Hey guys! If you’ve been checking out this blog thanks a million! I’m sorry there has been no content! I received the grant and they developed a blog for me to use! Please check that one out! You can still donate to my trip/return home via this paypal! 



I did it guys, bought my ticket to the DR!! I’ll be leaving on Sept.5 and will return on the 3 of Dec.! I can’t believe it! Set in stone, really expensive to refund, plane ticket to the Dominican Republic purchased! So now im working two jobs, one specifically to pay for my trip. That’s right Jimmy Johns is funding my dreams and Steak n Shake is paying the bills! If you would like to help out Jimmy you know what to do…paypal at the bottom! In other news I can’t wait to go and am counting down the days!

Well ladies and gentlemen I got the grant!!! Well, I got half the grant! This is fantastic news and sets me up for my trip! I leave for the DR on Sept 5 and return on Dec 3!!!! I bought my plane tickets today and am so ready to go!!! I have been brain storming ideas for videos I want to do and pieces I can’t wait to write! This trip will be quite the adventure! Advice? Ideads? Let me know! I promise for consistent blogs everyone!



Well, I finished the grant proppsal and interviewed for it last week! Hopefully I get even part of the grant! I will just go for as long as the money allows! In other news skyping with Hope Cooper on Thursday to talk about life in the DR and what to expect when I go! She is a recent Belmont grad as well, check her out on FB! Furthermore, I am getting my shots! Calling a travel clinic today to set up my shot regimin so that I don’t contract or bring back anything! Lastly, I’ve decided to educate myself on the DR a little better. If you have any suggestions on what book to read let me know!

Today I finish writing everything for my grant proposal! Belmont offers a travel grant for students going abroad. I have met with the Prof. in charge and feel confident that I will have all the components of the application in by Friday. This could be a huge blessing for my trip, but I may not know if I get anything or how much for a very long time. Still, I am faithful that the Lord will provide for this trip and that all my money concerns will be taken care of! Keep hitting up your friends for $10 for me :)!

Thanks for the Prayers!

Dear Friends and Family,

I finally did it! I will be graduating in May with a degree in Journalism from Belmont University. As I began looking at possible career options I decided a service year was what I was meant to do. I looked at a lot of different organizations and options, but none of them seemed to really fit what I wanted. I went to a luncheon one day in University Ministries where I met Tori Harris who worked with Dove Missions and told me I should check it out. I did and things just started to fall into place. Dove Missions is a 501 c 3 mission organization stationed in the Dominican Republic. A woman named Liz McKie started the mission organization in 2002 and began leading trips from the States. In 2008 she set up permanent residence in the D.R. and has been helping the youth there ever since. They started an orphanage, school and after school programs to not only take care of the children but help cultivate the next generation of leaders.

When I finally spoke with Liz and learned about everything they do I knew it was where God wanted me to be and I will be leaving Sept. 1. While I’m there I will live with Liz and become a part of the community she lives in (Puerto Plata). Along with helping at the orphanage and after school programs I will also so be doing media work for Dove. There will be a video blog and trip blog that you can follow all of my adventures at http://www.doveinthedr.wordpress.com.

I am so excited to embark on this next chapter of my life and see where my travels take me, but I can’t do it alone. For a year of service I will need to raise about $10,000. Furthermore, all of the equipment I use to do my journalism work belongs to my school so there are some smaller items (a flip cam, Mac Book Pro, smart phone) that I will need to most efficiently serve my part as media for Dove. Most importantly I will need your prayers. Prayers for safe travel and stay, for those already in the D.R. and the nerves of my parents are all greatly appreciated!

If you feel led to donate you can go to the Dove Website dovemissions.com and click on the donate via paypal link. Write my name in the subject line and indicate it is for my service year. You can also write a check directly to me or Dove Missions. All donations are tax deductable and if you need a receipt there is no problem!

Thank you so much in advance for you love and support!

Amber Garner
601 Hillmeade Dr.
Nashville, TN


I am graduating in May. All of the equipment I use to do my journalist thing belongs to my school. Furthermore I am moving to the Dominican Republic for a year to work at an orphanage and do media for a non-profit. And so I have come up with a brilliant plan to convince my parent of three important, yet totally obtainable, pieces of technology that I need to do my job and keep in touch; a smart phone, flip cam and Mac.

A smart phone would provide me with not only the international capability for my parents to call me whenever they feel a heart attack coming on, but also a wide range of communication possibilities. By smart phone I don’t just mean iphone, but whatever smart phone can support applications like qik.com and/or ustream.tv. What these websites and applications allow you to do is stream live video from your phone. It’s really easy. You go to the app store or internet on your phone. (If you do have an iPhone it’s a free application, but it’s also free to everyone else). It will have you make a user name and password. This will allow you to manage your videos and video page. Once you have put in your phone number and other required useful information it’s as easy as pressing a button on your phone and going viral. Once you start recording your video is automatically streaming live online. When you are done the video is posted to the website and, if you choose, to your Facebook and twitter. Basically my parents can see me live wherever I am! (To see tutorials on these website visit wordpress.com/practicumpioneers/tutorials.)

Oh the magic of a flip cam. If I had a flip cam I could do video for not only myself but also for the organization for much less. Flip cam would allow me to capture the amount of video I needed to then turn around and plug directly into my (cross your fingers) Mac and make edits. It is light weight and easy to carry making it the ideal camera for days in an unknown land. Ranging from $150.00 to $250.00 a flip cam cost much less than a new hand-held and is available in HD.
Finally the mac daddy ( get it) of college graduation gifts… a new Mac. I have never had a Mac. Don’t get me wrong I think pcs are ok, I have one now, but my editing life would be much easier with the simplicity of a Mac. iMovie would legitimately provide me with all the editing capabilities I would need for the year, Even if I did decided later I needed something more final cut is ok with me! Plus, my parents could rest easy knowing I had super easy to use and reliable technology to Skype with them on!

As I write this I am realizing that my digital camera is broken……maybe I can get my grandma to get that for me.

If you want to know more about my trip and where I am going visit dovemissions.com. To donate you can click on the PayPal link on the website. To donate directly to my trip put my name in the subject line! or you can email me garnera1@pop.belmont.edu

I’m going to the Dominican Republic follow my fundraising process and travels to the D.R.!