What Can I do to Help?
|The service we render to others is really rent we pay for our room on
this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose
of this world is not "to have and to hold" but "to give and serve." There
can be no other meaning.
|Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell
Each mission trip brings hope, care, and Christ to hundreds of people.
The medical clinics bring immediate ease to the living conditions.
The projects such as the church construction and the water purification system provide an
on-going evidence of the care the citizens of the north Texas community have for the
peoples of the Dominican Republic.
All of these efforts are not possible without the support of many persons.
The group that goes contributes both their time before and during the trip.
The rewards are such that a number of participants have volunteered to return for additional time in the Dominican Republic.
However, the support of other individuals and organizations is vital.
Each participant is responsible for raising a designated amount. For the past few years this has been $1000.
Participants have conducted programs in churches, solicited donations from friends and family, worked in fund-raising events, and, in some cases, made personal financial contributions.
The amount generally pays for the air transportation and provides
money for local transportation, housing, and food while in the Dominican Republic
as well as a limited amount for medical supplies. However, additional
financial support is necessary to provide all the medical supplies and for the special major projects.
Each year the students, the Nursing Department, and others organize and
engage in a variety of fund-raising activities. In the past a very successful
"International Concert" has been presented to the local communities.
Additional activities include "Valentine's Day" Banquets and other events.
These all help fund the trips and directly bring Christ's love to the people of the Dominican Republic.
- medically trained participants, nurses, nursing students, medical doctors
- Spanish speaking individuals
- theology students or others to conduct evangelistic meetings
- musicians for programs
- anyone who can tell stories to children
- monies to purchase medical supplies
- funds for specific major projects
- transportation expenses
- food and housing in the Domincan Republic
- medicines and medical supplies
- "give-aways" such as toothbrushes, soap
- small toys for the children such as balls, craft materials
Prayers and other support:
- interest and encouragement
VIDA International has received 501 (c)(3) status as a public charity. Contributions to the Dominican Republic mission trips may be used for an income tax deduction.
Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow