Thank you for visiting our web site! This is an extremely unique ministry. Most mission organizations focus their attention on the missionary’s prime geographical area of ministry. However, D&D strives to minister to the missionary and their families when they are on furlough/ home assignment, in pre-field ministries, on sabbaticals, when they need physical recuperation, during evacuations from ministry field, during evacuations from ministry field, or in their first year of retirement from the mission field where they have served for so many years.
D&D is here to SERVE THE SERVANTS who have sacrificed themselves for the sake of the spreading of the gospel and the discipling of those who believe in Jesus, the Messiah, as their Savior. Most of these ambassadors of Christ have very few personal possessions — or even a place to call home in the United States.
Realizing this, missionary Miss Alma Doering and a business woman, Miss Stella Dunkelberger (thus the origination of the” D&D”), determined to provide housing for missionaries in a comfortable climate in St. Petersburg, Florida. The first home was made available to missionaries in 1949 in the same location D&D occupies today. The founders would be surprised to see what God has done because of their initial vision and faith. D&D has grown to a full-fledged mission organization. It provides homes to over 260 missionary families or single missionaries each year. These dear servants of the Lord come from around the world and represent some 75 missionary-sending, evangelical organizations. In one week, missionaries on the grounds were from 30 nations! Naturally, most are U.S. citizens but some are native to other countries.
Our homes are fully furnished and are in a quiet, contiguous four-block area. Missionaries live next to missionaries and provide that support and understanding which is so important to the servants of God who are in transition from one area (or perhaps ministry) to another. The caring and committed staff attempts to meet the needs of the youngest missionary kid up to the oldest missionary. The clothing center, food pantry, library, laundries, fitness center, modern playground, and daily prayer times are all part of the support for our resident missionaries as well as those passing through the area.
We hope that you will visit each section of our web site to learn more about D&D. Your interest, demonstrated by your prayers, is important to us. Please contact us when you are in the area. We would be pleased to welcome you and give you a tour of the campus so that you can WATCH GOD WORK with us. This motto was established in 1949 by D&D’s founder, Miss Doering, and has been a meaningful phrase to many, many missionaries over the years.