The Adventure Begins!

We are only a few hours away from being on our way to Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic! We are so ready and beyond excited to be used by God to love and serve the people in Jarabacoa. Team DR is meeting tonight at midnight to go over last minute details and to gather together one last time before we take off. We’re heading for the airport tonight at 2am along with two other Spring Break teams.

While in the Dominican Republic we will be partnering with Students International and staying on their base while doing various service projects in Jarabacoa. Each member of Team DR has been assigned to a site (physical therapy, health center, dentistry, education, special education, social work, men’s/women’s sports, micro-finance, and film/media). These sites are where we will be spending most of our time and doing various jobs and activities and helping in whatever way that we can.

We want to give you a HUGE thank you for all your financial and prayer support. It is so humbling to see how your precious gifts help us achieve our goal and continues to bless and equip us. We are so blessed by your love and support and we’re excited to have you be a part of this adventure with us! We ask that you continue to pray for our team throughout this journey (see the post below to find specific prayer requests).

Our team verse is 1 Corinthians 15:58 which says, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
We want to love and serve the people in Jarabacoa with hearts that beautifully reflect Christ. We want to bless them and bless the Lord. Our prayer is that we will stand firm in Christ, that we will serve humbly and generously, and that we will pour out the love that God has poured into us.
God is in charge of this journey. We are His disciples- recklessly abandoned, totally surrendered, and separated by God. We could not be more honored and ecstatic to go on this adventure where we will do the work of The Lord and watch Him work in our hearts and in the hearts of Jarabacoa. He is a big God and He will do big things.

Adios America!

Hola Friends and Family!

We are just hours away from our departure to Cancun, Mexico! We are so excited to begin our adventure and too see how the Lord uses us to further His kingdom. We have one last team meeting where we will be finishing up packing (Friday), and will head out 2am (pray for our sanity) Saturday morning!

Once we arrive in Mexico, we are not sure what to expect, but we know that we will hit the ground running! We can’t wait to finally meet the people at Back2Back and partner with them this next week. We are expecting the Lord to do great things and we cannot wait to share with you!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in pray as well as financially, and continues to support us! We are so thankful for your generosity! Thank you for being apart of our mission! Please continue to pray for traveling mercies and the team’s health as we leave.

Be on the look out for more posts throughout the week! We will (hopefully) be updating daily.


Chelsea Sweet & Lauryn Congemi

Almost Time to go

In a little more than 24 hours from now, we will be heading out to beautiful Daytona Beach Florida!

20130323-154859.jpgWhile the weather forecast certainly looks promising so far, it isn’t the sunshine that has us most excited about jumping into the vans.  The thing that is exciting 28 students and 4 ‘adult’ leaders is the opportunity to connect with the wide variety of people that we will come in contact with and to see God reveal himself to them. It is an amazing joy to tell people that the God of the universe knows them….and more importantly LOVES them. So please pray with us that our words, and our lives will be used to point people to their savior.

The other reason we we are excited to go is we know we will see many old friends when we arrive. One of our favorite things to do is worship with the residents at Oceanview…something that is hard to forget once you’ve had the privilege. Here’s just a taste of it:

Finally, for those who don’t know much about the trip….here are a few shots to help acquaint you to what to expect:

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Thanks for praying!!

So Soon!

Hi! Thank you so much for visiting here to receive updates of our trip to Bolivia! We are leaving early, departing from Taylor at 2:30AM tonight/tomorrow to fly out of Chicago at 9AM tomorrow morning (3/26)!

We spent last night at one of the local churches packing supplies for the camp and orphanage where we will be working. As we packed everything up, we kept saying how this trip is finally becoming real! After months of preparing, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all ready to go and see what the Lord has for us at Monte Blanco. From what we know, we will be working at an orphanage on Monday and with a high school group in the middle of the week. Although we aren’t entirely sure what we will be doing the entire week, we are excited for any opportunity the Lord will bring for us to serve.

We will be posting here throughout the week, so make sure to keep coming back for more updates!


Almost There

Hello friends! My name is Mary Helen, and I will be blogging for the Dearborn Team. We are leaving on Saturday morning, and we are excited. For those of you who may not remember, we will be working with Dearborn Evangelical Covenant Church’s Friendship House. We will be assisting them in teaching ESL to the majority Muslim population in Dearborn, MI. We will also be visiting homes and learning as much about their culture as possible. Thanks for following us on this journey. Continue to pray for unity among our team as well as for the church and the people with whom we will be working.


It’s time to pack up and take the short trip down to Indianapolis for spring break. Our team has been praying, bonding, and serving together in preparation for this epic adventure. Although Indy is so close, we have found that we have SO much to learn! Ryan Brown, who coordinates the service groups at Shepherd, came and spoke to our group last week. We found this to be a great encouragement as we heard more about what our team will be doing (packing food, listening to stories, sharing a bit of life) during our week. Thank YOU, our prayer partners, for committing to walk through this journey alongside of us. We will be using this blog to post updates about our experiences, and maybe a few pictures. Please continue to pray through the current requests throughout the week. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE.