Santiago, Dominican Republic
We are excited to be serving alongside our Dominican brothers & sisters in the Dominican Republic, after much planning and yearning to live there. God has consistently placed the DR on our road map and has made this calling known to us.
Nick & Laurie
I (Nick) was born in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Creighton University in 2004 (BA in Spanish) and 2007 (Doctorate in Physical Therapy). I studied in the DR in 2002, where my values and passions were strongly influenced. I became more aware of the interconnectivity of Christian faith and spirituality and the acting out of our faith. Despite skin fungi, stomach flues and machete cuts, I continued to return to the DR from 2007-2010 for physical therapy service trips to connect with and learn from the highly hospitable Dominican people. After meeting Laurie, I moved to Kansas City and have been working as a physical therapist in a hospital-based setting and at an outpatient free clinic. I thoroughly enjoy running, soccer, and sustainable gardening.
I (Laurie) was born in Pasadena, California and graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2003 (BA in Exercise Physiology) and from Rockhurst University in 2007 (DPT). I developed a great love for the mountains on our family's summer adventures to the forests and national parks. Between Lake Ave. Church and public schools, I was blessed with wonderful friends who are still close today. At Point Loma, I grew in the practical applications of my faith while participating in urban ministries in San Diego. It has been wonderful to have a partner in Nick to continue this kind of ministry. We have enjoyed working with students in the Dominican Republic with Creighton University each spring from 2007-2010. We have also experienced great personal growth through participating in social justice and relational ministries with Holy Family Catholic Worker in Kansas City. I am currently working at Truman Medical Center, a county hospital in Kansas City. We both look forward to our move to the Dominican Republic.
We (Nick and Laurie) first met over a long phone conversation in March 2006, while Laurie was searching for international physical therapy rotations. We discovered early on that we shared a love for practicing health care in settings that require much creativity and resourcefulness, and enjoy this as a practical way of being with God's people who have a wealth that is much different than ours in the US. In this activity, our faith is greatly encouraged.
We are excited to be in the Dominican Republic serving alongside our Dominican brothers & sisters. God has consistently placed the DR on our road map, and we are making a more permanent move there this coming year. We are blessed with a supportive sending network including our wonderful families, Trinity Church of the Nazarene, and our Catholic Worker community in Kansas City. Our work is a reflection of all of you.
Pray that we may chose our work wisely. We anticipate partnering in:
* Nazarene Compassionate ministries with our home church in the DR, involving meals and social services for children without homes.
* Clinic work as physical therapists, in a variety of settings, and providing clinical education to Dominican physical therapy students and professionals.
* Health care education and community development
* Finally, pray for solid language learning.
* That God would be known through our work.
Please see our website, http://www.nickandlaurie.wordpress.com for more info.
We are grateful for all of you, who have influenced us in this direction and added your own gifts to our ministry through your lives.
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