked the Flamborough Baptist congregation March 5. “They provided most of the funding to the trip through different bake sales, the pancake dinner, we did a big spaghetti dinner.

“it was nice to see their generosity and their support … they really took it on and embraced it and let us go really – otherwise we wouldn’t be going.”

Flamborough Baptist Church members to build infrastructure in Dominican Republic during March break mission trip

News Mar 06, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

A team of Flamborough Baptist Church members will be travelling to the Dominican Republic over March break on a mission trip.

Mission leader Rob Smith noted the 12-member group will be staying at the Lighthouse School, an institution in the community of Los Alcarrizos which offers preschool to Grade 12 and vocational training. The area has a population of around 310,000 people, most of whom live in poor conditions with little infrastructure.

“We’re going to put a wall around a property so that in the future we can drill a well there and build a water treatment facility,” he explained. “We’re going to go and finish a basketball court that had already been started by the community but they ran out of money to finish it.”

The group will be in the Dominican Republic for a week, from March 11-18.

Smith, who noted this will be his seventh mission trip to the Caribbean nation, said the groups are directed to areas of need by the organization on the ground.

“They can say, ‘Here’s the need, this is where we have the most need,’” he said. “They can co-ordinate all our efforts down there so that we have the biggest impact where the needs are.”

Co-leader Alyssa Vandenberg noted the group is mostly made up of young people.

“We have four under 18, we have a couple of younger adults in their 20s and then we have adults,” she noted. “All except one are from our church – one’s a friend of a member.”

Vandenberg, who will be making her fourth trip to the Dominican, noted this year will mark the church’s fifth mission trip.

“It’s very exciting that it’s able to keep growing,” she said, adding the first few trips were smaller in size.

Waterdown’s Richard Bellsmith will be taking part in the mission, along with his son Josh, who just turned 15.

“I thought it would be a good experience for him,” said Bellsmith, who noted the mission trip will also be his first. “I think it’s going to be a bit of an eye-opener for him.

“A way of giving back a bit.”

Bellsmith added it will be interesting to see how the rest of the world lives.

“Just a chance to give back a little bit,” he said of the mission. “We’ve been collecting shoes and clothes to give out.

“We have so much in this country and where we live – it will be nice to give back to those less fortunate – especially in the rural areas, they don’t have much at all.”

The group will be taking a donation of clothes they have collected, as well as clothing provided by Waterdown’s Value Village.

“They agreed to donate five or six boxes of surplus clothing for us to take down with us,” Smith said. “Delta airlines has agreed to give us an extra checked bag each, so we can take about 600 extra pounds of donations with us.

“That’s really helping to make sure that we maximize that blessing that they’re giving us.”

Smith said the March break trip will be the Flamborough group’s first into a new area – Villa Altagracia.

“The Lighthouse Project has been in Los Alcarrizos for 22 years and that area has been totally transformed from a squatters village with tin shacks everywhere to an area that has some infrastructure – it has some schools now, some churches now and it has a really large vocational school, plus clean water,” he said. “We’re going into a new area now and the plan is to implement the same kind of changes in that area.

“It could be a long-term project but we’re the first few people that get to go in there, so that’s pretty exciting for us.”

Vandenberg said on previous trips the group has also built houses.

“So last year they actually took down the tin the family had been using as a house and poured the foundation and then we put the brick walls up,” she said. “So we’re been part of building houses as well – which is really awesome that big families who were in a small shack can now have three rooms in a house and have a better living situation.”

Smith added it’s always amazing for him to see the transformation that happens in the lives of the missionaries.

“A lot of these people have never been to the Third World, let alone been on a mission trip to the Third World,” he explained. “So to see the way that their life has changed, their attitude, and when they see how really blessed that we are here in Canada, when they see how little they have down there.

“It’s always great to be a part of seeing that change in people’s lives.”

Smith noted the proceeds of the church’s Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner were donated to the trip.

“We’ve already raised enough to go but in order to make sure we have enough to finish this basketball court project, we’ve tried to just raise a little bit more,” he explained.

Bellsmith said the group has raised about $32,000 to go on the trip.

“The church body has been so generous,” he said, noting the group thanked the Flamborough Baptist congregation March 5. “They provided most of the funding to the trip through different bake sales, the pancake dinner, we did a big spaghetti dinner.

“it was nice to see their generosity and their support … they really took it on and embraced it and let us go really – otherwise we wouldn’t be going.”