In August 2018 TCP began taking baseball mission trips to the Dominican Republic. It was the trip of a lifetime for both baseball and character development. Team members got a chance to serve the less fortunate in a third-world country with the love of Jesus, gain perspective on life in other parts of the world and play competitive baseball with some of Latin America’s best talent.
Former professional baseball player with the Baltimore Orioles, assistant baseball coach at McNamara H.S. and TCP Founder/Executive Director.
Minister at Bay Area Community Church, 10u baseball coach and experienced baseball missionary.
MISSION BASEBALL FAQ
Q: What is a baseball mission trip?
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
A baseball mission trip is a response to Jesus’ challenge. People come together around a common passion for baseball to share the love of Jesus. Baseball provides a common ground to allow the team to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people they encounter. In our case, the people of the Dominican Republic.
Q: How is the cost determined?
The cost of the trip is determined in part by our Dominican host agency The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). The FCA is a faith based non-profit and arranges for all team needs while in country. They determine the best cost for food, lodging, transportation, translation, insurance and service projects. TCP agrees on the cost and adds the cost for airfare.
Q: Do I have to accompany my son?
No. You do not have to accompany your son if you believe your son is mature enough to listen and obey the team coaches.
Q: Do I have to be a Christian to go on the trip?
No. Being a Christian is not required to be a part of the trip. However, a primary goal of the trip is to serve others in the name of Jesus, so being open minded to the teachings of Christ is important.
Q: Is it safe to travel to the Dominican Republic?
As is the case with any third-world country, the D.R. has it’s challenges. Those challenges have to do primarily with clean food and water. While in country it is important to only drink bottled or caned water/beverages and only eat food provided by our host or an established restaurant. Do not drink tap water or eat food from street vendors. It is also recommended that all trip members have an up to date tetanus shot. Our FCA host have never had a crime committed against any visiting missionaries.
Q: What if I don’t raise enough money?
Each person/parent is responsible for 100% of his/her trip cost. Failure to pay for your trip prior to the deadline may result in forfeiture of your spot on the trip.
Q: What is the food like?
Dominican food is similar to most Latin/Caribbean countries. Rice and beans, chicken, beef, pork, and fish are common at most meals. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Q: Where will we stay?
We stay at a modest resort. There are large rooms multi-person rooms so the team remains together. Additionally, there is a basketball court, volleyball court and pool.
Q: Can I use points/miles to pay for airfare?
Yes. If you have rewards points that apply to the specific flight the team is taking you may use them.
Q: Can I come on the trip but find my own lodging and transportation?
No. If you would like to participate in the mission trip you must stay with the team and travel with the team. There is a high value placed on the team dynamic.
Q: Can I drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes while on the trip?
No. Most latin cultures do not expect Christians, let alone missionaries, to drink alcohol or smoke. Therefore, in an effort to avoid distracting those we are serving from our purpose for being there, we ask all team members to refrain from drinking and smoking while on the trip.