Dave and Jim Wright represented Zion on a short-term mission trip to the Dominican Republic last December. They were invited to serve by Christian Veterinary Mission and Breath of Life International, organizations that complement Zion’s mission goal of outreach. Although the trip focused on agricultural support, their main goal was to build relationships with the Dominican people and reflect the love of Christ to them.
Dave is a veterinarian and Jim is a farmer so they were well suited for this mission trip. They, along with another veterinarian from Wisconsin and a volunteer from Breath of Life International, visited approximately 27 farms during the week. They made observations and suggestions to improve their herds while on the farms and at a seminar/pig roast that was held one evening. The pig was donated by one of the farmers as a beautiful expression of appreciation.
Labor is provided almost entirely by Haitian immigrants. Dave and Jim observed that when there was a solid trusting relationship between owner and employee and where there was a culture of mutual respect, production and quality of animal health was vastly improved. The living conditions of most Haitian workers were very poor. Although it would require a significant cultural shift in attitude, it is an area where Christian love would reward owners with improved production and it would improve the lives of many Haitians.
Dave and Jim thank Zion and their other sponsors for their prayerful and financial support and hope that others will be encouraged to participate in Zion’s global mission effort.
Photo: Dave and Jim Wright, along with Colin Yoder, a veterinary colleague from Wisconsin, pose with a calf after a successful surgery.
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