White Fields Foundation sponsored two missions groups March 2-9 and 9-16 in the Dominican Republic. We stayed at the beautiful mission compound of Meeting God in Missions in Hato Mayor, which was our base of operations for the week. Week 1 was comprised of 25 medical students (Led by Liz Atnip) from Penn State Hershey, a team of five doctors, and a group from Crossroads Church in Greenville, Pennsylvania (Led by their pastor Todd Jaussen), over 60 in all. Throughout both weeks, Pastor Ney, Pastor Jocobo, Kim, and the pastoral team directed us into different villages where they are serving the Haitian children and families who labor there in extreme poverty. The bateys (Haitian sugar cane villages) are being reached through the pastoral leadership of a team of men being trained through the White Fields Dominican Division. Mr. Kim Costanza is leading this effort along with Justin Crocker, a full-time missionary in the Dominican. Pastor Todd did a terrific job as trip leader and a team of men (including Stefen Wisniewski) shared devotions throughout the week. The medical team averaged over 100 patients each day, praying for them individually and administering meds. Many other ministries supported their efforts (See below). The medical students who led our daily worship were a great blessing as well as our baptism with three of the students was a great finish to the week!
Week 2 involved several of our men and family members along with two groups of college students from the University of Pittsburgh (Led by Andy Moore) and Waynesburg University (Led by Dave Calvario), over 30 students in total. It was a very diverse group, each stone being fitted together for his glory. We had many options for our daily trips to the sugar cane villages (both weeks) including: dental treatment, vacation bible school for the children, sports outreach, and evangelism/prayer walking. A week long construction project at the new coffeehouse (Café Del Rey) was led by Matt Helbling and a painting project on Ney’s addition was done. Many people commented on the leadership of the long term missions’ team with our short term presence supporting them being very helpful for them. The strong team of leaders present allowed ministry to flourish. A worship and prayer of dedication time for Café Del Rey in Hato Mayor was a highlight for the week as well.
To purchase 1 pound bags of Café Del Rey coffee at $8 per bag stop by our White Fields Foundation office at 8225 Peebles Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15237. For questions concerning larger orders contact Brennan at (412) 364-4463.