Dave & Bobbie's Story...
Dave Johnson and Bobbie Burns began their mission work in the Dominican Republic, by bringing much needed school supplies to a two room school. Thus began their yearly trip to provide relief and aide to some of the poorest families in the Dominican Republic.
The former two room school, now three room school, is the recipient of pencils, erasers, sharpeners and rulers all donated from Our Savior's congregation, family, friends and businesses.
Dave and Bobbie's next quest was an all girls orphanage. This year they added a Kindergarten class. The orphanage was alloted $200.00 American, donated by Our Savior's congregation, friends, families and businesses.
Along with providing supplies to schools, Dave and Bobbie take donated supplies of baseball caps, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bandaids and a variety of other health aides. They purchase Bibles(Spanish) which are given to people they meet in the Dominican. The Bibles are gifts from Dave and Bobbie. No donated funds are used to purchase the Bibles.
While on their annual trip, Dave and Bobbie spend a great deal of time taking families to the grocery store. Families that are chosen are near the poverty line to the poorest of the poor. The families are told in advance they can spend $50.00 American. They are not allowed to use the money for alcohol or cigarettes. This year, Dave and Bobbie were proud to report 31 families had food thanks to the generous giving of members of Our Savior's, family, friends and businesses. Their goal for the future is to take 40 families to the grocery store.
Dave and Bobbie have established relationships with special people in the Dominican Republic that help them carry out their mission.
Genius, a long time friend, gives every moment of his time during their 3 week trip. He knows the elderly that are in need of food and takes care of all the details for Dave and Bobbie's time there.
In return, Dave and Bobbie, take Genius his wife Mala and three girls Karolina, Melissa and Karina to the Pizza Hut to celebrate their birthdays. They buy a day pass for the girls to spend time at the resort swimming, eating and playing games. Dave and Bobbie also buy a night pass for Genius and Mala to enjoy a night out to dinner and a theater production.
Dave and Bobbie travel to the Dominican during the month of March each year for three weeks; always returning before Easter Sunday. Donations of school supplies, the other items listed and monetary donations are accepted year round in preparation for their annual trip. 100% of each donation goes to schools and families in the Dominican to provide relief.
If you are interested in donating in any way, donations can be dropped off at Our Savior's church office or given directly to Dave and Bobbie.
If you are interested in joining Dave and Bobbie for
1-2-3 weeks please call them directly.
Dave Johnson ~ 879-9339
Bobbie Burns ~ 390-5601
Clothing items we could use are:
Girls: 6 years to 20 years
Boys: 6 years to 20 years
Men: 20 years to 50 years
Jewelry: necklaces, rings, pierced earrings
Also, aluminum cans