Dominican Republic Mission


Thursday, March 5 through Monday, March 16

This year the group returned to the north side of the country, landing in Puerto Plata and staying in and working in region around Sosua. This trip marked the the eleventh consecutive year that Southwestern Adventist University has sent a group of students, faculty, and others to the Dominican Republic. As evidenced by the number of individuals who choose to return for additional trips, this is a rewarding way to spend spring break.



  • medical clinics
  • evening evangelistic meetings
  • evening activities for the children
   Etla Van Horne, R.N. (SWAU Nursing Faculty)
Tony Torres, M.D.
 Southwestern Nursing Faculty:
   Lolita Valdez, R.N.
 Southwestern Students:
   Charlotte Clavecilla
Joy Clavecilla, R.N.
Martha Mancilla
Trufosa Mochache
 Other Participants:
   Lismarys Arjona (Corpus Christi)
Yoneida Calogero, D.D.S. (Corpus Christi)
Jhanina Dioso, R.N.
Teofilo Espiritu, M.D. (Corpus Christi)
Christy Holley
Esther Holley
Georgi Holley
Leighton Holley
Skip Holley
James Honeycutt (Corpus Christi)
Erick Lindeman (Corpus Christi)
Jene Llasos, R.N.
John Sygal, M.D. (Corpus Christi)
Dedra Torres
 Bus Master:
   Julio Ramirez with Maria, Isaac, and Ernesto

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
Arthur Ashe      

The van (with minivan full of luggage) and one car departed from the Nursing parking lot on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University Thursday morning at 3:30am for the trip to the DFW airport for a 6:00am departure for Miami and then on to Puerto Plata on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Dr. Tony and Dedra had previously made the journey on Monday to have time to make arrangements and purchase medicines. Others left at alternative times to meet the main group in Miami. The group from Corpus Christi had made their own travel arrangements.

The Southwestern Adventist University group arrived back in familiar territory, DFW airport, at 11:45pm, Monday evening, and were back on-campus by 1:00am—just in time for a quick nap before, for some of the group, 7:00am clinicals and 7:30am classes!

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