Dominican Republic Mission

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethern, ye have done it unto me.    
Matthew 25:40

Since 1999 the Southwestern Adventist University Nursing Department in collaboration with the Texas Conference Mission Outreach Office and H.O.P.E. (Healing Outreach Professional Endeavor, Inc.) has sponsored a mission trip to the Dominican Republic during the spring break from Southwestern. In 2010 as H.O.P.E. focused on the medical/dental clinic in Cleburne, VIDA International picked up the sponsorship of the annual Dominican Republic mission trip. The participants include faculty and nursing and other students and other caring individuals.

  Dominican Republic  

Location:   Eastern part of the Island of Hispaniola located between Cuba and Puerto Rico
European discovery:   Christopher Columbus during his first voyage in 1492
Area:   18,815 sq mi
Capital:   Santo Domingo, founded in 1496 is the oldest settlement by Europeans in the New World
Population:   9,226,000
Primary religion:   95% Roman Catholic
Language:   Spanish
Per capita Gross Domestic Product:   $US 7,000     (U.S.:   $41,800)
Infant mortality rate:   29 per 1000 live births     (U.S.:   6.4 per 1000)
Physicians:   1 per 1075 persons     (U.S.:   1 per 380)

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. 
Proverbs 11:25

For Nursing students at Southwestern, this opportunity is a valuable part of the educational program. The outreach experience is conducted during the students' spring break as part of the courses NRSB 491 Selected Topics: Frontier Missions 1 (1 hour) and NRSB 491 Selected Topics: Frontier Missions 2 (1 hour).

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.    
Mother Teresa

  How I can help!

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Latest Trip:   spring 2013

Next Trip:   spring 2014

for more information, contact:   Lolita Valdez

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This mission outreach program has been cited by accreditation teams as one of the strengths of the Southwestern Nursing program.

While there is a positive outcome on the accreditation of the Nursing program, the greater effect is on the people that are helped, and the greatest blessing is on the students and others that gave of themselves.
Lawrence Turner

revised 6 Oct 11