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GO Ministries continues mission tradition in Dominican Republic
Lindsey Wilson College students and alumni have taken a trip to the Dominican Republic to work alongside GO Ministries for the last several years, under the leadership of LWC Assistant Professor of Religion David Calhoun and his wife, Kim. Group helped with Vacation Bible School, a Celebrate Recovery center, and visited multiple communities. The annual trip to the Dominican Republic has a long-lasting impact on all the students and alumni who are able to experience it and the group members are grateful for all of their sponsors and partners that make the trip possible.
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By Zac Oakes, LWC Alumnus
Several Lindsey Wilson College students and alumni spent a week partnering alongside Louisville-based mission organization GO Ministries in the city of Santiago in the Dominican Republic.
The group of students included Hannah Howard, Emily Pifer, Hannah Shannon, Callie Moore, Sarah Calhoun (spent five weeks in the Dominican as a GO Intern this summer), Kelsie Hurst, Jessica Armstrong, Amanda Harrison, Grant Stephens, Landon Marcum, Brett Bradford, Chelsie Stevenson, Destiny Simpson, Cody Cox, and Brandon Roberts.
The group of alumni included Candace and Callah Kimball, Lynnsey Rodgers-Oakes, Zac Oakes, and Noah Duncan.
Lindsey Wilson College students have taken a trip to the Dominican Republic to work alongside GO Ministries for the last several years, under the leadership of LWC Assistant Professor of Religion David Calhoun and his wife, Kim.
While there, the LWC team played a role in hosting Vacation Bible School at Central Church in Santiago, leading classes, craft sessions, and organizing games and activities for 125-175 children daily over the 3-day camp. This has been a regular tradition for the LWC team to be involved with the annual Central Church VBS.
Additionally, the team went into multiple communities, meeting with local church leaders and holding VBS in those communities with anywhere between 75-200 kids at each church. The group prepared crafts, a skit, and songs to share with the children in each community, while also enjoying playing with the children in each community.
The group also visited Hogar Crea, a local addiction recovery center in Santiago, and attended a Celebrate Recovery service there, where LWC student Brett Bradford shared his personal testimony of overcoming addiction. Six men gave their lives to Christ there. The trip to Hogar Crea is also a regular one, as the Calhouns and the LWC Mission Teams partner with local Celebrate Recovery leaders Moises Jimenez and Pablo Peralta, who are active at Hogar Crea and in four local prisons in the Dominican Republic.
The team visited one of those prisons in the city of Moca, where they met with the prison warden and heard about the various programs offered in the prison, including education and vocational training. The team was able to tour the facility and meet several of the inmates that are there. At the conclusion of their visit, the team was able to witness 30 men at the prison be baptized.
The group also visited a local seminary and attended a multi-cultural church service at Central Church that Sunday.
The annual trip to the Dominican Republic has a long-lasting impact on all the students and alumni who are able to experience it and the group members are grateful for all of their sponsors and partners that make the trip possible.
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