God used the passage of Joel 3:14 to call our family into missions. That verse states the following: Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the Lord will soon arrive. In other words, there are lots of people who haven’t made the decision, yet, to follow Him. God used this verse to present us with a very challenging question: “What are you doing to move the thousands out of the valley of decision”? Since this seems to be very important to God, we believe it should be the focus of everything we do. Helping people with earthly needs is a great thing and many times necessary, but at the same time what really matters is spiritual health. We learn new things each day and aim to help those we serve in a way that does not harm. Sharing the gospel and discipling is the foundation of what God has called us to do, and while our means of helping people may change over time, that foundation will not.
We also firmly believe that the people of the Dominican Republic are vibrant, intelligent, loving, and hardworking. With that being the case, we believe that it’s simply not necessary for us to create anything in this country. There are many Dominican created / Dominican run organizations that just need some assistance. We feel that God has called us here to partner with the people of the Dominican Republic in the things that they are already doing.
We are currently partnered with the following Dominican organizations:
The Body of Christ, Christian Church: This Church resides in the mountain community of Palo Alto which sits at a little above 3k feet above sea level. Pastor Amado Gracesqui and his wife Ramona lead the congregation and work tirelessly in the community. We are currently assisting in this community by teaching english, assisting in the Church, and working through a clean water campaign.
Deleon Ministry: This ministry works to serve as a channel that brings about the fulfillment of the great commission in the Dominican Republic, and the Latin-American region. They believe in sharing the Gospel through current and relevant means. They use sports, education, music, and more to reach people. They teach this and much more at their bi-vocational Bible college where students will graduate with a Bible degree as they pursue other degrees as well. As they study they will serve and evangelize areas of the country where there are no churches, and then, upon graduating, will work with these areas full-time. After so many years, the Dominican Republic remains relatively unreached and in chaos. The Gospel, and ONLY the Gospel, can change this. Visit their site here.
“Poverty is rooted in broken relationships, so the solution to poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to put all things in right relationship again.”
― Brian Fikkert (When Helping Hurts)