This June, Josh Salsbery, along with his wife, Glamary, and four children Natalia, Gabriela, Caleb, and Sofia, will head to the Dominican Republic for an extended missionary stay. (Herald photo / provided)
This June, Josh Salsbery, along with his wife, Glamary, and four children Natalia, Gabriela, Caleb, and Sofia, will head to the Dominican Republic for an extended missionary stay. (Herald photo / provided)
Josh Salsbery is ready to live the dream he had as a young boy.

“When I was five, six, or seven, I was very drawn to the missionary life,” Salsbery said. “Now, along with my wife and children, I get a chance to finally realize that dream.”

This June, along with his wife and four children, Salsbery will head to the Dominican Republic for an extended missionary stay.

“As a preacher’s kid, I grew up listening to all kinds of speakers – laypeople and ministers talking about the missionary life. As a kid it might not have been so much as spiritual as it was a sense of adventure that captivated me in those stories.

“My wife (Glamary) and I met in college in 2000, and from the beginning of our marriage we talked about one day being missionaries,” Salsbery said. “Being from Venezuela, she has always had it in her heart to minister in her first language, so when the time came we began to look for a mission that would allow that.”

The Salsberys spent about a year researching various organizations. 

“There are some excellent ministries, many within well-known organizations that do amazing work, but we could not immediately find the right fit for our family,” Salsbery said. “A friend of mine mentioned Freedom International Ministries so I looked into it. Six weeks later I went down on a visit, and shortly thereafter we made our commitment to go.”

As it turned out, Freedom International Ministries happened to be headquartered in Indianapolis. 

“Though it was not part of our criteria, the organization actually being headquartered here was a comfort, and the other families also have midwest roots either in Indiana or Ohio,” Salsbery said. “There are currently six other missionary families down there; we’ll be the seventh.

“It is a two-year commitment, but it could extend to more if we choose,” Salsbery continued. “The focal point of our mission is a bi-lingual Christian school were we will be serving the Haitian children whose parents work the sugar cane plantations.”

Glamary Salsbery will work primarily in the classroom environment according to her husband. 

“She will help with the curriculum, but she will also act as a bridge of sorts within the classrooms,” he said. “By law in the Dominican Republic each classroom must have at least one native teacher so the classrooms consist of one American teacher and one Dominican teacher. My wife will help will be able to assist prevent misunderstandings that might arise from a language barrier.”

While Glamary works in the classroom, Josh will fulfill a different role.

“I will be working more in the operations side of things,” Salsbery said. “That will include a range of things from business accounting, to scheduling, to organizing the work teams and volunteer groups that will be in and out over the course of the two years. It will be my job to align their specific gifts and talents with the tasks that best utilize them.

“There are few things more frustrating for a volunteer who gives up a week and comes down to help than standing around waiting to be told what to do. Hopefully, we can eliminate that possibility.”

Salsbery has the right pedigree for the job as he currently serves as the Plant Manager at DC Coaters, Inc. where he oversees over 80 employees and fills a variety of duties.

“The communication with customers, the quality control, making sure production is adequate – I think all of that experience will serve me well down there,” Salsbery said.

His employers at DC Coaters are extremely proud of the job Salsbery does and are not surprised that he is taking this path.

“Josh joined DC Coaters at a time when our culture with our employees needed to be changed,” said Linda Gill, Vice President of DC Coaters, Inc. “With his background we weren’t sure how it would work out, but we knew with perseverance we would find our way. 

“Josh had no manufacturing experience, but the fact that he was brought up in his family’s church and had a degree from Oral Roberts University we had faith he was the right guy to help get us where we needed to be,” said Steve Gill, the company’s CEO.

“We were right. He came in committed to doing whatever it took to make it a success. It was difficult for the first year, but in the end we owe our success to him and the culture is where we need it to be.” 

“We couldn’t be more proud of Josh for what he has accomplished at DC Coaters and are excited for him and his family’s journey that they are about to embark on,” echoed Linda Gill. 

“My family moved to Singapore when I was 15 so I can appreciate the magnitude of this move,” said Steve Gill. “This is life changing and we are wishing them nothing but the best.” 

Like most missionary work, the costs are assumed by those serving the mission, so the Salsbery’s are currently raising money to fund the two-year assignment.

People can support their mission by visiting www.itisforfreedom.com and selecting the tab that reads “our team.” 

“All of the missionary families are listed there,” Salsbery said. “We appreciate any donations. One time gifts help get us there, while monthly and annual gifts will keep us there.

“We look forward to the opportunity to serve others and all the blessings that it will bring.”