Melissa Szydlowski

CLASS and me

Mission and Background

Melissa, a member of our congregation, teaches at the Palms Christian School in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The Palms Christian School is a ministry of DR Vision, a Christian mission organization under Daystar Baptist Missions. Other ministries under DR Vision include a Workshop for women who have come out of the sex industry, a girls home (Lifehouse), a baseball ministry, Iglesia Bautista (the church) in San Pedro, as well as a church plant in a neighboring city.

5th girls

Her main role is as the 5th grade English teacher at The Palms Christian School. She has 35 students. As the English teacher, She also gives them science and math, both in English. Through the school, She has the opportunity to share Jesus, the Gospel, and a Biblical worldview.

Melissa recently began working in the baseball ministry, helping with the 6-9 year olds twice a week. Through the baseball ministry in San Pedro and Ramon Santana, the ministry has the opportunity to be a reflection of Jesus in the community. The coaches also share Jesus and give devotions to the boys.

Through the church, Melissa has developed friendships with people in the community, as well as several of the women who are in the workshop. She seen many of them baptized and serving. Recently, one of the women opened her home to a Good News Club, and several people in her community heard the Gospel as a result.


Melissa invites you to read her blog, Miss Melissa Teaches, to catch up on the latest with her ministry.

Prayer Requests

  1. Pray for the salvation and growth in Christ for students and their families.
  2. Pray for the financial needs of the school (ministry needs a good interest rate on a loan to buy the building).
  3. Pray for the school’s need for new teachers for the next school year.
  4. Pray for Melissa’s spiritual and physical health, so that she might be able to serve effectively and for the Kingdom!