Dominican Republic

Serving in Jarabacoa (La Vega) Dominican Republic

August 4th, 2015

(2/2/2015-2/23/2015) We have a faithful business that is serving in Jarabacoa. They have helped to build a Christian school by faithfully raising funds between trips and also sending teams to help the walls go up. This business has made a long- term commitment that will make a difference in the lives of many children in this community.

The last team serving in February helped to complete a row of classrooms that will allow the school to expand the number of students they can receive in September. While visiting I was able to meet the six teachers who are making plans for the coming school year. It was such a bless to see all that God is doing here.

The next steps for this project is clearing the old building and making room for a play area for the children. We give thanks to a company the values giving back, not only in the community they live in but around the world. I know that Rudy and Yajaira give thanks to the Lord for the people who have traveled to their small community to help build a school. They are relationships that will not be forgotten.

Pattie Juarez, Community Specialist, the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Serving the church to have a place for the children in Consuelito, DR

July 30th, 2015

Last week a group of families from around the United States gave a week of their time and talents to serve the Church in a small village called Consuelito. It’s not on a map, it’s too small but it’s located in San Pedro de Marcos. The community started because of the sugar cane fields that surround it. Families moved there to harvest the cane. Our partnership is with: Iglesia Roca de Salvation. The Pastor Ruth Berenice Bastardo has a vision to grow the church by serving the children. Our group worked hard at building a block wall that will allow the church to have a space that is safe for the children.

We were able to meet with the children in the afternoon to share a bible story with them and also sing some songs. They were a delight and most days we had more than 80 kids.

As we left last Saturday, it was with heavy hearts because we will miss our new friends. But we join the Pastor and pray that the community will continue to grow in their understanding of who Christ is and how He loves them.

Pattie Juarez, Community Specialist for the Dominican Republic, Trip Leader

Dominican Republic

KTIS and World Servants partners to serve in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic

April 10th, 2014

KTIS and World Servants is partnering together to meet needs in San Cristobal. We are excited to share that a team 26 people will be serving in San Cristobal.  On April 26th the team will leave for Santa Domingo. The World Servant leaders will already have been there for several days making sure everything is in place to receive the team.

Jason Sharp, the KTIS Station Manager has been instrumental in making this trip a reality. He is committed to providing opportunities for KTIS listeners to serve internationally.  While in San Cristobal the team will help set up community gardens and provide families with home repairs. Part of their time will focus on ministry to the children.

We are praying for the team as they prepare to meet on Saturday. May they feel God’s presents as they meet and prepare to serve.

Pattie Juarez, Community Specialist, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Serving in San Cristobal, helping with everyday needs

April 10th, 2014

In January a team of 24 people from several churches returned to help families in the San Cristobal area. Having the Community Center become a reality after years of hard work by many World Servants teams and key individuals working hard to tell the story of the need…this team is now focused on helping families with basic needs.

A large community garden was planted to help with a healthy diet. Twelve families had help with home repairs from five different communities. As always, Kid’s Club (Vacation Bible School) was presented and for at least 50 kids  a day a story was shared from the bible about the promises of God.

What a blessing for the team to once again end their time in the Dominican Republic reflecting on how our Lord has blessed them in their serving.

I am so thankful how God uses the teams to encourage the communities we serve,

Pattie Juarez, Community Specialist for the Dominican Republic

Communities

Trinity Lutheran/Impact Ministries serves Iglesia Roca de Salvacion

March 19th, 2014

On March 8 to the 15, a group of 17 people traveled to the Dominican Republic to serve in a small village called Consuelito. Vicki Kolsrud and Pattie Juarez were the trip leaders for World Servants. Pastor Ruth Berenice worked hard to prepare for the team’s arrival and the church family did a lot of work ahead of time. The goal was to help put a new roof onto the old and new parts of the building. It was amazing to see just how much work had been done since the first team left last July.

In just five days the team was able to put the first layer of flooring down in the new rooms of the building. The team also helped as the locals added two more layers of bricks to hold the new roof. The trusses for the new roof went up and finally the last day the new sheeting was added.

The team had a chance to do outreach with almost 100 children in the community with Vacation Bible School. (Kid’s Club) Each day home visits were done with the goal of praying for the families and sharing the love of Jesus.

Pastor Bernice is investing in that small village and God is lifting up families to be light in the darkness. It was a blessing to be a small part of what God is doing there.

Pattie Juarez, Community Specialist for the Dominican Republic, World Servants US

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