This is a blog to relate all my experiences of serving in the Dominican Republic.  I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and I volunteer my time to my ministry, helping interested ones to learn what the Bible really teaches.  I love to hear your comments, so keep them coming!

Lots o’ love,

Esalena Rubianes

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  1. Hello!
    My name is Noelia. My husband and I live in Georgia, USA. We would love to communicate with you via e-mail…I couldn’t find your email here. Anyways, thank you for your blog. I’ve never been big on them, but I really believe Jehovah directed me to this one. Right as we were looking into going to DR for a “scouting trip”, I found this blog…not knowing it was a JW’s blog until I started reading it. go figure!! I was so excited. All of your information and details have been very useful. We are finally flying to Santo Doming on November 11. Then we will be staying in Jarabacoa. We fly out Dec. 15. Needless to say, your stories have made us feel more at ease. We’re excited but super nervous. The only thing keeping us calm is knowing that we’re going to serve Jehovah and He never leaves us without a way out. Totally think it would be nice to meet when we’re there. Your experiences with the little girl just bring tears and joy to my heart. Jehovah is blessing your sacrifices. BTW, if we end up meeting, would you like any little cute things from IKEA? 🙂 we loove Ikea…i compared prices and the one in DR is more expensive. I’m into colors (which seems like you too based on your cool umbrella—mine has bold flowers and colors too–and your web page). anyways, hit us up via e-mail. May Jehovah bless the spirit you show.

    noelia and aaron sloan

    • Noelia and Aaron,

      Thank you so much for your comment! This is exactly why I started this blog, to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with the unknown of traveling to serve somewhere. What time does your flight arrive in Santo Domingo? It is very easy to travel around the country here. It will take around 2 1/2- 3 hours to go from the Capitol to Jarabacoa. I am fairly certain there is a Caribe Tours in Jarabacoa, so you might be able to travel directly there. I’m not sure of your arrangements, but I like to help where I can. And I would LOVE to meet up with you. Actually I have been saying that I wanted to visit Jarabacoa since I arrived! Last year I stayed in a Hostel rented out by Molly-ann and Roldolfo and my stay there is what hooked me!

      Also that is hilarious you mentioned IKEA, I have been arranging a trip to the one in the capitol to have a look around because I have yet to really make my studio mine own. You are right, I love colors and decorated things that are fun! I would appreciate anything you choose, that is incredibly sweet of you! Well, thank you for your comment and please do email me so we can meet up! You are going to have so much fun here and the preaching will knock your socks off! It is incredible and you will have so many good experiences to share with everyone back home.

      Lots of Love,


      P.S. there is an incredible need in almost every language you can imagine here: English, Spanish, ASL, Creole, Chinese, Russian, etc. So talk it up!

  2. Hi I love reading your blog. You are an inspiration and I know Jehovah will bless you for your sacrifices and the love you are showing for him. I’m just starting my study about the truth and Jehovah but have hopes of one day being knowledgeable enough to serve where the need is great, as you do.

    Denise, NC

    • Denise,

      It is so wonderful that you are studying the Bible and learning about our amazing God! I appreciate your comment and am happy that my tales have reached you. The thing about serving where the need is great, is that Bible knowledge is important, yes. But the strength of your relationship, the love you have for Jehovah and people, is what will keep you here. Jehovah can only bless obedience, so if you are willing,dedicated and self-sacrificing, you can expect to reap rich spiritual rewards. Keep up your studies and continue to draw close to Jehovah!

      Lots of love,


  3. Hello Sister, I am learning Kreyol in FL and hopefully can come be of assistance in the future. Jehovah Willing.! I am looking for a Tutor for Kreyol over Skype. Is there any one you know that could use a small bit for helping me speak kreyol. The cong I attend here is very helpful but It is time consuming to learn a new langauge and speak it correctly and I would love to have a sister to work with. I will email you also!

    • Hello! Great to hear you would like to serve where the need is great! There are so many studies being conducted in creole that you are bound to have your own list soon. I will ask around of for a creole tutor for you of course!

  4. I just noticed you said ther eis a need in Russian there… My daughter and son in law are in the russian cong. and they both Speak spanish. Humm…. I will talk it up!

  5. Hello. I’m a brother serving in Grovetown Spanish congregation in Grove town, Georgia . I’ve been thinking about moving to the DR to serve also. How great is the need there, and where is the greatest need? Any info would help. Thanks

    • Hello! First off, thanks for reading! That is very exciting that you want to serve. The Dominican Republic is a great place to preach. As far as the greatest need, that is relative. The official language is Spanish, but there is also Creole, English, Chinese, ASL, Russian, etc. so whatever field you are comfortable in, they all need the help. It is always recommended to email or call the Branch and let them know of your intentions and ask if there is anywhere in particular they could use you. As long as you are willing, Jehovah will no doubt bless you!

      Your sister,


  6. Thanks for sharing all of your amazing experiences! I’ll be leaving to DR (Monte Plata) for two months pretty soon. I can’t wait to experience form myself what it’s like to work in a foreign territory. What an undeserved blessing from Jah! A lot of the tips you share on your blog have helped me with the planning. So I just wanted to say thank you. Your sis,


  7. I am so happy I found your blog! I am finding it extremely encouraging and helpful. I have a strong desire to move to the DR and serve where the need is great, some of your posts have provided even further motivation. Please keep up your service and blog posts. Also my email is… if you know any contacts or anything that would be helpful for me to make that move (as I know no one personally there) that would be a huge help as well. Thank you sister and may Jehovah continue to bless your efforts.


    • Thank you for reading! Tell me where you are interested in serving and I can see who to put you in touch with. But first step should be to email or call the branch here.

  8. Hello Sister!
    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog! My husband and I are considering a move to the DR to serve where the need is great and I was SUPER excited when I stumbled upon your blog while researching. We are in the process of sending a letter to the branch to get more information and your blog completely reaffirmed my desire for wanting to go while at the same time gave us a realistic picture of what to expect. I can’t say thank you enough for taking the time to document everything!
    Hopefully you get this message since it seems that most of these posts are a few years old. Wherever you are, I hope you are doing well and still enjoying your ministry to the full!
    – Meghan
    Philadelphia, PA U.S.A

    P.S. If you do receive this message and have a moment, please email me at I’d love to get some tips from you on contacts, moving, living etc. Thanks!

    • Hello! That is very exciting and I hope your plans work out for the best. I will ask around and see if there is accommodations for 6 for a month. Do you know when and where you are planing to be?

  9. Hello sister
    My aunt and I are planning a trip to the DR for a little less then 7 weeks. Our dates are: June 14 to around July 29/30. We are flexible as to accommodations. If you have any ideas/places we were both care share a room and have use to the kitchen so that we can cook or of any studio apartments we would greatly appreciate it!!! Please contact me at my email address at:

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