Wednesday, July 18, 2007

This is our support letter...

Dear Family and Friends,
It is always exciting to see God’s plan in His peoples’ lives. Mark and I, over the last year of our marriage, have been able to meet many people and see their wonderful ministries. Throughout this time, Mark and I have continually prayed for God’s guidance about a ministry of our own. We are now extremely excited to announce that we feel God has called us to do full time mission work in the Dominican Republic.
Mark and I were able to visit the DR this last March on a mission trip with the First Baptist Church of Tyler. The FBC mission group went to Jarabacoa, a small city on the northern side of the island. We had the privilege of building two new classrooms for Doulos Discovery School. While we were there, Mark and I found that God was guiding us to these wonderful, giving people, and this remarkable school.
Although the DR is a Spanish speaking country, Doulos is an English immersion school. The school has Pre-K through tenth grade, and adds a grade every year until reaching twelfth grade. I will be teaching fifth grade and possibly helping coach different sport teams. Mark will be assisting the Pre-K teacher in acclimating the children to English. He will also be the event coordinator for the entire school. He plans to start an after school program as well as possibly doing some construction.
Mark and I have agreed to teach for the next two years. We are so excited that God has guided us to this very special opportunity, but that also means that we will not be receiving a salary for the next couple of years. We ask that you would carefully consider supporting Mark and I on this new adventure. Please pray about joining our team through monthly support or a lump sum donation. Checks may be sent to:
Doulos Discovery Ministries
P.O. Box #3080
Burnsville, MN, 55337
*Please make checks payable to Doulos Discvery Ministries. On the memo line please put “for Mark and Ciara O’Neal.” (All donated funds are tax deductible.)
We cannot express how much your prayers, love, and support does and will mean as we travel along this new path in life. We would love to send you a newsletter about our journey. If you would like to receive one please send an email to
Your Brother and Sister in Christ,

Mark and Ciara

P.S. There will be an online site where you can donate using your credit or debit card. To donate go to the staff page and click on our profiles. If you would like to visit the site to learn more information, or to learn more about the school, please visit:

Monday, July 16, 2007

Our First Post...

Mark and I decided to start our own blog to keep our friends and family updated on our lives.
Well, we have twelve days until we fly out. We leave July 28th at 6am. Neither Mark nor I are morning people, good luck to us! Right now we are trying to get everything organized and decide what else can possibly fit in four suitcases!! I have spent a lot of time in prayer about my class. I will be teaching fifth grade. I am estatic, I cannot wait to get started! Mark is going to be doing a variety of activities at Doulos like planning school activities.
We need heaping amounts of prayer for our journey. Please pray for my class, and for travel. I am deathly afraid of flying!!!