World Vision in the Dominican Republic

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 14, 2010

Last week a few of my very good blogging friends spent a few days to a place near and dear to my heart.

The Dominican Republic.

(If you don’t know why it is near and dear to my heart, you can find out why here. And it’s also where I learned that when you ask for a whole chicken, it comes with the feet too. Eww. )

World Vision took a team of bloggers to the Dominican Republic.  If you’d like to read about the impact that it had on their lives and hearts, you can find a list of all the posts on the World Vision in the Dominican Republic’s Facebook Page. If you are on Twitter, you can also find many of their posts on the #WVinDR stream.

I spent quite a bit of time reading through the bloggers’ posts and thought I would share these with you.

Jill’s Tearful Reunion with the boy her family has sponsored for 10 years

Andrea’s Smiles are Universal

Matthew’s Slum Temptations

Amanda’s It’s a Small World After All

Briana’s Same Dreams

Jessica’s Etched in My Mind

There is so much poverty and filth in the Dominican Republic. But you can help.

I know we are all on tight budgets these days. But, my challenge to you would be this: Clip a few extra coupons, forgo soda for a few weeks, cross off  a “luxury” item from your grocery list, whatever it takes to come up with $35/month. That’s all it takes to sponsor a child, get them a shirt to wear, an education and a hot meal. Take what you save and give!

It might not seem like much to you, but when you live in this…

it’s like a little taste of heaven.

If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring a child in the Dominican Republic, head on over to learn more about the children needing sponsors.

(Photos from the various bloggers on the trip.)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea @ MommySnacks.net May 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Love you, Erin!! Only wish you could have come on this trip with us!!

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The Diaper Diaries May 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Oh Erin thank you so much for this. Your readers will be SO blessed by sponsorship!!!

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Leann May 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm

World Vision is a wonderful organization! We sponsor a beautiful young boy in Muritania and we’re so hopeful for his future because of this opportunity.

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Camille May 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm

We just sponsored our first child through World Vision last month at a Women of Faith conference. As I came home after the conference on Friday night to my 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom condo and turned off the lights… walked upstairs and hung up my clothes in our walk in closet… turned on the water to brush my teeth… checked on my kids each soundly asleep in their own bedrooms… and get into bed with my husband… I realized how little $35 a month really is when I have so much.

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oh amanda May 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Thank you so much for this post! It was an amazing experience and I’m honored you shared it with your readers!

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Becky L. May 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Thanks for sharing. We have missionary friends in the DR. They’ve been there for years as medical missionaries.

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damien May 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm

World Vision rocks. For those who don’t know Rich Stearns, head of World Vision US wrote a book “The Hole in Our Gospel” which last week won 2010 Christian Book of the Year awarded by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). It’s an incredible book and if you’re too lazy to read it, you can download it for free during the month of May off:
http://christianaudio.com/free
But be quick, you only have 2 weeks left! It’s a book that will inspire and challenge you and hopefully stir you into action and sponsor a kid through World Vision.

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