News: Dominican Republic

Little Jesus in Los Robles Dominican Republic
May 9, 2013 -

The following was written by Pastor Brent James of Peninsula Bible Fellowship in Bremerton, Washington, during a recent Venture Trip to the Dominican Republic. 

This afternoon we headed back to the Dominican community of Los Robles to play more baseball with the children.  After three innings, I went back into the neighborhood to look around, meet some people, and take some pictures.

The Power of Imitation Dominican Republic
Jeff and Claudio in 2008
May 3, 2013 -

As a parent of two boys, ages seven and eleven, I often see glimpses of God’s goodness, playfulness, and His heart through the expressions and actions of my sons. Most evenings, when I come home from my office at Children of the Nations (COTN), I have no idea what activity or imaginary world I’ll encounter. 

A Visit to Randy's Home Dominican Republic
Thumbnail photo of Randy
Apr 22, 2013 -

The first thing that struck Brian Ballard and his son Kyle when they walked up to Randy's home in the Dominican Republic, was how large it was. The entire home, which housed ten people, was small by American standards—only about 35 by 25 feet. Yet it was one of the biggest they saw while walking through the impoverished Dominican community of Don Bosco with 6-year-old Randy.

How You’re Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Antonia Dominican Republic
Antonia says her life was harder before people like you supported her
Apr 16, 2013 -

"The situation in my life is hard," begins 11-year-old Antonia. "Life is hard for me because my mother is out, and my father doesn't work," she explains. Then she smiles as she thinks of the difference people like you have made in her life. "Actually, it is not so hard as it was before I was part of COTN's program," she says.

How I Built a Relationship with My Sponsored Child Dominican Republic
Laura with children at COTN's school during her trip in 2011.
Mar 26, 2013 -

Each child sponsorship relationship is unique, as every sponsor and child are different. This is the story of how Isaura and I built our relationship through Children of the Nations (COTN) sponsorship.

Dental Workers Bring Smiles to Dominican Children Dominican Republic
Mindy, her son, and her co-worker's daughter pose with a patient.
Mar 14, 2013 -

Mindy Finnegan did not take her church's challenge lightly. It was Missions Day at Peninsula Bible Fellowship and her pastor had encouraged everyone to pray about how they could be involved. Mindy left the missions fair feeling like God was calling her to something.

Maria, Full of Hope—Thanks to You! Dominican Republic
Because of her sponsors, Maria now gets an education and meals at COTN's school.
Feb 20, 2013 -

"Before COTN, the situation in my house was very tough because we had nothing to eat," says Maria. "But now, my siblings and I are enrolled in the COTN school, and we have all benefitted."

An Architect for Algodon: Raisa's Story Dominican Republic
Because of your support, Raisa can dream about becoming an architect.
Jan 31, 2013 -

Raisa lives in a tiny house in the impoverished Dominican community of Algodon.  Like most of her neighbors, Raisa's home is made of palm wood and covered with a corrugated tin roof.  Like most families around her, Raisa's roof sometimes leaks. And like all the residents of Algodon, Raisa prays for safety during the hurricane and flood season. 

Danilo Finds Peace in Chaos and Tragedy, Thanks to You Dominican Republic
Danilo's (right) life has not been easy
Dec 17, 2012 -

Danilo never knew his father.  He abandoned the family when Danilo, now 15, was just a baby.  Danilo and his three older sisters were raised by their mother, who sold charcoal on the streets to support them.  Her earnings were never quite enough to feed the whole family, and the children often went to bed hungry. 

The Gift of Life: Bibles Bless Children in the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
One Christmas gift can change a child's life. Owning a Bible is a rare privilege
Nov 28, 2012 -

Walter had never heard the story of Jesus when he began attending school through the Children of the Nations (COTN) child sponsorship program in his community.  But at school he began hearing about this strange man—the miracles he performed, his teachings, his love.  At first, Walter was confused.  "Sometimes I didn't understand the Bible classes," he explains.  Walter went home from class with no one to explain these stories to him, and nowhere to go for answers.