Dominican Republic Mission Trip: A Journey of Healing and Salvation

On a recent mission trip to the Dominican Republic, a team from Trinity Baptist Church Sun City Center embarked on a life changing journey of service and faith. Led by Ernie Cabrera and Doug Ripley of the Converge MSC Caribbean Partnerships Team, the Trinity Baptist team traveled to the Dominican Republic on a medical mission trip that had a far-reaching spiritual impact on the team and the people they served.

Lead Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Dr. Tom Townsend, took an initial visit to the Dominican Republic in 2019 which ignited a vision for annual medical missions due to the vast numbers they could reach with their services. The Trinity team meticulously prepared both practically and spiritually for this trip, arranged through Converge MSC. They collected medical supplies and funds, committing to daily praying for discernment and wisdom. Once in DR, they shared devotions and worshiped, seeking God’s grace and guidance, during the hour-long journey to the Haitian community to which they ministered daily.

Upon arrival, the team daily provided vital medical assessments and treatments to the community. From diagnosing common ailments like high blood pressure and diabetes to addressing more serious conditions like STDs and tumors, they ensured that each patient received the care they needed.

Beyond medical aid, the team shared the message of salvation. Through gospel tracts, hygiene product gift bags, and personal evangelism, they reached out to the community with the love of Christ. Children’s Bible stories, colorful pictures, and playful interactions created many opportunities for spiritual conversations. Pastor Doug Ripley set up stations for prayer and witnessing, where many expressed their desire for salvation and asked for prayer for the salvation of family members as opposed to self promotion & materialism. Trinity Baptist’s trip was marked by touching moments of compassion and connection. The team was moved by the overwhelming needs of the people and their unwavering hospitality. Providing 160 people with needed medical care and then witnessing 111 individuals accept Jesus Christ as their Savior was a testament to the power of God’s love and grace.

Traveling to the Dominican Republic was not just about providing medical care; it was about sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ. Trinity Baptist Church Sun City Center remains committed to serving those in need and spreading the message of salvation to the ends of the earth! All glory goes to God!

“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” Habakkuk 1:5

If your church is interested in learning more about taking a medical mission trip to Dominican Republic or serving elsewhere in the greater Caribbean, please contact Converge MSC’s Caribbean Partnerships Team.