Baptist International Missions, Inc.

CONNECT Dominican Republic

Dates: May 20-27, 2024 (7 days)
Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Cost: $2,050
Minimum team size: 6
Maximum team size: 10
Team Leaders: Gary Sprunger (BIMI Caribbean Director)

CONNECT Dominican Republic will participate in a variety of ministry opportunities as they assist a number of BIMI missionaries and learn from their works. The team will experience the unique culture of the Dominican Republic and see some historical sites that will help them to understand the needs of this island nation. The team will also take part in tract distribution, visitation, and youth activities, as well as participate in special services as they sing, share testimonies, and strive to be an encouragement to all they meet.

The Dominican Republic is located about 750 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. With a population of around 12 million, it is situated on the east end of the island of Hispaniola with Haiti on the west. Current statistics show that 3.5 million Dominicans are Catholics and only 1.8 million claim to be Christians. The climate averages 78 degrees Fahrenheit, and the country has a very diverse terrain. Spanish is the official language, but more and more young people are interested in learning English. The people are very simpatico (friendly) and love to converse with tourists. Throughout the country many pueblos (towns) need a good Gospel-preaching church.

CONNECT Dominican Republic will be hosted by:
Jeffri and Pamela Polanco — Nagua
Erik and Holly Johnson — San Francisco de Macorís
Carlos and Sara Mora — El Limón, Samaná
Ronnie and Chona Autrey — Santo Domingo
Steve and Nohemy Sidler — Santo Domingo
Joy Wesson - Deaf ministry — Santo Domingo
Alexis and Consuelo Givans — Santo Domingo

CONNECT Dominican Republic will begin ministry in the large city of San Francisco de Macorís. Missionaries Erik and Holly Johnson will host the team. From there, the group will go to assist Missionaries Jeffri and Pamela Polanco in Nagua on the northern coast. Later, The team will take a day to travel to the peninsula of Samaná. There, the team will help Missionaries Carlos and Sara Mora with their new church plant. Before leaving the central part of the country, the team will participate in an evening service in San Francisco and then the weekend will be packed full of activities in the capital, Santo Domingo including soul-winning, visitation, youth activities, and church services in the area.

CONNECT Dominican Republic will meet in the Miami, Florida, airport on May 20. Each trip participant is responsible for transportation to and from the Miami airport. Additional money may be brought along for activities, gifts, or souvenirs.

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2024 Trips

Japan — May 14–27
Uganda — May 15–29
Dominican Republic — May 20-27
Colombia | Peru | Amazon for Christ — May 20–30
Bolivia | Amazon for Christ — June 10–20
Costa Rica — June 13–21
Guyana | Amazon for Christ — August 12–22
Scotland — August 16–26



- All CONNECT Team members must abide by the stated Policies, Standards, and Code of Conduct.

- CONNECT Team members must purchase trip insurance that includes medical coverage. In most cases (but not all), this is included in the trip cost. (Please see the Important Policy Disclosures)

- The CONNECT Trip fee received as a deposit at the time of application is non-refundable unless BIMI cancels the trip.

- Additional funds donated toward a CONNECT Trip on a team member’s behalf are non-refundable within 60 days of departure.

- Each CONNECT Trip has a required minimum number of people needed. If the trip does not reach the set minimum, it may be cancelled and all donations including the CONNECT Trip fee will be refunded to the original donor(s).

Caribbean Director

Gary and Joy Sprunger

Read more about the Sprungers. He can be contacted through the BIMI office: (423) 344-5050.

32150 Country Road 112
Robertsdale, AL 36567

Sending Church:
Pine Forest Estates Baptist Church
2550 West Nine Mile Road
Pensacola, FL 32534

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Candidate & Deputation Director

Rev. Dan & Sandra DeLong

Read more about the DeLongs. He may be contacted through the BIMI office at (423) 344-5050.

Phone: (423) 994-0492

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CAMP BIMI Director & Assistant Candidate Director

Jason & Mary Ritchie
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