La Romana Dreamin'
Welcome to your "all-inclusive" webpage for information
on the mission work with the Good Samaritan Hospital and the Maranatha Baptist
Church. This webpage was designed to help new and returning work teams as well
as provide information for others seeking to begin a mission work overseas.
I have also included other information in this webpage such as:
- Missionary Kristy
- Medical clinics in bateyes
- The Good Samaritan Hospital
- The Dominican Republic
- Short-term mission teams and
- How to contact those involved
with the mission
It is my hope that this webpage will not only be
useful for helping teams prepare for their mission trips but it will be enjoyable
to all who use it. I appreciate comments about the webpage and suggestions about
how to make it better. Now that you know what this website is about, let's get
started by first introducing you to myself, Kristy Engel.
Who am I?
Who am I?
My name is Kristy Engel and
I have been a lifetime commissioned missionary with the American Baptist Churches,
International Ministries since 2000. I am a pediatric nurse by training and have
also worked in Haiti, prior to my work in the Dominican Republic. I am a graduate
of both Judson College and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Most of my family
live throughout the Midwest, as did I, prior to going into missions.
One of the first things you'll
notice about me is that I am really tall. I played basketball on scholarship
while at Judson College and then coached the JV squad after graduation. I found
out quickly that I love playing basketball much more than I like coaching! Since
living in the Dominican Republic I have had a chance to participate with a sports
ministry that was started by Christian, inter-denominational Dominican athletes.
Many of the visiting American work teams have had a chance to scrimmage with some
of these guys.
Most of the work that I do in
the Dominican Republic is outside of a hospital in a roving medical clinic. I
am in charge of coordinating all of the medical mission teams and determining
where they will fit the best. If needed, I also consult patients, run the pharmacy,
register patients or interpret for a physician or nurse. The thing that I quickly
learned, is that in missions you need to be flexible! It is key to survival and
to your sanity!! So, as the teams need me, I fill in.
Finally, the newest addition
to my "family" is Kobe. He is a purebred Golden Retriever and about a year old.
I bought him from a breeder in Hallsville, Missouri as a companion and a teaching
aid for the batey clinics. How do I use him as a teaching aid? Well, I teach children
how to brush their teeth, maintain good hygiene and to treat animals nicely. It
is a lot of fun watching the children stare in awe as I brush Kobe's teeth and
talk about hygiene. Many of the children in the bateyes have never seen such a
large, healthy and friendly dog. He even will go swimming with the children on