I just returned from a survey trip to the Dominican Republic (DR) with a team representing Faith Church, Fellowship Greenville and Faith Global Missions. We were encouraged, thankful, convicted and challenged by what we observed. I hope you enjoy this brief report and follow the links to see pictures and learn more about what God is doing in DR. As you follow the links, please feel free to share them on your own Facebook timeline.
Fondo de la Botella is a house church plant in a poor barrio of Santiago. Iglesia Bautista de la Gracia provides two weekly Bible studies and distributes food packs to neighborhood residents. We met an elderly lady who came to Christ several months ago, but could not read. She worked hard to learn to read and has only recently received her own copy of the Scriptures. She is thrilled to be able to read God’s Word for herself now!
Iglesia de Dios Valle de Bendiciones is a church plant, providing food and limited childcare and education to a poverty-stricken barrio.
Iglesia Evangelista Cristo Redentor is a Haitian church plant and school. Many undocumented Haitian refugees live in DR and do not qualify for education or social services. Yve’s story will bless you.
Vida para Niños provides half-day Christian education as well as a meal and fresh fruit. Iglesia Bautista de la Gracia helps provide food, medicine and leadership.
Iglesia Bautista de la Gracia created Fundación Red de Misericordia, Network of Mercy Foundation, because they had a burden to reach the orphans of DR. They currently have three homes for different age groups ranging from infants to high school.
T.E.A.R.S. is a ministry started by a former Oakland gangbanger who trusted Jesus and then wanted to reach people in a dangerous, severely poverty-stricken barrio. Rod and his wife, Twyla, live among the people of their barrio in La Vega. They minister in practical ways to plant the seed of the gospel and establish a church.