Dominican Republic

Wordless Wednesday: I Love Baseball

Did you know that COTN has a baseball training program in the Dominican Republic? The vision of our I Love Baseball® (ILB) program is to give Dominican youth a place where they can pursue their dream of playing professional baseball while also getting an education, living a balanced life socially, building strong moral character, and growing mentally, physically, and spiritually. 

Graduation Photos from the Dominican Republic

On Thursday, July 10, we celebrated the graduation of 68 eighth-graders in the Dominican Republic. At the special ceremony held at COTN's Casa Bethesda ministry center, each student received a certificate in recognition of their achievement. This is a big milestone for these young students. Thank you for making this possible! 

10 Things You Might Not Know About the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is known for its blue ocean waters, white-sand beaches, beautiful resorts, and the poverty that lurks on the outskirts of these tourist hot spots. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at the history and culture of this beautiful yet conflicted country that your sponsored child calls home.

A Good Roof Helps a Child More Than You Think

Santa Ramirez looked up at the sky and knew tonight would be difficult for her family. Soon it would begin raining, and the tin roof on their home in the Dominican Republic leaked badly. She would have to find enough dry places for all the beds, but with thirteen people crammed into one small home, that wasn’t an easy task. Tonight, no matter what Santa did, her children would end up cold and their belongings would be soaked by the rain. In the morning, they would go to school tired. 

A Fairytale Night for Girls in the Dominican Republic

It was a night the girls will never forget. All thirteen of them arrived at the party dressed in beautiful evening gowns, tiaras sparkling. Tonight was their quinceañera—a Latin-American tradition that celebrates a girl’s transition into adulthood on her fifteenth birthday. But what made this night so special wasn’t the fancy dresses or the party. It was what the girls were celebrating that night: the way their lives have been transformed, and the bright future they now look forward to.

A Miraculous Surgery for Amaranta

When Meliana found out that her 14-year-old granddaughter had a severe heart condition and needed surgery to survive, she says, "I trembled with fear." 

God Looks at the Heart

As a child in elementary school I don’t recall ever being chosen first for the daily kickball games that took place on the playground. My less-than-amazing running and kicking skills led to my demise, so it made sense why I was usually chosen last. I guess I just kept holding out hope that someday maybe someone would do the unimaginable and choose me first. 

Thank You For Camp!

Last week, children of all ages from every community we serve in the Dominican Republic got to go to camp! Because of your generous gifts, more than 700 children were able to attend camp this summer! Here are some highlights:

A Mission Trip By the Children, For the Children

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a six-year-old on a mission trip? Three families recently found out what it was like when they took their children, ages six to ten, on a Venture Trip to the Dominican Republic. The trip was specially designed for the families and their children, and focused on books—reading, enjoying, and even making them.

Making Beautiful Music: Wascar’s Story

The music from Wascar’s saxophone floats through the air. His mother sits proudly beside him, and can’t stop smiling. Eleven-year-old Wascar is a budding musician in the village of Altagracia, Dominican Republic, and also hopes to become a doctor when he gets older. His school principal, Wilson Cuevas, thinks Wascar has a good shot at accomplishing these goals. “He’s the most responsible student in the program,” Wilson says.

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