DDG Companion News | May 29, 2018

2018 DR Vacation Bible School Booklets Available in Spanish and English

The Christian Education Committee of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic has created a Vacation Bible School booklet for use in the summer of 2018 with older children who can read. The original Spanish version is available here , and the English translation is available here . The booklet emphasizes the theme of the Fifth Mark of Mission:  To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Another version of the booklet for younger children who cannot read will be available soon. Copies of these booklets can be printed in the Dominican Republic and delivered to a mission team  for US$1 each. To make arrangements for this printing and delivery, contact Missionary Karen Carroll via email to < drequipos@gmail.com >.

One of the illustrations in the 2018 VBS Spanish booklet. Click this image to access the complete booklet.

20 Mission Teams in June and July!

Teams spreadsheet
A section of the spreadsheet of all mission teams in 2018.
Click this image for the latest update.

As of the date of this newsletter, 20 mission teams from the United States will be working in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in the months of June and July. The mission team support office in Santo Domingo, led by Missionary Karen Carroll, maintains a spreadsheet showing all of the teams and their work locations, and the DDG publishes the latest version every Monday as a feature on its Facebook page. This latest version is always available at this link:

Update on the Recent DR
 Diocesan Education Workshops

A workshop program in Colegio Jesús Nazareno. Click this image to access Tom's blog about the education workshops.

Here's an excerpt from Missionary Tom McGowan's lively blog on May 21 about the new series of educational workshops that he and his team conducted for teachers in the Episcopal schools in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. You can access his complete blog at this link

First and foremost was the reception we received at Colegio Jesús Nazareno in San Francisco de Macorís. Attendance ranked highest of our four sites this trip - over 50 teachers and administrators made the sometimes strenuous trip across the northern part of the country to be there. Second, our group was "cooking with gas" (as my Uncle Danny Kelley used to say); we were playing off of each other and referencing each other's presentations extremely well. Likely our finest hour as a team. Third, the hospitality shown by every one of our workshop hosts was marvelous; somehow, at Colegio Jesus Nazareno, it was even "marvelouser." Presidenta Melvina and I often see hospitality in terms of food (we are the team that travels on its stomach, clearly); given that CJN offered breakfast on top of a terrific lunch, their efforts earned an A++!

Editor's note: Dr. Thomas McGowan is a Professor of Education Emeritus from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who has specialized during his career in social studies education, teacher professional development, and school-university collaboration for program improvement. To see a list of his professional accomplishments,  click here . He is an Appointed Missionary of The Episcopal Church and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Development Group. To read his blog about his volunteer work as an educational missonary in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic,  click here

April-June 2018 Episcopax Available Online

Click this image to access the April-June 2018 issue of Episcopax.
Want to practice your Spanish? The April-June 2018 issue of Episcopax, the quarterly magazine of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, is now available online at this link. Published by the Communications Committee of the DR Diocese, this issue contains articles on several topics, including the Daughters of the King in the Dominican Republic, a gathering of young adults on March 31, the annual meeting of the Women of the Dominican Episcopal Church, and the history of Iglesia Episcopal San Marcos in the city of Haina.

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Office: (813) 400-2722 | Fax: (813) 983-5082
Executive Director: Bill Kunkle | bkunkle@dominicandevelopmentgroup.org
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